After insulting and ignoring ‘Mexicans’ throughout the 2012 election, and before, the GOP have themselves a pair of problems: defeat and Mexicans. Let’s start there. And let’s dismiss that ‘racism’ is a problem because problems are things that should go away.
We’ve seen Republicans make fledgling efforts. Some have tackled the offset by trying to be nice. This was under the assumption that the Mexicans were pissed about the heat coming from the right side. Which is a fine assumption. Marco Rubio demonstrates:
“What I think will honor our legacy as a nation, is if we can do something that respects the rule of law, but also treats these people in a humane and respectful way,” Rubio said.
If the deployment of “humane and respectful” doesn’t throw you, you haven’t been listening. This is a leap forward in discourse. It had previously been a habit to speak of Mexicans in terms like “criminals” and “parasites.” As it was with The Heritage Foundation who claimed they were lousy with stupidity:
The statistical construct known as IQ can reliably estimate general mental ability, or intelligence. The average IQ of immigrants in the United States is substantially lower than that of the white native population, and the difference is likely to persist over several generations. The consequences are a lack of socioeconomic assimilation among low-IQ immigrant groups, more underclass behavior, less social trust, and an increase in the proportion of unskilled workers in the American labor market.
Jason Richwine lost his job with that. After it became a controversy, but still. Progress.
Or not. It seems with every creep forward one of the Daddies feels the need to step up and unburden his mind. Many Republicans are neither intellectually nor viscerally comfortable with being nice to Mexicans.
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said Thursday that President Obama would not be president if it weren’t for the 1986 amnesty bill that Ronald Reagan signed into law.
Recall that Obama has damaged America beyond hope.
He said conservative estimates show that, on average, each of these people brought in five others, leading to 15 million more people in the country, most of whom voted for Obama.
“[T]hey have to admit that Ronald Reagan’s signature on the ’86 amnesty act brought about Barack Obama’s election,” King concluded on the House floor.
“[I]t’s clear to anybody that can do any kind of statistical analysis that Barack Obama wouldn’t be President of the United States without Ronald Reagan’s 1986 amnesty act.”
Here’s to the chance they swallow that. Then they’ll be forced to face the issue on King’s terms: Should the Democrats keep winning? Or should America become North Korea? Tough choices.
The way out involves accepting immigrants. Once Republicans try that, the Mexicans will listen to the pitch. Don’t bet it will happen soon.