It was with some trepidation that I decided to jump in with the body odor-and-trust fund crowd protesting the Republican convention on its final night. Getting arrested, I`m sure, is no fun, and as a conservative—albeit a radicalized one—I wasn`t sure if my message would go over well with the Che Guevara T-shirt wearers, some of whom share Che`s taste for physical confrontation.
But given President Bush`s absolutely wrong-headed approach to immigration—and the suppression of Rep. Tom Tancredo`s heroic attempt to get immigration reform into the platform—somebody had to take it to the streets. That person was me.
My message: Immigration is killing us. And George W. Bush is doing precious little about the problem.
More specifically, I put black text onto a 3-foot by 4-foot sign that read:
"1 Right-Winger Against Bush: Stop Immigration. Deport Illegals. Keep America."To that I added, "Outsource the Open Borders Lobby!" and a picture of Mohammed Atta, below which was a quote from George W. Bush:
"Our country has always benefited from the dreams that others have brought here."Yes, Atta`s dream was realized, alright. Surely the point would be driven home for common-sense delegates and New Yorkers. Maybe even the protestors would stop and think.
Whether the protestors were doing much thinking, I couldn`t tell. The one or two positive reactions I got from them, I`m sure, were the result of seeing my displeasure with Bush. I doubt they read further down. I didn`t connect with them, for the most part.
But look who did:
Perhaps instead of illegals being deported, she was hoping they`d come to her house for tea and a little talk on the wonderfulness of GOP inclusion. Who knows?
But that was the extent of my negative reception.
And there I was, half-expecting to come home in an ambulance.
Now, if my street-level reception in Manhattan last night was any indication, just think of how deep the discontent with Bush`s position on immigration is elsewhere. Especially among rank-and-file Republicans and others across the country who are more concerned with a safe, secure and culturally coherent America than posturing for the New York Times as "tolerant" and "diverse."
But the immigration insanity continues, largely thanks to Dubya.
Here`s hoping that, in future conventions, anti-immigration voices are heard inside the convention center.
Because if they aren`t, the Republican Party will have proven its uselessness in protecting America.
If it hasn`t already.