- - Friday, April 11, 2014

I think I finally understand why conservative commentator George Will promotes “mainstream” GOP presidential candidates such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for 2016. Guys like Mr. Bush make Mr. Will feel warm and fuzzy and safe from the serious challenges that face our nation, starting with immigration and education.

To Mr. Will, Mr. Bush’s recent “act of love” description of illegal immigration was probably better than a cup of hot cocoa on a cold night at the ballpark (“Jeb Bush: Illegal immigration is an ‘act of love’ — it’s ‘not a felony,’” Web, April 7). Neither Mr. Will nor Mr. Bush, however, grasps the full implications for the GOP — and more importantly for the nation — of granting amnesty to 20 million or more illegal immigrants hiding in plain sight in our communities.

Overcrowded schools, bankrupt hospitals, declining social services and shrinking employment opportunities for American blacks and legal Hispanics are only the tip of the iceberg.

I recently came across an old TV clip on YouTube from a 1960s show hosted by Frank Sinatra. Sinatra was wonderful, singing his top hits in that smooth, easy-listening style that made him one of the greatest singers ever. Everything was fine until that week’s guest singer walked out on stage. You could feel the energy and power in the guest’s voice and movements on the stage. Sinatra went from chairman of the board to elder statesman in a heartbeat. The singer was a young man named Elvis Presley.

Mr. Will and Mr. Bush, perhaps you should watch this historic video clip — and think of a newcomer on the GOP block, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Suddenly I am feeling all warm, fuzzy and safe.