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Jerry Shenk


All is Well, Democrats

by Jerry Shenk
 

In June, Democrats in the US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to invalidate American immigration laws.

Cities that refuse cooperation with federal officials to enforce immigration laws are known as “sanctuary cities.” Sanctuary cities confer imaginary rights on aliens who have broken American laws to come or stay here, including some who have committed crimes and acts of violence against American citizens.

On June 29, 2017, the House considered two bills to take action against sanctuary cities and protect Americans. The House voted 228-195 on the “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act” and 257-167 on “Kate’s Law.”

Kate's Law was named for Kate Steinle, a young woman who, two years ago in “sanctuary” San Francisco, was murdered by a previously-deported illegal alien.

The votes were cast largely along party lines. Most Democrats voted “No.”

If Democrats genuinely want to learn why they lose elections, they must drop analgesic rationalizations designed to relieve their depression and deny their fecklessness. The Party must face and address its internal fault lines, of which antipathy to enforcing immigration law is a prime example.

The Atlantic’s progressive writer Peter Beinart observed: “In 2006, a liberal columnist wrote that ‘immigration reduces the wages of domestic workers who compete with immigrants’ and ‘the fiscal burden of low-wage immigrants is...clear,” concluding: ‘We'll need to reduce the inflow of low-skill immigrants.’

“That same year, a Democratic senator wrote, ‘When I see Mexican flags waved at pro-immigration demonstrations, I...feel a flush of patriotic resentment. When I'm forced to use a translator to communicate with the guy fixing my car, I feel...frustration.’

...”The columnist was Paul Krugman. The senator was Barack Obama.”

Their June votes against immigration enforcement suggest that House Democrats disagree.

So far, the Democrats’ serial attempts to dispute election results, eliminate the Electoral College, boycott and/or protest the inauguration, stonewall executive nominations and promote impeachment have resulted in Democratic losses in four “winnable” congressional special elections they designated “Trump referendums,” the last of which, Georgia’s, torched $30 million in campaign money, mostly from California.

“It’s Trump four and us zero,” said Ohio Democratic congressman Tim Ryan, who called the Democrats’ brand “toxic.”

Interviewed by the NY Times’ Maureen Dowd, Ryan said Democrats need to stop micro-targeting: “’They talked to a black person about voting rights, a brown person about immigration, a gay about gay rights, a woman about choice and on and on, slicing up the electorate, but they forgot that first and foremost, people have to pay their mortgages and get affordable health care.’

“He...urged...Democrats to stop obsessing about Trump and Russia and start obsessing on globalization, automation and wage stagnation.”

But that would place Democrats squarely into Trump’s wheelhouse on trade and jobs. Horrors!

After losing in 2000, Democrats moved left, farther left under Barack Obama, and continued their leftward lurch in 2016. Unless the Party changes course, its next presidential nominee will be even more left-wing.

All is well, though, Democrats. Voters really do love you. Everything you’re doing is fantastic. Never change.


http://www.ldnews.com/story/opinion/2017/07/05/all-well-democrats/452855001/


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