Let me finish with the dangerous, disgusting, dispiriting thought that we, this self-governing republic, are simply not up to the job.
Let's take immigration, the topic the president addressed today. Let me now talk to people who believe we, as Americans, have a right to say on what terms people get to enter this country.
We all know the basis of any immigration "fix." We need to find some way to stop the flow of illegal immigration. We need to find a way of dealing with the people who made their lives here and became a living part of our country.
I believe the key to finding a comprehensive solution begins and ends with stopping the illegal hiring of people because the search for work is the primary reason people leave their countries and come here.
The president supports creation and issuance of a tamper-proof ID card and I support him. If you don't, I ask you to examine your conscience. You need an ID to get money from the bank, to cash a check, to check into a hotel, board an airplane, get married. You need a passport to leave the country and return. Why should someone who's not here legally not face the same requirement that Americans face every time they cross the border?
I salute the president for getting to the root of the problem. I recommend that every citizen who cares about illegal immigration ask anyone running for office whether he or she actively supports the end to illegal hiring and is not just willing but "eager" to give employers a way to stop it.
If not, I believe it fair to say the politician who goes quiet on this matter, or gives you a lot of blah, blah, blah is just another player gaming the system. They can call themselves "civil libertarians" or "immigrants' rights advocates" or "churchmen" or "concerned businessmen" but you will know them by their refusal to stop illegal hiring. They are gaming the system for cheap, illegal labor, for votes, or they simply have no problem with the flow of illegal immigration. They oppose giving honest business people the one tool they need to stop it – a trustworthy ID card, because the last thing they want to do is stop it.
The president is right on this ID card business. The game players, left, right and center are wrong. Got it?