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Friday, June 29, 2007

I Take Full Credit

Richard Viguerie is right:

New Media Beat Old Media on Bush Amnesty Bill, Says Richard Viguerie

(Manassas, Virginia) Richard A. Viguerie, co-author of
America’s Right Turn--How Conservatives Used New and Alternative Media to Take Power (Bonus Books, 2004), said that New and Alternative Media, along with grassroots efforts, were able to prevail over pressure from big business and the White House on the Bush Amnesty Bill.

Viguerie said conservatives using blogs, e-mail messages, websites, radio talk shows, cable TV, and direct mail were able to rally the American people to beat the Bush Administration and the business establishment.

“If this same fight had been waged even 20 years ago, the big boys probably would have won. Today, ordinary citizens were able to have their voices forcefully heard in Washington, D.C. This was a Harriet Miers-type moment,” he said. (received via email)

I think there was another factor involved in this. There was a noticeable lack of interest on the left as the right erupted in indignation. The AFL-CIO whined a bit, as did the usual Latino suspects, but the heavy hitters stayed out of it.

Question: Has anyone seen a quote from Hillary as this debate unfolded?

Roscoe, Say It Ain't So!

This must have a logical explanation. I hope it has some explanation.

From Alton Foley:

Roscoe Reynolds Authored Senate Version Of Civil Remedial Fees

When asked about recent legislation soon to go into effect in Virginia which places very high fees upon certain driving offenses
Jeff Evans, candidate for the 20th Senate District said, "This was evidently not very well thought out. Of course it will place an undue burden on many of our low income citizens, and cause many more to simply ignore the law and place themselves in danger of serving jail time. Even worse, it only
applies to Virginia residents, that is just not right. It must be amended as soon as possible in the next General Assembly, and I will work hard to do just that."

"But more importantly, in a recent interview with the Martinsville Bulletin, Roscoe Reynolds does not acknowledge the fact that he was the sole patron of this legislation in the Senate, claiming instead to oppose the new law."

"What my opponent does not say during that interview ... is the fact that this legislation, which he now claims to abhor, was introduced in the Senate on January 10, 2007 by Senator W. Roscoe Reynolds himself ". (link)

How on Earth do you oppose legislation you proposed?

Roscoe, you're scaring us, man.

Quote Of The Day

"The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race."

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts

Now, Take Names

There's Ted Kennedy. Of course. John McCain. Lindsey Graham.

These three need to pay. Two will for sure.

But they weren't alone in this. All need to be hunted down and driven from office.

Oh, and America won a big one:

Immigrant Bill Dies in Senate; Defeat for Bush
By Robert Pear and Carl Hulse, The New York Times

Washington, June 28 — President Bush’s effort to overhaul the nation’s immigration policy, a cornerstone of his domestic agenda, collapsed Thursday in the Senate, with little prospect that it can be revived before Mr. Bush leaves office in 19 months.

Rejecting the president’s last-minute pleas, it voted, 53 to 46, to turn back a motion to end debate and move toward final passage. Supporters fell 14 votes short of the 60 needed to close the debate.

Mr. Bush placed telephone calls to lawmakers throughout the morning. But members of his party abandoned him in droves, with just 12 of the 49 Senate Republicans sticking by him on the important procedural vote that determined the fate of the bill. (link)

Now, maybe the message will get through: Secure the borders! Convince us that you're serious about this issue.

Then we'll deal with the 12 million illegals living in our midst and with our farmers' need for slave labor.

But there also needs to be a reckoning ...

To their credit, John Warner and James Webb voted to kill the amnesty bill.

Dear Dan R.

Don't ever question my understanding of American history:

As I said would happen, the executive branch of the federal government has denied Congress's (meaningless) attempt at subpoenaing White House records:
Bush Asserts Executive Privilege on Subpoenas
By Sheryl Gay Stolberg, The New York Times

Washington, June 28 — President Bush moved one step closer to a constitutional showdown with Democrats on Thursday, as the White House asserted executive privilege in refusing to comply with Congressional subpoenas for documents related to the dismissal of federal prosecutors.

The move prompted Democrats to accuse the White House of stonewalling, and seemed to put the legislative and executive branches on a collision course that could land them in court. It was the second time in Mr. Bush’s presidency that he has formally asserted executive privilege, the power first recognized by the Supreme Court in a 1974 Watergate-era case. (link)
As I said previously, the White House and Congress will find some reasonable accommodation on this. But the subpoenas are going nowhere.


Finally, after all these years, the Supreme Court begins the process of dismantling one of the most loathsome rulings (in fact a series of rulings) ever sent down by a previous court:
Justices Limit the Use of Race in School Plans for Integration
By Linda Greenhouse, The New York Times

Washington, June 28 — With competing blocs of justices claiming the mantle of Brown v. Board of Education, a bitterly divided Supreme Court declared Thursday that public school systems cannot seek to achieve or maintain integration through measures that take explicit account of a student’s race.

Voting 5 to 4, the court, in an opinion by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., invalidated programs in Seattle and metropolitan Louisville, Ky., that sought to maintain school-by-school diversity by limiting transfers on the basis of race or using race as a “tiebreaker” for admission to particular schools. (link)
If we are ever going to get beyond race, we need to move away from government-mandated (including court-mandated) race programs. This gets us down that road to a race-free society.