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Yesterday was an embarrassing time for me—somebody mistook me for a conservative. Don’t be shocked. It’s not hard to figure out how I got on this person’s distribution list. For me to feed my continuing supply of nonsense it’s required that I subscribe to a number of nonsense sources. That would include the Discovery Institute, conservative outlets and religious newsletters. As a consequence I seem to have caught the attention of Peter Morrison:
My name is Peter Morrison, and I’m a conservative businessman living in Lumberton, Texas with my wife and five children.
I currently serve as treasurer of the Hardin County Republican Party and recently served on the Lumberton ISD School Board.
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Although I did not previous visit Peter Morrison’s site and subscribe to his newsletter, I am now glad to be receiving it, no matter how I came to his attention. A few days ago I received an email from Morrison in a similar vein to this one that came just yesterday:
Summary of this report:
Americans are increasingly fed up with illegal immigration, and rightly so. If we want our grandchildren to grow up in an America our grandparents would recognize, we must stop amnesty, and we must insist that our elected leaders take real action to stop and reverse illegal immigration. However, illegal immigration isn’t the main factor when it comes to the radical demographic transformation that is drastically altering America’s culture and politics. It is legal immigration that is driving the changes that will soon give Democrats permanent control of national politics if we don’t do something, and do it fast. While stopping amnesty is our most pressing task, it’s only the beginning. We must then work to bring legal immigration to a virtual halt, before America suffers the irreversible fate of turning into a one-party country.
Illegal immigration is finally becoming a concern for millions of Americans who never thought about the issue before. The hordes of illegal aliens, including tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors, who swarmed our border these past few months have brought the issue to the attention of the nation. Even the average American who pays little or no attention to politics was shocked to discover that the greatest country in the history of the world has become a dumping ground for the offspring of the poor of Central and South America. Word has evidently gotten out that any Third World parent in the Western Hemisphere who doesn’t feel like raising their kids can just send them north, knowing that Uncle Sugar will take good care of them.
While it’s nice to see average Americans finally starting to wake up to the threat of illegal immigration, it’s also very frustrating. That’s because, frankly, when it comes to the dangers of immigration, illegal immigration is only the tip of the iceberg. Legal immigration is a much bigger problem, by far. Unfortunately, even most conservatives have no problem with legal immigration. In fact, many think it’s just terrific. Conservatives are generally clear-headed and logical thinkers, but when it comes to this topic, many simply resort to repeating “feel-good” platitudes. “America has always been a nation of immigrants.” “Immigrants come to America because they value freedom and liberty, so they’re natural Republicans.”
These platitudes are worse than meaningless – they’re completely false. There have been many decades during which America brought immigration to a virtual halt, because it was in our own best interests. Yes, it’s a fact that historically, America has often welcomed immigrants, but not in unlimited numbers and not from Third World nations. Until 1965, immigration was largely restricted to people from Europe, where the vast majority of Americans had their roots. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 changed all that. Now, 90% of immigrants are non-European, and they’re coming here at the rate of about a million a year. They’ve been doing so for decades, and that is the main reason why it has become nearly impossible to elect a Republican president.
Unlike illegal immigrants, legal immigrants can apply for citizenship. During the last 50 years, tens of millions of them (including their children) have become citizens legally, and have started voting. If they were natural Republicans as so many conservative pundits and leaders have been telling us for decades, then the Republican Party should be getting stronger and stronger in national elections. What we’re seeing, though, is the exact opposite – George W. Bush barely squeaked into office in both 2000 and 2004, and Mitt Romney couldn’t beat the most radical left-wing president this country has ever seen.
With every passing year it’s getting harder and harder to elect a Republican president, and frankly, if things don’t change, in a few years it will be next to impossible. That’s because immigrants, far from being natural conservatives, prefer the Democrats by about a two to one margin, and every year they and their descendants make up a bigger part of the voting population. If America had the same demographic mix in 1980 as we have now, Ronald Reagan would have lost to Jimmy Carter. If we’d had the same demographic profile in 2012 as in 1980, Mitt Romney would be president today.
The great patriotic leader Phyllis Schlafly issued a report that every conservative should read. In it, she clearly and irrefutably demonstrates that legal immigration is a mortal threat to conservatism. One by one, she lays out the actual facts (which will be quite surprising to many conservatives) and exposes the feel-good platitudes for the dangerous lies they are. Here are some of those facts:
Every decade, some 11 million legal immigrants come to America. Only 10% percent of them are from Europe; 75% of them are Asian or Hispanic. In general, they and their children vote 2-1 for Democrats. 62% of them support socialized medicine run entirely by the government; 69% support Obamacare. On one poll, 53% of Hispanic Americans said they have a negative view of capitalism.
When asked if they prefer a bigger government providing more services, or a smaller one providing fewer, 55% of Asians and 75% of Hispanics said they prefer a bigger government. Most immigrants are poor, and many receive government handouts for many years after moving here. Now, with African-Americans voting 9-1 for Democrats, and millions of Asians and Hispanics voting Democrat at 2-1 or higher, and 10 million of them moving here every ten years, it’s pretty obvious that it won’t be long before the majority of voters will be people who will never support any conservative principle or politician, under any circumstances.
Mrs. Schlafly was not exaggerating when she wrote:
“The key conclusion of the report is this: For conservatives, there is no issue more important than reducing the number of immigrants allowed into the country each year.”
Many people have forgotten that California used to be one of the most solid conservative states in America. Its electoral votes went to Republicans for decades. Thanks to immigration, both legal and illegal, California is now a permanent one-party Democrat state. Barring some radical changes, the same thing will happen to Texas in a few decades. When it does, conservatives can forget about ever again electing a president.
Making things even worse, many immigrants despise us and our children, even as millions of them flock here. To them, we’re a bunch of racists who deserve nothing but their contempt. They also have no attachment to our history and roots, and many of them couldn’t care less about the Constitution. When asked if the Constitution should take precedence over international law, only 37% of legal immigrants say yes. In another poll, only 50% of naturalized citizens said that our schools should teach children to be proud of America. Making matters even worse is that every single non-European immigrant is entitled to affirmative action and other racial preferences the moment they get off the plane. Not only will conservatives be outnumbered politically in the not too distant future, our children are going to grow up surrounded by people who have more rights than they do, and who despise everything they represent.
Phyllis Schlafly’s report is entitled How Mass (Legal) Immigration Dooms a Conservative Republican Party. Some have accused her of fear mongering and exaggerating how bad things are. They are wrong. In fact, if anything, she is understating the effects that legal immigration has already had on our country, and how much worse they will get if it’s not drastically reduced in the very near future. I urge everyone to read the report, and then contact your Congressional representative and Senators and demand that legal immigration be scaled way back immediately, so that our grandchildren won’t grow up in an alien and hostile culture. All other issues pale in importance compared to rolling back immigration.
Please forward this report on to other conservatives. Also, please like the report on facebook to help spread the word!
The Peter Morrison Report
All right, all of that is interesting in so many respects. Let’s start with the subject line:
We Must Stop Legal Immigration
Yes, “we must stop legal immigration.” Legal immigration? Illegal immigration is bad enough, but we must stop legal immigration? I hope I’ve gotten that point across. Lest some readers are still missing the point, Peter Morrison, treasurer of the Hardin County Republican Party, who also previously served on the Lumberton (Texas) ISD School Board, wants to shut the borders. Don’t let any more people in.
I’m glad you asked. Morrison spells it out in his email. Picking a choice quote from among many: “I urge everyone to read the report, and then contact your Congressional representative and Senators and demand that legal immigration be scaled way back immediately, so that our grandchildren won’t grow up in an alien and hostile culture.”
I’m going to pick a little deeper and bring forth what may be the pertinent word: “alien.” People not like us. Please allow me to put up a contrived quote that might have appeared more than a hundred years ago:
We must stem this flow of immigrants, these aliens, else our way of life, even our very existence, will be threatened.
[Chief Sitting Bull, the Lakota Nation]
Yes, Mr. Morrison. If we continue to allow illegal immigration, even legal immigration, our grandchildren will be faced with growing up among people who do not look like them. Think like them. Act like them. Peter Morrison, meet Chief Sitting Bull.
Call me a left wing liberal if you want, but I oppose illegal immigration. Why? Because it’s against the law. I can’t insist that you obey the law about not using public funds to proselytize religion in our schools and then at the same time say it’s all right to break the law and enter this country without going through proper channels.
Of course we all know who else opposes illegal immigration. It’s the conservatives. It’s the Republicans. Just ask them.
No, they do not.
Conservatives, Republicans, favor illegal immigration when it suits their purpose. Four years ago I contracted with a home builder for a new home in San Antonio. We had numerous discussions, out of which came the fact that he is a committed conservative and a staunch Republican supporter. Is he opposed to illegal immigration? He better not be.
Since I moved in during October 2010 I have observed the construction of scores of new homes in the neighborhood by this builder. I have observed the workers building these homes. Many of them cannot speak the English language. The conservative Republican who sold me my new home cannot conduct his business without involving the illegal activity of employing undocumented workers.
Why are undocumented workers necessary for many American businesses? One simple fact stands above all other explanations. Undocumented, illegal, workers work cheaper. You can pay them less, because they need the work, and in most instances they cannot compete with American citizens simply because they are here illegally.
I have seen in television interviews American business owners explain that it’s not a matter of money. It’s that Americans will not do some jobs that illegal workers are willing to do. That’s bull shit. I will put that matter to rest right now. I’m retired, but suppose I were still in the work force and looking for a job. Would I take a job as a janitor? Some business owners say I would not and that it is not a matter of money. It’s because I find the job beneath me. Really? Pay me $50,000 a year, and I will take that janitor’s job. You say that $50,000 a year is too much to pay a janitor, and I say that I do agree it’s too much, but I also say we are now talking about money and not about what jobs Americans will or will not do.
In all of this I have whitewashed over Morrison’s ultimate concern. Immigrants are going to vote for Democrats, and we will never elect another Republican president.
Please do not be shocked when I say I would not feel comfortable with the possibility of having one-party rule for the next 100 years or even less, even if that one party is the Democratic party. Electing a Republican every now and then helps to keep my party of choice, the Democratic Party, from becoming a party of extremes.
But what of Morrison’s concerns that immigrants do not share his conservative values? Peter Morrison, meet Bobby Jindal. Meet Ted Cruz. Meet Marco Rubio.
Let me pause to concede one point to Peter Morrison. He’s sure that immigrants from Mexico and further south tend to vote Democratic. This appears to be correct:
NEW YORK – The majority of Latinos favor President Barack Obama over GOP contender Mitt Romney, according to an exclusive Fox News Latino. There is, however, one glaring exception: Cuban Americans.
While 64 percent of Mexican Americans and 67 percent of Puerto Ricans said they would vote for the Obama/Biden ticket come November, only 39 percent of the Cuban Americans polled said they would vote for the Democratic side.
One part of Morrison’s message had a decidedly uncharitable slant:
Word has evidently gotten out that any Third World parent in the Western Hemisphere who doesn’t feel like raising their kids can just send them north, knowing that Uncle Sugar will take good care of them.
Others share this sentiment:
Good news America, tens-of-thousands of children in the country illegally are on their way to a public school near you for a taxpayer funded education and the Department of Education says they’re entitled it. More from Caroline May at Breitbart (bolding is mine):
The item is from TownHall.com and further quotes are from Breitbart. Breitbart quotes correctly from the government’s Department of Education. The Health and Human Services Department elaborates further:
When a child who is not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian is apprehended by immigration authorities, the child is transferred to the care and custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Federal law requires that ORR feed, shelter, and provide medical care for unaccompanied children until it is able to release them to safe settings with sponsors (usually family members), while they await immigration proceedings. These sponsors live in many states.
Sponsors are adults who are suitable to provide for the child’s physical and mental well-being and have not engaged in any activity that would indicate a potential risk to the child. All sponsors must pass a background check. The sponsor must agree to ensure the child’s presence at all future immigration proceedings. They also must agree to ensure the minor reports to ICE for removal from the United States if an immigration judge issues a removal order or voluntary departure order.
HHS is engaging with state officials to address concerns they may have about the care or impact of unaccompanied children in their states, while making sure the children are treated humanely and consistent with the law as they go through immigration court proceedings that will determine whether they will be removed and repatriated, or qualify for some form of relief.
HHS has strong policies in place to ensure the privacy and safety of unaccompanied children by maintaining the confidentiality of their personal information. These children may have histories of abuse or may be seeking safety from threats of violence. They may have been trafficked or smuggled. HHS cannot release information about individual children that could compromise the child’s location or identity.
So, it would appear that everything Peter Morrison, Town Hall and Breitbart are complaining about is true. Undocumented children who show up in this country are scooped up and cared for by government agencies which act to ensure they have shelter, food, clothing, protection, care and education, a lot of which is at public expense:
A new report puts the price of educating the thousands of illegal immigrant children who recently crossed into the U.S. at a whopping $761 million this school year — as some school systems push for the feds to pick up the tab.
The estimate comes from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which issued a report on the 37,000 “unaccompanied minors” – who mainly are from Central America – after analyzing data from the Department of Health and Human Services and education funding formulas in all 50 states.
The numbers underscore the concerns critics have raised for months about the burden the surge is putting on local school systems and governments.
Am I outraged at this? Excuse me? This is what a civilized society is supposed to do. When we cease to care for children in need, ours or theirs, we are becoming a nation of troglodytes. But then, that’s being uncharitable to troglodytes. My best guess is the troglodytes cared for their children. That said, let’s examine the reality.
- $761 million this school year
- 37,000 “unaccompanied minors”
In trying to reconcile these two numbers I come up with $20,568 per student per year. This is what I found from The Washington Post:
There’s a particularly acute gulf visible in different regions. As the Census Bureau’s announcement noted, the nine Northeast states were among the 15 states spending the most per pupil; 18 states in the South and West were among the 20 states spending the least per pupil. New York spends the most per pupil ($19,552), more than three times the per-student amount spent in Utah ($6,206), the last state on the list.
All right, that doesn’t come out to $20,568, even for New York state, which is the highest. Considering the least spent is $6,206 per student the average has got to be much less than $20,568. So let’s get past this and agree that it costs thousands of dollars a year to educate a child for one year in this country. What of it? It’s worth it.
You think not? Go back to the 37,000 number. That’s supposed to be the number of “unaccompanied minors” that somebody’s complaining about. How does this number compare with other than “unaccompanied minors?”
In fall 2014, about 49.8 million students will attend public elementary and secondary schools. Of these, 35.1 million will be in prekindergarten through grade 8 and 14.7 million will be in grades 9 through 12. An additional 5.0 million students are expected to attend private schools(source). The fall 2014 public school enrollment is expected to remain near the record enrollment level of fall 2013.
Wait just a moment. I think I can do this calculation in my head. 37,000 is less than 0.1% of 49.8 million. Somebody is bleeding all over my Yahoo mail in box over a 0.074% blip in the education budget?
I think the bleeding over a 0.074% (that’s 0.00074) is not so much about the money as it is about the children. Some people just don’t like the children. These children are going to grow up and vote for Democrats. Really? Are you surprised? With conservative Republicans taking the kind of stand that Peter Morrison has, why would they ever vote for him? When did it become a politician’s job to work for self interest while ignoring the needs of the voters?
There may be more. It’s possible these children are going to grow up and not go to the same church as Peter Morrison:
AUSTIN – Some conservative Republican activists working to unseat House Speaker Joe Straus are circulating e-mails that emphasize his Judaism.
Several e-mails have surfaced in recent days that mention Straus’ rabbi and underscore the Christian faith of his leading critics in the House Republican Caucus.
“Straus is going down in Jesus’ name,” said one, whose origins were unclear.
Straus, R-San Antonio, “clearly lacks the moral compass to be speaker,” said another, written by Southeast Texas conservative activist Peter Morrison.
“Both Rep. Warren Chisum and Rep. Ken Paxton, who are Christians and true conservatives, have risen to the occasion to challenge Joe Straus for leadership,” Morrison wrote in his newsletter last Thursday, referring to two Republicans who are running against Straus for speaker.
Morrison, asked Tuesday if he intended to signal that Straus is unfit because he is Jewish, replied in an e-mail, “I was simply making factual statements about Rep. Chisum and Rep. Paxton.”
Morrison said his opposition to Straus is driven by issues, not religion.
Readers, there is much more to this than I can cover at one sitting. You have to be sure I’m coming back to this. Peter Morrison is not finished with all the ills that afflict our fair nation. And we are not finished with Peter Morrison.