More on Virgil Goode’s letter
Liberal blogger Justin Rood is doing his best to stir up a reaction to Virgina Republican Virgil Goode’s immigration worries, outlined in a letter released earlier this week. I suspect he’s not going to have a lot of luck on the Friday before Christmas, but with an opportunity to use the ultimate weapon in PC politics - calling a conservative a racist - you have to admire Rood for working late in the last few hours before a long Holiday weekend.
It would probably be about as difficult to get a Democrat reaction to Sandy Berger’s story that his theft of classified documents wasn’t the result of being “sloppy” as previously characterized, but was indeed intentional, and Berger himself extremely fortunate to not be in the Federal Pen for his crimes.
But, let’s look at Rood’s most recent post.
Capitol Hill is all but empty, and I have to admit defeat in my effort to find one Republican lawmaker to substantively address Rep. Virgil Goode’s (R-VA) argument to reduce legal immigration and end visa policies which have “allow[ed] many persons from the Middle East to come to this country.”
Apparently Rood in particular, and Democrats in general are in disagreement with Goode’s immigration argument. Does that mean that they want to increase, rather than reduce legal immigration and buttress rather than reduce visa policies policies aimed at allowing many persons from the Middle East to come to this country? If so, then I think they may have found a policy that will be popular in Keith Ellison’s Minnesota district, and possibly in John Conyer’s Michigan district. But, outside of those two, I don’t think the Democrat immigration policy is going to play well at all. And the reason has nothing at all to do with bigotry and racism.
Perhaps I’m being naive in still believing that most Democrats, if given the facts, are still willing to put Country before party. I think that they’ve been badly misled the past few years into feeling that the greatest threat to their freedom is from George Bush, Republicans, and Christians, so much so that they perceive a conspiracy to do away with the Bill of Rights and establish some sort of police state theocracy. It is a perception driven by their own aspirations for political power, and has shielded their ability to see what has been happening overseas in most every country that has reached the critical mass of 8 - 10% Muslim population.
There are nightly car burnings and attacks on police in France, with cries of “Allah Akbar”, and actual “no-go” zones for the French authorities. Norway is seeing an eight-fold increase in violent crime and rape. Bombings in Britain and Spain. And still, the liberals believe that if they just embrace the model of multi-culturalism a little more carefully, spend more money on educating the majority about Islam, and showing the Muslims that they mean them no harm, that somehow it is going to work out.
It’s not working out.
Australia is struggling with their own immigration problems. Indonesia, Thailand, India are all experiencing similar difficulties. Certainly all of us realize that all Muslims are not terrorists. But, in all of these instances, all of the terrorists are Muslims. I suppose I’m not ready to cry a river of tears over the alleged bigotry and Islamophobia faced by Muslims in America, Israel, and Europe. The fact is, they have much more religious freedom and economic opportunity than do Christians and Jews in Islamic countries.
In the next few weeks, the Democrats will take over the houses of Congress in a peaceful, democratic transfer of power. They will have the opportunity to craft legislation to affect the future direction of the country. Let’s hope the immigration policies put forth by people of Mr. Rood’s political party will be based on common sense, and not on some knee-jerk reaction to appeal to the gods of multi-culturalism and political correctness.