Tuesday, May 16, 2006
New York Times Calls the Majority of America the Fringe
President Bush's speech from the Oval Office last night was not a blueprint for comprehensive immigration reform. It was a victory for the fear-stricken fringe of the debate.
Of course those wanting us to enforce our immigration laws and defend the border during wartime are a fringe and fear-stricken at that. The majority want the border enforced and it's not so much fear as prudent caution.
It is still possible that a good bill will emerge this year, but only if Democrats and moderate Republicans hold firm to protect the fragile flame of good sense against the deter-and-deport crowd. This means sticking together to defeat destructive amendments on the Senate floor. It means overcoming this latest contribution from the ever-unhelpful president, who could have pointed the nation toward serious immigration reform last night, but instead struck a pose as Minuteman in chief.
The deter and deport crowd? I am proud to be in that group--the high wall, big gate crowd. Only a publication that is so far to the left that it looks like right to me could criticize the President's speech last night for being too harsh on border security. That's not where the conservatives are criticizing it.
Talk about going for the middle and coming up empty. Wow.