I have written on this topic in the Schiavo context, but we also see the weakening of the respect for law, its makers, interpreters and executive in the context of citizenship.
La Shawn Barber cuts to the chase in two simple paragraphs:
As you may know, the Senate is voting today [It failed -- Ed.] on George Bush���s amnesty-for-illegal-aliens scheme. The so-called AgJobs bill will, among other things, direct ���the Secretary of Homeland Security to grant qualifying alien agricultural workers (and their spouses and minor children) temporary resident status and subsequently lawful permanent resident status upon the fulfillment of specified agricultural work and residency requirements,��� according to the Congressional Research Service.
Let that sink in. The person in charge of the security of our nation will grant ���temporary resident status��� to people who didn���t bother going through legal channels to get here. Criminals, in essence, will be rewarded by the Department of Homeland Security for breaching the security of United States!
(Even the Govanator agrees.)
Is this really a floodgate for the disrespect of law we want to open?
Politicians usually think near-term, but they do not see (or do not care) about the long-term implications for the rule of law and how Joe Citizen views the law.
If breaking the law is rewarded, what does that mean?