Dear Fellow "Racists, Bigots, Nativists, Restrictionists and Yahoos," All Who Actively Oppose Amnesty:
Congratulations. Your country thanks you, for successfully interrupting something far more offensive than the names you have, in most cases, incorrectly been called.
You are to be commended for understanding that which the Washington elite establishment desperately wanted you to not understand. You are to be commended for seeing through the web of lies, misrepresentations and omissions that proponents of "comprehensive immigration reform" thought they could use to dupe you. You are to be commended for ignoring and, in fact, becoming even stronger in the face of insults hurled at you by the President, Senators, the media and many proponents of amnesty.
You are to be commended for a level and intensity of political activism that is rarely exercised in this country.
The fight has been, and will continue to be, viciously deceptive, but incredibly important, perhaps truly for the soul or character of our country, but certainly for the rule of law and the will of the people.
As Scott Rasmussen, the one pollster who polled the bill consistently, accurately and honestly, put it, "The immigration bill failed because a broad cross-section of the American people are opposed to it."
Polling again this week, Rasmussen found that only "20 percent of American voters want Congress to try and pass the immigration reform bill that failed in the Senate last week."
Sixty-nine percent support an approach that focuses "exclusively on securing the border and reducing illegal immigration."
Despite that overwhelming, across-the-political-board sentiment, despite your activism, President Bush wants and the tin-eared U.S. Senate seems eager to grant reconsideration, as if neither believes that public opinion of either can't get worse. Political limbo dancing for the dumb, some might call it.
The new grand deception is that the bill can be fixed with amendments. It cannot. It could be replaced with what the American people want, but it cannot be fixed with amendments.
When those who fashioned and supported this bill realized that it could not be pushed through over the heads of the American people in the dead of night, they started lying about it, and they haven't stopped yet. When the lies worked no better than their hapless stealth strategy, they began the insults. Those have worked equally well...in identifying people who are not fit to serve in elective office.
When this epic battle for the future of the country is over, we fully intend to publish and republish and publicize lists of heroes and villains.
Until then, we can only recognize those heroes whose credentials are already beyond question — the thousands upon thousands of citizen activists who have opposed a bill we know and you know to be wrong for this country.
You've done it once and you can do it again...this time perhaps with even greater numbers and even more forceful messages.
Oh, and by the way, in the brief respite before Harry Reid returns amnesty to the calendar, you will want to take your blood pressure medicine and then look at the current debate on the energy bill. Same misguided U.S. Senate, same dumb lies, just a different but also critical subject.
Well, it used to be a representative government. It can be again. Activists have now learned how to make it so.June 15, 2007
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