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Earth to Jeb Bush

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.