Rand Paul, who the day after Eric Cantor’s stunning defeat to anti-amnesty candidate Dave Brat, appeared with open-borders acolyte Grover Norquist to promote both amnesty and major increases in legal immigration, said:

[Republicans have] been somewhat trapped by rhetoric and words and amnesty is a word that’s trapped us….We’re trapped in a word that means different things to different people. … I really think that some of it is we’re trapped in this rhetoric and we have to get beyond that.

Paul is right in that amnesty means one thing to those in D.C. who are trying to disguise their intentions to enact a blanket amnesty for illegal aliens and something else to the rest of the literate public. The illegal aliens who are surging over the southern U.S. border certainly understand the unambiguous meaning of the term.

“Amnesty has “trapped” Paul and his colleagues because they fail to grasp the meaning of other words, such as structural unemployment, corporate welfare, and vanishing middle class. “Rule of law” also is a term that seems to give them trouble. So says Paul:

To some “rule of law” conservatives, [amnesty] is a swear word. To other conservatives, putting millions of illegal immigrants on the road to legal status and eventually to citizenship is realistic politically and fair for people who flee warlords, drug lords and dysfunctional economies abroad to find work in the U.S.

If Rand Paul thinks it’s a good idea to pass an amnesty to legalize the status of 12 million or so illegal aliens, why won’t he make his case on its merits instead of indulging in obfuscation and subterfuge?

Paul Ryan, among others (including soon-to-be former House Majority leader Eric Cantor), has tried this shtick before. No matter how Paul, Ryan, et. al., try to redefine the meaning of amnesty, they can’t convince the American people that rewarding illegal aliens by passing legislation that allows them to remain in the United States is anything other than amnesty. You see, Americans, unlike Rand Paul apparently, understand that if they want to learn what a word means they can open a dictionary and find out.