Today’s Republicans are suggesting that we deal with the immigration problem head-on–by placing land mines to ‘splode Central American refugees entering the United States, or just point guns at the brown people until they go away. Let’s jump into the Wayback Machine for a moment and examine right-wing idols Reagan and Bush discussing the issue in a 1980 debate.
In today’s GOP, both candidates would immediately be labeled RINOs, and would be booed off the stage. When they were asked if “the children of illegal aliens” should be able to attend Texas public schools for free, both men gave surprisingly reasonable answers that would, in a modern political debate, find the pair excommunicated from the Theocracy.
“I’d like to see something done about the illegal alien problem that would be so sensitive and so understanding about labor needs and human needs that that problem wouldn’t come up. But today if those people are here, I would reluctantly say that they would get whatever society is giving to their neighbors,”
Bush answered. “But the problem has to be solved.” Bush went on to say that the United States effectively has been creating a society of good people who are forced into living outside the law. Bush said that if someone is living here, they should be educated.
Conservative deity Ronald Reagan called for stronger relationships between the United States and nations bordering it.
“Rather than talking about putting up a fence, why don’t we work out some recognition of our mutual problems and make it possible for them to come here legally with a work permit, and then while they’re working and earning here they pay taxes here.” He said that we should “open the border both ways.”
Would either of these men have lasted in today’s GOP–or would they have been decried as pinko liberal Commies? Likely, it would be the latter.