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The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

RE: King Strother's Decrees On Immigration

Luckily for me, you were being sarcastic.

Only half sarcastic. At this point, I'm almost willing to concede that anything you come up with has to be brilliant in comparison to the nonsense the Senate is considering.

The kingdom will make every effort to secure its borders.

That's a good start. So maybe you can tell me why the dimwits in the Senate can't seem to grasp this one. I'm not even going to bother asking you about Bush since we would probably give the same answer on that question.

If you're here and an illegal immigrant, consider yourself lucky.

Oh! Barely out of the gate and he rides right of the track and into the weeds.

What does the term, rule of law mean to you, Strother? The entire rest of your post involves building up a huge bureaucracy around regulating and monitoring people who are breaking the law. You're not doing anything about the fact that they're breaking the law, you're creating a whole system around codification of their lawlessness. Can we assume that you would be similarly in favor of a government agency to regulate where and how often petty thieves could hold up liquor stores? Or how about something similar to Ann Coulter's example? Maybe we should start up the Federal Serial Killer Agency to make sure the government knows who they're killing and when they kill them.

Furthermore, you're not offering anything to disincent more illegals. You said secure the borders, but what does that mean? Signs? Harsh language? Mine fields? I assume you would concede that no method of securing the borders would be foolproof, so what do we do about the inevitable leakage?

But all of these decrees are better than the idea of mass deportation, which would most likely result in civil war-like uprisings in border state cities such as Los Angeles.

First of all, that's doubtful. We've already seen that just the threat of immigration enforcement has sent more than a few illegals scurrying for the border. And it depends on who is doing the enforcement and deportation. Remember, the President is only constitutionally prevented from using the military against citizens.


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