The “Goody Two Shoes” Syndrome
By: Randall H. Nunn
Earlier this week, Karl Rove addressed the left-wing Latino “civil rights” organization, La Raza, and lectured all of us on being more understanding about illegal immigration and supporting President Bush’s call for a “path to citizenship” for illegals. Rove said we need to remember “the shared values that draw men and women to our shores.” I hate to burst your bubble, Mr. Rove, but no “shared values” are driving the multitudes from Mexico climbing our fences and swimming our rivers. The value driving these people is the desire to partake of our country’s bounty without being entitled to it and without having to sacrifice and work for it the way lawful American citizens have had to do.
Frankly, Mr. Rove, your lecture is insulting to me since it amounts to nothing more than an attempt to silence President Bush’s critics on this issue by portraying them as uncaring and ignorant American firststers. If Mr. Rove is truly as sappy as he sounded in his La Raza speech, he should go to work writing children’s books where it may be appropriate for sentimentality and warm, fuzzy feelings to take the place of reality.
Rove said in his speech that the immigration debate had “clouded the views of some people in America and led them to fail to understand that Hispanics and all immigrants, are real Americans.” Hispanics are not “real Americans” by virtue of being Hispanic but only by reason of being a citizen of this country. Legal immigrants may be “real Americans” Mr. Rove but illegal aliens are not-and your pontificating to the rest of us will not make it so. The real idiocy of Rove’s speech is that he insults the vast majority of American citizens in an effort to court a minority that he thinks is growing in political power. That is called pandering and is disappointing to see coming from Rove. But since I have “clouded vision” maybe I am missing the subtle distinctions that Rove sees.
Rove’s speech is an example of the actions and statements coming from the Bush administration that are worrisome to the conservative base. The speech did not address the real issues but sought only to silence critics and appease political opponents with a lot of sophomoric drivel. Rove’s statement that “everything that this country is…… is because we are a nation of diversity” is nonsensical blather. Everything that this country is is because we are a nation united in our belief in individual freedom and liberty and the rule of law. “Diversity” may be nice and interesting but it did not create the freest and greatest nation on earth. Diversity is a liberal buzz-word that is invoked to elicit nods of approval from other liberals and intimidate the feeble-minded into acquiescence with whatever preposterous idea or scheme is being advanced at the moment. We expected better of you, Mr. Rove, than trivializing the debate on illegal immigration. The people who stood up to the British regulars on Lexington green were fiercely united in their belief in individual liberty and personal responsibility-they were not a bunch of goody two shoes fighting for diversity and free medical care.
Randall H. Nunn is a staff writer for the New Media Alliance, Inc. The New Media Alliance is a non-profit (501c3) national coalition of writers, journalists and grass-roots media outlets.