Towards A Good Samaritan World

Sunday, May 21, 2006

My latest article at Tech Central Station, a response to the Bush speech, got the title "Living the Creed." Money quote:

The sequel to the complacent 1950s was the volatile, angst-ridden 1960s, when idealists took center stage and ripped the national consensus apart. It's happening again.

This paragraph made people mad:

Bush won't reunite the GOP, because many people on the right are foaming at the mouth that these swarthy Spanish speakers who mow their lawns and clean the restrooms at the office may soon be their fellow-citizens, their equals. It is this same kind of visceral opposition that Lyndon Johnson evoked when he demanded that white Americans relinquish their claims to superiority over black Americans. Immigration benefits us economically. Immigrant workers fill gaps in the labor market and are a key ingredient in low-inflation economic growth. They make native-born American citizens a bit richer. But that's less important than keeping the club exclusive.

I sort of semi-apologized to one reader but the more punditry I read, the more the words seem justified. As much as I'm disgusted by the Democrats, it will be BEAUTIFUL if the House Republicans go down in flames this fall for their immigration stance.

Joe Klein writes that the dark-side Republicans are blowing the Republicans' chance to make the GOP a majority party for a generation. But maybe not. There's a battle for the soul of the Republican Party underway: Bush vs. Sensenbrenner and Tom Tancredo. Fight, Bush, fight!


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