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September 19, 2007

Today’s moment of GOP Immigration Zen

Michael Gerson used to be President Bush’s chief speech writer and a top policy adviser, now he’s a columnist at the Washington Post. He’d like those of us who oppose amnesty to do him, the Republican Party and the nation a favor…shut the hell up and stop the hating.

You see in Gerson’s world (and it seems the President’s as well), it’s not possible to be a principled person who favors the enforcement of US law. No, if you oppose wholesale amnesty for millions of law breakers you are simply ruining the party by forcing good men like Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney to move to the right on the issue and queering the deal for everyone in the process. That whole damn will of the people thing, it’s so annoying.

One gets the impression of decent men, intimidated by the vocal anger of elements of their own party.

That anger is pushing Republicans into some powerful symbols of indifference to Hispanic voters. The Univision Republican debate, scheduled for last Sunday with simultaneous translation into Spanish, was postponed when only Sen. John McCain agreed to show up. Rep. Tom Tancredo objected to the event on principle: "We should not be doing things that encourage people to stay separate in a separate language" -- which raises the question: Is saying "Viva Cuba Libre" no longer permissible for Republicans? And this snub came on the heels of conspicuous Republican absence at a forum held by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, and at the National Council of La Raza convention.

Yes Mr. Gerson, you caught us. “Viva Cuba Libre” is out because voicing opposition to the bloody dictatorship of Fidel Castro is exactly the same as opposing amnesty for illegals or pandering to voters who are supposed to be able to speak English in order to vote. For the record, I personally oppose conducting presidential campaigns in Chinese (Mandarin or otherwise), French, Russian, Lithuanian and any language other than English (except Klingon of course).

It never seems to occur to guys like Gerson that if winning the votes of “one of the fastest-growing groups of American voters” means we have to pander to amnesty advocates and groups like La Raza, this country has a much bigger problem than angry Republicans.

And with that, it’s time to gear up for another round of amnesty courtesy of the DREAM Act which will be offered as an amendment to the Defense Authorization bill. According to today’s Washington Times, things are not looking good for those who oppose it.

As before, Michelle Malkin has a great round up of the players and what can be done.

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