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Why Ari Fleischer Is Dead Wrong About Election 2014 and Election 2016


Ari Fleischer is Wrong on Amnesty

The empty pizza boxes hadn’t yet been cleaned up from the victory parties celebrating the 2014 GOP wave when the Republican establishment began to try to sell the idea that the election didn’t really mean what voters, pollsters and even the Democrats know it meant – the complete rejection of Barack Obama’s agenda to “fundamentally change” America.
 
Karl Rove started the process during his Election Night marathon on Fox News, but the worst of these exercises in the weird form of denial that is a hallmark of today’s Republican establishment came from Ari Fleischer, once press secretary to President George W. Bush and later co-chairman of the Republican National Committee’s review of the party’s defeat in the 2012 presidential election, who penned a day after the election op-ed “What the GOP must do to win in 2016” for The Washington Post. (link at the end of this article)
 
“It is high time for the GOP to move forward on immigration reform. Immigration isn’t the only issue that Hispanics care about, but a willingness to move forward on reform will be instrumental in letting immigrants know they are important to and welcome in the party. A compromise needs to be found that respects the rule of law while allowing people who came to the United States seeking opportunity to find it,” wrote Fleischer in his Washington Post piece.
 
Perhaps the key point in Ari Fleischer’s post-election analysis was that some 39 million voters stayed home and their reluctance to participate in the 2014 election was a sign they agreed with Obama and would be back to support his failed agenda and the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016.
 
This key point in Fleischer’s op-ed – that Republicans must adopt Obama’s top goal for his second term – amnesty and “comprehensive immigration reform”– was almost word-for-word what President Barack Obama said in his post-election press conference to justify proceeding with his toxic agenda.
 
It is also dead wrong.
 
As he drafted his op-ed it seems to have eluded Fleischer that Republican winners in the 2014 Republican Wave did almost the exact opposite of everything suggested in the “autopsy” report issued by the committee he co-chaired along with Jeb Bush confidant Sally Bradshaw and Haley Barbour, one of the architects of the race-baiting strategy in the Mississippi Republican Primary between Chris McDaniel and Senator Thad Cochran.
 
Of particular note in Fleischer’s “autopsy” of 2012 was this bit of “let’s win by making Republicans more like Democrats” advice that no 2014 winner was out-of-touch enough to follow:
 
“…among the steps Republicans take in the Hispanic community and beyond, we must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform. If we do not, our Party’s appeal will continue to shrink to its core constituencies only. We also believe that comprehensive immigration reform is consistent with Republican economic policies that promote job growth and opportunity for all.”

The notion that “comprehensive immigration reform (code for amnesty for illegal aliens and open borders) is consistent with economic policies that “promote job growth and opportunity for all” is belied by data so compelling as to make the statement ridiculous, yet establishment Republicans, like Ari Fleischer, and Democrats, like Barack Obama, keep repeating it as if repetition of a lie will make it true.
 
What’s more, voters in real America outside-the-Beltway understand that whatever the elite in Washington, New York and Silicon Valley might tell them, their job prospects and wages have stagnated and their quality of life has dropped precipitously as illegal and legal immigrants have flooded America.
 
No voter in the cube farms at America’s tech firms believes for one minute that allowing tens of millions tech workers to enter the U.S. on H1-B visas will “promote job growth and opportunity for all” when Microsoft and other tech firms are laying off thousands of American workers.
 
And no voter swinging a hammer in America’s slowly recovering construction industry believes that granting amnesty and work permits to millions of illegal aliens will “promote job growth and opportunity” for them; they understand quite clearly that what amnesty means is wage suppression and a drastic reduction in the quality of life for their families.
 
In composing his op-ed Mr. Fleischer must have missed the video from Rebel Pundit “Chicago Activists Unchained” in which Chicago community leader Mark Carter explains, “They (black leaders) forced us into a life of welfare, we don’t welfare… we want opportunities to go to work, we want opportunities to own businesses.” (link at the end of this article)
 
As Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama pointed out during numerous appearances on the 2014 campaign trail, the long-term large-scale importation of foreign labor has substantially eroded wages in the black community.  Out in the neighbors and communities devastated by 50 years of failed economic policies, African-Americans, one of the core constituencies of the Democratic Party, understand that amnesty and “comprehensive immigration reform” will hurt workers in their community more than any other. 
 
Just as he was wrong in his “autopsy” of the 2012 Republican disaster, Ari Fleischer was wrong in his “pre-mortem” of the 2016 presidential race. 
 
If Republicans plan to “lead America in a new direction” as Ari Fleischer suggests, and if they are wise and principled, they will ignore Fleischer’s advice to pander to the self-interest of the Wall Street-Silicon Valley-Washington axis and the leaders of left-wing ethnic interest groups, like La Raza. That’s the old direction of cronyism and inside-the-Beltway interest group politics that brought Republicans to defeat in 1976, 1992, 1996, 2008 and 2012.
 
A truly new direction for America, and for the Republican Party, would be for the Republican establishment to stop pandering and listen instead to African-American leaders like Mark Carter of Chicago and follow Senator Sessions’ advice on how to appeal to those who skipped the 2014 election:  "We need to help our own jobseekers, our own communities, our own schools and neighborhoods” first. 

Here's the link to Ari Fleischer's op-ed “What the GOP must do to win in 2016” 

Here's a link to the video from Rebel Pundit “Chicago Activists Unchained” 

CHQ Editor George Rasley is a veteran of over 300 political campaigns, including 10 Republican campaigns for President, and has served in elected and appointed positions from City Hall to the White House.


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Dealing with Immigration

The first bill Congress should put on Obama's Desk:

1. All State Governments are hereby empowered to act as an agent for the Federal Government in regards to immigration law.
2. The Federal government shall recognize the authority of the State Law Enforcement Agencies to carry out federal immigration law.
3. State Law Enforcement Agencies shall be authorized to carry out Federal Immigration Law including checking status of legal entry into the country, and shall be authorized to lawfully detain anyone found to be in the country without proper documentation. Upon verification of illegal status, they shall contact the federal Immigration and Naturalization Service to take possession of the individual.
4. The Federal government, upon notification from a state government, shall be required to detain the individual for deportation. Deportation shall occur within 10 days of receipt of the individual by the federal authorities.
5. Anyone returning to the US after being lawfully deported and found to be illegally in the country a second time shall be imprisoned for a period of not less that 6 years.
6. Employers found to be employing illegal immigrants shall be fined $10,000 per day the person has been in their employment. The employee shall be detained and deported per the above provisions.

Establishment Republicans

This is the same kind of fuzzy thinking that said that Ted Cruz would lose the 2014 election for Republicans because of his stand on amnesty and Obamacare. Establishment Republicans are as much a part of the problem as Democrats.

Suicide for Republican party

Attempting to outdo the Liberals in the Democratic Party by endorsing open borders and "a path to citizenship" would mark the end of the Republican Party. The Democrats will be the only beneficiary of this action.
I realize that open borders benefits the Republican Party by providing cheap labor for many of its supporters. However. once they have endorsed immigration reform, the Democrat Party will reap the rewards of the illegals gratitude for going the extra step of granting the illegal workers citizenship. While those who are granted citizenship will be replaced by a horde of new illegal workers, they will still be grateful to the Democrats who raised the possibility of granting them citizenship in the first place.
The Republican Party needs to take ownership of this issue by doing right by citizens who are being hurt by the current open borders policy. The corporations supporting this policy won't like it because they will have to pay workers a living wage but the Republican Party will gain the allegiance of those citizens who actually are WILLING to do these jobs but are unwilling to do so at slave-labor wages. This policy would confound the Democratic Party because they would be defending slave-labor wages for illegals and depriving citizen workers of job opportunities. In the long run, that is the only hope the Republican Party has of surviving.

Betcha they won't do it. Bye-bye Republican Party!