Kate’s Law, the bill named for the young woman Kathryn Steinle who was slain by an illegal immigrant in San Francisco last July, was just blocked in the Senate. The reason is that the law, which was primarily meant to punish already-deported persons who were returning to the US, would also have stopped federal funding to sanctuary cities. This vote has drawn frustration from Fox commentator Bill O’Reilly, but his ire is not directed against the Democrats. Instead, his anger is focused on the GOP.
The reason the Democrats blocked Kate’s Law is that it was attached to defunding sanctuary cities, which the left does not want to do. Foolishly, instead of simply voting straight up on Kate’s Law, the Senate put both pieces of legislation together. Everybody knew that would doom the vote. Everybody knew that, yet the Republicans did it anyway. That’s what makes Americans furious with the political system in Washington.
The attached bill, pushed by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), was already defeated. So where is O’Reilly wrong?
Bill O’Reilly has given us an impassioned defense of Kate’s Law. He has rightly declared that “Politicians are playing games with our safety.” If a government cannot defend it’s own citizens from dangerous individuals, then only a semblance of true government is left. Kate’s own father has testified before Congress, stating his belief that the death of his daughter was due to the failure of our government.
This frustration is shared by Donald Trump, who has declared his intention to, if elected, take immediate action to stop illegal immigration into this country. This has aided Trump in his bid, as he currently still stands with something like 30% of Republican voters supporting him.
Trump and O’Reilly will no doubt continue their diatribe against the GOP and it’s ignoring of it’s own voter base, and they will find support for doing so. Many faithful conservatives have a pronounced contempt for the GOP political elite, and this latest incident is a good indicator of why. No matter how loud the electorate cries, no matter how grievous the crimes against the republic, the GOP continues to vacillate about what needs to be done.
Unlike the Democrats, who are largely true to their own radical origins, the GOP has forgotten that it is the party of American nationalism.