Among the utterly fraudulent concepts peddled by the left of late is that Republicans can’t hope to win elections unless they promote amnesty for illegal aliens, or at least stop trying to actually see laws enforced that would get and keep illegal aliens out of our country, our state, and our communities. They point to the demographic growth of the Latino population, imply that any effort to control illegal immigration makes this demographic permanently hostile, and posit that the only solution to future electoral success is to abandon principle and either ignore the problem or abandon the rule of law. The notion is utterly ridiculous.
Their argument about ethnic and racial solidarity with a political party is somewhat bolstered by the idea that African-Americans have almost entirely been captured by the Democratic Party, which is probably the only reason why the concept isn’t immediately laughed off as being as idiotic as it actually is. The process in that case has been to promote a culture of dependency in urban areas, which were overwhelmingly African-American, and then fiercely promote and defend the entitlements that promote that dependency creating a feedback loop for electoral success in those areas. Add in some non-African Americans anguished by personal guilt that they haven’t personally done anything to help inner-city residents and inspired by the idea they can assuage that guilt with other people’s tax dollars, and you’ve got a pretty remarkable political movement — for a while.
That movement is utterly unsustainable in the long-term, however, and we see the cracks developing now. Dependency saps the human spirit, robs people of their dignity, and consigns them to a kind of servitude Democrats would be utterly ashamed of, were they not rooted in the history of Jim Crow, eugenics, and class warfare. Slowly, more and more of those victimized by this scheme are realizing how pawning their dignity for some meager handouts and blindly following the snake oil salesmen who promised it would cure all their ills has been a poor trade for their servitude. The free money could not last forever, and the stench of the social rot could not be endlessly masked with the cheap perfume of Marxism. The truth here is ever harder to evade, and the truth is coming out.
I have faith in the Latino community that they will not be rendered wholesale into the next iteration of this social, economic and cultural disaster as African-Americans gradually escape it. Within this community are entrepreneurs, people of deep faith, morally grounded and dedicated to strong families and conservative social ideals. They have not been ripped from their cultural roots, enslaved, and peddled the idea they are incapable of succeeding absent government intervention. They are also very far from being a monolithic group eager to accept a one-size-fits-all government solution for everything that may ail them. They are as individual as you or I, and no more likely to fit into generalizations about who they are and what they believe than Asian communities.
The left is convinced however that the same kind of racial politics that worked with African-Americans in the 1960’s will work with Latinos in the 2010’s. They conflate illegal aliens with legal immigrants, demand that all Latinos join in racial solidarity with illegal aliens, and warn everyone that any effort to enforce the rule of law will alienate legal immigrants and long-time Latino Americans. What hogwash.
What legal immigrants want more than anything else is economic opportunity. That economic opportunity for them, and for every other would-be entrant to the labor force is imperiled more by illegal immigration than anything else. The feedback loop in this case is from corrupt employers availing themselves of cheap illegal alien labor, driving down wages in all sorts of industries and actually putting individual legal workers at a competitive disadvantage. The easiest way to provide a job tomorrow for a legal immigrant is to deport an illegal alien today, and there are millions of opportunities to do just that. Government could create five million jobs by just deporting illegal aliens. It’s the most sure-fire economic recovery program there is out there, and it also lowers fiscal burdens on states and localities dramatically, immediately making possible massive tax cuts. Everyone wins, no matter what they look or sound like. Everyone.
Republicans and conservative Democrats that can articulate the clear benefits of the rule of law and how that personally improves the future for every American citizen and legal immigrant, regardless of color, ethnicity, or national origin will gain electoral success. Good policy produces good outcomes, and electoral success follows public policy success. Nothing else comes close.
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