It’s reassuring that Newt Gingrich’s step into the cowpie of “humane” immigration in the recent debate has caused a firestorm with legs. (A Google News search two days after the debate in question for Gingrich Immigration got 2260 hits.)
He may have thought he was making a clever move into a general-election-style campaign, but he has to win conservative primary voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina first.
Newt Gingrich is surely an unashamed practitioner of the straw-man argument, conjuring up an absurd family-splitting scenario that sounds like memo from La Raza:
“If you’ve been here 25 years and you got three kids and two grandkids, you’ve been paying taxes and obeying the law, you belong to a local church, I don’t think we’re going to separate you from your family, uproot you forcefully and kick you out.”
Of course, there is no such plan to deport millions, nor will there be. Even we strict pro-sovereignty types don’t want the government to spend billions of taxpayer dollars to deport the whole invasive bunch. They can leave the same way they came, on their own dime, after America has become sufficiently unwelcoming toward their unwanted job-thieving presence. And they can take their meal-ticket jackpot babies with them — family values are saved in my plan.
Incidentally, any alien who has lived unlawfully in this country for 25 years doesn’t need papers from Washington to survive. He probably has a handful of fake ID cards and stolen Social Security numbers ripped off from honest citizens. Why confuse him now?
Gingrich apparently sees himself as a brilliant political strategist who can craft conservative policies that will nevertheless attract Mexicans and other Latin Americans who come from a culture where big government is preferred.
A popular idea among delusional Republicans is that hispanics’ family values make them natural conservatives. However, that view doesn’t fit well with a latino illegitimacy rate of 53.3 percent in 2010. Plus Mexican men seem quite willing to leave the wife and kiddies behind in the dear homeland, even though psychology informs us that a poor intact family is better for children than a split-up family with more cash.
Newt would do better to remember that Mexicans are marxicans.
Furthermore, did a pro-amnesty position help the Republican candidate in a recent election? Not so much, judging by Sen John McCain’s miserable showing among hispanics in 2008. He promised an amnesty the first day of his Presidency during the campaign, yet even that extreme level of hispandering garnered him only 31 percent of the hispanic vote, according to Pew Hispanic Center.
Newt thinks he can do better, but his whole history of pandering outreach — from championing Spanish-speaking Puerto Rico as a state to his bilingual website espousing “conservative” values (cultural treason, IMO) — hasn’t made him a star among the raza bunch.
Congresswoman Bachman remains one of the better explainers of the issue, and said Gingrich “probably has the most liberal position on illegal immigration of any of the candidates” on the PBS Newshour November 23.