Kim Priestap over at Wizbang! wrote up a piece discussing Newt Gingrich's proposed approach to the immigration problem in America today. Check out Kim's piece for a good analysis, and then go read the full piece from Newt. It's no wonder that Newt Gingrich lead the conservative revolution in 1994. This is the exact kind of solution that conservatives are looking for. First, secure the border. Second, ensure that the people assimilate into the melting pot. Third, establish stiffer penalties and true enforcement for employers that hire illegals. Once that's done, then sort out details on a sane "guest worker" type program, and paths to citizenship. I think that if the first three steps were successfully executed, the American people would be much more likely to warm up to the idea of guest workers and paths to citizenship. Without that, I don't see any conservatives getting behind any real change.
Michelle Malkin has started a new blog called Hot Air. It's a video blog discussing politics from a conservative point-of-view. I think they are filling a much-needed void in the video blogsphere. I am a bit dissapointed that it's not a video podcast. If you're as annoyed with Flash Video players as I am, you can download an MP4 version of their first episode here. Update: Corrected title. My apologies. I'm surprised that an WMV and MP4 version isn't available over at Expose the Left.
You keep hearing a lot about the supposed leak of Valerie Plame's super-secret CIA identity. The latest bemoaning from the left is that Bush not only was aware of the leak, but authorized the leak, and is now caught in yet another lie. I think Bush's position on this has been pretty constant. There was no leak, it wasn't confidential, and nothing illegal happened here. The new information from Scooter Libby only supports Bush's previous claim that it wasn't a leak and nothing illegal happend.
What really gets me is that you didn't hear complaining from Democrats when President Clinton leaked letters from Kathleen Willey during one of slick willy's endless sex scandals. You didn't even hear Democrats complain when a federal judge said that "The president committed a criminal violation of the Privacy Act," and that his court "cannot accept or condone this unlawful action."
When a leak defends Clinton from "Legal Jousting," Tom Daschle says "I believe him period." When Bush defends himself against baseless claims about the decision to go to war, Howard Dean says "The fact that the president was willing to reveal classified information for political gain and put the interests of his political party ahead of Americas security shows that he can no longer be trusted to keep America safe." Classic.
Just in case anyone notices, I have a new author here on the site. Allow me to introduce you to Yamesman. He's offered to write some articles here in my blog to look at topics from a different point of view. In Yamesman's first post, he talks about the Vallerie Plames leak, and the Bush administration's role. He raises a valid point. If you haven't read it yet, check it out.
In the past few weeks, it was pointed out that George Bush approved some CIA leaks. The White House is not denying this claim and, if anything, states that the leak was legal. Legal or not, I don't care. If it really was legal, then the White House shouldn't have lied to the American public when the leak issue came up a few years ago and instead should have stood up to the plate and said "yeah, we did it...and it's legal...sorry for any problems this may have caused." Instead, from 2004:
Wednesday, February 11, 2004 Posted: 1:46 AM EST (0646 GMT) WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush said Tuesday he welcomes a Justice Department investigation into who revealed the classified identity of a CIA operative.
"If there's a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is," Bush told reporters at an impromptu news conference during a fund-raising stop in Chicago, Illinois. "If the person has violated law, that person will be taken care of.
"I welcome the investigation. I am absolutely confident the Justice Department will do a good job.
"I want to know the truth," the president continued. "Leaks of classified information are bad things."
Sister Toldja chimes in with a story about a Judge who recused himself after a lawyer in his court filed a complaint over the fact that Gwinnett County Majistrate Judge Mark A. Lewis opens each session with the Pledge of Allegiance. The lawyer, Donald Weissman had this to say:
Weissman said heâ€™s concerned that failure to recite the pledge could affect fairness in the courtroom.
â€œThe more I thought about it, the more concerned I became about whether people in the courtroom might perceive some degree of partiality based upon whether your loyalty is to the United States or not,â€ he said.
Maybe this idiot lawyer doesn't know about this section of the Georgia Code that clearly states:
(a) In addition to any other oath prescribed by law, each Senator and Representative, before taking the seat to which elected, shall take the following oath:
'I do hereby solemnly swear or affirm that I will support the Constitution of this state and of the United States and, on all questions and measures which may come before me, I will so conduct myself, as will, in my judgment, be most conducive to the interests and prosperity of this state.'
(b) The oath of office prescribed by subsection (a) of this Code section may be administered to the members of the General Assembly by any Justice of the Supreme Court, Judge of the Court of Appeals, judge of the superior courts, or judge of the state courts. Such Justice or judge shall be procured by the person organizing each branch.
What part of that oath is unclear? Judge Lewis is affirming his commitment to uphold his oath by pledging allegiance to the flag of the Republic whose Constitution he has sworn to support. What's the problem with that?
This one comes from a post on Babalu Blog regarding a message that made it's way to their inbox:
No, Bush is not the best thing since plantains. Plantains are the bomb. However, the alternative to Bush is like eating plantains out of a dirty toilet.
Mex-i-tude The de facto control of social and political policy by illegal aliens.
Think dhimmitude, but substitute Colorado for Kandahar, and La Raza for The Religion of Peace.
I think they've hit the nail right on the head. In today's society of multicultralism, even showing patriotism for your own country is now taboo. I thought that was the whole point of America. Everyone coming here to be one people. Not Mexican-Americans, African-Americans, etc ... Americans. How many people have you met who call themselves "English-Americans" or "Euro-Americans"? None. Because most immigrants from western countries assimilate, and consider themselves American. That's the point. The melting pot.
Jay Tea over at Wizbang is calling these non-immigrants colonists. Spot on brother, spot on.
If you're interested in contacting Myla Shepherd, the hysterical principal discussed here, she can be reached at:
Myla Shepherd , Principal
Taken from the Shaw Heights Middle School website: http://shaw.adams50.org