I was invited last week to join George Burke (who is also the Chairman of the 11th District Democratic Committee) on Fairfax Public Access television for a program on “Inside Scoop Virginia” this Sunday. To my surprise, “documentarian” Annabel Park of 9500Liberty showed up to argue the other side in what was billed as a program on new media and the immigration debate, but ended up focusing mostly on the Rule of Law Resolution. I think I held my own fairly well against two others that certainly wanted to argue that the Rule of Law Resolution is a bad idea, and the way it turned out the vast majority of callers to this local Fairfax County program ended up agreeing with me.
The first caller was from “Mona” who called in from California, apparently viewing the program on the internet. Her comment that we need to be more respectful in this debate was curious when at the same time she referred to me as “a Republican jerk”. So much for civility from the left. “Richard” called in and took the media to task for selective reporting on the issue, referring to a book called “Black Swan“, but somehow some audio problems developed that made it somewhat difficult to hear all of what he was saying. “Lupe” called in next, an immigrant who was born in Mexico City, and took Annabel Park to task and said “Greg is right” before more audio problems developed. “Leonard” was the last caller, who kind of meandered around and didn’t make a clear point, but wasn’t at all arguing for illegal aliens. For a Fairfax County television station to have this many callers support the Rule of Law Resolution really must have George Burke concerned when both his candidates for Congress are rabid supporters of amnesty for illegal aliens.
I’m pretty surprised that Annabel Park agreed to this. Her actions pretty much throw away any remaining credibility that 9500Liberty is somehow an unbiased documentary, and demonstrates that there is a clear political agenda behind that effort. At the end of this show George left the last forty seconds of airtime for Annabel to try to get in her last word and tell me that the Rule of Law Resolution, despite being discussed for months and subject to an unprecedented level of public debate was rushed and the product of an electorate that was uninformed at best. I suppose that representative democracy isn’t all that important to the left anymore, which seems to believe that when the electorate tells their elected officials what they want, and the elected officials actually do that they’re asked, it’s somehow a failure.
Make no mistake here — this has utterly nothing to do with the process used to consider and enact the Rule of Law Resolution, and everything to do with liberals trying to obtain a different outcome in a battle they decisively lost. There was utterly zero debate about Gerry Connolly establishing a policy in Fairfax that prohibits law enforcement from asking suspected illegal aliens about their immigration status, a policy that violates federal law. Walter Tejada’s effective declaration of Arlington as a sanctuary jurisdiction was debated at one single session of the Arlington Board of County Supervisors after no evaluation whatsoever. When liberals want a policy established, if there’s any debate allowed it is consise to the point of nonexistence, and the amount of evaluation before those policies are enacted is minimal at best. Even Prince William County’s General Order that had prohibited officers from asking about immigration status that was overturned by the Rule of Law Resolution was discussed in closed-door non-public discussions between the police department and Mexicans Without Borders, never even disclosed to the Board of Supervisors, and held in secret by the Prince William County Police Department. Compared to the policies that existed prior to the Rule of Law Resolution, the public discussion and evaluation process for the resolution has been infinitely more comprehensive.
Just for once it would be nice if liberals could be consistent in their arguments. At least there are some opportunities, like this one, to take them to task.
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