Elites vs. U.S.
“In 2006 something extraordinary happened in immigration politics. As Al Gore might put it, the people defeated the powerful. The much-maligned Republican 109th Congress passed immigration-enforcement legislation to build a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexican border, without including an amnesty for illegal immigrants. [. . .]
“One year ago, elites had crafted a much different scenario. It was going to be amnesty for 12 million illegal immigrants, a massive increase in legal (and low-skilled) immigration accompanied by tepid and cosmetic ‘enforcement’ measures. [. . .]
“The elites are hoping that conservatives will abandon those congressmen and senators who had the temerity (and perhaps, even worse, the bad manners) to reject amnesty and faux enforcement unapologetically. [. . .]
“Perhaps elites are right, and conservatives truly are, in John Stuart Mill’s famous phrase, the ‘stupid party.’ But I’m betting this is not true, and that [. . .] conservatives will go to the polls in large numbers and stand with those who stood with them — and more importantly, beyond partisan considerations, stand with those who stood for our national interests as Americans over the special interests of elites.”
John Fonte, writing on “Immigration Is No Joke,” Oct. 25 in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com