I didn’t see it last night, but I did watch President Bush’s speech on illegal immigration this morning. I think he did a good job. Do I agree with everything he outlined? No, not everything. But if the policies he outlined are implemented by Congress and can penetrate the immigration agency bueracracy then I’m willing to give them a try. I don’t think militarizing our border with Mexico is a good idea, for a lot of reasons. I don’t think alienating or weakening the friendly government of Mexico is wise when evil Communist thugs like Hugo Chavez are trying to gain a foothold there. And I suspect that there’s far more going on to address the issues of terrorists sneaking across the southern border than either President Bush or President Fox are able to tell us about on TV right now.
Unfortunately some conservatives are less willing to compromise, and now they’re pitching a classic hissy-fit. Bush isn’t doing what they want him to do, goddammit, so they’ll scream and shout and threaten to take their vote and go home. And if you dare disagree with them then you’re not a Real Conservative. Of course that sort of behavior won’t actually solve anything, but apparently solving
problems is not as important as demonstrating their own righteous
The left has become famous for this sort of
narrow minded, self-destructive and childish behavior. It’s very frustrating to see people I
respect on the right doing the exact same thing. No matter how correct you think you are, when you start to sound like the rabid idiots over on the Daily Kos you know it’s time for a some deep breathing exersizes and a sanity check.
John Podhoretz has an excellent response to these people and how they’re hurting, not helping the conservative cause. And, as always, The Anchoress is the still, quiet voice of reason. I hope the people who need to hear their message aren’t too far gone to listen.