Compare these three statements. The first is from President Bush's speech last night:
America needs to conduct this debate on immigration in a reasoned and respectful tone. Feelings run deep on this issue and as we work it out, all of us need to keep some things in mind. We cannot build a unified country by inciting people to anger, or playing on anyone’s fears, or exploiting the issue of immigration for political gain. We must always remember that real lives will be affected by our debates and decisions, and that every human being has dignity and value no matter what their citizenship papers say.
Those read like the words of a leader to me.
The second is from Polipundit, where a purge of sorts seems to have taken place. Lorie Byrd, one of the bloggers there who dared to disagree with PoliPundit, the proprietor of the blog, writes:
I received a lengthy email from Polipundit tonight alerting us to an editorial policy change that included the following: "From now on, every blogger at PoliPundit.com will either agree with me completely on the immigration issue, or not blog at PoliPundit.com."
How embarrassing for PoliPundit, whoever he is.
Which of the above two statements would you rather associate yourself with-- President Bush's, or PoliPundit's rather Stalinist-sounding e-mail? PoliPundit has referred to the president as "Jorge Arbusto." Perhaps not the "reasoned and respectful tone" President Bush called for last night, but I imagine PoliPundit thinks it's cute. And this from a man who likes to fancy himself a conservative in the Reagan mold. No sale, PoliPundit; thought control is neither conservative nor Reaganite nor American. I will not be visiting your site again.
Finally, here's one from VDare.com:
"The Bush Administration has seemed never to notice that Mexico is not the 51st
state, but a foreign country--one that is engaged in a slow-motion invasion of
America. . . . Why is Bush doing this? I have suggested that his
motives are dynastic--that he is selfishly sacrificing the GOP to build a family
vehicle, much like Brian Mulroney sacrificed the Canadian Progressive
Conservative party in a vain effort to build a personal fief in the
French-speaking province of Quebec. Brenda Walker speculates he is a
'MexiChurian Candidate.' What he is not is an American patriot."
Yep, there's your "reasoned and respectful tone." Well, maybe not. Take a look at VDare's explanation for its symbol, a white fawn. The unabashed nativist tone is refreshingly honest, in a way.
Oh, and by the way, Bush's speech is polling well. "Staggeringly" well, it turns out:
79 percent of those who watched had a very favorable or favorable view of the speech, and those who support the president's policies rose in number from 42 to 67 percent.
Hey, you guys in the vaunted Republican "base:" Remember the old Irish saying: When everyone else in the room is telling you you're drunk, it's time to sit down.