E.J. Dionne: "Stench of Nativist Compost at GOP Debate":
Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani did a fine job of achieving their objectives in Wednesday's Republican presidential debate: Each thoroughly discredited the other.
They also disgraced themselves as they pandered relentlessly to the growing anti-immigrant feeling in their party.
Mike Huckabee and John McCain were the only candidates willing to suggest what now seems unmentionable: Immigrants, even those here illegally, are human beings and shouldn't be used as political playthings...
When Romney attacked Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor, for supporting a state program under which some children of illegal immigrants got help to attend college, Huckabee stuck to his guns. "In all due respect, we're a better country than to punish children for what their parents did," Huckabee said. I hope he's right.
I wonder: did Romney's conscience bother him after Huckabee's rejoinder? Or does he have one? Or has he outsourced it to the Mormon Church, which in turn has zero political morality: they think we should obey the law, full stop, no matter how wicked it is. Even in Nazi Germany. Meanwhile, Huckabee deserves another look. To judge by this position outlne, he endorses "an orderly, efficient way to import farm workers," and there's nothing about demanded that the federal government put a halt to immigration. Meanwhile, Huckabee is surging in Iowa and may be leading Romney.
A very interesting development.
UPDATE: A commenter objects to my characterization of the Mormon Church as having "zero political morality." Well, all right, I was unfair there, although, in my own defense, I'm frequently unfair, and might expect readers to be accustomed to my style. The serious point is that I do think the Mormons are too willing to exhort people to obey the law even when the law in unjust. And while in many respects I regard Romney's Mormonism as a good thing-- for example, I feel perfectly confident, on the grounds of his Mormonism alone, that he won't pull any Monica Lewinsky-style shenanigans, indeed for the same reason I think that he's probably above even any Watergate-type shenanigans-- I trust him less on some issues of public morality such as torture and immigration precisely because of his Mormonism, which I think more than other types of Christianity gives a blank check to the Leviathan state.
UPDATE II: Those who know more than me about Mormon doctrines with respect to the state are encouraged to correct me if I'm wrong.