Or maybe the dishonesty.
by: the Common Constitutionalist
Lately I’ve been quite critical of the Republican Party and supposed conservatives therein. I’ve had friends recently asked why I’m being so hard on the Republicans; why am I not going after the Democrats?
There is no saving the Democrat party. They are all too far-gone. In fact I have virtually given up on the Republicans also. There are but a handful able to stand up for true conservative values such as Ted Cruz and Louie Gohmert, but there are damn few and not enough to make a difference in the Republican Party.
Just as Democrats will take to the cable networks such as CNN and MSNBC to get their message out, so will conservatives. The conservatives will however, take their message to a different venue; conservative talk radio. How I judge the conservative bona fides of a politician who has been thrust front and center into an issue is by with whom they speak to explain their issue.
When I hear a supposed conservative on a program such as Sean Hannity or some other Fox News airing but don’t hear them on Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck’s shows, my warning bells sound. I know that a fake conservative will have no problem with a Sean Hannity interview, whereas he would be wary to speak to Rush and never darken Glenn Beck’s door. This I believe to be the one true measure of one’s, shall we say, conservative honesty.
This is why I was encouraged when I heard Marco Rubio was to be on the Rush Limbaugh program to explain his plan on immigration. Rush gave him a fair shake but unfortunately, in my opinion, he was a disappointment. He did say some good things, but overall, a lot of it sounded like political nonsense.
He (Rubio) has been pushing hard, getting his word out on radio, television and in print. Recently he tried to make his case on Erik Erickson’s site, RedState.
He wrote, “We have a legal immigration system that doesn’t work, we don’t have an effective system to enforce our immigration laws, and we have, by some estimates, as many as 11 million human beings living in the United States without the proper immigration documents in a state of de facto amnesty.”
While I agree with Mr. Rubio that our immigration system is broken, I believe he is wrong in his assessment of the 11 million human beings. If we wish to have an honest discussion, we must be honest about who we are dealing with. These “human beings” are not just those without proper documents. They are criminals that knowingly, illegally breached our sovereign border. With their first act, they willingly broke American law. Don’t get me wrong. If I were in a similar situation as most of these people, I would be trying to do the same thing, sneak across the border to get some work or free stuff, but our laws can’t take into account the sufferings of individual noncitizens. I’m sorry that these folks were not born in America and aren’t citizens, but that’s just the way it is.
Rubio continues, “On the political front, a growing number of voters of Asian and Hispanic descent have been convinced by the left that conservative opposition to immigration reform equates to being anti-immigrant.”
I agree that the left has indeed convinced many that conservatives are anti-immigrant. This however, is not due to the ability of the left but the ineptness of the right. The right has allowed the lefties to frame illegal immigration as all immigration. I conclude that those on the right either don’t really care about the distinction or are not courageous enough to speak out against the lies. And another thing; can we stop with the incessant “voting block” nonsense. We have to appeal to the Hispanic community, the Black community, the Asian community. This is all such utter nonsense. Either these people are Americans or they’re not. Go out there and speak to them as individuals, not some monolithic voting bloc. It’s all such crap. This is what I mean when I say, those who control the language control the debate.
Stay Tuned, as it were, for Part Two