By 1990, four years after Reagan endorsed Simpson-Mazzoli, amnesty was the only element of the “bipartisan” package deal made to work – at least for the illegals and the Democrats. All other components on the quid pro quo to-do list, such as improving border security, conducting background checks, implementing e-verify, etc., were discarded, disregarded or not financed by Congress. Furthermore, by granting amnesty to the millions already here illegally, Simpson-Mazzoli served as encouragement for millions more to steal into America on the expectation that they, too, will be forgiven their trespass.
Those supporting amnesty back in 1986, convinced a trusting and sympathetic America that its application would be a onetime exception to the rule of law. They claimed that amnesty would solve so many of our immigration problems that there would be no need to repeat it in the future. But here we are in that future, embroiled in yet another contentious quandary over what to do about the presence of – this time – eleven million illegal immigrants.
Incredibly – and regrettably – some Republicans are again“reaching across the aisle” and joining with the Democrats to plead for a pardon for the eleven million. It is as though the amnesty that was tried and failed never happened. But it did happen. Listen carefully to the appeals being submitted for another act of amnesty and you will hear arguments so similar to the Reagan-Simpson-Mazzoli rationale that you will think you have been transported back to 1986. What we have here, folks, is an exercise in the insanity of “doing the same thing over again and expecting a different result.”
The liberal’s favorite maneuver – playing the “race card” – was brought to bear against anti-amnesty Republicans. From 1986 to right now, they have deliberately mischaracterized the motive of Republicans opposed to amnesty as racist, based on the pigment of the would-be beneficiaries being “persons of color.” The meaning of that allegation is that anti-amnesty Americans can have no reason but racism for their opposition thereto.
President Reagan believed that he would win the hearts and minds and votes of Hispanic-Americans for his endorsement of Simpson-Mazzoli. To the contrary, however, the windfall of votes he expected to collect for the GOP went into the ballot box for the Democrats. With the exhibition of that failure laid out in plain view before them, today’s Republican leadership should be disabused of the hallucination that they can persuade Hispanic-Americans to vote Republican by persuading Republicans to vote for amnesty. It should be a foregone conclusion that doing the same thing over again will produce the same result. Expecting a different outcome this time around is symptomatic of insanity.
THE PROGRESSION OF SOCIALISM
The demagogues of Socialism are committed to “the greatest good for the greatest number,” only as long as it takes to enslave the greatest number.