So much is going on about ths immigration stuff, I just have to write about it.
I was shocked, but not surprised, to hear Peggy Noonan’s take on the conservative coalition, that it’s too bad the President has taken this route politically. My opinion of President Bush has changed so much over the last 3 years. There have been highs and lows, and so many times I wanted to give this Administration a chance to redeem itself. I have supported the President through a lot of things even though I had major differences with him on certain issues (immigration, Dubai, the handling of the War (sending our troops door to door seems utterly ridiculous)), mainly because I believed that he was much better than any Democrat would’ve been in charge.
But now, I think Ms. Noonan took the words right out of my mouth, and here they are:
One of the things I have come to think the past few years is that the Bushes, father and son, though different in many ways, are great wasters of political inheritance. They throw it away as if they’d earned it and could do with it what they liked. Bush senior inherited a vibrant country and a party at peace with itself. He won the leadership of a party that had finally, at great cost, by 1980, fought itself through to unity and come together on shared principles. Mr. Bush won in 1988 by saying he would govern as Reagan had. Yet he did not understand he’d been elected to Reagan’s third term. He thought he’d been elected because they liked him. And so he raised taxes, sundered a hard-won coalition, and found himself shocked to lose his party the presidency, and for eight long and consequential years. He had many virtues, but he wasted his inheritance.
Bush the younger came forward, presented himself as a conservative, garnered all the frustrated hopes of his party, turned them into victory, and not nine months later was handed a historical trauma that left his country rallied around him, lifting him, and his party bonded to him. He was disciplined and often daring, but in time he sundered the party that rallied to him, and broke his coalition into pieces. He threw away his inheritance. I do not understand such squandering.
Now conservatives and Republicans are going to have to win back their party. They are going to have to break from those who have already broken from them. This will require courage, serious thinking and an ability to do what psychologists used to call letting go. This will be painful, but it’s time. It’s more than time.
Being a supporter of this President, I’m hurt and disgusted by his comments that anyone who opposes this current immigration bill and calls it amnesty, is somehow trying to “frighten” the American people. It seems as if he is desperate to achieve some kind of legacy. I urge those who support this President, to take a hard look at this administration and ask yourself:
- What happened to the resolve and clarity of this Administration that we so clearly saw after 9/11?
- Is it right to continue standing by a President who continually moves farther and farther away from principle conservative values?
- At what point do you decide to stand up and speak out against the one leader whom you’ve supported for so long?
In addition, we have seen two major terrorist plots thwarted in less than one month (Fort Dix, JFK airport). Should we then now agree with the President in passing this immigration bill that states that we issue probationary 601(h) visas to millions of illegals in the country, regardless of their country of origin or their ideology?
How many more terror plots have yet to be foiled? These can’t be the only ones. We have to THINK and use our heads before we pass some ridiculous immigration bill.
I honestly believe that this troubled time the GOP is going through right now will benefit America when 2008 comes. I think that with 2007 being such a horrible year politically for the GOP, and yes I include in that the beat down the dems gave us in the 06 election, we will resolve to TAKE BACK OUR PARTY and put someone in office that will stand firm on core conservative American values. Someone who’s NOT AFRAID of diplomatic consequences that could stop them from fighting Islamic totalitarianism, someone who will stand up and DEFEND OUR BORDERS, someone who will stand up to the American Left and the MSM rather than applaud the compromise between them, someone who will stop catering to the Palestinian thugs (Condi) and stop promoting peace so blindly while those same thugs TEACH THEIR CHILDREN TO HATE/KILL Americans and Jews, and vow to obliterate Israel.
There is so much wrong with this administration at this point, and I’m not afraid to say it anymore.
What we can take from this difficult time is the hope that all conservatives and libertarians will rise up against this possible GOP meltdown and see that we can make the best of it and put someone into office that will defend this country with resolve, clarity and WISDOM.
We need someone who won’t throw away their political inheritance.
I can’t wait till next year…