Don’t you love how liberal politicians make recommendations for Republicans? Why would any Republican with half a brain listen to what they have to say about their strategies? Would a football coach take advice from the opposing team?
On Thursday, President Obama decided to take a calculated shot at the GOP, telling technology hub Cross Campus that Republicans would be committing political suicide if they didn’t pass comprehensive amnesty legislation for illegals. He went a step further, accusing the Tea Party wing of the GOP of manufacturing anti-immigrant sentiment among voters. He praised those “smart Republicans” who had compromised their values to work with Democrats on immigration reform.
Principles Before Politics
What liberals don’t get – and this speaks to their entire philosophy – is that conservatives aren’t driven by media hype or political commercials. We aren’t in it for the cult of personality surrounding a charismatic leader (though we’ll take one when we can get it). There are actually principles behind the policies we believe in, so it takes more than a few polls to sway our minds. When it comes to amnesty for illegal aliens, we reckon that it’s better to lose a portion of the Hispanic vote if that means preserving the law.
Note that Republicans don’t necessarily believe as I do. As Obama said, there are quite a few “smart” Republicans willing to sacrifice the future of the country for votes. And it’s just such a silly move. Does anyone really believe that first-gen illegals are going to abandon the Democrats if Republicans pass amnesty? There’s still the matter of all that welfare, and they know which party is going to keep the money flowing.
It’s a moot discussion at any rate, according to the president. He reaffirmed his intention to take executive action on immigration after the elections, meaning that Republicans aren’t going to have a chance to weigh in either way. He has also offered the first tangible glimpses into what his action would entail, telling Silicon Valley voters that he wants to grant high-tech companies more guest worker permits and provide “temporary” amnesty to millions. No word on what Obama’s definition of temporary is, but one can imagine.
He said that “the demographics of the country are such that America would lose an entire generation of immigrants who are saying, “that party does not seem to care much about me and my life.” This is another lie the libs love to spread. First of all, what is being lost? Without a path to citizenship, these illegal immigrants can’t vote anyway. Second, it’s not about whether conservatives “care” about immigrants. It’s about weighing the needs of these people with the needs of the country. It’s about what incentives we give to others who want to jump the fence. It’s about where we draw the line between compassion and consequence.
If you believe the most recent poll data, Obama may be wrong about the issue even from a political standpoint. According to an ABC News poll last month, 46% of likely voters believe undocumented immigrants should be allowed to stay and work while 50% believe they should not. If anything, Republicans risk alienating a big portion of their base if they go and do something stupid.
Then again, it wouldn’t be the first time.