GOP Immigration Reform “principles”

testing a wall

Talking Points has the much-awaited principles posted, and they are really a nice fig leaf for doing nothing.

  • There’s a certain amount of posturing against amnesty, which when translated from the Weasel to human english, means “don’t primary the incumbent.”
  • There’s the usual border security statement, oddly lacking a wall or fence this time. I guess someone actually looked at St. Ronnie’s speech about tearing down a wall? Hard to say.
  • There’s something that sounds vaguely like they want to put the mark of the beast (or at least microchip) on workers coming into the country.
  • There’s some stuff about how they want to keep the best and brightest here, you know, after they’ve earned a degree or fought in our military. Everyone else can pound dirt.

As predictable as it is, the largest paragraph is about how to punish people.

What is really interesting in all of their rhetoric, both in the document and in their soundbites is that this effort is born of expediency. They know that they are up against a demographic shift that will leave them unelectable if they do not give up their seemingly xenophobic (and dare we say racist) ways. But they never say the obvious thing: they want to do it because it is the right thing to do.

I question their sincerity.

Cover Boy

So, after being taken to the metaphorical wood shed for a good spanking in the 2012 Goat Rodeo the GOP turns a lonely eye to… Marco Rubio? The Tea Party It-boy? Really?

Think Progress has a great post up on Rubio: 8 Reasons Why Marco Rubio Is Not ‘The Republican Savior’ all of which are true.

But I’ll add another log into their bonfire: Marco Rubio is Cuban; Cuban immigrants are treated differently from other immigrants, and trust me here in California the immigrant community knows this. During the Feast of St. Ronnie, the Congress in all of its alleged wisdom decreed that the instant a Cuban’s little toe touches the blessed soil of God’s Own Eden the United States, that person is here legally and granted amnesty. Consider that fact for a moment as you ponder the fate of the Guatemalan who’s little toe touches the soil in Arizona.

In Wingnuttia’s world all (insert your own demographic marker here) look alike. So the thinking at the RNC is strangely Gertrude Stein-ian: latino is latino is latino. And so making Marco Rubio the Savior of the GOP (I mean really, isn’t that Christ-like?), that will make “all of them” love the Party of the Confederacy. They are so sure of it that they have tapped Rubio to be the first person to deliver the rebuttal of the State of the Union Address in Spanish.

Here’s the thing: Cuban Spanish is not the same as Latin Spanish. It is like trying to say that Canadian French is the same as Parisian. The intended beneficiaries of this gambit will know that Rubio is not one of them. And in fact, they will know rather instantly that he get to where he is today by having different rules apply to him. Now imagine that you are listening to the guy who got to cut in line tell you that you have to obey all the rules to get in the club.

I predict that there will be an unintended consequence of doing this, not entirely unlike having boy exorcist and noted volcano scholar Bobby Jindal give the rebuttal in 2008.

(Time)

How’s that softer, gentler GOP working out for ya?

“Anyone who believes that [the GOP is] going to win over the Latino vote is grossly mistaken. The majority that are here illegally are low-skilled or may not even have a high school diploma. The Republican Party is not going to compete over who can give more social programs out. They will become Democrats because of the social programs they’ll depend on.”

–Lou Barletta (R-PA)

Nice way to call the people you need to attract blood-sucking moochers. Don’t know why everyone thinks the GOP is a racist party.

(Think Progress)

How’s that outreach to Latinos working for ya, GOP?

“We need a common sense solution to fix the flawed interpretation of the Constitution’s citizenship clause, and ‘The Birthright Citizenship Act of 2013′ does just that. The current practice of extending U.S. citizenship to hundreds of thousands of ‘anchor babies’ must end because it creates a magnet for illegal immigration into our country. Now is the time to ensure that the laws in this country do not encourage law breaking.”

–Rep. Steve King (R – Whites Only)

Oddly, Michelle Malkkkin remains muted on this issue.

(Raw Story)

Are Demographics Destiny?

The 6-ton elephant in the room is wearing a sombrero

Today there is a lot of reflection in Sarah Palin’s Lamestream Media that the demographics of the country have changed and that is what led to His Willardness’ defeat.

This has also lead, rather hysterically and transparently to sudden announcements of evolution on the idea of immigration reform. And if anyone thinks that Hannity is capable of quiet and thoughtful introspection, I have a water-boarding table to sell you.

The issue that Wingnuttia has attached itself to, leech-like, is that they cannot win future electoral contests without having a strong story to tell about Hispanics.

(WaPo) “This chart… illustrate the Republicans’ political problems heading into the 2014 midterm elections as well as the 2016 and even 2020 presidential campaigns.”

Defensively, Wingnuttia points to some of their rising stars: The Tea party darling Ted Cruz, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, and the ever-present Florida Senator Marco Rubio, whose family hales from Cuba, not south of our border. This is actually an important distinction as Cubans who flee to the United States only have to touch the soil to be let in, legally. It’s a unique status, and trust me: the rest of Latin America knows that they are second-class immigrants, so to speak. Also/Too the Spanish spoken by Cubans is not the same as the Spanish spoken in Latin and South America. When he speaks, they know who he is and where he comes from.

Aside from it sounding like tokenism to point to four people as examples of not being prejudiced against a class of people (and not very convincing if you can point to ONLY four people), the point of that matter is that the GOP also has Jan Brewer and hundreds more like her that have made a career out of gaining power by vilifying others, enacting legislation to ask for papers, and arguing only about whether the fence on the southern border should be electrified or manned with machine guns, or both? It’s not exactly the welcome wagon to greet your new best amigos, but Wingnuts are kind of, what is the word? Shy?

I heard a round-table discussion on the radio this morning, and the conservative said, and I kid you not, that he expects that as Latinos assimilate more in American Culture and become richer, that they will “naturally be drawn to the Republican Party,” which does not seem like much of a welcome mat, either. Wingnuttia also has a meme that culturally all Hispanics are naturally conservative people, so you know that they will fit in. You know, just like all blacks are naturally athletic. It’s offensive to look at any demographic as a monolithic block.

“Message: We Care”

As we noted the other day, last Tuesday’s defeat seemed inevitable, a combination of terrible–and offensive–policies combined with bad optics (the audience at the convention was like seeing the Antique White paint chip color swath at Benjamin Moore brought to life), delivered by theocrats, nut jobs, and scolds who claim to want less government (unless you are a slut or a gay person, in which case you will need their permission just to exist) and that everyone who wasn’t already a wingnut was a moocher, just taking stuff away from the beleaguered 1%.

It is not that I think all Republicans are racists, they are not. But I do think that racists are Republicans. Trotting out Rubio is the physical act of saying, “see some of my best friends…” — I don’t think anyone is going to fall for it. So for Hannity and others inside the vast right-wing conspiracy, to suddenly evolve on immigration reform seems like the height of being low.

My friends who work in HR have a very simple rule that they use especially during a hiring exercise: past performance is the best indicator of future performance. If this holds true in politics, the GOP has a real problem on their hands.

Morning Quote 2: Electric Boogaloo

It is not a good thing. The immigrants do not share American values, so it is a good bet that they will not be voting Republican when they start voting in large numbers.
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Instead, the USA is being transformed by immigrants who do not share those values, and who have high rates of illiteracy, illegitimacy, and gang crime, and they will vote Democrat when the Democrats promise them more food stamps.

–The Eagle Forum

And thus we learn that crazy old hell-beast Phyllis Schlafly believes in ripping off the bandaid. Still, bonus points for not sugar-coating their hatred.