How the GOP lost Middle America

Pat Buchanan explains impact of Republican Party ‘selling its soul to the multinationals’

author-image Patrick J. Buchanan,, 02/01/14 – 

Out of the Republican retreat on Maryland’s Eastern shore comes word that the House leadership is raising the white flag of surrender on immigration.

The GOP will agree to halt the deportation of 12 million illegal aliens and sign on to a blanket amnesty. It only asks that the 12 million not be put on a path to citizenship.

Sorry, but losers do not dictate terms. Rich Trumka of the AFL-CIO says amnesty is no longer enough. Illegal aliens must be put on a path to citizenship and given green cards to work – and join unions.

Rep. Paul Ryan and the Wall Street Journal are for throwing in the towel. Legalize them all and start them on the path to citizenship.

A full and final capitulation. Let’s get it over with.

To understand why and how the Republican Party lost Middle America, and faces demographic death, we need to go back to Bush I.

At the Cold War’s end, the GOP reached a fork in the road. The determination of Middle Americans to preserve the country they grew up in suddenly collided with the profit motive of Corporate America.

The Fortune 500 wanted to close factories in the USA and ship production abroad – where unions did not exist, regulations were light, taxes were low, and wages were a fraction of what they were here in America.

Corporate America was going global and wanted to be rid of its American workforce, the best paid on earth, and replace it with cheap foreign labor.

While manufacturing sought to move production abroad, hotels, motels, bars, restaurants, farms and construction companies that could not move abroad also wanted to replace their expensive American workers.

Thanks to the Republican Party, Corporate America got it all.

U.S. factories in the scores of thousands were shut down, shedding their American workers. Foreign-made goods poured in, filling U.S. stores and killing the manufacturers who had stayed behind, loyal to their U.S. workers.

The Reagan prosperity was exported to Asia and China by the Bush Republicans. And the Reagan Democrats reciprocated by deserting the Bush Republican Party and going home. But this was not the end of what this writer described in his 1998 book, “The Great Betrayal.”

As those hotels, motels, restaurants, bars, fast-food shops, car washes, groceries and other service industries also relished the rewards of cheap foreign labor, they got government assistance in replacing their American workers.

Since 1990, some 30 to 40 million immigrants, legal and illegal, have entered the country. This huge increase in the labor force, at the same time the U.S. was shipping factories abroad, brought massive downward pressure on wages. The real wages of Middle Americans have stagnated for decades.

What was wildly wonderful for Corporate America was hell on Middle America. But the Republican Party had made its choice. It had sold its soul to the multinationals. And as it went along with NAFTA, GATT, fast track and mass immigration, to appease Corporate America, it lost Middle America.

The party went with the folks who paid for their campaigns, only to lose the folks who had given them their landslides.

When Republicans accede to the demand for amnesty, and immigration without end, it does not take a political genius to see what is going to happen. For it is happening now.

Almost all of those breaking our laws, crossing the border and overstaying their visas are young, poor or working class. Between 80 and 90 percent are from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

They are Third World peoples. They believe in government action and government programs that provide their families with free education, health care, housing, food and income subsidies. They are not Bob Taft or Barry Goldwater conservatives.

Perhaps 85 percent of all immigrants, legal and illegal, more than a million a year now, are people of color. And while over 70 percent of Hispanics and Asians voted Democratic for Obama, among voters of African descent, the Obama vote was well above 90 percent.

Four of every five U.S. citizens of Asian, African and Hispanic descent vote Democratic in presidential elections. And it is their numbers that are growing. Already they are well over a third of the U.S. population.

As has been observed often, America, demographically, is going to look like California. And while Nixon won California all five times he was on a national ticket, and Reagan won California in landslides all four times he ran, California has not gone Republican in six straight presidential elections.

Democrats outnumber Republicans there by more than two-to-one in the congressional delegation and in the State Assembly, and not a single Republican holds statewide office.

If Bush I had built that border fence back in 1992 and declared a moratorium on legal immigration that fall, as many implored him to do, the party of the Bushes would not be facing its demise well before mid-century.

Pat Buchanan was twice a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and the Reform Party’s candidate in 2000.  He is also a founder and editor of The American Conservative.  Buchanan served three presidents in the White House, was a founding panelist of three national TV shows, and is the author of nine books. His latest book is “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?”


One response

  1. Senator_Blutarsky

    Phoney conservatives fell, like children to the propaganda. It was the Republicans and not the Democrats who gutted American middle class jobs through things like Newt Gingrich’s adoption of author Alvin Toffler’s “Third Way” economics, which is clever term for the synthesis of Capitalism and Communism. China may soon become the world’s most powerful economy, and this did not happen by accident.

    Phoney conservatives listened to FAUX conservatives like Rush Limbaugh and Gingrich, and bout the whole GATT-WTO-Nafta gutting of our infrastructure to the benefit of no one but the multinational corporations. And just watch rank-file GOP support the last 2 nails in our coffin, the pending Trans-pacific and Trans-Atlantic secret “trade agreements ”

    “NAFTA is a major stepping stone to the New World Order.” Henry Kissinger, 1993

    The problem is that there is an absence of leadership offering an alternative to the globalist game plan to radically transform America. Although there are some differences between the Republican and Democratic Parties, essentially both parties are controlled by an invisible elite and are moving us toward a New Age / World Socialist State. It is not an accident that almost all of the media are owned and controlled by just six major corporations. As such, not all, but the majority of the so-called conservative radio and television talk show hosts are basically puppets for the globalist elite. including Glen Beck…… This is the reason why most of the “conservative” media never talk about the real issues. They play a kind of Republican vs. Democrat Super Bowl Game where people are given the illusion that they can make real changes by rooting for their team. This process allows for a temporary emotional discharge of frustration and some fuzzy feel-good meaningless moral high ground, but solves nothing.

    The Republican Party utterly lacks any compelling or visionary philosophy that could attract immigrants or a younger generation or even energize its base ( you had your chance with the vigor of the Ron Paul movement ). The Republican Party is basically the servant of the heads of corporations, who claim to be conservative but who are willing to destroy the very foundations of our nation for annual or short term economic gains. Pseudo-economic conservatism, superficial Americanism sums up todays “country club, pattycake” Republicans………….conned to the very end by globalists all wrapped up in red-white-blue.

    “Most men do not desire liberty; most only wish for a just master.”
    Sallust (86-34BC)

    That sums up todays “GOP “

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