Monday, January 22, 2007

Encourage Tancredo to run in '08

Tom Tancredo has created an exploratory committee to look into a 2008 Presidential run. An online petition urging him to make a bid is here. He's been an outspoken critic of the third-world Hispanic inundation of the Southwest and especially Florida (where he sardonically compared Miami to Havana), and has vociferously called for reduced immigration and tighter border security since being elected to the House over six years ago (one of the few sovereignty warriors who was on the war path prior to 9/11).

The other GOP big names--Giuliani, McCain, Brownback--are open-bordered amnesty advocates, so Tancredo has my support for sure (I'll also strongly back Duncan Hunter if he's able to gain some notoriety). That Tancredo has enthusiastically supported the Bush Administration's war in Iraq isn't optimal, but I don't want to make the perfect an enemy of the good. Encouragingly, Tancredo has joined in the chorus of opposition to Bush's recent troop 'surge' (that still falls nearly 350,000 troops short of what a RAND survey concluded would be necessary to stabilize the place).

And immigration reform is more important than the war in Iraq. That's easy for me to say as I bask comfortably in the glow of my LCD screen, five hundred miles away from any spot outside of the continental US. But on the macro level, the Iraq war is something the US can recover from.

Yes, we may end up squandering 5,000 promising American soldiers and up to $2 trillion for what is a strategic net loss even before factoring in the dead and wounded or the enormous economic costs. But fundamentally our free market system, entrepreneurial ethos, relatively high IQ population, and strong national unity (for a Western nation), will remain intact. Continued importation of the Hispanic underclass, in contrast, directly threatens all of these essential fabrics to continued US greatness. The Iraq war is like going to a local community college when offered a full-ride at MIT, while maintaining open borders is like eating paint chips instead of potato chips. With the former, the next Bill Gates may still be lingering in the parents' garage; with the latter the effects are irreversible.

I realize that Tancredo is a long shot. In (premature) polling among Republicans, Tancredo and Hunter garner a combined 2%! He's short and doesn't possess a particularly alacritous tongue. The Republican's national leadership and its corporate backers are firmly against him. Even though he's been a sovereignty champion for years, he's still largely an unknown figure. I've had a Tancredo for President bumper sticker on my car for almost three years now (I was in my sophomore year of college in a very leftist town, and I like conversational engagement, so give me a break--although now that I work for a large corporation it probably isn't in my personal best-interest to retain the sticker), and almost everyone who makes mention of it to me does so by asking me who he is.

But if not before then, when the debates begin the Hunter-Tancredo one-two punch will make the populist alternative public knowledge. If nothing else, it'll force other nominees to justify empirically why they hold US sovereignty in contempt. The sooner we get that ball rolling the better, so sign the petition and encourage Tancredo to go for it.


Anonymous said...

That Tancredo has enthusiastically supported the Bush Administration's war in Iraq isn't optimal

Karl Rove told Tancredo not to darken the door of the White House. Since then he hasn't supported the Bush administration.

crush41 said...

My reading on that has been that Tancredo remained supportive (and threw his support behind Bush's '04 campaign), at least officially, although I've not followed his media coverage that closely. I know that in his November reelection campaign he remained supportive of the effort in Iraq, although he has criticized the Administration on other things, like the rumored North American supercountry.

JSBolton said...

I signed the petition. Tancredo is nearly as well known among Republican primary voters as the others.
McCain is a media zombie-creation at best.
Interestingly the media left, in terms of which Republicans they're willing to puff-job for, appears to have all their hopes for the future tied into mass illegal immigration.
These people know where the bread of despotic power is buttered.
Tancredo actually has an issue which appeals not only to the right-wing base, but to the very voters whom a presidential candidate must motivate in order to get elected.
The same cannot be said of the others; they have nothing for any voting group. Their appeal is to dirty donors only.

savage said...

jsbolton's hope is mine as well. Tancredo's is running with a populist issue that is popular across the political spectrum, but especially so at the grassroots level. As you said, even if the machinery is so stacked against him that he can't ultimately get the nod, he will force the debate at the party level, and his history shows that he's not afraid to be blunt or forthright.

I of course signed as well.