Is A Vote For Leadership
A loud, clamoring Minuteman challenges John Campbell in Orange
Shawn Black] 12/5/05
we all love special elections in California! And
County, we have yet one more critical election. On Tuesday,
December 6th, Orange County voters will choose who will replace
former Congressman Christopher Cox, who was recently named
by President Bush to be the new SEC chairman.
and public service have a way of bringing out the best of people
and sometimes, the worst. In this special election for the
48th Congressional seat, we have a newcomer to the political
scene, the American Independent Party's candidate and Minuteman
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The “Minuteman” volunteers
proclaim Jim Gilchrist
as a successful retired businessman and illegal immigration
advocate. And to be fair, I have been told that he is a nice
guy in person. As you probably know all too well, he is founder
of a “project” that rallies volunteers to patrol
the border of Mexico and California with flashlights, binoculars
and handheld radios. They are then instructed to “watch
and report” on “perceived” illegal immigrants;
and those who are “congregating” in towns along the
American Southwest. A volunteer might think of it as a big MinuteWeekend
camping sleepover or a MinuteBoy Scout Jamboree!
But can you call posing in the desert sun for photo ops in front
of a clamoring MinuteCrowd actual leadership in solving the problem
of illegal immigration?
Real leadership is acknowledging problems head on and producing
solid and effective long-term solutions, not publicity stunts.
Secure Border Initiative-“SBI” announced
by Homeland Security Chairman Michael Chertoff, indicates new
and sweeping changes for our National Security concerns. They
include a multi-year plan to focus on solid reforms, which will
deter and defeat Illegal Immigration and potential terrorist
Congressman Duncan Hunter, who represents the 52nd District
of California, has proposed Legislation that will secure more
funding for the completion of a secure California Border Fence
and additional Border Patrol agents. These are trained Border
Patrol Agents, not a ragtag group of volunteers.
And the recent
California Border Police initiative - supported by the GOP's
candidate for the 48th seat, John
Campbell - promises to ensure
further security and protection for the state of California.
Minutemen may have helped to fuel the momentum for some of
initiatives it doesn’t necessarily follow
that their leader is equipped to represent Orange County in Congress.
political leaders from Orange County such as Christopher Cox,
John Campbell and Chuck Devore solidly exhibit
measured, thoughtful leadership and what I call a ”quiet
professionalism.” You won’t hear of bankruptcies,
or carnival side shows from these leaders. And you won’t
read comments from them like Jim Gilchrist’s in the OC
Weekly in which he proclaimed “I might be a left wing whacko,” or
declaring at a recent gathering of supporters a new, troubling
era of “Minutemen, Minutewomen and Minutechildren!”
ABC Evening News ran a segment on the Minutemen group. I watched
as a new
chapter of “Virginia volunteers” proclaiming
to be the Gilchrist “Minutemen group” took
up hidden positions behind bushes and street signs near a Herndon,
Virginia 7- Eleven store. They proceeded to videotape a group
of Hispanic men as they sought day labor work in an adjacent
vacant parking lot. The hiding-behind-bushes Minutemen then
recorded the vehicle license plates of drivers
who stopped to talk
to the workers, later turning over the information to the “IRS
and local authorities”.
be Jim Gilchrist’s plan if elected to Congress?
Placing volunteers behind bushes behind 7-Eleven stores throughout
get a Slurpee with every ten license plates!
to be fair, there probably were Illegal immigrants among the
7-11 group that day – maybe most.
And, yes, the Minutemen have a point, we all must acknowledge
the very serious crisis with Illegal Immigration and related
National Security issues. Illegal Immigrants are not only coming
across our Southern borders, they are arriving in container ships
from China, and arriving via the airways with stolen and forged
passports from Eastern Europe and northern Africa.
And we absolutely
know that ‘Amnesty’ is not a solution
to the problem.
But, when you acknowledge the hard truths of the issues and
seek to attack the problem from all the affected areas; you have
to produce lasting legislation and real solutions to the problems.
There remains a right
way and a wrong way to bring about tightly
controlled legal immigration into this country.
a proper and aggressive way to enforce immigration law, that
doesn’t create the suspicion of darker nativist
motives – suspicion that plays right into the liberal media’s
6, Orange County can choose to move forward with authentic
leadership instead of fear-mongering.
The clear choice is not “the Minuteman,” but the
proven effective leadership of State Senator John Campbell. CRO
2005 by Shawn Black