NOTE: Vent to the Whiny-Baby Republicans out there:
Stay home on election day because your're pissed at Bush?
Go ahead. Kiss your family goodbye after November 8th.
I don't know who's more full of crap on this issue the so-called "shoot the bastards" pundits or the clueless Democrats, but this immigration issue isn't going to be fixed by taking your ball and staying home on election day.
This problem didn't begin in 2001 and isn't going to get fixed by 2008 or beyond. Fact is that whether you like it or not or believe it or not WE created this problem not President Bush. You might not like his solutions or plan, but calling him "El Presidente" is childish and moronic.
So in closing, stay home if you want. But do us another favor - stay there. We don't need you.
UPDATE: Tell Michelle Malkin that no matter what we aren't building internment camps and we're not going to shoot mexicans. Unfortunately anything short of that won't satisfy her. Too bad - on this issue she is too radical for any calm and rational solutions. This is exactly the type of diatribes we don't need. Sorry for MM fans, but she is really getting on my nerves - like a nagging spouse - or worse.
By the way, you want to see the real problem the Republican Party? Gremlins. Don't feed them after midnight. Sheesh what a bunch of crisis queens!
Look, the President delivered a plan. At least a plan. Now at least we've got something to talk about. But get over it, we are not going to intern or rip millions of people out of the woodwork and ship them back on meat packing cars to countries that aren't - for the most part - going to receive them back anyway.
ITS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. To be frank, most of this is rooted in the "Us Four and No More" mentality.
No, I'm not going to label it racist, but whenever a Malkin or other "Pack 'em up" defender gets on the horn it's what I hear between the lines. I call it the way I see it and it's got a stink on it that A-Jax won't remove.
Again, the problems we have now didn't happen overnight, and aren't going away overnight. At least we have a start now. Sure it would be stronger and more comprehensive, but in an election year you aren't going to see a whole lot done - and we have already come farther than even the whiners thought.
Let's see where it goes from here.
UPDATE: Contrast reason with sophmoronic giberish. The latter one of the reason I no longer subscribe to the National Wolf in Sheep's Clothing.
UPDATE II: I agree with AJ here. President Bush has given us a lot to be thankful for and just when he could use the support some of us become indicative of Chronic Malcontent Syndrome, "Why should I suffer in silence when I can still moan, wail and complain?". I think I'm on to something here - a separation of the sheep and the goats.
UPDATE III: An amen to this post from Joe Dartblog, specifically:
"Michelle Malkin tuned in knowing she’d hate everything the president was going to say. Wrong idea—the only person who can bring about consensus on this absolutely fractured-beyond-repair issue is the president. This is the best offer American sovereigntists—which is to say almost everyone, whether they realize it or not—will have for a long time."
Meanwhile John at Powerline is mad because Bush didn't give "his" speech. Too bad John, I don't remember you getting hired for the job. Fact is that we don't need "armchair presidenting" either, and basically some of these bloggers exagerate their "influence".
Come on John, get a grip.
UPDATE IV: By the way, this is pathetic and lame, childish and the reason CNN is the least watched cable network. The joke - disrepectful and tasteless - joke is on them. They should deliver a full apology and the director of the segment repremanded.
UPDATE V: What to see what is fueling the fear? The Heritage Foundation is fanning the flames. Folks, all the more reason for the US to spread Democracy around the world and help make it a better - more liveable place. That's what the Bush Doctrine is all about. People want what we have for themselves and their families. Not a damn thing wrong with that. Again, I agree, we need to toughen the borders, but I reject the notion of becoming an isolationist Country.
Instead of cursing the darkness - at least Bush lit a candle. Most of the detractors I've read tonight are swearing up a storm - in the dark. You can tell a lot about a person by what they state they hate and more importantly how they state it. My Dad taught me that racism is a frame of mind - most often hid by 'concern'.
UPDATE VI: And finally some positive notes on the speech from Decision 08; Flopping Aces, who makes the very good point:
"I’m curious….where we’re these (whiny) folks when Reagan granted Amnesty? Did they talk about impeachment?"
Oooo, that'll leave a mark.
More too at Blogs for Bush, and a balanced look at Called as Seen.
Alexander at Polipundit breaks ranks and joins sanity.
"The President announced that he will oppose amnesty. In his own words, “It is neither wise nor realistic to round up millions of people, many with deep roots in the United States, and send them across the border. There is a rational middle ground between granting an automatic path to citizenship for every illegal immigrant, and a program of mass deportation. That middle ground recognizes that there are differences between an illegal immigrant who crossed the border recently – and someone who has worked here for many years, and has a home, a family, and an otherwise clean record. I believe that illegal immigrants who have roots in our country and want to stay should have to pay a meaningful penalty for breaking the law, to pay their taxes, to learn English, and to work in a job for a number of years. People who meet these conditions should be able to apply for citizenship – but approval would not be automatic, and they will have to wait in line behind those who played by the rules and followed the law. What I have just described is not amnesty – it is a way for those who have broken the law to pay their debt to society, and demonstrate the character that makes a good citizen.”
If you think that is amnesty, then you are either a moron or a liar. If you are truly a Republican to begin with, if you are truly a conservative, then you will applaud this speech and support the reforms he has articulated. Otherwise, you are not a Republican. You are not a conservative. You are a LIAR. A LIAR"
I'm afraid he's right. The line of who is and who isn't truly Conservative and who is a "wingnut" is becoming very clear. Again, now I know that there are those on the right with a totally different agenda than the rest of us - the majority of us.
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NOTE: Vent to the Whiny-Baby Republicans out there: