A top issue
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