What big issue could possibly join together the likes of Obama-supporting Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, the weepy and tanorexic Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner, 2016 presidential hopeful of the conservatives Marco Rubio (he may have to kiss that good-bye now) and long-in-the tooth liberals like Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer?
Immigration reform, of course…or more accurately, giving amnesty to millions of people whose first act in this country was to break a federal law. That’s really what this is all about after all. Securing the border is an afterthought in Senate Bill 744 and won’t ever happen—any talk of it is to fool the people who aren’t paying attention, and to keep people from rising up and jamming the phone lines of the congressional switchboard. That’s what happened years ago when John McCain and his Gang of (However Many it Was) tried to pass a massive amnesty bill. There was such an outcry from the public that the whole thing was tabled until a more opportune time (when the public is distracted). Now, with people’s minds focused on summer vacations and the Washington Scandal of the Week, is apparently that time.
Last week, John Boehner, who has become known for caving into Democrat demands at the last minute, reportedly decided he was going to push through a House bill before the Forth of July, even if he couldn’t get a majority of Republicans to get behind him on it. He had supposedly been meeting with Reid, Pelosi and the Gang of Eight to make this happen. He later said he wouldn’t bring up any legislation that would go against Republican ideals—whatever that means nowadays.
There is a group of Republican House members who will stand against any immigration legislation that gets rushed through. There are 70 of them, whose names are being withheld to protect them from arm-twisting from Boehner and others. I’m pretty sure Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is among them because she’s been on talk radio letting people know what the most likely scenario is: a Boehner bill that looks pretty good from a conservative standpoint will pass the House; then when it goes to be reconciled with the Senate version, it will be gutted, with everything that’s bad from S.B. 744 being dumped into the new bill which will then be signed by the president. The Republicans can go into the 2014 election bragging that they worked with Democrats to pass an immigration bill which they think will get them in the good graces of Hispanic voters (win their votes). Lindsey Graham (R-SC) even said as much when he said last weekend on one of the Sunday morning shows that Republicans would be in a “death spiral” if they didn’t pass immigration reform.
If I were an immigrant, particularly of Hispanic heritage, I’d feel insulted to think that these politicians believe that I’m a one-issue voter who can be so easily bought. In fact, a Gallup poll found that immigration is not on the minds of registered Hispanic voters. It ranks low on their priorities, with health care, unemployment and the economy being more important to them.
What about those immigrants who have spent many years and much money going through the right channels to gain their citizenship? Obama is always talking about “fairness”, but how is it fair to reward some people for breaking the law, giving them equal footing with those who came in through the front door? He has a way of picking and choosing winners in every situation.
Meanwhile, Facebook’s Zuckerberg is funding a series of pro-immigration reform (Gang of Eight) public service announcements through an organization called Americans for a Conservative Direction. Now Zuckerberg has about as much to do with conservatism as this blog has to do with promoting the left-wing progressive agenda. The commercials run constantly throughout the day where I am and one of them features Marco Rubio. All of them plead listeners to “tell Congress doing nothing doesn’t work.” Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has asked Zuckerberg to pull the ad featuring Rubio because it contains statements that have since been proven false (ex: the newly-legalized illegals will not get federal welfare benefits, food stamps or Obamacare- Senator Sessions says, yes they will-SB 744 full of loopholes). So far, no word yet from Zuckerberg and the ad is still running.
A death spiral is likely for Republicans if they rush to pass something that won’t fix the real problems (like the current laws that are not being enforced and our un-secured borders). If things play out the way Michele Bachmann says they will, Democrats will have the most to gain since they get most of the Hispanic vote. That’s what the goal is: legalize the illegals, get them registered to vote and wrap all this up before the 2016 election. Then they’ll have what they need from now until forever to guarantee their continuous rule: a permanent under-class of voters that will believe in all their hollow promises. Republicans always lose when they try to be more Democrat than the Democrats. Marco Rubio should know this, but he must think things will be different this time.
Nothing good ever comes from Gangs of Anything. When you dance with the devil, you get burned.