MR. GREGORY: Your wife famously talked about the vast right wing conspiracy targeting you. As you look at this opposition on the right to President Obama, is it still there?
PRES. CLINTON: Oh, you bet. Sure it is. It's not as strong as it was, because America's changed demographically, but it's as virulent as it was.
MR. GREGORY: But do you worry about a repeat of '94 politically?
PRES. CLINTON: It, it--there's no way they can make it that bad, for several reasons. Number one, the country is more diverse and more interested in positive action.
To paraphrase Brecht: if the government is dissatisfied with the people, the government should dissolve the people and elect a new one. In the United States that is exactly what the government has been doing, in slow motion, and Bill Clinton has let us know why the Democrats are so happy about it..
So just what is the demographic change that Clinton says prevents a repeat of 1994? What kind of diversity is it that automatically leads it to support the leftist agenda?
In 1994 there were 27 million Hispanics in the United States, representing about 10% of the population. Because of illegal immigration and high birth rates, the census bureau projected that by 2050, the Hispanic population would be 88 million, about 25% of the population.
In 2008 there were 47 million Hispanics, about 15% of the population.
In 2050 it is now projected that there will be 133 million Hispanics representing about 30% of the population. There will be about 204 million non-Hispanic whites -- not much higher than the 200 million there were in 2008.
Nobody has ever said that Bill Clinton wasn't a smart politician. If he believes that demographic change in itself is inevitably weakening opposition to the Left agenda, Republicans ought to take notice. The growth of the Hispanic population doesn't just make things harder for Republicans; it skews the whole political spectrum to the left.
That's why Republicans must make it their first priority to ensure that uncontrolled illegal immigration is stopped. They had a chance between 2000 and 2006 and blew it, largely owing to President's Bush's muddleheadedness, sentimentalism and defeatism. They may never have another chance. But they need to operate under the assumption that victory is still possible some day, until it becomes demonstrable that it isn't.
Border control, particularly real border control as a precondition to any immigration reform, has to become a Republican litmus test. It's the one part of the immigration control package that commands the support of a clear majority of the American people, including many who support generous measures for those here illegally. A country that cannot defend its own borders against a slow-motion invasion is a country with no future. Once the border is secure, we can consider measures to regularize the presence of the illegal aliens here, preferably something short of citizenship.
What we have here is election fraud. The current ongoing election of a new people is being conducted unfairly. Republicans need to remember how much Bill Clinton likes it that way.