Thursday, June 28, 2007

Death to Amnesty

The Republicans in the Senate actually failed to capitulate:

The Senate drove a stake Thursday through President Bush's plan to legalize millions of unlawful immigrants, likely postponing major action on immigration until after the 2008 elections.

After the stinging political setback, Bush sounded resigned to defeat.

The votes can be found here.

I am nothing if not a pessimist, but I feel compelled for thanking the usually cowardly Republicans, as well as a handful of Democrats, for doing the right thing. That the people were in frank opposition to amnesty no doubt helped them do the right thing, demonstrating that while the people by no means rule, occasionally the elites can be frightened by the thought of angry constituents.

The illegal immigration problem needs to be addressed, and if something is not done to close the borders, and soon, the Republic will never recover. But we dodged a bullet on this one, and if Hillary eventually rams a similar bill through the House and Senate once she is Queen, we can still take small stock in an admittedly small victory for the Republic. They have been a bit hard to come by as late.

Of more interest is what the Republicans now think of their president. It will be hard to blame the Democrats for this one, logically speaking anyway, but something tells me that those who love Bush will keep on loving him even as he repeatedly stabs them in the back. We have a word for such people; I believe we call them fools.


::for::the::republic:: said...

Bush is good at getting us to look away from Iraq, using a bill that he knew didn't have a chance. I supported the war from the beginning but lately I have noticed far to many things that have made me very cautious about that man. He is always going on about "THE WAR ON TERROR IS EVERYTHING!!" Then he tries to force us to give the hundreds if not thousands of terrorists and would-be terrorists, gang bangers, drug dealers and god knows what else, amnesty. This is a victory for the Republic!!

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A Wiser Man Than I said...

This is a victory for the Republic!!

It is, but only in the sense that passage of the bill would be such a terrible defeat. We still haven't done anything about the problem of illegal immigration, meaning that our victory in this battle could still mean losing the war.