New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer claims he is listening to the public in withdrawing his plan for driver's licenses for illegal aliens.
He's not. He's simply retreating after losing by a wide margin.
While he claims he listened, in the same breath he blames his retreat on an immigration debate that "has become so toxic that anytime a practical proposal is put forward, it is shot down before it can even be weighed on its merits. The consequence of this fear-mongering is paralysis."
There you have it. Spitzer is only being practical; the 80 percent of Americans who oppose his idea have created a "toxic" environment with their opposition.
In other words, the great unwashed are merely spewing pollution.
Likewise, Spitzer and other arrogant rulers like to say you're being hateful -- or, best case, ignorant -- if you oppose their back-door amnesty plans for illegals.
"This (idea) became victim to ignorance, indifference, and, yes, hatred," said U.S. Rep. Jose Serrano, D-N.Y.
So you're ignorant, indifferent or hateful or, gosh, maybe all three, if you think driver's licenses for illegals is a bad idea.
What part of "secure the border/no amnesty for illegals" don't these high-and-mighty rulers understand?
One possible answer: They think the border-enforcement movement is fueled solely by emotion.
"There are some moments where emotions are simply too hot," Spitzer said.
If that's what they think, he and others in the amnesty crowd are seriously misreading the public. It's not unreasonable or irrational or ignorant or hateful to believe in laws, to want them enforced, and to want your country's borders respected.
Yes, we're angry too -- but mostly at the fact that those of us who have jobs and families and after-hours commitments must take valuable time out of our day to watch our elected leaders like hawks, lest they continue eroding American sovereignty, workers' wages and the rule of law.
But rest assured, Eliot, protecting our country and the legal foundations it rests upon is not a heat-of-the-moment pursuit for us, anymore than it was for our Founding Fathers.
Eternal vigilance? You bet.
The Founders saw Eliot Spitzer coming, and so did we.