McCain: It’s a stain on America’s honor that we haven’t passed amnesty yet

posted at 7:01 pm on April 24, 2014 by Allahpundit

Skip to 43:30 for the key bit. Offhand, I don’t think I’ve ever heard him put it this way before. The “de facto amnesty” line is an old chestnut, the line about people in the shadows is a very old chestnut, but the idea that America has actually dishonored itself by dragging its feet in rewarding endless millions of people who broke U.S. law with citizenship is a new one on me. I wonder, does it mitigate the dishonor any that we amnestized them once already in 1986 and will surely do so again sometime soon? How much contempt for our own law do we need to show before the stain is expunged?

Does this guy … not care at all how this rhetoric sounds to people skeptical of comprehensive reform? Per his own logic, given the depths of dishonor we’ve already sunk to in trying to enforce our own borders, I can’t imagine why we would insist on any new security measures as the price for approving mass legalization. If there’s no way to deter people who are already here from staying — “they’re not going home” — why are we even bothering with E-Verify? It’s impossible to watch this and not conclude that the only reason McCain and his allies agreed to beefier security in the Gang of Eight bill was to sweeten the deal politically for skeptics, not because they think that security will work. Or even want it to.

And by the way, when I say it’s coming soon, I mean soon:

House Speaker John Boehner theatrically mocked his fellow Republican Congressmen for being afraid to reform immigration policy when he spoke Thursday before the Middletown Rotary Club in his home district.

“Here’s the attitude. Ohhhh. Don’t make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard,” Boehner whined before a luncheon crowd at Brown’s Run County Club in Madison Township.

“We get elected to make choices. We get elected to solve problems and it’s remarkable to me how many of my colleagues just don’t want to … They’ll take the path of least resistance.”

The House primaries will be over in June, at which point there’s nothing stopping Boehner from bringing a bill to the floor except his own fear of being deposed as Speaker. And maybe he’s not as fearful of that as we think.

Note, by the way, that McCain vows he’ll try to have any immigration bill that passes Congress named after Ted Kennedy. That smells like a cheap applause line given that he’s speaking here at Harvard’s Kennedy school of government, but he’s said it before. He means it.


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John McCain is no longer fit for office… Period!

He was the coauthor of the most evil law ever passed, the NDAA. That’s the law that gave Obama the authority to us the US Military as a National Police Force. That rpaealed the Posse Comitatus Act and it also gave Obama the authority to arrest American citizens on American soil and jail them with NO, ZERO, ZILCH due process and keep you locked up… Indefinitely.

That’s total complete violation of his oath of office and it is the most evil law ever passed. He must go now!

wartface on April 25, 2014 at 12:50 PM

I can not believe I actually voted for him. His service to our country while he was in the military, honorable. His service now, not so good.

crosshugger on April 25, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Not sure what I like best about this guy. His wanting to grant amnesty carte blanche or his seeming itchiness at getting us into a war with Russia . . .

fredmant on April 25, 2014 at 1:24 PM

For a Navy guy he would make a TERRIBLE ship’s captain.

His ship of state has a leak — water is pouring in through a hole below the waterline.

Capt. John can: 1. plug the leak, 2. start bailing, and/or 3. simply declare the incoming seawater to be “cargo”.

John chooses “3″.

His ship sinks. Along with Boehner, Cantor, and the rest of the GOP leadership.

And, sadly, with the USA.

fred5678 on April 25, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Amnesty worked out real well for the country in 1986 didn`t it. Are you kidding??, and it will be the same welfare disaster this time

HAGGS99 on April 25, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Amnesty worked out real well for the country in 1986 didn`t it. Are you kidding??, and it will be the same welfare disaster this time

HAGGS99 on April 25, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Their argument is that it worked out extremely well, at least until 2008, when Bush did us in.

It’s actually a pretty compelling argument, from the business side of the equation. Of course the average Joe missed out on the party, what with the stagnation of wages, but tough luck, pal. Get a loan from the government that can never be discharged in bankruptcy, and you, too, can get an overpriced crappy education and be overqualified for your job serving fries.

fadetogray on April 25, 2014 at 2:03 PM

McCain’s honor:

Taking money from Charles Keating and living the high life at his vacation homes.

Acting as if he had no involvement in the scandal.

Using leaks to discredit his fellow members of the Keating Five.

Running a god awful campaign against Barack Obama.

Using leaks to discredit his running mate to, again, push off responsibility for his mistakes on others.

Posturing as a conservative come election time and then immediately “crossing the aisle” as soon as he wins.

Being in Congress since the early 1980s.

JQA on April 25, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Someone tell the old fool that we have already passed amnesty way back in the Reagan administration.

Nomas on April 25, 2014 at 2:57 PM

McCain’s got no standing to disparage anyone else’s honor for any damn reason.

F*cker.

Midas on April 25, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Still, the bigger stain stems from McCain’s incontinence.

Cladinator on April 25, 2014 at 5:21 PM

McCain: It’s a stain on America’s honor that we haven’t passed amnesty yet

John, It’s a stain on you and the rest of Congress that you refuse to secure our borders.

RJL on April 25, 2014 at 6:28 PM

John, I think you’re thinking too small. Let’s expand that amnesty idea – lots of people cheat on their income tax, they aren’t going to pay, so let’s just forgive all income tax cheats – and let’s do it every 30 years with Senators announcing a years in advance how we just have to forgive anyone who cheats on their income tax.

Laws? Who needs laws?

Over50 on April 25, 2014 at 7:29 PM

It’s a stain on America that you’re still in office. You are an excellent example for TERM limits!!!!

ironhand on April 25, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Build the dan fence already.

jpmn on April 26, 2014 at 7:42 AM

Speaking of stained honor: when did that danged fence get completed?

David Blue on April 26, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Bulls++t,McCain, I cannot understand why we should give our once GREAT Country away to illegal foreigners??????????????????/

woody66 on April 26, 2014 at 10:24 AM

I’m not too sure that ol Johnny wasn’t brainwashed successfully by the commie filth

Doyle Hargrave on April 26, 2014 at 10:31 AM

McCain is a disgrace to Arizona, the Navy and himself. Retire, and take you buddy Flake with you. Due this to save whatever honor you have left.

nobama1267 on April 24, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Thread-winner, though not to imply that so many others’ comments here have not been.

Lourdes on April 26, 2014 at 3:20 PM

They’re not going home because you and your fellow globalists keep telling them they’re going to get amnesty, you f*ing douchebag.

GWB on April 25, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Post of the day nomination…

cajunpatriot on April 25, 2014 at 10:01 AM

I agree, post of the day in second to the other I “nominated”…

They’re not going home because you and your fellow globalists keep telling them they’re going to get amnesty, you f*ing douchebag.

GWB on April 25, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Lourdes on April 26, 2014 at 3:32 PM

There is a stain on America’s Honor. That stain is that we repeatedly elect politicians like McCain that don’t have the political will or courage to challenge the narrative.

If your ship is sinking the first thing you must do is plug the leak:

-Secure the borders.
-Clean up the lax immigration (visa overstay etc.)

Then begin to pump out the water:

-strictly enforce the rule of law

It will take time for this to work (decades) but it will work.

I heard it stated a long time ago that you can have a liberal social policy (welfare etc.) or a liberal immigration policy.
Choose one, as you can’t have both.

YesWeKen on April 25, 2014 at 12:24 PM


And another Best-Of-Comments.

I heard it stated a long time ago that you can have a liberal social policy (welfare etc.) or a liberal immigration policy.
Choose one, as you can’t have both.

Lourdes on April 26, 2014 at 3:37 PM

REAGAN WOULD NOT REPEAT AMNESTY MISTAKE

Lourdes on April 26, 2014 at 3:39 PM

I can’t take it anymore. He references the illegal immigrants as VICTIMS in this little speech. They go to school for free, they get free hospitalization, free this, free that. I have to wonder how many hours I have to work each day to not only pay for the hourdes on the dole that are actually American, but also to fund these law breaking illegals. But McCain says THEY are the folks being victimized each day! Yeah, okay, Johnny “my friend”, I suppose they come here to be victimized and they like it so much that they choose to never go home.

I don’t even know my own country anymore and I fear for my children’s future……

UpTheCreek on April 27, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Reform” (please note the quotes) is a cinch for passage. The deal’s already been made.

That’s why Dems have double-downed on the
anti-woman and racist attacks. And, have been quiet on immigration “reform”… so as not to jinx it.

Within 72 hours of the pens being passed around at the “bipartisan” Obama “Mission Accomplished” signing ceremony, Reid & Pelosi will say, “Sure some GOPers finally did the right thing for immigrants… but only with Dem votes. They still hate women, gays and every other minority.”

And, the GOP “intelligentsia” will looked stunned they were duped… yet again.

LaserBeam on April 27, 2014 at 5:37 PM

McCain doesn’t get it – he just doesn’t. He’s one of the privileged and who knows, maybe he thinks his wanting to “fix” this problem will negate the foolish things he’s done. Kind of like Democrats who want to keep people “satisfied” (yes, one major Dem in the Twin Cities said this) so he can keep his $$$, property and insane perception of status. “I’m happy to pay more taxes so ‘they’ will be satisfied.”

Thank you, Senator, but no thanks.

MN J on April 27, 2014 at 6:18 PM

It is a stain on Senator McCain’s honor that he didn’t run a better campaign against “this one” when he had the chance.

His time for giving lectures laden with righteous indignation ended in 2008.

LaserBeam on April 28, 2014 at 4:32 PM

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