Friday, April 14, 2006

Compromise with Kennedy?

Notice how, in this AP article, the pattern of cooperation between Ted Kennedy (D-Chappaquiddick) and Senate Republicans (deport them!) is portrayed as a magnanimous gesture on Kennedy's part:

If the Democratic Party were the military, Sen. Edward Kennedy would probably be drummed out for fraternizing with the enemy.
The Massachusetts Democrat may rank as the Senate's leading liberal, but he has teamed up with a slew of prominent Republicans over the years to pass major legislation on contentious issues ranging from health care to education to immigration. ...
"He understands that in order to get stuff done, you have to reach across the aisle," said David Carney, a Republican consultant who served as a White House political director for former President George H.W. Bush. "A stand-alone Kennedy bill isn't going anywhere." ...

Kennedy is at the center of the national debate over immigration, bucking his party's leaders by pushing a compromise plan with Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona to put millions of illegal immigrants on a new path to citizenship.

But who's reaching out to who? And to what end? Any "compromise" with Kennedy over immigration would be toothless in terms of border enforcement and would include a "guest worker" sellout (or, as I prefer to call it, The Amnesty That Dare Not Speak Its NameTM) that would only make the problem worse.

One of the greatest honors accorded to DONKEY CONS was the praise from Peter Brimelow, who called it "vividly-written and witty." Mr. Brimelow, whose own writing is notably vivid and witty, is author of ALIEN NATION, the 1995 best-seller that warned America about the very crisis that we're facing today. And in that book, Mr. Brimelow explained that the man most responsible for our current immigration woes is ... wait for it ... TED KENNEDY.

Ted, the most famous C student ever to attend Harvard, was the chief architect and advocate of the 1965 Immigration and Nationalities Act, which:
  • completely overturned the principles that had governed U.S. immigration policy for 40 years;
  • remains the basic framework of U.S. immigration law; and
  • directly caused the problems we see today.
During debate over the 1965 bill, Kennedy -- an infamous dimwit who needs a translator to pander to illegal aliens en Espanol -- pretended to engage the arguments made by critics who warned that the measure would radically change American society, flooding the nation with millions of people from Third World countries, ill-suited to assimilate to U.S. culture.

I say Ted "pretended" to argue, because "argument" for Ted Kennedy means (a) naysaying the opponents' arguments, without offering any contrary evidence, and (b) impugning the opponents' motives as hateful. This is from pp. 76-77 of Alien Nation, with my notes [in brackets]:

    Today, it is astonishing to read ... the categorical assurances given by the 1965 Immigration Act's supporters. "What the bill will not do," summarized its floor manager, Immigration Subcommittee chairman Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Massachusetts):
    First, our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually. [Actually, it's now over 1 million a year, counting both legal immigrants and illegal aliens.] Under the proposed bill, the present level of immigration remains substantially the same. [Immigration prior to 1965 was averaging about 300,000 a year, so it has quadrupled since then.] ... Secondly, the ethnic mix of this country will not be upset. [You see why Kennedy was kicked out of Harvard for cheating.] ... Contrary to the charges in some quarters, [the bill] will not inundate Americ with immigrants from any one country or area, or the most populated and deprived nations of Africa or Asia. [Wrong again, Ted.] ...
    The charges I have mentioned [i.e., from the bill's critics, who turned out to be prophetically right] are highly emotional, irrational and with little foundation in fact. They are out of line with the obligations of responsible citizenship. They breed hate of our heritage. ...
    See? There is truly nothing new under the sun. Liberals keep lying about immigration, and if you dare to speak the truth, they accuse you of hatred and bigotry. Ted Kennedy has spent more than 40 years mastering this vicious scam, has tutored two generations of liberals in such evil modes of demagoguery, and despite his notorious dishonesty -- the surprising truth of Chappaquiddick is chronicled in Chapter 2 of DONKEY CONS, I might add -- Republican Senators still want to "compromise" on immigration with the very man most responsible for today's crisis.

    If Republicans trust Ted Kennedy on immigration, the GOP Senate will drown in November. And Ted? He'll just walk away. "Guilty as hell, free as a bird."
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