Kurt  Schlichter

Marco Rubio, you need to run – but not in 2016. Run now. Today. Quickly.

Run away, Marco, run as fast as you can. Run away from the electoral Hiroshima that is this immigration reform bill. It’s a fraud and a scam, and we know it’s a fraud and a scam, and you telling us from every mic and every camera you can get in front of that it’s not a fraud and a scam is making us wonder just what the hell is going on with you.

Do you actually think it’s not a fraud and a scam? In that case, we worry that maybe you’re not as bright as we thought from your terrific work on other issues over the last few years.

That’s bad.

Or do you think it’s us that aren’t very bright and that your soothing assurances that Chuck Schumer and company have only the best of intentions and that we ought not to concern our simple selves with trifles like the actual text of the legislation are enough to get us to sign onto this political suicide pact.

That’s worse.

But Marco, I still have faith in you. I think your problem is naiveté – that you’re a nice guy who sees a very real problem, with very real human costs, and that you want to find a solution to it. However, human nature being what it is, you’ve become invested in the 844-page abomination that the rest of the Gang of Eight is determined to jam though before it can be disinfected with sunlight. So, you are stuck defending the indefensible.

Again, this comes from a friend, a guy who wants to be able to check the block for you in 2016. I love your conservative principles. I love your life story – hell, I married into a family that escaped Castro’s tyranny and came to America. People who are anti-immigrant don’t marry immigrants – or, as I describe my family and others like the immigrants I served beside in two wars, “Americans by choice.”

Except there’s a very real problem. Not all immigrants want to come here and build families and careers. Some want to come here and draw welfare and build bombs. The media and the rest of the Gang simply wave off these troublesome facts as if they are unworthy of consideration. But not all pressure cookers are used to make arroz con pollo, and when you ignore these very real concerns of the people who support you, your credibility nosedives.

Kurt Schlichter

Kurt Schlichter (Twitter: @KurtSchlichter) was personally recruited to write conservative commentary by Andrew Breitbart. He is a successful Los Angeles trial lawyer, a veteran with a masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, and a former stand-up comic.