But I have noticed so many conservatives in Washington start to lose it on immigration.
Trey Gowdy is the latest to falter.
One conservative activist in California told me that Gowdy was a fraud. When she wanted to talk to him about immigration issues, he literally jumped over a small fence to avoid talking to her.
I listened to a number of his speeches on the floor of the US House of Representatives. I respected his logic about avoiding impeachment. I understood why he would have voted for John Boehner at the beginning of the year.
Now he has endorsed Marco Rubio for President.
Very disappointed. Rubio just does not possess the solid panache to lead. He follows, and too much of the time his actions please Big Business or the Democratic caucus instead of the base or the good of the country.
He betrayed his constituents when he engaged in the Gang of Eight compromise on immigration, which went down to defeat in the House, since no one would take it up. This country need enforcement, not reform. There is no point in changing laws or expanding clemency if the President and his executive departments will not protect our rights and secure our borders.
And yet Trey Gowdy endorsed Rubio. How profoundly disappointing.
Rubio released a campaign eblast from the South Carolina Congress a few days ago:
I do not fault Gowdy calling me a conservative, and I will not diminish his dedication to the cause of promoting life and liberty. No, I will not refer to Rubio or Gowdy as RINO's, either.
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No, he is not a leader. He does what powerful interests want him to do, rather than doing what is right.
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Not me. No thanks. Breitbart unearthed some troubling views from the Gowdy camp, too:
Gowdy’s extreme immigration declarations come in addition to his long-standing support for donor-class Republican lawmakers. For instance, in a closed-door GOP leadership election in November of 2014, Gowdy seconded Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)s nomination as House Speaker. Similarly, Gowdy was the Congressman who nominated Paul Ryan for Speaker. According to Politico, Boehner “secretly urged Gowdy to run” for House Majority Leader.
Ugh! There's more. Here are some of his remarks on the DREAMers:
In a quote, which has been absent from virtually all reporting about Gowdy’s endorsement of Rubio, Gowdy during a 2013 Congressional hearing:
“When children wander into neighborhood yards, we don’t call that trespassing. When children cry and yell and scream at restaurants or on airplanes, we don’t call that a violation of the noise ordinance. When children eat a grape at the grocery store or eat a piece of candy waiting in line before mom or dad pays for it we don’t have them arrested for petty larceny.”
“Children can’t sign contracts, vote, purchase certain items, or even work in some instances because the law treats children differently,” Gowdy said.
Ironically, if Gowdy’s philosophy were put into effect, illegal alien children could vote in U.S. elections as soon as they turn 18.
Oh brother! This line of argument falls apart when the country faced an unprecedented illegal alien youth crisis along the southern border in 2014. Eric Cantor lost his job that year, and the Republicans took back the US Senate. Grassroots conservatives wanted Congress to stop President Obama's executive amnesty. They wanted a secure border, and an end to the hollow discussions about amnesty, pathways to citizenship, and open borders.
The fight for these demands has not abated, but the futures of otherwise well-respected conservatives like Gowdy maybe. There can be no brooking compromise on a secure border. Every attempt at immigration 'reform' has generated amnesty but no security. And the American People will not stand for the legislative bait-and-switch again.
Gowdy disappoints with his Rubio endorsement. There are better, more qualified candidates for President, with a record of standing on principle without betraying his base or upending the United States Constitution/ Because of Rubio's Cuban background and his relative youthfulness and telegenic presentation on camera, Rubio has charmed some elected officials, but not the base. The donor class is now looking to the junior Senator from Florida as their best alternative to his former mentor and governor.
Gowdy is greatly mistaken, and this lapse in political judgment merely affirms that conservatives still have their work cut out for them to purge the undue influence of Big Business from the Republican Party.