John McCain, fencing off America. Would Ronald Reagan have approved?
In today's Wall Street Journal, Peter Robinson explains how Reagan would have approached our immigration dilemma:
Ronald Reagan was no kind of nativist...Describing America as "a shining city" in his 1989 farewell address, for example, he said, "[a]nd if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here."
Now compare Reagan's approach to a recent television advertisement for John McCain's reelection campaign:
And what would The Gipper have thought of Senator McCain's advertisement? Peter:
Reagan would have kept [Sheriff Paul Babeu] off camera. "Senator," the sheriff says to Sen. McCain at the end of his advertisement, "you're one of us." One white man to another white man—speaking the very words most likely to alienate every Hispanic voter who hears them? Not in any advertisement in which Reagan would have appeared. He might have acquiesced, grudgingly, in completing the danged fence. But Ronald Reagan was no danged fool.