This afternoon the Senate passed its version of Immigration Reform, 68-32. 14 Republicans voted for the bill, including my Senator, Marco Rubio, severely damaging his chances for the Republican nomination in 2016.
As frequent readers to this blog know, I strongly oppose the current Senate Immigration Bill and the concept of blanket amnesty in general. I’ve contacted my Congressman on this and am satisfied that we are of like minds on the issue. However my Senators are another story. Bill Nelson is Harry Reid’s lapdog so he does whatever he’s told. Marco Rubio on the other hand, is one of the architects of this immigration proposal. If there has been a bigger Tea Party disappointment in both the House and Senate, I can’t think who it would be.
I tried calling the Senator’s office this week and got a voicemail to leave my comments after the beep. Unsurprisingly, the box was full. Apparently I’m not alone. So I wrote this letter and emailed it to the Senator.
Dear Senator Rubio,
As your constituent, I have to say that you’ve profoundly disappointed me. But what really bothers me is that you’ve managed to fool me. I remember your debate with Charlie Crist in which you took the risky position (in Florida) that Social Security may have to be trimmed in order to save the program. You took a difficult and courageous political position while Crist looked like a weasel in comparison. “That’s a guy I can get behind.” I thought to myself.
And I did. I voted for you and was proud to do it. I had heard you speak enough times that I felt sure of your Tea Party bonafides. You sir, were the real deal.
Or at least that’s what I thought. I knew you had a special interest in immigration, but you had spoken out against amnesty enough in the campaign that I didn’t think that you were secretly harboring that as a legislative goal. I was sympathetic to your Dream Act proposal. Those kids didn’t commit crimes. They were brought into this country when they were too young to have any moral responsibility for what their parents did. Some sort of accommodation should be made for them.
After the border was secure of course.
But instead you rolled me. Me, and many others who had voted for you. After the experience of Obamacare, I wouldn’t have thought a Republican, let alone a Tea Party “darling” would support any bill that is billed as “comprehensive.” The purpose of comprehensive bills is to smuggle in what you really want by covering it with tons of other things. That’s certainly what your comprehensive immigration bill does. Every day I’m reading of new revelations of Easter eggs buried in your bill. You know them of course, since you helped put them there.
I’m not opposed to cooperating with Democrats; that’s politics after all. I’m upset that you are not representing a Republican or conservative position in immigration reform. This wasn’t a compromise; this is a Democratic / liberal bill. You’ve merely provided cover for a liberal bill. I can’t tell where you begin and Chuck Schumer ends. Do you have any differences on this issue?
Frankly, I can’t see that I’ve gotten anything different from you than if Charlie Crist had won the senatorial nomination. Oh one thing; Crist was honest about his support for amnesty. He didn’t lie about it like you did. You may argue that technically you weren’t lying, “go back and check the transcript!” But if you were parsing your words from the beginning, then what other conclusion can I draw but that you intended to deceive?
Virtually everything you’ve promised has already been promised in the Simpson-Mazzoli bill. Since we didn’t get any of the border security promises then, why should I think we would get them now?
I can see both the political and policy benefits for the Democrats. It will over the long run provide millions of Democratic voters, effectively neutering the Republicans as a national party. Policy-wise it creates an ever expanding underclass that will need the entitlement services that the Democrats will be peddling. The Democrats have been at their strongest when, as FDR said, “one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, and ill-fed.”
That’s what you are importing.
Your position doesn’t even make sense on its own merits. It goes without saying its bad politics. It’s a slow motion suicide of the Republican Party as a national contender, but I could forgive that if it was good policy. But it’s not. It’s bad policy too. It lowers the wage rates of the native working poor, it increases income inequality, it increases by millions the numbers of American poor, it inflicts long term financial stress on our entitlement programs, and creates a massive new underclass.
Your bill is unfair. It grants sweeping immunity for crimes that would throw a citizen in jail. And no, I’m not talking about merely crossing the border illegally or overstaying a visa. Using, false identification and Social Security numbers aren’t minor misdemeanors, they are felonies. How can that possibly be justified?
Since you seem committed to this dangerous course of action, you’ve left me and many others no choice but to support your primary opponent for your re-election, whoever that may be. And there will be a primary opponent. Don’t think that your former supporters will shrug and figure better you than a Republican who can’t will the general election or a Democrat. If your bill becomes law, in the long run there won’t be a real future for Republicans anyway. So if you are going to burn down the house, I want to at least make sure you don’t get re-elected to collect the insurance money.
Of all the political issues I’ve researched, I’ve never understood how someone on the right could support blanket amnesty. If there is an intelligent argument to be made on its behalf, I’m still waiting to hear it. Instead, I hear insults to my intelligence like the kind your fellow gang member, Senator Graham offers.
You really had a promising political future and I’m flummoxed at why you decided to throw it away in order to help Democratic political ambitions.
A Republican Primary Voter
If I get anything more than an automated response to this, I’ll be sure and post it, but won’t expect any sort of response. Rubio, even if ever read this, which is unlikely, won’t have an answer for it.