The GOP establishment has been trying moderation of one kind or another for the last 20 years. Moderation here being defined as a partial compromise with the extremist leftism that defines the Democratic Party. It is by no means moderate or reasonable in any ordinary sense of the term.
George H.W. Bush was certainly a moderate. He banned the import of so-called assault weapons, signed off on the ADA and Civil Rights Act of 1991, and his refusal to stick with “no new taxes” cost him the election in ’92.
Dole in ’96 was the quintessential moderate. He was a lifelong establishment senator, totally out of steam, weak on social issues and abortion, and got trounced by Clinton.
George W. Bush with his “compassionate conservatism” was also a moderate, and though he became a hated figure of the far left, mostly governed from the center. He was pushing immigration amnesty and stimulus packages in his latter years. And let’s not forget about the nominatino of Hariett Miers. He barely won in 2004, but that was mostly due to the prominence of foreign policy and the failure of John Kerry to convince Americans he would protect them from terrorism.
McCain, while hawkish and crazy, was also a moderate or even a liberal, as evidenced by his continuing flirtation with immigration amnesty, idiotic “idealistic” wars, indifference to free market principles, and the like. He lost too. The country’s mood on foreign policy changed, and, on everything else, he failed to get conservatives to trust him. He certainly loved his cozy relationship with the media, which was driven by his criticism of other Republicans. It did him no good.
Then there was Romney. He was picked as an establishment, moderate guy. He hailed from liberal Massachusetts, had little stomach or passion for social issue fights, and also lost.
So, in the end, the GOP won some and lost some, but there were no real conservatives in the bunch; indeed, very few other than Pat Buchanan, arguably Ron Paul, and a few other less-than-noteworthies made the cut. Can’t say I really regret voting for Chuck Baldwin back in ’08.
Now they have gone back to the drawing board and come up with an autopsy that is the biggest collection of lies, wishful thinking, and outright stupidity that has ever infected the Stupid Party. The GOP’s coroners have suggested abandoning social issues and reaching out to Hispanics through amnesty as their brilliant conclusion. This has been a popular theme, in spite of Reagan, going back to the 1980s. It is also a losing proposition.
Here’s the truth: Republicans misread the immigration problem during the boom years, thought they could manage it and throw a bone to the cheap-labor-loving business class, allowed problem to get out of hand, and now are facing point of no return.
And the math is simple: Hispanics vote about 2/3 Democrat in every election going back to Eisenhower. As they get less numerous or more assimilated, they trend more Republican and tend to intermarry at fairly high rates. This only really takes place, however, after they are not the overwhelming majority in a community. Incidentally, high levels of immigration prevent all of these things and instead encourage ethnic neighborhoods and solidarity, prevention of upward mobility, and the devolution of politics into one of ethnic spoils. It’s the kind of politics that prevails in Chicago or New York, but is mostly alien to the rest of the nation.
The GOP can’t out-lib the libs. It can’t out-gay the Democrats on gay marriage either. We can’t unwish a demographic disaster that Republicans did a lot to create. And if they think the exceptional–and pretty much white–Cuban demographic that produced Marco Rubio will save them, they are living on another planet. Has the Democratic trend in California and South Texas totally escaped their notice? Have they ever read a history book about Mexico or Central America to see that these places and the people who have come here from them are very different from the anti-Castro cohort that has given us such reliable Republican constituents as the Miami Cubans?
We have to stop mass Latin and Third World immigration generally and prevent the demographic destruction of the white majority or there is no hope for conservatism or the Republican party or the political culture of traditional America. It’s really that simple. No other group that is arriving trends Republican or conservative. They certainly do not do so on the GOP unifying issues of small government and fiscal austerity. Finally, immigrants are all being brought here by explicitly hostile Democratic pols and dim-witted and short-sighted greedy Republican business owners. A pox on all of them. It is a coalition of the shilling . . . indeed, it’s a group of the most unpatriotic people imaginable.
Everyone got a little excited about Rand Paul’s rant about drones last week, not least because Republicans, like the country at large, are mostly sick of foreign wars and tired of the trappings of a “security state.” And it was nice to see a guy in action who had some guts. That said, his moment in the sun didn’t last, as he came out this week hardcore for amnesty. This should be no surprise. He is no standard bearer of conservatism. This guy is a libertarian, not a cultural conservative. Like all libertarians, he says some things I agree with, and his idealism is worthy of respect. But his value compass is way off, and his speech on amnesty is more proof of it, as is his quasi-pacifism on foreign policy. What is missing from both views is some concept of nation, a coherent people with its own distinct group identity, collective interest, and particularized interest in preserving the benefits of that nation for its offspring.
I have suggested a revamped Republican party should trend nationalistic, abandoning its ideology of free trade, militarism, and uncritical support of big business, in favor of a genuine concern for the working, productive classes who face predations from a motley crew of the super poor, the super rich, idiotic campaigns of nation building abroad, and hostile newcomers at home. If not the GOP, then a new party might fill this space. The GOP appears finished if it follows the idiotic counsel coming from the RNC’s pathologists.
That said, I’m pretty pessimistic on the whole. Conservatism is mostly dead, and the GOP may be accelerating this trend, but it is also a reflection of it. Maybe 30-40% of the country is genuinely conservative, and the media and schools and social pressures are doing much to turn this rump group into a pariah class. And, even if that is not successful, their immigration and welfare policies are doing everything possible to turn the GOP’s core constituents into a numerical minority, as they already have become in places like California.
And they wonder why we’re so passionate about the Right to Bear Arms!