Sun Feb 10, 2013, 12:16 PM
kpete (54,578 posts)
(Telling?) Gingrich warns GOP: Don’t "appear" to ‘ignore people’ in immigration debate
Gingrich warns GOP: Don’t appear to ‘ignore people’ in immigration debate
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I write this because as the current immigration debate heats up it is critical for us to recognize that words and attitudes really matter. Understanding what people hear matters. We may not mean to say what people hear we say. After decades in politics this is a lesson I have learned the hard way.
As a party, we simply cannot continue with immigration rhetoric that in 2012 became catastrophic -- in large part because it was not grounded in reality.
Senator Marco Rubio has done an important service cutting through some of the baloney with the observation that what we have now is de facto amnesty. It is reality. The 12 million people are here, living and working. Many of them are bound together by the web of human relations -- family, friends, neighbors -- and the American people will not support mass deportation.
That is the reality -- the starting point of the debate about what we, as a country, should do.
This does not mean we as Republicans should give up on our principles, or on the priority of securing the border.
It means we must recognize, as I tried to do in that primary debate, that politics is always an intersection of principles and people.
A party that appears to ignore people won’t get the chance to make the case for its principles -- any of them.
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