Blue State Blues: American Liberty and the Challenge of Immigration

Blue State Blues (Breitbart)

A new poll shows that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is in serious danger of losing his re-election bid to Democrat challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), who is just three points behind — well within the margin of error.

There could be several reasons that Cruz is in trouble.

In 2016, he infamously declined to endorse Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention after he misread his conservative base, perhaps paying more heed to the “Never Trump” commentariat than actual voters.

Before that, Cruz joined radio host Glenn Beck at the border in 2014 to present teddy bears and soccer balls to the unaccompanied minors who were streaming across, hoping for amnesty. That alienated border hawks without attracting support from amnesty fans.

In addition, Cruz is up against the same problem that Republicans everywhere are facing: liberal voters are highly motivated to avenge Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 presidential election, regardless of how well Trump is doing.

But there is another reason that Cruz is struggling: demographics.

Texas has a large and growing immigrant population. And immigrants tend to vote for Democrats. Some like the offers of expanded government services. Some feel more comfortable with the left’s cosmopolitan outlook. And some, rightly or wrongly, interpret Republican attacks on illegal immigration as hostility to all immigrants.

Moreover, few immigrants to the United States come from countries that share the same ideas of liberty that Americans cherish. Most other countries — even in the “free” world — place a higher emphasis on the community than on the individual.

Even Canada, which shares so much in common with the U.S., enshrines “Peace, Order, and good Government” in its Constitution Act, as opposed to the “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” in our Declaration of Independence. Such differences of outlook are even more pronounced in more explicitly socialist, or statist, countries.

The fact is that American liberty is the product of certain specific cultural and historical circumstances. The Puritans who first settled here were religious dissidents whose peculiar version of Protestant Christianity placed unusual emphasis on individual salvation. Their values shaped our early governing institutions, and left an enduring legacy.

Happily, these early values are robust enough to include people from diverse religious and racial backgrounds — when people choose to embrace them.

The massive wave of immigration from the poorer parts of Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries greatly enriched the U.S., but at times brought new ideological challenges to classic American values. Disruptive social and political movements like anarchism and communism made their mark, and helped provoke the Immigration Act of 1924, which shut the door to new arrivals — tragically, as it turned out, since it cut off an escape route for millions of Jews during WWII.

Since the door was opened again in the 1960s, immigration has accelerated, and is happening at an extremely rapid pace — even without illegal immigration.

In addition, the immigration wave has coincided with our own internal “culture war,” in which Americans, often prodded by the left, have been questioning the basic values of our society.

The pace of immigration may limit the pressure immigrants feel to adapt, and our own self-doubt limits Americans’ will to insist on them adapting.

As a result, it is not clear that our uniquely American values are being transmitted — either from one generation to the next, or from established citizens to new arrivals.

The irony is that these values are the reason that the U.S. is so attractive to new immigrants. They are the basis for America’s astonishing prosperity, for our tolerant civic culture, and for our continuing global leadership. And yet many immigrants tend to vote for the political party that is most skeptical about these values.

The phenomenon is familiar to us from domestic migration. Many voters in Democrat-dominated “blue states” are moving to Republican-controlled “red-states,” where taxes are lower and job opportunities are greater. And yet the former blue-state voters tend to retain their old political preferences.

As a result, states like “Live Free or Die” New Hampshire turn “purple,” then blue. They are slowly being transformed by their success into clones of the failing states from which voters are fleeing.

Sen. Cruz may survive Rep. O’Rourke’s challenge. But Democrats are determined to “turn Texas blue,” if not this time, then the next. And they are confident that they will use America’s changing demographics to their advantage, no matter what kind of immigration reforms Washington eventually passes.

Republicans who support amnesty will not be spared the political fate of those who oppose it.

Beyond short-term politics, the question is how to ensure the survival of the American creed.

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 After Years Of Stagnation Under Obama 
Household Income Hits 50-Year High

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Former President Barack Obama got plenty of praise for shepherding us through the recovery from the 2008 economic crisis. However, those on Main Street, USA, knew the truth — things weren’t any better than they had been when George W. Bush left office.

As The Weekly Standard reported in 2016, median household income when Obama came into office in 2009 was $56,731. In 2015, six years into his presidency, that number was $56,516 — a decrease of just over $200.

By the time he left office, it’s true that media household income had risen to $59,471 — but that was essentially the same as it had been in December, 2007, at the end of the “Great Recession” and just a few weeks before Obama took office, when it was $59,549.

So, how’s The Donald doing?

Well, as Investor’s Business Daily reported, a new study from Sentier Research found that the median household income in April was $61,483 — a 50-year high.

That’s up from $59,471 in January of 2017.

The firm tracks income using census data and adjusts for inflation — so even a slightly weaker dollar doesn’t account for the increase.

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Bad News For Dems: Household Income Hits All-Time High Under Trump … And He's Getting Credit For It!!! 

Household Income Hits All-Time High Under Trump, And He's Getting Credit For It

A new report shows that the median household income has climbed 3% since President Trump took office. It's another sign of a strong economy, and at least one poll shows the public credits Trump for...

That’s great news for the country, but maybe not the best news for Democrats.

“This is just another indication that the economy has notably strengthened under Trump. And polls show that the public’s mood has brightened considerably as a result,” Investor’s Business Daily reported.

“The latest IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index is 53.6. This index has been in positive territory (anything over 50 is optimistic) since Trump took office. The Quality of Life Index, meanwhile, hit a 14-year high in May and the Financial Stress Index is at an all-time low.”

That economic data is followed by a lot of polls that seem to show that the “blue wave” expected in the November midterms breaking and rolling back into the sea.

A new Reuters poll found that a generic Republican would beat a generic Democrat by six points. Back in March, the Democrats were up by nine points. A CBS poll found that Democrats had a two-point advantage on the generic ballot — hardly “wave” material.

The CBS poll also found that 68 percent of Americans believed Trump’s policies deserved at least some of the credit for the economic situation, with 35 percent saying he deserved a “great deal” of the credit.

Sixty-four percent of respondents rated the economy as “somewhat good” or “very good.” In a CNN poll, 57 percent of voters said that “things are going well in the U.S.” In February, that was 49 percent.

Perhaps the most important figure: Under Obama, when Gallup asked whether it was a good time to find “a quality job in the U.S.,” the highest number that administration ever achieved was 45 percent. Under Trump, that number is 67 percent — the highest number in the 17-year history of the poll.

While Trump’s personal numbers haven’t seen the same bounce, they’re still up — and that’s the important thing. Thanks to the relentless campaign of personal attacks against him, Trump’s stated approval rating has always been a lot lower than it probably is.

Don’t believe me? Just ask Hillary Clinton. For all of the personal barbs and attacks, 2016 ultimately came down to the economy. So will 2018 — and that’s not good news for the Democrats.

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