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Border Follies

This thing about our govt. colluding with Narcistan — sorry, I mean Mexico — to keep the flow of illegal immigrants coming, is the last straw.  Either our govt. is criminally incompetent, or else it is maliciously hostile to ordinary American citizens.  Or both.   I kept my mouth pretty well shut when the splendid whack-’em’upside-the-head assault on Iraq turned into a ludicrous and apologetic ”nation-building” exercise.  I bellyached in a restrained fashion at the Harriet Miers farce.  I kept my grumbling over Medicaid, the budget bloat, and border security at a decently low volume.  This one, though, I can’t take.   I can’t think of a single thing to say in favor of the national Republican party, its senators, representatives, governors, and administration.  I can’t think of a single reason why, right now, I should vote for any of them.    I could never vote for the liberal mob; but if a conservative third party comes up between now and 2008, they’ll have my full attention — likely my money and my vote, too.  We are on the last page of Animal Farm here; I can no longer tell the men from the pigs.

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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