Bush Betrays Conservatives Already

Barely a week has passed since 84
percent of the nation`s self-described conservatives
cast their ballots for George W. Bush, and already the
president and his administration have delivered at least
two good, strong, swift kicks in the teeth to the


him. Speaking in Mexico this week Secretary
of State Colin Powell acknowledged that the
administration will revive its amnesty plan for illegal
aliens, and in Washington Hispanic White House counsel

Alberto Gonzales
was named as the next attorney

Mr. Gonzales, considered a

on social issues, will be the main official
to pick the next Supreme Court justices, including the
chief justice. Since one of the major reasons why
conservatives voted for Mr. Bush at all was that he
would supposedly select more conservative justices than
John Kerry, Mr. Gonzales` appointment is a nice wallop
to the conservative face.

It`s also an obvious pander to
Hispanics, since the White House has now bought into the
claim that the president won some 44 percent of the
Hispanic vote in the election due to his warm and toasty
amnesty plan. The plan, unveiled last January as a
"temporary workers visa program,"
was so obviously
an amnesty that the president had to drop it for the
rest of the election year. Now it`s back, and the
election is over.

Mr. Powell explicitly acknowledged
the political machinations behind the amnesty.

light of the campaign and other things that were going
on, we weren`t able to engage the Congress on it,"

he said. "But now that the election is behind us and
the president is looking to his second term, the
president intends to engage Congress on it."
says Bush will engage Congress on temporary worker
State Department, November 3, 2004]

How about engaging with the

masses of Americans
who oppose amnesty and who put Mr.
Bush in the White House in the first place? Well,
they`ve served their purpose and can now be ignored,
just as the American ruling class has

ignored public opinion on immigration control

. Why should this president be any different?

The Washington Times reports
that while Mr. Powell was plotting amnesty in Mexico,
the president himself was plotting it with Arizona`s

John McCain

"The president met privately in
the Oval Office with Sen. John McCain to discuss
jump-starting a stalled White House initiative that

grant legal status
to millions of immigrants who

broke the law
to enter the United States,"
Times reported.

Mr. McCain, it may be recalled, is
fresh from the

slap in the puss
his own state delivered to him and
his congressional colleagues for opposing Arizona`s

Proposition 200,
a ballot measure that effectively

to illegal aliens and prevents them from

fraudulent voting

Mr. McCain, his colleague Sen. John
Kyl and every member of the Arizona congressional
delegation opposed Prop 200, as did the local

Chamber of Commerce
, the governor of the state, and
of course the

Open Borders lobby.
Prop 200 passed by a substantial
56 percent anyway—and with

47 percent Hispanic support.

It`s not surprising the Bush White
House is oblivious to the vote on Prop 200. Mr. Bush`s
secret agenda since almost the day he entered office has
been to enact an

. He nearly did so in

September 2001
, when

certain other business intervened.

He resurrected it early this year,
and it went comatose. Now he`s trying to pull it from
the grave.

The leader of immigration control
forces in Congress,


Tom Tancredo,
who was re-elected by a similarly
whopping 60 percent in his district (as opposed to
President Bush`s slim 52 percent in Colorado), says the
resurrected amnesty plan


on arrival
It may well be, but then again, the
situation is somewhat different now.

Congressmen now don`t have to worry
about what their constituents think for a whole two
years, and if they pass amnesty, as they have before,
they can hope voters will forget about it. Moreover,
with the

44 percent Hispanic

, many congressmen will simply be afraid to

alienate Hispanics
. That`s why the 47 percent who

Prop 200
is important.

Contrary to another myth of the
Open Borders lobby, voting for immigration control does
not mean political suicide, or even serious political
risk. As the votes for the

Arizona measure
and for Mr. Tancredo show, the
reality is that immigration control

wins elections.

Immigration was

barely mentioned
during the presidential campaign,
and if Mr. Bush had really wanted to revive his defunct
amnesty plan, he should have talked about it a good deal
more than he did. He didn`t—because he knew bringing it
up would be his own political suicide.

Now that he`s avoided that fate, he
thinks he can sneak amnesty through. Conservatives who
were fooled once need to let their congressmen know they
won`t be fooled again.



Sam Francis [email
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America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The
Disintegration Of American Culture
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