The Tea Party, most conservative element of today’s Republican Party, takes its name from a historic incident. But today the Tea Party appears to be ignoring history, at least the recent political history of California.
For months, the Tea Party has campaigned against the “path to citizenship” portion of the immigration bill passed by the Senate in June, calling it “amnesty for illegals.” Emails from TeaParty.org urge “a full frontal assault on every member of Congress with a No Amnesty! Fax Blast.”
But as the philosopher George Santayana observed early in the last century, “Those who cannot remember history” may be condemned to repeat it.
The political history of California’s last two decades offers plenty of object lessons for Republicans, some of whose national leaders have taken heed by supporting the immigration bill...