The media have designated the front-runners for Republican and Democratic nominations for the 2008 presidential election and seem to expect American voters to line up behind one of them right now even though the national nominating conventions won't take place until next summer.
Most Republicans are still shopping, and here are some of the statements they would like hear from a presidential candidate.
Republicans want a president to appoint only judges who will enforce the U.S. Constitution as it was written. They want our president to appoint only judges who publicly reject the liberal notion that the Constitution is "evolving," or that decisions can be based on "emerging awareness" about morals.
Republicans want the president to be a leader in protecting U.S. sovereignty and independence from foreign control over our lives and laws. Republicans want him to reject all United Nations treaties such as the U.N. Law of the Sea Treaty, which would make all use of the oceans subject to the International Seabed Authority, the U.N. Treaty on the Rights of the Child, and the U.N. Treaty on Women.
Republicans want their candidate for president to announce that he considers it a presidential duty to prevent illegal entry into the United States. He should praise the American people for successfully getting the U.S. Senate to defeat the 2007 Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill earlier this year.
Republicans want their presidential candidate to promise that he will never try to bamboozle them with a similar so-called "comprehensive" immigration bill or a so-called "DREAM Act," which includes amnesty for the millions of illegal immigrants now in the United States.
Republicans want their candidate to tell us now exactly what he will do to prevent the entry of the illegal drugs over the U.S.-Mexico border. They want a presidential candidate to say he will pardon Border Guards Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean who are unjustly imprisoned for intercepting a professional Mexican drug smuggler.
Republicans want their candidate to build the fence on the U.S.-Mexico border legislated by the Secure Fence Law. Republicans want their candidate to promise to enforce the law against employers hiring illegal immigrants.
Republicans want their candidate to explain how he will lift the tax burden that Americans suffer today in providing a net value of $20,000 a year to every illegal immigrant household.
Republicans want their candidate to stop the entry of Mexican trucks onto U.S. highways and roads. They want their candidate to deep-six the plan called "totalization," which would include illegal immigrants into the U.S. Social Security system.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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