Bush, Obama, & Ghosts of Hate

Hat tip by The Achoress

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.” Lincoln’s Second Annual Message to Congress, December 1, 1862.

I would love nothing better than to be able to stop writing about “left” and “right.” I wish we had a better vocabulary to describe our distinctions, because these words are limiting and off-putting. I am determined, with the merciful conclusion of this abusively long election season, to work diligently at spending less time entertaining these distinctions. But for today, I think it is only fair to note a very important and glaring difference between “left and right” – and in so doing – consider how we may, finally, stop needing to indulge in what is tedious.

Victor Davis Hanson
says Let’s not imitate the left in our opposition. I agree.

It has been wonderful – really beyond wonderful – to consider how differently most of the right has reacted to their defeat than the left did in 2000 and 2004. In the two previous elections, the left responded by calling the other half of the country “stupid,” “morons,” and “Nazis” – Jane Smiley called them “unteachably ignorant” – they indulged in high drama, sniffling “apologies” to the globe, and denunciations of their fellow countrymen as “lying between repugnant and reptile in the dictionary.”

And oh, yeah (eyeroll) George W. Bush was not “their” president.

While you’ll see a few disgruntled extremists on the right say foolish, even ignorant things – and many throwing daggers at the sickening double-standards of the press – they’re not indulging in that sort of dehumanizing (and very adolescent) hate of their fellow countrymen or the president-elect. The reports they’re filing read very differently than those following the Bush wins. They read as grown-up, tolerant, open-minded discourses, not tantrums. There is a willingness to be hopeful, even in defeat.

And there is a determined respectfulness being offered to the winners – people who could not manage maturity and respectfulness in their defeat and who, sadly, are not always managing it in their victory, either.

I’m hopeful that the left – if it takes the time to actually condescend to notice how well it is being treated by the vanquished – might consider that self-indulgent defamation is the lesser way; that such a consideration may inspire introspection, and perhaps the smallest bit of regret for some of their appalling excesses toward the right and toward the American President who did not return hate in-kind.

I’m hopeful. I’m an optimist. I KNOW that the folks on the right – for all of their faults, and both sides certainly have faults – want America to be successful and strong and exceptional and free. I’m hopeful that hugely empowered left will discover that – beyond the feel-goodism of “free social programs” which are never free –they actually, really do want all of those things, too. That they’ll look back on the last 8 years and realize, finally, that their enemy was never George W. Bush. Bush, the guy who never dehumanized them, was only trying serve those corny ideals.

And then, miraculously, we may actually have unity.

Some similar thinking from my girl crush, Donna Brazile:

“The one mistake that we continue to make is that we label people. We say you’re conservatives, liberal, progressive, right wing, left wing. I think people just want to spend one day being Americans. They want to come together around a common purpose, common values.”

I wondered the other day if the catharsis of this election might open up “a vein of generosity” (or at least decency) from the left as concerns President Bush. I have not seen it yet, but I’m going to be optimistic and keep looking.

But maybe it’s enough just to see a little appreciation from the right, to start. Like this, for instance:

I link, therefore, I Err has a little mini-round-up of appreciation for George W. Bush. You’ll want to read it all.

From Alppuccino at Protein Wisdom:

At 10:40, President Bush will keep his streak alive by telling everyone how much he loves America. Just as he always has. And he’ll show everyone how much he loves America by preparing Obama as best he can for the next 4 years.

Read it all; it’s doubtful that Obama’s team will come into the White House finding O’s missing from their keyboards, any rude messages greeting them. And that is how it should be in America, a respectful transition.

Michael Gerson:

Many liberals refuse to concede Bush’s humanity, much less his achievements.

But that humanity is precisely what I will remember. I have seen President Bush show more loyalty than he has been given, more generosity than he has received. I have seen his buoyancy under the weight of malice and his forgiveness of faithless friends. Again and again, I have seen the natural tug of his pride swiftly overcome by a deeper decency — a decency that is privately engaging and publicly consequential.

[In 2005]…the White House senior staff overwhelmingly opposed a new initiative to fight malaria in Africa for reasons of cost and ideology…In the crucial policy meeting, one person supported it: the president of the United States, shutting off debate with a moral certitude that others have criticized. I saw how this moral framework led him to an immediate identification with the dying African child, the Chinese dissident, the Sudanese former slave, the Burmese women’s advocate. It is one reason I will never be cynical about government — or about President Bush.

Jeffery Scott Shapiro:

[The treatment of President Bush] from this country is nothing less than a disgrace. The attacks launched against him have been cruel and slanderous, proving to the world what little character and resolve we have…Our failure to stand by the one person who continued to stand by us has not gone unnoticed by our enemies. It has shown to the world how disloyal we can be when our president needed loyalty — a shameful display of arrogance and weakness that will haunt this nation long after Mr. Bush has left the White House.

Until we fix, within ourselves, our enthrallment with hate for others, simply because they hold differing views, we’ll never pull it together. In 2006 we watched a right-wing blogger be called less than human by a left-wing reader. We’ve seen President Bush being referred to as “the chimp” and “the monkey” by the wits who insisted that ideology trumped having a decent respect for another’s humanity. I wrote about that a little here:

Thus, George W. Bush is “Chimpy McHitler.” Hillary Clinton is “a pig in a pantsuit.” Barack Obama is “O-Bambi.” Cindy McCain, who has exhibited some courage and laudable compassion in her life, is reduced to a “pill-popping beer-frau,” and so forth. From there it is smooth sailing down an ever-descending river of hatred, until we are incapable of seeing anything good in the “other,” both because we have willfully hardened our hearts, and because our hate — especially when it is supported by a group of like minds — feels safe and inviolable.

With that in mind, you’ll want to read this excellent piece over at Conversion Diary, wherein Jenifer ponders pictures from a Nazi-era photo album and wonders, how such common-variety people managed to support and enable such profound evil.

One thing that stands out in all these examples is that the victims of the widespread evil were categorized as something less than human…not only that innocent people were killed or enslaved, but that their humanity was taken away by the societies around them…So here is the advice I would offer to my children, and to my children’s children:

Every decade or so, take a look around the society in which you live, and ask yourself if there is any group of human beings who are seen as something less than human. A big tipoff is if dehumanizing words — terms other than “man,” “woman,” “child,” “baby,” or “person” — are used to describe any category of people.

And if you ever see that going on, you might be in the midst of something gravely evil.

Dehumanizing people begins with baby-steps like name-calling, or the sort of intellectual dishonesty that delights in deliberately twisting the meaning of others in negative and misrepresentative ways. Those are the little gateways to the great evils that come once you’ve managed to thoroughly de-humanize others.

We’ve had 8 years – I’d say 12, really – of people demonizing and dehumanizing others, from both sides, and it is not getting us anyplace good. I believe that the response of most of the right to Obama’s victory is a step toward changing that. But the left has to do their part, too.

Pope Benedict XVI said, “those who hope live differently.” The election of Barack Obama was borne on this word, “Hope.”

If the people who voted for “hope” were sincere, then let them begin, today, to embrace itand to live differently – without the kneejerk move to hate “the other side.” The right, responding levelly to their defeat, has offered the opening. Will the left take it?

UPDATE: Seems some will. Here is mostly accurate, and appreciated praise from a surprising quarter:

Would America have elected Barack Obama if white Americans had not gotten accustomed to seeing (in succession) two African-American Secretaries of State? I don’t think so. Before Bush, African-Americans were appointed to some good posts but not to our #1 foreign policy job. Two African Americans (one with a pretty odd first name) served as America’s face to the world. That eased Obama’s way. It is not Tiger Woods in whose footsteps Obama is walking it’s Rice and Powell….Fact is, “W” never gave any evidence of holding racist attitudes…even just the slur the occasionally slips out of the mouth of even our most liberal leaders.

Same with Arabs and Muslims…Bush, after 9/11, never resorted to anti-Arab or Muslim stereotypes. He drew distinctions between terrorists and Arabs…Had he not done these things, Arabs and Muslims might have experienced not just hate crimes but pogroms.

Meanwhile, from Grand Rants:

Here is a man who is regularly compared to Hitler in casual conversation in Leftist circles high and low. His honor has been regularly impugned, his intelligence (or, as the press loves to put it, his “intellectual curiousity”) constantly demeaned, his verbal stumblings consistently mocked, and his accomplishments in office discounted or ignored. He is a man who kept his head down and did his job, despite the slings and arrows hurled at him by fortune made all the more outrageous by nearly the entire Democratic party.

I for one, would like to say thank you to Pres. Bush. For keeping us safe. For watching out for us. For persevering in spite of all the spite. I believe history will ultimately judge you as one of America’s best presidents, and I believe you deserve that judgement.

H/T to Opinionated Catholic, who writes:

The throwing under the bus of the President by even his friends and indeed the base has been shocking to me. Many groups will find out soon enough how they took Bush’s support and advocacy for them for granted, Catholics, especially.

Meanwhile, Jules Crittenden is beginning to enjoy Omerica, Quin Hillyer is saying America is over, kaput, finished, Evan Thomas suddenly finds Obama “slightly creepy” and when you refuse to release medical records, and the press doesn’t care…conjecture begins about your mental health.

I like to have my morning coffee & after a bit of quiet time, I like to visit the Achoress and meditate a bit on her wisdom. I especially like her views on Bush. I know we have all been very disappointed with some of his views. I certainly have.You do have to hand it to the Man. He was our President and he kept us safe on his watch. I believe as the Achoress that he has been unfairly attacked by too many. It is one thing to disagree but quite another to have such hate. I know that many of you are as I, praying for our new President even though we vehemently disagree and will work diligently to keep him and those in Washington accountable. It will not always be flattering. Probably not. At the same time you won’ t see us wearing t-shirts with profanity on them and being vulgar like we have witnessed with both him and Sarah Palin. You don’t see us going on his supporters blogs and leaving vile messages and attacking their person.

Now while I agree with most of her gems of wisdom. I continue to  think we need to stay on our toes, know what is going on, report it and work like mad, exercise our rights..organize to defeat BS. LOL! Continue to call, write, fax and email as if we were gonna die if we do not. Yes, that is what we need. Informed citizens who will do more than just whine. Who will actually bug their reps when votes are needed until they think they are going deaf with our noise. We did it with the bailout. We did it with the borders. We did it with drilling for oil. Yes, I know, some of that will have to be done again. But remember who and what you are doing it for. LIBERTY! yOUR BILL OF RIGHTS! YOUR CONSTITUTION. If we fail, we can look our children or grandchildren in their eyes and say ‘we tried and tried hard until the fat lady sang and then some’ Nuff said.

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R.Paul: ‘We’re Going to Destroy The Dollar’-Really Mad Voter Petition

I thought this was an interesting take from Ron Paul as he was being interviewed sometime back on the Glenn Beck show. You can read the interview right below the video of Dr. Paul speaking to the house. Ron Paul has many supporters, whether you like him or not, he is very wise. We live in a culture that values youth versus the wisdom of age. My personal feeling is that Ron Paul has been dissed’ if you will by the Media during the debates and while not agreeing on every issue, his is a voice that needs to be heard. Of course, they have passed the bailout bill now. We can still make a lot of noise.. Really Mad Voter left a comment with a petition below to vote them all out! I am inclined to agree with him.AIG execs turned right around and blew a big bundle at a spa costing over 300,000, closer to 400,000 dollars. Makes my blood boil! Now Bush is meeting with the G7 to explore possibilities that may ‘cough’ help?

Ron Paul: ‘We’re going to destroy the dollar’

Congressman Ron Paul

GLENN: From Radio City in Midtown Manhattan, third most listened to show in all of America. My name is Glenn Beck, and I have — everybody now is coming to the bandwagon and they are all saying, “Oh, yeah, look at the problems. Boy, we got problems.” And they are talking about the bailout. The bailout is an abomination. Now, I’m a guy who last week said you’ve got to stop the plane from flying into the side of the mountain, but this bailout, there’s no way I would have my — I can’t get through to my senator and congressman. I can’t even get an e-mail to them. Everything is full. Keep trying. You have to decide whether it’s right or wrong. This is the moment, and I do not say this lightly. I don’t think I’ve ever said this except on September 11th. This is the moment that we must become the greatest American generation. I do not say that I can’t — I don’t want my name anywhere attached to this bailout. I don’t say that lightly because what I know is coming on the other side is collapse and quite possibly — everybody now is saying 1929. I think it may be bigger than 1929. Our very survival may be at stake. So I don’t say it lightly because if it doesn’t pass, it’s coming and it’s coming like a load of bricks, but it’s coming anyway. And what do you have left after it is what matters at this point. Everybody is talking about the bailout. I think what everybody wants to know is, wait a minute, wait a minute, what does this mean? I’ve got a kid going into college. What does that mean for my job? What does this mean, how do I afford food? What do I do? I don’t have a broker. I’ve got a 401(k). I’ve got a few thousand dollars maybe in the bank, most likely I’ve got a few hundred dollars in the bank. What does all of this mean to me? I’m going to speak directly to you on that coming up at the top of next hour. I want you to know that you’re not alone. I want you to know that that’s where most people are, and the media and everybody else is talking macro, and you’re at micro, and is anybody paying attention to micro or is it all macro? We’re not living in a history book. There are real people that are affected. What is it going to mean to you and what’s the best way to protect yourself? I will help you through some of those answers coming up at the top of next hour.

But first, I do want to talk macro and I do want to talk about what’s in this bill because if you are going to be the greatest American generation, if you are going to be one of those Americans that finally stands up and says, wait a minute, and you take charge of your own life, you need to know the facts. A guy who has been there and who has been there this weekend, heard all of the inside dealings, knows about this bill and quite frankly I may disagree with him on a lot of things, but the economy is not one of them. He has called it right every step of the way. Ron Paul is with us now. Ron, this is your cup of tea. This is your ocean. How are you navigating? Where should we be going?

RON PAUL: Well, we’re going in the wrong direction. We’re in a problem for the precise reason, we spent too much, we borrowed too much and we inflated the currency too much and now we’re in trouble and the market is saying you have to make the corrections of all the mistakes. People, you know, have to liquidate bad debt and get rid of the bad investments. So everything we’re doing right now is to perpetuate all the mistakes.

GLENN: Right.

RON PAUL: Instead of admitting it and allowing us to get rid of the bad stuff and start all over again. So this just prolongs the agony and actually makes the long-term problems worse because everything that we do is done through more inflation of the money supply, which means that we will have runaway inflation if we continue to do this along with recession or depression and I think these scare tactics are going to backfire on everybody who ends up voting for this.

GLENN: Hold on just a second. What do you mean scare tactics? You told me last week or two weeks ago that you felt we could be headed for a 1989 Soviet style collapse.

RON PAUL: But the people who want us to vote for this are saying, you know, that if you don’t, you’re going to cause it. It is true that if we don’t vote for this, the markets are going to be, you know, in bad shape. There’s going to be a downturn. And if we do vote for it, the same thing is going to happen. The only thing is the choice is which one you want, the one that’s going to last 10 years or the one that’s going to last one year, and it’s a terrible choice. Politicians don’t like those kind of choices. So they are going to opt out by pretending that they can salvage things for one year and then a miracle’s going to come along and these worthless assets that the taxpayers are stuck with are all of a sudden going to have value, and there’s not much chance of that happening.

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The People Have Spoken- Accountability Now!

The squeaky wheel gets the grease! You have spoken loud and clear not only to your representatives! They forgot that it was your money, your children’s and yes, your grandchildren’s money! While we all realize we need to do something. We also realize that it needs to be on the side of us. The American people. How do they do they get it on our side? Rewrite the bill as a lending authority, a work out bill. Get rid of the Golden Parachutes…no Nancy, you did not get rid of them. The bill voted on today exempts New people on board from getting a Parachute! The ones there now still have them! When the American people really understand these bills, especially the first one..Katie, bar the door!

We do know that many were illegal immigrants, many had no income, nothing down, many clearly did not qualify. You were the ones that made the bad loans, The Banking Community took the risk, we don’t want to pay for your greed! With that said, did our representatives make sure those kind of loans would be hindered in any way? I doubt it. This is about a lot more than houses.

WHAT CAUSED THE FINANCIAL CRISIS? You have got to click this link below by Always on Watch

CONTINUE READING…. This will take you to a video that you don’t want to miss.

The Democrats don’t need the Republicans to vote on this bill. They are the majority. They don’t want to take the heat if it does not work..and people there are no guarantees that it will work. Thank God 133 of the Republicans and 95 Democrats had some common sense. Thank God that some Republicans balked at the first bailout bill and got some changes in there. Maybe there is still hope that we may have some statesmen left in Washington.

When 165 Economists say “wait a minute, let’s look at this a bit harder, it pays to listen. Link below at bottom of page:

Most families have a budget they have to work with, to live on. We know money does not grow on trees as you have been led to believe. We expect the government to live within their budget. How can you ask us to sacrifice when you are continually putting pork or earmarks in bills? Nothing seems to get passed unless it’s a ‘you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.’ Compromise is important. Bi-partisanship is important. Greed and stupidity is not!

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Bailout Fallout-

So here we are, feeling like we want to scream out the window and yell “I’m mad as h*ll and I’m not gonna take it anymore’ like Howard Beale in the movie ‘Network’. Many are a bit stunned. Could this really happen so quickly, almost overnight? No, it did not happen overnight. We just have not been listening/reading the signs nor have we bugged the cootie out of our Reps. Until now. Now we are ringing their phones, emailing, writing. We are frightened. We are Mad as H*ll!

What will happen? What did happen? How did we get to this place? What does it mean for our families? These are the questions we are asking. Does anyone in Government believe truly that this will fix the problem? Yes and no. No one really knows the answer to that one. Read the excerpts below and the links to see how we got here. In addition, read the links in blue that are within the post.

Hey, when you are calling your reps, if there is something objectionable that you think is ridiculous for us to have to pay for..let em know would ya? There really are some doozies in there. It’s got quite a bit of self interest with a lot of pork thrown in that has nothing to do with housing. Check it out. Get sick and tired enough to reenergize to scream at the buffoons we elected to keep watch. Tell em you want to be looked out for in the payback! Does it not make you wish you had lived just a tad above your means…just saying.. Some of us now feel foolish for clipping coupons and trying to save. I should have had a V8! A V8 engine that is. Don’t let em off the hook..no recordings. no closed until further notice. Take no prisoners!

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McCain Letter Sarah Palin ‘dis-invite’ Partisan Politics Much?

Can you imagine anyone..causing their opponent’s party VP selection to be dis-invited from this type of event or any event for that matter? I think somebody might be afraid of some competition with the star power. Plus they can see the difference in her authenticity in comparison. Shame on any who would support such an insult!

Well, we see how the country is put first. I am ashamed that such a team represents any party in America. This shows they will never work with anyone that has different views. They are mean spirited AND Partisan. Politics and Party goals ahead of country. Well, you are showing the American people what you really are and how ineffective you would be in negotiations! How can anyone believe in a party when you show this kind of behavior.? If NObama is so great at communtiy organizing and yet he cannot get his own team of supporters to be bipartisan in this endeavor, what qualifies him to lead our country? That is, if he says he had nothing to do with it. Surely he could have persuaded Hillary..surely he has more clout with the organizers. Surely the MSM needs to be all over this. Surely we will have to do something besides just read about it!

Readers:

Get your local Community papers to run this if you don’t see it mentioned. Write a letter to the editor. Have an email campaign to the MSM, to your friends, to everyone in your address book! Go to work! Don’t let anyone be left out of the loop when it comes to what is happening with the Partisan party! That would be a great new name for you! Let everyone you know the left’s latest insult! What they do not understand is that we are not as stupid as you and your cronies think! We are following the money too!

You have again crossed the line. You have now shown us vividly that your career is more important than the country’s leaders being united as one before Iran. What a peacemaker you are!

A bi-partisan rally against Ahmedinejad’s arrival in NY falls victim to politics.

Read more here


source:http://Gretawire.FoxNews.com
Sent: Thu Sep 18 17:55:22 2008
Subject: Statement by John McCain on the “Stop Iran” Rally

STATEMENT BY JOHN MCCAIN ON THE “STOP IRAN” RALLY

Thursday, September 18, 2008

ARLINGTON, VA — Today, U.S. Senator John McCain issued the following
statement on the “Stop Iran” rally:

“Throughout my political career, I have sought to rise above
partisanship on critical national issues. Nowhere is this more true than
on important matters of national security. Earlier this year, Senator
Clinton, Senator Obama and I issued a joint statement on the genocide in
Darfur and pledged to support efforts to bring it to an end. Earlier
this month, Senator Obama and I put the campaign aside to commemorate
the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on our country and talk
about the importance of national service.

“Next Monday, the day before Iranian President Ahmadinejad is to speak
before the United Nations General Assembly, several organizations will
sponsor an event to draw attention to the importance of halting Iran’s
efforts to acquire nuclear weapons. Governor Palin and I share a strong
belief that a nuclear armed Iran poses a grave threat to the security of
Americans and to our allies. Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor
of terrorism. The risk that Iran would provide terrorists with a nuclear
weapon is too great for the world to ignore. Iranian President
Ahmadinejad has denied the Holocaust occurred and called Israel a
’stinking corpse.’ A nuclear-armed Iran would destabilize the entire
region. Preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons should be a
shared goal of every American, not another occasion for partisan
posturing.

“Governor Palin was pleased to accept an invitation to address this
rally and show her resolve on this grave national security issue,
regrettably that invitation has since been withdrawn under pressure from
Democratic partisans. We stand shoulder to shoulder with Republicans,
Democrats and independents alike to oppose Ahmadinejad’s goal of a
nuclear armed Iran. Senator Obama’s campaign had the opportunity to join
us. Senator Obama chose politics rather than the national interest.”

Read an interesting story here... I highly recommend that you read this in it’s entirety.

McCain Record on our borders

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I am sick of a Legislative system that does not seem to care about its constituents concerns..Losing our liberties and freedoms that our fathers have given their lives to ensure. A media that has its own agenda-Far Left! The lies, Greening and carbon talk, In short Be politically correct or you are fired! Apathy, lack of knowledge, I could go on and on but I will spare you.. 

One of my beefs is how we have been putting off the border that clearly the American people want not just to keep illegals out but for safety and security. So I am going to be looking at the record and sharing with you various candidates and their record on this issue and other important matters.  I suppose I have had more respect for Sen. McCain than any of his contenders as he has paid an enormous price for our freedoms. Personally I do not know how he or anyone else for that matter can take torture and isolation for 5 years as he did as a prisoner of war. He knows what he is talking about as he has experienced and paid the price when it comes to sending our husbands, sons, and brothers to war. I especially admired his courage to choose to stay a prisoner with his men (when he was offered to be set free because of who his father was ) So I am more than a little disappointed with his record here on Illegals.

With all that said, you do know what is important to you.. so let us look at it… and then we can vote in November what is truly important to us..

“The spin masters may think illegal immigration is an issue that pits conservative Republicans against liberal Democrats. But it doesn’t always. Nowadays, worry about illegal immigration is just as likely to mean that African Americans are terrified of racist alien gangs in Los Angeles. Asian Americans are frustrated that their relatives with college degrees wait years to emigrate legally, while thousands without high-school diplomas to the south simply break the law to enter the United States. And many Mexican Americans are probably tired of being expected to defend the indefensible of foreign nationals breaking immigration laws simply because they may share an ethnic heritage with illegal aliens. To the extent Democratic candidates ignore illegal immigration, or demonize those who worry over hundreds of thousands of new illegal aliens each year, or talk of guest workers and amnesty before they mention closing the borders, it is a losing issue that could alienate millions of voters. Democratic candidates can’t really claim that redneck racists are rushing to the border to clash with poor campesinos just crossing to better their lives, because many poor Democrats also resent how illegal labor drives down their own wages. It is mostly the American poor and middle class who worry about the sudden influx of thousands who don’t speak English and often need public assistance.” —Victor Davis Hanson

Info Taken from Patriot Post

There is indeed much to admire about Sen. John McCain, ranging from his courage as a POW to his extraordinary leadership in pushing for the troop “surge” in Iraq. But this has not been the case with his disingenuous blustering on illegal immigration — particularly when his cosponsorship of mass-amnesty legislation with Sen. Edward Kennedy is raised. The Arizona Republican now says that, in the wake of last summer’s defeat of “comprehensive immigration reform,” he has “gotten the message” that the border must be secured before the status of illegals already in the United States can be dealt with.
That’s fair enough. But it doesn’t give Mr. McCain the right to shut people up when they ask legitimate questions about his immigration record — which includes cosponsoring legislation to permit illegal aliens to pay lower in-state tuition rates denied to some students that are in the country legally, supporting Social Security benefits for illegals and voting against an amendment last year that would have permanently barred gang members, terrorists and other criminals from the United States.
In a Jan. 5 debate, Mr. McCain declared that anyone who says he supported amnesty is “a liar, is lying.” Several days before he won the New Hampshire primary, Mr. McCain was asked by a voter about criticism of his record. The senator replied: “I do not support, nor would I ever support, any services provided to someone who came to this country illegally, nor would I ever and [I] never have supported Social Security benefits for people who are in this country illegally.” Any assertion to the contrary, he added “is absolutely false.”
To be certain, there are some bright spots to Mr. McCain’s immigration record. Last year, for example, he voted to permit the sharing of information contained in amnesty applications if requested by a law enforcement or intelligence agency and voted to make it more difficult for illegals to benefit from sanctuary-city policies. But time and again, he has sided with the pro-amnesty, open-borders crowd. Following is a partial listing of some of Mr. McCain’s troubling actions on illegal immigration:
Supporting mass amnesty. The May 29, 2003, Tucson Citizen quoted Mr. McCain as stating that “Amnesty has to be an important part of” any immigration solution. He was part of the bipartisan coalition that tried to pass amnesty legislation in 2006 and 2007. In 2006 he voted in favor of S. 2611, legislation that would reward between 10 and 11 million illegals with amnesty if they apply for legal status and pay a $2,000 fine.


Supporting in-state tuition for illegal aliens. Mr. McCain was a cosponsor of S. 774, the Dream Act, providing in-state tuition for illegal aliens. The legislation would have enabled illegal aliens who entered the United States before age 16 to obtain a green card and then use their newly acquired status to obtain green cards for the millions of parents who illegally brought their children with them into the United States. Mr. McCain missed a Senate vote on the issue in October. He said that he would have opposed it on the Senate floor had he been there to vote.


Voted to kill border fence. In 2006, Mr. McCain voted for an amendment to S. 2611 offered by Sen. Arlen Specter to require consultation with the Mexican government concerning the construction of fencing along the U.S.-Mexican border. According to Numbers USA, an organization that lobbies against illegal immigration, this amendment would have effectively guaranteed that the border fence was never built.


Voted against permanently barring gang members and terrorists from the United States. Last year, Mr. McCain voted against an amendment (Senate Amendment 1184) introduced by Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, that would have permanently barred gang members, terrorists, sex offenders, alien absconders, aliens convicted of domestic violence and aliens convicted of at least three DUIs from the United States. The Cornyn Amendment was rejected on a 51-46 vote.

Social Security :I will be coming back with this as could not find again, but I remember it was not good. It was for illegals drawing it in some fashion. 

On McCain’s website, it seems like a lot of backwater has been taken. but above is the record.

 This nation’s 12 million illegal aliens need to be urged homeward in part because, if we don’t do it, we are in effect inviting tens of millions more to come. Mr. McCain is willing to let most stay put forever if they pay a penalty and bristles when it’s suggested this is a reward, a kind of amnesty. But it is. Let’s grant that no solution is without complications and that tough actions against hiring most illegals will push them to return to where work is possible. Our own least advantaged groups will then be likelier to prosper, as will the rule of law.
 
The worst of Mr. McCain is symbolized by the act that bears his name — McCain-Feingold, which among other of its abominations tells Americans who have grouped together to make themselves felt on issues that they have to shut up on radio and TV as elections draw close. Mr. McCain has said he thinks the First Amendment protection of free speech is dispensable in order to have “clean government,” and he fiercely castigates “negative advertising,” which can actually be useful in educating voters as long as it is honest.
 
Mr. McCain wants you to know about him on his own terms — it’s part of a style some say is authoritarian, despite the constant appearance of bonhomie.
 

Mr. McCain is not the least of the candidates in his party this year, but he’s far from the best, either. 

The High Cost of Illegal 

Immigrants

The American taxpayer foots the bill for tens of billions of dollars in services and other benefits given to households of low-skill immigrants, many of whom are here illegally.

On average, each of these 4.5 million households receives nearly three dollars in taxpayer-funded services for every dollar it pays in taxes, according to a special report from The Heritage Foundation.

The Heritage report, published as the Senate takes up legislation to put illegal aliens on a fast track to citizenship, calculates that households of low-skill immigrants paid an average $10,573 in taxes in fiscal 2004.

But these low-skill immigrants received almost three times as much — $30,160 per household — in government benefits and services. That’s a “fiscal deficit” of $19,587.

That’s also about $10,000 more in services and benefits — mostly welfare payments — than the average U.S. household got.

“Over the next 10 years,” analysts Robert Rector and Christine Kim write, “the net cost (benefits minus taxes) to the taxpayer of low-skill immigrant households will approach $1 trillion.”

At least half of adult illegal aliens don’t have a high school diploma, according to Pew Hispanic Center, compared with 25 percent of legal immigrants. By contrast, 9 percent of nonimmigrant adults lack a high school diploma.

Americans tend to be “net taxpayers” during our working years — that is, the amount we pay in taxes exceeds the cost of services we consume. In retirement, we become “net tax takers” — benefits received exceed taxes paid.

But it’s a different case for households of low-skill immigrants. No matter the age of the head of household, benefits received far exceed taxes paid by low-skill immigrants, defined as those without high school diplomas. The total gap in fiscal ’04 alone: $89.1 billion.

“Assuming an average adult life span of 60 years for each head of household,” Rector and Kim write, “the average lifetime costs to the taxpayer will be nearly $1.2 million for each low-skill household.”