President Bush gave a speech the other day; Monday, 15 May 2006. It was a lovely speech, very elegant, and probably had great appeal to those who take politicians at face value.
It was also a transparent political ploy to raise approval ratings, a cynical manipulation of a hot-button issue, and re-stated two of the lies that have been aggravating me to no end.
Don’t get me wrong. I like George W. Bush. He is a good man. He means well. He has the best interests of America foremost in his heart and mind.
Unfortunately, I can say the same things about Jimmy Carter, arguably the worst president in recent history. My homeboy, Mr. Peanut, also meant well. He just didn’t have a clue. He never met a dictator he didn’t like, including Uncle Fidel Castro.
I’d like to know what diabolical hold Vicente Fox has upon Mr. Bush. If I wrote those bodice-ripping novels of intrigue, I’d postulate an out-of-wedlock daughter living somewhere in the Guatajuano region of Mexico. That’s absurd, of course, but no more so than the Da Vinci “code”.
As a nation of immigrants, with a checkered past of how we dealt with the aborigines who inhabited this land before us, we are walking a tightrope today. Ronald Reagan, who surpasses the legendary FDR in greatness, made a misstep in 1986, when he signed off on the Simpson-Mazzoli bill granting amnesty to 3,000,000 illegal aliens. That bill was touted as a one-up measure to deal with an increasing problem, since it was deemed impractical to deport 3,000,000 illegal foreigners.
That brings us to the first lie in Mr. Bush’s speech the other night. It appears to be rote, common knowledge that institutional America cannot apprehend and deport the 11,000,000 aliens who have sneaked into the country since that 1986 amnesty.
This is nonsense. I am going to wade deeply into trouble here. For all of the evil they perpetrated, the Nazis of the 1930s and -40s showed us that mass deportations are practicable. They had fewer resources and technology, but they managed to uproot and relocate millions of people.
Don’t misread this. I am not advocating a “Final Solution” of any sort. No one should be exterminated, incarcerated, or even criminalized. They should, however, be deported. I acknowledge Mr. Bush’s assertion that most illegal immigrants are decent people seeking a better life. There are also drug smugglers and potential terrorists among those hordes who are running our borders with impunity. I don’t worry about the drugs; that’s a free market enterprise based upon supply and demand. People will do what pleases them, and drug consumption pleases them. What scares me is the possibility that Juan or Abu might have their sweaty hands on a nuclear ADM [Atomic Demolition Munition…a.k.a. “backpack nuke”] and be on their merry way to a major urban area.
For this reason alone, the border must be closed. Both borders; the Canadians are sitting on their socialist hands and doing nothing except criticize George Bush as “a chimp” while they open their doors to foreigners of questionable motives and allow the Great White North to be overrun. Canada was a major staging area for violations of the Volstead prohibition act of the early 20th century; there is no precedent for their allowance of nuclear terrorism. It’s a fine academic exercise to desire a comeuppance to the upstarts to the south; it’s another six-pack of possums when downtown Seattle or Boise disappears under a mushroom cloud. A nuclear incident outside the corporate offices of Microsoft could definitely change the world. [Among other things, I wouldn’t receive my automatic updates and patches for the XP virus that powers this mess.]
The real threat is from the south, however. I have used the phrase reconquista
in the past. It’s a simple term; the re-conquest of occupied lands. The Mexicans, who were in their turn brutally suppressed by the now-irrelevant French, are ticked off that they lost vast portions of North America to the predations of gringos
with better guns and faster horses. Those portions of land along the southern border that they gave up in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries are now being reoccupied by the army of reconquista
. They are feeling their strength, so to speak, and they are now marching in the streets to demand that bad behavior be rewarded. Breaking the law is not good behavior, and should never be rewarded. What part of “illegal” is misunderstood here? There is no “right” to immigrate; only the endless frustrations of bureaucracy. Coming to America implies a willingness to live by the laws of the land; if those laws include restrictions on the border, live with it or leave!
Those who make excuses for the flood of illegals crossing our southern border are as cynical as those who hire them.
This brings us to lie #2, and verges on lie #3. First off, if anyone says again that “immigrants” are coming here to “do jobs Americans won’t do”, I’ll start screaming and cussing.
When I was a teenager, back in The Stone Age, I wanted a late-‘60s muscle-car. My dad offered me a matching funds deal, so I had to take a summer job. I went to work in one of the local chicken plants. My first task involved taking a high-pressure steam hose and cleaning out “the blood tunnel”, a stainless steel shaft 6’ tall that ran the length of the craw-pulling line. “If you can do this, you can do any job in the plant,” my foreman told me.
I worked there for two summers, because the pay was reasonable. I got my car, and went back for more money. I did, indeed, do every job in the plant: ice packer, craw-puller, gut-reamer…there’s another name for that job, but not here... I have also worked as a striker in a lumberyard, a dishwasher in a high-volume restaurant, and co-managed an upper-scale restaurant…busboy, waiter, bartender, cook, name it. I lied about my age, and forged documents where they were required. This was, and is, regarded as the cost of doing business. I did my jobs well, as I could not afford close scrutiny. An illegal working with a phony Social Security form has a lot more at stake. They can afford less close scrutiny.
Don’t tell me there are “jobs Americans won’t take.” All you have to do is pay them what their labor is worth. This is the crime of those who hire illegal aliens. Those people who come here for a better life than the corruption of Vicente Fox’s Mexico will work harder than anyone else, because they have the futures of their families at stake. They’ll take a job at half the mandated minimum wage, because they want/need to feed their children. If someone is going to be criminalized, it needs to be the bosses.
I visit an outpatient clinic on a bi-weekly basis, because of “health concerns.” This is an excellent place to tap into public opinion. There’s nothing more conducive to conversation with a fellow-sufferer than watching an IV drip. My opinions are not formed solely on the basis of FOX News. Real people tell me fascinating things.
The other day, this week, I met someone who is gambling her health-care co-pays against the equity in her house, which she has to sell to get money to live. She is working for $6.00 an hour against 15 hours per week, hustling pizza. Do the math, and the tax deductions, and she’s living on considerably less than my pick-yer-pocket disability pension. We talked, and she admits she’ll do anything short of prostitution as a job of work.
Don’t tell me there aren’t jobs Americans won’t do!
It’s past time for deeper trouble. Go ahead…make my day. Maybe a reputation as a communist, Nazi bloviator will up my readership of this modest blog. No apologies here. Turn up the heat; I can take it!
The border, especially the southern one, must be closed. Period. Paragraph.
South Africa, pre-Mandela in the days of apartheid
, built large fences and laid minefields along their border. The rest of Africa ignored this, and waded through almost certain death every day to reach the one country that was the hope of the continent.
Wading into trouble even deeper, I offer this: the communist template for border control.
Before Ronald Reagan told Mr. Gorbachev to “tear down this wall,” it was quite effective. Only about 100+ people made it across in 60 years of existence. A handful….
Some of the features of that “wall” included pre-sighted, automated machine-guns that fired on tripped sensors. Mines were laid, and those minefields were raked smooth to disclose the footprints of those who dared them. Watch towers were built and manned.
Dead bodies, the corpses of the unlucky, were left to rot in South Africa. They were regarded as a warning to those who attempted to follow. The rest of the continent tried to follow. Many died. Africa is a troubled place.
We should do this in America. Forget “job loss through attrition.” Let’s try “job loss through loss of life.”
I don’t wanna be this way, but if we get called into the street for a walk-down gunfight, there it is…
Mexico is a troubled place. It has been that way for many years. Rushing north will not solve the problem of a lack of effective government in Mexico; if half the people who demand American “rights” for bad behavior took to the streets of Ciudad Mexico
then the revolution would be over. However, they will be gunned down by the Mexican army, on orders from the Presidential Palace. America, and its sub-minimum wage, is a better alternative.
That brings me back to who holds a diabolical influence on our president. The people in our outpatient cancer clinic, staunch conservatives all, are against you.
If you want to commit political suicide, I have the ticket. Take the Browning .40 in the picture, hold a mouthful of water, and put a bullet between your teeth. It's a lot easier than the politcal suicide you are contemplating for conservatives of every flavor. Think of the future, Mr. Bush, and the reconquista
. Did you drop a zero from that number of National Guards
men you proposed to deploy the other night?