Wise analysts have seen through Obama’s charade from the beginning, noting with clarity that the push for amnesty is built not on any “moral responsibility” but rather on a cynical wager: That Hispanics will pay back the Democrats with lifelong loyalty. And you have to hand it to them, the strategy is a sound one. The only problem is that it will take years to really pay dividends.
Or maybe not…
According to a new Rasmussen survey, 53% of registered Democrats want to give illegal immigrants the right to vote. As long as they can prove they live in the United States and pay taxes, illegals should be given an equal voice at the ballot box, say the majority of Democrats. Even more disturbing, 21% of registered Republicans apparently feel the same way. In total, 35% of American voters believe that the privilege should be extended to those who came to our shores illegally.
This poll should serve as a wakeup call to Republicans who think compromise is the answer to illegal immigration. Politicians like Jeb Bush have bought into the liberal arguments on this issue without realizing what a devastating effect it will have on the party’s viability. Of course, the consequences of amnesty go well beyond partisan politics, but even if Republicans don’t care about the country, they should at least recognize their own impending doom when they see it.
President Obama’s executive orders are being put on ice until the courts can determine their constitutionality, but they are aimed at giving illegals the very federal documents they would need to register to vote. This has inspired some concern in many states, with governors asking the administration to provide them with additional resources to help them chip away at fraud. So far, the White House has been silent on these requests.
Perhaps they’re playing a waiting game. If so, they may not have to wait much longer. The American people are coming around to the idea of giving illegals the vote. To hell with voter fraud; let’s just let everyone vote and then we won’t have to worry about it. In fact, why don’t we mail ballots out to Mexico and South America? Anyone thinking of crashing the border in the next few years should have a say in the country, no? It’s like calling a restaurant for a reservation. Martinez, party of 22? Certainly, we can accommodate you!
The poll’s findings do not seem to match the general temperature of the country, a fact that casts some doubt on the results. Respondents may have been thrown off by an emphasis on taxes; those who don’t follow politics that closely may be forgiven for not knowing that illegal immigrants even paid taxes. Perhaps there was some confusion about citizenship there.
But it’s important to emphasize that paying taxes has nothing to do with voting or citizenship. There’s nothing in the Constitution that says you have to pay taxes to vote. And there’s certainly nothing that says you are a citizen if you pay taxes. It’s a non sequitur meant to appeal to America’s soft spot for hard workers. Fact is, we have enough hard workers. We have enough voters. And we have more than enough politicians catering to non-citizens.
That we have even reached this point in the debate is a sign that our nation is in real trouble.