How Amnesty Serves the Left
How do you think the IRS would behave if its leaders knew there would never be another GOP-controlled House of Representatives? Or if they ever became convinced that occasionally the Republican Party might seize control of a house of Congress, but that for the most part America had become a one-party system, like China, controlled by the Democrats and the left?
At the moment, there is just one, singular force holding back the IRS from making an all-out, systematic assault on conservative Americans as a way of life in this country. That force is the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Were the body not in GOP hands, the IRS targeting of a significant number of citizens for their political beliefs would have already fallen from the headlines. No hearings would be held. No one would be asked to resign. Or if they were, it would only be for show, as the agency continued to target anti-government Americans with Washington's tacit approval.
Such a one-party system can be arranged, starting this week, as the Senate begins debating the immigration bill. It's merely a matter of demographics. If amnesty is given to 11 million illegal aliens by Congress, the shift to an America one-party state will accelerate at warp speed.
That's because the amnesty isn't really for 11 million people, but for over 30 million. If amnesty for the 11 million illegal aliens currently in the country passes, within a decade, Rosemary Jenks, a lawyer with NumbersUSA tells me, at least 17 million additional people will qualify for permanent legal status, the first step in the pathway to citizenship. They will come as part of the "family unification" process that will allow today's illegal aliens to bring their family members here. These people would be eligible to enter the country not decades from now, but in the decade after the immigration bill as currently proposed in the Senate passes. Jenks says her estimate of close to 30 million illegals and their families gaining permanent legal status within the coming decade is actually conservative.
Politico recently calculated the nuclear impact that just 11 million illegal immigrants could have on America's political landscape when they begin voting, in about 13 years. Reliably red Texas would be difficult if not impossible for the GOP to win in presidential races. Florida, Colorado, and Nevada would shift into the Democrats' column in national elections. Even Georgia would likely shift into the Democrat's column in Presidential elections, given that Mitt Romney won it by only 308,000 votes in 2012, and 425,000 illegals who can't vote are currently estimated to live there.
Legalizing the 11 million alone, Politico essentially concluded, would move the presidency largely out of the GOP's reach. So what happens when we legalize 30 million-plus and they begin to vote? If the news reports of recent weeks on the IRS, FBI, and NSA are any indication, we get massive, all encompassing, authoritarian government.
Republicans and conservatives like to kid themselves that the values they hold in common with largely Hispanic illegal aliens of today could somehow make them competitive with this demographic if they mollified them with amnesty, but that won't work.
What drives Hispanic voters is simple, and it was captured with shocking clarity by a Pew Hispanic Center poll last year.
A mind-blowing 75 percent of Hispanics tell Pew they want bigger government with more services. Contrast that with just 41 percent of the American public that says it wants bigger government with more services. (Some 45 percent of the general American population wants smaller government with fewer services. For Hispanics, it's 19 percent.)
This Hispanic love affair with big government isn't a short-term result of the Great Recession. It isn't a temporary product of the first-generation poverty; immigrants, legal or otherwise, have always struggled through in America. This affection for big government is uniquely cultural for Hispanics, and so strongly embedded that it apparently persists for generations.
Some 81 percent of first-generation Hispanic immigrants tell Pew pollsters they prefer big government. In the second generation, it's 72 percent. By the third generation, the number is just shy of 60 percent. Contrast that, again, with the mere 41 percent of the general American population that feels the same.
Conservative or Republican candidates have no way to win this class of voter except to offer him an all-powerful government that provides for more of his needs than the one their Democratic opponent is offering. Otherwise, they'll lose large portions of this vote -- for generations. Once former illegal immigrants start voting, an amnesty granted a decade before by a bipartisan majority will be but a distant memory.
Under the currently proposed 13-year path to citizenship, this one-party system would officially commence around 2028. But the length of that citizenship process could be greatly shortened by the next majority Democratic Congress under Democratic presidential control.
Part of the problem is that most Hispanic immigrants, legal and illegal, come from countries with deeply statist and often quasi-dictatorial governments. This is what they are used to, except that here, the government benefits are much more generous, providing a standard of living that far exceeds that of their countries of origin in most cases.
They have not been taught the value of the individual, the cultural norm on which American society is based. They have little cultural understanding of how economic freedom underpins it. And their children have no hope of learning that in our public schools.
With these voters in their pockets, Washington's elites could finally run roughshod over their limited government opposition.
And they're presently building the machinery with which to do it, as we can see from the police state they are assembling from the FBI to the NSA. Even the IRS is currently attempting to build its own spy apparatus. The ACLU is locked in a legal battle with the IRS over the latter's insistence that they have the right to read your private e-mail without a warrant and without notifying you. Exactly whose email IRS employees have read, and on what scale they are reading it, the ACLU has yet to determine.
The same body that is currently holding back the IRS from a full-scale assault on Americans who support limited government -- the House -- will soon have an opportunity to block, for now, the one-party system the left in this country has craved for so long. If amnesty passes the Senate it must be stopped in the House or in a decade or so, we won't recognize this country, or our political system.
Tara Servatius hosts the morning show on Charleston's 1250 AM WTMA. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Servatius on Facebook at facebook.com/TaraServatiusOnline and on Twitter at @TaraServatius.