"This country has many challenges. We will not deny, we will not ignore, we will not pass along our problems to other Congresses, to other presidents, and other generations. We will confront them with focus and clarity and courage."
Right on, Mr. President! It seems to me however, that your speech ignored some of the biggest problems being dumped on future generations. You never mentioned the divisive multiculturalism being foisted on a public which never asked for it.
You never mentioned the burdens of mass immigration and how it affects ordinary citizens. And you never mentioned the fact that our borders are out of control.
You spoke of several challenges facing our nation without even mentioning the impact of immigration.
Education, for example. You boasted that "We achieved historic education reform–which must now be carried out in every school and in every classroom, so that every child in America can read and learn and succeed in life."
You failed to mention the threat that illegal immigration poses to American education. After all, you yourself support the Balkanizing boondoggle of bilingual education. Public schools have enough problems without having to educate every illegal alien who crosses the border, and every child of every illegal alien.
Or health care: "Our second goal is high quality, affordable health care for all Americans." Sounds nice, Mr. Bush, but what we have now is free health care for all illegal aliens. Hospitals are paying out millions of dollars a year to care for illegal aliens. When will you and Congress do something about that?
Americans owe respect to our president. As a member of the Texas Army National Guard, you are my commander-in-chief. I might even get called up before the upcoming Iraqi war is over.
But it's also my duty as an American citizen to point out where I believe my president is wrong.
With all due respect, Mr. President, it seems to me that your nose truly took on Pinocchio proportions when you said "This government is taking unprecedented measures to protect our people and defend our homeland."
You can't be serious, Mr. President. Not when you yourself promote an amnesty for illegal aliens, which would encourage more illegal immigration. Not when your federal government comes up so short that private citizens are having to guard the border. And not when you yourself have used "family values"–whatever that might mean–to justify illegal immigration. Incredibly, you even said that Americans should "respect illegal immigration."
In your State of the Union speech you claimed that "We've intensified security at the borders and ports of entry...."
How about Arizona? How about the illegal aliens who are caught and released? The fact that we can't even keep track of immigrants? The 100,000 Middle Eastern illegals who are unaccounted for? And by the way, Mexicans aren't the only people crossing the southern border–how long till Al-Qaeda sends a team across?
Or have they already?
President Bush, you have failed to secure our borders. You haven't even tried very hard. Your rhetoric has even discouraged it.
That's why you, the President of the United States, are at the receiving end of a pending lawsuit, brought by Joseph Sadowski. You are being sued for "aiding, abetting and encouraging illegal immigration." Indeed Mr. Bush, reading what you have said and done about illegal immigration in the past two years, it's difficult not to agree with Mr. Sadowski. Have you forgotten your oath to defend the constitution? [For more information on the lawsuit, see here.]
Why are you soft on illegal immigration? The Hispanic vote? So do Hispanics have the same interests as other Americans? If so, treat them like other Americans. If not, please tell us how their interests differ.
Do you really want to help Mexico? Control the borders and reduce immigration. Then the Mexican government will be forced to solve its own problems.
In your State of the Union address, Mr. Bush, you had some encouraging words for members of the U.S. military:
"Tonight I have a message for the men and women who will keep the peace, members of the American Armed Forces.....You believe in America, and America believes in you."
I'm glad you are commending those who are really laying it on the line for the country. They are the ones who will really be invading Iraq when you say "Let's Roll!"
But how will these soldiers, sailors and airmen be treated around retirement time? After all, the federal government has just cut off some veteran's benefits at the same time it continues giving benefits to illegal aliens.
I understand that veterans' benefits have their limits. But shouldn't veterans be given preference over illegal aliens?
Don't get me wrong, Mr. President. I liked some of the things you SAID in your speech. I just wonder how seriously you take some of it. For instance, you declared that
"....the course of this nation does not depend on the decisions of others."
Bravo! A strike for the sovereignty of the U.S. of A.
But Mr. President, if you really believe that, why haven't you spoken out against the matricula consular? It's an ID issued by the government of Mexico to avoid the deportation of illegal aliens. In other words, U.S. immigration policy depends in part on "the decisions of others"–of the Mexican government, that is.
When you do so, I can take your claim seriously.
President Bush, you are our commander-in-chief. If you go head to head with Saddam, of course you have my support. But I would feel a whole lot better about it if you were more serious about shoring up things at home.
As long as the U.S. border is out of control, no amount of warfare abroad will make us secure.
It's just not logical.
American citizen Allan Wall lives in Mexico, but spends a total of about six weeks a year in the state of Texas, where he drills with the Texas Army National Guard. His VDARE.COM articles are archived here; his FRONTPAGEMAG.COM articles are archived here. Readers can contact Allan Wall at firstname.lastname@example.org