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Wednesday, June 20, 2007


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This post is courtesy of my good friend Michael Linn Jones. I have to say that he has swayed my opinion with his logic and articulate dissertation when it comes to the immigration issues here in America.


By: Michael Linn Jones

A long time ago, the impressionist David Frye came out with an album that poked fun at almost all the contemporary political figures. In one segment, a man is describing Richard Nixon’s decision to run for the presidency in 1968.
“He ignored the critics; he ignored the polls; he ignored the wishes of the American People.”

And so might be said about the latest moves by the U.S. Senate to breathe new life into a mockery of democracy. Combining “compassionate conservatism” with liberal dysfunctionality, the “immigration reform bill” is coming back for a second bite of the apple.

In plain English, where there’s a will there’s a way. Particularly when it comes to the U.S. Congress. President Bush threw a $4 billion bone to the wolves by applying it to border security. That’s easy to do since it, too, can be ignored as it has been since 1986.

Harry Reid is going to use some procedures that boil down to this: the bill is going to pass the Senate, and rumors abound that any unpalatable amendments (at least to proponents of amnesty) will be removed before it reaches the House for conference.
Considering the methods used, I would deem the legislation the “Suppository Act of 2007″ since every citizen and legal resident is going to get it whether they like it or not. It is felt that the “little people” enraged by this betrayal of the principle of obeying the law will be forgotten within six months.

To paraphrase Lincoln, you can screw all the people some of the time; some of the people all of the time, but not all of the people all of the time. This might be considered screwing most of the people for ALL time.

It has been said that George W. Bush doesn’t have to run for another election in his life so he is free to do whatever he feels is right, or expedient. Senators have six year terms, so each one weighs the negatives of an unpopular vote against the odds that the electorate will forget 4 or 5 years from now. Representatives, however, have to face the music every 2 years, and are far more sensitive to what their constituents say.

This may be politics, and it may be reality, but on a subject as critical to the future of this nation, could not these people look upon this whole thing with a bit of honesty? It’s a sham; not only a sham but an insult to anyone’s intelligence to say that the borders cannot POSSIBLY be secured unless amnesty is granted first.
What we are being told is that we need to renew the 1986 legislation, with the same false promises, and while we’re at it, grant another amnesty. So, it can be safely concluded that this entire exercise is for that one purpose, and everything else is just window dressing.

Some time ago I got into it with some rather conservative folks about the term “slow bleed,” referring to the Democrats’ Iraq War strategy. Now I can see that the term is appropriate; not in reference to the Iraq War, but to life here in the U.S.

Whether a person is killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq, or killed by a drunk driver who just happens to be here illegally (and after having been deported numerous times in many cases), that person is still dead. Or maimed for life. It is happening every single day in this country, but like a low-grade fever never makes the headlines because the statistics are boring.

So, whether you put a loved one in the ground or watch them go through years of recovery, you are living through the “slow bleed” strategy of Washington politicians, regardless of their party. It is the consequence of total indifference to the welfare of the citizens of the United States. It is malignant negligence through opportunism.

Paint it any color you want, but that immigration bill is a turd and will always smell like one. And those who vote for it may retain its odor longer than the memories of the voters.

Michael Linn Jones

MLJ was a featured Blog Talk Radio guest over at Political Vindication on this issue.

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