The GOP Mulls Seppuku

See also: Boehner Courts a GOP Civil War

Last summer, Ann Coulter, in her aptly titled column "If the GOP Is This Stupid, It Deserves to Die," addressed the Republican Party's dedication to winning the Hispanic vote by supporting amnesty for illegal aliens.

She writes:

Hispanic voters are a small portion of the electorate. They don't want amnesty, and they're hopeless Democrats. So Republicans have decided the path to victory is to flood the country with lots more of them! 

It's as if Republicans convinced Democrats to fixate on banning birth control to win more pro-life voters. This would be great for Republicans because Democrats will never win a majority of pro-life voters, and about as many pro-lifers care about birth control as Hispanics care about amnesty. 

My, what an uncomfortable vortex of logic this must have been -- had anyone in the Republican establishment been paying attention. 

Obviously they weren't, because the GOP is now attempting to sway the Hispanic vote with a thick volley of new rhetoric about the necessity of legislating amnesty for illegal aliens.  And yes, if the GOP is still so stupid as to think it might work, it will deservedly die.

Coulter was prompted to try again this week, hoping against hope, no doubt, that the logic might finally penetrate, in her piece titled, "GOP Crafts Plan to Wreck the Country, Lose Voters."  This time, likely as appalled by GOP stupidity as the rest of its base, she writes:

Seventy-five percent of Hispanic immigrants and 55 percent of Asian immigrants support bigger government -- also according to Pew. Even after three generations in America, Hispanics still support bigger government 55 percent to 36 percent, compared to the general public, which opposes bigger government 48 percent to 41 percent. 

How are Republicans going to square that circle? It's not their position on amnesty that immigrants don't like; it's Republicans' support for small government, gun rights, patriotism, the Constitution and capitalism. 

Reading these statistics, does anyone wonder why Democrats think vastly increasing immigration should be the nation's No. 1 priority?

Likewise, it is no wonder that Democrats will calmly and openly praise John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Paul Ryan aligning with their cause as sensible "bridge-building," but one can only imagine the gleeful squeals they must emit in private over the GOP's decision to do this right now.  Some might say that the Obama administration, and by proxy, all Democrats and their core ideology, are pretty vulnerable nowadays.  After Democrats worked nearly a century to assure Americans that our healthcare system would benefit from strict government control, the rollout of the obviously diseased Obamacare legislation has done little to strengthen their case.  Doctors are quitting their practices, patients are losing their doctors, employees are losing their health benefits by the millions, and millions in the future will be subject to penalty if they fail to comply with the law's mandates.  All this for a law that Americans resoundingly do not want -- one that Congress never even took the time to read, but they knew enough about that they fought tooth and nail to exempt their staff from its requirements. 

To top it all off, this president has unabashedly declared that he will no longer even feign a devotion to the Constitution.  Congress isn't doing its job the way he wants it done, so he's announced that with waves of his mighty pen, he will issue even more executive edicts when Congress dares to impede his vision -- the most recent example being a unilateral executive decision to give federal workers a raise.

Not even his most trusted lapdog and ardent defender, Eric Holder, could provide the slightest constitutional basis to warrant these powers for a president.  He would only say that Obama is "probably at the height of his constitutional power."

That's a convenient answer for him, but not a convincing one for us.  It should be obvious to even the most dimwitted individual that all this evidence should, at the very least, create a good case for conservatism and illustrate our absolute need to limit the federal government's role in our lives.  These revelations alone (to say nothing of Fast and Furious, Benghazi, NSA data mining, IRS targeting conservatives, etc.) could serve to toughen the cords of individualism and the dedication to limited government which this nation was founded upon. 

The GOP could realistically capitalize on all of this.

But rather than press for a focus upon this administration's many offenses, the GOP is instead contemplating political suicide.  At least that's how Matt Drudge puts it.  In linking Coulter's latest article, headlining under a picture of John Boehner in a snazzy photo-shopped sombrero, the caption reads: "Republicans on Suicide Watch."

But suicide doesn't quite seem the proper description.  Suicide is usually motivated by a desire to escape from misery.  And I doubt that Reince and the RNC are feeling too miserable these days.  The motivation here seems more like seppuku, or harakiri, if you prefer.  It appears to be an admission of shame for having somehow run afoul of dominant cultural values, and it will be an act of self-destruction undertaken to earn some sort of honor and respect for its past wrongdoing.

The question is, what is there to possibly feel shame about in opposing amnesty?  At a fundamental level, there is so much wrong with legislating amnesty for 11 million illegal aliens who, lest we forget, violated our laws by entering this country illegally and taking advantage of taxpayer-funded benefits that they are not entitled to exploit as non-citizens.  It is only sane that, as a nation plagued by uncontrollable debt and enduring a youth unemployment epidemic, we look to prevent a deluge of unskilled foreign laborers who will leech benefits from social programs and occupy jobs that might otherwise go to American workers, particularly the youth.

At an even more fundamental level, there is something menacingly dictatorial about a president who would unilaterally order federal agents tasked with preventing foreigners' illegal entry to ignore our immigration enforcement laws. 

If you're a conservative and any of that happens to bother you, then you better get over it.  Because a Republican push for amnesty will nullify your concerns in the public square.  The GOP's self-destruction for amnesty's sake will thoroughly repudiate you and your apprehensions about granting citizenship to illegal aliens, and it will validate Democratic principles as being so obviously true that even the Democrats' ideologically opposite counterpart finally ditched the xenophobia and got on the trolley with the left's vision of "progress."

In other words, if any of that happens to bother you, you are on the verge of becoming obsolete.  And unless we rage so fiercely against this decision and support our more conservative representatives so adamantly that the GOP has no choice but to recognize its folly, conservative American principles might just be at risk of becoming culturally irrelevant or extinct with the GOP.

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