“With T-Party Losses, Immigration and the USA Win”
It wasn’t just Tea Partiers that lost in last week’s Ohio and North Carolina Republican primaries, it was the heart and soul of the ant-immigrant cabal that hides behind illegal immigration to oppose immigration and people from all over the world who come to work, live and to contribute to our society as immigrants have done since before there was a United States of America.
Before we examine the political devastation of these people by North Carolina Republican Congresswoman Renee Elmers and Speaker of the House John Boehner, the state of anti-immigrant thinking today must be examined, the state of anti-immigrant posturing that Elmers and Boehner laid to rest. They did it on Tuesday, May 6, appropriately, just one day after Cinco de Mayor that commemorates the huge defeat by Mexican militia and cavalry of the vaunted French Army that hadn’t lost a battle in over four decades. This is appropriate because most immigrants that come to the USA today are Mexican, legally and illegally.
From the masses of German Catholics who flooded across the Atlantic in such numbers as to become America’s largest ethnicity that so irritated Benjamin Franklin who called them dirty and illiterate and so stupid they would never learn English — to the Mexican who snuck across the border in the mountains of Arizona when the sun went down tonight, immigrants have always been opposed by an element of American society mostly of English bloodline. They remind many of the Japanese who live on their islands segregated from other peoples by laws and racial superiority.
In the 19th Century, the political Know-Nothing Party traded on anti-Catholic and anti-Jewish bigotry that was transplanted here by British Protestant Colonials. It elected governors, congress people, mayors and state legislators who in turn elected U.S. Senators that reflected the anti-Catholic and anti-Jewish views that ran amok in the US. For example, the bigotry of English-descended U.S. Army officers towards Irish Catholics boiled over in 1846 when Irish immigrant U.S. soldiers deserted from the Army and signed up to fight for Mexico in what they perceived to be a racist Mexican war against fellow Catholics. It was the San Patricio Battalion. The Know-Nothings suffered a natural political death after the formation of the Republican Party and its ascendency.
Just 5 years after Abraham Lincoln became the first Republican President, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) was founded by Democrats in Pulaski, Tennessee by former Confederate General (and war criminal) Nathan Bedford Forrest that quickly grew into a shadow government in the Occupied South and built itself politically so that when the Northern occupation ended in 1876, the Klan totally dominated Southern politics and spilled over in the early 20th century to states like Indiana where they controlled many political offices.
The KKK pillaged and killed through the South frightening the entire Black population that did its utmost to leave for the north whenever possible. The KKK lost much of its place after serious sexual and corruption scandals but not before channeling its organization and criminal conspiracy towards immigrants, especially Roman Catholic ones. Joining it was population restrictionist Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger who believed that Blacks and Mexican immigrants were unworthy and should be eliminated to make America pure, once again. One of her disciples, Dr. John Tanton of Michigan took up her escutcheon and founded groups such as Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform (FAIR), Center for Immigration Studies and NumbersUSA, the vilest of anti-immigrant organizations that the Southern Poverty Law Center classifies as “racist” groups.
It was NumbersUSA that spearheaded the campaign against Congresswoman Elmers because she is actively for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and told radio talk show host Laura Ingrahm who on other than immigration is an acceptable Conservative. On Immigration, however, she is a nut job. Elmers appeared on the Ingraham radio show some days ago and they had a knock-down fight on-air on immigration. Objective listeners agree that Elmers not only held her own with lawyer Ingraham who clerked for Associate Justice Clarence Thomas but she won the argument hands down.
The entire anti-immigrant, anti-illegal alien NumbersUSA cabal ganged up on Elmers with their alleged “4,000” members in her district. Didn’t matter, not only did she win with 58.8% of the Republican vote, but she out-polled her initial ballot victory two years ago by 2 points.
In Ohio, the Tea Party anti-establishment people ran an opponent against Speaker John Boehner that failed miserably with Speaker Boehner receiving almost three votes to every one of the Tea Party challenger; Boehner won with 68.7%.
Those two wins nail the coffin on the anti-immigration reform, it is believed here. Look for immigration reform after Election Day in November but before Congress ends its session in December. It was a good Seis de Mayo, the 6th of May, 2014.
Contreras formerly wrote for the New American News Service of the New York Times Syndicate