…Republicans across the board seemed astonished when the first-quarter FEC reports came out and, all told, the Democratic presidential candidates out-raised the Republicans by $25 million. The party committees are lagging behind their Democratic counterparts.This is most ominous, because the premises behind stopping immigration are collectivist, if not racist. Notice the socialist sounding rhetoric, attacking “corporate America”:
There is no mystery. Conservatives, who voted in droves for Democrats and against Republicans as a protest vote last November, are now voting with their pocketbooks. The sleeping giant of the conservative movement has been awakened, and if the immigration bill passes, one can imagine an organized effort to shut down all grass-roots conservative money from going to any GOP party committee and instead direct their hard-earned dollars to legitimate conservative groups.
The immigration bill, most conservatives believe, is a sellout of everything they hold dear – the rule of law, justice, freedom and sovereignty. But rather than listen to the grass-roots American people, the GOP elites are instead listening intently to the voice of their master, corporate America.How is stopping individuals who want to come to America to work and better themselves in the interest of freedom? And bringing up sovereignty is an equivocation of the word; we defend our borders against hostile nations, not against peaceful individuals who want to come to America to work.
I have speculated on this before. I think people feel a general unease about the growing state, the loss of freedom, the decline of culture and our government’s inability to defend us against militant Islam. The brown-skinned people sneaking into America to work serve as a scapegoat for their fears. (And the unions, who oppose an expansion of the labor market that brings down wages, help to stoke this fear.)
I haven’t studied the immigration bill close enough to say if it is good or bad. These days all bills are complicated, mixed bags that require Talmudic study to understand and judge. Sometimes little riders are ghastly power grabs by the state that make a bill unworthy of passing.
The populism we’re seeing in the Republican base is a disturbing sign of the decline of individualism. This is the mob mentality of which our Founding Fathers were so leery.
As the left embraces multiculturalist collectivism, the right is embracing a more nationalistic, mystical collectivism. Between the left and right, the two should get us to outright fascist totalitarianism within decades.
UPDATE: Rewrote one sentence that actually said the opposite of what I wanted to say. Been a long day...