Is demography destiny for Republicans? A look at trends in Virginia are worrisome.
“A remarkable transformation is underway in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The birthplace and final resting place of George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson — and once one of the most reliably-red of red states — is being rapidly turned into a progressive stronghold.” —Breitbart News in 2015
From 2016-2018, the Republican Party controlled the House, the Senate, and the Presidency. A large part of that control, as well as the unlikely triumph of President Donald Trump — against what we now know was just about every conceivable organized opposition in the country — was based on the idea that the glaring problems associated with mass immigration, both legal and illegal, would finally be addressed in a meaningful way.
Much of that expectation was based on the reality that the GOP’s standard excuse for inaction — as in they were always one chamber short in Congress, or didn’t control the presidency when they controlled the House and the Senate — was no longer operative. Finally, they had at least two years in which many of the conservative-based campaign promises they made to get themselves elected would come to fruition.
It was all an infuriating charade. And the worst part of it is, Republicans appear completely sanguine about the demographic time bomb that will doom them to permanent irrelevancy at best, or complete obliteration at worst.
Virginia is the bellwether. And as the date of the above Breitbart article indicates, it’s been evolving into a blue state for at least four years. “Hey, Republicans! Did you enjoy Election Night last week? Get ready for a lot more nights like that as immigration turns every last corner of the country blue,” Ann Coulter warned in 2017, following the defeat of Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie.
And like Virginia’s latest election last week, where Democrats won a 21-19 majority in the State Senate, and a 55-45 margin in the House of Delegates — completely reversing the supermajorities of 66-67 seats Republicans held between 2011 and 2017 — politics had far less to do with the outcome than demographics did.
Coulter revealed what has been evident for quite some time. “In 1970, only one out of every 100 Virginians was foreign-born,” she explained. “By 2012, one in nine Virginians was foreign-born.” Why does that matter? “According to the Pew Research Center, 75 percent of Hispanic immigrants and 55 percent of Asian immigrants support bigger government, compared to just over 40 percent of the general public,” Coulter adds. “Even third-generation Hispanics support bigger government by 58 percent.”
Columnist Sabrina Tavernise confirms that reality. “It was a stunning political realignment for a Southern state, and prompted days of prognosticating about President Trump’s own standing with suburban voters nationally in 2020,” she writes. “But while political leaders come and go, the deeper, more lasting force at work is demographics. Once the heart of the confederacy, Virginia is now the land of Indian grocery stores, Korean churches, and Diwali festivals. The state population has boomed — up by 38 percent since 1990, with the biggest growth in densely settled suburban areas like South Riding. One in 10 people eligible to vote in the state were born outside the United States, up from 1 in 28 in 1990.”
Her conclusion? “The influx of immigrants and their US-born children, the spread of high-density suburbia, and the growth of higher education all tilt the field toward the Democrats.”
With such a blatant inevitability staring them in the face, one might think Republicans would be a bit more circumspect about the massive influx of legal immigrants that brings more than a million would-be citizens into our nation every single year. One might think they’d be alarmed by birth tourism, as in foreigners coming to America to give birth to “anchor babies” that add a U.S. passport holder to the family, or the “curious” interpretation of the 14th Amendment whereby hundreds of thousands of children are born to illegal aliens are automatically granted U.S. citizenship. One might think clarion calls from Democrats and their media allies about fundamentally transforming our nation would resonate.
One would be utterly wrong. Aside from the orchestrated inaction on illegal immigration, Republicans have been actively collaborating with Democrats this year to more than double the number of H-2B visas made available to low-skill foreign-born workers. That follows last year’s collaborative effort to double the number of H-1B visas for high-tech foreign-born workers.
That low-income Americans’ wages remain stagnant or get depressed? That the so-called shortage of American-born STEM workers precipitating the increase in H-1B visas is a complete myth? That what happened in Virginia is a pattern repeating itself in places like Houston and Atlanta?
The GOP will support the globalist agenda of open borders and unlimited immigration to the point of suicide.
Moreover, Republicans are abetted by pseudo-conservatives like columnist Matthew Continetti. “As Virginia has moved into the Democratic column, the state Republican party has become more populist, more nationalist, and more culturally conservative,” he asserts. “The dwindling number of Republicans who spoke the language of suburbia could not escape their party’s national reputation for hostility to immigrants and opposition to progressive ideals. A similar process occurred in states like California, Colorado, and Nevada. It may also be underway in Arizona and Texas(!).”
Translation: Putting America first, and cherishing our exceptionalism, culture, and traditions, must give way to unchecked immigration and progressive ideals.
What “ideals” are those? As Victor Davis Hanson astutely notes “a radical progressive revolutionary movement that serves as a touchstone for a variety of auxiliary extremist causes, agendas, and cliques — almost all of them radically leftwing and nihilistic.” A movement that embraces “the Green New Deal, reparations, abolishing the Electoral College, welfare for illegal aliens, open borders, amnesties, wealth taxes, a 70-90 percent income tax code, Medicare for all, and legal infanticide.”
In short, all-encompassing, Liberty-crushing, Nanny State government, courtesy of a Democrat Party seeking permanent power. They are aided and abetted by “principled” Never-Trumpers, Chamber of Commerce RINO globalists, an educational system that fosters national self-loathing, and millions of foreign-born voters who remain willfully oblivious to the irony of abandoning the insufficiencies of their former countries only to heartily support those insufficiencies here.
According to a 2015 report by the Pew Research Center, immigrants and their descendants are projected to account for an astounding 88% of the U.S. population increase, or 103 million people, as the nation grows from 320 million people to 441 million between the years 2015 and 2065.
Anyone who questions this trend? A bigot or a xenophobe.
“It’s been a long time coming, albeit a slow, gradual march to the abyss, but the land of the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, and ‘sic semper tyrannis’ has now become the land of the snowflakes and social justice warriors,” columnist Scott Morefield states about Virginia.
In 2020, we’ll know if the rest of the nation follows suit. If it does, the GOP can kiss its future goodbye. But then again, maybe the party surrendered it a long time ago.
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