Immigrants -- all immigrants -- have always been the bulwark of the Democratic Party. For one thing, recent arrivals tend to be poor and in need of government assistance. Also, they're coming from societies that are far more left-wing than our own. History shows that, rather than fleeing those policies, they bring their cultures with them. (Look at what New Yorkers did to Vermont.) [author's note: Yeah, look!]Yeah. Ew, you stinky poo poor immigrants that bring your culture with you to America! You're, like, totally different from the real Americans whose forefathers came to America hundreds of years ago and like, totally never brought their own culture from Europe, and, like, totally blended into the native American culture! Heck, those immigrants even made sports teams - once again, sports that had nothing to do with being from any foreign land or anything - named after native Americans.
This is not a secret. For at least a century, there's never been a period when a majority of immigrants weren't Democrats.
At the current accelerated rate of immigration -- 1.1 million new immigrants every year -- Republicans will be a fringe party in about a decade.
Plus, it is just soooo anti-American to want to welcome the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of teeming shores, the homeless, the tempest-tossed to America. Who ever hatched that socialist plot?
But I digress. This isn't about Ann Coulter's racism or Phyllis Schlafly's xenophobia. This is about the truth they have stumbled upon and the fear of the new America that has been firmly planted into their quivering, cold hearts: the march of the Republican party to become a fringe political movement within a decade. The truth Coulter has been terrified by is that the current generations of immigrants are oriented towards social justice and the social compact, making it mighty difficult to achieve the Republican party's express agenda to abolish both.
I would take all of her poll numbers with a pinch of salt, but it's clear that she shudders at the thought that today's immigrants believe in the universal right to affordable health care for all:
According the 2012 National Asian American Survey, as well as a Kaiser Foundation poll, only 40 percent of the general public holds a favorable opinion of Obamacare, 42 percent unfavorable. Meanwhile, 51 percent of Asians have a favorable opinion of Obamacare, 18 percent an unfavorable one. Even Koreans support Obamacare by 57 percent to 17 percent.She trembles in fear that immigrants believe in giving the disadvantaged a fair shot:
Overall, 69 percent of immigrants like Obamacare...
That same survey showed that only 35 percent of native-born Americans support affirmative action, compared to 58 percent of immigrants, including -- amazingly -- 64 percent of Asians (suggesting they may not be as smart as everyone thinks).See, immigrants - especially Asians - are not really smart! That's why they need affirmative action!
She is losing control of her bowels (I can only imagine) that immigrants - some of the most affected by gun violence - believe in reasonable gun control.
Pew also found that only 27 percent of Hispanics support gun rights, compared to 57 percent of non-Hispanic whites. According to Latino Decisions, large majorities of Hispanics favor a national database of gun owners, limiting the capacity of magazines and a ban on semiautomatic weapons.See! If only we could have a country of non-Hispanic whites, we could live in the United States of the NRA.
And as if things couldn't get any worse, Coulter is mortified that immigrants are quintessential Obamacrats: they believe in a bigger role for government to protect the social compact and ensure social justice.
Seventy-five percent of Hispanic immigrants and 55 percent of Asian immigrants support bigger government -- also according to Pew. Even after three generations in America, Hispanics still support bigger government 55 percent to 36 percent, compared to the general public, which opposes bigger government 48 percent to 41 percent.As Ann Coulter points out in an astute observation (well, in an observation as astute as gets for Coulter), all of this is happening under the current immigration policies and the current rate of legal immigration. Why, she asks her white-supremacist friends in the Republican party, would they want to help Democrats accelerate their own political demise? After all, as Coulter also observes, it isn't simply the GOP's position on (or rather, against) immigration that immigrants despise, it is their very vision of America that is being rejected.
Ann Coulter - and indeed anyone who doesn't want the Republican party to change its policies and its vision - has good reason to worry. Coulter may be a nativist, racist, and a xenophobe, but in her own disgusting kind of way, she has done a good job diagnosing the disease of the Republican party (their very vision of America, like the viewership of Fox News is racist, white, old and dying off). She is right that unless the Republican party is willing to move away from its far Right core ideas of laissez faire capitalism rooted deeply in patriarchal Euro-centrism and colored in the intention to stop social justice and an American social compact, immigration reform will only speed up the inevitable: strengthened Democratic hold on power.
Coulter no doubt knows the dirty little secret of the 2012 election: Republicans didn't lose because their strategy didn't work; they lost despite it having worked. Mitt Romney wished to ensure the White House by capturing 60% of the white vote, and thanks to the GOP's unprecedented success in ginning up race politics, he got 60% of the white vote. Yet he lost the presidency in a landslide. It turns out that the level of fanatical racism, xenophobia and anti-opportunity policies it takes to scare 60% of white people in America to vote for you also causes an even larger backlash among the voters who are scapegoated in order to scare this 60%.
No wonder Coulter would like America to stop being a nation of immigrants.
But if Ann Coulter is on point in her diagnosis of the Republican problem with American non-white voters, her prescription is woefully ineffective. Passing immigration reform will not suddenly endear the Republican party to immigrants, but obstructing it will turn them against the party faster, keep them away longer, and most horrifying for Coulter's cohorts, turn them out in higher numbers so long as immigrants see their rights as threatened by the Republican party.
In that way, it's a catch 22. If the Republicans help pass any form of immigration reform, they are opening up the door for more people who believe in economic progressivism to become voters more quickly (while their racist base becomes disenchanted and perhaps sits home) - and if Republicans don't embrace social justice, they are simply writing their own political obituary. If they continue obstructing, they are risking a higher turnout from naturalized Americans and children of immigrants, and the political obituary still gets written.
The only thing that will help Republicans is for their party to help pass immigration reform and move away from their ideological adherence to sociological dogmatism, social Darwinism and economic terrorism against the poor. There can still be a debate about the role of government, but "none" will not be a tenable position in that debate. Whether or not government should have any role at all in mitigating economic inequities and building and protecting a social compact - that debate is over. We won that debate. If the GOP wishes to stay relevant, they need to start changing their policies, and immigration reform is only the beginning.
What the GOP needs to decide is if they wish to remain a national party or if they want the likes of Ann Coulter to speak for them. They can't have both.