Still, I had to vent.
"I felt like jumping through the TV screen when I watched you yesterday on "The Five," I told my Fox News friend and colleague.
"Why?" his expression asked.
"Deport them all?" I continued incredulous, referring to his harsh suggestion that we should simply arrest and evict the 11 million plus undocumented immigrants. "What about the babies?" I asked. "The grandmothers? You're starting to sound like what's her name…Michelle Malkin who wants everyone to snitch out their illegal alien neighbors!"
But a new bipartisan bill proposing an immigrant visa to those willing to buy homes in America deserves consideration. That is, if our do nothing Congress ever gets around to considering anything more meaningful than the reaffirmation of "In God We Trust" as our national motto.
So anti-immigration hard-liners beware. Harsh and divisive immigration scapegoating will not be tolerated by voters. The immigrant punching bag will hit back. Russell Pearce is out. Reason and civility are in. Bien hecho (well done) Mesa Arizona.
The perpetrators of that hideous crime deliberately ignited their massive device as a Sunday school session was going on in the church basement. The explosion left many terrorized children and teachers badly injured; four girls, Denise McNair, who was 11; Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley and Carol Robertson, all age 14, were crushed to death.
After unconscionable delays, some lasting decades, three of the four Klansmen involved were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.
My friend and lawyer Leo Kayser III invariably carries a small, frayed copy of the U.S. Constitution around in his inside jacket pocket. At the slightest provocation, he whips out his little black book and brandishes it overhead as if he was William Jennings Bryant, who Leo sort of resembles; (short, prominent belly, bald, bad ideas well-argued). Then, peering over the top of his glasses, Leo quotes thunderously from the well-worn booklet containing the government's founding document, the fingers of his free hand often stabbing the air in cadence with his recital of the sacred text.
Also a lawyer, but bereft of my own carry around copy of the Great Compact, I still argue with equal vigor; often agreeing on individual rights, (we're both libertarians), but disagreeing dramatically on the proper role of the federal government and the separation of powers between Washington and the several states. We have debated the relevant clauses and amendments for 42 years, almost never agreeing. And therein lays the rub. Although the hand-written original document is only four pages long, what it says or doesn't say often depends on the eye of the beholder.