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Monday, September 25, 2006

Washington Is Not Our Savior

Mickey Kaus & Michelle Malkin are both disappointed by Senator Bill Frist's appearance on Sunday's This Week with George Stephanopolis. They both felt the Senator has basicaly punted on the issue of border security and the fence.

Watch video here. (Immigration talk starts around the 8 minute mark)

Kaus sez...
Has Sen. Frist given up on the border fence? It sure sounded that way on George Stephanopoulos' This Week. The Senate Majority Leader said a bill containing the proposed 700-mile barrier was "hopefully what we'll be voting on the floor of the Senate this week." But then, with a guilty, knowing grin,** he added: "Right now I got a feeling the Democrats may obstruct it."

The grin was the giveaway. It's easy to let the fence bill drop and blame Democrats. Wink, wink. But a forceful majority leader who actually wanted either a) a vote or b) a sharpened issue against the Dems wouldn't give up just like that. He'd call a press conference to demand that the Democrats allow a vote. Put a spotlight on the issue. Make Harry Reid come up with an equally well-publicized explanation for why the Democrats oppose this popular common-denominator measure. That would be hard for Reid to do without hurting Dem election chances, and he might not do it--resulting in a Democratic cave-in and a vote. And the fence Frist says he wants.

Why isn't Frist doing this?
Miss Malkin responds...
Because the fence is a gimmick from Beltway Republicans who think they can appease pro-enforcement voters with an election-year throwaway vote.
Jake sez...

I think they're missing the point...
500 or so pieces of legislation dealing with illegal immgration are floating around the states right now because our federal government has simply been co-opted by the big business slaves at all costs lobby who's been joined in an unhopy alliance with the Catholic church, butts in the pews and offerings at all costs lobby, and our special guest, the "We hate America and would like to see her die" lunatic left.

500 pieces of legislation are what we super geniuses refer to as "clue." A possible window into what Americans are thinking. Think Americans aren't interested in stopping illegal immigration?
The last place true change comes from is Washington. It is literally the very last place to look for real change, especially as regards entrenched, embedded corruption. True change ALWAYS comes from the grassroots level and that is happening in spades. Groups such as the Minutemen, Alipac, FAIR, and NumbersUSA have made it rather uncomfortable to be an anti-American elected official these days and my hats off to them.

The real change is happening right now, at the local level. Towns like Hazelton are leading the way to true change in the way that true change has always come to this country. Looking to Washington to save you is a bit like thinking Benny Hinn has the inside track to salvation. He has a nice haircut and some snazzy suits but, salvation? Brother please!

Washington has absolutely no interest in this issue beyond whether or not it will get them re-elected. This is why I wholly believe in and support the idea of term limits. Our founding fathers believed whole heartedly in the idea of citizen legislators, people leaving useful professions for a time to SERVE their country and then returning to private life.

When you create sinecures you also create petty dictatorships which attracts a certain type of individual. When an individual sees themselves as above those they serve it is simply a set up for the type of governance we enjoy today.

This emphasis on what legislation comes out of Washington is truly puzzling to me, do you really think they have your best interests at heart? Do you actually think they give a rat's ass about you, your family, or this nation?

Damn me as a cynic if you must, but I don't. I think they are worried about nothing beyond the next election and greedily maintaining power in their hands.

So don't be distracted by the Pink Floyd light show that is Washington, true change will come. Towns like Hazelton, and states such as Georgia are leading the way to true change.

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