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Humbled Politically Repub. Leaders Eying Immigration Reform

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Papers Please [Explored Apr 28, 2010 #43] a caricature of Arizona law profiling Hispanics by DrCuervo

A caricature of Arizona law profiling and stopping Hispanics on the street

There's nothing like being completely humbled politically, as the Republicans were in the last presidential election, when scores of Hispanics abandoned the GOP voted and overwhelmingly for Obama.

Of late, the Republican party poobahs are seeing the new demographics and starting to come around on immigration reform.

Repubs. are starting to recognize that demonizing all Hispanics as illegal aliens, not providing a legal path to citizenship (calling it amnesty) and finally stopping the drumbeat and calling for deportation of millions of Hispanics and thus separating families from their children born in America are all non-starters and are a one way ticket to political oblivion on the national scene. It reveals the party has been taken over by the tea party crowd, white only "crackers", racists and other extremists living the fantasy of a white dominated 1950's America. Hello!

For sure the Repubs. control many statehouses and governorships and through gerrymander of districts get many of their House of Representatives candidates elected. But that majority controlling the House are basically obstructionists and many of their proposals are still born, have no chance of being enacted and are so much political hot air i.e. Republican Paul Ryan's economic "reforms" such as privatizing social security and vouchers for seniors replacing the current Medicare system are the equivalent of a hot air balloon way too heavy to even lift off the ground.

The Repubs. are also realizing their chameleon of a presidential candidate Mitt Romney was thrashed in the November presidential election by many of the Hispanics he wanted to "self deport" which became the GOP's official position on immigration.

So having been taken to the woodshed last November, the Repubs. are starting to sing a different tune particularly on immigration.

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The thing is their "Johnny come lately" new found "wisdom" can easily be seen as political opportunism and not the fundamental change they now are espousing.

From here, that last sentence would be my take on this Repub. "transformation". The stripes on a tiger are for life. Republican rank and file are so "principled" in their fundamentalist beliefs they'll likely resist any type immigration reform that smacks of amnesty and anything leading toward citizenship for illegal aliens.

Just because the political poobahs in the party have become aware of the new demographics and they'd better get on board on immigration reform before they are permanently left in the dust it is highly unlikely to change their fundamental beliefs.

Like racists who now say they've transcended their racist attitudes and become tolerant of African Americans, it's all a ruse. Outward, blatant racist remarks directed at African Americans may be a thing of the past, but one can't be fooled by this outward veneer of "former" racists. They don't change; they eventually die.

The same with dyed in the wool Republican purists. Eventually they too will die off and then their Republican descendents may be able to change and transform the party.

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Now of course it's the party that hates all government, is only in favor of tax cuts and now austerity that helps destroy the social safety net in America. Government to them is something to squeeze the life out of.

But let's remember in the 1930's Repubs. were staunch isolationists and wanted to avoid war at any cost. Only Pearl Harbor got us into the war. Now there isn't a war Repubs. won't support and all defense spending must never be cut.

Call it a fundamental change in outlook but their stance certainly isn't for the betterment of the people in America. It does show Repubs. can change course.

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