Richard Viguerie made his fortune raising huge money for conservative causes via direct mail, the writing of which nearly always involves serious dishonesty and fear-mongering. So I wonder if he’s being dishonest when he claims that an Obama executive order on immigration would lead to a Civil War or if he really is that irrational.
Barack Obama’s famous observation about the 2008 election was, “Elections have consequences.”
But what if national leaders respond to an election by ignoring the will of the voters?
Then the election might have tempestuous consequences.
At least, according to longtime conservative fundraiser Richard Viguerie, who has a warning for President Obama about his stated plans to take executive action on immigration reform even though voters just repudiated his policies by voting his party out of power in the Senate.
“If President Obama, by executive order, extends amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, as he’s promised to do shortly, this could ignite, quite frankly, a civil war across America against the Democratic Party,” Viguerie cautioned.He continued, “It could be a major, major blow to the Democratic Party and brand them as the party that rewards illegal activity, and it could do great, great damage not only to the Democratic Party, but quite frankly, to America.”
Reality check: Poll after poll shows that the American people support a path to citizenship for those here illegally by about a 2/1 margin. Partisans always like to claim that if their party wins an election, that shows that a majority supports every policy that party favors, which is absurd. It’s even more absurd when there’s a big split within even that party on the subject, as there is on immigration. Rational, mainstream Republicans know that it is important to pass immigration reform and that it is ridiculous to think that we’re going to round up 10-12 million people and deport them. Only far right ideologues, xenophobes and racists (but I repeat myself) think otherwise.