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Arrogance Isn't the Answer

By Michael Reagan · Jan. 31, 2013

I’m getting tired of President Obama blaming Republicans for everything.

This week it was immigration.

In Las Vegas the president called for a policy that would provide a clear path to citizenship for illegal residents who pay their taxes, learn English and abide by the law.

He warned that if bipartisan talks in Congress break down in bickering, he’ll use his bully pulpit and present an immigration bill based on his ideas – ideas that barely mention the need to secure the border as the first order of business.

The president and his liberal friends in the media like to make everyone think it’s Republicans who’ve been thwarting comprehensive immigration reform all these years.

But the dirty little political secret is that it’s the Democrats who are really the ones who don’t want to see immigration reform happen anytime soon.

As long as immigration policy remains a political football to fight over, Democrats can use the issue as a way to brand Republicans as anti-immigrant and continue to capture the vast majority of Latino voters.

If the GOP wants to have a future, it has to get its act together and get its ideas out to the Hispanic community – 16 percent of Americans. Hispanics are receptive to those ideas when they know the truth.

Right now, Latinos and all immigrants who come to America legally or illegally see Republicans as the party of exclusion, not inclusion.

Except for Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, the GOP is seen as the party that tells immigrants “We want you out of the country.”

But Republicans should be welcoming and embracing immigrants, not appearing to scare them off. Until the party changes, Democrats will own the Latino vote the way they own the black vote.

The Republican Party also has to prove that Marco Rubio isn’t its only Latino. Rubio is great. I love seeing him in the Senate and I’d love to see him in the White House someday.

But the GOP has some other great Hispanic political leaders out there who need to be seen and heard on immigration. In fact, liberal CNN recently admitted that among statewide officeholders, Republicans are more diverse than Democrats. Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico and Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada, plus rising Senate star Ted Cruz of Texas are among that group.

We – the Republican Party and the country – need to hear their ideas. Not at the end of the immigration reform argument, but now, at the beginning.

Meanwhile, the country desperately needs a president who knows how to lead.

We need a leader who doesn’t stand up and point fingers at the other side but instead opens the door to the White House, invites both sides in, finds commonality and signs the subsequent legislation.

Unfortunately, we don’t have such a president. We have a leader who is arrogant. We have a leader who never gets off the campaign trail long enough to lead. And who spends most of his time demonizing the opposition.

My mother taught me a basic truth that President Obama should learn – “You can’t listen if your mouth is always open.”

President Obama’s mouth is always open. It’s time for him to shut his mouth, open the White House doors and do what my father Ronald Reagan would have done. It’s time for him to stop talking and start inviting.

Copyright ©2013 Michael Reagan


Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

Let's face it, the so-called Republicans in the House and Senate are allowing the Democrats to demonize them and they just roll over and take it. Amnesty is nothing more than a way for the Democrats to hold on to power and run the country into the ground. It's not going to take much longer before the economy completely collapse's and the takers are in the streeets rioting, looting, and burning. Unless you are armed you won't be safe.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Diane in Tx said:

Judge Andrew Napolitano's op-ed today mentions the "natural right of travel". Maybe real immigration reform would be "Let them come and be assimilated, but if you ask for a handout, refuse to learn English, or our system of government, you must leave. Wasn't that the message on the Statue of Liberty?

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 10:21 AM

HP in Kalispell, MT said:

Mac is right. Having lived in CA and AZ, I have never understood why Mexicans struggle to get into this country then immediately set about creating neighborhoods that look like the outskirts of Tijuana. When I was a kid in Detroit, you couldn't tell when you were in a German or Polish or Greek neighborhood. They looked as nice as others.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Jayve in ABQ, NM said:

C'mon Mike, we don't need a president who will "open the doors to the White House and invite both sides in to find commonality." You cannot compromise with leftists. It's time to take the country back and expel their "ideas" into the trash heap of history. By the way, Rubio is nothing more than an opportunist. He hid it well when campaigning for the senate seat, but now that he has it, any opportunity to push himself closer to the White House he'll take. I'd much rather see Rand Paul or Ted Cruz instead of Rubio.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 1:56 PM