Given that I blog and the president delivered an important speech last night, I feel somehow that I should share my thoughts with our readers. And while I am not as disappointed in the speech as Bruce and many others on the right seem to be, I was not entirely satisfied with it. I think it was a good start, but that he doesn’t go far enough.
I am pleased that the president recognizes the imperative of beefing up border security, but I fear he doesn’t “get” why so many of those once so enthusiastic about him are upset with his “guest worker” plan. So, I repeat what I said in an earlier post–he needs to meet the Minutemen.
Other conservative bloggers have more detailed responses to the speech. Michelle Malkin and the folks at Powerline were particularly disappointed. I kind of feel like the day after an election where you thought you had a chance of victory, but your man came up short. And last night, while taking a few steps in the right direction, President Bush came up short.
-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com
UPDATE: I basically agree with Captain Ed’s assessment of the speech:
President Bush tried reaching for the center — a position he has occupied on this issue all along. He tried a one-from-column-A, two-from-column-B approach that probably will leave all sides more or less dissatisfied. His declaration that catch-and-release would end was the most welcome news in the entire speech. He delivered that well and sounded forceful and presidential, but most people will wonder why this practice didn’t end on September 12, 2001. His tone remained measured and firm and he insisted that Congress pass a comprehensive plan that includes both tight security and normalization.
Now read the whole thing and follow the links for some good discussion of the speech.
UP-UPDATE: I join the Anchoress in her call for calm (via JustOneMinute), a must-read post for all conservatives. I’m not going to let my difference with the president on this issue get in the way of my overall support for the man. He has been, on the whole, a good leader in a time of crisis and has appointed judges who will serve the nation well for the generation to come. I remain disappointed with his speech last night, but confident that he can otherwise continue to lead our nation in the right direction.
UP-UP-UPDATE: Tony Blankley’s right, the “single highest strategic objective is to secure the border.” I agree with him that the “president has moved measurably, but insufficiently, toward that position.” He suggests a compromise on this difficult use for throughout American history, “Even sordid compromises were indulged in to gain even larger objectives.” It’s a thoughtful piece, so read the whole thing. (Via Powerline.)