Thursday, June 14, 2007

Shame on Us All

It is apparent to me that the time is long past due for true Conservatives to square up their shoulders and declare "BS" on the type of rhetoric coming out of the White House in recent months when Peggy Noonan puts it in print. She is truly one of the best and brightest Conservative writers. She worked for one of the best and brightest Conservative figures of our time. She calls it like she sees it and, friends, she sees it as a shame.

I'm quite a bit behind on my reading lately so bear with me here. From her June 1, 2007 article in the Opinion Journal, it's clear that my "bad vibes" over the past year weren't just one Conservative's heeby-jeebies, they are heeby-jeebies shared amongst Conservatives:
[...] What conservatives and Republicans must recognize is that the White House has broken with them. What President Bush is doing, and has been doing for some time, is sundering a great political coalition. This is sad, and it holds implications not only for one political party but for the American future. [...]
I was annoyed as hell when President Bush labeled the fine men and women involved in the Minutemen Project "vigilantes." I have been absolutely beside myself with his insistence on pushing some very bad legislation that will create yet more federal government, a greater influx of illegal aliens, and provide a clean pass for those who break our laws. Now, the tone of rhetoric coming out of the White House has me absolutely boiling. It hasn't slipped Peggy's notice either.
[...] The president has taken to suggesting that opponents of his immigration bill are unpatriotic--they "don't want to do what's right for America." His ally Sen. Lindsey Graham has said, "We're gonna tell the bigots to shut up." On Fox last weekend he vowed to "push back." Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff suggested opponents would prefer illegal immigrants be killed; Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said those who oppose the bill want "mass deportation." Former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson said those who oppose the bill are "anti-immigrant" and suggested they suffer from "rage" and "national chauvinism." [...]
WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?! Evidently, Peggy Noonan knows: They are faux-Conservatives who are tearing true Conservative ideology to shreds. It's too bad; it's a damned shame. If true Conservatives stand by and let this happen, the shame will be on us all.

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