You know what my problem is?
I just don’t want to do what’s right for America.
I just don’t have the courage to put a comprehensive immigration plan into place.
I just want to knock down America’s great immigration tradition.
That’s what President Bush said last week in promoting his plan to provide amnesty to 15 million to 20 million illegal aliens already in this country and welcome in millions more to provide his fat-cat friends with abundant cheap labor.
He impugned the motives of anyone opposing the amnesty bill worked out by the White House and senators in secret.
Do you know what’s amazing about that?
In all his years in the White House, I’ve never seen him speak so harshly about political opponents who really do not want to do what’s right for America.
I’ve never seen him say that about Ted Kennedy, for instance.
I’ve never seen him impugn the motives of Hillary Rodham Clinton or Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid.
And that suggests to me when it comes to this border issue, this national security concern of illegal immigration, Bush is a political fanatic – an extremist who will never back down or see the light.
There’s more to this than meets the eye.
Bush is the first president to acknowledge his own motivations for refusing to carry out his constitutional duty to enforce immigration laws already on the books. He did that when he explained that America needs the cheap labor, that “these people” do jobs Americans won’t do.
Yet, there must be more to his determination to provide amnesty for those he wrongly welcomed here in the first place. When Bush gets this mean toward his political opponents, there’s got to be more at stake.
I wish he would get this angry at the enemy in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But he reserves the name-calling for people like me who believe in the rule of law, who believe it’s supposed to mean something when a president lays his hand on the Bible and swears to uphold the Constitution and execute the laws of the land.
Is there anyone out there who truly believes Bush is doing what is right for America by pushing this amnesty plan?
Does anyone believe those opposing Bush’s plan lack courage? Is that a fair assessment?
Do you think those opposing Bush on this amnesty plan just want to knock down America’s great immigration tradition?
These are strong charges by Bush even if they are without any substance or credibility. They say much more about the character of the president than they do about those he attacks.
What do they say about Bush?
If there were ever any doubt, at least on this issue of border security and illegal immigration, Bush is a fanatic. He is an extremist. He is so hopelessly out of touch with Main Street America it takes your breath away. I’m sure Bush’s logic is understood at some elite country clubs, but it is certainly a mystery to hard-working Americans.
Maybe this is the real Bush.
Maybe his position on this issue reflects deeper problems within his soul.
Maybe America doesn’t understand him at all.
Maybe he believes the American people don’t deserve to be consulted about fundamental changes in the way their country is governed.
Clearly he believes he knows better than the vast majority who simply want existing immigration laws enforced before debating new ones.