Thursday, March 23, 2006

The GOP Is Losing its Mojo

David Brooks:

In the field of immigration, Republican sentiment seems to be shifting away from the idea that the United States is a universal nation, where immigrants come from across the world to work, rise and join in the pursuit of happiness. Now Republican rhetoric emphasizes how alien immigrant culture is; how slowly the Mexicans assimilate, if at all; how much disorder and strain their presence creates.

There is a chance that in the next few weeks, the G.O.P. will walk off a cliff on the subject of immigration. In the desperate effort to win back their base, Republican senators may follow Bill Frist and embrace a draconian enforcement-only immigration bill (which will lose them Florida and the Southwest for a generation).

Meanwhile, Hillary is taking advantage of the situation:

"It is hard to believe that a Republican leadership that is constantly talking about values and about faith would put forth such a mean-spirited piece of legislation," she said of the measure, which was passed by the House of Representatives in December and mirrored a companion Senate bill introduced last week by Senator Bill Frist, a Tennessee Republican and the majority leader.

"It is certainly not in keeping with my understanding of the Scripture because this bill would literally criminalize the Good Samaritan and probably even Jesus himself," she said. "We need to sound the alarm about what is being done in the Congress."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

A policy that resonates with 80% of American voters will probably be suicide for the GOP....NOT!

Recall that in Arizona 46% of Hispanics voted for Proposition 200 so it seems that I am part of a very strong minority of Hispanics who are sick of the flood of illegals who lower our wages, raise our crime rates, bankrupt our hospitals, wreck our schools and drive up our taxes.

3/23/2006 9:29 AM  
Anonymous Brenda said...

If you are in deed Hispanic, (I'm not sure if you are being sarcastic). It is sad to read that you are against the history that your ancestors started so that you can have what you may have today.

3/23/2006 4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is sad to read that you are against the history that your ancestors

My mother was born in Cuba and came to America long before Castro. She immigrated LEGALLY. I am totally proud of that history.

Most of my father's family traces back to the pre-revelolutionary colonists. They were settlers, not immigrants. The native Indians may have considered them immigrants (or invaders) but they technically came as citizens of England so they were not immigrating to a new country so much as settling land in the name of an old one. I am proud of that history too.

The history I am proud of is the system of government that they established and which subsequent legal immigrants have perpetuated. They created the best country in the world.

I am totally disgusted by people who think they can trample all over our rule of law and then think they should be given rights and allowed to be voters. I will fight giving these criminals citizenship with all my heart!

3/24/2006 9:30 AM  
Anonymous El_Tejano said...

lol anonyous does not realize that in Pre-Castro times anyone could walk across the border! Just pay the 10 cent fair and you are here! No argument there buddy... try coming now! Legally! and wait 10 years for them to call you number!

3/24/2006 11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol anonyous does not realize that in Pre-Castro times anyone could walk across the border! Just pay the 10 cent fair and you are here!

Baloney. You could perhaps come that way as a visitor but not as an immigrant. Between 1926 and 1965 our immigration laws were far strictor then they are today. Average legal immigration was about 200,000 annually and there were country of origen quotas designed to keep the balance of our population European and to exclude Hispanics, Asians and Africans. Coming here legally from Cuba as a permanent immigrant was tough.

LOL, el tejano. Try learning the facts before you post!

3/24/2006 12:44 PM  
Anonymous Brenda said...

I am amused of how anonymous is so proud of the fact that his father's family came and invaded the Native American's land. I don't know what you want to call it, I call it invasion. No one called them to a land that was not theirs. If their ideas were so great why didn't they stay behind and created what the US is today in their native country. You have to admit that much of what the US today is thanks to the many different cultures that have come here, legally or not.

3/24/2006 2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Invasion is as good a word as any. Illegal immigration might be another.

And yes I am proud of them. Think of the courage that must have taken! It wasn't exactly like they could come and pop out a couple of anchor babies and start collecting food stamps and free health care. The mortality rate for some of the early colonies approached 100%!

But I am also rather proud of what my (and your) Spanish ancestors accomplished. What juevos! Just a few of Conquistadors with armour and horses and they managed to enslave an entire continent of men and mix their genes with an entire continent of women.

My English ancestors though seemed to have better intentions then my Spanish ones. At least they set up a decent governement that allows people to prosper and reach their potential. My Spanish ancestors shamefully were all about rape, pillage, corruption and servitude and to this day their corrupt descendents are still all about pillaging the native people.

One thing is certain! The United States should take a lesson from what both the Anglos and the Spanish did when they came as invading illegal immigrants. If you allow that to happen, you'll end up as peasants in your own land. I personally plan to fight the illegal invasion with all my heart.

3/25/2006 10:23 AM  
Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said...

brenda, are you advocating the notion of "come one come all"? Do you think this country can accept ALL?

4/01/2006 1:29 AM  

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