They lose and immediately the chorus begins. Republicans must change or die. A rump party of white America, it must adapt to evolving demographics or forever be the minority. The only part of this that is even partially true regards Hispanics. They should be a natural Republican constituency: striving immigrant community, religious, Catholic, family-oriented and socially conservative (on abortion, for example).(Snip)For the party in general, however, the problem is hardly structural. It requires but a single policy change: Border fence plus amnesty. Yes, amnesty. Use the word.
I am a big fan of Krauthammer's but his explanation sounds a little simple to me. America rejected Romney for Obama. I freaking don't get it. Romney is a better man on all fronts than Obama. What the heck happened and what has my country done? Why? I confess, I am baffled and disheartened.
I think Charles is right--not on amnesty necessarily, but on immigration reform. We need to do it and get it out of the way so it won't be an issue in the next election. The Republicans can get a significant share of the Hispanic vote. Bush did it. Krauthammer is right that the Republican have a strong bench of potential candidates, Rubio, Ryan and others.. Who do the Democrats have? Hillary? Biden?(!) They are yesterday's news. Neutralize the immigration issue, get a good talking point on abortion and run on the economy, which is not going to improve unless Obama changes his ways.
Bendover Boehner has already expressed his willingness to grab his ankles before the end of the year. If the GOP had any guts someone in next year`s congress would challenge his speakership. As long as those old rino white guys are in charge it bad news for our freedoms.
Amnesty, huh? Every conservative who calls for amnesty in any shape or form needs to take a good long look in the mirror. I understand a lot of this is the usual post-election defeat blues, but integrity and character are defined by how we react to exactly this sort of situation. A lot of you are failing the test.
As conservatives, we have all kinds of principles and beliefs, but what is the most important thing, the one that pisses us off more than everything else to see liberals discard? In my opinion, that would be the rule of law. We demand adherence to the Constitution, to constitutionally-valid laws, and to the procedures for creating those laws. So why the hell am I listening to supposed conservatives, not just here, but all over the web, call for us to discard sacred laws governing entrance to our nation and what is required to legally reside here?
Does this loss, one that was a result of fraud on our opponent's part, failures on our own part (ORCA, anyone?), and random chance (like it or not, Sandy played a huge role) really hurt that much? Is this all it takes to abandon the rule of law we supposedly believe in? Is conservatism so fragile, so weak-willed that it will sell its soul for the same political advantage of identity politics our opponents use? Are we that desperate to pander to any one group in an increasingly balkanized nation that we are going to simply accept the playing field the liberals give us and choose only between defeat or selling out the core of what we stand for? We should be looking for ways to change the game, and instead we are talking about how best to give up the fight, give up our integrity, and walk into a future where politics truly is a soulless power struggle where every option is as bad as the next.
"Never underestimate the power of human stupidity" - Robert Heinlein
Let us at least congratulate the public schools, academia and, above all, the MSM, for successfully producing multiple generations of citizens breathtakingly stupid enough to vote - twice! - for a fraud like Barack Obama. Their undertaking, to replace intelligence and common sense in the citizenry with the empty mind rot of political correctness, was daunting - but they have succeeded. Succeeded beyond anyone's wildest hopes, or fears.
"Moderation" can now only mean: dumbing down to their level. Count me out.
If Hispanics had the same values as Republicans, they would vote Republican. I am tired of hearing how they are a natural fit for Republicans because of their values. How do you support border jumping over partial birth abortion. I am leaving the Republican party because they are caving to immigration and Obama care.
Immigration reform will turn FL, AZ, CO, NV permanently Blue. At that point future elections won't matter much. Questions? I'd rather they cave on taxes. Lets soak the rich and see how bad the economy can get before the 2014 elections. This is the only way to save the country. Immigration reform will be the final nail in the coffin. Take a look at how Latin American countries are governed. Obama is probably not communist enough for them.
The reason that the liberal Democrats are pushing "a path to citizenship" amnesty for 12-20 million illegal aliens is so that they can eventually grant the legalized aliens duel nationality status with US voting rights.
The highly partisan liberal Democrats would not be doing that if they ever thought that this potential new foreign born ethnic voter bloc would ever have an epiphany and vote for conservative Republicans in any numbers worth talking about. By going along with such a liberal Democrat inspired amnesty the Republicans would be committing long-term political suicide by handing the liberal Democrats millions of new voters.
The only sort of legalization program that the Republicans should consider is one where whatever illegal aliens are deemed qualified are granted a temporary immigration status similar to a "guest worker" status with an indefinite work permit and the ability to come and go from the USA. Most working illegal aliens would be satisfied with that, but the liberal Democrats and their allies the Hispanic activists would not.
With such a temporary status, qualified illegal aliens would be granted a "safe harbor" here and until, if they wished, to apply for permanent residence by meeting the same requirements for an immigrant visa that legal immigrants must do now. That is only fair.
Since there is no indication that the liberal Democrats intend to stop obstructing, opposing, and sabotaging all effective immigration law enforcement measures there is little doubt that whatever level of amnesty is agreed to, that it will encourage more mass uncontrolled illegal immigration.
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Well, it’s not like there’s any danger of this stuff crossing the porous border into the US… Tepojaco (Mexico) (AFP) – Mexican authorities scrambled Wednesday to find a truck containing “extremely dangerous” radioactive material used in medical treatment that was stolen by two gunmen two days ago, officials said. The white Volkswagen Worker truck was transporting a teletherapy device containing cobalt-60 when it was stolen Monday in the central Hidalgo state town of Tepojaco, near Mexico City, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. (Snip)So they found the container, just not the incredibly dangerous material that was in it. The
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WASHINGTON – The National Transportation Safety Board has removed the Association of Commuter Rail Employees as a participant in its investigation into the December 1 fatal derailment of the Metro-North passenger train in the Bronx that killed four people. Organizations designated as parties to investigations sign an agreement to abide by NTSB rules during an investigation, but on Tuesday, the chairman of the union, Anthony Bottalico, spoke to the media and discussed what he thought happened during the derailment and engineer William Rockefeller. “While we value the technical expertise that groups like ACRE can provide during the course of an investigation, it
A truck carrying potentially "extremely dangerous" radioactive material has been stolen in Mexico, the UN atomic watchdog said Wednesday. The International Atomic Energy Agency said the truck was carrying cobalt-60, used for radiotherapy treatment to combat cancer. An IAEA statement Wednesday said the truck was stolen Monday while taking the material to a radioactive waste storage center from the northern city of Tijuana. The IAEA said the heist occurred in Tepojaco, a town near Mexico City, and describes the load as `´extremely dangerous" if damaged or removed from its protective shielding. It said Mexican authorities are searching for the material. The statement provided
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DAVID CORN: I saw a president who remains frustrated with the political-media culture that he has to work within, and that he´s looking to rally people, students here, and supporters, and people within the media. CHRIS MATTHEWS: But David Corn, you skeptic. He came to us today. He came amongst us. CORN: He´s trying to rally people behind this vision that he´s been promoting for a couple years. FINEMAN: By the way, he did it the end here, today, Chris, not by defending specifics, but by explaining why he´s in the game to begin with. And I don´t know about you, he´s
The question all week long was this: Who are you going to believe, an illegal alien or the president of the United States of America? Obviously, if it’s a president who once went by an alias, Barry Soetoro, you go with Uncle Omar, 100 percent, no questions asked. And so it was that the White House finally admitted to another, uh, misstatement — despite previous denials, Barack/Barry did sleep on his beloved Uncle Omar’s couch in Cambridge when he first moved here to attend Harvard Law School (speaking of which, we’re still waiting to see the president’s grades and his LSAT scores). But the
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How do you get your arms around the catastrophe known as Obamacare? Is it even possible? At this point, I’m not sure it is. The list of individual disasters which threaten to ruin one-sixth of the U.S. economy and what has been, up until now, the best healthcare system in the world is exhaustive, and exhausting. The examples I will identify here barely scratch the surface. First but by no means foremost, we have the supposedly new and improved HealthCare.gov. Except it’s not, even the visible part. Stories still abound of people still failing to get in or to get through the enrollment
Denver - A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs or face fines, a judge said Friday. The order from administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer said Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver discriminated against a couple "because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage." The order says the cake-maker must "cease and desist from discriminating" against gay couples. Although the judge did not impose fines in this case, the business will face penalties if it continues to turn away gay
7. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.” Via cbsnews.com 6. On Israel: “Israel should withdraw from all the areas which it won from the Arabs in 1967, and in particular Israel should withdraw completely from the Golan Heights, from south Lebanon and from the West Bank.” Via jweekly.com 5. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “All that (Mr. Bush) wants is Iraqi oil.” Via cbsnews.com 4. Mandela on Castro and the Cuban revolution: “From its earliest days, the Cuban Revolution has also been a