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This Sunday, President Bush appeared on Fox News Sunday with Brit Hume, talking about what he'll miss the most about being president and what it will feel like not being president.

In between his wistful nostalgia, he was asked how he views the Republican party and how it should go forth now after getting "whipped" in 2008.

He said:

"It's important for our party not to narrow its focus, not to become so inward-looking that we drive people away from a philosophy that's compassionate and decent ... My call for our party is to become open-minded".

As he said this, I could feel it coming. I started to grit my teeth and hope he wouldn't say it, that he wouldn't revert to an issue which he failed miserably to convey, but, he did it anyway.

He cited, as an example, the issue of immigration.

He continued:

"If we're looked at as anti-somebody... In other words, if the party is viewed as anti-immigrant, than another fellow may say "well, if they're against the immigrant, they may be against me.".

"We've got to be a party for a better future."


Ummm, this is pure RINO crap. There can be a "litmus test" to be a Republican. It's called maintaining and espousing Conservative principles.

The Republican party just put forth a presidential candidate in John McCain that is about as pro-amnesty and anti-conservative as you can get and still be called a Republican. And he got "whipped"!

Of all the things Pres. Bush could have picked as an example, it was immigration? (Sound of head banging against the wall.)

It is not, Mr. Bush, non-compassionate to expect the leaders of your party or your country to want immigration to be legally pursued. It is not guaranteed in the constitution the right to immigrate here. It is a privilege. It is, however, part of the constitution to defend the borders of the United States, especially during a time of war.

Granting amnesty to illegal aliens only encourages more of the same to come here, knowing they can get away with it.

Illegal immigration is a drain on resources, especially those of border states, and should be treated as a criminal act.

This is not a philosophy that isn't "compassionate and decent", it is one that is lawful and right.

The argument that these people "do the jobs that Americans won't do" is a self-perpetuating myth. It artificially holds down fair wages and transforms the system into nothing more than state-sponsored slave labor. And in this time of growing monthly job losses, American citizens and legal immigrants would probably be more than willing to do these jobs, and if given the chance, it would raise the wages of those jobs to a more sustainable "living wage" level.

As I've said before, if the likes of Ted Kennedy get their way, the 12-20 million illegal immigrants currently in this country will become nothing more than a 12-20 million democratic voting block, an insurmountable new number.

Reagan had his "Reagan Democrats". Obama has his "Obama Republicans". Couple that with a voting population of illegals, and you can expect Republicans to be "whipped" for a long time coming.

I've voiced my support for many of President Bush's actions during these 8 years. But with things like Amnesty and the recent socialist action of bailing out and assimilating companies into government sponsored entities instead of letting the free market system do it's job, I've become more convinced that the President has morphed into just another RINO.

And that's just an sour appetizer for the next four years.


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Comments (18)

Prescription drug bailout? ... (Below threshold)

Prescription drug bailout? He was a RINO from the get-go. He just acted boldly regarding Iraq bolstered and motivated by public opinion. Otherwise he is pretty McCain-like.

Jorge didn't have to "morph... (Below threshold)

Jorge didn't have to "morph" very far. He was elected as the least objectionable of the two candidates...the lesser of two evils...and that is what he remains to this day. His only accomplishments are: tax cuts, continuing the war against Islamic thugs and the nomination of two actual constructionists to the Supreme Court. (After a great deal of screaming from conservatives.) But he also did tremendous damage to the republican party and to conservatism. Never mind the big spending socialism. All in all, a disaterous 8 years for the US and the rights and freedom of the American people.

You are very wrong, Shawn. ... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

You are very wrong, Shawn. Tomorrow I will explain just why.

If you look at the... (Below threshold)
dr lava:

If you look at the demographics of the last election, Colorado in particular, and factor in that the "conservative message" [whatever that is] and the GOP is an absolute joke to most people under thirty, it makes it all the more obvious that conservatism is dead.

25% of seven year olds are of hispanic descent. Conservatives will never change with the times and history is littered with failed , rigid, social movements.

DJD,Since Shawn's co... (Below threshold)

Since Shawn's commentary really resonated with me (I agree wholeheartedly), I'm interested in your "counterpoint". However, you are going to have to be very, very convincing.

Gee DJ,I can't wai... (Below threshold)

Gee DJ,

I can't wait.

The suspense is killing me.

St. Ronnie Reagan himself f... (Below threshold)

St. Ronnie Reagan himself favored amnesty, so he was a RINO too, right, Shawn?

What I want to know is, why... (Below threshold)
Aog Author Profile Page:

What I want to know is, why doesn't the Democratic Party's frequent rants against "the rich" or "Big Oil" or business owners etc., etc., have the same effect? Or does President Bush believe that the "another fellow may say "well, if they're against the immigrant, they may be against me" effect is something people only works against Republicans? If so, why?

Herman,If you are ... (Below threshold)


If you are refering to the Immigration Reform and Control Act, which was passed by a Democratic congress and signed into law by Reagan, then, no it does not make him a RINO.

It was a mistake then, and is a mistake now.

However, comapring Reagan to most any Republican today is folly, and to say he was a RINO due to one disagreement is shallow.

Caving on immigration won't... (Below threshold)

Caving on immigration won't help conservatives, ever. Compromising on conservative principles never does help. Whether it's an issue that ends up handing Democrats a huge new voting bloc (like immigration) or not (like prescription drug benefits), conservatives/republicans never win when they cede their political territory for political peace.

I find it amusing that you ... (Below threshold)

I find it amusing that you can't understand what is wrong with the Republican Party. For one, Conservatives: Always lowering the bar in order to excuse their own piss-poor performance.

A 2006 report compiled by House Republicans slammed what it called "a failure of leadership," saying that the federal government's "blinding lack of situational awareness and disjointed decision making needlessly compounded and prolonged Katrina's horror."

That right there, not counting other things, have turned the American people away from the GOP, more than you can realize. Yes, both parties have their crooks, but in the last 8 years, the majority of the elected crooks have been GOP.

Argue against what I'm saying, but it is the truth. The complete BS that the GOP uses against their opponents is another problem you have. And the American people have finally seen through the BS.

And any BS of obstruction trying to get our economy going is also going to go against the GOP. I can remember you people calling a bunch of people of having BDS. Sounds like you have finally realize what a lot of Americans, not just the bleeding hearts, realized along time ago.

And while you are starting to get ODS, just remember what I said about your BS that you spout off about a lot of the times.

The fact that Bush responded to Terrie Schiavo faster than Katrina speaks volumes! Over the last several years, Bush and the GOP-controlled House and Senate have poured over one hundred billion tax dollars into "Homeland Security." What did we get as the federal response to Hurricane Katrina? We got homeland stupidity

Like I said, these are just a few items that the American people have with the GOP, and that is not counting your pro-life, religious nuts involved, etc.

Shame it came to this, but you brought it upon yourself.

Damn, it's a bitch to be a ... (Below threshold)
Dave Noble:

Damn, it's a bitch to be a Republican now.

You've gone from bully-boy gloating to self-pity and breast beating so quickly, my poor commie pinko, soft on Islam, terrorist-lovin' head is spinnin'.

Rush's Operation Chaos worked, unfortunately it looks like it's the Republican Party that is in a state of chaos.

Keep listening to Rush, Sean, and Ann. Please.
And in 2012, I'm rooting for the Palin-Wurtzelbacher ticket. You betcha!

"to say he [St. Ronnie] was... (Below threshold)

"to say he [St. Ronnie] was a RINO due to one disagreement is shallow." -- Shawn

Okay then, how about signing into law a bill permitting abortion when Reagan was California governor? Or appointing Sandra Day O'Connor and Anthony Kennedy to the Supreme Court (this despite the fact that Scalia easily sailed through his Senate confirmation), both O'Connor and Kennedy affirming Roe through Planned Parenthood v. Casey? Or how about spending taxpayer money like a drunken sailor while President, thereby ballooning the federal deficit? Just how conservative was it to send military armaments to Iraq (SADDAM HUSSEIN FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!) Is that something you would do, Shawn? Or how about cutting and running just after a military barracks got blown up in (I believe) Lebanon? "Cutting & Running" -- is that a oonservative thing to do, Shawn? Or how about striving to trade arms for hostages -- that doesn't strike me as a conservative thing to do, what say you, Shawn?

St. Ronnie is looking more & more like a RINO now, huh?

Deal with it.

"There can be a "litmus tes... (Below threshold)
Brad Schwartze:

"There can be a "litmus test" to be a Republican. It's called maintaining and espousing Conservative principles."

Your job, Shawn Mallow, should you choose to accept it, is to "espouse" and sell those "Conservative Principles" to Hispanics, Asians, and young people. Namely, sell to those folks the idea of "We love you. We want you here. Just make sure your immigration papers are correct and on your person at all times, ok?" Shouldn't be a problem, right? After all, it's a benign and harmless position that Everyone Should Follow THE LAW, no?

Or are you one of those folks who think that all the GOP (not Conservatives, those folks don't have to do squat) has to do is just play to enough white folks who have a "Stop the world, I want to get off." mentality to victory in '10 and '12?

I long for the day when GOP... (Below threshold)

I long for the day when GOP is the party of strong defense, low taxes, less regulation, and the rest gets sorted out by the free market.

But I fear that's all in the past now- we're on the downward slope to socialism. We're maybe a generation behind France and Britain in that respect, but that's where we're headed.

The BUSH interview was path... (Below threshold)

The BUSH interview was pathetic. The First Lady is a Stepford wife.

The demise of the republica... (Below threshold)

The demise of the republican party would be a lot more entertaining if it weren't so sad.

Still pretty entertaining though.

"The demise of the repub... (Below threshold)

"The demise of the republican party would be a lot more entertaining if it weren't so sad.

Still pretty entertaining though."

Yeah, it's pretty entertaining to me, too. Liberalism is rotting it from the inside out, which is super news, because now real conservatism can take root and flourish.






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