H/T One Old VetJeffrey Anderson has a fine piece in the current Weekly Standard Lawlessness in the Executive, Sep 2, 2013 which the publication’s certified housetrained status allowed to be featured on Friday by the prestigious aggregating site RealClearPolitics.com. It makes the significant statement
As was quite clear at the time, the biggest mistake that Mitt Romney’s campaign made in 2012 was not aggressively attacking Obamacare. What may well have been its second-biggest mistake, however, was less noticed: the striking silence in the face of President Obama’s announcement that he would no longer deport illegal immigrants under 30 years of age.This refers to the outrage Brenda Walker documented for us at the time: King Barack Dispenses Work Permits and Ends Deportation for Under-30s (aka Amnesty by Fiat) June 16, 2012
This was pure lawlessness, even by the president’s own earlier admission…The main sound emanating from the Romney campaign: crickets.
So now they tell us! Where was the Weekly Standard at the time? As far as I can tell their only coverage of this atrocity back then was a foolish "us-too" blog by John McCormack Deportations Doubled Under Obama, which whines that Obama stole Marco Rubio’s hispandering attempt on this issue.
VDARE.com was avidly seeking for signs of reaction to this coup d’état, which even Charles Krauthammer and Alberto Gonzales denounced. We can attest that the Weekly Standard was MIA.
Why? Because Editor Bill Kristol has been an evil influence on the GOP’s immigration stance right back to the days of Proposition 187. Yes, this year he has smelled the coffee (or hopefully the blood) and has played a valuable role in stiffening up Rich Lowry. But he has a lot to answer for.
The Weekly Standard essay asserts
The Romney camp’s decision to ignore this brazen move was a conscious calculation that, at its core, reflected a lack of faith in the American people. Team Romney thought voters would focus on the perceived merits of Obama’s new decree (which the Romney campaign believed would be popular) and wouldn’t much care that Obama was ignoring the Constitution and violating his oath of office. This miscalculation helped cost Romney the election and emboldened Obama in his lawlessness. But Republicans make similar mistakes on a regular basis, failing to trust in Americans’ devotion to the Constitution and the rule of law.There is a good deal to be said for Anderson’s analysis here and I said it at the time: Obama’s Immigration Coup: If GOP Afraid To Defend Americans, How About Defending The Constitution?
But my own view is that he is, ultimately, wrong about why there was no response: the brighter bulbs running the Romney campaign were not really fooled by the preposterous notion that any Amnesty would be popular amongst potential Republican voters—especially the Blue Collar workers most impacted by immigration, whom Romney was already busy repelling.
What motivated these consultant parasites: the possibility of getting personally rich from excessively influential big donors who favored Amnesty.
Jeffrey Anderson does an excellent job of documenting numerous examples of Obamacrats’ contempt for Constitutional process (although he neglects other immigration cases). But then he wimps out.
He makes no mention of the appropriate response—impeachment—and shelters behind a ludicrous appeal to the wholly inappropriate example of Lincoln (as I think even John Derbyshire would agree).
Two years after the death of James Madison (the last surviving Constitutional Convention delegate), a young Abraham Lincoln preached steadfast regard for the law and warned his fellow countrymen to beware of leaders who might use lawless means to achieve their ends...When encountering such threats, Lincoln said, the solution is to rely on the people—specifically on their “general intelligence,” “sound morality,” and “reverence for the constitution and laws.”Republicans should heed Lincoln’s advice: They should defend the rule of law and trust the American people.
What this means: having failed its readers and the American nation last year by avoiding opposing Obama’s Amnesty coup d’état, the Weekly Standard is failing them once again: by marshalling outrage at this extremely serious pattern of repeated Obamacrat despotism - but flinching from putting forward the solution. Business as usual at Conservatism Inc.
As we said when Obama announced his 2011 Administrative Amnesty: impeachment is the only answer.
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