Saturday, June 23, 2007

What do you know, We the People still have some clout

June 22 (Bloomberg) -- Momentum is building against immigration legislation among Senate Republicans, said Senator John Cornyn of Texas, who is opposing his old ally, President George W. Bush, on this issue.

``We're beginning to see some of the people that would have ordinarily voted to proceed with the bill to say, `hey, this process is not fair, it's not transparent,''' Cornyn said in an interview with Bloomberg Television's ``Political Capital with Al Hunt,'' scheduled to air today. ``The way this bill has come up has caused it some serious problems.''

The Senate will need 60 votes on June 26 to resume debate on the biggest overhaul of U.S. immigration policy since 1986. The measure, Bush's top domestic priority, would create a guest- worker program and a path to legal status for 12 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

Cornyn cited fellow Texan Kay Bailey Hutchison, as well as Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson of Georgia, as examples of Republicans who may have supported the measure and are now opposed. Supporters said they weren't counting on those senators to reach 60 votes.

A June 7 Senate vote fell 15 short of the total needed, with seven Republicans joining 37 Democrats and one independent to move toward final passage. Cornyn voted in opposition.

As much as pretty much the entire Democrat Party, the president and several key members of the Senate Republican leadership hate it Democracy - the will of the people - still means something in America.

Of course to the above mentioned individuals and groups this represents a problem which must be fixed. Senators Hillary Clinton (also a presidential candidate) and Barbara Boxer were overheard lamenting how effective conservative talk radio was at spreading the truth about left-liberalism and opining about how there should be a legislative "fix" (audio here).

Trent Lott (R-Mexico) has seconded that sentiment and declared that conservative talk radio (you know a form of media which is popular because huge numbers of people freely choose to listen to it) must be "dealt with". Lindsay Graham (R-John McCain) has stated that those who disagree with his Dark Master's views will be "shut up".

But that is going to be difficult to do because we have talk radio, the Internet, logic, reason, sanity, history and the United States Constitution on our side.

Of course the left has powerful weapons at its disposal as well. They have the fact that a great many people do not wish to have their base and animal urges restrained by any law, custom or transcendent moral code and the fact that a great many people prefer to live off the productive labor of others and are willing to use force to achieve that end (either directly through robbery or indirectly through taxation).

This is why the Democrat Party always stands ready to increase entitlement spending and the taxes which fee it and to award voting rights to convicted criminals.

In a political fight as in a physical fight the winner will likely be the party which is the most aggressive and the most ruthless.