In 1863, George Santayana initiated the quote "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." It has been quoted numerous times since then - the most famous being Edmund Burke's "Those who don't learn from history are bound to repeat it." Apparently the Republican National Committee is about to experience the lack of learning part.
Reince Priebus, Chairman of the RNC, is telling Republicans in Washington to "embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform" as part of their strategy to win more seats in the November mid-term election - including amnesty as a move forward. He seems to believe Republicans will gain Hispanic votes if they do that. It seems Mr. Priebus hasn't studied history very well.
In 1984, Ronald Reagan got 37% of the Hispanic vote. In November of 1986, Reagan granted amnesty to approximately 3 million illegal aliens. Republicans believed the move would increase their numbers as far as the Hispanic vote went. In 1988, George H. W. Bush got only 30% of the Hispanic vote. Two years after amnesty was granted, Bush lost 7% of the Hispanic vote. I wonder if Mr. Priebus and the establishment Republicans know and understand this fact?
Hispanics, as a rule, vote Democrat in this country. In that 1988 Presidential election, Bush's opponent, Michael Dukakis, won 70% of the Hispanic vote. In 1992, Bill Clinton got 61% o the Hispanic vote. In 1996, Clinton got 73%. In 2000, Al Gore got 62%.
In 2004, George W. Bush got the most Hispanic votes of any Republican candidate in history with 44%%. But John Kerry still got 53%. In 2008, Obama got 67% and in 2012 it was a whopping 75%.
What would make Reince Priebus, or any other Republican, think they're going to increase their own Hispanic vote margin by granting amnesty to illegals? History proves how Hispanics vote and even though there are also illegals in the country of non-Hispanic origin, the majority are Hispanic and Democrats are the ones who offer the most and the best benefits to those who aren't gainfully employed or who have children. Why wouldn't people who recently received amnesty vote for the party that is going to give them the most free stuff?
Sometimes the Republican establishment isn't too bright. It's one of the reasons I am a conservative but not a Republican. When you combine this with the fact that Mitch McConnell recently said the establishment Republicans are going to "crush the Tea Party", it convinces me more that establishment Republicans need to go. And I will be voting to help them with that. I wonder if I use the Democrat philosophy and "Vote early. Vote often," ??