Why Bush is Losing The Conservatives One Immigrant At a Time
Mark Levin over at the Corner at National Review has a great post on why George Bush is losing his Conservative base. While Conservatives will support him on the war, the big government, pro Amnesty for illegal immigrants, and his support for many things that go against the grain of Conservatives across the country are creating too much angst.
I know it is for me. It may explain the rise of support for Fred Thompson, who espouses a much more conservative agenda that the average person can relate to. If George Bush loses the base it will make it much easier for candidates like Thompson to run against Bush and the Democrats and puts the McCains in a box as they will be espousing a very unpopular agenda.
I think conservatives have gone a long way with the president. They rallied to him especially after 9/11, especially at a time of war, and especially given that the anti-war movement (led by the Democratic party) is so extreme and dangerous. Most conservatives have defended vigorously the president’s intelligence and law-enforcement efforts, from GITMO to NSA intercepts. But I don’t believe the president would have received the kind of support he has received from the conservative base, for as long as he has received it, had we not been attacked. But there is a breaking point. And for some, that point has been reached. J-Pod wrote a column last week arguing that if the war had been going better, conservatives would be more tolerant. He might be right.
However, many conservatives believe an intervention is necessary now or in 2008 the Democrats may well retain Congress and pick up the presidency. President Bush is the leader of the party, in charge of the RNC, and for the most part sets the national agenda. And apart from the war (although there’s a growing voice of dissent in that regard) much of the national agenda is seen as misplaced (amnesty) and reactive (global warming). via National Review Online.
Posted June 4, 2007 by Scared Monkeys
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Bush on his illegal undocumented, displaced, aliens.
TOO LITTLE TOO LATE.
It’s true that conservatives have been Bush’s best defense team since many times his own administration has not been pro-active in doing that.
No, I don’t care how the war in Iraq was going, I would NOT ever support breaking the law for 12 million people. Either everyone follows the law or everyone gets to break it.
Think of the 20 year old kids we send to prison for drug possession. Why would their nation then turn around and decide that “some” crimes (namely crossing the border and then using fake documents)is okay?
It’s like what Clinton and his supporters did with trying to justify his lying under oath. Crime is crime. Sex is sex. Breaking the law is breaking the law and if we as a nation don’t get that – we will totally fail.
Americans must NOT give in to this. They MUST call, write their congressmen and let them know that this is as serious as it gets. We are either a nation of laws or we are a rouge bunch of rowdies that pick and choose which laws we will support. Then we become no better than “One Crappy Island” and are doomed to fail.
You hit the nail on the head. Even more, what is the motivating factor for immigrants to follow the law? NONE.
They are here, they make money, the go to school, sometimes better than most can afford. There is no motivating factor to do the citizenship legally.
Most Hispanics vote Democratic…Bush’s ties to this community helped the Republicans increase the Hispanic vote for Congress in 2004, but this didn’t hold up in 2006, largely because the Republicans at took firm positions against immigrants in the House…so, Bush must be trying to balance the risk, by seeking to preserve most of the already conquered Hispanic vote (40% Hispanic support in Texas, for instance) and to reverse hard line anti-GOP Latino vote (80% of California’s pro Democratic voters).
Politicians have traditionally paid a hefty price for supporting an “anti-Hispanic” agendas. But as the immigrants of the past become fully integrated to the American way of life-even if they continue to keep strong emotional ties to their social idiosyncrasies, such as Cuban-Americans- it will become harder to attract votes based on ethnicity alone. Politicians will have to focus on the more serious issues affecting the American people as a whole.
Hispanics have just one common link-the language. Other than that, the issues affecting Mexican Americans are quite different from those affecting Argentineans, Cubans, Nicaraguans or Hispanic Afro-Caribbeans, for instance. It is easier to find a common link among Hispanics based on socio economics, than language alone.
Hopefully, the Republican candidates will look back to Reagan’s legacy and achievements, and realize that the good that came about during Reagan’s administration happened because of his unquestionable leadership abilities. It’s time to rethink political strategies!
If these illegals want to be Americans, then I suggest they start by following our laws, and learning our language. We cannot continue to allow special treatment for illegal aliens, and we must do something to close the borders. It is just ludicrous to allow this to continue. It’s time we started to worry about our own country, and what’s good for Americans, instead of always trying to take care of the rest of the world, to our detriment.It is in the best interests of the United State to close the border with Mexico, and instead of discussing it for the next ten years, we need to just go ahead and do it now.