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Immigration, The 2012 Elections, And The Future Of The GOP

According to the preliminary exit polls, Mitt Romney garnered 27% of the Latino vote yesterday. That’s lower than the level John McCain reached in 2008, and far below where George W. Bush was in 2004 when he nearly got 50% of the Latino vote in his re-election vote. Indeed, the only Republican in recent memory to get a lower share of the Hispanic vote was Bob Dole, who got only 21% of the votes from this group during his failed bid against Bill Clinton in 1996. In all honesty, 27% isn’t entirely all that bad considering that several recent polls showed Romney grabbing as little as 21% of the Latino vote, but would seem to explain why he never really had a chance in states like Nevada and Colorado, and may have played a significant role in his loss in Florida where Republicans don’t perform well among Latinos at all outside of the Cuban-American population.

In a decade or so, it’s possible that we’ll be able to say that the 2012 election was the first year that America’s shifting demographics started to catch up with the GOP. As predicted, the white vote as a share of the overall voting population declined again this year, which means that the GOP’s advantage is becoming less and less of an advantage. At the same time, the share of the voting population made up of minority groups, and especially Latinos, is continuing to increase. Four years from now, those percentages will be even more disadvantageous to the GOP. Which means that they are facing the point where they either have to change or be consigned to minority party status for a quarter century or more. Even though it’s been less than 24 hours since the polls closed, many on the right are already starting to talk about how the party needs to change.

The Wall Street Journal, for example, points out that Romney erred by failing to appeal to minority groups and tacking far to the right on immigration:

Perhaps most damaging, Mr. Romney failed to appeal more creatively to minority voters, especially Hispanics. His single worst decision may have been to challenge Texas Governor Rick Perry in the primaries by running to his right on immigration. Mr. Romney didn’t need to do this given that Mr. Perry was clearly unprepared for a national campaign, and given the weakness of the other GOP candidates. (Tim Pawlenty had dropped out.)

Mr. Romney missed later chances to move to the middle on immigration reform, especially Senator Marco Rubio’s compromise on the Dream Act for young immigrants brought here by their parents. This created the opening for Mr. Obama to implement the core of the Dream Act by executive order, however illegally, and boost his image with Hispanic voters.

The exit polls show that Mr. Romney did even worse among Hispanics than John McCain in 2008, and we may learn in coming days that this was the margin in some swing states. The GOP needs to leave its anti-immigration absolutists behind.

Marco Rubio has already chimed in on the issue:

With exit polls showing Mitt Romney losing overwhelmingly among minorities and immigrants, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said in a statement posted on his Facebook page that the Republican Party needs to “work harder than ever” to communicate with those groups.

“The conservative movement should have particular appeal to people in minority and immigrant communities who are trying to make it, and Republicans need to work harder than ever to communicate our beliefs to them,” Rubio wrote in the statement.

(…)

Added Rubio: “I look forward to working on these goals with my new and returning colleagues in Congress and hope the President will get behind our efforts.”

And even Newt Gingirch agrees:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said President Obama’s reelection Tuesday night will prompt Republicans to be more inclusive of Hispanics if they hope to be competitive in 2016.

Gingrich said GOP leaders — like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — have already been on the forefront of bringing Hispanic voters into the GOP fold.

Speaking on CNN, Gingrich said Republicans should ask if they wanted to “in a disciplined way, create a schedule and a program to include people who are not traditionally Republican in order to grow a party that by 2016 is competitive?”

(…)

Gingrich said that Republicans would need to offer more than token gestures to attract Hispanic voters.

“I think you can build a program that is very appealing and very inclusive,” Gingrich said. “And just for our audience let me say, the difference between outreach and inclusion is outreach is when five white guys have a meeting and call you. Inclusion is when you are in the meeting.”

None of this is new advice, of course. Rubio and Jeb Bush have been saying it for months, and even Newt Gingrich was chastising Romney for some of his harsher immigration positions such as the idea that families might be separated during the Republican Primary Debates. The fact that nobody listened then makes me wonder if they’ll listen this time, although one has to admit that the sting of an election where you lose the Presidency, a couple Senate seats, and at least 8 seats in the House of Representatives might cause the people in the GOP who actually want to win elections to stop and listen for once. Indeed, this morning on MSNBC, Chuck Todd speculated that this is exactly what will happen:

After Tuesday night’s re-election victory for President Barack Obama, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd predicted that one of the president’s agenda items — one promise he never managed to fulfill in his first term — would breeze into law. “Immigration reform,” he said, will get “80 to 90 votes in the Senate.” Since the election night results showed Republicans unable to attract Latino voters, he said, “Republicans will run, not walk, in trying to support that now.”

On the Wednesday broadcast of MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” NBC White House correspondent Kristen Welker said Obama’s victory speech in Chicago pointed to an immigration bargain.

The president, Welker, said, “laid out some of the other things he wanted to accomplish during his second term that he wasn’t able to accomplish during his first term. One of those things [was] immigration reform.”

I’m not sure that I’d be quite as optimistic as Todd as to say that you’ d see as many as 30-35 Republican Senators vote in favor of an immigration reform package which is likely to include some form of The DREAM Act along with a guest worker programs and other common sense proposals that Republicans were making a decade ago. As I’ve noted before, most of the GOP has gone so far off the rails on this issue that it’s hard to see them pulling back from the brink quickly. However, self-preservation is a compelling motive, and if Republicans begin to realize that restrctionist immigration policies are a path to electoral disaster, perhaps they will be compelled to act in a sane and rational manner.  It’s really quite simple, actually, either the GOP will become serious about immigration reform or it will get less than 20% of the Latino vote in 2016 and its share of that vote will continue to dwindle year after year. If that happens, the Republican Party will become little more than a party based in the Old South and the Mountain West with little national impact.

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  1. Davebo says:

    Look on the bright side Doug. At least the party itself isn’t calling for a new civil war.

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  2. mattb says:

    Given what happened when Bush attempted his Immigration reform, and the amount of anti-immigrant work currently being enacted at the state level, I am less than optimistic about the majority of Senate republicans supporting any comprehensive bill — unless they’re willing to lose their seats for the good of the party.

    What’s more likely to happen — is a coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans — can get a bill through the house, is that McConnell and company will allow it to come to a vote. Republican senators in safe states will break with the party (and their votes will allow some cover for the party as a whole), while most of the Southern Republican’s can offer protest votes.

    Talk radio and Conservative Inc. will fume and knash their teeth all the while. But, if it’s done quickly, it should have minimal negative effects on the 2014 midterms.

    of course this is all based on the assumption that everyone’s willing to be good politicians and actual want to get something done for the good of the country and their own party.

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  3. Tsar Nicholas says:

    Good blog post, but it ignores a few elephants in the room.

    – Voting for the DREAM Act is not going to change anything for ’16. Once politics by identity set in they become de facto irreversible. W. Bush nominated the first black Sec. of State, the first black NSA, the first black Republican to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the 1st female black Sec. of State, etc. Did blacks vote for McCain in ’08?

    – The ’16 GOP primary will be the most toxic farce of a train wreck in history. Makes no difference what Republicans in Congress do over the next four years. The “base” of the GOP largely is off the rails. The next GOP prez primary quickly will devolve into a pissing match about amnesty, etc.

    – Let’s not ignore the giant elephant in the room concerning Romney’s defeat. It was the Mormon.

    Romney won the Independent vote. That’s a once a generation feat for a Republican prez contender. He took states away from Obama and gave none back in return. He reduced Obama’s margins from ’08 in every battleground state with heavy Latino populations. But he still lost.

    Back in ’04 GOP turnout matched Dem turnout. Evangelicals voted en masse that year. Yesterday, however, GOP turnout was swamped by Dem turnout and only was fractionally better than ’08, a wave cycle for Democrats. And, no, it wasn’t because dissaffected Republicans showed up as Independents. The Independent share of the vote yesterday was indentical (29%) to what it was back in ’08 and very similar to what it was back in ’04.

    Conservatives didn’t show up yesterday. Not en masse. All signs point to evangelicals staying home in large numbers. What else could explain it? That they’re satisfied with Obama? Large numbers of evangelical non-votes would not have been related to Romney’s position on immigration.

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  4. Geek, Esq. says:

    @Tsar Nicholas:

    A couple of elementary points:

    1) Black voters are not impressed by tokenism. Nominating a couple of black Republicans to posts is not a serious attempt at voter outreach.

    2) Romney won a higher percentage of the white vote than anyone since George HW Bush against Michael Dukakis. More than George W Bush did. So spare us the Mormon factor–he lost because he ran as a WASP version of Tom Tancredo.

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  5. mattb says:

    @Tsar Nicholas:

    Conservatives didn’t show up yesterday. Not en masse. All signs point to evangelicals staying home in large numbers. What else could explain it?

    You can play that game over lots of factors. The same thing essentially happened in 2008, when one member of the GOP was greatly beloved within White Evangelical circles. Yet conservatives didn’t turn out then either.

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  6. superdestroyer says:

    Rubio and Jeb Bush are just representatives of the cheap labor Republicans. Opening the borders to millions of third world immigrants just means more bad schools, higher housing prices in the good neighborhoods, and a lower quality of life for more middle class and blue collar whites.

    Whites have been leaving California for 20 years due to the increasing Hispanic population and the increasing cost of living due to the massive amounts of illegal immigration. What do Rubio and Jeb Bush was to make the rest of the U.S. like California?

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  7. superdestroyer says:

    @mattb:

    Any “moderate” Republican that supports amnesty, open borders, and a massive increase of immigration from the third world is just committing political suicide. Adding millions of people to the entitlement rolls and to the rolls of automatic Democratic Party voters is political suicide.

    I guess having the Repulbicans adopt policies that are good for American citizens is beyond their thinking. I guess the appeal to cheap labor and declining wages is just too hard to ignore.

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  8. MM says:

    - Let’s not ignore the giant elephant in the room concerning Romney’s defeat. It was the Mormon.

    So the bigot vote stayed home because Romney was a Mormon? I thought Republicans did not admit that there was bigotry in their party.

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  9. Just Another Ex-Republican says:

    I think reports of the GOP’s demise are greatly exaggerated (as much as I might wish otherwise). Obama won overwhelmingly among 5 sets of voters: women, African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and the youth vote. Three of those groups (youth, blacks, and hispanic) had turnout that was unusually high (matched only by 2008). In 2014, just like 2010, there’s a pretty good chance many of those voters don’t show up again, and you get another GOP wave. In 2016, it will be very difficult for whoever the Democrats elect to put that coalition back together to the same degree. Whether you like him or not, Obama has been spectacularly successful at motivating those groups, and very few politicians will be capable of matching that feat.

    In the long run, the path forward for the GOP seems pretty clear to me as well (as much as I dislike it). All of the African-American, Asian, and Hispanic communities are culturally far more socially conservative than the rest of the Democratic coalition (it was the black vote that killed gay marriage in California in 2008, for example–they voted overwhelmingly for Obama and against gays). If the GOP can stop committing suicide with those voters by curbing their worst instincts they can strip off enough votes to make a difference in their party fortunes (like Bush did in 2004 with immigrants). They don’t have to “win” those groups to stay relevant, just not lose them so overwhelmingly.

    FYI–by “committing suicide” I’m specifically referring to things like wanting to force all brown skinned people to “show their papers” (see Arizona) or self-deport, and openly admitting that some of their Voter ID push is aimed at preventing Democratic votes (see Pennsylvania and others). Voter ID being almost unbelievably stupid for the GOP to push–let certain communities be apathetic and they won’t vote against you; allow yourself to be painted as a group trying to suppress those communities right to vote and otherwise apathetic people will line up for hours to vote, as they just did, in virtually every location pushing the Voter ID laws. And for what? To prevent a type of fraud that almost never occurs in the first place, and has NEVER been shown to have an appreciable affect on any election? Fraud has turned elections, but not the type of fraud that Voter ID would stop. Stupid.

    If they are able to stop committing suicide is another question, but their path to avoiding demographic irrelevancy isn’t that hard to see.

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  10. superdestroyer says:

    @Just Another Ex-Republican:

    Once again, someone who claims that Hispanics and blacks are socially conservative when it reality, Hispanics and blacks are the two most liberal groups in the U.S. Both demographic groups have illegitimacy rates above 50%. There is nothing socially conservatives about single mothers, absent dads, and failure in schools.

    Also, how is it racist to ask everyone to have an ID when voting but not racist to ask potential jurors to show a picture ID. Jury duty is listed in the constitution along with voting. Yet, the government does not trust people to show up to jury duty without an ID.

    Also, try entering the White House without a picture ID. What Democrats really like it the idea that non-whites should be able to exist without government identification and should be able to skate on their obligations.

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  11. john personna says:

    @superdestroyer:

    [Racists] have been leaving California for 20 years due to the increasing Hispanic population and the increasing cost of living due to the massive amounts of illegal immigration.

    Meanwhile downtown LA is enjoying a Renascence. If you aren’t too scared you can get a good burger at 25 Degrees in the Roosevelt Hotel, then go over to Milk on Beverly Blvd for some really fantastic ice cream.

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  12. john personna says:

    @superdestroyer:

    It is not racist to ask _everybody_ to carry a national ID, and to surrender it upon request.

    Fascist maybe, but not racist.

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  13. Scott says:

    It is more than just policies or reaching out to ethnic and other minority groups. Time after time, the right denies the basic humanity of vast swaths of the US population. Every time they talk about moochers, takers, and all the other dog whistles out there, they lose potential voter regardless of their policies. That is why the 47% argument was so devastating. Let’s start with basic respect of people, listen for their dreams and concerns and then try to win them over with your ideas.

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  14. Just Another Ex-Republican says:

    @superdestroyer: If you think those communities WANT broken families and failing schools, then it’s pretty obvious you’ve never actually talked to any of them David Beinart commented this morning “…So how about spending (A LOT) less time worrying about gays getting married, and more time worried about women (and men) who aren’t? Reducing the number of what used to be called “broken homes” is a culture war worth fighting; gay marriage is not.” That position can and does find a lot of support in minority communities.

    I never mentioned racism when it came to voter ID–you did. My point was that as a matter of practical politics it’s just unbelievably stupid to focus on.

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  15. superdestroyer says:

    @john personna:

    The unemployment rate in Los Angeles County is 10.6 percentage Cite and only 27% of the population is non-hispanic white Cite. Being a liberal Californian is something that only the affluent can afford. The middle class whites have been moving out of the state for 20 years. I do not consider them any more racist than Rahm Emanuel who send his own children to a private school that is 80% white rather than the 80% non-white Chicago Public Schools.

    As the U.S. become a one party state, whites are going to have to become very conscious of what it will take to survive and have an upper middle class lifestyle to avoid being surround by minorities.

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  16. superdestroyer says:

    @john personna:

    Melissa Harris-Perry keeps telling me on her MSNBC show that expecting blacks to have government issued ID is racist and bigoted. Are you saying that Dr Harris-Perry is wrong?

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  17. Geek, Esq. says:

    @superdestroyer:

    How’s that Sailer Strategy working out for ya, whitey?

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  18. Geek, Esq. says:

    @john personna:

    It may not be bigoted, but it can be racist in the sense that it disproportionately harms racial minorities.

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  19. Lynda says:

    Gingrich said that Republicans would need to offer more than token gestures to attract Hispanic voters.

    “I think you can build a program that is very appealing and very inclusive,” Gingrich said. “And just for our audience let me say, the difference between outreach and inclusion is outreach is when five white guys have a meeting and call you. Inclusion is when you are in the meeting.”

    I must have drunk too much last night as I find myself in an uncomfortable position – I agree with somthing Newt Gingrich says.

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  20. David M says:

    @Geek, Esq.:
    I had a longer reply that said the same thing, but is there really any point?

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  21. superdestroyer says:

    @Geek, Esq.:

    Unlike Sailer, I do not believe there is any strategy that will keep the Republican Party relevant in politics. The only real question is what happens after the U.S. become a one party state and all of the current Republican voters start voting in the Democratic Party primary.

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  22. swbarnes2 says:

    @Just Another Ex-Republican:

    Obama won overwhelmingly among 5 sets of voters: women, African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and the youth vote.

    You think that half the species is merely a “set” of voters? No way are you an Ex-Republican with values like that. That’s full-throated conservative Republican thinking right there, and everyone who can read knows that.

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  23. legion says:

    @superdestroyer: There could be a brief period where the GOP shrinks to true irrelevance, leaving only the Democratic party in all 3 branches, but if you think there are no fracture lines where the Dems will split and schism in such a world, you’re blinder than you look.

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  24. mattb says:

    @Just Another Ex-Republican:

    In 2014, just like 2010, there’s a pretty good chance many of those voters don’t show up again, and you get another GOP wave.

    This is probably going to be true — though I don’t expect the wave to be quite as great.

    In general I agree with your post. But there are two factors that you don’t account for the two things that will prolong the “Republican Stupidity” that you mention:

    1. Gerrymandered “Safe” Republican House districts —
    In the short term, it’s going to be very difficult for Republicans to win statewide state and federal office (outside of stronghold states) or the presidency without a major shift in positions (or a total failure of the second term of Obama’s presidency).

    That’s going to keep Republicans a national party — at least when it comes to the states and the House of Representatives). And it’s probably going to slow down the possibility of change as too many of these legislators are going to be either Tea Party insurgents (i.e. movement conservatives) or party approved insiders.

    Once you hit statewide races (or national races) the dynamic shifts and the weakness of Republicans begin to truly show through. While the House will probably stay Red for a while, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the Senate will probably remain blue for the forseeable future.

    2. Right Wing Media — face it, it’s an industry based on feeding red meat and empowering a base who don’t want change. Until new, more “progressive” (or tradtionally conservative) personalities emerge, or politicians make a clean break with Right Wing Media it’s going to continue to serve as a rallying point for reactionaries, assuring the audience that THEY are not the problem… RINO’s are.

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  25. superdestroyer says:

    @legion:

    Have the Democrats in Mass, or Chicago split up for anything. David Axelrod and the Democratic party brain trust know that if the federal government spend enough money, it will keep all of the factions together. It doubt that anyone inside the Democratic Party is going to want to walk away from control of $4+ trillion dollars of tax payers money.

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  26. An Interested Party says:

    Did blacks vote for McCain in ’08?

    Obviously black people are a lot smarter than you are…

    Conservatives didn’t show up yesterday. Not en masse. All signs point to evangelicals staying home in large numbers. What else could explain it?

    One quite plausible explanation would be that you are full of shit…

    If the GOP can stop committing suicide with those voters by curbing their worst instincts they can strip off enough votes to make a difference in their party fortunes (like Bush did in 2004 with immigrants).

    Oh, good luck with that…

    If they are able to stop committing suicide is another question, but their path to avoiding demographic irrelevancy isn’t that hard to see.

    That would require them to ditch their Southern base…and then they wouldn’t be left with much…

    The only real question is what happens after the U.S. become a one party state and all of the current Republican voters start voting in the Democratic Party primary.

    Oh that’s an easy one to answer…you and people like you will be carted off to the re-education camps…

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  27. mtnrunner2 says:

    Obviously — to some at least — this is not about immigration.

    This about the GOP not understanding and/or defending individual rights and knowing what freedom really is. Freedom is protecting Americans from harm. Someone crossing a line in the sand and coming to work at McDonald’s does not harm me, so stop trying to protect me.

    Until the GOP really understands what freedom is, they will continue to advocate self-destructive, contradictory and insulting policies like their stand on immigration.

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  28. superdestroyer says:

    @mtnrunner2:

    If the Democrats are working not to harm people, then why are over 40% of children born to the U.S. born to single mothers. Every study shows that children born to single mothers have, on average, more problems than children with two parents. Yet, the Democrats want to double down on single mothers while reducing the number of two parent families.

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  29. grumpy realist says:

    @superdestroyer: Evidence please. It’s simply that the Democratic Party wants to provide a helping hand to single mothers and help them raise their kids. your ilk, by contrast, call them names and deny them any assistance whatsoever. Who is being Christian now?

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  30. Dave Francis says:

    God help America. Obama’s won a second term, so we can expect Sky high gas prices as he plays into the Environmentalists zealots hands. Even more rules and regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to inhibit the drilling of petroleum, natural gas and the inevitable extinction of the coal industry. A massive illegal alien invasion under President Obama’s watch to give the 20 million illegal aliens a path to citizenship, in this once sovereign nation. Instead of small business created the demoralization as the companies leaving the U.S.A for less taxed countries. Huge influx of more illegal aliens are pouring into the country, for Obama’s entitlement programs (BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP) bringing their babies in even huge waves and an astronomical burden on taxpayers. Unions becoming even more powerful, buying favors from the already corrupt political parties. More draining of the U.S. treasury to pay for so called friends in incompetent foreign countries, and the dismissal of a once powerful military defense, conceding to huge cuts in budgets to pay for the spongers, scroungers and freeloaders amongst the population who have no intentions of finding a job. An even deeper recession with this administration printing more money, adding to a growing inflation, more expensive food and even more crushing threats of the Justice Department against states as Arizona, Georgia, and a few others in the 50 states by bloated agencies.

    Marxists such as the notorious Eric Holder, ultra Liberal as Janet Napolitano, Communist Czars and his rash of simpletons in his federal agency who sued states trying to protect their taxpayers from spending their hard earned money on supporting illegal aliens. A clamp down on free speech, liberties and freedoms by Obama’s liberal’s goons throughout the states. More control by the United Nations as Obama administration is subservient to them, to provide a global tax of all the industrialized nations. The United States is becoming a more secular country under this government, which is prosecuting the rights of the church and religion because of the harsh Socialist agenda. This country is becoming more Balkanized by 137 foreign languages instead of the one foundation of everybody speaking English. Our educational system is in dire trouble, with a failing beyond what we can imagine and covered up? Places with large populations with illegal alien children are flooding our schools and distracting our teachers from producing our performance of legitimate Americans and legal immigrants. The loss to our great country is returning our school structure to our states and not compromised by a bunch of bureaucrats in Washington. Instead I suspect a monolithic rise in government agencies that is a danger to our fundamental liberties.

    Political correctness forced on a nation so that terminology such as terrorist is banned or words attributed to the murderers spawning seed in the Middle East. The right to bear arms will be something this administration tries to erase in the next four years. However, one bright light at the end of the tunnel, whichever way you see it? The Republicans with the growing spread of the TEA PARTY in the House of Representatives means another four years of deadlock, where no major policies can be passed. No bills of any importance will also be accomplished in the Senate, with a senile old man called Harry Reid of Nevada. Nothing and I mean nothing will find passage under majority leader Reid, because both parties hate each other. I am extremely grateful that the House of Representatives holds reign of the purse strings, so funds can be withheld from the Tax and spend Democrats.
    This new America has been built on the backs of takers, that is, those who take the entitlements but, do not produce. The Takers won last night. Obama cunningly promised more entitlements to an entitlement driven society, and, like a moth to the light they embraced his offer and sold their votes (souls) for more stuff. As the takers sold their votes they empowered the government, so now Washington can control of their lives as long as the gravy train keeps rolling. With gridlock in Congress, little or nothing will be done. Obama’s minions used the racial separation, the illegal migrant and immigrant major issue and has shown through his first four years of an administration full of derision, anti-conservatism and a serious move towards a European type socialist Democracy. I worked 29 years in the Merchant Marine and earned my 4 pensions. I want to know “WHY” for the my hard work of grueling, arduous years at sea for my family, that my taxes are taken to pay for the living standards of “Freeloaders” and the largest majority of illegal aliens who are parasites at the public trough? NOTHINGS GOING TO CHANGE? ILLEGAL ALIENS WILL KEEP COMING DEMANDING CITIZEN RIGHT AND WE ARE THE FOOLS THAT WILL PANDER TO THEM.

    ALL I KNOW IS MY FAMILY HAS BEEN IN THE SANCTUARY STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR GENERATIONS, SO IT WAS TIME TO MOVE ON FROM EXORBITANT TAXES TO PAY FOR FOREIGNERS THAT DO NOT RESPECT OUR LAWS, COMPLETELY IGNORE THEM.

    The Tea Party is now more significant than ever before with estimates of 41 million voters. We told the Republicans they should be more confrontational, more direct and display Obama’s record for the world to see, but their egotism blinded them to the reality. The accomplishments of the Tea Party is the only shining light in the conservative movement and the GOP took complete advantage of our work as well as the sweat of our backs, and yet, the blind Pharisees refused our wise counsel. This leaves us with little choice but to take it, get tougher and protect our American heritage with all we’ve got. Mr. Mitt Romney worked hard, but played it safe, stayed in the safe waters and refused to expose ‘America’s Fraud President’ and what was the result? Mr. Romney lost, and the Republican Party failed America. However, the greater issue is far beyond Obama or Romney. This Presidential race clearly shows America is a DIVIDED NATION looking for a tough no-nonsense management with real conservative values. The Tea Party is the last remaining stronghold of TRUE Conservative values in America, we must not stop!

    • The Liberal stream media has been co-conspirators from the commencement and thus the general public knew little of ‘America’s Fraud President’ and the hateful measures perpetrated by the Obama Regime. This is why the Tea Party must bring national awareness to the dangers of the lame stream press and educate the public on the impact of their recent actions of the ‘takers’ as they sold their votes. The Tea Party must march forward with a 2 prong approach. We must bypass the lame stream media with truthful and accurate information.

    • We must tell the Republican Party they have proven themselves ineffective and therefore must get out of our way.

    Now is the time that we must surge. We shall not go quietly into the night, but we are ready to take our stand here, we will not back down, ever.

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