“Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation” -James Madison

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Take a census! Why didn't I think of that?

Debra Saunders has an idea. Found it at Polipundit.


If you can find and count 'em, you can detain and deport 'em....

Immigration is a national security matter. Once Iraq is settled and voters can feel better about that side of things, we as a group are going to have to be willing to send a message:

"If you do not end illegal immigration and protect our borders, we will vote for whoever runs against you, regardless of party. If you vote to end illegal immigration and to protect our borders, will vote for you, regardless of party."

Unlike abortion, immigration is a single-issue voter phenomenon that can have an immediate and effective impact. We have to be willing to vote for either a primary challenger or even a member of the other party and possibly lose "control" of one house or the other, in order that we might replace the Amnesty First crowd with Security First people.

It will require considerable political will not only on the part of the elected officials, but also of the voting public.

I don't know about the rest of you, but a Dem who will shut down illegal immigration and strengthen our borders will win a lot more points with me that a Repub who is wobbly on the issue. It is entirely plausible that someone who will back my position on this issue will most likely be of a like mind (or at least not insane) regarding the War on Terror, national security ini general, and can be worked with regarding taxes. Zell Miller, where are you?

If the borders/immigration issues are not resolved soon, the entire argument regarding tax cuts, national security, and judges will be rendered moot. The Repubs have the chance RIGHT NOW to do something strong and important, and the Senate is fumbling it badly. I see little if any point to rewarding bad behavior with further job security for these clowns.

Get on the phone. If they don't get this one right, the others don't matter.


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