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Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Jeb Bush, the S.C. Primary and the Pathway to Citizenship

   Last night on Fox News I heard Jeb Bush discuss his new book about Immigration, and this morning heard him on NPR with a brief analysis of the political implications.
    I am disappointed in the Governor as  he has changed his tune since his appearance on Charlie Rose show last June. Just a few months ago he was for a path to citizenship. Now he is against it and many think it is because he would have an inordinate amount of trouble in early presidential primaries in 2016 with the Tea Party GOP base; especially in S.C. which made his Dad in 88 and his brother in 2000.

    Considerations of S.C. forced his Waffle.

    Keep coming back to this blog as I will be revising and tweaking over the next few days.

   But here are some immediate concerns. The Goldwater Inst STaffer Clint Bolick helped Jeb write this book. Goldwater was a key player in driving the S.C. GOP to the right and now it appears to be going off the deep end. Witness the Numbers USA assault ads targetting Senator Lindsey Graham; read Wahalla S.C. native Mark Powell's novel The Dark Corner, and frame your thoughts with a considered reading of Joe Crespino's Strom Thurmond's America.

    And consider what the conversation will be at Chic Fil A headquarters as Dan Cathy studied at Furman for two years and as recently as 2006 CFA had endorsed the Dream Act. As CFA mentored new S.C. Senator Tim Scott, conversations in the S.C. GOP are gonna be interesting indeed; even moreso for Jeb as Lee Atwater was key in electing his Father President, and Karl Rove saved his brother's hiney in the 2000 Primary.

    I graduated from Furman, not very high in my class, but I got the diploma. Marshall Frady finished there in 63 and consensus is he was the greatest social justice journalist last half of the 20th Century.

   Furman was the last public address or near the last of the Bush 43 Presidency. There is a great chasm between the witness of FBC Greenville, S.C.; and FBC Spartanburg, home of Trey Gowdy, Billy Graham and until a few years ago, Harry Dent's Daughter of

    On this blog, and various facebook walls and where in the public policy chat already ongoing is earnest conversation and further links about the Tea Party's Trey Gowdy on these matters, will continue further exploration and what it means for the character of S.C.; Upstate South Carolina in Particular, but the character of the GOP and our nation as immigration reform is upon us.


Blogger foxofbama said...

Clint Bolick responds to my blog:

Dear Mr. Fox,

As we don't know each other, I will assume that your motivations are not political and that your e-mail simply reflects misunderstanding, not having read our book.

The issue regarding legal status for illegal immigrants is one small part of a very comprehensive approach to immigration reform in our book. A year ago, when we started writing the book, and when people were talking about mass deportations, our proposal would have seemed liberal. Now because the debate has changed, it appears conservative. Obviously you did not see us on Hannity last night, arguing that the "secure the border first" argument is severely flawed. Nor apparently have you seen our proposal to immediately place DREAMers on a path to citizenship. Those are not exactly arguments designed to elicit Tea Party support. We have been attacked by both left and right, which makes me think we're onto something.

The Goldwater Institute was not involved in this book at all---I wrote it completely on my own time. It is flattering to think that we have influenced SC policy; but apart from other states sometimes adopting our ideas, we do not work outside of AZ.

I truly hope you read the book. It is a sincere attempt, by two passionately pro-immigration policy advocates, to advance a solution.

Clint Bolick

12:57 PM  

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