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Nativism vs. Conservatism

harmless_pedro [1]This one has been building up for some time, only now having tipped the scales because this article was pushed to me [2] by a friend:

Liberals incessantly harp on the fate of unsuspecting American Indians being infected with European maladies, yet that outrage doesn’t jibe with their insistence that amnesty be granted to illegal aliens, some of whom carry diseases eradicated long ago from North America.

In short, if you are in favor of an immigration solution (and all solutions are branded with a scarlet A) then you are simply in favor of trafficking all sorts of gross disease as so many cockroaches into our beloved ‘Murica:

Do amnesty advocates care that blood tainted with malaria, a disease eradicated from the USA back in the 1940s, was deemed responsible for outbreaks in California, New Jersey, NYC, and Texas?

How about Asian illegals introducing dengue fever, a viral disease previously unknown in the US, as well as hemorrhagic dengue fever, which is fatal if untreated?

Could it be that amnesty advocates feel that, as part of the retribution for white European ancestors contaminating America’s indigenous people, hundreds of years later it’s acceptable that innocent children require lifesaving platelet transfusions to cure dengue fever?

So when I was asked about this article [3], I had something in the memory banks.  This sort of nativist swill has been going around for decades, and frankly it’s plagued the conservative movement long enough.  Of course, that really upset a good friend of mine when I fought fire with fire… but I think it’s time we, in Virginia, start having this conversation in earnest once again.

Should the nativists be welcomed in the GOP?  Do conservatives have a moral duty to drive them out of the party?

There are 12 million people in the United States today who want a better lives for themselves and their families, whose only crime was that they came to America to do it.

The nativists have a very simple solution: apprehend all 12 million of them, boxcar them back to their point of origin, and drive them out as so many locusts.  One recent article from the UK Economist outlined that simply warehousing that many people today costs about $5,000 per apprehension.  That’s right — for bedding alone while ICE determines their legal status and where to ship them, it would cost the American taxpayer $6 billion just to house and feed 12 million immigrants.

…and that’s not including the cost of law enforcement, the judicial system, the cost of transport, and the like.

Here’s another tricky thing that nativists don’t mention in their rush to rescue Massive Resistance from the ashes of history: how precisely do you apprehend 12 million people?  Checkpoints?  Papers, papers please?  Searches?  NSA metadata?  What civil liberties are we willing to surrender in order to perform all this D&E?  Does the nativist opinion of a FEMA camp change if they turn into concentration camps for undocumented immigrants?

(1)  The nativists have no home in the modern Republican Party.  A small history lesson — the Republican Party is the party that ended slavery, that fought Jim Crow, that passed the Civil Rights Act in the 1950s and ushered in the civil rights era.  The Republican Party is the party that is fighting against welfare, fighting against the entitlement system, fighting for individual freedom.  The Republican Party is the party that embraces the single-largest non-violent civil rights protest in our nation’s history — the pro-life movement.  The Republican Party is the party that destroyed Soviet Communism.  The Republican Party is the party that fought for free goods and free trade.  On the right side of history, you will find the GOP at every turn.

These clowns?  These Know Nothings?

gangsofnewyork_nativists [4]

…have no place in our history.
They have no place in the history of a Free America.
They deserve nothing more than a footnote to the ignorance that liberty rightly stamps out.

(2)  Conservatives have a moral duty to drive out nativism once and for all.

Free markets, free speech, and a free society — that is the cornerstone of American conservatism.  We are a county that tears down walls, not one that builds them.  The American conservative movement has driven out ideologies from our camp once before.  We drove out the progressives and the America First movement in the 1940s.  We did it again with the John Birch Society in the 1960s.  We did it once again with the anarchists in the 1980s.  Every time we have purged the ranks of poison, we have emerged stronger, producing leadership such as Eisenhower, Goldwater, and Reagan.

It’s time to clean house.

You will hear a lot of talk in the coming months about immigration reform.  In it will be included guest worker programs, documented worker status, real border enforcement that doesn’t require walls, and a sound program that takes an antiquated immigration system and brings it into the 21st century.  That’s not amnesty, that’s reform.

Conservatives embrace the idea of more Americans coming into this country to work hard and prosper.

Nativists reject Pedro.

The Republican Party has a duty to preserve what is ennobling about the American experiment.  A modern day version of Operation Wetback with jackboots and checkpoints designed to boxcar 8-20 million people back “their point of origin” (read: Mexico) is obtuse at best and horribly violent to our civil liberties at worse.  Conservatives are smarter than this, and America deserve better than nativist hate.

Drive ’em out, ladies and gentlemen.  Generations are watching.