Monday, May 15, 2006

Bush Speech Round Up

Michelle Malkin

President Bush is continuing the homeland security dog-and-pony charade in his quest to deliver a massive "guest worker"/amnesty plan to the open-borders lobby. A few weeks ago, Bush's Department of Homeland Security put on a bogus performance of Get Tough Theater with a series of politically timed immigration raids...which, as I predicted, simply resulted in more catch and release of illegal aliens nationwide.

The Crank Files

Neocon Command Center
President Bush is set to deploy National Guard troops to the border numbering less than 10,000, but will not allow them to apprehend illegals attempting to violate our sovereignty. Instead, they are there to "augment" the Border Patrol, and aid in surveillance.

Stop the ACLU
After listening to Bush’s speech on immigration, most of the right side of the blogosphere is disappointed. There were a few things however that I do agree with. It is no suprise that everything I thought was a good idea, the ACLU have come out against.

A Lady's Ruminations
Thanks for Nothing Here is news about and reaction to President Bush's (Pro-Illegal) Immigration speech this evening:

Iowa Voice
I have to say, I'm not happy at all with the President's speech. He touched on a couple of issues that I agree with him on, but overall he's out of touch with what Americans want.

Big Dog's Weblog
I watched the short speech that President Bush gave a few minutes ago dealing with immigration. Anyone who reads this knows that I have not been thrilled with the President’s stance on immigration, especially with regard to ILLEGALS. The speech tonight did not change my mind in this regard.

Donkey Cons
Two words: PRESIDENT OPRAH This kind of argument-by-anecdote -- the Lenny Skutnik mode of presidential rhetoric -- is simply unacceptable on so vital an issue:

Valgerd's Hearth
President Bush, trying to build support for a major overhaul of the nation's tattered immigration laws, said Monday night he would order as many as 6,000 National Guard troops to secure the U.S. border with Mexico and urged Congress to give millions of illegal immigrants a chance at citizenship.

Big Lizards
I'm splitting my initial response to Bush's speech tonight into three sections: Content, Delivery, and the Reaction I expect it will receive.

Overall, I think the purpose of the speech tonite was to save his spiraling popularity numbers and convince conservatives to support the plan the Senate is going to try to force through. On both of these counts, it is an overwhelming failure.

Tapscott's Copy Desk

Bush spoke those words more than two years ago during a Jan. 7, 2004 speech on immigration policy. Go here for the complete text. You will be surprised by how much else in this address sounds so very much like what the President said tonight.

Right From The Right

Probably not the bite that conservatives really want, but atleast it is a sign that the President is going to try and move away from the Left, atleast for a min.

Professor Bainbridge

Why is border security on the front burner only now? Securing both land borders, as well as the coasts and ports, should have been Job 1 after 9/11.

Western Standard

I thought it was very good. Free of bombast, genuine, empathetic. The George Bush I like so much. Unfortunately, I haven't seen enough of him lately, making tonight all the more welcome.


Are you f*cking kidding me? Insulting, wrong-headed pandering. Lacking substance and a total failure of an out of touch political class to grasp a problem that could well doom our nation. Short sighted and full of self-interest


As one who has watched in dismay over the last few months hordes of illegals shutting down cities to demand the rights of legal immigrants, trashing our Nation's flag and anthem, spitting on people who dare to oppose them, calling them racist and vigilantes at every turn, I had certainly hoped for a clearer vision and a brass tacks approach from President Bush's speech this evening but did not expect it.

Marc Cooper

Let’s get a couple of things straight about the immigration speech President George W. Bush unreeled Monday night from the Oval Office.
His address had nothing to do with actual border policy and everything to do with domestic electoral politics.

Aggressive Voice Daily

President Bush's immigration speech tonight hardly justified pushing back "24" in order to accommodate an unclear plan that may bring stability to our nation's southern border. The rub, of course, is the enforceability to the president's strategy.

Steve Sailer

If this speech reassures conservatives, we definitely are the Stupid Party, just like John Stuart Mill claimed.

Whatever It Is I'm Against It

Not surprisingly, he attempts to come down on every side of the issue. He loves immigrants, immigrants are a threat; immigrants come here “for the dream of freedom,” but should be stuck in a guest worker program that allows them only the freedom to work.


I listened to President Bush's "seventeen minutes and change" speech tonight, and although it was good to hear him finally lay out a brief point by point plan for resolving the immigration crisis, he lost me seconds after I heard the parts about a guest worker program,

Defense Tech
Pres. Bush gave a primetime speech tonight on immigration and border security (here's the full text of the speech, and here's the fact sheet on it). A lot of the speech covered familiar ground for those who have followed the immigration and border security debate closely; but he did provide some new specifics on his plan for border security, the most newsworthy element of which is the proposal to deploy up to 6,000 members of the National Guard on the southern border as a stopgap measure.

Latino Issues
It was a good speech. Bush said mostly what needed to say. Now, the key to the whole thing is to see some action and follow through on the whole thing.

Quite Right
The overall tone of Pres. Bush's immigration speech struck me as an effort to get in the middle of the road on the immigration issue.

Florian's Insensitivity Training
So tonight's the big night right? When our beloved leader declares we are going to take back what is rightfully ours from the Mexican invasion! No, of course not.

Citizen conservative
Reaction to President's Address: How do you say Impeachment in Spanish?

Right Truth
Twelve million people laugh at Bush all at once, via Chad at In the Bullpen. He's half right. We were laughing to keep from crying. Did Bush really think we would buy that pile of recycled garbage?

Right Perspective
chip implantation for anyone who comes into America on a visa. The chip will send out a signal out to immigration authorities once the person's visa expires,

Anti-Idiotarian Rottwieler
Oh, and now that I’m back from puking my guts out, I have to mention the “nice” touch of defending the honor, decency and integrity of illegal aliens crawling across the border by talking about a severely wounded Marine who’d LEGALLY entered the country from Mexico and volunteered for the Marines.

Red Hot Cuppa Politics
There are a couple of things I appreciate about President Bush. First, he always starts his speeches when he's supposed to. Second, he doesn't get windy.



Blogger Poison Pero said...


May 16, 2006  
Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

Thanks for linking "my plan."

President Bush could have honestly demonstrated how serious he is about illegal immigration by not making a speech at all.

But he did, and he said nothing.

May 16, 2006  
Blogger The Game said...

Thanks for the link...

I also added later...

Why do people say that wouldn't secure the border...if you build a wall that people can't cut wholes in, no more illegal immigration...atleast it will take away option number one, then you can focus on option two or three....which are much harder.

I also agree that is Mexico wasn't a piece of shit so many wouldn't want to leave...but until there are some people who want reform, we can do NOTHING to help would be like Africa..every single dollar we would send there would be taken by corrupt leaders.

May 16, 2006  
Blogger Lady Jane said...

Thanks for the link, Kevin!

May 16, 2006  
Blogger LomaAlta said...

Kevin, nice collection.

What is so frustrating is to be honest, working, tax paying, good citizens and be betrayed, misled, taken for granted and held to strict obedience of the law. At the same time, the GOP leadership we elected puts illegal aliens and the criminals who hire them above us and legal immmigrants. We must obey the law, the criminals do not.
And this separation is race and national origin-based. Ours is the first President since BEFORE the Civil War to put one group above another based solely on race and national origin.

May 16, 2006  
Blogger kevin said...

A wall would reduce the long term costs of manpower and survielence devices. Even worse, Bush's plan is just for a year, so we'll have have to go through this all over again.

May 16, 2006  
Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Great post again kevin...dont get me started on this issue..grrr!

May 16, 2006  
Blogger Brooke said...

Thanks for the link, Kevin!

Beamish, you are dead-on! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE; if you're aren't going to do anything, at least don't insult me with pandering and a talking-down to!

May 16, 2006  

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