The issues that touch on these fears are usually called hot button issues. But a better term is foam at the mouth issues. Because they make Republicans foam at the mouth. As does any person or any idea that challenges that foaming.
Foaming is now most visible around the immigration issue.
The immigration issue is not about immigration.
The reality is that the illegal immigration may be a problem, but its not a big problem. Their impact on health care, for example, is utterly trivial compared to our real health care problems. Their impact on wages is irrelevant compared to congresss refusal to raise the minimum wage. Their impact on jobs is minor compared to the wide variety of ills that affect the American job market; globalization, the growth of corporate power, Americas disinvestment in infrastructure, the weakening of unions and the misplaced economics policies of the government (if you take at face value the claim that they are designed to stimulate the economy and create jobs).
When Republicans are in full foam at the mouth mode it does no good to discuss reality with them. That only makes them foam more. Rightly so, because reality is their enemy.
So the President looked at the issues and came up with a proposal. It was actually, for a Bush Republican, pretty reasonable. Unfortunately for him, it was based on realities.
That made his base just foam at the mouth.
President Bush's immigration initiative has angered conservative Republicans so much that some are refusing to donate to his re-election campaign, according to a Bush fund-raiser in Georgia.-- Washington Times
Bush's Immigration Plan Called 'Massive Amnesty' -- CNSNews
CNSNews, Cypercast News Service, was created by L. Brent Bozell III, who describes himself as a leading conservative, as an antidote to the liberal media.
To understand the headline it is necessary to understand that amnesty is a very dirty word to conservatives. Its a code word for time to foam at the mouth, theyre letting criminals criminals! get away with their crimes!
Any program that allows illegal immigrants who are already here to gain citizenship, no matter how arduous, makes them line jumpers. When a foamer sees someone jump the line, it hurts, it really hurts, and in their pain, they cry out, Miz Dobbs, oh Miz Dobbs, Maria Rodriguez jumped the li-ine, throw her out of school, Miz Dobbs!
Foamers routinely deny their fear of foreigners, dark people and sex.