Former president, and still unindicted war criminal, George W. Bush, had some interesting things to say over a week ago when he spoke at Southern Methodist University, home to W's hagiographic library.....
"What's interesting about our country, if you study history, is that there are some 'isms' that occasionally pop up -- pop up. One is isolationism and its evil twin protectionism and its evil triplet nativism. So if you study the '20s, for example, there was -- there was an American first policy that said who cares what happens in Europe?...And there was an immigration policy that I think during this period argued we had too many Jews and too many Italians; therefore we should have no immigrants. And my point is that we've been through this kind of period of isolationism, protectionism and nativism. I'm a little concerned that we may be going through the same period."
Definition of "nativism".....the policy of protecting the interests of native inhabitants against those of immigrants.
Fox Wingnut Queen, Laura Ingraham, took exception to what W. said about nativism. Ingraham and her other nativist buddies,.....Sean, Bill-o, Rushbo, and Glenny (like the Marx brothers, only zanier).....led the anti-comprehensive immigration bill strike force team back in 2005-06, rallying the AM radio listening set to pressure Congress into refusing to include a path to citizenship in with their plans to reform immigration laws.
Any path to citizenship, any legislation which attempted to deal with the thorny issue of what to do with millions of immigrants now living in the U.S. without documentation......other than round them up and deport them......was, and still is, dismissed by the new nativists at Fox. "No amnesty" was the clarion call of Fox nativists back in 2005, and "no amnesty" is still the call of Foxians and Tea Partiers now.
George was the second Bush to speak out against conservative wingnut opposition to comprehensive immigration reform. Jeb Bush has called this nativist tendency in the Republican Party, "incredibly stupid", a comment Ms. Ingraham didn't take lightly.
So, what do we have here?
What we have is a conservative movement in America which has lost it's way. A political movement in which even George and Jebby Bush are too liberal.....too progressive, "elitists" even.
That characterization is confirmed elsewhere in early talk about challenges in the 2012 GOP primary to such communists as Senator Dick Lugar (R-IN), Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and the grand-daddy of RINO's, Senator Orin Hatch (R-UT).
My point here is that I find in almost extraordinary how quickly the U.S. conservative movement has moved even more significantly to the right....into purely reactionary territory. Just in the last 10 years, the Bushes have become undesirable "elites" willing to destroy every last bastion of the rule of law by "seeking a path to citizenship" for millions of undocumenteds.
When even George and Jeb Bush call you out for being nativist, for pointing out that the uber-right's noisemaking over immigration isn't really about the rule of law but rather,...."the policy of protecting the interests of native inhabitants against those of immigrants"......it should give Tea Partiers as well as other conservatives pause.
Quite frankly, I think that the conservative movement's effort to stop any reasonable path to citizenship which doesn't include deportation, isn't rooted in any concept about a rule of law, but rather, the political law that minorities tend to vote for Democrats. More Hispanic citizens, more Democratic voters.
Venom spewer, Ms. Ingraham...sees it just the opposite.....
Ingraham: .....why did he attack a key priority for many Tea Partiers, namely, getting our borders under control and preventing mass amnesty for illegal immigrants?
Now that's an interesting way to court future GOP voters given their overwhelming opposition to amnesty, Gov. Bush. Maybe President Bush was right. We are suffering from an outbreak of ism's. Elitism comes to mind.
Ingraham is more concerned about the dwindling number of existing pale-faced GOP voters rather than gaining any future Hispanic Republican voters. To rationally calculate that Hispanic voters will become more and more important in the outcomes of elections moving forward....and to suggest that a nativistic approach to immigration will be self-defeating for America, as well as the Republican Party.....is now a symptom of "elitism."
Like running off the interstate on the right hand side and insisting that turning the steering wheel just a little bit more to the right will prevent any mishaps, any damage.
Good luck with that.
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