Which is it, Chuck?

I got my first job as general manager of a radio station at age 27. I look back on that day and realize just how much I knew not that I knew not. But on day one I managed to get one thing right.

That station had potential but it also had problems – some of them urgent. From the moment I arrived, everyone around me offered an opinion – often vehemently – as to what should be done and in what order of priority. I decided to wait and allow myself time to reach my own conclusions based on my own observations. That plan worked well.

It’s a plan that would have served President Biden. In less than two months since taking office, Biden has created chaos on our southern border where the order that was established by his predecessor once prevailed. Illegal border crossings in Donald Trump’s last year in office were at the lowest levels in 45 years.

In literally a matter of days, Joe Biden undid that success. The border is now a huge political liability and the resulting pain that Biden is suffering is 100 percent self-inflicted. The border is the big story of Biden’s first 100 days and not in a way that he and Democrats would like. Democrats are taking a hit on this one.

But it wasn’t always so. At one time Democrats weren’t entirely wrong about everything and they certainly weren’t insane as most of them are now. If you find that hard to believe I can prove it. In June 2009 – not that long ago – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was speaking at an Immigration Policy Conference at Georgetown Law School. Here is a portion of what he said:

We must create a system that converts the current flow of primarily low-skilled illegal immigrants into the United States into a more manageable and controlled flow of legal immigrants who can be absorbed by our economy. Let me elaborate. The first of these seven principles is that illegal immigration is wrong, plain and simple. Until the American people are convinced that we will stop future flows of illegal immigration, we will make no progress on dealing with the millions of illegal immigrants who are here now and on rationalizing our system of legal immigration. That’s plain and simple and unavoidable.”

Talk about bipartisan, there’s not a word of that that a Republican couldn’t support.

So, Chuck, with all hell breaking loose on the southern border, if you believed what you said in 2009, why aren’t we hearing from you now? Why are you instead currently co-sponsoring the proposed U.S. Citizenship Act that creates a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens and rewards the very behavior that you said was “wrong, plain and simple”?

So which is it, Chuck? Is illegal immigration wrong, plain and simple? Or is it no longer wrong because you, like your counterpart in the House, Nancy Pelosi, are now totally cowed by the far-left loon wing of your once respectable party?

Which is it?

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Paul Gleiser

Paul L. Gleiser is president of ATW Media, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The TEAM FM in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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4 Responses

  1. Buddy Saunders says:

    A wonderful column, Paul, one I will be passing on, along with a recommendation that my customers visit your site. If only in only a hazy way, Biden knew and knows what he is doing and why. His handlers and the Democrat leadership know EXACTLY what they are doing and why. By the time they are done doing the things they will do in the next two years, they will have alienated most legal voters, conservative and moderate and maybe even some liberals. The Dems will need all the illegal votes they can get. And if we end up with an election system where no voter identity is required, this flood of illegals will be the Democrat Party’s next go round of voter fraud.

  2. G. A. says:

    Absolutely dead solid perfect!

  3. Richard Anderson says:

    The first President I voted for was Ronald Reagan. To paraphrase him, from his earlier days, he said, “I didn’t leave the Democrat party, the Democrat party left me.”

    Well.. TODAY.. the Democrat party has moved to the extreme left as in socialist fascist marxist communism, I declare, just in case for those of you who don’t venture away from ABC, CBS, and NBC to find the news. IMHO, what is “reported” by them has long since stopped being journalism but rather has morphed into leftist anti America globalist propaganda.

    If you are a conservative Republican in your heart, beliefs, and actions, but have continued to vote Democrat out of false loyalty or other reasons the legacy television media spouts off about, rest assured, there is NO SHAME, in tuning them OUT and OFF by changing the channel! Just say no to their daily balderdash.

    Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo, OAN, and The Epoch Times.. just a few of the places I go for news as well as Paul Gleiser’s topflight work here at You Tell Me Texas.

    To close..
    “The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.” Ronald Reagan

    A happy Easter to all.

  4. Ron Eagleman says:

    Paul’s essay is a clear indictment of how these professional politicians operate. These bozos pontificate as if audio/video recordings do not exist, but sadly, there is a large percentage of the electorate that does not recognize the hypocrisy. The dumbing down of public education, and the complicity of the media have created a dangerous environment for propaganda to thrive. In the 2020 election cycle, it appeared that there was movement of minority support away from the Democrat policies, which made it necessary for them to import new and more reliable voters. Therefore, Senator Schumer’s position on unlawful immigration (as well as the filibuster, judges, and numerous other issues) has changed accordingly. The real answer to “Which way is it, Chuck” is whichever way that Chuck can gain more power, regardless of how it impacts his country!

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