By Bob Bennett
Back in May, I wrote a piece called “Conservatives’ Impossible Mission: Win in 2016.” It made the points that, since the GOP took over the Senate, it has branded itself as the party that helped Obama instead of stopping him. There’s ample evidence of that: funding the unconstitutional amnesty, whipping to confirm Loretta Lynch as AG, on and on.
How many in its base will come out next November to vote for a GOP that’s delivered the same results as the Democratic Party? And, unlike the Dems, it is flaccid and weak.
I also said conservatives should distance themselves from the RINOs who’ve brought the party to ruin; they champion conservative issues, and by so doing, they’d reach non-Republicans also. That’s because conservative issues are the issues of all Americans, black, white and Hispanic—defense of religion, which is clearly under attack; illegal immigration, which is hurting blacks and Hispanics more than anyone, by stealing millions of jobs.
I wrote that blacks and Hispanics want to feel patriotism for America, just like everyone else. Therefore it’s not Republicans vs. Hispanics, it is American citizens vs. noncitizens.
Not three weeks later, I was proved right. That’s when Donald Trump announced his candidacy in a speech that included a somewhat inaccurate throwaway line:
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best…They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
“It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably— probably— from the Middle East. And it’s got to stop and it’s got to stop fast.”
Then he went on to Islamic terrorism, unaware that something big had happened. But with those two paragraphs he had captured a good part of the GOP base—those whom the RINOs ignore and disdain—and a lot of other people too. Trump, certainly no conservative, left the conservative candidates eating his dust, from then on. There came the usual PC attempts at censure over the mere mention of a protected group—illegal aliens. They were swept away, like the America-sabotaging trash they are.
Two weeks later came the murder of Kate Steinle.
On August 16th, Trump released a masterful policy paper that began with three “core principles” [The links are his.]:
- A nation without borders is not a nation….
- A nation without laws is not a nation. Laws passed in accordance with our Constitutional system of government must be enforced.
- A nation that does not serve its own citizens is not a nation….
It touched all the bases. The Mexican government was “using illegal immigration to export the crime and poverty in their own country… They have even published pamphlets on how to illegally immigrate to the United States.”
The paper spoke of: “hundreds of billions in healthcare costs, housing costs, education costs, welfare costs; free tax credits paid to illegal immigrants [of] $4.2 billion in 2011. The effects on jobseekers have also been disastrous, and black Americans have been particularly harmed.”
It said employers must use E-Verify and hire Americans first, defund sanctuary cities, end birthright citizenship. And the crime:
“In 2011, the Government Accountability Office found that there were a shocking 3 million arrests attached to the incarcerated alien population…”
This devastating report included arrests for 25,000 homicides. It was so devastating that NBC concealed it, and others on the July 19th edition of Meet the Press, on which Chuck Todd declared:
“We couldn’t find a single study that links violent crime and immigration.”
That our government has made no attempt to correct this destructive problem, which robs million of jobs from the citizens that most need them and costs taxpayers $113 billion dollars a year, according to FAIRus.org; that the government hasn’t come up with a single suggestion other than amnesty; that a Republican Congress actually funded Obama’s amnesty of 4-5 million, is a national disgrace and an immense smack-down of Americans who yearn for a smidgen of national pride. Donald Trump speaks powerfully of giving that pride back.
That’s why Americans respond to him, never mind that his policy paper didn’t mention deporting illegals, and in interviews he’s said he’d deport all, then bring back “the good ones.” That is, in fact, amnesty—a bigger one than Obama has so far enacted. They ignored his inconsistencies—even the fact that the policy paper was likely written by patriot Senator Jeff Sessions.
Yet GOP sages and the media—including Fox—can’t seem to fathom Trump’s soaring appeal, and, much as they’ve tried, can’t halt it. No matter what else Trump said or did: McCain’s not a hero, Planned Parenthood does a lot of good work; schoolyard scrapping with Lindsey Graham; throwing Univision’s Jorge Ramos out of a presser—things that should irrevocably doom his candidacy—his numbers inexorably climbed.
Now comes a glimmer of understanding, from the Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan—onetime Reagan speechwriter, but certainly establishment. In an August 29th editorial, she reports Trump’s latest statistics:
“Quinnipiac University’s poll this week has Mr. Trump at a hefty 28% nationally, up from 20% in July. Public Policy Polling has Mr. Trump leading all Republicans in New Hampshire with 35%. A Monmouth University poll has him at 30% in South Carolina….”
She says, “political professionals are going to have to rethink ‘the base,’ reimagine it when they see it in their minds.” She cites “the deepening estrangement between the elites and the non-elites in America.” Scott Miller, who worked on the Ross Perot campaign, agrees:
“ ‘Over 80% of the American people, across the board, believe an elite group of political incumbents, plus big business, big media, big banks, big unions and big special interests—the whole Washington political class—have rigged the system for the wealthy and connected.’ It is ‘a remarkable moment,’ he said. More than half of the American people believe ‘something has changed, our democracy is not like it used to be, people feel they no longer have a voice.’ ”
“Mr. Miller added: ‘People who work for a living are thinking this thing is broken, and that economic inequality is the result of the elite rigging the system for themselves. We’re seeing something big.’ ”
Trump’s doing great in polls of Republicans, but not so good in polls of Hispanics. She notes that a Gallup poll last week showed 65 percent of Hispanics held an unfavorable view of him, a fact that Jorge Ramos confronted Trump with, after being let back into the press conference. “Mr. Trump countered with a recent Nevada poll that has him with a state lead of 28%—and he scored even higher with Nevada’s Hispanics, who gave him 31% support.”
Big events are often presaged by small, unnoticed events. I’m a member of a Facebook group called “Stop Illegal Immigration & Secure OUR Borders NOW!” A year ago, they had a membership of 5,000. Today it’s 52,908.
Peggy Noonan cites another unnoticed event, from her friend Cesar, a Dominican immigrant who “works the deli counter at my neighborhood grocery store.”
“He listens most mornings to a local Hispanic radio station, La Mega, on 97.9 FM,” she writes. “Their morning show is the popular ‘El Vacilón de la Mañana,’ and after the first GOP debate, Cesar told me, they opened the lines to call-ins, asking listeners (mostly Puerto Rican, Dominican, Mexican) for their impressions. More than half called in to say they were for Mr. Trump. Their praise, Cesar told me a few weeks ago, dumbfounded the hosts.”
“ ‘He’s the man,’ Cesar said of Mr. Trump. This week I went by and Cesar told me that after Mr. Trump threw Univision’s well-known anchor and immigration activist, Jorge Ramos, out of an Iowa news conference on Tuesday evening, the ‘El Vacilón’ hosts again threw open the phone lines the following morning and were again surprised that the majority of callers backed not Mr. Ramos but Mr. Trump.”
Peggy remonstrated with Cesar: “Cesar, you’re supposed to be offended by Trump, he said Mexico is sending over criminals, he has been unfriendly, you’re an immigrant.”
“ ‘No, you have it wrong. Immigrants,’ he said, ‘don’t like illegal immigration, and they’re with Mr. Trump on anchor babies. ‘They are coming in from other countries to give birth to take advantage of the system. We are saying that! When you come to this country, you pledge loyalty to the country that opened the doors to help you.’ ”
Like I said, Hispanic citizens are Americans.
These are Trump’s supporters. And a lot of conservatives support him too. But we know not whether Trump will even carry out his policies, and if he legalizes all the “good” illegals that’s a more liberal amnesty than any other candidate has proposed. It’s also profoundly unfair to the 4.4 million Mexicans waiting up to 15 years to enter legally.
He talks tough, and they like that. He’s picked up on the right thing to say about ISIS and other issues, but any candidate knows how to push the right buttons. His past statements show him to be a liberal.
Yet, America has clearly spoken: they agree with what Trump says.
Now, the question is: If I agree with Trump’s policy paper, why can’t I vote for a real conservative and know he’ll carry out the same program—and leave out the amnesty for “the good ones”? If we examine all the candidates, only Ted Cruz has consistently upheld most of Trump’s claimed policies; only Ted Cruz has rejected a path to citizenship for illegal aliens. But he has, seemingly, fallen into an orbit about Donald Trump, who simply adopted Cruz’s positions.
If he’s waiting for Trump to stumble, that’s becoming less likely every day. Speak up now, Cyrano; America has fallen in love with someone whispering your beliefs into her ear.
Bob Bennett is a New York-based writer who has written op-eds for the Wall Street Journal and the NY Post, and has appeared on Fox and Friends and America’s Newsroom. He has traveled widely and written travel pieces for the NY Post, a cover article for the Jewish Press, and an op-ed for the medical journal Cancer Biotherapy & Radioimmunotherapy. Bob was also award-winning producer of a travel radio show heard on New York stations: WMCA, WNWK and 50,000 watt WOR and the national Sky Angel Network. He now blogs on Tea Party Nation, Tea Party Community and Red State Diaries.