- Politics and Social Issues
By: Wayne Brown
We have a hell of mess down on our southern borders in Arizona. Opinions are about as plentiful as the cactus surrounding Tucson. Much of it is just partisan politics with logic that has not been thought out to any great degree. Too many take the position as to what the Democrats believe because they consider themselves to be Democrat therefore that is what they believe. That also can be said of the Republicans on the other side of the aisle. It way past time for Americans to wake up and start thinking for themselves on this issue and others. Stop thinking with your hearts and start using the old noodle a bit. The conclusion that you reach might just be in total opposition to how one feels right now.
President Obama is now saying that it is essential that we have a “bi-partisan” effort if there is to be any successful resolution of the immigration issue. He states that the time is now for the Congress to bring forth and pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill. Have you stopped and asked yourself what that really means? Some of you think that it suggest a solution to fix the current border crisis. Some of you aren’t concerned about the border but your hearts are breaking that we have all these illegals in our country and we are not yet treating them better than the average citizen. So, another welfare step must be taken to remedy that issue.
There are many fallacies in what is being promoted here in the name of compressive immigration reform. Let’s start with what the President is saying about this so-called emergency. The President has made it quite clear that he cannot shut down the border and secure it. He has alluded to that on a number of occasions yet he is calling for comprehensive reform. What he really seems to be sayings is “to hell with the border and its security, let’s focus on the real problem of getting amnesty for these 12 to 20 million illegal immigrants inside our borders at present. That sounds like comprehensive reform doesn’t it but if you think about it very long, I suspect that you will turn away from it as a solution.
In the first place, if you grant amnesty without securing the border, you only expand the urgency and desire to get to America and be part of this citizenship handout process. If we do not secure the border, we do not have a “captive population” on which to judge the virtues of citizenship. In turn, as we hand out amnesty ever so freely, we spit in the face of those who have worked within the system, worked hard to learn English, worked hard at learning the culture of America, shown their desire to be a citizen of America first and foremost with the earned freedoms that come with it. Those that we look at for amnesty bear none of these characteristics and could care less about citizenship as long as they are legal in the eyes of the law. A significant percentage of these people are already convicted felons, drug dealers and runners, people traders, extortionist, and murderers. At the very least, they are law-breakers for they are here illegally.
If the President feels the border cannot be secured now, what will be in a “comprehensive reform bill” that will change that position. Will it be more people? I doubt it in that he has already balked on providing the necessary National Guard support to Arizona indicating that it will not be effective although there is existing proof that it already has been effective in other regions of the border when used. At the present, the border in Arizona is the path of least resistance. Everybody knows that. The illegals know it The drug traffickers know it. The terrorists know it. The President and our Congress knows it. He states that he is doing all that is humanly possible to stop the damn leak in the Gulf oil spill and while that is far from the truth, he is even further from the truth in his assessment of the leaking Arizona border, a situation he has yet to even view first-hand.
President Obama and his super-majority in Congress could have easily pushed a comprehensive immigration reform bill down our throats even without the assistance of the Republicans had he chose to act on it at any time over the past 18 months of his administration. He could have rammed it through into law just like he did the healthcare reform. But, for reasons unstated, he now needs “bipartisan” support to accomplish this task. The reason for this is twofold and as transparent as the nose on the President’s face.
In the first place, after 18 months of stumbling and bumbling, Obama has become a political liability in many areas of the country. Many of those in his on party now shun his support for fear of losing their precious elected positions in the pork-barrel trough. On that basis, Obama has a fleeting majority in the Congress at best these days. As oil spills into the Gulf, that majority will become even more fleeting. So, in reality, there is some truth to his claim that bipartisanship is required if legislation is to pass.
This is also a political football for the President and he doesn’t mind one bit using issues in that manner if they advance his agenda and fed his support base politically. President Obama likes the idea of promoting the immigration issue now just a few weeks in advance of the mid-term elections when he has totally ignored for 18 months. He likes the idea of courting the Latin/Hispanic vote once again with showing his sincere desire to help these people. He likes the idea of backing the Republicans ass to the wall and making them look like bad guys on reform as they hold their ground on securing the border first before considering any other aspect of this discussion.
Ultimately the liberal or should I say socialist agenda on this issue is to gain quick citizenship for up to 20 million potential voters to whom they are immediately heroes. Immediately, with amnesty, the Democrats stand to gain a voting block of up to 20 million people. If the border remains unsecured, then that potential voting block can only grow larger with each passing day.
The President is currently making poor use of our existing assets that could be employed to fight this issue on our borders. The Border Patrol is not operating either effectively or efficiently and may even be understaffed for the job. The current laws on the books are not being enforced to any significant degree in that operations against employers who use illegal workers is down by 74% on Obama’s watch. With proper use and support of our current assets and laws, we stand a good chance of being successful on this issue. Arizona’s new law can only aid in that success. Don’t talk to me about potential harassment and profiling because I have to prove to every officer who stops me that the vehicle I am driving is legally registered and that I am a licensed driver. There’s not a damn thing wrong with that under the guise of law enforcement.
I will close on this point. Let a group of terrorist cross into America on that southern border then successfully launch a plot to explode a dirty nuclear device in downtown Phoenix and see how quickly that southern border can be secured with our current laws and assets. There has to be a “resolve” to accomplish the task and that resolve must start and the top and work down the organization. Obama has failed at that miserably and he has likely done it on purpose to serve the needs of his precious comprehensive immigration reform. This, good citizens of America ,borders on treason.
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