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Why the Republicans Won’t Stop Obama’s Amnesty

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By:Scott P. Richert | November 21, 2014

Spending more than a minute or two to discuss Barack Obama’s latest assault on the Constitution that he has sworn to uphold is, quite frankly, a waste of time. Even before the announcement of his “executive action” plan for amnesty for five million illegal immigrants, the President’s defenders had claimed that he wanted to do nothing more than Ronald Reagan had done. Set aside the fact that the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 was one of the worst actions of Reagan’s near-disastrous second term; it was, at least, a piece of legislation approved by Congress, and not a policy imposed upon the nation by executive fiat.

The President’s defenders are attempting to draw superficial parallels with the Reagan amnesty, and FOX News and CNBC will debate those similarities until the last Mexican blows out the last candle in the last remaining Catholic church in Mexico before heading north of the border. But on a much deeper level—one they don’t even recognize—they’re right.

Just as the worst Supreme Court decisions of the last 50 years have been made by justices appointed by Democrats building on earlier disastrous decisions made by justices appointed by Republicans, so, too, Barack Obama’s Democratic “executive action” last night would not have been possible without the expansion of the Imperial Presidency under the Republicans Nixon, Reagan, and the two Bushes (Junior more than Senior). Yes, Bill Clinton made plenty of executive power grabs, but his, too, were built on the firm foundation laid by the Republicans, who unashamedly spoke of the need to expand the powers of the executive branch to offset those of Congress.

How could we expect them to limit government if we didn’t allow them to expand it?

The difference, of course, is that the Republicans have always expanded the power of the presidency for good reasons, such as fighting unnecessary wars and covering up political scandals, while the Democrats have used the power to remake society in their own image.

Over the coming weeks and months, Republican congressmen, potential presidential candidates, and talking heads will rail against Obama’s “unprecedented” use of executive power to bypass the country’s immigration laws (though they will be careful not to discuss demographic change, except to embrace it). But in the end, they will do nothing to stop it, because the only way to do so is to go to the root of the problem, by reining in the Imperial Presidency.

And they will never do that, because they hope someday to regain the White House. And when they do, there will be wars to fight and scandals to cover up, and to fight those wars and to cover up those scandals they will need the very powers that Barack Obama asserted last night.



11/21/2014 04:43 PM

  Thank you, Scott for speaking truth about the duopoly. First the GOP supported exporting jobs and factories to Mexico, for the cheap labor and no unions, then they discovered it was cheaper to simply import the workers up here, Illegals are less likely to step out of line or make many demands for just compensation as opposed to their American counterpart. As Clyde Wilson rightly opbserved, The GOP does not care about these "social issues" --- they never have cared, never will care and placing any hope in the GOP to respect the patria as anything but “a land of opportunity” is foolish and deserves our contempt. My predicton is the first order of business next year will be what the GOP leadership has said it will be: At the top of the list are trade, ( granting the executive more power and the congress less) tax reductions for medium sized and large corporations and construction of the long-stalled Canadian project, the Keystone oil sands pipeline. The rest is simply sheepskin covering the wolves lust and greed for more war and more power.

11/21/2014 05:02 PM

  What the Kenyan dictator did was act on behalf of the GOP and their business interests.

Clyde Wilson
11/21/2014 07:13 PM

  At last, and far too late, the decent part of the American people seem to be waking up to the reality of the Republican party. There are only a few options left. 1) The States must act to reign in Obama and the judges who are making same-sex marriage the "law of the land." This will require more character, wisdom, and political capital than is likely to exist. 2)The next election must send the Republican party to the graveyard of the Whigs. 3) Especially, enough independent patriots must be elected to the next House of Representatives to prevent either party from organising it until one or the other has been forced to return to a more decent, sensible, and representative government. How likely are any of these scenarios? How do you cure millions of people of foolishness and servility and check a government of massive dimensions that already controls nearly everything?

11/21/2014 09:07 PM

  Dr. Wilson, I have learned alot from you, Tom Fleming and the likes of Pat Buchanan, John Senior, Fritz Wilhelmsen, Brent Bozell and many others for whom I should be more grateful. But things are really so bad and obvious within the duopoly these days that Ray Charles could see it.

Scott P. Richert
11/21/2014 10:33 PM

  Robert, did you just compare me with Ray Charles? My glasses are mighty thick, but they're not tinted . . . ;)


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