Is Arlen Specter Finally a Patriot?

July 27, 2006

By Tom DeWeese

It was the front page, banner headline of The Washington Times: “Specter puts border first, Open to deal on illegals.” It appeared Senator Arlen Specter had finally come around to seeing it our way.

The article’s first sentence read, “Sen. Arlen Specter said he rates border security as the No.1 priority for an immigration bill and said he is open to a compromise that sets goals for border and interior enforcement before a guest-worker program and path to citizenship for illegal aliens kicks in.”

Such a statement was a far cry from the outrageous bill Specter helped broker through the Senate just a few weeks before. That bill demanded not only guest-worker provisions, but gave illegals in-state tuition for college; assured illegals will be paid a prevailing wage; assured illegals can’t be fired for being here illegally; assured illegals are eligible for Social Security; and assured tax dollars will go to radical immigrant-rights groups so they can help illegals adjust their status.

Senator Specter assured us that this bill was the correct way for America to deal with illegal aliens. He rejected criticism of the bill. He ignored a letter from 71 members of the House warning the Senate not to pass a bill containing amnesty for illegals. He ignored phone and letter writing campaigns from Americans. Senator Specter knew best.

So why the change? Well, it could have been a second article buried back on page nine of the same newspaper, which reported on the findings of Washington pollster Frank Luntz. He had written a private letter to Congress that Americans are not only ready for an overhaul of illegal alien policy, “they are demanding it.”

Luntz went on to say, “Any Republican who votes for legislation on illegal immigration that walks, talks, looks or smells like amnesty will reap the wrath of a Republican electorate who see more and more reasons to stay home in November.”

In other words, Ol’ Arlen, whose not up for reelection this year, darn it, could lose his chairmanship of the powerful Judiciary Committee. And ol’ Arlen loves power. So he started looking for a way out of the mess he had helped make with the Senate’s immigration bill.

Actually, it wasn’t a hard thing for a man of his slippery tongue to do. He just reversed the priorities as written in the bill. All he had to do was jump on the bandwagon for border security and put out a press release saying so. The result: headlines saying Arlen Specter now supported border security.

The danger was in the small print, where he said, he would ” insist that the final bill include a guest-worker program and a path to citizenship for many illegals…” The House bill calls for no amnesty plan and House members have refused to consider it. This is just a little sleight of hand by Arlen to slip it in.

So, in reality, Arlen Specter hasn’t changed anything. He just moved the cheese around in the trap hoping to catch the House napping. Now, after his magnanimous offer to join the patriots, he’ll blame the radical fringe conservatives for being unwilling to compromise as the reason we won’t have a worthwhile change in immigration policy in this congress. Of course, it won’t be Arlen’s fault.

And here’s another Senator I’d never turn my back on…

Senator Mike DeWine. I really shouldn’t have to say more here. Just the name of this weasel should put shutters down the spine of any American who cares about limited government, free markets and individual liberty. He has betrayed them all at one time or another. Oh yes, and when he runs for re-election, he always calls himself a “conservative.” My fellow Ohioans, please, please keep this piece of paper you are now holding, and take it into the voting booth this coming November.

Here’s Senator DeWine’s pitiful record (the short version):

In 1998 he lied to conservative members of the Senate to get their votes for his Workforce Development Act, the third plank of the School To Work, Goals 200 restructuring of America’s schools. He said Phyllis Schlafly supported it. She didn’t.

In 2002, Senator DeWine was one of six Republicans to vote against drilling for oil in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). That got him wild praise and support from forty-two of the nations most radical environmental groups – it got you $3.00 per gallon gas.

And in 2006, Senator DeWine has become the first Senate candidate in the nation to be endorsed by The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. The group sited his efforts to block legislation that prevents gunshot victims from suing gun manufacturers.

Now isn’t it funny that the only ones who seem to approve of Senator DeWine’s service in the Senate are the far left? And isn’t it odd that the only people who seem to vote for him are right of center Americans WHO ARE NOT PAYING ATTENTION!

Tom DeWeese
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Tom DeWeese is one of the nation’s leading advocates of individual liberty, free enterprise, private property rights, personal privacy, back-to-basics education and American sovereignty and independence.