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Conservatives Richard Falknor on 31 Jul 2013 05:12 pm

Giant Amnesty:Will GOP Embrace Or Discard Blue Collar America?

The Republican Party did not disparage the ruling class, because most of its officials are or would like to be part of it. “– Angelo Codevilla

We tweeted this story by NRO editor-at-large John O’Sullivan yesterday, but his post “What about the Workers?” (click here) clearly deserves more space and notice.

This is because O’Sullivan clarifies the central amnesty political issue. He explains–

“In a letter to fellow-Republicans on the Hill today, Senator Jeff Sessions declares with admirable straightforwardness that the GOP establishment’s main argument for the Gang of Eight immigration bill — that ‘the great lesson of the 2012 election is that the GOP needs to push for immediate amnesty and a drastic surge in low-skill immigration’ — is quite simply ‘nonsense.’ He is, of course, correct. That is true, moreover, of every other argument advanced in favor of the bill by the Gang of Eight and the GOP establishment. All these arguments have been investigated to death, generally by Mark Krikorian on these pages, but also by a wide range of critics elsewhere, notably Mickey Kaus. I can’t think of a single one that has survived its vivisection — no, vivisection is performed on living things; the correct term for examining these arguments is post mortem. . . .  And as Mickey Kaus points out, its organizer, former Bush II commerce secretary Carlos Guterriez, more or less admits that this is a struggle between Republican donors and Republican voters. In fact it’s worse than that. This struggle pits a political coalition of the Republican and Democrat establishments versus blue-collar workers in both parties and of all ethnicities. And the electoral realities of such a struggle don’t favor the establishments.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Author and former Margaret Thatcher brain-truster O’Sullivan gets to the root of the matter–

But all over the world conservative parties are winning more votes from working-class voters as leftist parties make gains in an increasingly public-sector middle class. By fighting the Gang of Eight bill on the explicit grounds that it penalizes hard-working and lower-paid Americans, the GOP could make even larger gains than Reagan made in the 1980s among these voters. And this electoral bloc dwarfs any other in numerical terms. Sessions sees this; the GOP establishment does not. Or if it does, it is sacrificing the political interests of the Republican party (and the economic interests of lower-paid Americans) to its own short-term economic advantage.”

Read all of O’Sullivan’s post here.

Today, the Republican Party at all levels is coming to grips, almost willy nilly, with whether to move to the conservative path — or to keep embracing the Beltway GOP’s post-Reagan posture of accommodation, ‘managing’ not downsizing big government, and quietly accepting the prevailing politically correct culture.

Clearly conservatives – the genuine article, not the Karl Rovians — will want to include blue-collar America prominently in their ranks.

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