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It’s not the economy, stupid

During the summer, the public outcry against amnesty for millions of illegal aliens stopped President Bush’s comprehensive immigration reform bill dead in its tracks. While Democrats equivocated, the message from Republican voters could not have been clearer: Any political party that would facilitate by fiat such a radical transformation of American culture is not a fit vehicle for conservative values.

During the summer, Republican politicians were read the riot act. However, Tony Blankley’s Wednesday Op-Ed column, “Where is the conservative coalition?” analyzes the current state of Republican party politics as if the summer outcry never happened.

En route to his conclusion that Republicans should make the economy their main issue in the 2008 presidential election campaign, Mr. Blankley observed the following in passing: “As the white percentage of the country moves from 75 percent of the country in 2000 towards 50 percent by 2050, there won’t be enough white people to make the 1980s-era Reagan coalition a majority.”

Say what?

Unlike Mr. Blankley, most conservative voters see the future demographic makeup of their country as an open question of political will, not a foregone conclusion. For them, border security means something.

By presupposing the inevitability of a thoroughly Hispanicized America, Mr. Blankley and most of the reigning elites of both major political parties are preparing the soil for any demagogue who will address without disparagement the primordial fears of English-speaking Americans.

Patriotic Americans hold some things more dear than the economy.