Democratic Dictionary

6 06 2007

Cross posted from   Blue Collar Muse

I find it incredibly interesting how the meanings of words change in the several ongoing political debates in this country.

For instance, in my post ‘Assimilation or Annihilation’, I point out there is no such thing as an ‘illegal immigrant’ since an immigrant, by definition, is someone here legally. The correct term is ‘illegal alien’.

The term ‘illegal immigrant’ is used to appeal to our sense of history and belonging. When prompted to fondly remember, “America is a nation of immigrants!” by those supporting Amnesty for illegals, we are being pushed to call up a warm, romantic notion of people enduring danger and deprivation to get to America and then make further sacrifices to work with us to build America. Immigrants really did endure many a hardship to get to the land of opportunity that is America. They really did contribute mightily to the growth and glory of our country.  We should rightly remember them and honor and extol their sacrifice.

Illegal aliens are a different group altogether. While all immigrants are aliens, not all aliens are immigrants.

Illegal aliens also endure many hardships to arrive here in the US. But their purpose in coming here is different from the immigrant’s. While an immigrant comes to receive from the bounty that is America, he also brings the resource that is himself TO America. He both contributes and receives. For the most part, illegal aliens are more interested in what America can provide for them as opposed to what they can bring to America.

Next time you hear the term illegal immigrant, pay attention. The person speaking may be telling you more about themselves than about the debate.

Thinking a better emotional comparison would be between our Founding Fathers and today’s Dead Beat Dads …

Blue Collar Muse

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email stiknstein at gmail dot com and let us know at what level you would like to participate.

Others blogging on Immigration:

S1348 Immigration Bill – 20 Loopholes at Bear Creek Ledger – MUST READ

State GOP Who Oppose RNC on Amnesty See Pickup in Fundraising at Bear Creek Ledger

Chambliss and Isakson Claim They are on the Fence…Literally at Georgia Crime Watch

One Way to Fight a Sanctuary City – UPDATE at The People’s Patriot

Lamar Alexander interview with Bill Hobbs (more on amnesty) at Bear Creek Ledger

Terrorists Coming From the Southern Border at Time to Change the Nation

Accessory to the Crime at Right Truth

Public Aid, Illegal Aliens vs Veterans at Right Truth

From ‘Permanent Republican Majority’ to ‘End of the Party as We Know It’ Within 5 Years at stikNstein … Has No Mercy

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14 06 2007
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From rightwingnews.com on how the senate is planning to pass this treasonous illegal immigration bill.

The Inside Story On What’s Happening With The Senate Immigration Bill

Yesterday, a GOP aide, who is one of my sources in the Senate, gave me the rundown on what’s happening with the Senate immigration bill (This is the same person that I talked to last week about the bill).

First off, it does look like the Senate immigration bill is coming back. The conventional wisdom seems to be that it’s going to be brought up right before the July 4th break, so that the Senate Republican leadership can try to use that as leverage to get votes (In other words, “vote for the bill or we’ll have to waste your vacation time until you do”).

This is despite the fact that the conservative leaders of the anti-amnesty movement are refusing to cooperate, and won’t give Mitch McConnell a list of amendments that they want considered. My source tells me that the reason for this is that the game has now been rigged. McConnell is essentially promising to bring the amendments up in exchange for cloture votes, but Trent Lott is publicly saying that they will strip any problematic amendments out in committee.

In other words, if the bill gets through the Senate and the House, the Democrats and the open borders Republicans will work together when the bills have to be reconciled in committee to strip out any amendments that the “grand bargainers” don’t like. Therefore, at this point, it doesn’t matter what amendments pass, because any tough enforcement provisions that slip through will be rendered toothless when the bills are reconciled.

My source also noted that the cloture vote to end debate will be the “real” vote on the bill because if debate is closed off, the bill is sure to pass. Then, what will happen is that the votes for the bill will be counted, and a few senators who are afraid that their election prospects will be jeopardized by a “yes” vote, will be allowed to vote against the bill. This enables those senators to tell their constituents that they voted against the bill, but it will still allow them to collect campaign contributions from lobbyists who have a better understanding of how things work, and know that the bill couldn’t have been passed without their support. Put another way, they get to reap the rewards of supporting amnesty while telling the voters in their home states that they opposed the bill.

My source also let me know that the White House and the Senate leadership, and Trent Lott in particular, are pushing very hard for this bill.

I asked my source to speculate on why Lott was pushing so hard, and he said that Lott may be naive enough to think that this bill might help John McCain’s presidential campaign. He told me that despite McCain’s dip in the polls since the bill hit the news, it was hard to miss the fact that the biggest supporters of this bill in the Senate, Jon Kyl, Trent Lott, and Lindsey Graham, are all solidly behind McCain in ’08.

Before we finished up, I asked my source what he thought the prospects of passage were. He stated that it is a toss up, but that the pro-amnesty side has the momentum. I asked how that could possibly be given the outpouring of anger against this bill, and he told me that a lot of moderates are afraid of being called racists by people like Michael Chertoff, Luis Gutierrez, and Fred Barnes. He also noted that the Senate has a very insulated, clubhouse-like atmosphere, and that a lot of these pro-amnesty senators seem to be more worried about getting the President or Trent Lott mad at them than enraging the voters in their states. In addition, he told me that he thinks a lot of these senators have “drunk the DC Kool-Aid”, and believe that they’re better off passing a bad bill, even one that won’t ultimately become law if, as expected, the House kills it, so that they can at least tell the voters in 2008 that they did something about immigration.

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