WHAT ROBERT NOVAK FAILED TO CITE
If, as I, too, believe was the case, conservatives were sorely disappointed in President Bush's sixth State of the Union address Tuesday night, this conservative is even more disappointed in what columnist Robert Novak overlooked in his Op-Ed deconstruction of the SOTU on behalf of conservatives.
WHILE jumping up on cue to cheer during the speech and delivering rave reviews afterward in the Capitol's Statuary Hall, conservative members of Congress were deeply disappointed by George W. Bush Tuesday night. It was not merely that the president abandoned past domestic goals. He appeared to be moving toward bigger government.
The consensus on the right was that President Bush's fifth State of the Union address was his worst.
I agree, but Novak's assessment of what was wrong with the SOTU fails to point at all to the short shrift paid to border security, the president's failure to link border security to the war on terror and homeland security, and Bush's stubborn refusal to abandon his Guest Worker Program, while disingenuously maintaining that it is not a form of amnesty for the 12 - 20 million illegal aliens already in the country. Moreover, "illegal aliens" were referred to in the SOTU as "immigrants" and cited by the nation's Chief Executive as indispensable to the economy and the objects of invidious immigrant bashing. Federal immigration laws already on the books have been consistently flouted by the Bush administration and Novak doesn't devote a sentence to the consequences.
A majority of Americans are fed up with porous borders and the human invasion from the south, and even more annoyed that the president enforces the laws of the land selectively. And they know intuitively that the president's preoccupation with the war on terror is incongruous with his indifference to the human invasion from the south. We fight in Ahghanistan and Iraq, so that we don't have to fight Islamofascist terrorism here at home? Come on! You can't have millions of OTMs ("Other Than Mexicans") from "countries of interest" jumping our borders and maintain that the war in Iraq is essential in the GWOT, but secure borders and the deportation of illegal aliens are not.
I voted for the president in 2000 and again in 2004. Chief Justice Roberts' and Associate Justice Alito's elevation to the United States Supreme Court make those votes meritorious. But the president's bullheaded determination, in concert with the corrupt government of Mexico, to feed undocumented, illegal aliens to American industry -- so-called "cheap labor," requiring such massive levels of subsidization from American taxpayers that, truth be known, it is anything but cheap -- will be the undoing of his two-term legacy and of this country.
Robert Novak didn't see the forest for the trees Tuesday night. He ought to make a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border and see firsthand what conservatives are justifiably infuriated over.
FOLLOW-UP: To my point, please read this post at The Dan Stein Report. 8,000 illegal aliens entered the United States on the same day that President Bush gave his SOTU, calling them "immigrants" and championing a Guest Worker Program. Rep. Ric Keller (R-FL) gets it now, calling the economic consequences of illegal immigration "catastrophic." Not exactly the storyline Bush used Tuesday night.