"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Illegal Conundrums from William F. Buckly at National Review Online

Mr. Buckley points out with his usual artistic flair, the difficulty of repatriating the estimated 11 to 16 million illegals in our country. It is a point that is readily ignored by myself and others, although I have considered it and passed on it in depth running toward the issue of a secure border. I don't have an answer for the difficult task of returning people to their countries of origin, but would like to not have to face the question again; hence the secure the border cry.

The recent disagreement in the senate lead to a much ill-deserved Easter break for the vote-whores, although anything short of legislation is just about right for these gobs and all the better for us.

This all brings me back to a recent post of mine (here) regarding the three key sticking points that our elected officials could not agree upon. All three took steps toward "legalization" in one form or another, but none took into account the reality of that which they decry.

As WFB points to the difficulting of the "return," one has to wonder how we go about enforcing agreed to legislation (when it is, that is), with those that entered illegally to begin with. We have estimates, but they're just that, estimates. We need to imagine or "estimate" the success of anything agreed to, especially since it is going against "estimates" to begin with.

Either the politicians think we are too stupid to catch on, or else they are; neither scenario is very appealing.

One step recommended is one that has been touted by Congressman J.D. Hayworth of AZ, of which WFB refers: a "practical reform which we do have the power to enact is to repeal the provision in the 14th Amendment which confers citizenship on anyone born on U.S. soil." Then laws to take "sterner measures against voting by noncitizens."

"If we are going to be ruled by the mob, the mob should not show up with phony credentials."


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