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Conservatives Are From Mars, Liberals Are From San Francisco
by Burt Prelutsky
by Mark Steyn
by J. F. Kelly, Jr. [writer]
emphasis is lavished lately on the plunging popularity of President
George W. Bush. Far less is expended on the public approval
rating of the Congress, which is even lower and, in my view,
deservedly so. This has been an unproductive and disappointing
Congress which has failed to address some truly urgent issues.
J.F. Kelly, Jr.
Kelly, Jr. is a retired Navy Captain and bank executive
who writes on current events and military subjects.
He is a resident of Coronado, California. [go to Kelly index]
elections fast approaching, it is time for voters to evaluate
of their elected representatives
and determine their worthiness for reelection or higher office.
In doing so, voters should grade them, not on their speech-making
talents or cleverness in criticizing their political opponents,
but rather on what they have actually accomplished or, more to
the point, failed to accomplish. Let’s start with the failures
since they come so quickly to mind.
First of all, they
weren’t very productive in the area
of lawmaking, supposedly their primary duty, preferring to focus
instead on posturing for reelection or running for higher office
and taking positions on the president’s performance of
his duties particularly with regard to the prosecution of the
war on terrorism. This is easier, of course, than the hard work
of crafting needed legislation. The Senate, perhaps, deserves
the most blame, having blocked important actions that were passed
by the House, especially regarding illegal immigration, oil drilling
in Alaska, UN reform and repeal of the death tax, to name a few.
The Senate also continues to abuse the advice and consent function
by blocking presidential judicial appointments, denying obviously
qualified candidates a fair hearing for purely partisan, political
But the Senate’s
biggest failure has been its unwillingness to deal with the
pressing problem of illegal immigration after
the House passed a bill that would emphasize enforcement measures
and make sneaking into this country a felony instead of a misdemeanor
as it is now. Lacking the political courage to act on this urgent
issue because of fears of losing Hispanic votes defies public
demand for action now to secure our borders and has caused valuable
time to be lost in stemming the flow of illegals, still estimated
to be at least half a million a year.
Instead of a serious attempt to reach a compromise between
the House bill and a more comprehensive approach favored by the
White House and most of the senators that would include a guest
worker program and some path to citizenship, both chambers opted
to pass on the issue. Instead, a series of carefully orchestrated
public hearings was staged in a feeble attempt to convince the
public that their views were actually being listened to.
But if the members were, in fact, listening, they would have
heard that most Americans are at the end of their patience with
the continued inability to control our borders and the continued
flagrant violation of our immigration laws. They would know that
Americans are tired of the crime and violence associated with
smuggling humans and drugs across the border, the trashing of
private property, the high speed chases involving vehicles overloaded
with illegals recklessly trying to evade the police and endangering
innocent lives, the expense of treating illegals at hospitals
and emergency rooms and paying for the education of their children
at tax supported schools. And if they were really listening,
they would have heard that what most Americans were demanding
was not comprehensive immigration reform, but an end to illegal
immigration now to keep the crisis from getting worse. The reform
part, including a guest worker program, can wait until after
the border is fixed.
While the Senate
gets the worst grades, the House didn’t
do much better. Its appetite for pork and special interest spending
blocked needed reform of the earmarking process. This Republican-controlled
Congress spent money like—well, Democrats.
The war on terrorism
has been impeded by the failure of Congress, as of this writing,
to come up with legislation to provide rules
for the trial of terrorists by military tribunals in view of
the Supreme Court’s unfortunate ruling that the current
rules wouldn’t do. Democratic legislators with few exceptions,
notable among them Sen. Joe Lieberman, seem to feel that their
primary purpose is to criticize the president’s conduct
of the war. They appear to be more comfortable telling the president
how to do his job than they are doing their own, not that they
have much to offer beyond criticism.
Criticism, of course, does not constitute a strategy. They would
do well to remember that they were elected by the voters of a
single state or congressional district to represent those voters,
not to run the country or prosecute the war. Voters nationwide
elect a president to do that.
Now for some major
accomplishments. Let’s see--.Let me
get back to you on that when I think of some. CRO
2006 J. F. Kelly, Jr.