Things can change really fast in six weeks. As autumn began, it was almost certain that a Democrat, probably Hillary Clinton, would be elected president in the next election. A friend of mine told me that he was so sure the Democrats would take over the presidency that if they didn’t, he would gladly run naked through a church. Thanks to Democrat idol Elliot Spitzer, who had the “brilliant” idea of granting drivers licenses to illegal immigrants, my friend can now look forward to prison while the Democrats may have to wait until the Republicans launch another uncalled for war in order to take the presidency.
In 2004, the Republicans brilliantly sidestepped the war by making gay marriage the main issue. One may laugh at this now, given that Republican spokesperson Bill O’Reilly was caught in phone sex tapes detailing talk that could be construed as homoerotic, beloved Republican Mark Foley was caught playing pin the penis with underage boys, and Larry Craig – well, you know. The main point is that the Republicans brilliantly used this issue to win an election. Now, is gay marriage really the “threat” to society that Republicans made it out to be? Are Dorothy styled weddings really going to hurt anybody? Is giving the same rights to people, regardless of their sexual preference and love of Barbara Streisand, going to bring down society? The answer is an easy “No!” but Republicans were very smart to make people think otherwise.
Flash forward three years later. George W. Bush’s ratings are lower than low while opposition to the war in Iraq has doubled since the last election. Gee, what can Republicans do to sidestep their failures this time? Two words: Illegal Immigration. The only difference between 2004 and 2007 is that unlike gay marriage, illegal immigration is actually a huge threat to our society. Although I could barely say the word “Republican” a year ago, I would gladly vote for the Republican candidate who promises to do something about illegal immigration, the biggest travesty to hit our country since slavery.
I know there are people reading this, screaming “RACIST!” After all, calling somebody a racist these days has become a cliché, just as calling someone a communist was in the 1950s. Actually, I was one of those, ten years ago, who thought that people against illegal immigration were racists. That was right around the time I moved to Southern California and landed my first teaching job at a school in Costa Mesa, one that housed a huge illegal immigrant student population. I was honored to teach these students and even learned Spanish in order to help them. When I saw how much these students and their families devalued education, my opinion started to change.