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
elected 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
liberal 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." [Powell
says Bush will engage Congress on temporary worker
proposal, 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 for
decades. 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
"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," the
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
welfare to illegal aliens and prevents them from
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
amnesty. 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 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,
44 percent Hispanic Republican
myth, 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
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.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Sam Francis [email
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America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The
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