If ever there has been a time in recent politics that a self-congralutory pat on the back is merited by the citizenry of the US, today is that day. Collectively, we fought the establishment forces–big business, big politics, and big religion–pushing for a pliable population of menials to labor for low wages subsidized by the net taxpayer, vote for a larger and more intrusive government, and to become members of an antiquated institution, respectively.
Not only did we fight, we won. Through an indefatigable campaign of phoning, faxing, and writing, we averted a demographic disaster that would’ve made southern California a sure harbinger of what would soon befall the rest of the nation: Dismal educational performance, public bankruptcy, an increasingly squeezed middle class unable to afford housing and so less likely to start new families, greater wealth inequality, strained social services, lowered levels of trust among members of their respective communities, dirtier roads and skies, urban sprawl, ad infinitum.
Praise is also due to the 114 House Republicans who, in showing their opposition to the S1369, took a decisive stand against the Kyl-Kennedy-McCain open borders coalition that sent a clear signal to the upper House that the bill had lots of enemies in the other chamber.
We beat back an offensive onslaught against American sovereignty. But her status remains tenuous. There has to be carry through. The GOP Presidential contenders have been presented with a tremendous opportunity to do just that. The approval rating of Congress has dipped to a dismal 25%, while the President has sunken to a Carter-esque 28% (and 15% on immigration). McCain and Brownback are finished. The other hopefuls should, aligned with a House that has sharply rebuked the Bush administration, do everything they can to show they are in opposition to the failed national leadership of their party.