Friday, June 01, 2007

One of many fault lines in the Republican Party appears to be rupturing.

“Rupture”, not “rapture”....

Via Rawstory, via Firedoglake, is an interesting little tidbit. Seems that the Republican National Committee is laying off a bunch of phone solicitors, due to the fact that contributions are “drying up” over the whole business of immigration reform and “amnesty” for illegal aliens.

There has been a sharp decline in contributions from RNC phone solicitations, another fired staffer said, reporting that many former donors flatly refuse to give more money to the national party if Mr. Bush and the Senate Republicans insist on supporting what these angry contributors call "amnesty" for illegal aliens.

"Everyone donor in 50 states we reached has been angry, especially in the last month and a half, and for 99 percent of them immigration is the No. 1 issue," said the former employee.

Of course, there is the usual counter-assertion from people actually still employed by the RNC that no such thing is going on, contributions are still flowing in, and actually, they are getting TWICE as much in the way of donations as are the Democrats.

I find it rather amusing and bemusing that this is the issue that could really tear things apart for the Republicans. Going to war on very shaky grounds just because Bush, Cheney, Rumseld and the rest of the neo-con cabal wanted to, no problem. Over 3400 soldiers and marines dead, on a mission that seems to have no point? No problem. Lying under oath about outing a valuable CIA asset, just to have retribution against a political foe? No problem. Torturing people who have not been charged with any crime? Absolutely no problem. Shredding the Constitution of the United States in order to make a huge power play and drive this country toward a Communistic model with a single viable political party? Nope, no problem with that. But give “amnesty” to a bunch of Mexicans who are here illegally but still provide a valuable service to the American economy? Boy, watch the fur fly.

It appears to me that up to a third of the Republican party will never accept anything less than deportation of about a million and a half illegal aliens. I may have my numbers wrong on that. It may be much more. I know it is more than a million. I don’t see how this plan could be at all viable. What are they proposing to do? Round up everyone at gunpoint, put them in trains or truck convoys and drive them back across the border at San Diego or El Paso? Talk about your Gestapo tactics.

Logic is playing a very small role in this “discussion”. Emotion and racism seems to be the main component. Listening to what people like Bill O’Reilly say about this makes it plain that these folks are scared stiff, or either just playing on the fear of their listening audience, it doesn’t matter which actually, of the U.S. being “invaded” by a bunch of brown skinned people who don’t speak English. Yes, we need to take some steps to address this very difficult issue. Things are apparently out of control in terms of open borders. But, once again, many in the Republican party don’t want to address crushingly important issues in any other way than screaming and sputtering, fear and anger, calling your opponents names and questioning their patriotism, honor, and intelligence.

I, for one, will be quite happy to see the current form of the Republican party fragment into “ultra-pro-big-business” and “militant anti-immigration” factions, neither of them willing to budge to the other side, unwilling to vote for each other’s candidates. Happy days. Maybe now this country will be able to actually address pressing issues without getting blocked by vast groups of people only united in the hatred of the Democrats, regardless of the issue.

I am also rather amused by the fact that the fear, demagoguery and political rancor used by the Republicans against Democrats since the Newt Gingrich “revolution” are now coming back to bite them in the butt, big time. This seems to be the only way they know how to play politics now, even when they are disagreeing with members of their own tribe.

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