Friday, November 28, 2008

Evil Party Meets Stupid Party

The late Samuel T. Francis once lamented that Americans don't have two ideologically distinct parties. Rather we have an evil party (the "liberals") and a stupid party (the "conservatives"). Occasionally there is a synthesis of evil and stupidity. This is otherwise known as "bipartisanship".

To see the confluence of evil and stupidity at work, check out these remarks by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in an interview with the Detroit Free Press:

Q: With more Democrats in the Senate and the House and a Democrat in the White House, how do you see congressional efforts playing out on such issues as health care and immigration?

A: On immigration, there's been an agreement between (President-elect Barack) Obama and (Arizona Republican Sen. John) McCain to move forward on that. ... We'll do that. We have to get this economy stuff figured out first, so I think we'll have a shot at doing something on health care in the next Congress for sure.

Q: Will there be as much of a fight on immigration as last time?

A: We've got McCain and we've got a few others. I don't expect much of a fight at all. Now health care is going to be difficult. That's a very complicated issue. We debated at great length immigration. People understand the issues very well. We have not debated health care, so that's going to take a lot more time to do

Reid practically promises that health care will go nowhere, ironic given that it was a centerpiece of the Obama campaign. But perhaps we will get mass amnesty, a real crowd pleaser supported only by cheap labor whores at the Business Roundtable, professional mulitculturalist ambulance chasers and Democrat operatives who see amnesty as a means of registering millions of new voters dependent on the state.

Conservatives are in bad shape. In the mid-1970's the Democrats had a tighter hold on Congress but the GOP had a charismatic spokesman in Ronald Reagan and a host of issues moving in their direction, particularly the tax question which became a staple of Republican campaigns for twenty-five years.

The tax issue has lost its salience but no well-spoken and serious Republican has discussed immigration since the Buchanan campaigns of the 1990's. If wayward members of the Stupid Party team up with the Left to pass "comprehensive immigration reform", i.e., the legalization of lawlessness, some enterprising politician will have an issue which divides Democrats and could serve as a springboard to bigger and better things.

Marrying immigration restriction to an aggressive trade policy and America First foreign policy has the potential to create a populist backlash which if properly controlled could threaten the neocon/neolib apple cart.


Blogger Eric Schansberg said...

This is one of my friend Craig's favorite distinctions. I didn't know that it came from Francis!

The Stephens WSJ essay (on my blog) touches on the same distinction. And it will probably be part of an essay in the next issue of Indiana Policy Review.

Good stuff!

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