It’s not like he didn’t warn us, so why did we let Obama pull temporary amnesty out of his bag of tricks and dump it in our laps on Thursday night? All the signs were there. He told us what he was going to do. He has a record of making good on his threats. Now we have millions of illegal immigrants to process. The president puts the number at five million, but when it comes to immigration the numbers are reliably unreliable. What’s important is that we are going to spend lots of money checking phony backgrounds, assessing token taxes on illegal work histories, and doing whatever we can to reward illegal immigrants for coming here when we should be sending them home. Are you surprised?
Protest rights don’t mean “Do what I say or I’ll hurt you.” Our system doesn’t work that way, or at least it isn’t supposed to. We pride ourselves on the right to say no. We vigorously defend the right to hold views we don’t agree with. Sometimes this is a good thing, sometimes not, but that’s how our values work. Protest rights were fundamental to the ideas this country was founded on. So how can the uniquely American tradition of protest turn on us and our just society? It happens when protest rights are exploited for the benefit of those who distrust this country and would rather tear it down for their own benefit than make it better. The best example we have has been in the headlines all week in Ferguson, Missouri.
Should we regulate career colleges because the government owes low income students a job? That’s part of the message we’re getting from the Department of Education, which recently announced final regulations to penalize career colleges that don’t measure up. The purpose of the new rules is to prevent low income students from drowning in student loan debt because they can’t find decent jobs. The government hasn’t had a lot of success with this kind of stringent oversight of its own activities, including its efforts to reign in debt or to ensure better outcomes from public education. How can it justify a federal double standard, letting our money slip through its fingers while demanding accountability from colleges?
With news stories raging about the federal health care buildup betting on you and I not being very bright, we might consider who and what Obama administration officials mean when they talk about immigration stakeholders. There are too many special interests to count that will gain from an executive immigration order to forgive millions of illegals who deserve absolutely nothing. The infuriating thing is, this is a democracy but those stakeholders will never include you.
Phony, make nice talk and extending hands across a partisan divide too fractured to be crossed are not going to fix the mess Barack Obama has created. Years of inaction, waffling, and neglected policy decisions have done too much damage.
We just witnessed a pivotal moment of revenge in our democracy, a mass withdrawal of the consent of the governed. Don’t confuse Tuesday’s rout with what happened in 2010. This wasn’t about lapping up a conservative agenda. There was no Pledge to America this time. In fact, the only real agenda was the one pushed by the losers and rejected by voters. This was about revoking permission and getting some payback. The question is why? Were we unhappy because we didn’t like what we were getting, or because we weren’t getting enough?
Is life in America really as bad as the sorry picture generalization by Democrats has painted about everything from race relations to the war on women? Propaganda tactics that stir up hate and resentment with sweeping statements and loaded words should make us question how much damage is being done to our national identity for the sake of retaining control of the government.