We have had a series of establishment Republicans offering a "new version" of "Comprehensive Immigration Reform".
Marco Rubio as the GOP Savior
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Senator Marco Rubio’s recent interview by Time magazine has the expected liberal spin. Is Senator Rubio so obsessed with his message on Immigration Reform that he does not realize how Time has used him? The Senator appears on the cover of Time magazine with the words “The Republican Savior.” I find that image offensive.
In the interview, Senator Rubio mentions the “loving advice from his mother” who told him not to mess with the “pobrecitos” (poor little people), that is, the “undocumented who work hard and get treated horribly.” Why did the Senator allow Time to use the words of his mother to promote a liberal agenda? The Senator’s love and respect for his mother should have nothing to do with his duty as a legislator. The “pobrecitos” are not the legal immigrants our Country has received in the past. Those “pobrecitos” have broken the law of our country knowingly and most of them bring their socialistic culture from their failed countries. What about the American pobrecitos? Should they not be the number one concern of our legislators? Our Country should not be in the business of social welfare for the rest of the world. Most of the illegal immigrants come from Mexico, a wealthy country that can well afford to take care of these “pobrecitos” but instead encourages them to cross the border and have the American taxpayers take care of them.
Al Cardenas, currently President of the American Conservative Union (not always conservative), also shows concern for the illegal immigrants and has spoken favorably on Senator Rubio’s work on this Comprehensive Immigration Reform. We must keep in mind that Mr. Cardenas is part of the GOP establishment, having been Chairman of the Florida Republican Party in the 90s, including during the Bush 2000 campaign and election. This was the famous election of the Florida “hanging chads” that after an intense recount process and the decision of the United States Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore, Governor George W. Bush was officially declared the winner of Florida’s electoral votes, by a margin of 537 votes out of almost 6 million cast, and as a result, became the 43rd President.
Not only was Mr. Cardenas Chairman of the Republican Party then, but he was the first Hispanic to lead a major state party and remains the only Hispanic Republican Party Chairman in Florida history. Cardenas has been a friend of the Bush family since 1976. During the 2000 Election campaign, Cardenas praised the “mellower” Republican Party, with much of the rhetoric about immigrants and homosexuals gone. He praised the “compassionate conservatism of the Bush brothers.
Karl Rove managed George W. Bush’s campaign for President in 2000. Once Bush became President, Rove served as senior adviser and chief political strategist. President G.W. Bush gave Rove his well known nickname “The Architect.” I never understood why Karl Rove deserved high accolades for winning this election. Just think, we almost lost to Al Gore, loyal Vice President to a President who had recently been impeached by the House of Representatives.
Then in 2004 George W. Bush almost lost to John Kerry, an elitist Senator who had betrayed his fellow soldiers during the Vietnam war. Our compassionate conservative President with the encouragement of Karl Rove decided to spend political capital on Comprehensive Immigration Reform. At that time Florida had elected a Hispanic Senator, Mel Martinez. He easily defeated Bill McCollum in the primary because President Bush had selected him as the GOP favorite. Senator Martinez was thought then as the Hispanic who could help bring amnesty to the illegal aliens. The effort was supported by another great “moderate”, Senator John McCain. Numbers USA rallied conservatives against this legislation and that, we thought, was the end. Senator Martinez decided to leave the Senate shortly after Barack Obama got elected. Apparently his early life Cuban experience with the Castro communist tyranny was not enough for him to fight for his adopted country, preferring to become a lobbyist.
When in 2006 Republican Charlie Crist won the governorship, the media in Florida turned him into their new idol. Charlie Crist seemed to want to undo everything previous Governor Jeb Bush had accomplished. The more Governor Crist governed to the left, the more popular the media made him out to be. Our establishment GOP became so convinced of Crist’s popularity that the Senatorial Republican Committee, presided then by Senator Cornyn of Texas, decided Charlie Crist was the candidate to run for Martinez’s senate seat (which was then held by Senator LeMieux) in 2010. Marco Rubio, who had been Speaker of the Florida House, declared his candidacy for the US Senate with the encouragement of Governor Jeb Bush, who is well known for his passion for comprehensive immigration reform.
Do we now see the connections? We have had a series of establishment Republicans offering a “new version” of “Comprehensive Immigration Reform”. These individuals just don’t give up. They never request the opinion of registered Republican voters or of Tea Party representatives. Either they do not trust those they suppose to represent or they are afraid to lose their political status in Washington.
Senator Rubio is a serious fiscal conservative and a patriotic American. I have no proof but it seems that knowing politicians, our distinguished Florida Senator is indeed being used as “the Republican Savior.” The problem is that what the establishment GOP believes will save the Republican Party is instead what will bring its end. Amnesty would be bestowed unto people who by their culture believe in big government and who by their associations with groups like La Raza will always vote for liberal candidates. On the other hand, the Republican Party would continue to lose the vote of conservatives including the conservative Hispanics.