Our Long National Nightmare Is Over–Thanks to Blogs and Radio Talk Shows — A Powerful Alliance Has Saved the Middle Class in America

Mick Gregory

Michael Savage is picking up his Freedom of Speech Award from Talkers Magazine tonight.

Congratulations, Dr. Savage!

Our long national nightmare is over.

The failure of the Senate immigration bill, called “stabbed and bleeding on the floor,” made shock waves in Washington DC, Thursday night and Friday morning.

I can boil it down to this — the bill would have instantly made 12 million (more like 20 million) illegal immigrants, new super citizens with more rights than the average American. The 12-20 million would have rights to free legal support paid for by the middle class American citizens who have to wait months to get a passport. The new super citizens’ children will get a place ahead of Americans in line at college admission, then, later for prestigious jobs at top PC corporations.

A New York Times report found out something that bloggers and talk show fans have known for quite a few years now, blogs and talk radio programs, not only Rush’s giant voice and the Free Republic blog, but now Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, Dennis Miller and ManCow have garnered millions of loyal listeners. But that’s not the half of it; the citizen journalists on blogs such as Grassfire, Michelle Malkin, Matt Drudge and the smaller, prolific blogs such as Nuke Gingrich, Scott Allen, Patriot Lighthouse, Let Freedom Ring, and (several more linked to this site) have made their mark.

Voters like Monique Thibodeaux, highlighted in the Times’ article joined a nationwide campaign to derail the flawed bill.

Thibodeaux, an office manager at a towing company in suburban Detroit, became a political activist. Guided by conservative blogs, she made calls and sent e-mail messages to senators across the country and pushed her friends to do the same.

“These people came in the wrong way, so they don’t belong here, period,” Mrs. Thibodeaux, a Republican, said of some 12 million illegal immigrants who would have been granted a path to citizenship under the Senate bill.

“In my heart I knew it was wrong for our country,” she said of the measure.

Supporters of the legislation defended it as an imperfect but pragmatic solution to the difficult problem of illegal immigration. Public opinion polls, including a New York Times/CBS News Poll taken only last month, showed broad support for the bill’s major provisions.

But the legislation sparked a furious rebellion among many Republican and even some Democrat voters, who were linked by the Internet and encouraged by radio talk show hosts. Their outrage and activism surged to full force after Senator Jon Kyl, the Arizona Republican who was an author of the bill, suggested early this week that support for the measure seemed to be growing. The assault on lawmakers in Washington was relentless. In a crucial vote Thursday night, the bill’s supporters, including President Bush, fell short by 15 votes.

“Technologically enhanced grass-roots activism is what turned this around, people empowered by the Internet and talk radio,” said Colin A. Hanna, president of Let Freedom Ring, a conservative group.

“The opposition to the amnesty plan is so much more intense than the intensity of the supporters,” said Mr. Hanna, speaking of the bill’s provisions to grant legal status to qualifying illegal immigrants, which the authors of the legislation insisted was not amnesty.

In the end, supporters conceded that they were outmaneuvered by opponents who boiled down their complaints to that single hot-button word, repeated often and viscerally on talk radio programs and blogs.

“It’s a lot easier to yell one word, ‘amnesty,’ and it takes a little more to explain, ‘No, it’s not, and if you don’t do anything you have a silent amnesty,’ ” said Gov. Janet Napolitano of Arizona, a Democrat who backed the measure.

I can boil it down to this — the bill would have instantly made 12 million illegal immigrants, new super citizens with more rights than the average American. The 12 million would have rights to free legal support paid for by the middle class American citizens who have to wait months to get a passport.

35 thoughts on “Our Long National Nightmare Is Over–Thanks to Blogs and Radio Talk Shows — A Powerful Alliance Has Saved the Middle Class in America

  1. Years ago there was a popular advertising slogan “Where’s the beef?” I suggest we do a take off. “Where’s the fence?”

  2. Hi Mike,

    That’s been done. It’s on Utube.

    Hi Mick,

    I’ve always thought that this immigration bill is a lot like catching a burglar in your home and instead of calling the cops, inviting him to spend the night after you fix him dinner.

    the Grit

  3. I wish I could believe in my heart that the national nightmare is over with but I live in California so it makes me a pessimist when it comes to immigration. I hope to god that a socialist democrat does not win the presidential race because if we thought the immigration bill that millions of us stopped was unreasonable just wait for comrade clintong to take over… God help us all.

  4. You just wait until Clinton or Obama get elected. I remember as a child being told wait until your father gets home. There will be hell to pay. Is that all the Right has? You just wait until Clinton or Obama gets elected. Well, white boys if you don’t end this Iraqi War that is exactly what is going to happen. The faux bottom of reality will open up and there will be a free fall for all you guys who have taken us on this road trip into hell. I notice that you Radical Right are giving each other all kind of awards. All kinds of brave sounding awards like “Free Speech Award”( for the Wiener Man, the silly Savage). Is that where they take free speech away from everyone but the Right Wingers. I love it when the Right makes itself so important especially the talk-liar-radio crowd. Especially writers that are best sellers. All you have to do is fill up the counters at all the Wal-Marts and they have a best seller. Then you hear every time some introduces them a ‘best selling author’. What a load. The Right Winger talk-lair-radio host uses the same principles as evangelists use. It’s called scare ‘em then tell how you are going to save ‘em. I love me some scared Americans. They are so easily shaped and molded like plastic. They are so easy to convince. So easy to join in on the fun. I know the radio-liar-talking heads love to hear the fear in their voice. They know they have won them over. I guess this is the first time we have ever be governed by fear. How we given over to our fear and let it control us. It’s not pretty is it? You know what I’m talking about. “America that cowers together stays together” how about that bumper sticker wisdom. So as long as we listen to the Right Wing boys who tell how to be ready for a terrorist attack we will be where they want us to be. All you Right Wingers that are so worried about all those immigrants becoming citizens where was your concern when they were building their house for $5.00 an hour. You said that 100,000s illegal aliens are registering to vote. You know that’s a lie. Just another winning lie for the Masses to rile them up. If you would have said a million, we would all be peeing our pants even as you speak. Even if they did the Republican Election fraud guys can take care of that. The problem is the lie isn’t big enough. Come on you can do better. I say send them all back. I don’t give a damn. Take all the Right Wing bigots with them. There they go again the Right Winger telling us how F ing stupid we are and how they are going to save us. It’s that secret knowledge they have that we don’t. Those wonderful Magical Mystical Extraordinary Powers to Discern. Please I don’t need to be save by those fascist. They say immigrants but the mean Mexicans. Mexicans like our Fredo Gonzales has anyone checked, is he legal? There is four million Iraqis that we have displaced how about bringing them over here. Come on America, we are such a bunch of tight asses. Lets show them how a democracy works. Excuse me while I goose step out of here before I get an award from someone from the Right.

  5. Let’s see…the objections came from Monique Thibodeau. Hmmm. That’s a Cajun name, isn’t it? I wonder if her ancestors entered the US “legally”…..

  6. “Well, white boys if you don’t end this Iraqi War that is exactly what is going to happen”

    So why do you have to pull out the race card? It always perplexes me when “Left wingers” try to make their point by saying you are racist if you do not support this bill. FYI, I’m Hispanic, and I oppose this plan. Maybe you should do some research and stop buying everything CNN spoon feeds you.

  7. Now that King George is back. Before you break your arm, patting yourself on the back. We will see who the boss is now. I don’t think it will your talking head friends. George always gets what he wants, always…

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