Palin, the unelected leader of the Tea Party nation, zeroed in on the reality that, for Obama, mass illegal immigration “is his fundamental transformation of America. It’s the only promise he’s kept.” [Exclusive—Sarah Palin: ‘It’s Time to Impeach’ President Obama, Breitbart, July 8, 2014] But she still keeps slipping into the traditional soothing rhetoric of the Beltway Right, including politically correct clichés. (The “average American workers” who are victims of illegal immigrant displacement naturally include “native-born and wonderful legal immigrants of all races, backgrounds, and political parties".) Ultimately, both she and the great Pat Buchanan may be making the same error—that the historic American nation still has meaningful political representation and that the Republican Party can save it.
Buchanan’s bitter experience with Richard Nixon obviously informs his warning that “All three power centers—the bureaucracy, Congress, the Big Media—worked in harness to bring Nixon down. No such powerful and hostile coalition exists today with Obama.” Instead, he advises that the GOP should wait for next elections where they possess a “winning hand.” [Impeachment, a Bridge Too Far?July 7, 2014]
And certainly those whose political education began more recently can remember how the Republican Congress was outmaneuvered by Bill Clinton on issues like the government shutdown, and how impeachment actually turned into a political victory for the Democrats.
But, as Buchanan himself outlined in The Death of the Westand State of Emergency,the demographic transformation of this country is not just another political cycle. It represents the end of the United States of America as the political expression of the historic American nation. The Republican electoral coalition that elected Nixon and that gave Ronald Reagan his overwhelming victories no longer exists—more accurately, it is being drowned. Unless something is done within the next few years, the historic American nation will be marginalized beyond recovery in the Republic that it created.
For that reason, immigration patriots are past the point where they can play it safe and hope for a Republican victory in the midterm elections. The current GOP leadership has waged a relentless if covert war against their own base since President Obama’s re-election. While they are unwilling to vote for Amnesty openly, they have clearly been hoping it will pass without them getting the blame.
In the current crisis, the Republicans, including leading “conservatives,” resemble Sherlock Holmes’s “dog that didn’t bark,” remaining silent while Obama blatantly and publicly breaks the law. Boehner did not even mention immigration as part of his lame threat to sue the President for violating the Constitution. Senator Rand Paul’s supposed concern about a militaristic central government doesn’t apply to federal agents being sent against the citizens of Murrieta to impose policies resisted by the Mayor. Instead, Paul has been spending his time moral-preening with black Senator Cory Booker in order to make sure more criminals can receive welfare benefits. [Rand Paul, Cory Booker team up for justice, by Seung Min Kim, Politico, July 8, 2014] (This will not prevent Paul from being called a racist in 2016, but that’s another story.)
But while professional politicians huddle in the corner, the conservative grassroots media has exploded. Breitbart seems almost solely focused on the immigration issue. Matt Drudge has completely abandoned his former silence and all but continually runs headline stories on the border crisis. Even conservative titans like Rush Limbaugh are hammering away.
(The only exception: Glenn Beck, who seems to see the entire crisis as yet another opportunity for him to display conspicuous altruism to unsuccessfully ward off charges of racism. He’ll be bringing food to the border—as if these were actual refugees—joined of course, by rabbis, pastors and various Republican politicos: ‘We Must Open Our Hearts’: Glenn Beck Announces Major Border Event in Texas, by Erica Ritz, The Blaze, July 8, 2014, Beck’s own website’s comment section is overwhelmingly hostile.
The American grassroots is furious and looking for a leader. Enter Sarah Palin, who has an uncanny ability to capture, if not personify, the conservative psychein all its futile frustration and misguided militancy. Her column was a refreshing step up from parading Big Gulps at CPAC as an example of conservative activism. She wrote, entirely correctly:
Enough is enough of the years of abuse from this president. His unsecured border crisis is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, “no mas.” Without borders, there is no nation. Obama knows this. Opening our borders to a flood of illegal immigrants is deliberate.Perhaps more importantly, she says something that is practically verboten to the Beltway Right: “Who’s looking out for the American worker?”
[Exclusive—Sarah Palin: ‘It’s Time to Impeach’ President Obama, by Sarah Palin, Breitbart, July 8, 2014]
Despite the weaknesses noted above, this was a call by one of the historic American nation’s most important symbolic representatives for forceful political action (“If after all this he’s not impeachable, then no one is”).
Palin (and Brimelow) are right. But the Republicans probably won’t do it anyway, committed as they are to doing the bidding of their donors, even at the cost of their long term destruction. And Buchanan’s strategy, while understandable in the context of simply winning the next election, is no longer tenable for patriots. When the Establishment Right and the federal government are on the side of the invaders, stability is our enemy.
What is the next step if impeachment doesn’t happen?
The answer: something that Sarah Palin advanced in the recent past – a Third Party. Palin has suggested this already exists de facto through “good guys” like Senator Ted Cruz.[Sarah Palin pushes 3rd party of ‘good guys’ , by Jose DelReal, POLITICO.com, Sep 24, 2013]
Bur the difference now is that stopping immigration has to be seen as the foundation upon which to build a new political force, with economic populism and attacks on the left wing cultural establishment building off that basis. This would finally connect the conservative grassroots with effective political representation at the top, and command enough attention to generate contributions and defeat the donor-driven (but unpopular) GOP Establishment. Such an effort would not be a rightwing breakaway from Conservatism Inc., but a mass party that could appeal to struggling middle and working class Americans.
But is Sarah Palin capable of spearheading such an effort? Is Ted Cruz?
More than likely, this is just more sound and fury. And patriots are rapidly running out of time. Barack Obama is not “Electing A New People”—he is imposing one by coup d’état. His colonization policy is indistinguishable from that of a foreign occupier. Given enough time, it will be all but irreversible—short of the dissolution of the Republic.
James Kirkpatrick [Email him] is a Beltway veteran and a refugee from Conservatism Inc.