DE GRACIA: Why the GOP should listen to Ann Coulter on amnesty

Economic pandering is not the solution to a failing Republican Party. Photo: The contentious immigration debate isn't the way to win elections. (AP File Photo/John Bazemore)

HONOLULU, June 13, 2013 – Yesterday conservative author Ann Coulter excoriated Republican strategists who support amnesty as a pretext for picking up Hispanic voters with a powerful OpEd entitled “If The GOP Is This Stupid It Deserves To Die.”

Coulter’s article identifies two key problems with the GOP’s desperate racial outreach strategy. First and foremost, Democrats already control with near impunity the ethnic-political narrative in America.  “It must be fun for liberals to manipulate Republicans into focusing on hopeless causes,” Coulter writes. “Why don’t Democrats waste their time trying to win the votes of gun owners?”

Second and more importantly, Coulter addresses the fact that the GOP has become an out-of-touch, elitist steered political organization controlled by individuals who neither understand populations or macroeconomic implications. “Who convinced Republicans that Hispanic wages aren’t low enough and what they really need is an influx of low-wage workers competing for their jobs?” Coulter asks.

Since the United States is currently transitioning into an economy where the bulk of future employment will be found in the extremes of low specialization and high specialization STEM-field workers, amnesty legislation would make an already bleak job market hypercompetitive.

Paired with the myriad of existing municipal, state and federal laws and regulations which make domestic employment expensive for businesses, the inevitable conclusion that will be made by corporations will be to outsource more production and labor overseas.

In a free market, unlimited labor is precisely what businesses need to thrive and grow. In the corrupt palace economy that America has become after Wall Street bailouts, stimulus spendthrift, quantitative easing and now mandatory health insurance, flooding the market with amnesty is a policy disaster waiting to happen.

In other words, unless future Americans are adroit MLM networkers or innovative tech geniuses smarter than Albert Einstein and Howard Hughes, expect the immigration and economic policies of the Republican and Democratic parties to result in the devastation of the American middle class way of life.

Coulter chillingly writes, “But rich businessmen don’t care. Big Republican donors – and their campaign consultants – just want to make money. They don’t care about Hispanics, and they certainly don’t care what happens to the country. If the country is hurt, I don’t care, as long as I am doing better! This is the very definition of treason.”

Conservative elected officials and Republican party officers should listen to Ann Coulter’s rebuke. For too long the GOP has neglected solid public policymaking and become a highly jingoistic, slogan-oriented organization lacking competency for elected office and sincerity for the people.

History repeatedly demonstrates that as nations experience economic turmoil and currency distress, their populations seek out increasingly left leaning socialist solutions. If Republicans are to have any hope of being a viable party in 2014 and beyond, they must focus on learning how an economy truly works (and why it fails), recruiting policy savvy candidates and making the word “conservative” synonymous with “competent” again.

Otherwise, Coulter’s warning rings true – if the GOP is really so out of touch as to believe botched slogans and misguided pandering are the key to reform, they deserve to disappear from the pages of history.


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Danny de Gracia

Dr. Danny de Gracia is a political scientist and a former senior adviser to the Human Services and International Affairs committees at the Hawaii State Legislature. From 2011-2013 he served as an elected municipal board member in Waipahu. As an expert in international relations theory, military policy, political psychology and economics, Danny has advised numerous policymakers and elected officials and his opinions have been featured worldwide. Now working on his first novel, Danny resides on the island of Oahu.

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