As I was thinking more about why Tea Party and other far right Republicans are so eager to see their party self-destruct over the immigration issue, I ran across an interesting comment by Cahir O'Doherty on a site called Irish Central: Barely Concealed Racism comes to fore from GOP opponents in immigration debate (July 12). The link is:

www.irishcentral.com/story/ent/manhattan_diary/barely-concealed-racism-comes-to-fore-from-gop-opponents-in-immigration-debate-215220371.html

Writing about the Senate-passed CIR bill (S.744) O'Doherty says:

"Rank and file GOP supporters hate the bill. More than that, they apparently hate the idea that the invisible people who staff our nation's restaurants and bars, who pick our lettuce and recycle our trash, who live in fear of an early morning visit from the Department of Homeland Security, will at last be given some measure of security...

More and more Congress refuses to compromise on any of its core conservative principles. Stalemate is the result."


He continues:

"That's why there are tens of thousands in the Irish community who are still praying for an unlikely change of heart from the GOP.

Stop being so hardline, we have asked them. Make an exception for us. We're really nice."


O'Doherty then links Republican intransigence on immigration reform to the Party's extremism on many other issues as well:

"On women's rights, on health care, on education, on giving tax cuts to the rich, on restricting or banning abortion, on labor unions, on gay rights, on immigration reform, the party has moved so far to the right and so far into the past that it's been out of touch with mainstream opinion for years."

He then quotes Phyllis Schafly's tirade against Latinos for allegedly having too many illegitimate children - "same as the blacks are" - according to her version of equal opportunity hate - and her claim that Latinos are also incapable of understanding American Constitutional principles such as limited government and the Bill of Rights.

O'Doherty concludes:

"Our Irish ancestors used to hear this barely concealed racism directed at them in the 19th century. That kind of high handed language is just as toxic and dismissive of the fondest hopes and dreams of millions in 2013."


And, finally:

"It's also an indication of how deep the opposition to a reform bill actually is. It doesn't look good."


No further comment is necessary.