Before last night’s debate, I was close to saying that John McCain would have been an acceptable Republican nominee under certain circumstances. He would have remained far from being my favorite, but I thought, that, with his assurances that he would extend the Bush tax cuts, and his statements that he had “changed” and “learned his lesson” on immigration, I thought that he would at least be someone I could tolerate. The debate yesterday changed that. What McCain showed last night was not only that he was an angry and bitter man, but also that he still wanted to legalize the millions upon millions of illegal immigrants who are in this country. When asked if he still supported the same plan for illegal immigrants, McCain said he did.
Amnesty would be a disaster for this country. Not only would it send the message that the United States has no intention of enforcing its laws, but it would create a massive influx of new citizens – most of whom lack the kind of necessary skill or education to participate in the modern economy. Legalizing so many of these people at once would create a huge burden on both our economy and our social services. Amnesty is unacceptable, as is any candidate who supports it. I would be very difficult for me to support McCain – even up against a candidate like Hillary or Obama.