Amnesty is Suicide for GOP -- and America
January 31, 2014
RUSH: Look, I don't care how you slice it, folks, it just doesn't make any sense. Even the most accepted, and some might say logical explanation, it doesn't make sense, and here's what it is. Why are the Republicans willing to commit suicide? Because that's what it is.
Let's review. Last fall, remember, leading up to the government shutdown, the Republican Party leadership is making sure they're out there, they're publicly saying, "Focus on Obamacare. Get rid of Obamacare. We gotta get rid of Obamacare." They wanted us to think that's what they're focusing on, and do not lose sight of it. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz pop up and take 'em seriously and it results in a government shutdown. The Republican Party leadership goes absolutely batty, "Oh, my God, you're killing us! We're gonna get blamed for shutting down the government and people love the government. People don't want the government shut down, oh, my God, oh, my God."
Now they've done a total flip-flop and to heck with Obamacare. They don't seem to care at all even though it's failing, even though it's ripe. I mean, it's never been -- and it's been this way for a long time -- it's never been a greater opportunity for the Republican Party to connect with a majority of Americans across the spectrum. The opposition to Obamacare knows no bounds. People from all income levels, people from all walks of life, all religions, all creeds, all three sexes, it doesn't matter, there are opponents, and they are the vast majority. And it is getting bigger. And the Republicans who last fall said "Don't do anything to take the focus off that," have now taken the focus off that and have shifted to amnesty!
If you look at national polls, you find that amnesty is important to 3% of the population. Obamacare polls at the top of issues the American people think are important, need to be addressed, fixed, done something with. The minute that polling data comes out, we drop our pursuit of Obamacare, which was tepid anyway as a party, and now we've shifted at our retreat, which is a good name for what's happening here, retreat, to amnesty and advancing amnesty. It doesn't make any sense.
Let me give you some numbers. Phyllis Schlafly has a report coming out where she has looked at just reams of polling data and other demographic data on illegal immigrants. Ann Coulter used some of it in a column that she wrote about this earlier this week. She made the point that Phyllis Schlafly's report was embargoed, but Coulter said (paraphrasing), "I don't care, it's too important. I'm gonna use it anyway." So she did.
Phyllis Schlafly put this together and here are just some of the highlights of this. "According to a Harris poll, 81 percent of native-born citizens think the schools should teach students to be proud of being American. Only 50 percent of naturalized US citizens do." Naturalized citizens equals immigrants, legal, illegal, whatever. This is a huge problem. That is major. It cuts against the notion that there is assimilation.
You know, I wrote Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims. I love this country. I want everybody to love this country. It is the greatest country human beings have ever devised. It's the greatest way to organize life. It's the greatest way to organize business. It's the greatest way to organize society that has ever been done on the face of the earth, in the course of human history. There is every reason in the world not to just be proud of it, but to love it. And I want everybody to. The problem is that young people in public schools are being taught not only not to love the country, but they're being lied to about how the country was founded, why it was founded, who founded it, and what its purpose is. They're telling young people this country has not warranted its superpower status, that we've discriminated, that we've killed, that we've been racist and bigoted, slave state, still are, you know the drill.
The multicultural curriculum has taken over and this country's beaten up, and there's no counter to it, talking about push-back or opposition. That's why I wrote the book. There was a mission behind the book. This wasn't just to sell a book or come up with a different way of doing a book after having done two prior. There's a mission here. We've lost education. We've lost pop culture. We've lost books, movies, television shows, music, this kind of thing. It's a little attempt here to forge the truth, to insert the truth into young skulls full of mush. So 81% of native born citizens think the schools should teach students to be proud of being American.
Why is that even controversial? Do you understand, to the left, that is controversial, because of the word "force." Not "force," but "should." That equals force to them. They should teach students to be proud of being American. Damn right they should. But, no, they teach them to feel guilty about it. But the point is only 50% of naturalized US citizens do. See, my take is, we ought not be granting citizenship to people that don't love the country. We ought not be granting citizenship to people that don't understand the history of this country. We ought not be granting citizenship to people that don't understand the preamble to the Declaration, to the Constitution. We shouldn't be granting citizenship to people who come here and want to undermine it.
But we do, in the interest of the fairness and multiculturalism and being nonjudgmental and all this. But the real reason we do is because the people granting citizenship to people like this share that opinion: This is no place special. And that's what's so damn frustrating and inconceivable about the Republican Party wanting to open the country up to this kind of immigration. It just doesn't make any sense! It's the end of the Republican Party. It's the end of the country as we know it. It doesn't make any sense, in the traditional way of judging this.
Now, there are other ways that it does make sense, and they're not pretty. I touched on some of those yesterday. But let me keep on with the Phyllis Schlafly data. "While 67 percent of native-born Americans believe our Constitution is a higher legal authority than international law, only 37 percent of naturalized citizens agree." Meaning, 63% of people that we are granting citizenship to do not accept, probably don't even understand, and do not believe that our Constitution trumps international law.
Now, you may be thinking, "Well, who are we to say --" I'll tell you what it means. It means that international law should trump the Constitution, meaning whatever some nefarious body somewhere like the UN wants to say should govern our country. That's what it means. That's why it's important. Again, saying that the Constitution should trump international law is not us bragging. It's not us saying we're smarter and better at all. It is us recognizing our uniqueness and attempting to preserve it, for which there should never be an apology.
But why are we subjecting ourselves to these challenges? They're unnecessary. We do not need to be granting citizenship to people who essentially don't agree with nor understand nor love the country they're coming to. So I don’t understand the point. For those of you who think, "Well, Rush, this is the only way we're gonna attack poverty. It's the on me way we're gonna attack income inequality. Everywhere in the world is as poor as it can be."
We are not gonna wipe out world poverty by letting everybody that's poor into this country. We're just gonna become one of them if that happens. It cannot be done, folks. There is too much poverty all over the world. The numbers of people that live on less than $2 a day is huge -- although, although, Herbert Meyer, who was an official with the Reagan administration (we've talked to him, interviewed him for the Limbaugh letter), one of the things that he says is this.
One of the most remarkable things that's happening, and I've seen it now in two or three other places, is that poverty is slowly being eradicated -- real, real abject poverty. We're not doing it with immigration, is the point. We're not doing it by letting people into this country. I've told you about the guy at the golf tournament I was with, my friend in California who lost it and walked out on this major international media figure you would know.
His only reason for supporting illegal immigration and amnesty was, "If somebody wants to come to my country and improve their life, who am I to stand in their way?" You're not doing that. We cannot improve people. We have to change the way they live, where they live. We have to change systems that govern them where they live. The problem with poverty is an unequal distribution of capitalism in the world.
We cannot fix poverty, we cannot solve the poor of the world by opening our borders to 'em -- and believe it or not, there's some people who think that that's why we should grant amnesty, 'cause they think it's a compassionate thing to do. But there's simply too many people that are poor. That ought to tell you something, too. How is it that whole societies, whole nations have been around for thousands and thousands of years, and we've been around for not even 250 or 300 years yet?
Those nations, most of the people live in them under $2 a day, like Obama's brother still lives in a hut in Kenya. What does he earn, $9 a year or some such thing? Yet here we are, in a mere 100, 200, 300 years? There's a reason, and we need to take what's happened here to other parts of the world, not open ourselves up to the rest of the world. We can't. We'll destroy what creates the wealth and prosperity here, which is what some people want to do on the American left.
Now, when you have numbers like this -- 50% of naturalized citizens think that schools should teach that it's proud to be an American, 67% think that international law should trump the Constitution -- is it any wonder that illegal immigrants vote two to one Democrat? Is it any wonder immigrants vote two to one? This is what they think. "The two largest immigrant groups, Hispanics and Asians, have little in common economically, culturally or historically.
"But they both overwhelmingly support big government, Obamacare, affirmative action and gun control." and that is who we are granting citizenship to people who believe those things. No wonder the Democrats want it. But why in the world do the Republicans? "According the 2012 National Asian American Survey, as well as a Kaiser Foundation poll, only 40% of the general public holds a favorable opinion of Obamacare, 42% unfavorable.
"Meanwhile, 51% of Asians have a favorable opinion of Obamacare, 18% an unfavorable one. Even Koreans support Obamacare by 57% to 17%. Overall, 69% of immigrants like Obamacare, according to a 2010 Cooperative Congressional Election Study. That same survey showed that only 35% of native-born Americans support affirmative action..." It is clear what is happening here. It is clear that it could be stopped.
RUSH: Here's more from Phyllis Schlafly: "Pew Research Center poll of all Hispanics, immigrant and citizen alike, found that Hispanics take a dimmer view of capitalism than even people who describe themselves as 'liberal Democrats.'" Again: "Pew Research Center poll of all Hispanics, immigrant and citizen alike, found that Hispanics take a dimmer view of capitalism," i.e. they're more opposed to capitalism "than even people who describe themselves as 'liberal Democrats,'" like Obama or Harry Reid or Pelosi.
"While 47% of self-described 'liberal Democrats' hold a negative view of capitalism, 55% of Hispanics do." So the question becomes: Why? Why are we doing this? "We must be fair, Mr. Limbaugh. We must be fair, and we can't be judgmental on people like this. We're the land of the free and the Home of the Brave and equality, where people come for their chance in life." Yeah, but, you know, in the old days, immigration was about finding Americans.
People wanted to come here to be Americans.
They came here to assimilate. There was a distinct American culture they wanted to be part of. Now, so much of this is actually just infiltration to tear down the American culture. And it's happening. "Pew also found that only 27% of Hispanics support gun rights..." Now, you might be saying, "So what, Rush? We're not surprised by this." Well, I'll just tell you: I have, for the vast majority of the time I've been doing this program, been talking to Republicans and conservative scholars and so forth.
I can just tell you that one of the things that I have heard (and you probably have, too) is that Hispanics are conservatives-in-waiting. "They're pro-life, a lot of them are very devout Catholics, and they're with us on the social issues!" I've heard this I can't tell you how many times. It's been said to me in a way to get me to sign on to the concept, and then we've all been told that the only way these conservatives-in-waiting...
This is what we're told, right? If they're conservatives-in-waiting, it shouldn't matter. They got here, get here, they become citizens, and they are conservatives, right? Why do we, as Republicans, have to show them that we don't intend them any harmful or we don't think of 'em this way? If they're already conservatives-in-waiting, why do we have to do anything to bring that out of 'em?
Why do we have to be defensive?
Why do we have to say, "No, we're not racist! No, we're not bigots! No, we're not what they say!" I mean, it's just a furtherance of the trick that's been played on us all these years to keep us defensive and guilty. "Pew also found that only 27% of Hispanics support gun rights, compared to 57% of non-Hispanic whites... 75% of Hispanic immigrants and 55% of Asian immigrants support bigger government..." Those are Phyllis Schlafly's numbers.