For Conservatives, Time To Break With Disastrous Bush Presidency
"I hold it that a little
rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary
in the political world as storms in the physical."
So said Jefferson. It would appear to be time again
for a little rebellion in the Grand Old Party—this time
against George II.
For President Bush has
attacked his own loyalists for a lack of patriotism.
"If you don`t want to do what`s right for America,"
he said of
opponents of the Bush-Kennedy immigration bill,
"if you want to scare the American people, what you say
is the bill`s an amnesty bill. That`s empty political
rhetoric, trying to frighten our citizens."
Not only are opponents not doing "what`s right for
America," their courage is in question: "People
in Congress need the courage to go back to their
districts and explain exactly what this bill is all
about. The fundamental question is, will elected
officials have the courage necessary to put a
comprehensive immigration plan in place." [Bush
Takes On Conservatives Over Immigration, By Jim
Rutenberg, New York Times, May 30, 2007]
Where, one wonders, was
"Bush`s Brain," Karl Rove?
worse than a crime, this attack on his base was a
blunder. The people Bush is savaging—columnists,
talk-show hosts, congressmen fighting his bill—have
been the front-line troops in his fight to sustain
funding for the war.
And if there were any doubt whom Bush had in mind,
his surrogate, Linda Chavez, cleared it up:
"Some people just don`t
like Mexicans—or anyone else
from south of the border. They think Latinos are
welfare cheats who are
too lazy to learn English. They think Latinos have
too many babies and that Latino kids will
dumb down our schools. They think Latinos are
diseased, indolent and
more prone to criminal behavior. They think Latinos
are just too different from us ever to become real
this group is a
fair number of Republican members of Congress,
almost all influential conservative talk radio hosts,
some cable news anchors—most prominently,
Lou Dobbs—and a handful of public policy `experts`
at organizations such as the Center for Immigration
Studies, the Federation for American Immigration Reform,
NumbersUSA, in addition to fringe groups like the
Fear and Loathing, May 25, 2007]
Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan
cites other attacks by Bush surrogates on the
"Sen. Lindsey Graham has
`We`re gonna tell the bigots to shut up.` …
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff suggested
opponents would prefer illegal immigrants be killed;
Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said those who
oppose the bill want
`mass deportation.` Former Bush speechwriter Michael
said those who oppose the bill are `anti-immigrant`
and suggested they suffer from `rage` and `national
"Why would they speak so
insultingly, with such hostility, of opponents who are
concerned citizens? And often, though
not exclusively, concerned conservatives?" asks
Because, Peggy, down deep where they live, they don`t
like the right, never did and have always sought to be
seen by the Big Media as the progressive children of a
dysfunctional and retarded family.
Bush`s attack on the motives and character of
conservatives tell us it is
Goldwater-Rockefeller time again—time to split the
blanket. Conservatives need to declare their
independence of Bush and to repudiate Bushism as the
philosophy of their movement and party.
While Bush`s court appointments, setting aside the
Harriet Miers mess, have been superb, while his tax
cuts have been Reaganite, while his stand on traditional
values is courageous, beyond is a vast wasteland as far
as the eye can see.
His free-trade zealotry has led to five straight
record trade deficits. While America`s economy is now
growing at under 1 percent,
China`s is booming at 10 percent. His refusal to
defend and secure the borders is
well-nigh impeachable. His compromises with Teddy
Kennedy on No Child Left Behind have doubled the size of
the Department of Education without
any appreciable gain in test scores. His
"Big Government Conservatism" marks him as
his father`s son, not
Reagan`s heir. In
Ward Connerly`s courageous battle against reverse
discrimination, the Bushes have
all been on the other side.
His bungled war of choice on Iraq has left us with
3,400 dead, 25,000 wounded, hundreds of billions deeper
in debt and an
Army on the point of breaking. Relations with
Russia, and the Arab and Muslim world are worse than
they were when he took office.
His clandestine drive to merge Mexico, America and
Canada in a "Security and Prosperity Partnership of
North American Union modeled on the
European Union—entails the loss of sovereignty and
end of the republic as we know it.
The damage Bush has done to his party is beginning to
rival that of Herbert Hoover. If the
Clintons were doing this, would conservatives be
mute? Time to lock and load.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
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