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  • Swedish MP Says Jews Aren’t True Swedes, Causes Outrage

    12/18/2014 8:55:12 PM PST · 26 of 44
    Aetius to Olog-hai

    Sweden is doomed.

  • Census: Whites become 'minority' in 2044, Hispanic population twice blacks'

    12/18/2014 8:46:58 PM PST · 36 of 37
    Aetius to kearnyirish2

    I think we’d have a much better chance with Hispanics, over the long run, if we greatly reduced immigration levels.

  • Census: Whites become 'minority' in 2044, Hispanic population twice blacks'

    12/18/2014 8:44:58 PM PST · 35 of 37
    Aetius to __rvx86

    If immigration levels were greatly reduced then I think we’d have a much better chance of winning Hispanics over to conservatism.

    Yes, any policy change to reduce immigration would be savagely demagogued, and that would likely lead Hispanics to vote for the Democrats in even greater numbers...for a while.

    But eventually Hispanics would see that a tight labor market leads to higher wages and greater opportunity, and that would be more valuable than any of the racial politics the Democrats are offering.

  • Census: Whites become 'minority' in 2044, Hispanic population twice blacks'

    12/17/2014 9:23:32 PM PST · 24 of 37
    Aetius to JimSEA

    What do you base the belief that Hispanics will become conservative voters on?

    Polls consistently show a majority if Hispanics favor bigger government. They favor obamacare. They favor gun control. They aren’t as conservative on social issues anymore. Hispanics naturally align with Democrats more so than with Republicans. So long as immigration of Hispanics remains high there is little reason to think any of that will change.

    The best environment to win over Hispanics is one in which immigration levels are much lower than they are now.

  • Woodall (R-GA) Statement on House-Passed Government Funding Bill

    12/11/2014 9:32:25 PM PST · 28 of 56
    Aetius to Kackikat

    I haven’t seen it described that way. All the write-ups say they are providing funding to HLS until Feb 27.

    But whatever the case, by Feb 27 it will be game over. Who really thinks Boehner and McConnell will fight a serious battle to end Obama’s amnesty, especially after two months of ‘bringing undocumented Americans out of the shadiows’ and ‘keeping families together’? Boehner doesn’t seem the type to stand up to absurd charges of putting illegals back in the shadows and reviving the awful threat of deportation.

    It’s more likely that Boehner starts crying after hearing some illegal alien sob story.

  • What choice does the right have in 2016? (She's finally lost her mind)

    12/11/2014 9:18:14 PM PST · 17 of 19
    Aetius to ObamahatesPACoal

    It’s a sick joke that Rubin gets to pose as a conservative voice at the Washington Post. She’s a smug leftist on immigration, and refuses to see that mass immigration (even the legal kind) is a Democrat-importing policy.

  • Woodall (R-GA) Statement on House-Passed Government Funding Bill

    12/11/2014 9:10:40 PM PST · 17 of 56
    Aetius to ctdonath2

    Why are they funding Homelamd Security (and therefore Obama’s amnesty) until Feb 27? Why are they giving Obama two full months to begin the process of minting millions of new Democrat voters? Why not take it up first thing when the new Congress is seated?

    It sounds to me like Boehner wants the amnesty program to be well under way before he ‘fights’ it. It sounds like he, and Woodall and all other Republicans who voted for the bill aren’t serious about stopping the amnesty.

  • Blue State Leftists Destroying Red States?

    12/07/2014 10:26:36 AM PST · 53 of 67
    Aetius to Zuse

    Republican leaders prefer to bury their heads in the sand regarding the obvious importation of future Democrats via mass immigration.

  • West Virginia’s Saira Blair is learning to balance college life, state politics (18 year old 'Pub)

    12/06/2014 10:34:38 PM PST · 4 of 8
    Aetius to PROCON

    You know she must be a Republican. Otherwise she’d be hailed as a hero and be treated to lavish puff pieces from all the mainstream media outlets.

  • Trey Gowdy (R-SC) Says His Preferred Method of Stopping Obama is to Let John McCain Do It

    12/06/2014 10:31:40 PM PST · 120 of 138
    Aetius to sergeantdave

    No I dont.

    I don’t have an opinion on Gowdy yet. I find the varying views of him here interesting, so I may read up on him some more.

    I pose the same questions about every Republican or conservative who gains prominence. I do so because I think immigration is the most important issue, mostly because of its demography-shaping power. I think demographics is destiny. So in the end, I think any conservative who doesn’t oppose mass immigration (even the legal kind) is whistling past the graveyard.

    So it’s good to know that Gowdy wants to empower states against illegal immigration. But I’d be more interested in knowing If he would support reducing (pro-democrat) mass legal immigration.

  • Saudi-born US naval engineer allegedly gave undercover agent info on how to sink carrier

    12/06/2014 8:29:13 PM PST · 128 of 157
    Aetius to a fool in paradise

    That comment from Casey was one of the most outrageous I’ve ever heard, yet it barely caused a ripple in the mainstream media. Hearing a top military officer say that having a less diverse military (and specifically a less Muslim military) would be worse than the slaughter of all those Americans was stunning to me.

    That as much as anything else proved that Diversity is the new god of western civilization.

  • Trey Gowdy (R-SC) Says His Preferred Method of Stopping Obama is to Let John McCain Do It

    12/06/2014 8:16:03 PM PST · 113 of 138
    Aetius to sergeantdave

    I wonder how he’d vote if conservative comprehensive immigration reform ever gets a hearing? How would he vote on a bill that ends mass immigration and reduces legal immigration? Would he support ending chain migration and abolishing the absurd Divery Lottery visas? Would he support reducing refugee and asylum visas?

  • Mark Levin: Wall Street Journal Blackout of Ted Cruz Caused by ‘Thin-Skinned’ Chief Editor

    12/04/2014 8:11:04 PM PST · 9 of 27
    Aetius to 2ndDivisionVet

    The WSJ has always been bad (ie liberal) on immigration, infamously calling for open borders for years and helping to sabotage the mid 90s effort to reduce immigration. So you can’t blame Gigot for the Journals leftism on immigration; he’s just continuing the tradition.

    I agree though with Levin’s assessment of Gigot.

  • Trent Lott rips Ted Cruz for standing his ground, compares to Elizabeth Warren

    12/04/2014 8:05:26 PM PST · 18 of 98
    Aetius to 2ndDivisionVet

    You’d think Lott’s loss of the Leader position due to the hyper PC insanity over his kind words for the ancient Strom Thurmond would have filled him with some rage against the machine that torpedoed him. Instead he seems to have become a lapdog for the interests that destroyed his senate career.

  • Ted Cruz the Latino Presidential Favorite

    12/01/2014 8:42:04 PM PST · 47 of 47
    Aetius to libbylu

    Is it polling amnesty in general, or Obama’s executive amnesty?

  • Ted Cruz the Latino Presidential Favorite

    12/01/2014 8:38:27 PM PST · 46 of 47
    Aetius to txhurl

    So once winning 70-76% of the white vote no longer guarantees victory in Texas, you’re confident that the state will remain solidly red?

    Don’t you think it’s premature to take the good showing in Texas with Hispanics in 2014 and proclaim a lasting shift?

    By what margin do you think Hillary will carry Texas latinos in 2016?

  • Ted Cruz the Latino Presidential Favorite

    11/30/2014 8:44:33 PM PST · 42 of 47
    Aetius to txhurl

    I believe demographics is destiny. There may be some twists and turns along the way, but ultimately I don’t think conservatism has a chance in an ever more diverse nation.

  • Ted Cruz the Latino Presidential Favorite

    11/29/2014 8:45:38 PM PST · 32 of 47
    Aetius to 2ndDivisionVet

    Part of how Abbott did it was having what turned out to be a weak opponent. Davis was hyped by an adoring media as a great Democrat hope, but she turned out to be terrible. Another part of it was that 2014 was great, wave-ish year for the GOP. Neither of those are likely in 2016.

    I think Cruz will do well to repeat his reported 40% 2012 performance when he next faces Texas Hispanics, whether it’s 2016 or 2018. He’ll carry Texas by winning over 70% of the white vote. Nationally I don’t see Cruz doing much better with Hispanics than the average Republican performance.

    But I would love to be proven wrong. I still think the best hope is to drastically reduce immigration levels and slow and eventually halt the pro-Democrat demographic transformation. But that doesn’t seem likely anytime soon so I really do hope someone like Cruz can be a game changer.

  • Ted Cruz the Latino Presidential Favorite

    11/29/2014 7:36:44 PM PST · 20 of 47
    Aetius to JRandomFreeper

    Yes, Abbott is said to have gotten 44% of the hispanic vote...against abortion fanatic Wendy Davis who crashed and burned spectacularly.

    And they say Cornyn won the Latino vote against...did he he even have an opponent?

    So yeah, pretty good showing in Texas for the GOP this year among Hispanics. But overall the state’s growing hispanic population is a reliable vote for the Democrats, to the tune of 20 points or more.

    Cruz’ staff claims he got 40% of the hispanic vote in 2012. There is not much reason to think that a white Cuban like Cruz will do all that well with Hispanics nationwide. I’d be surprised if he could match shameless panderer George W Bush’s 40% mark in 2004.

  • Idaho delegation responds to president's immigration action

    11/20/2014 9:24:31 PM PST · 6 of 7
    Aetius to Tailgunner Joe

    So according to Crapo, that this executive amnesty will hurt immigrants is the most important downside?

  • How Eisenhower solved illegal border crossings from Mexico

    11/17/2014 9:01:56 PM PST · 2 of 23
    Aetius to NKP_Vet

    Coolidge and Eisenhower are far and away the best presidents we’ve had on immigration. It is those two that the current crop should look to.

  • Here’s why Somali Muslim Refugees are moving to Cheyenne, Wyoming, Prepare to be shocked

    11/17/2014 8:59:26 PM PST · 94 of 160
    Aetius to george76

    So I’m assuming that Wyoming’s governor and congressional delegation are worthless here.

  • Here’s why Somali Muslim Refugees are moving to Cheyenne, Wyoming, Prepare to be shocked

    11/17/2014 8:58:05 PM PST · 93 of 160
    Aetius to MNDude

    They contribute to Diversity! And today, that’s all that really matters. That’s all that is required for it to be an officially sanctioned good thing.

  • Why GOP won: Shifting white votes hurt Democrats

    11/07/2014 12:08:08 AM PST · 69 of 108
    Aetius to BobL

    I think you’re exaggerating and overstating it when you say Hispanics are splitting almost down the middle in Texas and other states.

    Yes, if the 44% exit poll figure for Abbott is correct, then that is a great showing for a Republican with Latinos. But it is not typical. Usually Republicans in Texas do good to get around 40%. That’s what Cruz claimed to have got in 2012, while Perry probably got a few points less than that last time. So usually the GOP is a long way from splitting the Hispanic vote, even in Texas.

    I haven’t seen exit polls for New Mexico or Nevada, but even if Martinez and Sandoval did as good as Abbott with Hispanics, it would again be an exception to the norm in those states, and definitely not enough to proclaim a lasting shift.

    The only state with a large Hispanic population where the GOP has won that demographic several times is Florida, and that is because Cubans are much more Republican (though less so than before) than other Latino groups.

    Hispanics are still a a mostly democratic group, which is natural because they hold liberal views on most of the big issues. It is still in the GOP’s demographic best interest to greatly reduce legal immigration and oppose amnesty for illegal aliens.

    Otherwise I largely agree. Whites are a block in Texas and many other southern states. If only the GOP could win over 70% of the white vote all over the south and Midwest like they do in Texas!

    I’d add though that one reason whites are voting more as a block is because of our unwanted policy of unending mass immigration. If our elites are determined to makes whites another minority group, then one shouldn’t be surprised if whites start voting like one.

  • New mosaics unearthed in ancient city of Zeugma

    11/06/2014 8:22:03 PM PST · 11 of 25
    Aetius to SunkenCiv

    Thanks. Very interesting stuff

  • Michigan Gov. Snyder says defending gay marriage ban a duty, 'not a matter of personal preference'

    11/06/2014 8:18:57 PM PST · 20 of 36
    Aetius to cripplecreek

    This is a welcome but rare instance of sanity and sound, Constitutional jurisprudence from a federal court.

    The bad news is that it probably moves us closer to Anthony Kennedy getting to write a sweeping, NYTimes celebrated, nauseating imposition of gay marriage on the entire nation.

  • Boehner: Time For Gop-led Congress To Deal With Immigration

    11/06/2014 8:09:45 PM PST · 81 of 103
    Aetius to SunkenCiv

    It’s distressing to see Paul buy into the myth that Hispanics are natural conservatives who would be voting Republican if not for harsh rhetoric and mean Republicans.

    Most Hispanics hold liberal views on most issues. They are natural Democrats. Outside of Florida, the number of times the GOP has actually won the Latino vote in a big statewide race can probably be counted on one hand. Abbott did great to get 44% Tuesday, but that still means he lost Latinos by double digits to an extremist liberal.

    Increasing legal immigration, as Paul seems to support, will only hasten the demographic destruction of any hope for conservative government.

  • GREAT news and BAD portents

    11/05/2014 9:20:59 PM PST · 142 of 150
    Aetius to sargon

    It’s in large part about numbers. So long as immigration levels are high, most immigrants and immigrant groups will remain solidly Democratic. It’s a reinforcing cycle.

    Successful assimilation of past waves of immigration was aided immensely by the fact that those waves came to an end! Coolidge and Congress ended the last wave, and then we had over 40 years of low-moderate levels of legal immigration.

    This current wave has no natural end in sight because of unending extended family chain migration, and chain-initiating nonsense like the Diversity Lottery Visa. So yeah, we should reach out to minorities, but we should also lessen the demographic shift by ending mass immigration. Reducing legal immigration should be a part of GOP platform. The GOP would have a better chance in an environment of lower immigration.

  • GREAT news and BAD portents

    11/05/2014 7:52:17 AM PST · 12 of 150
    Aetius to Lazamataz

    It’s a good point about Obama’s looming executive amnesty, but we should be clear that current immigration policy is already changing the demographics of the nation in the Democrats favor. We admit over a million legal immigrants per year, which is way too many, and most of them are natural Democrats.

    So stopping the executive amnesty is a must for the GOP Congress, but if they then turn around and pass legislation that does the same thing, then the demographic probelm is the same. If they accept current mass legal immigration, then the problem is the same.

    The new GOP Congress should embrace conservative comprehensive immigration reform and pass legislation to end mass immigration. They should pass serious enforcement measures and greatly reduce legal immigration. Make Obama it, and then run on it in 2016.

    They won’t do this of course, as there are too many Lindsey Grahams in the party. But anything less is just whistling past the demographic graveyard.

  • After Surprise Showing, Ed Gillespie Not Willing To Concede Virginia Senate Race Just Yet

    11/04/2014 9:45:58 PM PST · 8 of 17
    Aetius to 2ndDivisionVet

    As with Cuccinelli, the GOP will regret not putting more resources into this race.

  • Midterm Elections 2014: Louisiana Senate Race Will Go to a Runoff (no Mary Landrieu victory)

    11/04/2014 9:37:02 PM PST · 31 of 53
    Aetius to abb

    Yeah. It should have ended tonight with a clear Cassidy victory.

  • Sharia law or gay marriage critics would be branded ‘extremists’ under Tory plans, atheists and

    11/04/2014 7:23:07 PM PST · 7 of 15
    Aetius to marshmallow

    It won’t be Muslims who are targeted under such a law.

  • British Islamists: The Caliphate Will Expand to Europe and the U.S.

    10/29/2014 7:28:40 PM PDT · 21 of 31
    Aetius to tanknetter

    Just wait though. Muslim immigration into the US continues to grow, and mass immigration in general continues to empower Democrats demographically.

    We don’t face as serious a Muslim problem as Europe, but it is an insane and unnecessary risk to continue allowing large scale immigration of adherents to the religion of peace.

  • Pressure Grows for Marines to Lower Standards for Women

    10/28/2014 8:08:27 PM PDT · 25 of 44
    Aetius to NKP_Vet

    It’s inevitable that standards will be lowered because otherwise there will never be enough women making it to satisfy the Left. A lowering of standards was hinted at from the get go when the policy change was made.

    At first Panetta claimed that standards would not be lowered. Not long after that, Dempsey contradicted his boss and said that if standards prove to be too high for women then the service will have to justify and defend that standard. In other words, Dempsey was saying that the standards will be lowered.

    I was a little surprised at him admitting this. I always thought it more likely that the standards would officially remain as they are, but that they’d be unofficially ignored as irresistible pressure to mint more women-in-combat from the top would filter its way down.

  • School's Nation of Islam handout paints Founding Fathers as racists

    10/27/2014 8:30:00 PM PDT · 12 of 24
    Aetius to Kaslin

    End Muslim immigration and we’ll see less of this craziness.

  • Will GOP billionaire Sheldon Adelson bankroll Mike Huckabee in 2016?

    10/27/2014 7:15:37 AM PDT · 19 of 19
    Aetius to Alberta's Child

    I agree with most of what you say. But there is no good reason at all to think the GOP will ever win, or even break even with Immigrant groups come election time. Surely the chamber of commerce people know that their cheaper labor and increased number of customers will be offset by by anti-business, anti-growth policies implemented by Democrats. And deep down, surely Cruz knows that in 20 years or so he won’t be able to carry Texas.

  • Muslims increasingly moving away from GOP - Poll: Over half plan to vote for midterm Democrats

    10/27/2014 12:08:42 AM PDT · 29 of 51
    Aetius to 2ndDivisionVet

    Funny. But my comments critical of mass legal immigration wouldn’t be welcome at DU or Reddit because those are liberal sites. Opposition to mass legal immigration is a conservative position. Support for it is a liberal position.

    Do you deny that mass legal immigration is a voter importing program for Democrats? Do you think it’s wise to allow increasing levels of Muslim immigration?

    Call it a harangue if you want to, but immigration is the most important issue because it impacts all the other big issues. Import millions of left-leaning natural Democrats and you’re going to get a more left-leaning Democrat electorate.

  • Allowing Lower Court Rulings on Same-Sex Marriage to Stand-Tragic, Indefensible & Judicial Activism

    10/26/2014 11:54:29 PM PDT · 100 of 101
    Aetius to Hostage

    Most Latinos are liberal. There is plenty of polling data that shows they consistently hold left wing views on most issues.

    There isn’t exit poll data available for Texas in 2012, but pre and post election surveys show that Cruz lost the Hispanic vote even as he won a landslide victory (thanks to the white vote). Was Cruz not enough of a Latino sounding name versus Sadler? If Cruz can’t even break even with the allegedly more conservative Texas Latinos, then what chance does he have with the more liberal populations of California, New York, et al?

    So I’m not ignoring the Latino vote at all. I’m just counting on it doing what it always does by giving a large majority of its support to the Democrats; somewhere in the 60-80% range.

    If Cruz is the nominee he will lose the Hispanic vote and will lose California, both by large margins.

  • Will GOP billionaire Sheldon Adelson bankroll Mike Huckabee in 2016?

    10/26/2014 11:33:49 PM PDT · 16 of 19
    Aetius to GeronL

    Then we’ll have new versions of Grover Norquist and KarlRove telling us that they are ‘natural Republicans’ and we need only reach out to them.

  • Muslims increasingly moving away from GOP - Poll: Over half plan to vote for midterm Democrats

    10/26/2014 11:28:40 PM PDT · 21 of 51
    Aetius to 2ndDivisionVet

    This is yet another reason to end mass legal immigration. Not only is a growing Muslim population a security threat, it is also another demographic weapon for Democrats.

    There is nothing a free country can do about converts to Islam, but it’s insane for a western nation to allow large scale Muslim immigration. Muslim immigration into the US has continued to grow even after 9-11! It’s crazy.

    Reversing this trend wouldn’t even require explicitly restricting Muslims or people from Muslim nations. We need only end extended family chain migration, abolish the Diversity Lottery Visas, and disallow unsuitable refugees and asylum seekers and the influx would dry up.

  • Will GOP billionaire Sheldon Adelson bankroll Mike Huckabee in 2016?

    10/26/2014 11:17:28 PM PDT · 14 of 19
    Aetius to 2ndDivisionVet

    I’m surprised at your response. First of all, the question about how my ancestors got here is completely irrelevant. It’s ridiculous in so many ways.

    Immigration policy is no different than any other public policy. It should be set with the best interests of the country and its citizens in mind. Nostalgia about family history is nice, but should have no bearing in setting policy on such a complicated issue . And it’s a generally leftist tactic this whole ‘where did you come from’ line. It’s meant to make people who are skeptical of current immigration policy feel guilty about holding such rational and mainstream views. It’s a way to sabotage a debate sorely in need of reason, logic, and facts with cheap emotion. It’s a way for proponents of an unpopular view to avoid defending their position on the merits.

    Second of all, I was talking about mass legal immigration. You left out the ‘mass’ part. While I think opposing all immigration is a perfectly legitimate position, it’s not my position. I support legal immigration...much lower levels of legal immigration that is.

    So yes, I would say that a conservative should be against mass legal immigration. Current mass legal immigration is already helping to turn the nation blue. Increasing immigration will only accelerate this process. Do you dispute that?

    It’s a myth that there is a shortage of STEM workers, yet Cruz wants to increase the current annual limit of 65,000 five fold! But that could be forgiven if Cruz wanted to offset this by ending extended family chain migration, and by abolishing Ted Kennedy’s Diversity Lottery visas, and by severely restricting asylum and refugee visas.

    It’s just puzzling at how someone as smart as Cruz doesn’t understand demographics. What will it take? Maybe when mass legal immigration has turned Texas into a battleground state? Will that do it?

    I like Cruz. It’s an exciting prospect to think of a charismatic and articulate conservative leading the party in 2016 and beyond. Cruz could be that candidate. But as long as he supports mass legal immigration then he is whistling past the graveyard.

    Either the GOP will end mass immigration or mass immigration will end the GOP (and conservative movement).

  • D.C. Elites Miss Signs Pointing to GOP Senate

    10/26/2014 10:31:29 PM PDT · 17 of 20
    Aetius to Hojczyk

    I don’t trust anyone who says Thom Tillis is a great candidate, as this author does.

    Tillis is a terrible candidate and his ads have mostly sucked. He hasn’t gone after Hagan for her indefensible vote for the Gang of Eight amnesty/immigration surge bill. Most North Carolinians (like most Americans) don’t know that bill would at least double legal immigration. Tillis should inform them and make Hagan defend it. But he doesn’t.

  • Will GOP billionaire Sheldon Adelson bankroll Mike Huckabee in 2016?

    10/26/2014 10:08:28 PM PDT · 6 of 19
    Aetius to 2ndDivisionVet

    If you do that then maybe you’ll get an audience with Cruz. If so, ask him how someone as intelligent as him can be so clueless on mass legal immigration.

    It’s disappointing to hear him call for increasing our already too high levels of legal immigration. How can he not realize that doing so is the same as calling for an increase in the inflow of future Democrats? It’s the same as wanting to hasten the demographic destruction of conservatism.

    Has he bought into the myth that Hispanics are natural conservatives?

  • ‘Walking Dead’ Season 5 Spoilers: Was ***** Revealed In The Final Moments Of Episode 1?

    10/13/2014 7:15:23 PM PDT · 20 of 36
    Aetius to virgil283

    It was a good episode. However, is it not absurd to the point of stupidity that they continually fire automatic rifles in full auto mode? Considering they must execute a head shot to kill a walker, then it makes it even more ridiculous they they don’t set their rifles to the semi auto setting.

    I guess it’s done for dramatic effect.

  • Allowing Lower Court Rulings on Same-Sex Marriage to Stand-Tragic, Indefensible & Judicial Activism

    10/07/2014 10:33:57 PM PDT · 95 of 101
    Aetius to Hostage

    I’m aware of the millions of working class whites who sat out the 2012 election. I agree had Romney earned their vote then he’d be president. But I was talking about your unrealistic dreams of a Cruz landslide. Obama won the popular vote by almost five million, so even if Romney had got all six million of the missing votes, he would hardly have won a landslide popular victory. He would have won a comfortable electoral college victory, but probably less than Obama’s actual victory.

    And do you really think Cruz can carry California? I admire your optimism, but come on! That’s crazy.

    Hispanics are natural Democrats. Plenty of polling data shows them to hold liberal views on most of the big issues. And if that isn’t proof enough, then their voting history should be.

    So what do you consider to be a large portion of the Hispanic vote? Cruz didn’t win Latinos in his senate race. He, like all Republicans in Texas, owes his victory to winning an overwhelming share of the white vote.

    I think you way overstate Cruz’ appeal to most Hispanics. Why would brown Mexicans in California support a white Cuban who disagrees with them on most issues?

    It’s over in California. The demographics won’t allow it. The state is too diverse and it’s white population isn’t conservative enough (like in Texas). It sucks to write off a fifth of the electoral votes needed to win, but it is what it is. California is lost.

  • Allowing Lower Court Rulings on Same-Sex Marriage to Stand-Tragic, Indefensible & Judicial Activism

  • Allowing Lower Court Rulings on Same-Sex Marriage to Stand-Tragic, Indefensible & Judicial Activism

    10/07/2014 10:30:02 PM PDT · 92 of 101
    Aetius to Hostage

    Have you done your homework?

    One of Cruz’ rejected amendments to the Gang of Eight bill was to increase the H1-B visas from 65,000 to 325,000. You think there are 260,000 Von Braun and Einsteins out there that we are missing out on every year? He clearly believes the myth of STEM worker shortages.

    You say Cruz is not for mass immigration, and then talk about illegal immigration. I concede that he has been very good on illegal immigration, second only to Sessions perhaps. But mass immigration includes legal immigration too. In fact it’s more about our too-high levels of Democrat-importing legal immigration.

    When Senator Sessions (the best we have on immigration) introduced an amendment to the atrocious Gang of Eight bill to clamp down on low-skilled legal immigration, Cruz voted against it. And in doing so he rattled off a bunch of nonsense and platitudes about immigration that really is beneath someone of Cruz’ intellect. And in doing so he bragged about his amendments to expand legal immigration!

    Still think Cruz is against mass immigration?

    To be fair Cruz does have good scores at Numbers USA, but they seem mostly to be based on his vote against the Gang of Eight bill. They don’t punish him for his amendments to increase immigration, probably because they weren’t part of a final bill. And I do seem to recall reading once where Cruz supports ending extended family chain migration, but I can’t find it now. And I greatly admired Cruz for refusing Dewhurst’s cheap challenge to a Spanish language debate during their primary fight. But read his own words at the link below and tell me he doesn’t support increasing mass legal immigration?

    It’s simple really. Either the Republicans will end mass immigration (i.e greatly reduce legal immigration) or mass immigration will end the GOP. For conservatism to have a chance going forward, mass immigration must end. Demographics is destiny, and right now immigration is driving the demography ever more towards the left.

    Cruz is a brilliant man. He is charismatic and articulate. We need someone like him to champion conservative comprehensive immigration reform. He could be out there calling for an end to chain migration. He could call for abolishing the absurd Diversity Lottery visas. He could call for cutting back on refugee and asylum visas. He could follow Sessions lead and advocate for poor, working, and middle class Americans (like those 6 million absent voters you mention). Combined with his excellence on illegal immigration and he could be great.

  • Allowing Lower Court Rulings on Same-Sex Marriage to Stand-Tragic, Indefensible & Judicial Activism

    10/06/2014 9:03:03 PM PDT · 76 of 101
    Aetius to Hostage

    First of all, Cruz is suspect on legal immigration. He seems to be okay with mass legal immigration generally, and specifically has bought into the myth that we have a shortage of high tech workers. Any Republican not committed to ending mass immigration is just whistling past the graveyard.

    Otherwise Cruz is impressive. It would be nice to have the clearly superior debater for a change, and someone capable of comfortably and ably articulating a conservative message.

    But Cruz cannot reasonably hope for a Reagan-like landslide. No conservative can. Reagan’s America was much more white, and therefore much friendlier to Republicans and conservatives. Remember, Romney did about as well with whites percentage wise as Reagan did in 1980. But thanks to immigration-driven demographic changes, the difference is one between an easy landslide win in 1980 and an embarrassing four point loss in 2012.

    It is almost inconceivable that a Republican carries populous states like Calif, NY, and Illinois now.

    I do agree that the GOP’s best shot is going after disaffected Perot white working class voters. This could win them states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, and reclaim Ohio. It could help them hold southern states like NC. It could help them everywhere. This could allow for an impressive electoral college victory for Republicans. But what evidence is there that the GOP will give these people a reason to vote for them? The GOP elite would rather go after a more fashionable Hispanic vote that is naturally hostile to them and naturally inclined towards the Democrats.

  • Bad Poll News for Obama, Big Government and the Democrat Party

    10/06/2014 8:33:58 PM PDT · 35 of 36
    Aetius to vpintheak

    America was a center-right nation. Maybe it still is. But unending mass immigration is turning the nation ever more blue. And that’s current immigration policy. If the Gang of Eight brand of immigration reform is passed with amnesty for illegal aliens and a huge increase in already-too-high levels of legal immigration, then the move to the left will only accelerate.

  • Missouri Must Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Granted Elsewhere, State Court Rules

    10/03/2014 10:49:31 PM PDT · 12 of 19
    Aetius to doc1019

    Yeah, off to the Supreme Court where the outcome is certain. Anthony Kennedy is at his worst on gay-related cases. He will be the fifth vote to impose recognition of gay marriage on the entire nation.

    Knowing this, I wouldn’t be surprised if John Roberts joins the left to make it a 6-3 decision.