Posted by: Rick | Thursday, July 29, 2010

Immigration Two-Step

Republican orthodoxy dictates that government can’t do anything right.  Hence, it follows that Republican politicians generally aren’t  the type of people whose heads are brimming with good ideas.  (You’re not going to see Sarah Palin, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner sitting around a table “brainstorming” a national problem.  That’s not their job.)

For most Republicans, “public service” is simply a way to feed their egos (if they’re rich) or to position themselves to make an obscene amount of money as a lobbyist (if they’re not rich).   As a result, it really doesn’t matter to them what they say about any particular issue.  “Issues” are merely tools they use to get elected and re-elected until its time to start influence-peddling full-time.

Ten years ago, Karl Rove and George W. Bush were pushing for comprehensive immigration reform, largely so that the Republican Party could lock up the Hispanic vote for a generation.  That strategy crashed and burned on the rocks of right-wing ignorance. 

On illegal immigration today, Republicans love to flap their gums, but they’re all hat, no cattle.  They know that it’s impossible to deport twelve million Mexicans.  They also know that corporations profit by exploiting undocumented workers.  To stay in the good graces of both their teabagger base and their Wall Street overlords, Republicans bluster about “open borders” and “amnesty” and “terrorist infiltrators” without ever proposing anything workable to change the status quo.  It’s all just intentionally empty rhetoric.

They do the same thing with respect to abortion.  The last thing in the world “pro-life” Republicans want is an end to Roe v. Wade.  They’re scared to death of the electoral consequences.  They just want a cultural wedge issue every two years.

It’s sad.  The Democratic Party is pretty pathetic most of the time, but it’s also pretty much all we’ve got when it comes to getting anything done in this country.

I blame the media.  But that’s for another post.

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