Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Latest on the Borders: Sowell, Goldberg, Prager

Thomas Sowell's column, linked above, is filled with his usual good sense. He concludes with an interesting point I've not yet heard discussed:

"Putting unarmed national guardsmen on the border is another cosmetic move, a placebo instead of real medicine. The excuse is that it is not possible to train more than 1,500 border patrol agents a year. Meanwhile, we have trained well over 200,000 Iraqi security forces while guerilla warfare raged around them."

Jonah Goldberg, writing for USA Today, says that the only strong reason being cited against building a border wall is symbolism. He questions whether that's really a valid reason not to secure our nation. Goldberg points out:

"Sure, a secured border might send the signal that America is less welcoming — to illegal immigrants. But it might also open up opportunities to be more welcoming to people waiting in line legally. And, without that signal, it's unlikely the 12 million people here illegally will ever be truly and fully welcomed at all. So, choose your symbolism."

Meanwhile, Dennis Prager analyzes the one-word putdowns that currently pass for deep thought and debate among many Democrats. The first example: Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's slam of anyone who believes in English as the national language as "racist."


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