A top is­sue

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

When I gaze into my po­lit­i­cal crys­tal ball, I don’t see any Pres­i­dent McCain. I don’t see any Pres­i­dent Gi­u­liani, or any Pres­i­dent Rom­ney. And it’s not merely that th­ese guys are not con­ser­va­tive, al­though that’s bla­tantly true. No, the rea­son I think th­ese guys’ pres­i­den­tial as­pi­ra­tions are doomed is that they all sup­port open borders. My logic goes some­thing like this: No GOP can­di­date can win the pres­i­dency with­out win­ning the South. The South is be­ing over­run by Mex­i­cans. Ergo, no Repub­li­can can­di­date who's weak on im­mi­gra­tion can win.

If Bush, with the com­plic­ity of the GOP mi­nor­ity, is al­lowed to push ahead with this amnesty, I be­lieve the vot­ers’ disaf­fec­tion with the party may be per­ma­nent. The il­le­gal alien is­sue is fun­da­men­tally dif­fer­ent from the abor­tion de­bate, or so­cial se­cu­rity re­form, or the war on ter­ror. The lat­ter are im­por­tant but they are also in­vis­i­ble. The GOP base has to go look­ing for re­minders of th­ese is­sues. Not so with the il­le­gal alien sit­u­a­tion. It is in our face ev­ery­where we go, from the gro­cery store to the of­fice to the soc­cer field. They are vis­i­ble and they are ev­ery­where, and they are a con­stant thorn in our heel. They are ru­in­ing our Amer­ica, the coun­try our chil­dren will one day in­herit. That is not a pill that goes down so easy.

As for Fred Thompson, I like him. He seems hon­est and forth­right, and cer­tainly is pos­sessed of the req­ui­site “grav­i­tas” to be pres­i­dent. But I’ll re­serve my sup­port for him un­til I hear that he’s ready to close our south­ern border, that he’s will­ing to in­dict, con­vict and im­prison those who will­ingly em­ploy il­le­gal aliens, and that he’s con­vinced that ev­ery sin­gle one of th­ese tens of mil­lions of crim­i­nals can and will be re­turned to their na­tive land. Ken Jasper Fort Mill, South Carolina

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