As President Bush's poll numbers drop dramatically even among his base, the question most frequently asked by angry Republicans is: Why, oh why, is Bush so stubbornly rejecting the advice of his supporters even though that advice is consistent with the thunderous message from public opinion surveys?
The reliable Rasmussen survey, for example, reports that by a 63 percent to 19 percent margin, voters want legislation that controls the borders before trying to change the status of illegal immigrants.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger encapsuled the typical reaction to Bush's May 15 televised speech: "I have not heard the president say that our objective is to secure the borders no matter what it takes. That's what I want to hear."
Bush's dogmatic statement that we can't stop aliens from illegally entering our country unless legislation is packaged "together" with a guest-worker program is a non sequitur, nonsense, and untrue.
So what gives?
Here are some of the speculations grass-roots Republicans are making in regard to Bush's behavior:
(a) Bush prides himself on being a man of his word and he gave his word to Mexican President Vicente Fox that he would never stop the migration of Mexicans into the United States;
(b) Bush made a Faustian bargain with the big-money guys who raised more political money in 2000 than all other Republicans combined in order to nominate and elect him president;
(c) Bush is a globalist at heart and wants to carry out his father's oft-repeated ambition of a "new world order";
(d) Bush meant what he said, at Waco, Texas, in March 2005, when he announced his plan to convert the United States into a "Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America" by erasing our borders with Canada and Mexico.
Bush's guest-worker proposal would turn the United States into a boardinghouse for the world's poor, enable employers to import an unlimited number of "willing workers" at foreign wage levels, and wipe out what's left of the U.S. middle class.
Bush lives in a house well protected by a fence and security guards and he associates with rich people who live in gated communities. Yet, for five years, he has refused to protect the property and children of ordinary Arizona citizens from trespassers and criminals.
Much attention has been paid to Bush's proposal to legalize the estimated 10 million to 20 million illegal immigrants currently living in the United States. Despite his denial of the "A" word, friends and foes alike recognize this as amnesty.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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