Are you a "Bush Conservative"?
"Bush Conservative" is the new, not-nearly-as-pejorative name for what is refered to in the literature as "Bushbotism". One of the chief symptoms of this affliction is a very strong ability to believe strongly in an idea despite massive contradictory evidence: Bush is a down-home Texas cowboy despite being a part of the Northeast liberal elite, Bush has secured or will secure the border despite millions of illegal aliens flooding over that same border, Bush is protecting us from terrorists while making it easier for them to infiltrate the U.S., Bush is a strong defender of the Constitution despite showing little regard for it, and on and on.
Bush Conservatives respect the immigrant worker in the sense we understand people need to make a life (not just a living). We do not want the broken current system to stay hostage to the "Fence Only" crowd. The illegal immigrant worker will pay a penalty in back taxes and lost time towards citizenship. That level of penalty is sufficient for the crime of missing paperwork. We respect those who are trying to do nothing more than raise a family. The Republicans can now have the mantle of harshness towards otherwise good people. They can focus on their vision of the few bad apples representing the entire immigrant population. They can ignore the more realistic, broader images that include aliens fighting for our country - the other immigrant worker. The only people who get my support will embrace Bush's comprehensive vision of workers who are registered, background checked, working in the open economy, and who must avoid criminal activities if they stay here. They will not become citizens immediately, and in fact will not be able to apply any time here as illegal aliens towards citizenship. They will become our neighbors working by our side, raising their children with ours. And like the good neighbors we are, we will reach out and help them assimiliate to our society. The Reps can be the party of rounding up aliens for deportation...
How heart-warming. And, if we were dealing with just a few thousand or even a few tens of thousands of people I might agree. Unfortunately, we're dealing with a massive movement of people from one country to ours. That quote trivializes everything involved in this issue, not taking into account things such as political power for the Mexican government, far-left groups, and racial demagogues to name just a few issues. Bush's "comprehensive vision" will be even more of a disaster than his other failed schemes, irreparably damaging the U.S. and encouraging millions more illegal aliens to come here.
Whether "Bush Conservatives" believe bunk like this or are just using it as a cover for making money or pushing other agendas is unclear. What is clear is that Bush and his supporters are on the other side, and the sooner a split, the better.