The Reverend


Donald Trump's GOP frontrunner candidacy now comes with a position paper.....on immigration. Alabama GOP Senator Jeff Beauregard Sessions just loves Trump's newly released immigration policy, "exactly what America needs" ....but Huckleberry Graham described Trump's immigration policy as "going backward on immigration."



Conservative America's sweetheart, Ann Coulter, took a look at Trump's immigration plan and decided Trump was the second coming of Ronald Reagan....Twittersponding wildly and excitedly.....



IT'S MORNING IN AMERICA, AGAIN! @realDonaldTrump's Immigration policy paper....We haven't seen anything like this since Dwight Eisenhower's "Operation Wetback." Even @MittRomney wasn't this pro-American on immigration....Nothing else matters. Unless we stop 3rd worlders pouring in, bloc-voting 4 the Dems, conservatives lose EVERYTHING....These morons with their little position papers on how to replace Obamacare, deal with Iran and defund planned parenthood...too stupid to grasp that they'll never be in a position to do any of that unless we stop foreigners from voting in our elections....Without @realDonaldTrump's immigration plan, it will be nothing but Obamas and Hillarys as president for the rest of our lives. #USAmatters



Notice in that word mess that Coulter lays down the real reason U.S. Republicans oppose comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship....."Unless we stop 3rd worlders pouring in, bloc-voting 4 the Dems, conservatives lose EVERYTHING."



I think it is worth mentioning here that the mouthpieces of hate-radio....Hannity, Limbaugh, Savage....all are eager supporters of Donald Trump's frontrunning candidacy. Those hate-radio personalities, along with Coulter and others, led a successful charge against GOP president George W. Bush's plan in 2005 to reform immigration laws.



Trump's immigration plan, now online for everyone to read, is formed around three central principles....



1. A nation without borders is not a nation. There must be a wall across the southern border.



2. A nation without laws is not a nation. Laws passed in accordance with our Constitutional system of government must be enforced.



3. A nation that does not serve its own citizens is not a nation. Any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans.



1 and 2 are boiler-wingnut-plate. Build the "dang" wall.....enforce the "dang" laws.



But number 3 is where Trump and his anti-immigration conservative supporters hope to camouflage their authoritarian, political-party-ass-saving nativism .....to make it sound like a plan to increase wages and job opportunities of "real" Americans.



From Trump's position paper....



The influx of foreign workers holds down salaries, keeps unemployment high, and makes it difficult for poor and working class Americans including immigrants themselves and their children to earn a middle class wage.



See what Trump is doing there? It's not that the minimum wage hasn't been raised in 20+ years.....or that corporate outsourcing of jobs over the last three decades has been epidemic....or that the Bankster Reset not only reduced average wages for U.S. workers but also evaporated those same average workers' net worth.....that is causing "salaries" to fall short of a "middle class wage." Oh, no. The blame you see, must be placed on an "influx of foreign workers."



As you are aware, income inequality has become part of the national "discussion"....primarily because of the relentless focus on our 'rigged" economy by senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Sanders has been drawing large crowds to his campaign events mainly because his message of a "rigged" economy which has favored the uber-wealthy for three decades has been resonating with average Americans. It's been labeled a "populist" message.....but what it is....is a message of reality.



Republicans have been attempting to hijack that populist and factual message.....twist and distort the factual evidence over what are the real sources of income inequality....and substitute a straw man argument.....immigration....to direct blame away from our thoroughly rigged economy. To conservatives, it's a twofer.....keep future likely-Democratic voters from ever voting while simultaneously constructing a totally phony economic populist message to disingenuously place blame for egregious national income inequality on dirt-poor and powerless Latino immigrants.



Authoritarian Republicans, like Jeff Sessions and Scott Walker, have been pushing this phony "populist" message for awhile....blaming immigrants and immigration for the meager job prospects and the low wages of U.S. workers. But now with the GOP presidential frontrunner, Donald Trump, taking up the charge....I expect to hear much more from the usual suspects detailing just how it is that, yes, immigration, is the reason Americans haven't seen an increase in purchasing power in 35 years.



Here's what I expect to come next in the wake of Trumps' 'blame everything on immigrants' policy paper: First, Trump's lead among GOP voters is likely to improve. Conservatives who have been hesitant to support The Donald....because, well. it's The Donald.....will be much more likely to lend their support now because....'hey, look, Trump has a detailed plan...he's not just shooting from the hip...he understands the problem.'



And second....Trump's blaming of immigrants and immigration for income and wage inequality, even though total unadulterated bullshite, is likely to catch on as the alternative, and bogus, conservative/Republican response to the genuinely populist economic messaging from the likes of Bernie Sanders.



And yes, it will all be a hoot.