This week Pat Buchanan posted an article about whether the Republican Party has a future at all. Most of his arguments are tied to demographics and raw numbers, but he also brought up the fact that massive immigration–both legal and illegal–has created a vast new base of entitlement-seekers who will always vote for Democrats to expand the welfare-state. This effect is doubled when you factor in the abortion rate and subsequent reductions of native-born Americans.
To be sure, the Republican Party has never been a comprehensively conservative party. They’ve become the de facto conservative party in contrast to the Democrats. In reality, the Republicans represent soft liberalism whereas the Democrats are basically socialists. Even so, continued losses by Republican candidates are indicative of a declining conservative movement. With controlled immigration a distant memory, the Republicans seem destined to remain a minority party.
But what about abortion? After all, abortion is a huge factor in what drives mass-immigration. The nearly 50 million children murdered through abortion in America since 1973 represent 50 million less native-born workers in the labor market. Immigration has filled that gap and then some. The vast majority of immigrants come from nations that have virtually no concept of limited government, the rule of law, or federalism which are rooted in America’s Anglo-Protestant heritage.
The result of this demographic shift has been painfully obvious. In their attempt to emulate Democrats in their level of pandering, the Republican leadership has supported amnesty for illegal aliens, an expansion of entitlements, and numerous bailouts for disaffected groups. Yet none of this has benefited the GOP electorally. Today’s Republican Party is a mess and the prevailing sentiments are to move the party even further to the Left.
In their failure to seriously bring an end to legalized abortion, the Republicans have committed political suicide. To be sure, there probably would have been increased immigration even if abortion had remained illegal. However, there would not have been the type of mass third-world immigration that has been the American experience as of late. Culturally, socially, and politically the alternative would have been a much more conservative America.
For decades, the Republicans held over the heads of social conservatives the possibility of reversing Roe v. Wade without any real intention of doing so. In fact, the Republicans have a policy of preemptive concession when it comes to abortion. Superficial gains may be made here and there–just enough to keep pro-lifers coming back to the polls to support them every election cycle.
With Democrats having strong majorities in both houses of Congress, amnesty for illegal aliens is virtually inevitable. If given the chance, President Obama will most certainly push for it the way Bush did. In doing so, the Democrats are guaranteeing their own political future as amnesty will mean a permanent Democratic majority. From that point on, the Republican Party will fade away into relative obscurity, taking with it the conservative movement it never represented in the first place.