Skip to comments.(Vanity) A mythical email response to Senator Frist.
Posted on 04/07/2006 9:37:23 PM PDT by grey_whiskers
See for example this thread first.
According to that thread, Senator Frist has sent out an e-mail concerning the (non)-vote in the Senate on immigration reform. The below is a spoof-cum-rejoinder. Frist's original email (if genuine) is in italics, my response in regular typeface:
This morning Democrat obstruction dealt a serious blow to Americas border security and to Americas national security.
This morning spineless Senatorial leadership in conjunction with RINOs dealt a serious blow to Americas border security and to the election chances of the Republican party.
Several weeks ago, I introduced an enforcement first border security bill the Secure Americas Borders Act that would have greatly increased the number of border security agents, that would have built physical barriers in high traffic areas and utilized remote sensors and UAVs elsewhere, that would have provided for real workplace enforcement.
Several months ago, the United States House of Representatives had already passed an enforcement first border security bill that would have enlisted the US military and local law enforcement to help secure the borders of United States, which would have built a fence across portions of the US border with Mexico, and would have required employers to verify the legal status of their workers.
But I knew that 44 Democrat Senators would use every means at their disposal to obstruct an enforcement first approach. And I recognized that we must deal with the 11-12 million illegal immigrants currently living in America today.
As indicated by recent polling data, almost 75% of all Americans who remain opposed to amnestay (oops, Freudian slip!), feared that spineless Republicans would cave to pressure from globalists, business lobbyists, and massive street protests across the country by illegal aliens (who by definition are incapable of voting). By submitting a red carpet bill on immigration, as indicated by both the McCain-Kennedy bill and the Hagel-Martinez monstrosity, and rejecting the Sessions-Nelson bill, the Senate Republicans --phonies without cojones-- proved that they were NOT up to the challenge of responsible governance.
So I helped broker an agreement that would have coupled the strong border security and interior enforcement provisions of my Secure Americas Borders Act with a temporary worker plan that gave those immigrants whove been here for longer than five years the opportunity to gain legal status but only by beginning at the end of the line, behind those millions around the world who want to come to America honestly and legally. And only if they kept a job, learned English and American history, passed a national security and criminal background check, and paid a fine and back taxes. Those who had been here less than five years would have been required to leave the country, with only some allowed back in.
So, acting in accordance with the expressed wishes of the President, I helped craft a sellout which was as close to the Gold Card fiasco described by columnist Michelle Malkin as I felt I could get away with. This plan would allow all of the aliens currently in the United States to gain temporary legal status, with a clear path to citizenship. This is because, with 11 million illegal aliens already in the United States, we will not have time to distinguish which ones have been here five years from those who have been here five minutes. And the promise of requiring aliens to learn English, and to learn American history is doubtful as well we currently dont even require this of high school students who are already citizens. We hope to sound tough by speaking of fines and back taxes, but many of the illegals dont even pay for their own medical care. Their fines will be paid by their employers and passed on to American consumers, or add to the ever-growing National Debt. We feel confident that the American people will not remember that even some of the 9-11 hijackers had already overstayed their visas, without consequences.
Yet Democrats led by Harry Reid and provoked by the far left of their party decided to cripple this compromise legislation by refusing to allow us to vote on several crucial amendments amendments that would have greatly strengthened the border security and enforcement provisions of the compromise bill. Over 300 amendments had been filed and the Democrats refused to let the Senate vote on virtually any of them. Here are a few of those amendments on which the Democrats blocked a vote:
Yet Democrats such as Hillary Clinton and others are starting to run to the right of the Republican Party on this issue, whether they mean it sincerely or not. For example, in the bill passed by the House of Representatives, the provision to make illegal entry into the United States a felony was adopted by more Democrats than Republicans. The idea that the Democrats kept useful amendments from the bill is hogwash, because as Senate Majority leader I could have started with the sensible Sessions-Nelson bill, instead of the abomination which was reported out of Arlen Specters committee.
Here are some of the amendments which should have been in the bill in the first place:
An amendment by Senators Kyl and Cornyn, which would have prevented illegal immigrants who had been convicted of felonies such as burglary; involuntary manslaughter; and assault and battery from getting green cards
An amendment by Senators Kyl and Cornyn, which would have prevented illegal immigrants who had been convicted of felonies such as burglary, involuntary manslaughter, and assault and battery from getting green cards. It is a shame that the laws are not already enforced. If they had been, Mary Nagle would have been alive todayand her relatives would not have had to listen to her rapist and murderer describing her torture and death to them, on her own cell phonewhile her body was still warm. He was another Central American immigrant who had overstayed his visa.
An amendment by Senator Isakson, which would have prevented the creation of any new temporary worker program until the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security certified that our border is secure An amendment by Senator Dorgan, which would have made the temporary worker program truly temporary by refusing to provide green cards to future temporary workers .
An amendment by Senator Isakson, which would have prevented the creation of any new temporary worker program until the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security certified that our border is secure. Unfortunately, this would have done nothing to prevent unscrupulous employers from continuing to hire illegals just as they are today, while the Department of Homeland Security bought more duct tape and conducted strip searches of wheelchair-bound grandmothers, in their effort to secure the borders from accusations of racial profiling.
An amendment by Senator Ensign, which would have allowed the National Guard to help secure the border
An amendment by Senator Ensign, which would have allowed the National Guard to help secure the borderthose few members of the National Guard who are not in Iraq, that is. And did the amendment express any sense of where the money for the Guardsmen would come from, in this time of ballooning national debt?
Because of the Democrats stubborn obstruction of these amendments, the Senate will not be able to pass border security and immigration reform at this time. We will not have 15,000 new border patrol agents. We will not expand the program of expedited removal for illegal aliens caught at our border. We will not have a nationwide, mandatory verification program for hiring workers.
Because of the cowardice of the Republican leadership, even in the face of overwhelming bipartisan support from the good folks back home, and the clear leadership of the House of Representatives, the Senate will not be able to take the lead in securing the border, or in assuring the continued success of the United States middle class.
More to follow in the days ahead.
Much more whining and posturing to follow until the 2006 election. Vote for Us!
No cheers, unfortunately.
(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")
AGREED! No amnesty for Senators either.
First, create the "problem"
Then, when "the masses" are sufficiently softened-up BY "the problem", roll in with "the solution".
Thus, you get your agenda, and accomplish something you would never have been able to accomplish had you simply stated your intentions from the outset.
There would have been fighting in the streets, if, prior to the beginning of the invasion, Our Glorious Leaders had piped up with something like, "Say, here's a thought! Let's bring in 20 to 100 million Mexicans -- the 'bottom of the rung', so to speak, of Mexican society -- poor, uneducated, unskilled, with many criminals among them, as well as many 'social problems' that accompany a 'bottom of the ladder' lifestyle. Then, let's make them CITIZENS! We think this is a great idea... just fantastic! Let's get started now!"
So, they went about things the same way other "leaders" have gotten their way when things did not favor their agenda (ever hear of "The Reichstag Fire", or "The Enabling Law"? What do you do if you want "the masses" to allow you to assume absolute power? Well, read your history books. No plot spoilers from me! :)
I hope that the RINOs of the "Stupid Party" get a clue, before they're wiped out in November, and we lose both houses.
Call me cyincal, but I expect them to stay with the program -- the same program that's served them so well in the past. SOP will remain unchanged. We will be played, and if we make too much noise, they will go, "Boo! What are you going to do, elect Hillary?" -- and we'll hold our noses and once again vote "R".
Oh, maybe not YOU, and maybe not ME -- but enough of "us" to ensure that "the herd" does what they want it to do.
Dear Senator Sell Out Frist;
Follow Senator Sessions. Period.
Good post. Right on the money! But please don't use the word 'amnesty.' The PC term is SELL OUT.
LOL I see you got the memo too. ;^)
I wrote the memo...lol.
I called it 'amneSTAY' for a reason :-)
You put forth a pretty simple message - I've got one too...
Anyone who dreams of becoming president who serves in the Senate had best demonstrate the leadership required for such an office by leading the Senate into putting forth the bill that the American people want - the borders sealed, the illegals sent home, and those who are waiting in long lines because of the illegals here given the proper chance to come here and become Americans.
Somehow, I doubt this leadership will appear. I'd rather stay home than vote for someone from this body.
It's way too early yet, but if elections were held today, I would strongly consider staying home. This is getting infuriating.
Hope you like it :-)
Check this article Travis McGee wrote, too
"The True History of the Southwest, 101"
The more pressure we keep on Mexico, immigration-wise, the more reformers inside of Mexico can be emboldened and empowered to scale back monopolists' abuses down there which keep our own country flooded with economic refugees. Here's an interesting new thread on new legal progress that finally emerged in Mexico I think as a result of immigration reform's failure:
We can make a difference for our sake, and their's as well. Isn't it the neighborly thing to do?