"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

Monday, November 20, 2006

Immigration Reform: NY Times Style

Many voters who scorned Republicans over immigration reacted as you would expect them to after being mocked and exploited by a party that elevated the issue into an urgent crisis and then offered nothing to solve it but faux hearings, strident campaign ads and a pretend fence. NY Times Editorial Board
Elevated to an "urgent crisis" like Social Security was to both Bush and Gore in 2000, but Bush won so Dems screamed at the top of their lungs: "what problem?"

According to the editorial, the Democrats have a real possibility for a decent solution. Speaking of the usual bogeymen and in the process ignoring what those bogeymen were really talking about:
Some of the debate’s loudest shouters, liars and dead-horse beaters were ushered by voters from the room — people like J. D. Hayworth and Randy Graf in Arizona, John Hostettler in Indiana and Rick Santorum in Pennsylvania. But the public is still in a prickly mood. All those shrill Republican ads about Mexicans stealing your Social Security failed as an electoral strategy, but that doesn’t mean politicians always lose by being immigration hawks.
I have a question: if the various politicians "ushered by voters from the room..." because of their stand on immigration; how does the NYTimes know this is why they lost when it "doesn't mean politicians always lose by being immigration hawks?"

Enforcement first was and is the mantra, but when "some of the debate’s loudest shouters, liars and dead-horse beaters," are the msm led by the NYTimes an honest debate cannot be expected.

Other posts in the CAII community:

Christi at CommonSenseAmerica – "Upset, Frustrated, and Downright Mad"

Slavery Disguised as Compassion and Tolerance

Take Back Georgia – “I need to learn Spanish…(so I can find a job in Georgia)

StikNstein – The Amnesty Dream and The Political Wake up Pinch

A Veteran Calls out Congress and Big Business

Morning Coffee – “Immigration in the News

Amboy Times – “Tancredo: Bush an Internationalist

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.**


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