Our friend Neil Kumar conducted a bold and energetic campaign in the Arkansas primary elections for a Republican nomination to a U.S. House seat. Not unexpectedly, he lost. Here is his official statement.
What is most interesting about this matter is the behaviour of Establishment Republicans, confirming how afraid they are of ideas and issues. Republicans must maintain their “respectability.” They must never allow a real issue to intrude into public discussion. That might make the clueless voters restless and threaten their profit and prestige. Democrats are not afraid of issues. That is why Republicans are utterly useless and always have to be for the latest Democrat fad, just respectably less so.
Kumar’s incumbent Republican opponent is an Empty Suit carbon copy of most Republican members of Congress. Kumar brought up the need for an immigration moratorium. All the opponent could say is that “America is a nation of immigrants,” a half-truth slogan from early in the previous century. He added that if immigration is cut down “no fresh ideas, no new blood can come into this country.”
Everything this fellow had to say is meaningless words invented by PR men of the central Republican party. This man has never given one minute’s thought to the issue that Kumar brought up or probably any other real issue. Or given one minute’s thought to what his country needs to address. That might be controversial and upset the comfortable status quo. Obviously the current immigration situation is unprecedented in American history, a new issue, and cannot be answered with pleasant bromides of earlier time. And are Americans incapable of fresh ideas and have to be continually enlightened by foreigners? Must we be forever a country of immigrants and not a real country? And what about the morality of continually robbing poor countries of their educated people? Ask the growing company of unemployed Americans. Foreign tech people are no better than Americans. They have no new ideas—they are just cheaper and more docile.
Neil Kumar was a recent candidate for Congress from Arkansas.
Clyde Wilson is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina He is the author or editor of over thirty books and published over 600 articles, essays and reviews