So much for “the party of ‘no’.”
House Republicans today unveiled the Keep Terrorists Out of America Act, legislation which (1) ensures that strict certification and procedural requirements be met, and (2) would require prior authorization from individual governors and state lawmakers, before any terrorist or War on Terror detainee were to be released into that particular state.
The political left has accused Republicans of obstructionism (I’d argue that it takes an obstructionist to know an obstructionist) and of simply shooting down ideas without providing some of their own. I was among those who were more disgusted than surprised when President Obama caved to pressure from the far-left and signed an executive order mandating the closure of the detainee facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba without even having an idea of where the detainees would be placed.
Republicans took a stand. Their alternative to the closure of Gitmo was simple — don’t close Gitmo. Then, one by one, we saw measures introduced in state legislatures which would bar detainees from being housed or transported in those states. Now, we have this.
And this sort of thing, protectionism when we need it most, as Eric Cantor says, is something that a vast majority of American can get behind. It doesn’t matter whether someone is a Republican, Democrat or Independent — not many folks out there would be okay with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed doin’ hard time in the prison on the outskirts of their sleepy bedroom community. This sort of thing, along with the basic tenets of fiscal conservatism, are ideas which bridge ideological gaps, ideas which the new GOP–”new” in the sense that they should return to advocating a Jeffersonian model of government–should come together and support.
Bravo, fellas. This is what we need to see.