Osiol: Has the Party Been Cancelled?
By Rich Osiol
A few weeks ago, an arrogant Senate voted “NO” (for the first time) on cloture of its ugly “immigration reform” bill. We all thought they had finally heard the American people. An equally arrogant President Bush was asked what he thought of the apparently dead bill. His response was “We'll see you at the signing.” It sounded like there was going to be a party.
Yep, it was all figured out. Senators such as McCain, Kyl, Kennedy, Reid, Lott and Grahamnesty (to name a few) had plans. In fact, these were behind the scenes plans. This must be a surprise party! The guest roll is going to be HUGE. No one can say for sure how many; the official guest count is 12 million, but other estimates put the count at 20 million or even more. This is going to be some fiesta! Senator Kennedy was singing in Spanish. Senator McCain was clearly separating himself from the rest of the Republican presidential candidates and endorsing this great bill.
The president wanted to make sure all plans were in place. Secretary of Homeland Security waved $4.4 billion around to ensure nobody would crash this party. Senator Trent Lott announced the kids were to be reigned in and not cause trouble. Talk radio was put on notice. "Shh, quit talking about this, you are giving the American people the wrong idea."
The arrogant Senate reintroduced its version of the immigration bill, now limiting debate on it! No more questioning what was best for us! If the people were against this bill, they simply were not for what was best for America. “W” even said so.
What happened next was the American people caught wind of this surprise party; and found out they weren't invited! They had no say. All they had to do was open their wallets and pay the expenses. This didn't sit well with them. They sent thousands of emails and faxes, and made thousands of phone calls demanding and end to this party. So many calls were made, the Senate switchboard was actually overloaded. No sir, the American people were NOT going to pay for this party.
Thanks to people like Senators Jeff Sessions and Jim DeMint (and many others), the amnesty bill went down fast and went down hard. The American peoples' voices were heard in Washington, DC unlike maybe ever before.
I saw a dejected president Bush on TV. He looked sad. I think the party he was throwing was canceled. As for me, I'm glad it was canceled. I wasn't invited.
July 9, 2007
The author is a regular reader of The Federal Observer and frequent contributor.