CONSERVATISM, IMMIGRATION POLICY, & THE GOP:
THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WAGES WAR AGAINST ITS CONSERVATIVES
By Christopher G. Adamo
Chief among those organizations caterwauling about the actions of Tancredo is the Liberal “Tuesday Group,” a coalition of approximately thirty Liberal Republican U.S. House members whose goal is to steer the party to the Left. Hiding under the cloak of a grossly distorted rendition of Ronald Reagan’s “Eleventh Commandment” (“Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican”), the Tuesday Group is now expressing concern that Republican Party Conservatives are finally making efforts to strike back.
Apparently, undermining the Conservative agenda by abandoning the Republican Party at key junctures during the legislative process is perfectly fine with these Republican “centrists.” But any discussion of such matters by Conservatives, who have tired of seeing their Party abandoning its principles, is strictly taboo. By such hypocritical assertions, these Liberal “Trojan Horses” hope to continue dominating Republican Party politics and policy from within.
Of course Ronald Reagan never intended for his “Eleventh Commandment” to be arbitrarily invoked as a means of allowing Leftwing Liberalism to spread, unchecked, within the ranks of the GOP. Rather, it was supposed to prevent the sort of backbiting and mud slinging within Republican Party ranks which can ultimately undermine the credibility of the entire Party.
U.S. House Majority Leader (Republican Party Floor Leader) Tom Delay, a longtime champion of Conservatism, has found himself in the middle of this row. Seeking to maintain a cohesive Republican majority in the House of Representatives, he is promoting themes of “team spirit” and “comity” among Party members. Delay even referenced Reagan’s “Eleventh Commandment” in a meeting with Tancredo in which the Colorado Congressman was apparently warned to change his ways and endorse a unified party, or face retribution within Republican circles.
Unfortunately, such rhetoric fails to deal with the fact that it is the Republican Liberals who regularly undermine Party unity by voting with Democrats at critical junctures. With such people constantly placing the philosophy, ideology and policy positions of Leftwing Liberalism ahead of traditional Conservative Republican principles, the only manner in which even a facade of “unity” can be maintained is for the entire Party to shift to the Left. This, of course, is precisely the strategy of the Liberal Republicans.
Tancredo’s major issue of concern is unchecked illegal immigration and the resulting compromise of America’s borders. Hardly a miniscule “pet issue” of a fringe constituency, the immigration problem goes to the very core of maintaining America’s national integrity and heritage. Little else of GOP principles or goals can be regarded as significant in any way, as long the Party remains indifferent to the invasion across the nation’s borders by a flood of illegal immigrants who, as soon as they are able to do so, will vote /against such things as tighter control of America's borders, reduced immigration into the U.S.A., apprehension and deportation of illegal aliens and efforts to maintain America's national integrity and heritage, as well as the traditional Republican Party positions on the entire range of public policy issues. Yet, major forces within the GOP are once again actively working to insure that, at best, the Republican counterpart to Democratic politicians' plans of opening the borders and allowing the influx of illegal aliens to continue and intensify will only amount to a watered-down version of the very same thing.
By supporting truly Conservative Republican challengers, Tancredo’s PAC hopes to specifically target key players of the open borders advocacy for defeat during their respective state primaries. While it is not entirely clear whether or not Tancredo is still officially participating with the work of his PAC, his political ideology remains consistent with that of the PAC's members. Tancredo realizes that threats to the future of the nation are no less virulent when advanced by socalled “Republicans” than when spawned by Democrats, the traditional advocates of open borders policy and massive, uncontrolled immigration into the country.
Tom Delay has, in the past, shown himself to be extremely principled, with the one notable exception being his support, under severe White House pressure, for an education bill that was essentially crafted by Ted Kennedy. He knows that, if his Party persists in its claims to uphold both high and low standards, only the low standards will prevail. Though presently striving to remain within the boundaries of Party loyalty, he is surely aware that, as a principled Conservative, his own future is no less threatened by the underhanded actions of the socalled “moderates” than is the future Tom Tancredo.
For Delay and Tancredo, whose differences are far outweighed by their political common ground, the most pressing matter is to maintain the Republican Party according to Conservative principles rather than allowing the socalled “centrists” to reinvent the Party in the image of the Leftwing Liberal Democrats.
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