Competing DACA Fantasies for GOP Elected Officials and Voters

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Competing DACA Fantasies for GOP Elected Officials and Voters

K’Mtar: Freeze pro­gramme. You should have killed him when you had the chance.
Lt Worf: Why did you not?
Alexan­der: I don’t know.
K’Mtar: Look at him! He did not care that you showed him mercy. He was going to kill you.
Worf: K’mtar, that is enough.
K’Mtar: If this was real, he’d be dead by now.

Star Trek The Next Gen­er­a­tion First­born 1994

As reports that Pres­i­dent Trump is pre­pared to end or at least not renew Barack Obama’s dis­pen­sa­tion for the chil­dren of ille­gal aliens who, through no fault of their own, were brought here by their par­ents ille­gally allow­ing then to con­tinue to stay with­out fear of depor­ta­tion debate on the sub­ject has been renewed.

Unlike most of the debate con­cern­ing ille­gal immi­gra­tion this is one of the few point where there is some merit to both sides of this argu­ment but that’s fod­der for a fol­low up post for now I’d like to state a polit­i­cal real­ity that many mod­er­ate mem­bers of the GOP cau­cus from Paul Ryan on down seem to have either for­got­ten or decided to delib­er­ately ignore.

For a very long time the MSM has spun the nar­ra­tive that thanks to demo­graph­ics the GOP is doomed polit­i­cally unless they adopt the open bor­ders nar­ra­tive and sup­port leg­is­la­tion that pro­vides amnesty for ille­gal immi­grants and their chil­dren and that if they fail to do so they will suf­fer elec­toral disaster.

Fur­ther­more Activist groups have insisted that the oppo­si­tion to open bor­ders is a mat­ter of race hatred toward “his­pan­ics” (from the myth­i­cal land of His­pan­ica no doubt) the MSM has sug­gested that the only way to prove that GOP vot­ers and pols were not a bunch of race haters was to sup­port pro­grams like DACA.

And sure enough there have been GOP mem­ber who have rushed to do just that to prove to the MSM and activists that they are dif­fer­ent from that nasty Don­ald Trump and those deplorable Tea party peo­ple who voted for him. Folks like Paul Ryan:

House Speaker Paul Ryan says the pres­i­dent should pre­serve for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s DACA amnesty even though “Obama did not have the leg­isla­tive author­ity to do what he did.”
Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump should also let Con­gress decide how to deal with the DACA, Ryan told a Wis­con­sin radio show on Fri­day morning.

and Thom Tillis:

Con­ser­v­a­tive law­mak­ers led by Thom Tillis are craft­ing a bill they call the con­ser­v­a­tive Dream Act that would pro­vide a path to per­ma­nent res­i­dency to peo­ple brought here ille­gally as chil­dren, offer­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump an escape hatch on one of his most vex­ing immi­gra­tion challenges.

might expect to be well rewarded by said MSM and activist for their efforts on their behalf, that is they would be if the nar­ra­tive being offered wasn’t based no two huge lies.

The first being that said oppo­si­tion to DACA and/​or ille­gal immi­gra­tion is a los­ing issue. While it is true that Don­ald Trump’s very pub­lic dec­la­ra­tions con­cern­ing a wall might have run up vote totals for Hillary Clin­ton in Blue States like New York, Illi­nois and Cal­i­for­nia where Repub­li­cans have lit­tle power but rather than cost him elec­toral votes won him states like Iowa, Ohio and Florida (last won by GOP in 2004) Penn­syl­va­nia , Michi­gan and an elec­toral vote in Maine (last won by GOP in 1998) and even Wis­con­sin (last won by the GOP in 1984 dur­ing the Rea­gan 49 state land­slide). Fur­ther­more the rise in the Tea Party directly cor­re­sponds with GOP vic­to­ries on the con­gres­sional and state level that have given the GOP the house since 2010 but has given them clear con­trol of both houses of con­gress and the presidency.

The sec­ond lie is even big­ger, and that’s the idea that either the MSM or activists will stop con­sid­er­ing repub­li­cans who sup­port DACA or ille­gal immi­gra­tion racists. While the MSM and activists will give these folks lip ser­vice as long as they are seen as use­ful in their clash with con­ser­v­a­tives in gen­eral and Don­ald Trump in par­tic­u­lar but the moment that DACA is enshrined into law Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ryan and Sen­a­tor Tillis will sud­denly dis­cover that the activist com­mu­nity will find a new rea­son to call them racist haters and offer a new demand for them to ful­fill and the MSM will again insist that with­out their sup­port for this new demand they will never get “His­panic” support.

It’s extremely ironic that expe­ri­enced pols can so eas­ily fall for lies so obvi­ous but it’s always pos­si­ble that they are not the ones that are being played for suck­ers by the MSM and activists on the left, but that they are play­ing the vot­ers who elected them promis­ing to sup­port bor­der secu­rity and then hedg­ing when the time comes just as they did on Obamacare.

The ques­tion is, are they fools, liars or both?


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K’Mtar: Freeze programme. You should have killed him when you had the chance.
Lt Worf: Why did you not?
Alexander: I don’t know.
K’Mtar: Look at him! He did not care that you showed him mercy. He was going to kill you.
Worf: K’mtar, that is enough.
K’Mtar: If this was real, he’d be dead by now.

Star Trek The Next Generation Firstborn 1994

As reports that President Trump is prepared to end or at least not renew Barack Obama’s dispensation for the children of illegal aliens who, through no fault of their own, were brought here by their parents illegally allowing then to continue to stay without fear of deportation debate on the subject has been renewed.

Unlike most of the debate concerning illegal immigration this is one of the few point where there is some merit to both sides of this argument but that’s fodder for a follow up post for now I’d like to state a political reality that many moderate members of the GOP caucus from Paul Ryan on down seem to have either forgotten or decided to deliberately ignore.

For a very long time the MSM has spun the narrative that thanks to demographics the GOP is doomed politically unless they adopt the open borders narrative and support legislation that provides amnesty for illegal immigrants and their children and that if they fail to do so they will suffer electoral disaster.

Furthermore Activist groups have insisted that the opposition to open borders is a matter of race hatred toward “hispanics” (from the mythical land of Hispanica no doubt) the MSM has suggested that the only way to prove that GOP voters and pols were not a bunch of race haters was to support programs like DACA.

And sure enough there have been GOP member who have rushed to do just that to prove to the MSM and activists that they are different from that nasty Donald Trump and those deplorable Tea party people who voted for him.  Folks like Paul Ryan:

House Speaker Paul Ryan says the president should preserve former President Barack Obama’s DACA amnesty even though “Obama did not have the legislative authority to do what he did.”
President Donald Trump should also let Congress decide how to deal with the DACA, Ryan told a Wisconsin radio show on Friday morning.

and Thom Tillis:

Conservative lawmakers led by Thom Tillis are crafting a bill they call the conservative Dream Act that would provide a path to permanent residency to people brought here illegally as children, offering President Donald Trump an escape hatch on one of his most vexing immigration challenges.

might expect to be well rewarded by said MSM and activist for their efforts on their behalf, that is they would be if the narrative being offered wasn’t based no two huge lies.

The first being that said opposition to DACA and/or illegal immigration is a losing issue.  While it is true that Donald Trump’s very public declarations concerning a wall might have run up vote totals for Hillary Clinton in Blue States like New York, Illinois and California where Republicans have little power but rather than cost him electoral votes won him states like Iowa,  Ohio and Florida (last won by GOP in 2004)  Pennsylvania , Michigan and an electoral vote in Maine (last won by GOP in 1998) and even Wisconsin (last won by the GOP in 1984 during the Reagan 49 state landslide).  Furthermore the rise in the Tea Party directly corresponds with GOP victories on the congressional and state level that have given the GOP the house since 2010 but has given them clear control of both houses of congress and the presidency.

The second lie is even bigger, and that’s the idea that either the MSM or activists will stop considering republicans who support DACA or illegal immigration racists.  While the MSM and activists will give these folks lip service as long as they are seen as useful in their clash with conservatives in general and Donald Trump in particular but the moment that DACA is enshrined into law Representative Ryan and Senator Tillis will suddenly discover that the activist community will find a new reason to call them racist haters and offer a new demand for them to fulfill and the MSM will again insist that without their support for this new demand they will never get “Hispanic” support.

It’s extremely ironic that experienced pols can so easily fall for lies so obvious but it’s always possible that they are not the ones that are being played for suckers by the MSM and activists on the left, but that they are playing the voters who elected them promising to  support border security and then hedging when the time comes just as they did on Obamacare.

The question is, are they fools, liars or both?


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