Thank you Karl Rove.
Here is a sentence that I have neither uttered nor typed before: Thank you, Karl Rove.
Thank you Mr. Rove for doing what a lot of us have been attempting to do for years… make the American public take a position on, and have a basic working knowledge of, the enormous illegal immigration crisis.
People who two weeks ago could not spell "illegal alien" and had no idea that there were 10-12 million of them in our country are now fairly bursting with their own two-week-old opinions. Let the thought process begin. See the average American worker think. See conservative voters waver. Watch Totalization get some light shined on it.
As I went about my daily business today, the car radio brought talk of "shameless pandering"… this was from a syndicated Libertarian talk show host. On another station, Rush Limbaugh, new to immigration knowledge, told his listeners that Republicans were trying to take all of the issues away from the Democrats.
He did not mention taking the country from the citizen, but I personally think he will get there soon.
On an errand to the supermarket, I could clearly overhear a discussion of "those illegal immigrants getting legal…"
At the gym, fellow members that I had never even heard mention politics were speculating out loud as to how much money was spent to educate the children of illegals. A successful acquaintance who fits any description of the term "RINO" informed me in no uncertain terms that "we can't send them back, we must deal with them because they are here…" Ahh, the power of the media on busy minds. But a very alert young man who is aware of my passion for the subject thought for a few moments and suggested that if we stopped allowing employers to hire illegals, they "would go back where they came from." Thank you, Michael; you ended my workout with a ray of hope for your generation.
By making President Bush's first topic in his re-election bid an amnesty for criminals, mostly from Mexico, [Mr. Rove, everybody is laughing at your "earned legalization" Newspeak] the administration has put its willingness to barter America's future out for all to see.
If Mr. Bush wants to play chicken with the conservative vote…begin the game.
Mr. President, in your speech, do trot out that favorite of mine that tells us that we should be a welcoming nation and that we should "match willing workers with willing employers". I double-dog dare you Mr. President. And please. Use that "safe for migration" line. We love that one at my house. [VDARE.COM note: The President made the speech at 2:45 EST, and yes, he used the willing workers line. read the transcript view listen]
As I type these words of un-easy delight, speechwriters in the White House are busy with an effort to make ice cream out of the coming presentation. Their available ingredients are not the stuff of ice cream. One can only imagine the conversations in the process of the hopeless task.
Wash your hands when finished, people.