TPATH Joins Effort To Give Drivers’ Licenses To Illegals
Is the New Jersey Tea Party movement “conservative” or is it really just a political mutual support association? Conservatives here in New Jersey and around the country are asking that question in response to the endorsement by some of Bader Qarmout, a candidate for the Republican nomination for United States Senate.
Under current law, every illegal immigrant in the United States faces deportation. Those who employ them face fines and sanctions. Under Bader Qarmout’s plan, these illegals would be permitted to remain in the United States, work here, open bank accounts, and obtain a driver’s license - all for less than the price of a Big Mac a day. That’s right, by paying a fee of $19.25 a week (that’s just $2.75-a-day) illegals can stay in the United States and work, open bank accounts, and drive here - all under the Bader Qarmout plan.
That’s called amnesty folks. No other word for it.
Until today, when confronted by the Qarmout amnesty plan, most of his Tea Party supporters would maintain an ashamed silence. They would try to explain that he was “a good Christian” (like Jimmy Carter?) or they would simply try to change the subject (”an attack on one is an attack on all”). Until today.
Today something called TPATH, a website run by Bayshore Tea Party co-founder Dwight Kehoe, endorsed Bader Qarmout and addressed the immigration issue. Here is what they wrote:
But one issue that needs to be addressed in this endorsement is Qarmout’s illegal immigration plan. The scoundrels referenced above, apparently having real concerns that their establishment candidate is in trouble, have been calling Bader a liberal and that his plan would allow illegal immigrants the right to vote. It is one of the most egregious, nasty and blatant lies that this cadre of phony conservatives have hoisted on the citizens of NJ. And let me tell you, that is saying something because the list of foul, dirty than dirt lies and intentional distortions slithering from them is long and repulsive.
Just to get it straight and on the record, Bader told TPATH directly that his plan would never allow illegal aliens to vote and he would never espouse that. TPATH is certain that is his position and although we may not agree completely with some of Mr. Qarmout’s ideas on immigration, they are ideas and thoughtful ones.
Who are these referenced “scoundrels”? Could Kehoe be referencing his own organization, the Bayshore Tea Party Group, which endorsed the “establishment candidate” before flip-flopping to Bader Qarmout? No, it wasn’t reported on some blog, Bayshore’s Barbara Gonzalez is quoted in the state’s largest newspaper, the Star-Ledger, and she never asked for a correction.
As for Bader Qarmout’s immigration amnesty plan, well, it is liberal. It is so liberal, that we cannot find another Republican candidate in the entire United States with a more liberal immigration plan. It is even too liberal for many Democrats.
As for claiming that the Qarmout plan “would allow illegal immigrants the right to vote”, well, that’s right off his website - before he changed it. It’s all rather Orwellian of Qarmout and Kehoe, but here’s what happened. From February through April, Bader Qarmout’s immigration plan contained the following language:
The illegal aliens would be required to pay a registration fee of $150.00 per adult and $10.00 per child under 18 years old. The registration application would require the applicant to be photographed and fingerprinted. (The USPS could fill that need for a fee of $20.00 for photo and $23.00 for fingerprinting). After the applications is completed and filed it would be entered into a nationwide database system. At this point the applicant would be issued an alien number similar to an H1 visa. The alien number would be specific to every applicant and would be required in addition to a social security number in every instance a social security number is required. The H1 visa would allow the applicant to work and pay taxes, along with open a bank account and get a driver’s license. The H1 visa would not allow the applicant to vote until the end of a 10 year probation period has expired.
A couple weeks ago, in response to questions raised by CNJ and other conservatives across New Jersey, Bader Qarmout removed the underlined language from his website. In the mind of Dwight Kehoe, that means it never happened. You can view a copy of the screen-saved original document here.
Kehoe is a well-known leader in the New Jersey “Birther” movement, so I’m sure he will understand that documents can be doctored. That’s why I’m at a loss as to why Kehoe has embraced this doctored document as true. It is almost humorous how emotional he gets over it, sounding just like some deep blue Obama-supporter does over the birth certificate: “Egregious, nasty and blatant lies… foul, dirty than dirt lies and intentional distortions slithering from them… repulsive.”
Oh Dwight, check your diaper. Bader wrote it. CNJ reported it. Bader got caught and had to change it. That doesn’t change the accuracy of our report.
But hold on, says Dwight: “Bader told TPATH directly that his plan would never allow illegal aliens to vote and he would never espouse that.” What a child you are, Dwight. Politicians lie, and Bader Qarmout learned to lie from former State Senator Richard “Dick” LaRossa, his campaign consultant. LaRossa is an accomplished liar. He’s so good at it, that last year he lied his way into the keynote speaking role at the so-called “Citizens Convention” - passing himself off as a right winger.
That produced a huge laugh at the Tea Party’s expense and caused many GOP establishment types to dismiss the new movement as incompetent. Why? Because LaRossa was the most liberal Republican legislator when he served in 1990’s, sucking up to the public employee unions every chance he could, and sticking New Jersey with the most liberal state Supreme Court chief justice in its history. If the Tea Party thinks he’s a conservative, so the establishment types reasoned, that doesn’t say much for the Tea Party. And now LaRossa is guiding Bader Qarmout.
Poor Dwight Kehoe, poor TPATH, poor Tea Party, Bader Qarmout lied to you. He lied to you the same way Dick LaRossa used to lie to groups on BOTH sides of the abortion debate. Hey, it’s politics - but don’t confuse it with principle.
We would love to have the opportunity to settle this in a court room. The Judge: “Under penalty of perjury, did you, Bader Qarmout, write these words and post them or cause them to be posted on your campaign website.” Bader Qarmout: “Yes I did your Honor.” The Judge: “Case over.”
It is surprising just how unprincipled and amoral TPATH’s endorsement is. They write: “TPATH is certain that is his position and although we may not agree completely with some of Mr. Qarmout’s ideas on immigration, they are ideas and thoughtful ones.”
So Dwight Kehoe, would you like to tell us which positions of Bader Qarmout’s are those that you “may not agree completely with”? Why keep it a secret? Oh, I understand, you want to support Bader Qarmout because he’s part of the “gang” even though you are uncomfortable about the positions he takes. Wow, you sound more like a party insider than a principled conservative.
Let me guess. Could it be Bader Qarmout’s position on giving illegals driver’s licenses that has you so concerned that you dare not mention it?
It should. If recent polling is anything to go by, in New Jersey 90% of Republican primary voters oppose giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants and of the 3% in favor, they call themselves liberals or moderates - not conservatives!
Dwight, did you know that we can’t find anywhere else in America where there is a Republican Senate or Congressional candidate campaigning on giving driver’s licenses to illegals? Even Democrats oppose it, as this exchange between liberal Democrat Senator Chris Dodd and Hillary Clinton makes clear:
Illegal immigration is one of the core issues of the Tea Party movement. Your endorsement of Bader Qarmout makes you a liberal on immigration. Period. End of story. You may be the Attila the Hun of Birthers, but on illegal immigration you are Mr. Roberts.
The same goes for the Bayshore Tea Party Group, Monmouth County Tea Party Coalition, Ocean County Citizens for Freedom, and the West Jersey TEA Party. You are all LIBERAL on illegal immigration.
Congratulations, you all endorsed the most liberal Republican Senate candidate on illegal immigration in AMERICA. That’s right. The most liberal on illegal immigration in the whole darned country. Now there’s something to make your groups stand out. And it’s why people are just shaking their heads and laughing.
Dwight, have you considered changing TPATH to BLUEPATH? With regards to illegal immigration, it would be a heck of a lot more honest.
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