I realize that at this very moment, you are being attacked on all fronts. Our voices have earned us a temporary reprieve on gun control, but they’re trying to tax sales on the Internet again, and they’re pushing a ludicrous, maniacally self-destructive immigration bill. I realize we’re all a bit depressed by the unrelenting onslaught of big government, and I would understand if fatigue had set in for many of my friends and fellow conservatives. Ladies and gentlemen, we don’t have time to be depressed. We might survive an Internet sales tax, but conservatism will not survive the immigration reform bill now being pushed by the “Gang of Eight” senators, or probably the version being pushed in the House by none other than Congressman and former Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan(R-WI.) The immigration bill must be stopped if conservatives are to retain any political future.
There’s a very good reason the DC establishment has co-opted these “fresh faces:” They know you won’t listen to the likes of John McCain or Lindsey Graham, but you might be convinced to listen to Paul Ryan or Marco Rubio. They walk these younger guys off a plank, in part because they’re more effective than the old bulls, but also in part to dominate them and keep them in check. If Rubio and Ryan are ultimately damaged by the immigration debate of 2013, who will benefit? Setting the inside politics aside, however, let’s be blunt about the ramifications of the immigration bill: If it is enacted, it will destroy movement conservatism as an electoral force for a generation or longer. For conservatives, this is a fight for survival and it must be fought with all hands on deck.
Naturally, there are others who see danger in this bill. Among them are African-American groups who see the potential for making themselves less vital and more disposable to the Democrat Party. Wouldn’t it be astonishing to find that in the House, we may see the Congressional Black Caucus moving to oppose any immigration bill because it represents an almost complete displacement of their power base in the Democrat Party? It is said that politics makes for strange bedfellows, but in this case, we may see an alliance of the extremely liberal members of the CBC with House conservatives to put the axe to immigration reform. Honestly, if it weren’t for the mortal damage this bill would do to our nation, I’d almost be inclined to let it go through unchallenged just to make the Congressional Black Caucus moot. Apart from the fact that the CBC would likely be an unreliable ally, the fact is that this bill would do immeasurable damage to the country and leave us wide open to more of the same we’ve faced over the last decade, with the added “bonus” of the “Californication” of the rest of the nation inside a decade. States that are now light red would become deep blue, and states that were solidly red would become purple or even blue, in the case of Texas, and Arizona. You can forget winning the White House. Just forget it.
This bill’s rejection is as important to the survival of conservatism as was the presidency of Ronald Reagan. If we don’t find a way to stop this, it will finish conservatism for the next two decades. More, it will dispirit conservatives and we will lose the House in 2014, resulting in two years of a lame-duck President who will never be held to account and who will then have two years of a majority in both houses of Congress, a condition that we will find impossible to reverse. If you have any doubts about the seriousness of the implications of this issue, I’d commend to you this clip from Tuesday’s Mark Levin Show. In this clip, Dr. Levin sounds many of the same warnings, and for many of the same reasons I have brought to you previously on Tuesday. You can download the entire show from Mark Levin Show Audio Rewind. Here is the relevant clip:
If you understand what Dr. Levin has explained, then you must see the seriousness of the threat posed by this bill. We must begin to attack the provisions of the bill, but also the basic concept that they are trying to shove another de facto amnesty down our throats, once again with promises of improved security for which they have no real intentions to enforce. More, it will weaken our security in the face of continued attacks by radical Islamists, with no end in sight. One of the provisions of the Rubio-Schumer bill actually requires that this amnesty must not be applied to any who arrived in the US illegally after December of 2011. The idea is that this prevents the law from acting like a magnet in the short run to draw more immigrants across the border in a mad rush for amnesty. The problem is that there is absolutely no way to demonstrate when they arrived. That’s right, we’re going to take their word for it, since they are by definition undocumented. How many do you suppose will proclaim that they had arrived after that date? Even if there was the slightest willingness on the part of some to faithfully apply such a provision, what is to prevent Barack Obama from simply waiving it? Nothing. There is nothing to prevent the whole thing from blowing up in our faces.
Paul Ryan discussed with Joel Pollak at Breitbart the questions surrounding the immigration bill, and Ryan claimed dishonestly that this would create new economic growth. As I explained on Tuesday in my rebuttal to Senator Rubio, such an argument is a farce. There is no net economic benefit to the people of the US from immigration, and in fact, a notable economic detriment. As Dr. Levin rightly observed in the clip linked above, if we are looking for unskilled labor on the cheap, we could just as easily begin cutting welfare-state benefits to our own citizens and realize a real economic gain, since we would be removing people from the roles and they would begin to fill all of those jobs “Americans aren’t willing to do.” I imagine that if their option is starvation, booted from clutching bosom of the welfare state, they will damned-well become willing.
This isn’t the time to consider immigration reform that will merely strengthen the Democrats in perpetuity. This isn’t the time to create new and larger holes in our security in exchange for contrived and demonstrably false economic advantage. We are at a point in American history that if we do not rise to fight against this, the loss of our country and all the liberties we have enjoyed is certain. I understand there are those who will see the looming Internet sales tax proposal as the worst threat facing us at present, but I must ask those of that view to reconsider: The Internet Sales Tax can be repealed if it’s enacted, but amnesty is forever, and so is the electoral advantage to be gained by Democrats if it should pass. When even the leftist political site Politico notes the grotesque advantage the immigration bill represents for Democrats, we are right to try to stop this at all costs. The simple fact of the matter is that we can defeat this bill or prepare to yield our shrinking liberties. It’s as simple as that.