many realize it yet, but immigration is the mother of all issues.
Every political, economic, and social issue facing the country today
and most importantly in the future depends on how we resolve the
immigration issue. Other issues, such as taxes, education, government
spending, judicial appointments, abortion, gun control, energy,
and national defense, receive much more attention by the media and
politicians. Yet national policy on all these issues and many more
depend upon how the immigration issue is resolved. The public is
still scarcely aware of the immense importance of the immigration
issue. They have not yet seen that every freedom, our very liberty,
and the future of our constitutional republic are in the balance.
President Bush and his advisors seem blind to the implications that
our immigration policy will have on the national polity. All the
principles upon which the nation was founded may soon be lost to
us and our posterity, if we do not awaken to the threat posed by
President Bush's plan of amnesty for illegal, Mexican immigrants.
In a time when immigration reform is badly needed, President Bush
is not only unwilling to confront the already considerable problems
of massive and uncontrolled third world immigration to the United
States, he is proposing an amnesty for illegal aliens that will
bury forever any chance of future reform. Thereby will also be buried
any hope of conservative majorities in Congress. Thereby will be
buried all the principles of true liberty which conservatives hoped
to see maintained and prevail. Thereby every issue will in the future
be decided according to the godless principles of an increasingly
imperial, statist, modern liberalism. Thereby will be buried the
Republican Party except as a shadow
of its former principles and influence.
Bush received only 49 per cent of the popular vote in his recent
election, actually a few hundred thousand less than his liberal
Democrat opponent. Republicans retained their majority in Congress
by a very narrow margin in both seats and popular vote. The U. S.
Senate has now passed narrowly into Democrat hands. Much has been
said and written of this nearly even split between the major parties.
represents more than just party affiliations. It represents deep
ideological, regional, moral, and religious division. The government
hangs in the balance between a free economy and increasing socialism,
between the principles of limited government and statism, between
those who base their moral vision on Biblical teachings and those
who would dethrone those teachings. Most people see this now. Surprisingly,
too few on the conservative and Republican side of this division
realize the inevitable impact that uncontrolled third world immigration
is having and will have on the balance of power. In the 2000 election
President Bush received, despite his "Hispanic" campaign
strategy only about 35 per cent of the Hispanic vote. Within this
group are actually voting populations somewhat diverse. These range
from the predominantly Republican Cuban vote, which is largely middle
class and very anti-Communist; old line Texas and New Mexican families
with some leaning to social and economic conservatism; and recent
Mexican and Central American immigrants, who are largely unskilled
and less educated. For the most part these last have little appreciation
for such issues as limited government and free enterprise. Nor are
they steeped in the tradition of constitutional law and its protections
against arbitrary government. They have little interest in such
issues or their history. Bush probably received no more than 25
per cent of this group judging from his vote in California. They
are a political constituency with overwhelming Democrat leanings.
Yet Bush is proposing to give amnesty to more than three-million
similar illegal immigrants, largely from Mexico. This would not
only make a mockery of U. S. Law, but undoubtedly encourage more
massive illegal immigration. This demographic group has been voting
Democrat at ratios of two and three to one over Republicans. Further
reinforced this voting block will tip the balance of political power
decisively and perhaps permanently to the liberal Democrats.
Bush political strategists plan to raise their vote among Hispanics
from 35 per cent to 40 per cent. Let us hope this campaign plan
will not compromise conservative principles or in any way imitate
the pandering to envy and ignorance at which the Democrats so excel.
But how will Republican and conservative causes be served by bringing
in millions of new voters that will vote 60 per cent or better for
Democrats? President Bush and his advisors seem either to be short
on mathematical aptitude or reasoning ability. Perhaps they are
only looking at the short term. But can we afford national leaders
who do not have the vision and courage to look beyond the next election
cycle? The balance of power is very narrow, so the term will be
very short indeed. A shift in power to the left by such demographic
means will likely be irremediable. President Bush and his advisors,
if they get their way, will leave a miserable legacy for themselves
and the nation. Those of us that voted for Bush are grievously disappointed.
President's advisors have only to look at California too see the
hand-writing on the wall. California was once a solidly Republican
state. In just a few years Mexican immigration has turned California
into an impregnable Democrat and very leftist stronghold. Texas,
New Mexico, and Arizona may soon be next. Even in the solidly conservative
Southeastern states, Democrats are hoping to permanently overturn
Republican hopes with increased registration of new immigrants within
a few election cycles.
the demographic shift that our present immigration policy and especially
President Bush's amnesty for illegal aliens will bring, our recent
tax cut will be short lived. A new Democrat and liberal Congress
will soon reverse the cuts and taxes will be higher than ever, and
even more designed to soak the middle class to pay for the votes
of the government dependent classes. With an increasing Democrat
majority not only Right to Life, but every vestige of Judeo-Christian
morality will soon be under attack. Free religious exercise and
speech will come under increasing attack and persecution. No vision
of a strong American Defense will stand for long. National policies
on energy and government spending will pander to the short-sighted,
leaving posterity to reap disaster. No constitution or constitutional
amendments will protect our rights from an imperial court system.
Education will become the propaganda of demagogues. All these results
will follow from the simple mathematics of the unprecedented demographic
changes confronting us.
must be realistic about the nature of these demographic changes.
The unskilled and uneducated have never been and never will be the
bulwark of liberty. Some may prove themselves unselfish friends
and defenders of liberty, but sadly most will not. History gives
us no warrant for optimism on this point. The liberal panacea of
education has proven a vain hope. It is laughable naivete to place
our hope in changing their vulnerability to pandering demagogues
before generations have passed. It would be wise also to remember
that much of what liberals refer to as education is not knowledge
nor does it result in or encourage clear thinking. It is shallow
propaganda designed to perpetuate the liberal world-view. It will
not be reversed in a few election cycles. The mathematical calculations
are simple. Legalizing and enfranchising millions of voters who
will favor liberal Democrats by 60 to 75 percent will inflict enormous
political, economic, and social damage on the nation that could
last for generations. All hopes for lower taxes, reduced government
spending and regulation, strengthened constitutional government,
and a society that honors the moral and religious traditions of
its founders will be down the drain along with all the other values
that make for a strong and free nation. The bitter irony is that
this political tragedy and fiasco would be issued forth by a Republican
President and those timid Republicans that would blindly follow
his incredibly stupid immigration policies.
recently received a letter from a Republican politician repeating
those oft spoken words, " we are a nation of immigrants."
Indeed, we are a nation of immigrants. But let us have the common
sense to distinguish between immigrants who have come seeking freedom
and are wary of those that might take it away, and those who know
little of our history, our constitutional principles, and our moral
foundations, and who might by demagoguery and ignorance unwittingly
be the instruments of our destruction. Let us dispense with sentimental
generalities that undo common sense. Let not, "they were a
nation of immigrants," be the epitaph of a formerly great Republic.
The public and even the Republican Party are slow to realize the
implications of the immigration issue, but upon the immigration
issue hang all other issues. We are already in a precarious position.
Bush's amnesty for illegal aliens would be political suicide in
four years. It would result not only because of the increased numbers
of Mexican immigrants likely to vote against him, his party, and
conservative principles, but an increasing number of conservative
voters who will no longer tolerate such blundering stupidity and
disrespect of their interests. Conservatives will not be celebrating
the President's political suicide, however. They will bury our principles
and the Republican Party with him. I pray that the President and
his advisors would open their eyes and gird up their courage before
the nation has slipped too far to save.
M. Scruggs [send him mail]
is a former Republican county chairman.