By December of 2005 it was evident that the Republican Right Wing was getting ready to create a new “crisis” afflicting our country. In that light, I wrote the following article “Right Wing Republican bait & switch? Not this time".Given
• that during the majority of the Bush administration, the Republicans controlled the Executive & Legislature (both Senate & House),
• that 9-11 occurred 5 years back with no substantive improvement in border security in said period (neither the Canadian or Mexican border),
•that the largest border of all, our coastline and ports, remained porous
It is laughable that the Right Wing would have the mitigated gall to use this issue as a wedge in an attempt to corner liberals into the trap of being against the population. Their idea is to plant stories throughout the mass media about the strain illegal aliens are putting on society at large as well as the security implications. After this false impression has metastasized, they then challenge Liberals as being soft on illegal immigration and security.
In watching the discourse in the mass media and in the blogosphere, I fail to see an emphatic response specifically hammering every Right Winger that brings up the immigration issue with their specific failure, being the party in power, to submit or effect legislation to protect the border. This one issue packaged appropriately can show their incompetence and hypocrisy.
The reality is that the immigration issue is a complex issue that is not easily explained in sound bytes (the preferred language of communication perfected by the Right Wing). As such, it is best not to be forced to address issues of citizenship but hammer on border security as well as homeland security. We do not need to get wordy or nuanced on this issue. We should make the immigration issue our issue.