Firstly, I’ll address my last post, and the negative criticism I received. I wrote a post a couple weeks ago that may have hinted at the idea that Donald Trump followers need a 12 step program; you can read the post here. Okay, it didn’t hint, it pretty much just said it. I was called various names, many of them rather creative. “Mattress backed intern for the GOP” and “little GOP girl” are my personal favorites; I’ve yet to receive a logical rebuttal. Isn’t it odd that someone who advocates for less government is suddenly the establishment faction of the GOP? Almost as odd as those who say they want less government currently supporting a candidate with an immigration plan that would require a major increase in government? Yes. Yes it is. Odd. Or ridiculous, foolishness, etc…. That said, I honestly wrote the Trumpoholics post because I saw a void, I had a deep yearning to help the people. My heart was in the right place, because I hurt for those being deceived by Trump’s magnetic and awe inspiring verbiage.
And also because I was really annoyed.
Okay, mostly because I was really annoyed.
Some have made the assumption that if we simply stop talking about Trump, he’ll go away. By using this logic, I can also assume that the next time a tornado warning sounds in my town, I should just ignore it. Apparently if I don’t give it attention, the tornado will simply go around my town. Trump is like a tornado, he’s headed straight for the election and he’ll be gone as soon as everything is destroyed. If I’m wrong – and that twirling elitist pile of debris lands in the White House – I will print off this blog post, sprinkle it with a little lemon juice and pepper, bake it at 350 for 15 minutes, and eat it. See, I can ignore Kasich, I can ignore Christie, etc., because they’ll go away, but the time to ignore Trump disappeared the moment he started making a significant dent in the polls. Not only for the sake of calling out the ridiculousness of it all, but for my own sanity; I don’t want to be affiliated with this bloviating parody of a Presidential candidate, nor his followers.
I agreed that letting his candidacy hang itself was the best course of action – in the beginning… However, he now has far too many name-brand conservatives lining up to hoist him upon their shoulders, and it’s because of this that I believe the proverbial noose (his record) will remain a loose piece of jewelry around the neck of his campaign, without instead becoming the swift death it deserves. No, taking him down will require swimming through the crowds of devoted followers, trudging past the tattoo parlor where Ann Coulter is currently getting Trump’s name tattooed over her heart, and exposing him – and his faithful following – for what they truly are; A group of people either pretending to have, or are actually convinced they have, a quality candidate. They don’t think they need the outstanding slate of Republicans we have this year, they’re willing to hold on to the nothing-burger they’ve been served.
So why has such a buffoon garnered so much praise, you might ask? Because just as Obama had his own set of water carrying lapdogs, Donald Trump has a few highly praised – not necessarily by me – conservative names hauling around water for him, as well. Any “conservative” that can stand on the debate stage and openly praise socialist healthcare, without losing all of his “conservative” following, is a threat who should be taken seriously. Will he implode? Likely. Tornadoes never continue on forever, we never pass them in Missouri and say, “Wait, aren’t you the cyclone that took out a house in Kansas?” No. They do their damage, and eventually the storm weakens, and the tornado dissipates. However, the damage remains. Trump may implode, the question is how much damage he’ll leave behind. So, without further ado, I bring you the reason why fighting to repeal Birthright Citizenship may be the death of us.
The debate concerning where the 14th Amendment stands is similar to a theological debate; you’re going to take your own side, and they’re going to take their side. Everyone has their gods, and they have all scrambled to their faithful leaders for their interpretation of the 14th. Levin says the 14th doesn’t protect illegal immigrant children, but Constitutional scholars say it does! Ann Coulter says it doesn’t, Dana Perino says it does! The world spins in an unending whirlwind of political discourse, links to opinion posts, and guess what…. It’s all rubbish when it comes to this election. It doesn’t matter, it won’t matter, and everyone is fighting over the wall colors when the tornado heading towards us is going to make the argument irrelevant.
So what does matter? The autopsy report. The autopsy report always matters, because it tells you how the victim died, and sometimes even how to prevent future deaths. After being slaughtered in the 2012 Presidential election, a 97-page autopsy report was released. What did it find?
On Monday a Republican task force released a remarkably hard-headed diagnosis of the party’s many liabilities: its ideological rigidity, its preference for the rich over workers, its alienation of minorities, its reactionary social policies and its institutionalized repression of dissent and innovation.
Oh good. In the next election, let’s throw a rich crony capitalist who talks about stopping those rapist Hispanics into the lead. The inability to acknowledge our faults will be the death of us, not the interpretation of the 14th Amendment. So, according to the autopsy report, what was one of the major factors in how the victim died, Doctor?
Unless the RNC gets serious about tackling this problem, we will lose future elections; the data demonstrates this. In both 2008 and 2012, President Obama won a combined 80 percent of the votes of all minority voters, including not only African Americans but also Hispanics, Asians, and others…
By 2050, the Hispanic share of the U.S. population could be as high as 29 percent, up from 17 percent now…
If Hispanic Americans hear that the GOP doesn’t want them in the United States, they won’t pay attention to our next sentence. It doesn’t matter what we say about education, jobs or the economy; if Hispanics think that we do not want them here, they will close their ears to our policies. In essence, Hispanic voters tell us our Party’s position on immigration has become a litmus test, measuring whether we are meeting them with a welcome mat or a closed door.
In February, Ann Coulter wrote a scathing article on the Bush family, “Three Generations of Imbeciles are Enough.” She hates them, mainly for their immigration stance. Jeb is not my candidate of choice (I’m a Rubio girl), but her lack of strategy is worth noting here – hence why I’m bringing it up. George W. Bush often said, “Family values don’t stop at the Rio Grande, and a hungry mother is going to try to feed her child.” He had a great relationship with the Hispanic community, and he won. Twice. 44% of the Hispanic vote went to Bush. Ann talks a lot, some of it even makes sense, yet she has a losing record because she doesn’t have any strategic talents whatsoever; unless of course it’s selling books and garnering attention. Strategy relies more on what not to do, than what to do. She’s flippant, unstable in her convictions, and doesn’t know how to win, she just knows how to vent. Flippancy demands, strategy convinces. Instability vents, strategy educates. Her snark and attitude could benefit her if she knew how to win.
“Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things.”
More from the autopsy report:
In addition, the RNC must improve how it markets its core principles and message in Hispanic communities (especially in Hispanic faith-based communities). These communities care about relationships, not just politics. Democrats have built relationships with Hispanics while Republicans have faltered. According to the listening sessions, Hispanics believe that Republicans have not had an effective Hispanic engagement program since President George W. Bush’s re-election campaign. We need to build a team that is one with the Hispanic community.
“But the original intent of the 14th Amendment was for slaves!!!!” I don’t care.
“The text doesn’t cover anchor babies!!!” I don’t care.
“Trump wouldn’t have to change the law!!!” I. Don’t. Care.
“The SCOTUS was wrong concerning Wong Kim ark!”
“BUT!!!!! “subject to the jurisdiction thereof!!!”
When the 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868, the United States did not limit immigration, so there was no “illegal immigration.” Now this is used by many to justify saying that the 14th Amendment doesn’t apply to illegal immigrants. However, I’d like to turn that around on the populous who is standing SO close to the issue that they’re only seeing this:
But not this:
So what you’re saying is that the United States survived, nay, thrived, with wide open borders? Do tell, ‘ol chap, how exactly that worked? Could it be that we had a country that rewarded hard work, and didn’t make it easy for those who siphoned resources away from others? Our entitlement society is the main issue, and we need a real conservative in the White House to change that, not a bumbling fool who points his fingers at Mexico screaming, “RAPISTS.” We need a country that once again rewards responsibility. Put up your walls, strengthen your border security, end sanctuary cities, etc., I’m in support of most of it, with the exception of ending Birthright Citizenship and unrealistic policy filler designed to make you lovingly rub that bald eagle tattoo you have. Push for economic policies that encourage the pursuit of the true American dream, and you’ll get those who truly want to pursue the American dream.
Ending Birthright Citizenship would end the citizenship of assimilated Americans; adults, children, etc… It’s not just an impossible task, it’s a morally depraved idea sent directly from the pit of hell. It portrays us as cruel and unusual, because it’s cruel and unusual. In addition, the judge that hands down the death sentence always has an easier job than the guy who flips the switch. Trump and Ann can preach their rhetoric, but unless they volunteer to be on the front lines, ripping families apart, I don’t want to hear their mindless ramblings. SOME conservatives, or those who claim the title without embracing the beliefs, are trying to win an election by calling Hispanics “leaches,” attempting to push them back across the border, and make newborn minority infants criminals. What in the living inferno is wrong with those individuals? Please take that rhetoric, crawl into a very dark hole, stick your childish “no Hispanics allowed” sign outside your cave on the great big wall of Jericho, and stay home during the primaries. I actually loathe your ideals more than I loathe liberal ideals. I didn’t even know that was possible.
So you want the 14th Amendment interpreted differently than it is? You want people to realize that it only covered slaves? You think the SCOTUS is wrong? Well, if that’s the case, then you won’t be bothered when I group you with those who believe the 2nd Amendment only covered muskets.
I would like to declare that these so called “conservatives” do not speak for me, nor do their candidates. I’ll support the Republican candidate, whoever they might be, against a Democrat candidate (except for Trump, because he’s not a Republican, conservative, nor sane individual). However, I will not support anyone that advocates for ending Birthright Citizenship in the primaries. Period. Winning the Hispanic vote is much easier, and cheaper, if you treat them like the decent, hardworking, proud Americans that the vast majority of them are. Trump is not pushing away illegal immigrants that were never going to vote for him in the first place, he’s pushing away legal immigrants who have family ties, who vote, and who embrace American values, he’s pushing away votes we need, individuals who have been manipulated by The Left.
Hispanic immigration has drastically increased, while we’ve also had a drop in violent crime. Are there issues with illegal immigrants and crime? Of course. Crime, of any kind, is an issue. Being an illegal immigrant is a crime, being born is not. Taking out your frustrations on the innocent will not help, it will hinder. Especially if those innocents are newborns, young children, or established adults that you wish to banish to Ecuador because you’re an angry, bitter fool. There are other options, you’re just refusing to acknowledge them.
In closing, I would like to know how the following make any sense?
We need to disrupt countless lives so that we can win elections.
We need to win this election so that we can disrupt countless lives.
We need the votes of those countless lives to win the initial election.
We’ll win the election by pushing away those countless lives.