With a lineup full of GOP establishment hacks attempting to conflate President Donald J. Trump’s “America First” agenda with the NeoCon political centrism of old, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has been deeply disappointing on many fronts.
While Glenn Beck and far-leftist Van Jones (yes, that Van Jones) headlined the event, actual conservatism has been in short supply. Those who truly believe in “America First” have been censured, and some even outrightly banned. So much for that basic conservative tenet of freedom of expression!
But author and political commentator Michelle Malkin took the stage early on Friday afternoon and cut through the noise, handing the GOPe – which has been desperate to pretend that immigration is not a hotbed issue (read: the hotbed issue) that Americans care about – a well-deserved tongue lashing.
My last book, Sold Out, which I co-authored in 2015 with former American computer programmer-turned-labor lawyer John Miano, documented how Big Business and Big Government created an economic crisis by exploiting the H-1B tech worker visa program and other foreign employment visas for cheap labor. I’ve been accused of being a grifter for wanting to inform and educate citizens about these destructive rackets. But it’s the GOP sellouts in bed with open borders – like the ones who hijacked the tea party movement to shill for amnesty – who are the real grifters cashing in and practicing deceit at the expense of their base.
She then provided real, honest-to-God statistics about the ills of illegal immigration and our broken system of legal immigration. Not even the most stalwart Chamber-of -Commerce-owned Republicans could have refuted Malkin. And then she dropped the hammer:
Congress has repeatedly mandated a nationwide visa entry-exit system to track legal short-term visa holders. But one has yet to be built—even in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which were perpetrated in part by several illegal alien visa overstayers. E-verify has been stalled. Sanctuary cities metastasized. And BOTH parties are to blame – yeah I’m looking at you, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, the Bush family, Mitt Romney and the ghost of John McCain
That last part really miffed the more sensitive types, both at the conference and in the fake news media.
Instead of throwing allies under that bridge, movement conservatives who have preached so comfortably here in the Beltway about defending America while preserving the status quo need to help provide financial and moral support to the disrupters willing to fight fire with fire. Maybe it’s providence that I am privileged to speak here on the 7th anniversary of Andrew Breitbart’s death. He was a disrupter. We need more disrupters. We need legislative action at the local and state level. We need politicians who will DO SOMETHING to stop the sowers of hate and their handmaidens. Use the tools at your disposal. Don’t just stand there. DO SOMETHING.
Diversity is NOT our strength. Unity is. Our common purpose is the common defense of our nation. Good people make America great. Good people: Stand and fight.
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