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The American Republic, R.I.P., and Useful Idiots

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kool Kwanzaa, Super Solstice, and Fantastic Festivus (Did I cover all my politically correct bases there?  Would hate for the Diversity Police to come after me) to all my dear “Gregorian Rant” readers.

I’ve been away from ranting for awhile, as I’ve been too busy with life outside teh interwebz, but hopefully I’ll be able to revive the Rant.  No shortage of crap to rant about lately, but thought I’d focus on the amnesty issue.

It’s now officially official.  Our constitutional republican form of government in the United States of America is dead.

In a move which even Obama himself earlier said is outside his constitutional powers as President, he issued a despotic “executive order,” which would effectively issue amnesty to over 10 million illegal aliens living in the U.S.

After winning both houses of Congress in a landslide, the Elephants joined with the Jackasses (in another heartwarming display of bi-partisanship) to agree to spend another $1.1 trillion of taxpayer dollars in the “CRomnibus” (sounds like a monster from a bad sci-fi flick) bill, which includes full funding for Obama’s executive amnesty, as well as Obamacare, and countless pork barrel and pay-off spending.

The GOP “leadership” stands exposed as the complete frauds they are, having lied to their conservative constituents in their promises to defund Obamacare and oppose amnesty, when they intend to do neither.

The refusal of the Republican establishment in Congress to use their constitutional power of the purse to oppose Obama’s lawlessness is more than simply a matter of spineless cowardice (though they are spineless cowards).  After all, even cowards can sometimes be goaded to courage if pressed hard enough.  The Chamber of Commerce crony capitalists, who have the GOP establishment bought and paid for, love amnesty because it lowers the cost of labor.

Of course, this despotic violation of constitutional separation of powers was celebrated by those predictably pious cheerleaders of the almighty socialist state, the American Bishops.  The liberal Archbishop of Chicago, Blasé Cupich, loudly praised Obama’s unlawful executive actions, even saying that the aspirations for people to immigrate illegally were “placed in their hearts by God.”  So now, apparently, illegal immigration is God’s Will.

Funny how the same bleeding hearts who howl like banshees about the evils of “mixing religion and politics” whenever conservatives vote according to their religious conscience regarding matters such as abortion and marriage, have absolutely no problem when clergy and other public figures wrap themselves in “God” to promote favorite lefty causes such as amnesty and global warming.

The good archbishop and other progressive Catholics who insist that liberal Democrat policies are nothing less than Catholic Teaching in action, or even the Will of the Almighty Himself, conveniently forget the cautions of St. John Paul the Great against the welfare state and unchecked immigration.

If they were wise, the Catholic bishops would think twice before throwing their enthusiastic support to Obama’s dictatorial activity, which will likely come back to bite them.  They should have learned something from their support of socialized medicine and the contraception mandate.  The reality is that amnesty will undermine efforts to improve the lot of the poor and underprivileged in this country, by lowering the price of labor, and increasing competition for labor, keeping more citizens unemployed.

In addition, as I covered in an earlier Rant, if the Democratic plan to use amnesty to change to demographics to create a permanent Democratic majority works, Catholic pro-life and pro-marriage efforts will be seriously undermined.

Once more, the U.S. Bishops are useful idiots, pious  pawns and dupes of those in positions of worldly political power.

And even if they think Obama is right in principle on amnesty, Catholics should be hesitant to support this kind of unchecked executive power by the president, and the precedent it sets.  The next unconstitutional “executive order” (whether by Obama or a future president) may not be so to their liking.

If this amnesty order goes unthwarted, the Democratic Party leaders, who want to ensure their party’s permanent unchecked rule, win.  As do the GOP-supporting big business leaders who want cheap labor.  It’s the rest of us that lose.

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Immigration and the Suicide of the Right

Republicans in Congress are debating the passing of an “immigration reform” bill that would grant amnesty to 11 million aliens living in the U.S., as well as make it easier for non-immigrant workers to enter the U.S.

Today’s wishy-washy “moderate” Republican “leadership” (McCain, Boehner, & co.) would have us believe that this is somehow a good thing for America and for their party.  For time now, I’ve heard the line from many Republicans and self-described conservatives that Mexicans and other Hispanics are natural conservatives, who will happily flock to the GOP if only we do more to grant amnesty and open the borders.

This is despite the fact that Hispanics, as well as most other immigrant groups, consistently and overwhelmingly vote Democrat.  Democrats won over Hispanic voters by landslide numbers in every single presidential election since 1980, including two years after Ronald Reagan granted amnesty to millions of Mexican immigrants in 1986.  And this was with the GOP running largely “moderate” candidates who would do nothing to restrict immigration, such as Dole, Bush II, McCain, and Romney.

However, I keep seeing conservatives casually state things such as, “all the Republicans need to do is grant amnesty, and their problems with Hispanic voters will be over.”  (While on the internet, this appeared to be said with a straight face.)  This, despite the fact that Republicans granting amnesty has completely failed to win over Hispanics in the past, and the fact that polls show that the majority of Hispanic voters oppose amnesty for illegal aliens.

The truth of the matter is that the majority of Hispanics and those from other immigrant groups vote Democrat rather than Republican, not because of perceived Republican opposition to immigration and amnesty, but for the simple reason that they tend to be more liberal/socialist on just about every issue.

Polls show, for instance, that they are far more in favor of big government policies, and things like gun control, than most Americans.

But, aren’t Hispanics religious, pro-family, pro-life people who are socially conservative?  Some years back, a pro-life conservative woman cheerfully informed me, with a tone of absolute certainty, that Mexican immigrants would create a pro-life Republican majority in America.

Well, not exactly.  Polls show that Hispanics are actually more in favor of legal abortion than Americans as a whole, as well as somewhat more in favor of “gay marriage.”  (That last one actually surprised me.)

The reasons Washington politicians like unrestricted immigration and amnesty are clear enough.  The big-gov Jackasses like it because it ensures a steady supply of new Democratic voters, ensuring that they become a permanent majority and remain in power forever.  The big-business corporatists who have the GOP “leadership” bought and paid for like it because it ensures a steady flow of cheap labor to be exploited.  (Even though it will ultimately ensure the end of the GOP.)  In neither case does it have a damn thing to do with genuine concern for the poor and downtrodden stranger.

However, plenty of well-meaning ordinary folks, including many conservatives and Catholics, have their heads far up their pious posteriors on this issue.  The US Bishops, those reliably enthusiastic cheerleaders for welfare state socialism, continue to crusade for amnesty and open borders, as well as universal tax-payer-supplied benefits for illegals – all in the name of hospitality for the stranger.  (At least one good Bishop went so far as to declare that those opposing amnesty or “immigration reform” are “not pro-life.”)

One conservative commentator (a family friend) even condemned alleged conservative opposition to immigration as a form of “right-wing idolatry of the state.”  This sparked pious gushing from a reader about how much the influx of those holy Mexicans with their “deep devotion to the Virgin of Guadalupe” would improve our country.

And plenty of libertarians adamantly support open borders on “anti-statist” grounds.

The brutal truth is that unrestricted immigration and easy amnesty policies will in fact do nothing to advance the cause of either social conservatism or of liberty, but will result in the increased destruction of both, by ensuring continued left-wing statist rule into the indefinite future.

In fact, it will ensure that Catholics, conservatives, and libertarians will lose on almost every single issue.

The brutal truth is that unrestricted immigration and easy amnesty policies will in fact do nothing to advance the cause of either social conservatism or of liberty, but will result in the increased destruction of both, by ensuring continued left-wing statist rule into the indefinite future.

In fact, it will ensure that Catholics, conservatives, and libertarians will lose on almost every single issue.

Hospitality to the stranger does not mean we must blithely accept and welcome anyone who sneaks or breaks into our homes, much less that we make them members of our household.

Conservatives want enforcement of existing reasonable restrictions on immigration, and not granting law-breakers the same path to citizenship as those who played by the rules.

And anyone who thinks that a country can maintain its unique culture and identity while being flooded with new-comers who do not share it need only ponder the fate of the American Indian after the coming of the white man.

The irony is that if our current trends continue, America will no longer be prosperous land of opportunity that for hundreds of years drew immigrants from over the world to her shores.  Immigration from south of the border actually slowed considerably in the Obama years, not because of increased border security, but because of lack of jobs in the dismal U.S. economy.

My point here is not to bash Mexicans, Hispanics, or immigrants in general (of which, in fact, there are many wonderful, and even conservative, individuals). Rather, Catholics, conservatives, and libertarians, need to wake up and get their heads out of the sand before they give enthusiastic support to policies that will ensure their own demise, as well as that of America.

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