Ann Coulter’s most recent op-ed, “GOP Crafts Plan to Wreck the Country, Lose Voters,” struck a nerve with a few close friends. A real raw one. Why did you circulate it? She is a racist, why fuel it? You’re better than that … and there were a few more missives, too crude to re-print.
Ask any of my closest friends and they’ll tell you, I have never been a fan of ethnic-based politics. Even when it was my job at the Republican National Committee (RNC) to focus on targeted Spanish-language and related political efforts, it never felt right.
I was born and raised in the United States. My family fled to freedom because the Communists, still in power in Cuba, came after them and many other freedom-loving people. I’m proud of my ancestral roots, but prouder still of my American heritage. Yet I know who I am, and do not need someone else to remind me about it or pander to me for my vote because of it. Nor does anyone else.
Republicans can do better than contribute to the balkanization of American politics. Our party experimented with ethnic-based politicking, what the Left and the Democrats do, and it has failed to generate long-term support for the GOP. Abandon it. Fast. Do more locally by reaching out to all potential voters and ignore the, as Coulter calls it, the ethnic-focused lobbying class.
Ethnic-based or focused politics is nothing new; it has been around for centuries. Every modern system of government must contend with it. Ever read the Federalist Papers? James Madison talks about this poison called factions. In Federalist 10 Madison tells us that a faction includes a,
number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adversed to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.
Comprehensive immigration reform falls perfectly in to this category. An overwhelming majority of Americans, correctly, argue that there are more important issues that need addressing. Yet, it is pushed by the Left, and their supporters in the Democratic Party, because it is politically expedient. If it passes, they win. A new crop of voters. That is the primary message Coulter is writing about in this latest piece.
If it does not pass, they also win and, at some level, win more because they can score cheap political points against the GOP at the expense of individuals or the very people they claim to want to help. Why? Because Democrats in Congress and the Obama White House know the political stakes and the numbers needed. They know what can become law and what cannot. For the last decade or so, they’ve opted to focus on the latter.
I can’t get into Ann Coulter’s head, but when she writes in her article “Sorry, Americans. You lose,” one can safely deduce she is talking about every American, not just those of one particular group. She, and the data she cites is correct, newly arrived immigrants tend to vote and register with the Democrats.
The GOP needs to drop ethnic-based politics because it is un-American, un-Republican (is that a word?). It is extremely divisive, dismissive, and destructive. No one likes to made to feel different, singled out for something that is completely irrelevant to being an American. The GOP is better than that. America deserves better.
The regulatory super-state is out of control. There are more pressing issues. If the Left and its supporters in the Democratic Party truly wanted “reform” (one of the most overused words in the business), there are incremental changes that can be enacted to improve the immigration laws and regulations. But they are not interested. Not one bit.
Coulter is part political activist and part entertainer. She has a flair for the dramatic, and it is why I enjoy reading her pieces. And will continue to do so. To my friends and colleagues, be more concerned about what people on the Left are saying about us. It is political venom. And, right now, the Left and the Democratic Party has the GOP right where they want them, publicly divided and distracted.
P.S., and for those of you who think that because of my background I’m opposed to immigration reform, think again. One of the first action items should be a complete repeal of the Cuban Adjustment Act. Look it up.