Wednesday, September 28

THE PRESIDENT'S GULF COAST OVER-FLIGHTS

If President Bush wants to make good use of Air Force One and his fleet of helicopters, than I suggest he cease making those recurrent trips to the Gulf Coast (a total of seven to date) to survey hurricane damage and begin flyovers along the contiguous U.S.-Mexico border to witness an invasion of this country so malevolent in size and scope that illegal immigration now far exceeds legal immigration in numbers. There are now 11+ million illegal aliens (not "undocumented workers," please!) in this country and 10,000/day more are breeching our borders, and yet all we hear from the president is his continuing support of amnesty and "Guest Worker" programs. And, worse, he betrays that misguided acceptance of illegal immigration in these kinds of muddle-headed decisions.

What I suggest the president and First Lady do is to sell their beloved Crawford, Texas, ranch right now and buy ranchland along the Texas-Mexico border so the president can get a better sense of what his wholesale indifference to the plight of American property owners who live on or in proximity to the Mexico border has wrought. Maybe were he to purchase property in south Texas, say in the Rio Grande Valley, he'd get up close and personal with this consequence of his frightful inaction. Of course, he'd have the benefit of Secret Service agents, something everyday Americans whose property is trespassed and violated by illegal aliens cannot avail themselves of.

The noise level continues to grow (make no mistake about that), but the president's congenital stubbornness just keeps getting in the way of common sense and fulfilling his obligations as president in enforcing the laws of the land. That Patrick Buchanan would now suggest impeachment of the president signals that the rising crescendo of Americans fed up with illegal aliens and their deleterious impact on the country's treasure, taxpayers' wallets, and our nation's social fabric, is beginning to carry over at last into the political arena. Indeed, this could be every bit as big an issue in the 2006 election season as the war in Iraq.

If surveying hurricane damage from the air is more about understanding the impact of natural disasters, than the president trying to restore his decimated political luster, then doesn't it follow that an invasion merits at least comparable attention from the president? After all, President Lincoln went to the front lines during the Civil War.