What if the States (and let’s start occasionally capitalizing that term again if we really mean anything at all by Federalism) that are now caught up in challenging the Obamatons on the immigration question were to pass their own laws very simply making it illegal to violate Federal immigration law within their own jurisdictions?
After all, how could the Federal government sue a State for observing Federal law?
That’s what’s happening, anyway, because it is already illegal to be here —wait for it— illegally! Who knew?
You cannot bring down unemployment or fully institute Government Medicine or address Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security until you first “comprehensively” (isn’t that a favorite term of the amnesty lobby?) address immigration. There’s no getting around that.
Next topic of interest: asylum cities. Are municipalities to be condoned in their disregard for Federal immigration law while States are attacked by an idiotic President and Attorney General for essentially enforcing Federal immigration law?
I hope these miserable Democrats lose 60 seats in the House. They deserve it.
Eric Holder suggests that changes are coming in the War on Drugs:
San Francisco — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is sending strong signals that President Obama – who as a candidate said states should be allowed to make their own rules on medical marijuana – will end raids on pot dispensaries in California.
Asked at a Washington news conference Wednesday about Drug Enforcement Administration raids in California since Obama took office last month, Holder said the administration has changed its policy.
“What the president said during the campaign, you’ll be surprised to know, will be consistent with what we’ll be doing here in law enforcement,” he said. “What he said during the campaign is now American policy.”
“You’ll be surprised to know”? Why? Just because Obama was in favor of liberalizing the policy as a candidate, then allowed the raids to continue once in office, and now is reversing himself again?
There’s no doubt that the criminalization of marihuana in America makes for stupid and counterproductive policy and law. How much more effective would our border security be if the rationale for smuggling marihuana into our country were disincentivized? Only those drug dealers who were intent on moving coke and crank and other hardcore drugs into this country would find it worth the risk. And since their numbers are much smaller, our present interdictions would thereby become proportionately more effective.
I applaud the President and his race-baiting attorney general for this important first step towards full legalization, and I hope they are not bullied off their position by the drug war absolutists whose lack of common sense is destroying lives, wasting money, and undermining our border security.
I went to a prominent local museum this morning with a member of my family to see an exhibit on immigration through the Port of Galveston. There was also a movie afterwards that reminded me in part of the “Chevy Shows” they had at Six Flags back in the 1970s.
The exhibit space and objects were interesting, by and large, but the two young ladies who took us on our tour seemed bent on instructing us, through didactic observations and rhetorical questions, on all the ways America’s White Power Structure made it tough on immigrants. Well, that may be a simplification, but their whole theme was basically that immigration laws are bad and that America should be everybody’s chamber pot. I mean melting pot.
I like looking at pretty young ladies, but some may be better suited to the cosmetics counter at a department store for all their insights on the meaning of the immigrant experience.
My paternal grandfather’s father came to Texas from the militaristic culture of Germany in October 1885. The family first landed at New York City (a fact I did not know until just a year or so ago) and thence probably to Galveston. My great-grandfather’s mother actually gave birth at sea on probably the second leg of their journey to Texas, but the baby did not live long and was buried very soon thereafter in Washington County, Texas where a young uncle lived. My paternal grandfather’s mother came from what is now western Poland a few years later and found employment with the Petzolts. They were all poor dirt farmers who came by steerage and made a new home for themselves a world away from what they knew. We have no idea what wretched conditions these people endured, but we owe them everything.
My maternal grandfather himself escaped with his family from the threat of pogroms and the reality of second-class citizenship when they left Lithuania for Philadelphia (and thence to Pittsburgh) in the summer of 1901. I suspect that my Jewish ancestors, just as my German ones, were glad to be done with the instability of revolutionary Europe and czarist Russia and regarded America as a deliverance from evil. That’s something that needs to be emphasized in museum exhibits and tours on immigration history.
(As for my two grandmothers’ families, their European immigrant ancestors first began to appear in Massachusetts in the late 1620s (Grandma’s people) and in Virginia maybe a generation later (Grandmother’s people). Of course, Grandma was probably a sixteenth Cherokee, so her roots in America are pre-historic.)
Drudge links to this Bloomberg report:
Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama’s administration will examine a “buy American” requirement in economic stimulus legislation that has raised concern among U.S. trading partners, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said.
The administration “will review that particular provision,” Gibbs said today at his regular briefing. The president’s advisers understand “all of the concerns that have been heard, not only in this room, but in newspapers produced both up north and down south.”
It may have made the citizens of the world all warm and fuzzy to watch Barack Hussein Obama take the White House —and it may have given liberal partisans great satisfaction to see the stranglehold of the Democratic Party on Washington strengthened— but the reality of a Leftist America is one that will soon unnerve the whole planet and invite new disasters. The first post-American American President is some sort of internationalist, right? I certainly regard him as a cosmopolitan. I am interested in knowing how he is going to reconcile that with trade protectionism here in Unionized and Subsidized America. Our trading partners and neighbors depend on us —and now his own party wants to withdraw and make this Plantation America.
Which is Leftist America’s most ferverent secret wish.
ADDENDUM: “Ferverent” is more interesting than “fervent,” which is somehow lacking, perhaps in its induplicative labio-dentality. If you’re already in tha hiz-ood, the extra syllable is effortless and cold kickin’ it ai’ght p/0<3
On the subject of this massive government bailout trying to snake its way through Congress, be sure to read this editorial in the Investor’s Business Daily:
Prior financial bailouts, or “rescues,” such as those involving savings and loan failures, and Chrysler, have over time actually made money for the government. It may be the case here as well, as assets bought by the government at bargain prices return to marketable values and are auctioned off.
One of the sticking points in resolving the crisis was a poison pill in the Dodd/Paulson compromise that would move 20% of profits from the bailout into the Housing Trust Fund, a slush fund for political action groups such as ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) and the National Council of La Raza.
Barack Obama has long-standing and extensive ties to ACORN, which is an organization of corrupt “community activists” who shake down local authorities to extract public money for identity politicians —like Obama himself. Why don’t the asshole propagandists in Big Media who do so much to manipulate public knowledge and opinion ask Obama about his ties to ACORN? Is it because that would bring scrutiny to an organization thats members have been convicted of voter fraud in several states?
Obama cut his community organizer teeth with ACORN. As a young lawyer he represented the group in a suit against the state of Illinois, which was concerned that postcard registration and a new motor voter law might invite fraud. ACORN later invited Obama to train its staff in leadership seminars.
ACORN has a political arm that endorsed Barack Obama for president in February and has stepped up its registration efforts to help elect a future benefactor. The Obama campaign admits to failing to report $800,000 in campaign payments to ACORN. They were disguised as payments to a front group called “Citizen Services Inc.” for “advance work.”
Under the guise of stabilizing the market and propping up these giant banks and insurers, the chickenshit Democrats are trying to make off with billions of dollars for their own benefit. The whole deal is sickening.
Steve Chapman at Reason magazine has put up a great post on the Democratic Presidential candidates’ withdrawal of support for one of Bill Clinton’s greatest achievements: the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Even Hillary Clinton can’t bring herself to defend the deal her husband pushed through. Asked during a recent debate if she thought it was a mistake, she did everything but deny she’d ever met the man.
“All I can remember from that is a bunch of charts,” she chortled, in possibly the least believable statement of the 2008 campaign. “That, sort of, is a vague memory.” In the end, though, Clinton declared that “NAFTA was a mistake to the extent that it did not deliver on what we had hoped it would.”
I think Hillary’s joke is a reference to Ross Perot, whose low-tech slideshow explanation for why he disliked NAFTA was no match for the wit of Al Gore, as memorably demonstrated in their 1993 debate on Larry King’s CNN program. Remember that? Remember when the Gorebot was a New Democrat and Americans didn’t have to be ashamed of voting Democrat anymore? Ah, yes. The Good Old Days.
Some NAFTA supporters thought it might generate enough growth in Mexico to keep Mexican workers at home. When the tide of illegal immigrants grew, it bred resentment here.
That reaction partly helps to explain the Democratic retreat. By denouncing NAFTA, the presidential candidates can appeal to Americans alarmed about our porous borders without offending Hispanic voters.
I think that’s exactly right. The Democrats have done everything they can to avoid taking responsibility for their part in illegal immigration —and have obviously been abetted in this by Big Media as they do. Trashing up NAFTA only now, in service of whatever retarded protectionist agenda now before them as a party, is still something of a surprise, though.
Both parties are guilty on illegal immigration. And the word is guilty. Whichever one of them who can make the most sense on it is going to win in 2008.
So far —and with the excuse that they are not in power— the Democratic Party has managed to avoid any moral or intellectual responsibility for the issue of illegal immigration. They have —with the help of their enablers in Big Media— put it all off on the Republicans. But on the issue of the War for Iraq? The fur is flying, baby:
WASHINGTON – Anti-war activists at a liberal gathering booed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday for opposing a set date for pulling U.S. troops from Iraq. Facing down the jeers, Clinton said Democrats need to have “a difficult conversation” about the war.
Another potential presidential candidate, Sen. John Kerry, spoke to the group later in the day and offered an emphatically anti-war appeal.
“Sometimes this is a difficult conversation, in part because this administration has made our world more dangerous than it should be,” Clinton, D-N.Y.
Kerry, who was widely criticized as the party’s standard-bearer in 2004 for being too cautious in his criticism of the war, said Tuesday that politicians “cannot have it both ways.”
In remarks that could have been aimed at Clinton, Kerry said: “It’s not enough to argue with the logistics or to argue about the details. … It is essential to acknowledge that the war itself was a mistake. … It was wrong, and I was wrong to vote for that Iraqi war resolution.”
Ha, ha! Nancy Pelosi’s plan to not make the members of the Democratic caucus toe any party line (i.e., have the balls to own a discernible position) is a crock. As we see.
The moonbats would really like to see Gene McCarthy finally beat Humphrey.
Let’s hope they get their wish.
I saw something about this on Drudge earlier today. From the report at Newsmax.com:
A Florida company wants to implant its Radio Frequency Identification tags in immigrants and guest workers so they can be identified at the workplace.
Scott Silverman, chairman of the Delray Beach-based VeriChip Corporation, said in a “Fox & Friends” TV interview that its RFID implant could be used to register workers at the border, and then verify their identities on the job.
Illegal immigrants could then be readily distinguished from those who registered.
Silverman said: “We have talked to many people in Washington about using it.”
The VeriChip RFID tag is about the size of a large grain of rice and can be injected directly into the body. An antenna in the chip sends data, according to the Web site Technovelgy.com.
It’s the new cattle call, comrades. Get to lovin’ on it!
No. Not that I can see.
So it must be that Mexicans are wanting to be Americans. By the millions. And since it is so, then they ought to do a few things to become Americans.
Paying a fine? That’s fucking nonsense. That’s a sop to asshole politicians who want to be seen to be punitive. But that isn’t how you make an American, is it? By being punitive ab initio? What the fuck?
Instead, Mexicans who want to be Americans should submit themselves to unfalsifiable identification measures by which they can be known forever. Biometric IDs are the way to go. That’s a start. And the rest of us must do the same. Don’t give me your Big Brother nonsense, either: it’s clear that the future will demand that we be known to our government, creditors, and society. Even if it means that we are that much closer to embracing the mark of the beast, we cannot avoid the issue. If we try to avoid the issue, we will be subjecting ourselves to a future of identity theft and fraud that will only worsen.
So get to loving on that microchip up your ass, friend, because that’s how it is going to be.
The other thing is that Mexicans need to learn English. My great-great-great-grandfather Robert Allison Davis (1819-1847) didn’t fight, die, and get dumped in a mass grave in Mexico City along with hundreds of other brave young Yankee men just so that Montezuma could have his revenge.
Assimiliation? That can be a mutual thing. It will be a mutual thing. But it goddamned well ought to start from the premise that Mexicans want to become Americans —and that that hierarchy must be respected.
Lou Dobbs is so strident about this illegal immigration stuff that it is genuinely entertaining.
Thanks for staying angry, Lou. I have no idea what can be done about this inevitable slide into an America para todos, but it’s fun watching you lose your shit.
Keep ‘em comin’, Mr. America.
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