It’s infuriating to listen to Jeb Bush talk about illegal immigration.

He sounds like Barack Obama.

He’s condescending. He’s rude to people who simply want the duly passed laws of the land to be honored and executed. He’s holier than thou. And he’s clueless.

Here’s what he said last week about the subject at an event marking the 25th anniversary of his father’s presidency: “A great country ought to know where those folks are and politely ask them to leave. … There are means by which we can control our border better than we have. And there should be penalties for breaking the law. But the way I look at this – and I’m going to say this, and it’ll be on tape and so be it. The way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn’t come legally, they come to our country because their families – the dad who loved their children – was worried that their children didn’t have food on the table. And they wanted to make sure their family was intact, and they crossed the border because they had no other means to work to be able to provide for their family. Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family. I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime that there should be a price paid, but it shouldn’t rile people up that people are actually coming to this country to provide for their families.”

I’m not quite sure where to start in dissecting this touch-feely mumbo-jumbo. But let me take a crack at it.

  • The idea that a great country should politely ask those in the country illegally to leave is puzzling to me. The Internal Revenue Service doesn’t politely ask me to pay my taxes. If I break the law as a U.S. citizen, the government doesn’t politely ask me to stop or give me a chance to make amends. Why does Jeb Bush think illegal aliens should be treated better than U.S. citizens?
  • It doesn’t “rile people up” that destitute, hard-working, good people from other countries want to come to the United States. That’s what Jeb Bush thinks about people like you and me – that we’re just mean and xenophobic. We understand that people act in their own best interests. We’re not angry at the illegal aliens who come to America for a better life. We’re angry at our government for all but inviting them here with an engraved invitation and for not maintaining the most important definition of a nation-state – secure borders.On the basis of this kind of thoughtless, demeaning claptrap, Jeb Bush is wholly unfit to be president of the United States. We need another Bush like we need a hole in the head. We don’t need a dynasty of dilettantes. We don’t need a royal priesthood in America. And we don’t need another scion of the establishment lecturing ordinary Americans not born with silver spoons in their mouths about morality and the difficulty of providing for their families.

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    People who believe that borders, language and culture are critical to the survival of a nation are not haters. They do not impugn the motives of those who long to come to America as most of our ancestors did. They do not want to lynch those who come here illegally. They simply demand an orderly and legal process for everyone to follow – for the safety and security of the nation. They want the law enforced. That’s it. What’s so hard to understand about that?

    Apparently Jeb Bush believes only felonies should be prosecuted. Apparently he thinks a crime that is not a felony is an act of love.

    This is just nonsense. It shows how severely out of touch with the ordinary citizenry this gilded prince really is. Nominating someone like this for the presidency will ensure the Republicans remain in the political wilderness again in 2016 and beyond.

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