The Dallas Morning News has named “The Illegal Alien” as its 2007 Texan of the Year. It makes more sense than Vladimir Putin, and the designation obviously recognizes the importance of the immigration issue, rather than acclaiming the wonderfulness of illegals. I agree with Michelle that the accompanying essay is squishy and timid, though it’s positively Tancredo-ite compared to any other paper other than the Washington Times. One criticism I don’t get at all is Larry Auster’s attack on NR alum Rod Dreher, who, it turns out, ghosted the piece on behalf of the editorial board, on which he sits. (Larry’s postings are here, here, and here, and Rod’s response here.) The DMN piece’s one-the-one-hand, on-the-other-hand pose is indeed silly, but it represents the newspaper’s corporate position, not Rod’s, which is much more hawkish. In fact, I’m fairly sure that if Rod hadn’t drafted it, the piece wouldn’t have given as respectful a hearing as it did to the pro-enforcement, low-immigration side of the issue. I like Larry and often find him insightful, but he doesn’t seem to appreciate that any social change needs people inside mainstream institutions trying to change their positions, as well as others on the outside taking an uncompromising stance; reflexively calling the insiders sellouts, or the outsiders cranks, doesn’t move the ball forward.
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