The United States is spending a lot of time letting the world know that our powerful nation, the preeminent superpower of the 20th Century, is taking a nosedive in the 21st. The president is doing his best to spread responsibility for our security. Intervening in places we aren’t often wanted is something he has criticized the U.S. for. Now he has a big problem and two damning questions to answer:
We choose some unfortunate role models. While doctors risk their lives trying to stop a very scary epidemic on the other side of the globe, we are trying to figure out what to make of some scary domestic abuse from sport figures someone decided should be our heroes.
Nothing draws attention like the word genocide. The term is politically charged and easy to manipulate. When you talk about genocide, people pay attention. When you talk about a plague, they hope it’s happening somewhere else and then put it out of their minds.
Politics is a lot simpler in some countries than in the U.S. In other places, if you take over the government you kill the opposition. If you are feeling generous you put them in prison. When your enemies get the upper hand and return to power, they kill you. America is different. Our country has opted for a slow decline thanks to Washington politics, a threat to our success and security that makes the newest Middle East terror threat seem less scary than it should.
It’s hard not to snicker at the outrage over the latest in a string of broken Obama promises. Anyone capable of learning English should have known the president would not be able to sprinkle his magic amnesty dust in a way that would give everyone what they expected. Foolish hopes had grown for too long. Cutting illegal immigrants out of the midterm plan was a shrewd calculation our grabby, non-citizen friends and neighbors should have seen coming. Their anger doesn’t matter. They can’t vote, or at least not legally, and their supporters who can are not going to vote for Republicans just because Obama didn’t follow through. That’s how things work in America. It’s not the American life Obama promises he’s working on, but that’s only a leftist fantasy he knows he won’t deliver.
Did Illinois lose out when a term limits amendment was denied a place on the fall ballot, or is all the bickering just another political time waster that ignores the biggest problem in Illinois: the voters.
Labor Secretary Tom Perez is carrying on the Hilda Solis tradition of reassuring illegal workers that breaking the law by working in the United States is not something that should interfere with their labor rights. While we wait for Barack Obama to make good on his threat to pull an immigration order out of his trick bag, the Labor Department is doing its part to let “at-risk” illegal workers know that they deserve a better life just by coming to America.