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January 30, 2014 - 3:11 pm

The Texas senator is not wrong. In fact, he’s right.

“Right now, Republican leadership in both chambers is aggressively urging members to stand down on virtually every front: on the continuing resolution, on the budget, on the farm bill, on the debt ceiling,” Cruz said in a statement provided exclusively to Breitbart News on Thursday.

He continued:

They may or may not be right, but their argument is that we should focus exclusively on Obamacare and on jobs. In that context, why on earth would the House dive into immigration right now? It makes no sense, unless you’re Harry Reid. Republicans are poised for an historic election this fall–a conservative tidal wave much like 2010. The biggest thing we could do to mess that up would be if the House passed an amnesty bill–or any bill perceived as an amnesty bill–that demoralized voters going into November. Rather than responding to the big-money lobbying on K Street, we need to make sure working-class Americans show up by the millions to reject Obamacare and vote out the Democrats. Amnesty will ensure they stay home.

It’s hard to turn out, block walk, blog, advocate and fight for a party that secretly thinks you’re a racist because you stand on the principle of law and order. This goes hand in hand with being allied with people who want you to shut up. At some point, it all becomes enough, and you do shut up, and you do stay home.

The Republicans could do one  or two things right now that stand the chance of destroying their 2014 advantage. They could embrace Obamacare, or they could embrace amnesty. Either one is a deal-killer for a large segment of the party base and will keep many Republicans home in November.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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"The biggest thing we could do to mess that up would be if the House passed an amnesty bill–or any bill perceived as an amnesty bill–that demoralized voters going into November. "

Bingo. Amnesty = suicide.


It's rather ironic how hard the RINOs are working to make sure they act exactly as the Democrats like to portray them: In the pocket of big business, caring nothing for the little guy, or really, for the country, as long as they can line their pockets.

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In the words of our youth, TRUE THAT!
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It’s hard to turn out, block walk, blog, advocate and fight for a party that secretly thinks you’re a racist because you stand on the principle of law and order. This goes hand in hand with being allied with people who want you to shut up."

If they want eternal war, well and good; we accept the issue, and will dispossess them and put our friends in their place. – William Tecumseh Sherman
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I am not a fan of amnesty, therefore, I'm only going to posit a theory...not an advocacy of the proposed legislation before I call it a copout...or GOPout.

Here is part of the language:

"Our national and economic security depend on requiring people who are living and working here illegally to come forward and get right with the law. There will be no special path to citizenship for individuals who broke our nation’s immigration laws – that would be unfair to those immigrants who have played by the rules and harmful to promoting the rule of law. Rather, these persons could live legally and without fear in the U.S., but only if they were willing to admit their culpability, pass rigorous background checks, pay significant fines and back taxes, develop proficiency in English and American civics, and be able to support themselves and their families (without access to public benefits). Criminal aliens, gang members, and sex offenders and those who do not meet the above requirements will not be eligible for this program. Finally, none of this can happen before specific enforcement triggers have been implemented to fulfill our promise to the American people that from here on, our immigration laws will indeed be enforced."

Taking this at its word...for the moment...AND adding in that the borders must be secured FIRST...means this...will NEVER pass the Senate. Or the President's desk.

Think about that for a minute. The Republicans are offering up a plan, they came up with an alternative...put it down on paper...and will present it BEFORE THE ELECTIONS.

And, they are forcing the Democrats to say no. They are forcing the leftists to refuse to compromise.

This thing will be tied up with so many amendments, logistical contraptions and "testing mechanisms" it will never see the light of day.

But...it won't be because the Republicans are "racist". It will be because Democrats won't budge. They can't. They will have been checkmated.

It's not a sellout, in that case...it's an upsell. The Republicans come off looking better than the Democrats. It would be a first.

IF.....IF...that's what's going on here. I don't vouch for it being the case.
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Once it is passed, over the objections of the Republican base:

>>>"Finally, none of this can happen before specific enforcement triggers have been implemented to fulfill our promise to the American people that from here on, our immigration laws will indeed be enforced."<<<

Who determines what the enforcement triggers are? Buraq Hussein Obama and Eric Holder.

Who determines when they are met? Buraq Hussein Obama and Eric Holder.

Who will determine what, if any, effort will be put into any "enforcement" for the phrase " our immigration laws will indeed be enforced.". How many times since 1986 have they promised all these things? 4 How many times have they done a damn thing to keep that promise. 0.

How many times have the current Republican "leadership" promised that they would stand and fight the Democrats since Obama became president? At least 20. How many times have they rolled over, played dead, and blamed the conservatives for being mean because they don't want to get along/go along? EVERY FREAKING TIME.

Oh, and who will end up deciding that once the process starts, that automatic full citizenship will have to be granted? The first Democrat Federal Judge that can.

And that makes the assumption that the Democrats don't just take any Republican bill, no matter how "well intentioned", gut it, and insert the Democrat Senate bill in its entirety and pass it by reconciliation THE SAME WAY THEY PASSED OBAMACARE!

AND REMEMBER, THERE NO LONGER IS A FILIBUSTER!

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It’s hard to turn out, block walk, blog, advocate and fight for a party that not so secretly thinks you’re a racist because you stand on the principle of law and order. This goes hand in hand with being allied with people who want you to shut up. At some point, it all becomes enough, and you do shut up, and you do stay home.

Or you, in effect stay home twice, by actually voting democrat.
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The only thing that will win the senate for the party of the handmaidens of the marxist autocrats is if enough strong Tea Party candidates run.

Within a few cycles, the RINO party will become the RINO party in name only. Tea Party republicans will take it over.
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The country is losing its health care or seeing its cost soar and these idiots want to talk about immigration.

If the Dems were dealing with a GOP president, they would say nothing gets done until health care is resolved, they'd have the data about the increase in uninsured and the rise in costs at their fingerprints and in every talking point memo, which they'd be spouting at every opportunity.

But we have John Boehner.
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To establishment Republicans, stopping a conservative title wave in 2014 is not a bug, its a feature.
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It is the primary feature. Anything else is expendable, including control of the House and the Senate. And it will be expended.

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"The biggest thing we could do to mess that up would be if the House passed an amnesty bill–or any bill perceived as an amnesty bill–that demoralized voters going into November. "

Bingo. Amnesty = suicide.


It's rather ironic how hard the RINOs are working to make sure they act exactly as the Democrats like to portray them: In the pocket of big business, caring nothing for the little guy, or really, for the country, as long as they can line their pockets.

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I remember as a kid that about 3/4 of my many aunts and uncles voted democrat although my parents usually voted Republican. I asked some of my aunts and uncles why they voted democrat and they said, "Because the democrats are for the working man and the Republicans are for big business and the rich". Well the Establishment Republicans are showing that they were right after all. They serve the Chamber of Commerce and it's big money interest in having serf labor from Mexico and other Third World counties and screw the American worker and the middle class.
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when I see pub's or conservatives doing stupid stuff like pushing amnesty for tens of millions of uneducated, illiterate and mostly unskilled trespassers; or, like helping rewrite obamacare and then voting to force it down our throats, it reminds me of the n.s.a., or the i.r.s.
being able to be a legal peeping tom, or legally targeting certain people's tax returns is a terrible power never meant to be abused, especially by such an obviously corrupt cadre of crooks as we have here.
wonder how many thousands of pages immigration reform will have? or how many 'unknown' laws/taxes are probably already included in it? they'll certainly want to pass it (again) before we can find out what is in it.

if the progressive agenda is not to destroy us and our way of life, then why are they always constantly marching lock-step down that road?
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btw, what kind of fool thinks that millions and millions of illegals suddenly made legal is what this country needs while we are neck deep in the greatest fiasco every perpetrated on a republic (obamacare) by their so called 'representatives'? we are barely treading water and washington thinks nothing of throwing us some weights to help.

listening in on phone calls and such sure can turn some votes, for sure.
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