The wisdom of Fred! A "disconnect" between America and the politicos
Former Sen. Fred Thompson yesterday said there is a giant disconnect between voters and politicians in Washington and that the immigration bill is the chief reason.
Speaking to Virginia Republicans, Mr. Thompson, who is considering a run for president, drew a standing ovation when he said voters don't believe Washington politicians when they claim they are trying to secure the border as part of the bill.
"You've got to secure the border first, before you do anything," he said. "The members say it's right here in this bill: the border. The response is, 'We don't care what's on a piece of paper -- secure the border.' This piece of paper doesn't secure the border."
Mr. Thompson said the new bill is "the same deal" offered in the 1986 amnesty -- legalization of illegal aliens in exchange for border security -- but said Americans won't be fooled again. He also said the program is unworkable because it relies on an already overworked immigration service to process millions of new applications.
Immigration is a sharp dividing line among Republicans and their presidential candidates. Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, is a key backer of the immigration bill and is highlighting it as part of his campaign, while former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is opposing the bill and running ads arguing for border security.
Allow me to quote Fred from one of his most notable roles -- that of Rear Admiral Joshua Painter from "The Hunt For Red October":
"This business will get out of control. It will get out of control and we'll be lucky to live through it."
Yes, it will get out of control before too long. With the GOP sniping at each other over this, and the Democrats sitting back to watch the fun, no one's minding the store. No one's paying attention to the serious security risks we have to endure right now from some twenty-plus years of not enforcing our borders, and learning who it is that decides to come here. Need I remind readers that the 11 September hijackers were here illegally? Living here, deep with the shadows, and still communicating with their jihadist commanders abroad in preparation for the worst terrorist attack on US soil EVER? I'd hope we don't have to remind people, but it seems that we do. But that's not stopping poor, lost souls like John McCain, who believes we'll have riots here if we don't move forward on Amnesty. No, I'm not kidding:
Sen. John McCain, in a Saturday campaign stop in Le Mars, said he wasn't surprised that immigration policy, rather than the war in Iraq, dominated the morning's questions.
Meeting with about 125 people at the Le Mars Golf Clubhouse, McCain spoke about Iraq, government spending and health care, among other topics, but immigration dominated the discussion.
At one point McCain went back and forth with one audience member, who said he was upset that the immigration proposal before Congress is not tough enough.
The man asked McCain why the United States couldn't execute large-scale deportations, as he had heard they did in France and other countries.
"In case you hadn't noticed, the thousands of people who have been relegated to ghettos have risen up and burned cars in France," McCain replied. "They've got huge problems in France. They have tremendous problems. The police can't even go into certain areas in the suburbs of Paris. I don't want that in the suburbs of America."
What Allah notes, and McCain misses is that those "youths" are French citizens, so it's impossible to deport them:
The French called them Les cités. The ‘ghettos’ are specially built for excluded and disfranchised migrants from France’s former North African colonies - mostly Arabs and Muslims - and other parts of the world. Clustered on the peripheries of France’s big cities, Les cités proved to be laboratories for dissent and resistance against oppression. The children of the immigrants who built France after World War II are being pushed further outside the French society.
It is important to emphasise that the French youth who are protesting against police violence and the policy of the French political establishment, are French citizens. They were born into first and second generation immigrants communities from France’s former colonies. They are not motivated by religion, and the protest has nothing to do with Islam and Western cliché of “Islamic fundamentalism”. It is a protest against oppression and racism. This is the only way the youth can express their anger and frustration at French political establishment which deny immigrants to be integrated in their diversity. Successive French governments failed to come up with a faire and successful integration policy.
And no, we're not calling for the mass deportation of illegal aliens here. We know they're going to stay for sheer economic reasons. Besides, locating 12 to 20 million illegals here, who have been living in the shadows for so long already, is an insurmountable task. Fred knows it, and that's why he's hyping security first. We need to secure the borders, and stem the tide of illegals flowing into the nation before we can address those here now. Besides, if it does devolve to "riots" as McCain has said, I'm sure the people can handle themselves quite well, in addition to law enforcement, and the possibility of National Guard troops deployed should the riots truly get as nasty as those in France. When that happens, folks, all bets are off.
Fred has the right idea, and he's got the nation's pulse on this issue. Security comes first. It should always be that way, but the government has dropped the ball too many times, and usually because it's simply not feasible for them. Now, however, this nation is at war, and it's borders are wide open. Rather than being a deterrent to the dregs that want to kill us, it's an open invitation, and that is the point that Fred is making.