District of Corruption
It seems Luis Gutiérrez is flirting with the idea of making life easier for White Nationalists. He is so emotionally invested in getting the DREAM Act passed in the lame duck session of Congress that he is setting himself up for a Tim Wise meltdown.
Gutiérrez recently told Newsweek:
“He’s as close as the Latino community has to a Martin Luther King figure,” says Frank Sharry, founder of the pro-immigrant group America’s Voice. Yet Gutierrez’s tactics are controversial. While many admire his tenacity and credit him with keeping immigration reform alive, others, including members of the Obama administration, believe his confrontational style can be counterproductive. He sees things more simply. “I have only one loyalty,” he says, “and that’s to the immigrant community.” . . .
Peter Brimelow drew my attention to this on VDARE. Now the story is getting even better.
If Gutiérrez fails to get his way on the DREAM Act, which seems more than likely given Republican stonewalling over the Bush tax cuts, he is threatening to openly break with the Democrats and launch a direct action campaign modeled on the Civil Rights Movement.
But as Chicago congressman Luis Gutiérrez prepares for a rally at a church in Brooklyn a few weeks before the vote, the DREAM Act seems like the end of his interest in congressional gamesmanship rather than the start. Gutiérrez is one of several Hispanic leaders who have found themselves politically estranged from the president. Moreover, they are numbed by the legislative process that denied them a vote on immigration reform, much less a victory, when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress. “If we couldn’t do it when Democrats were nearly 260 in the House and 59 in the Senate, how do we propose to tell people we can do it now?” Gutiérrez tells me. “The opportunity to have gotten it done is gone.”
The DREAM Act, Gutiérrez says, is for now his final legislative maneuver. He’s finished waiting for the mythical 60th vote to materialize in the Senate. No, when the lame duck ends, Gutiérrez and his movement allies will ask for a divorce—from the Democratic Party, from the entire lawmaking process. To hear Gutiérrez tell it, Hispanic leaders are about to stage a full-tilt campaign of direct action, like the African-American civil-rights movement of the 1960s. There will be protests, marches, sit-ins—what César Chávez might have called going rogue. The movement will operate autonomously, no longer beholden to wavering Democrats, filibustering Republicans, and—perhaps most tantalizingly—no longer beholden to Barack Obama.
He is wildly misreading the mood of the country. White Americans are not in the generous mood they were in the 1960s. Most Whites now believe the country is in terminal decline. They will not respond in a positive way to Hispanic radicalism.
Historically speaking, America is characterized by brief periods of liberalization followed by long periods of retrenchment: the Revolution was followed by the Antebellum era, the Civil War and Reconstruction by Jim Crow, the Civil Rights Movement by Benign Neglect.
In each case, an existential threat posed by a White enemy played an important role in making Americans feel (temporarily) more inclusive: Britain in the Revolution, the Confederates in the Civil War, the Nazis and Soviets in WW2/Cold War.
Supporters of the DREAM Act have already tried every page in the MLK playbook. They have used mass rallies, sit ins, petitions, hunger strikes, boycotts, protests … every single one of these tactics has failed. They turned out hundreds of thousands on the National Mall earlier this year to no effect.
Escalating this type of nonsense is guaranteed to result in a spectacular backlash. MLK’s predecessors were not stupid. They were just working in unfavorable historical conditions.
At the height of Jim Crow, MLK’s tactics would have roused Whites to the point of rioting. It has been a long time since Whites rioted but it used to happen all the time.*
Is this it, Priest? The Pope’s New Army?
Bring it on, Luis.
* Don’t be pedantic. The point I am making is clear.