As House Republicans prepare to sell out the country on immigration this week, Phyllis Schlafly has produced a stunning report on how immigration is changing the country. The report is still embargoed, but someone slipped me a copy, and it’s too important to wait.
Leave aside the harm cheap labor being dumped on the country does to the millions of unemployed Americans. What does it mean for the Republican Party?
Citing surveys from the Pew Research Center, the Pew Hispanic Center, Gallup, NBC News, Harris polling, the Annenberg Policy Center, Latino Decisions, the Center for Immigration Studies and the Hudson Institute, Schlafly’s report overwhelmingly demonstrates that merely continuing our current immigration policies spells doom for the Republican Party.
Immigrants — all immigrants — have always been the bulwark of the Democratic Party. For one thing, recent arrivals tend to be poor and in need of government assistance. Also, they’re coming from societies that are far more left-wing than our own. History shows that, rather than fleeing those policies, they bring their cultures with them. (Look at what New Yorkers did to Vermont.)
This is not a secret. For at least a century, there’s never been a period when a majority of immigrants weren’t Democrats.
At the current accelerated rate of immigration — 1.1 million new immigrants every year — Republicans will be a fringe party in about a decade.
Here’s the real problem: The estblishment GOP is already a fringe party. It effectively represents on a tiny minority of cronies who control its purse strings. And it will sacrifice anything – everything – to keep that consituency happy.
Some of us have wondered at the suicidal nature of today’s GOP, but it becomes quite easy to understand when you realize that this GOP doesn’t consider itself or its actions suicidal. From its point of view, what would be suicidal would be to offend the source of its financial lifeline – the moneybags who fund the vast electoral operations of Karl Rove, and all the huge PACs set up to funnel largesse to legislators seeking election or reelection, not to mention providing service lawmakers with tons of perks and their staffers great jobs when they step through the revolving door from political to corporate K-street jobs.
I’ve come to the conclusion that the GOP as presently constituted needs to die. If it dies by its own hand, so be it. I’m not at all sure we can get something better to replace it until its ancient, raddled corpse is hauled off to the ash heap of history.
I can tell you one thing, though: It is futile to protest that the GOP won’t listen to us. From its viewpoint, why should it? We aren’t footing the bill – and they are only interested in representing those who do.
That’s because politics in America today is governed by one simple rule: Survival. And that boils down to getting elected and getting reelected. Elections are now enormously expensive, and so if your only value is staying at the trough, your only concern is going to be keeping those who pay the tab for your survival happy.
That’s where we are now. So, if suicide is what it takes to unlatch their snouts from the swill…
Go right ahead. Be my guest. We’ll start building the politics that will replace you when you’re dead. And if we can occasionally hand you the rope or the gun or the poison you want, well…
We’ll do that, too.