Some Conservative Talk on the Immigration Debate

by Ryan on June 22, 2007

in Politics

Conservatives have long been opposed to the Administration’s position over the last 18 months on the illegal alien debate.  Echoes of Newt Gingrich ripple through this ABCNews online editorial by Rick Tyler, a former Newt Press Secretary, about the Senate’s resurrected immigration bill.  While a very thorough article, I’d like to address its point about talk-radio’s fierce reaction to this horrible immigration bill as “outright revolt” when compared to talk-radio’s loyal support of Bush over the last six years.  In truth, nationally successful talk-radio is by-and-large independent of Bush and is generally more conservative than Republican.  However, Trent Lott’s demagogery that “talk-radio is running America” is deceptive, misguided, and fails to address a major complaint on talk-radio about Bush, Lott, and their ilk that the article echoes:

“The administration has decided that it is easier to defend failure than to replace the government structures that don’t work.”

I believe this to be the heart of the problem.  Conservatives do not trust the government’s ability to solve all of our problems– that’s a basic principle of conservatism.  Here’s a quote from the late great Ronald Reagan in his 1984 RNC Speech when he clearly compared the world view of Liberals to Conservatives:

“Isn’t our choice really not one of left or right, but of up or down?  Down through the welfare state to statism, to more government largess, accompanied always by more government authority, less individual liberty and ultimately totalitarianism, always advanced for our own good.  The alternative is the dream conceived by our Founding Fathers, up to the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with an orderly society.”

(Pause to think of flags waving, inspiring landscapes throughout our great country, America strong and confident, and reflect upon the bullet we dodged in Walter Mondale… Phew!) 

I digress.

But by not fixing border security, every other point President Bush and McCain-Kennedy make is moot in the eyes of conservatives; they simply don’t trust that the government can do that simple yet seemingly elusive thing called “real border security” along with everything else this bill promises to do!  Our government’s had 21 years since the 1986 amnesty and six years since 9/11 to solve this problem.  In my opinion, there is no way talk-radio or any conservative-at-heart can or will support any bill that does not use real border security benchmarks as a trigger to move on to the next step in the debate. 

But, as the Tyler editorial indicates, the problem is a systemic one and real change needs to take place at the borders.  This will require a philoshophical change in Washington:  It is not cruel to obey or enforce American law.  It is not racist to demand that those caught crossing the border illegally be prosecuted and sent back.  However, it has been and continues to be harmful to keep the current system in place, not demand business accountability, not register and ID the illegals, and not deport the criminal or gang-types immediately.  All these things can be handled secondly after a promise and action within our system to stop the bleeding at the border before addressing all these other ills.  That’s all the conservative opposition asks.  Yet sadly, Bush, Lott and their crew don’t seem to get it, as their poll numbers continue to plummet.

H/T Drudge.

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BillT June 24, 2007 at 1:05 pm

“But, as the Tyler editorial indicates, the problem is a systemic one and real change needs to take place at the borders. This will require a philoshophical change in Washington: It is not cruel to obey or enforce American law.”

Bingo.

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