This is page one of a five page series on American Culture and the Mexican Amnesty Bill, structured this way for the short attention span of our liberal commenters.
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The amnesty bill has certainly ruffled the feathers of GOP faithful like no other issue since the Harriet Miers SCOTUS disaster. It appears that many Republicans will consciously participate in the meltdown of their great party like each person is General Custer at the Battle of Big Horn.

Within our own blog family at Right Pundits, my respected friends are registering as independents, cutting off donations, and wearing bags over their heads. Even our party insider is discouraged. For our bloggers and for much of the hardcore Republican party faithful, this is the new 3rd rail of politics: touch immigration and you are dead meat. And this is a bill that satisfies nobody.

Next year is looking like another bloodbath for Republicans at the ballot. We are staring at the possibility of an increasing Democrat majority in both houses of Congress and the probability of another Clinton in the White House. It appears to me as an outside observer that Republicans want to take their ball and run home; damn the consequences. Teach them all a lesson for the amnesty bill, right Johnny?

I can understand the sentiments of my friends. Amnesty sounds bad. It is bad. But is a suicide pact the best strategy for future success? Do Republicans really want to have zero influence over the next 3-4 Supreme Court nominees? Supreme Court appointments will have far more negative ramifications for our culture and our border security than any amnesty bill. Party politics requires a view of the big-picture whereas tunnel-vision always leads to a poison well.

Are there really any issues so seminal that they can be reduced to single variable equations? This equation is amnesty = bad, no matter what you receive in return and what it really means to our culture?

But what if the GOP Senators who are suddenly trumpeting the word “amnesty? are doing so disingenuously for their own selfish political interests. What is really in the best interest of conservatives and the nation rather than the politicians themselves? Why do I care that a politician says the word amnesty as a sledgehammer to end debate.

Politics is the game of compromise and what you get in return is precisely of equal import to what you give up. When one insists on everything, you get nothing. And it should be obvious to anybody by now that border security is a vaporous reality without an amnesty trade of some kind in exchange.

So I would like to expand the single variable equation to fit reality, which unfortunately for my GOP friends is comprised of shades, nuances, and making the best of available alternatives. What are the alternatives to amnesty? What can we get in return? These are the questions most important to me since politics is compromise.

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[tags]amnesty, bill, culture, mexican, republican, gop, illegal+immigration[/tags]