Elites vs. U.S.

The Washington Times Weekly - - Culture, Etc. -

“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

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