Vigilantes on our borders?
More fallout on the problems of our southern borders. President Bush thinks that citizens who patrol and report illegal activity (not unlike neighborhood watch groups) are vigilantes. The position of the administration on this crucial matter of the highest domestic priority continues to be curious.
Douglas Hanson, The American Thinker's military contributor makes some excellent points -- be sure to read the whole thing:
The conservative political punditry certainly called this one right.� Wednesday, President Bush spoke out against� the Minuteman Project, which consists of about 1000 US volunteers who have grown tired of the rampant illegal immigration across our southern borders, and is assisting the US Border patrol by observing and reporting illegal activity.� And, if this weren't bad enough, GW displayed a distinct lack of knowledge on exactly how the Minuteman Project operates, by using the term "vigilantes" when referring to the volunteers.� Frankly, this was an inappropriate term and displayed an elitist attitude.� And this coming from a man who in the past has been willing to place his trust in the American people rather than practicing political expediency.
. . . President Bush has been viewed as a leader who places the national security of our country as the number one priority.� His national security team and the DoD have correctly gone on the offense in the Global War on Terror and taken the fight to the enemy.� Unfortunately, the lack of will in securing our border, and his criticisms of our citizens acting in good faith to protect their loved ones and property, only reinforce the perception that GW is returning to business as usual in the domestic political arena.� Pandering to the oddball coalition of open-border Democrats and cheap-labor Republicans may have some economic benefit that I don't understand, but this is certainly no way to secure our country.