Friday, June 16, 2017

LA Times Editorial: Democrats--Be Strong on Immigration OR ELSE!

The Democratic Party is getting some unprecedented advice, and it's located in the Los Angeles Times.

This is incredible. The Los Angeles Times is actually informing the Democratic Party to stop pushing illegal immigration.

Yes. Here is the column:

For much of California, the November election marked another banner year for Democrats and many of the causes they champion.

In their drive to resist President TrumpDemocrats so far have put a lot of political eggs into one basket: immigration. Their strident defense of immigrants past, present and future certainly satisfies the base -- but it’s a strategic mistake that can only lead to electoral disappointment.

Indeed, and illegal immigration infuriates Americans of all backgrounds. It is theft. It undermines national security and cultural integrity. Enough is enough.

The Democratic Party is plummeting into irrelevance by pushing their destructive, open borders agenda.

Let’s recall why Trump won in November. He is the first president since 1876 to lose the popular vote by more than 2% and still win an electoral college majority. He did so by winning five swing states – Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin – with less than 50% of the vote. In each case, he attracted large numbers of whites without a college degree who had voted for President Obama twice. Meanwhile, many Republicans who had voted for Sen. John McCain and former Gov. Mitt Romney threw their votes away on write-ins or third-party candidates rather than vote for Hillary Clinton.

Interesting. Working-class white voters want integrity for their borders and protection for their jobs and future.

If Democrats want to win again, they must do one of two things: Attract back the Obama-Trump voter or win over the Romney-non-Trump voter. Their protestations against border security and the travel ban are not likely to do either.

Exactly. Here's the worst part for the Democratic Party--they will not walk away from their open borders obsession.

Surveys show that Obama-Trump blue-collar voters like Trump’s anti-immigration stance. These voters are likely to have felt competition from immigrants legal and illegal, and they want that competition to stop. Even though many of these voters agree with Democrats on traditional economic issues like taxes and entitlement spending, their primary concern now is to protect their livelihoods and standard of living by reducing competition from foreigners living at home and abroad.


Loud opposition to Trump’s immigration policies reminds those voters every day why they no longer feel at home in today’s Democratic Party.

Once again, the Democratic Party has left the widespread working class voters who are fed up with being pushed aside.

Surveys show that Obama-Trump blue-collar voters like Trump’s anti-immigration stance.
Wavering Romney-McCain Republicans, for their part, may be sympathetic to the plight of economic migrants, but are quite possibly worried about terrorism. By just saying “no” to Trump’s travel bans, the Democrats give nothing to the Republican or GOP-leaning independent who wants a more balanced attitude.

The Democratic Party approach, such as it is, is anything but balanced. In the party’s 2016 platform, immigration enforcement is at best an afterthought. The platform emphasizes a path to citizenship, reuniting families and ensuring that as few current immigrants as possible are removed from the country. It also denounces Trump’s proposed religious test for immigration as well as what it called his “vilification of Muslims”.

The Democratic Party's disregard for American citizens is just shameful. They are supposed to be a politica

While a platform is not binding, the party’s behavior since inauguration day suggests that it accurately expresses Democrats’ sentiments. Everything the party and its leaders in Congress have done since the inauguration simply restates these beliefs without modification.

The Democratic Party is doubling down on dumb. Open borders is a huge dud politically. Unlike other cultural issues, illegal immigration has a direct, even fatal impact on individuals.

All the political correctness or posturing in the world cannot cover up the death of a loved one.

It seems Democrats remain stuck in the rut that led them to electoral disaster in the first place. Firmly convinced that Middle America shared their fear and loathing of Trump, the party ran one of the most issue-free campaigns in modern history. In paid ads, campaign stops and in the debates, Clinton rarely gave people who weren’t already committed Democrats or progressives a reason to vote for her. That failure explains the most telling and unexpected result on election day: Trump beat Clinton handily among the 18% of Americans who told exit pollsters they disliked both candidates.

Trump stumped for something, and kicked rump all over the country.

Democrats are either unwilling to see the truth or unable to acknowledge it: They cannot win back the presidency without attracting people who disagree with some of their views. Doing that does not mean singing the same old songs louder and more clearly.

They do not believe in truth. They believe in power at all costs--and now it's costing them any kind of power.

When it comes to immigration, Democrats need to ask themselves some hard questions. Can they acknowledge that the large number of immigrants in the country illegally, many of whom are relatively unskilled, gives rise to economic competition that harms job and wage prospects for voters who used to be part of their base?

They know it--they just don't care.

The elites that the Democrats claim control the Republican Party--actually control the Democratic Party.

Can they be pro-Muslim immigration without being blind to the fact that the very few Muslim immigrants inclined to terror can undermine public tolerance with just a few fatal attacks?
Can they admit that one can have concerns about either type of migrant without being prejudiced or racist — that there might just be some rational reason for Americans to be wary of a lax or overly trusting approach to immigration?

The Democracy has become addicted to identity politics. They don't believe in America in anymore. They don't believe in individual liberties anyore.

If Democrats can entertain and act on these thoughts, then they can begin the hard work of uniting the anti-Trump majority into a political majority. If they cannot, their resistance will be futile.

It's too late.

Henry Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He is the author of the forthcoming book, “The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue Collar Conservatism.”

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