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The foibles of the current power structure in Washington, D.C., continue to mount. It has gotten so bad that it is becoming extremely difficult to tell who the good guys are anymore. Those of us who expected Republicans to provide some sanity to national leadership have been jolted into the reality that there is little if any relief when the GOP is at the helm.
Just this past week, President George W. Bush boldly proclaimed that "part of the solution to illegal immigration 'must' include a way for those already in the United States but without legal authorization to be given that status." (Source: World Net Daily) In other words, amnesty.
In spite of the fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans strongly disapprove of any form of amnesty for illegal aliens, President Bush seems determined to provide just that. Such a policy certainly makes the President's "war on terror" seem disingenuous.
With upwards of 20 million illegals already here and millions more pouring unimpeded across our southern border, the prospect that terrorists are already among us is very real. Last year, the Washington Times reported that Hezbollah has been infiltrating the United States and is believed to have cells in at least ten U.S. cities. How many other terrorists have snuck across the border is anyone's guess. Yet, President Bush fully intends to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. However, the push for amnesty does not extend to unborn babies.
The U.S. Supreme Court last week, without comment or dissent, "rejected a request from Sandra Cano, the Georgia woman who was used as the plaintiff in the 1973 ruling that created a 'health' exception for abortions, to reconsider the case." (Source: World Net Daily) This was the infamous Doe v. Bolton ruling that, along with the Roe v. Wade decision, legalized abortion-on-demand in all three trimesters for virtually any reason.
Please understand that all but two of the current Supreme Court justices were appointed by Republican presidents, including the last two, John Roberts and Samuel Alito, who were appointed by G.W. Bush. So, once again, a Republican-dominated Supreme Court has reaffirmed abortion-on-demand. This latest decision does not send a hopeful message to pro-life conservatives who were assured that Bush's Supreme Court appointees would help tip the balance of the Court in favor of protecting unborn babies.
Add to the above the recent announcement by FBI Director Robert Mueller that he expects Internet service providers to record and store their customers' online activities. (Source: CNET News.com) Of course, this is merely the latest example of how the Bush administration desires to turn America into an Orwellian surveillance society. In fact, the American people today are under as much, if not more, government scrutiny than people in communist China.
With congressional elections less than three weeks away, Republicans are extremely nervous about possible major losses in both chambers. To which I say, "They deserve to lose!"
The Republican Party in Washington, D.C., has done nothing to show the American people that they are any better than the Democrats. They have exploded the level of federal spending. They have broken promise after promise to their conservative constituents. With total control of the entire federal government, Republicans have created a Big Brother regime that Democrats could only dream about. This is not the kind of leadership that deserves to be rewarded with reelection.
Until the American people awaken (and I hope it is soon) to the fact that neither of the two major parties deserves their support and start electing truly independent, constitutionally-minded people to public office, the best we can hope for is gridlock. At least when Republicans and Democrats are attacking each other, they are not attacking the liberties of the American people. I shudder to think what two more years of total Republican domination would look like. It would doubtless look as bad as when Democrats enjoyed exclusive power.
As it stands right now, no matter which party wins the elections, the American people and constitutional government continue to lose. It really is difficult to know who the good guys are, isn't it?