Things fall apart: FL tea party feeling ignored on immigration

Poor, poor tea party. The GOP used you, then dumped you, without even buying you a nice meal.

Sure, the right wing Republican Florida legislature did the tea party’s bidding by giving away the state’s high speed rail money. And they’re getting busy gutting public education, forcing teachers into the unemployment line, privatizing Medicaid, drug testing hated public employees and welfare recipients (who really are the same thing, if you think about it in tea party terms…) curbing voting by silly college kids, and passing lots and lots of bills making it harder for teenaged girls to refuse God’s plan that they carry their father’s seed to term. But the Republican-led legislative session has been a complete waste of time, in tea party terms, because Republicans failed — FAILED — to pass a bill to scare the brown people away.

A letter from Henry Kelley, president of the Fort Walton Beach Tea Party, to the Republican Party of Florida (emailed to a reporter with the subject line “Thank you RPOF for re-electing President Obama”) is instructive for a lot of reasons. For one thing, Kelly makes no secret of the fact, which should be obvious to everyone by now, that the tea party is nothing more than the existing base of the Republican Party. For another, Kelly makes it clear that there is one priority the tea party values even above forced birth: getting an Arizona style immigration law that will let cops scare Hispanic immigrants away.

Read on, courtesy of The Buzz:

… During the last two years – the tea party has repeatedly expressed concerns over fiscal sanity and illegal immigration. Now, the key word here is “ILLEGAL”. We recognize most of us are descended from immigrants, and I have not seen tea party leaders advocating for halting legal immigration.

You see, it’s the “ILLEGAL” part that we wanted addressed. This bill would have implemented this program. It didn’t call for a “round ‘em up and throw ‘em out strategy”. No, it was a straightforward approach, but you felt that the interests of Big Farms, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and Disney were more important than our concerns.

Even better – you told us you didn’t “hear” from us in the last few days. First, why the hell does anyone have to tell you what the right thing to do is? And secondly, did you miss the elections last fall? Did you miss how we showed up enmasse in November when the new Legislature was sworn in? Did you miss us the first week of Session?

But let’s talk about the election in 2012. You blew it. Oh, I know what the cynics say – “you won’t vote for the Democrats anyhow.” True enough. Take our votes for granted.

But elections aren’t won on election day. Volunteers stuff envelopes months in advance. Volunteers make phone calls from phone banks. Volunteers write letters to the editors and tell their friends how to vote.

Tea Party groups such as mine held rallies that the RPOF could never have dreamed of, and gave you priceless free exposure for your candidates.

You just wrecked that trust that we provided you in a sweeping mandate last fall. We will pray that Pres. Obama acts in his second term in accordance with our Constitution, because you just ripped the heart out of the very group that would drive Florida in the 2012 election cycle. And Florida, so I’ve been told, is kind of important to the Presidential election cycle.

I hope those donations are worth it, because how do you think I will handle it when I get calls to use my email list and rallies for Republican candidates? If you can’t pass this legislation, what makes us believe you have the courage and political will to take on harder issues?

Wait … Henry … the Republican Party of Florida uses your email list? So if you’re just Republicans, can the rest of us start ignoring you, just like the GOP?

But before we tune Henry and his friends out, allow me to direct him to this Wall Street Journal article, which explains why Republicans in Tallahassee backed down on turning this state into Arizona (I mean, the governor is already turning into Mississippi, and there’s only so much we can take):

Farmers in states from Florida to Indiana are pressuring—and in some cases persuading—state politicians to rethink proposed legislation that would authorize crackdowns on illegal immigration. They argue that the legislation will drive Mexican workers out of their states, and that there aren’t enough American workers willing to pick crops. They want legislation at the federal level, which wouldn’t favor one state over another.

At least 25 states are weighing proposals to crack down on illegal immigration and employers who hire them, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Arizona law allows police to check the immigration status of people they stop, and establishes stiff penalties for businesses or individuals who hire illegal immigrants.

“Nobody wants illegal immigrants, but when you get down to the reality of the situation, farmers have to have workers to do the job,” said Al Pearson, a peach and pecan farmer in Roberta. He said he hires only federally approved guest laborers to work his 3,600-acre farm, paying them $9.11 an hour plus benefits.

But the current federal system, involving approvals from multiple agencies, is slow and can’t process enough legal workers for the state’s large agricultural industry, he said. A bureaucratic glitch held up approvals for 100 Mexican workers for two weeks in February, setting back his tree pruning and other preparations for peach-picking season. “It frightened me because I didn’t have a plan B. I don’t have domestic workers,” he said.

“There is no farm in this county that could continue without Mexican labor,” said Robert Ray, a Crawford County farmer who for years led the agriculture committee in the Georgia House.

In fact, the Senate appropriations chair, J.D. Alexander, raised that very issue in relation to his delicious blueberries, which came up 100 quasi-slave laborers short this season. In the end, you can’t fight big business, and agriculture is among the biggest businesses in Florida — as important to the state as tourism.

And seriously, Henry. It’s not like they didn’t try. The GOPers are now bickering among themselves over who is the most to blame for their failure.

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6 Responses to Things fall apart: FL tea party feeling ignored on immigration

  1. Brittanicus says:

    IF FLORIDA RESIDENTS ARE UNSATISFIED WITH YOUR IMMIGRATION LAWS, THEN JOIN THE TEA PARTY.

    Remember who your Political adversaries are in coming elections, whose main concern is more votes and additional amounts of illegal cheap labor. Hundreds of thousands of low income, less educated Americans of every skin color, has been replaced by illegal alien workers hired by dirty business owners, whose only concern is to fill their pockets with more money by exploiting and underpaying.

    PLEASE TAKE AN ACCOUNTING OF WHICH POLITICIAN IS WORKING FOR YOU THE TAXPAYER? ARIZONA WAS JUSTIFIED AS A FRONTIER STATE, TO STOP THE FINANCIAL DEGRADATION BY ILLEGAL ALIENS SETTLING THERE. THE ARIZONA GOVERNOR JAN BREWER AND STATE SENATOR PIERCE ARE STILL FIGHTING OVERWHELMING ODDS IN THE MILITANT COURTS AND THE LIBERAL CZARS IN OUR FEDERAL CAPITOL. AMERICA IS A LAND OF LAWS, WHICH LEFTISTS AND SOME OF THE RIGHT TEND TO FORGET? MANY STATES WILL SOON ENOUGH LEARN OF THEIR ERROR FOR NOT LISTENING TO ITS PEOPLE. UNKNOWN NUMBERS OF FRESH ECONOMIC MIGRANTS WILL ATTACH THEMSELVES TO THE COMMUNITIES, EXHAUSTING EVEN MORE TAXPAYER DOLLARS. MANY STATES COULD BECOME ANOTHER CALIFORNIA OR NEVADA, WITH INCREASING CRIME AND A WELFARE TROUGH FOR EVERY FOREIGN NATIONAL TO DRINK FROM?

    We need more tough new politicians as US Rep. Lou Barletta to strengthen our borders fence, build a legal barrier of cutting further settlement of illegal nationals. He showed his abilities when he stood against the US government, the (ACLU) American Communist Lawyers Union, US Chamber of Commerce and the open border rapid leftists. As a man of conviction he would appreciate the TEA PARTY platform as a great organizer to draw in more Americans to our causes.

    Our lawmakers must be persuaded by the threat of being voted out of office, that they must mandate such logical laws as mandating E-Verify, Secure communities and the 287 G. Our honest politicians should insure its unhealthy for businesses to hire illegal aliens. Not just small restaurant chains, but high end companies as McDonald franchises Become a “Whistle Blower” and report illegal aliens working to ICE or local police. Whistle blowers can send these company owners to prison; making hefty fines and loss of business assets essential. If ICE agency doesn’t respect your patriotic duty, leave a message with NumbersUSA, as they will contact the right entities in the DC Capital. These people are not just the Senators or Congressmen-Women in Washington, but it’s also a mixed bag of Governors, Mayors, Police Chiefs and a wide range of city managers. Many of these Liberal-Democrats are in Congress to feather their own nests from special interest groups; there are no mitigating circumstances for hard line, wealthy Republicans either. Good Righteous Americans have come to the end of their tether, that’s why “THE PEOPLE’S” TEA PARTY was born?

    The Obama government of today and yesteryear administration has seen fit, to cater to the illegal immigration invaders, and now years of disgusting failures and complete incompetence is driving federal and State treasuries into bankruptcy. How many Trillions of dollars could America have packed into infrastructure, welfare nets, balancing federal State and local government, if that deceased Lib-Democrat Ted Kennedy hadn’t rescinded the nationality “Quota System?.” If the previous President LBJ’ Immigration law had remained steadfast? But today with have nothing but economic illegal aliens threading their way across a poorly funded border; undermanned with no troops present to stop this incursion. Now America is going through a huge crime wave, as the sewers of South America have opened spilling there offal and bringing with it unfettered death and destruction to the American people. In Americas future we should issue special visas, for the highest caliber of talented, experienced professionals that will never become a public charge. Now our nation already has countless people living below the poverty line, so we must stop more indigent from across the Southern border, as taxpayers shouldn’t be carrying that burden anymore?

    To ensure America’s future and your children, we must bring to a halt this invasion of our sovereign nation. The Liberal progressives and their philosophy have no respect for people’s freedom and self determination. We cannot afford to feed the world or allow activist judges to supersede laws such as illegal alien schooling or free health care. Our only real choice is to unseat the factions of “Tax and Spend” We have massive US deficit through entitlement programs that is partially caused by the 300.000 annual Birthright baby citizenship law illegal parents to settle with expenditures in the billions of taxpayer dollars. The TEA PARTY has an unparalleled growth membership that is threatening the two party system of government, which is totally destroying this country through partisan economics. But the TEA PARTY is rapidly moving ahead with the assurance, that the illegal immigration occupation will be halted. The TEA PARTY will not vote for any Sanctuary State policies; NO Chain Migration; NO more Amnesties as promised by the late Teddy Kennedy; NO more Immigration Reform packages of any kind.

    All new members are welcome as long as you entered this country legally, without any prejudiced to your previous skin color, religion or allegiance to a foreign nation. This is a firm commitment to honest legal immigrants, who have assimilated into the American culture. America can no longer support the impoverished peoples in our country or across the Earth. COME! Join us today! Join your local chapter or national TEA PARTY, and make your single voice join tens of millions more against the corruption in Washington. Call and raise hell with your local and federal lawmaker at Senate—202-224–3121/ House—202-225–3121 or locate the in your phone directory blue pages. Learn the immigration grades of those amongst lawmakers at NumbersUSA.

    Attn: America is being ripped-off by Communist China, Mexico and other countries in unfair trade agreements. Our nation is losing our manufacturing to foreign cheap labor countries. As Donald Trump stated, “Place a 25% import tax on every product that enters our country. Stop subsidizing American companies that have disappeared overseas. They businesses will return if we begin taxing everything that comes through customs?

  2. bmull says:

    Wow for once I’m not the most “anti” person on this blog.

  3. jreid says:

    See that, BMull? Miracles CAN happen!
    :)

  4. Flo says:

    And at least BMULL isn’t that long-winded.

  5. Law says:

    Who wrote this crap?? Is this news or commentary? This writer is a moron, geez!

  6. I’d say the window-lickers on the short bus are the ones who keep electing fat cat lackeys and expecting them to give a flying crap about issues that don’t directly benefit their political patrons.

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