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An Immigration Distinction

Scott on June 5, 2007 at 10:42 am

Jonah Goldberg of the Los Angeles Times has an EXCELLENT write-up today that provides a very articulate expression of the frustration connected to the immigration debate/debacle.  While conservatives who are taking a stand against illegal immigrants are viewed as hate-filled, nationalist racists (even by other conservatives such as President Bush), those who argue in favor of amnesty, open-boarders and such are painted as champions of truth, justice and the American way.

Goldberg says:

The White House says it cares about enforcement, but Bush’s credibility — indeed all of Washington’s credibility — on illegal immigration is simply nonexistent. Bush and his supporters have bought into the idea that being pro-enforcement is anti-immigrant, which is why every move he makes on the issue is the political equivalent of Foghorn Leghorn trying to walk through a field of garden rakes. Conservatives dislike being called bigots and yahoos by liberals. They’re even more vexed when such barbs come from the leader of their own party.

But those same conservatives have stepped on their own garden rakes because they’ve allowed themselves to be cast as the villains in one of America’s greatest stories.

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