Poll Shows Overwhelming Public Support For Obama As GOP Falls For His Immigration Trap

Author: June 19, 2012 8:49 am

 

Crossposted from ProudToBeAFilthyLiberalScum.com

The problem with not standing for anything other than “the opposite of what Obama says,” is that you become very predictable and therefore easy to trap. The GOP put this unfortunate tendency on full display after President Obama laid out his plan to grant almost one million young illegal immigrants a temporary amnesty. He did it using an Executive Order, meaning Congress has no say in the matter. Predictably, the right wing exploded with indignity and outrage. OUTRAGE, I say!! Declarations that Obama is a dictator and a tyrant were immediate. Rep. Steve King (R-Dick) claims he is going to sue to halt the order. The deeply racist GOP literally could not stop itself from sticking its head into the guillotine and pulling the lever.

Just like President Obama planned. Unless you think it’s a coincidence he waited two years to circumvent the do nothing, GOP-crippled Congress to enact a key part of the DREAM Act the GOP continues to block?


Even as the GOP gnashes its teeth, the public is applauding the move; and the harder the GOP fights it, the worse they will look. Bloomberg reports:

Sixty-four percent of likely voters surveyed after Obama’s June 15 announcement said they agreed with the policy, while 30 percent said they disagreed. Independents backed the decision by better than a two-to-one margin.

The results underscore the challenge facing Mitt Romney and Republicans as they try to woo Hispanic voters, who are the nation’s largest ethnic minority and made up 9 percent of the 2008 electorate, according to a Pew Hispanic Center analysis of exit polls. Obama won the Hispanic vote 67 to 31 percent over Republican John McCain in 2008, according to exit polls.

Even Republican voters are mostly split, as only 56% were opposed to the move. Mitt Romney, on the other hand, avoided the question the way a Republican avoids fiscal responsibility. While Mittens may be hoping something dramatic happens to draw attention away from his inability to answer the simple question of whether he would continue the order as president or if he would shut it down, his silence on the issue is deafening, particularly among the Hispanic community.

The GOP’s refusal to moderate its tone of hate is beginning to take its toll as even basic non-controversial decisions that benefit anyone other than the GOP’s older, whiter and more bigoted base is met with howls of protest. The louder the howls, the more the general public is turned off from the right’s message of divisiveness.

Says Carmen Nieves, a 27 year old Puerto Rican participant of the poll, “In that Republican Party, there is a tolerance problem.” Truer words have never been spoken.

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  • While it has its ups and downs, civilization inevitably becomes more and more liberal, where issues that once were liberal are now accepted by conservatives. This is one reason conservatives hate change and embrace morbid nostalgia. But civilization HAS to change or we die out. The late uber-conservative William F. Buckley once opined that Conservatives should NEVER be in political leadership positions because as such they must represent ALL of their constituency and thus can’t be thorough-going conservatives. According to Buckley, the role of conservatives is to “stand astride the stream of change”(I think that’s close to a direct quote). This was to be a counterbalance to an excess of liberalizing change which he believed Americans were unable to manage without the “help” of conservatives.

  • Actually, President Obama did not circumvent congress by using an Executive Order to effectuate his policy change. The change in immigration policy was set forth in a memorandum written and signed by DHS Secretary Napolitano. To be an Executive Order, the memo would have needed to be an official document bearing Obama’s signature and published in the daily Federal Register. Obama outsmarted congress by effectuating his policy change through prosecutorial discretion that is consistent with the current law and has decades of precedent. http://mediamatters.org/mobile/research/201206160002

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