GOP Misreads Message Of Cantor Defeat At Its Own Peril
By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY
Posted 04:47 PM ET
Elections have consequences, and the stunning defeat of the heir apparent for leadership of the Republican Party, Eric Cantor, continues to reverberate throughout the political world.
Completely caught off-guard by this spectacular upset, the liberal media are scrambling to try to spin the story as something other than what it obviously is. The message of the voters to Cantor and the entire nation was this: no amnesty.
This was a slap in the face to the Chamber of Commerce, which has been demanding so-called immigration reform as a way for big business to get cheap labor from illegal aliens, while able-bodied Americans are left on unemployment, and while the rest of us have to deal with the crime and other costs caused by rampant illegal immigration.
Cantor did not merely lose a tight election; he lost by a landslide of 11 percentage points to a virtually unknown challenger in a race where no one thought he could be defeated. Cantor became the first House majority leader ever to lose his own primary.
The media did not think the race was even worth covering, so they did not bother sending anyone to conduct exit polls of voters. But they need look no further than what the winner Dave Brat says on his website, what he said while campaigning and what he has said in the few interviews he gave after his extraordinary victory.
"Dave believes that we need to secure the border before addressing immigration reform. Dave is opposed to amnesty," his website boldly declares, while sharply contrasting his position with Cantor, who favored amnesty for most illegal aliens up to age 30.
The support of amnesty for kids by Cantor, which Brat sharply criticized shortly before the election, has apparently been heard loud and clear south of the border. Tens of thousands of children from Central America have recently swarmed over our border, giving the Department of Homeland Security a colossal problem.
In the past, the number of children crossing our southern border has totaled about 7,000 to 8,000 annually. But that quantity increased to 13,000 in 2012, then to more than 24,000 in 2013, and the government estimate for this year is 60,000. The recent surges, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, indicate the number could be even greater.
More, indeed, as the number of illegal crossings by Central American children into our country reached 47,000 last month. This makes it likely the number will exceed 100,000 in this year alone.
This pathetic tragedy has resulted in placing many children in harm's way. Even the Obama administration is obviously unable to fully protect all these children and lacks proper facilities for housing them.
With all the investigative reporters standing by to try to find some dirt on Republicans like Brat, hovering outside his family home all day to pounce on him whenever he emerges, why hasn't anyone determined how so many children have made it to our border? They obviously didn't walk across Mexico alone.
No one seems to know how they got here, or those who do know are not telling us. But it is clear why tens of thousands of children have suddenly shown up at our doorstep: Their families want the amnesty and citizenship that Cantor and big business donors were quietly promising them.
One thousand of these poor children are being housed in a facility in Nogales, Texas, but there are far too many additional children crossing the border into Texas for even that large state to accommodate. The Obama administration is transferring many of these children to Arizona, but officials there are furious at being burdened with this immense responsibility.
Why are we surprised by this avoidable tragedy? If a border fence had been built as promised, then this dangerous wandering by children across our southern border would not be occurring.
Brat, fresh from the biggest political upset in a generation, explained again to the public how wrongheaded amnesty is. "If you really want to help the rest of the world, what you've got to do is encourage free markets, private property rights and the strong rule of law, and get rid of the dictators in a lot of these countries" that are sending children to us.
Liberals do not like that approach, because they expect illegal aliens to become Democratic Party voters. The Chamber of Commerce does not like Brat's approach, because big business expects illegal aliens to become cheap, controllable labor for the companies.
But American voters accept the obvious truth against amnesty that Brat articulates. Every Republican should heed the clear message sent by the voters in retiring the majority leader of the House.