It`s Alive! Bush Betrayal Tries To Climb Out Of Coffin

After letting

Ted Kennedy
and

John McCain
lead the fight for his illegal
immigration cave-in earlier in the year, President Bush
has now re-emerged to push publicly for the amnesty and
guest worker plans that have obsessed him from his

first days
in office.

In tandem with the May Day

"show of force"
by hordes of

marching illegal aliens
, the impact on Bush`s
popularity appears to have been brutal.

President Bush`s public approval ratings have dropped
this

month
to Nixon-during-Watergate
levels. According to the

Gallup Poll
, Bush`s rating among Republicans has
been plummeting a point per day for the last two weeks!

And yet Bush can`t resist going back for more of the
hair-of-the-dog-that-bit-him. He is still prodding the
Senate to pass his disastrous immigration
legislation—what we have called The
Bush Betrayal
.”
On Friday,

Senate Democratic minority leader Harry Reid
and the
White House`s main man on

Capitol Hill,
Republican majority leader

Bill Frist,
announced that the misbegotten bill they
almost shoved through earlier this year is

now ready
again to be voted on by the Senate.

To cover up this historic sell-out of the American
people, Bush reportedly will address the nation Monday
night (8 pm EDT) and announce some

cosmetic toughening-up measures.

The White House`s working philosophy seems to be what I
call "marketing major post-modernism": the
belief, often acquired through osmosis while studying
public relations or advertising in college, that some
egghead over in Europe proved that there`s

no such thing
as truth or reality, so … spin away!

The

New York Times
reports, in effect, that Bush
operatives believe they just haven`t been clever enough
in their lying:


"White House officials
said Mr. Bush had always understood the need to protect
the border as a former governor of a

border state, Texas.
But they acknowledged they had
perhaps erred in not emphasizing that understanding as
they pushed provisions granting

illegal immigrants working here legal status
,
angering Republicans." (
Bush
to Unveil Plan to Tighten Border Controls
,
by Jim Rutenberg, May 13, 2006)

This is comically mendacious. As President, Bush has
killed off the last remnants of the once grand-seeming
grand compromise in the

1986 immigration legislation,
in which

amnesty for current illegal aliens
was supposedly to
be combined with strict

employer sanctions
to prevent new illegal
immigration. As VDARE.com`s

Edwin S. Rubenstein
noted:

"Under the Bush
Administration worksite arrests of illegal aliens

fell some 97 percent
,
from 2,859 in 1999 to 159 in 2004."

It is rumored that the President will announce that
National Guard troops will be headed to the border. (Why
the National Guard? Don`t we have an Army?)
[VDARE.COM note:
It`s been repeatedly suggested that using the Army for
border control would violate the


Posse Comitatus Act
,
designed to prevent the Army from being used on
Americans. (E.g. Raoul Lowery Contreras, in the middle
of an attack on us here: "It

is illegal to put troops on the border."
)
No, it wouldn`t. Aside from the multiple modern
exceptions to the Act, what is at issue here is a matter
of guarding the border from foreign invaders. This is
what armies are for.
]

My question: Exactly how can the Bush Administration
round up enough National Guardsmen when so many are
deployed—as VDARE.COM`s own

Allan Wall
was—in

Iraq
?

The answer: it can`t.

The

Washington Post
reports:

"One defense official said military leaders believe the
number of troops required could range from 3,500 to
perhaps 10,000, depending on the final plan. Another
administration official cautioned that the 10,000 figure
was too high."
[Bush Weighs Deploying Guard to U.S. Border, by
Lolita C. Baldor, May 13, 2006]

Sounds impressive!

But do the math…

  • There are 168
    hours in a week, so each Guardsman would be on duty
    on the border for, say, one quarter of that or 42
    hours per week. (That is unreasonably optimistic,
    considering how much work time these days is devoted
    to training, leave,
    sexual harassment
    seminars, diversity
    sensitivity workshops, and the like.)

So, if each one of the 3,500 National Guardsmen was on
patrol an average of, say, 21 hours per week (which is
1/8th of the 168 hours in a week), that would provide
one soldier per 4.5 miles of border.

For some reason, I`m not reassured.

Particularly because this deployment would certainly be
withdrawn as soon as Bush feels what might be called a 
“decent interval”
has elapsed.

Some of the news stories on how the Bush Administration
is going to "militarize" the border sound like
the first draft of an

Evelyn Waugh
story. The New York Times`
Rutenberg reports:


"Defense Secretary

Donald H. Rumsfeld
met at the Pentagon with Mexico`s
defense minister, Gen.

Gerardo Clemente Ricardo Vega
. Officials said they
had discussed, among other things, potential United
States help in training and equipping Mexican forces at
the border."

Of course,

Mr. Rumsfeld
is part of the same Administration that
is evidently

tipping off the Mexican government
on where the
Minutemen are guarding the border.

So we can only imagine what he`s been passing along to a

foreign military
that has staged hundreds of

incursions
onto American soil while escorting
Mexican drug and immigrant smugglers.

The Bush Administration has seemed never to notice that
Mexico is not the 51st state, but a foreign country—one
that is engaged in a slow-motion invasion of America.

Of course, Bush will make no mention of any attempt to
actually, well,

deport

the illegal aliens he has allowed to sneak in—even
though there are
many ways short of
mass round-ups that
public policy could encourage them to leave.

And Bush is unlikely to propose the one border
enforcement step that couldn`t be quickly reversed once
public attention is diverted: an

Israeli-style security fence
along the entire
frontier.

But even if Mr. Bush announces Monday that he favors a
fence, the plain fact is that he simply can`t be trusted
to provide any honest leadership on such a project at
all. It would be easy for him to delay its construction
for, roughly, ever.

Here`s just one obvious opportunity for obstruction:
environmental impact.

Look at the endless delays in California

golf course
construction. It only took 18 months to
build the

superb Barona Creek
golf course outside San
Diego—because it is on an

Indian reservation
immune to the less crucial
environmental

regulations
. In contrast, Barona Creek`s designer

Todd Eckenrode
told me that he had other courses
that were still on the drawing board after 8 to 12 years
due to environmental impact hassles. The

TPC Valencia
course north of Los Angeles was
proposed in 1985 but didn`t open until 2002. Most of
these delays are driven by the

Not-In-My-Back-Yard interests
of

neighbors
rather than by legitimate

conservation
needs.

Construction of a

14-mile fence
along the

border in San Diego
began 13 years ago. But the

final three miles
next to the

ocean
are still not finished due to wetlands
lawsuits.

Congress has the right to override environmental
regulations, which they finally did last year to get the
San Diego fence project moving again. But that won`t
happen on a

national fence
unless we voters demand it as part of
the initial legislative package.

Just as the public was betrayed on immigration by its
elected leadership in 1986 and 1996, we can expect more
of the same in 2006.

This is shaping up to be a disastrous moment in the
history of the Republic. The full impact of immigration
legislation does not become visible to voters for

decades
(and, apparently, not to Senators for
centuries). If recent history repeats itself, Congress
won`t consider immigration again until 2016.

Why is Bush doing this? I have

suggested
that his motives are dynastic—that he is
selfishly sacrificing the GOP to build a family vehicle,
much like Brian Mulroney sacrificed the Canadian
Progressive Conservative party in a vain effort to build
a personal fief in the French-speaking province of
Quebec. Brenda Walker speculates he is a

"MexiChurian Candidate."

What he is not is an American patriot.

So, my fellow Americans, it`s now or never—unless Tom
Tancredo`s

Immigration Reform Caucus
in the House of
Representatives can persuade Republicans there to hold
the line.


[Steve Sailer [email
him] is founder of the Human Biodiversity Institute and


movie critic
for


The American Conservative
.
His website


www.iSteve.blogspot.com
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