While Polipundit is convinced the president will push for amnesty in his televised address on immigration on Monday, I remain hopeful that he will say something like this. I do basically agree with Polipundit that the president can, by and large, attribute his tumbling approval numbers to his stance on immigration. I remain cautiously optimistic that he will change it to meet some of the concerns of his erstwhile supporters.
No matter what the president says, he should at least take the advice included in the above link: “If you really want to get the conservative base back in your corner, go and meet with the Minutemen–on camera–and tell them you appreciate what they’re doing.” Until the rallies last month, I was pretty laissez-faire on illegal immigration. I favored letting them in as long as they worked and stayed off welfare. Today, I see the Minutemen acting in the finest of conservative traditions, undertaking a private initiative to secure our borders.
As the descendant of immigrants, I appreciate that many long for the freedoms and opportunities of our great land. Had America not opened its doors to my ancestors, my parents would have been murdered while they were still children. When my great-grandparents came here, they wanted very much to become Americans. My mother’s parents, who grew up speaking Yiddish, refused to speak that language in front of their daughter. English would be her first language.
Right after 9/11, I, like many Americans, attached a flag (a real one, not a sticker) to my car and noticed that nearly half of the Angelenos similarly flying such flags were Hispanic. I had thought that most immigrants were like them, eager to come here and proud of their adoptive land. And so I welcomed them.
If, however, they’re going to come here, claim loyalty to another nation and insult our country, its leaders and institutions, even its history, then we should not grant them amnesty, but instead do what is possible to send them back to the nation whose flag they wave so defiantly.
-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com