No Nationalists on Jack's 'Shining Hill'
"A struggle is underway for the soul of the
Republican Party, between a minority of protectionist xenophobes and
those who are pro-trade and pro-immigration."
Thus does Jack Kemp begin a column in which he jettisons the black
conservative running for Congress in North Carolina whom he earlier
endorsed. Kemp accuses Vernon Robinson of "running a very negative and
aggressive anti-immigration campaign ... contrary to the core values of
the party of Lincoln."
Jack is right about that struggle for the soul of the party. But why is
it necessary to demonize disagreement? Webster's defines xenophobia as
"fear and hatred of strangers and foreigners." What evidence is there
that Robinson is not a man of good heart?
Jack cites George Washington as having "famously quipped in 1788, 'I had
always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to
the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they
But, as James Fulford of VDare.com notes, Washington was talking about a
persecuted Dutch minority that had supported the American Revolution.
Few of the illegal aliens here were victims of persecution, and not all
are necessarily virtuous. Their only common characteristic is that all
have broken our laws.
Can Jack seriously believe the Father of Our Country would have approved
of amnesty for 8 million to 14 million illegal aliens and an immigration
policy that will leave us in 2050 with 100,000,000 Hispanics,
concentrated in our Southwest, with scores of millions not speaking
English and loyal to nations not our own?
Jack says illegals come for work, not welfare. Most do. But why, then,
did Jack oppose California's Proposition 187, which would have denied
welfare benefits only to aliens here illegally? Why, as HUD-meister, did
he hand out housing subsidies to illegal aliens?
Jack believes being pro-illegal is good politics. But Gov. Pete Wilson
overcame a 20-point deficit to win re-election in 1994 by backing
Proposition 187. Wilson was the last Republican to win major statewide
office before Arnold, whose best issue, pollsters say, was opposition to
Gray Davis' handing out of driver's licenses to illegals. Even John
Kerry now opposes driver's licenses for illegals.
The Dole-Kemp ticket, however, unfortunately lost first-time Hispanic
voters to Clinton-Gore 91 percent to 7 percent. And California, which
Nixon carried five times on national tickets and Reagan swept four
times, is now routinely written off by the GOP in presidential
elections, partly due to the surging Hispanic vote.
Since Bush took office, his free-trade policies have produced a net loss
of 2.6 million manufacturing jobs, one in every six in the United
States. The textile and apparel industries in the Carolinas have been
especially hard hit. These jobs have historically been the access ramp
to the American Dream for blacks, Hispanics, single moms and the working
poor. Is Vernon Robinson wrong to want to stop shipping these jobs off
Our open-borders policy is forcing millions of our workers into a
Darwinian competition for jobs with desperate immigrant folks willing to
work for less than the minimum wage. Unlike Jack, these Americans are
not often invited onto the boards of Empower America, the Heritage
Foundation, G2 Satellite Solutions, SmartCOP, Oracle, Hawk Corp., IDT
Telecom, ING Americas, Thayer Capital or Thomas Weisel Partners.
After naming all the big men he met with in Mexico recently, Jack
thunders, "[T]he best way to stop mass migration from Mexico is not to
militarize the border." Did Jack ask his Mexican chums, then, why they
have militarized their border with Guatemala?
Before using derogatory terms like "reactionary" and "protectionist
xenophobes," Brother Kemp might read a little more deeply into American
history than Carl Sandburg's "Lincoln."
The first act of Congress Washington proudly signed on July 4 was the
Tariff Act of 1789. Abe ("Give us a protective tariff and we shall have
the greatest country on earth") Lincoln was not only the father of 70
years of Republican protectionism, he raised the Morrill tariff 12
times. And, sorry to report, the old Rail Splitter spoke openly and
often about sending slaves back to Africa.
Teddy ("I thank God I am not a free trader") Roosevelt called free trade
a "pernicious doctrine."
Jack twice refers to America as a "city on a shining hill," Reagan's
signature phrase. But Reagan slammed import quotas on steel, machine
tools, computer chips, and Japanese cars and motorcycles – to save the
Big Three and the Harley "Hog." Which Reagan did, God bless him.
And as the Gipper said in 1983: "This country has lost control of its
borders. And no country can sustain that kind of position."
By the way, Jack – the phrase is "a shining city on a hill."
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