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Leslie Loftis


January 30, 2014 - 3:07 pm


Ann Coulter got a copy of Phyllis Schlafly’s yet-to-be-released report on a meta-study of immigration statistics. The overall conclusions aren’t surprising to anyone with basic knowledge of U.S. history:

Immigrants — all immigrants — have always been the bulwark of the Democratic Party. For one thing, recent arrivals tend to be poor and in need of government assistance. Also, they’re coming from societies that are far more left-wing than our own. History shows that, rather than fleeing those policies, they bring their cultures with them. (Look at what New Yorkers did to Vermont.)

This is not a secret. For at least a century, there’s never been a period when a majority of immigrants weren’t Democrats.

From her article I gather that the Schlafly report merely updates the numbers.

But, as Coulter notes, this non-secret doesn’t deter the GOP elite, who are poised to capitulate to Obama’s State of the Union rhetoric about making 2014 a “year of action with or without Congress.” The GOP masterminds think that Democrats and Republicans can work together on immigration reform. Obviously, and per usual, they have failed to consider either the views of the GOP base or their own long-term political interests.

Leaving aside the political folly of changing the subject from the epic and continuing failures of Obamacare, the kind of immigration reform on which the Democrats will “work with us,” it will expand and harden a welfare class in the United States serving none but the Democratic power elite.

Immigrant assimilation isn’t an option. When immigrants assimilate, they don’t vote reliably democratic anymore, but current education policy stalls the assimilation and our culture of non-judgmentalism, the refusal of the successful to preach what they practice, locks the new immigrants into the servant classes.

With a permanent and growing welfare class, Democrats can recreate a patronage system and consolidate power the Boss Tweed way. Lest anyone think that a overly dramatic historical allusion to political corruption, two weeks ago, the New York Times published an article (“The Forgotten Virtues of Tammany Hall“) written by Terry Goldway, the author of the forthcoming revisionist history book “Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics.” It is nostalgia for the days Democrats used immigrants as pawns.

We are seeing the start of a Tammany Revival. And somehow the GOP elite thinks it a good idea to assist in this scheme. They won’t even get votes for this assist, only temporary patronage, very temporary patronage.

Leslie Loftis is a recovering lawyer, a housewife, and a mother of 4. She is also a serial Texpatriate, most recently returned from London, England.

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Machine politics are what you have if you are an immigrant who lives in an ethnic community and don't speak the language. You deputize a ward boss to make sure basic city services and schools are available to you. That's all you care about. You get what you demand, but your numbers are used to facilitate other things, including the usual host of playoffs to rent seeking interests who enrich the ward boss.

You don't have a choice, since as an immigrant not speaking the language you cannot operate the levers of government like, say an educated upscale native born WASP. Still, you have some ability to see your kids are provided with opportunity.

In the "progressive" era of the 20's and 30's those WASPs started waging war against "corruption" which was essentially to get rid of the ward bosses so they could control the fate of the great unwashed themselves. They succeeded and now the descendants of those leftists like to confuse history. They built a big urban plantation all over the industrial northeast, and rust belt and they've been using the old ward bosses leverage ever since. When they lose people from the plantation, it's time for more "immigration reform".

I love immigrants. I like people with the guts to leave their home to look for a better life, and we owe them better than to let them be used like this.
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It is gauche and "UNSOPHISTICATED" to say so, but we are not necessarily seeing a bona fide policy debate.

History has taught us - 70+ years after the fact - that key decisions made in Washington during World War II were shaped or influenced by Soviet AGENTS in U.S. government "service". The names and identities of those agents appear in Venona decrypts and Soviet archives.

Now, in 2014, we must consider that key Republican "advisers", elected politicians and party officials (perhaps including Reince Priebus) may similarly be paid AGENTS for Democratic organizations, Soros hirelings, and/or acting for foreign interests.

Collectively, these agents are able to portray the proposed Republican capitulation as "sophisticated" Georgetown intrigue. In fact, they are working to cement into place a PERMANENT MAJORITY for the party of metastasizing government unions.

In addition to these subversive activities, the usual profiteering and rent-seeking by corporate interests continues on both sides of the "aisle".
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This level of conspiracy isn't required. Sheer intellectual laziness and a dogmatic adherence to the Nixon prescription of "run right to get the nomination, and left to get the election" is all that is required.

Keep in mind, the establishment Republicans are OLD. They still think of Nixon as some kind of dark genius and Reagan as a amiable dunce. They are too stupid to see that it is actually that Nixon was a dark dunce and Reagan an amiable genius.

Everybody thinks Machiavelli was "brilliant" except that if anyone believes you are following his prescriptions you crater. Rationality combined with likability moves mountains. Dark sneaky subterfuge is impossible to maintain and obliterates credibility.

Seriously, most "establishment republicans" probably, in their heart of hearts, believe as the Tea Party does. Look at Romney's 47% speech. But they have been trying to slow the one way ratchet to the left for so long, they are just used up. They can't understand that "being clever" isn't what is needed anymore. It's time to be daring. It's time to make the Dems live up to every scintilla of their BS. It's the Rand Paul strategy, if you try to trap me with a "war on women" question, I will shove it back down your throat for six news cycles.

The "establishment" probably love seeing that, but they still shake their heads and say "that's Rand, he gets a pass because his dads a crackpot, I could never do that..." Their long time advisers really do believe that too.

No conspiracy needed, they are just you or I would be if we had to deal with Nancy Pelosi for 20 years...
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In the days of Tammany, the cities were a source, not a sink, of money.
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We have a nation. In many ways our nation is not the same as when it was founded. Nor can we go back in history and recreate it. An important issue is what role will be the middle class role and presence in the rebuilding of our nation?

So this hinges of this - Which Middle Class? For we have 2. We have the inheritors of Victorians whose middle class society was based on standards, values and virtues.

And we have the Edwardians which is based on clique formation.

Victorian sensibilities are what are you? what can you do? In short a meritocracy.

Edwardian sensibilities are who do you know? What are your connections? How does what you think and believe fit in with what we think and believe.

Victorians did not care for and were divergent from that Left cultural movement called Bloomsbury. Edwardians embraced it. Edwardians are Lord of the Flies. Victorians are Peter Pan.
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I think you're overstating your case just a bit. I read the article Golway wrote, which you linked to, and it starts out by listing the things that Tammany did that were wrong, stealing elections, various levels of political corruption, etc. He also notes that while they were accommodating to various European immigrants, from Italy and Eastern Europe, and even Jews, they were also indifferent to the problems of Blacks and later Hispanics. *Then* he takes a different tack, and recounts the things that they did which he believes show a different side of the organization, supporting people in the community in various ways, many of them personal and one-on-one.

I've read another of his books (he did a biography of Revolutionary War general Nathaniel Greene 8 years ago) and thought him a good writer, balanced and intelligent. I get where you're coming from, and I'm not so interested in returning to the days of Ward bosses, ballot box stuffing, and patronage, but that wasn't exactly what he was advocating. I'd wait for the book so we have a more full view of what he's saying...
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Yeah. I'm sure glad the days of stealing elections are over.
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Golway's reputation and the jacket text suggest the book will not ignore the corruption, true, but my point doesn't depend upon what precisely Golway advocates or his scholarly skill. We potentially have a growing immigrant population largely trapped in a needy state and some intellectual noise about how Tammany wasn't all bad. Even if all the politicians have wonderful intentions--highly unlikely--corruption will set quickly and easily in such circumstances.
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