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 (see: Labor Department Assures Migrant Workers of 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.
Have you stopped being a racist yet? I never thought I had a problem with racism. Most of us probably don’t. What we think and do doesn’t always make a difference, though. Sometimes we are wrongly blamed for things because we are in the wrong place at the wrong time, like America in the age of Obama. Is America seething with racial tension, or does painting that picture serve the needs of a pack of abusive, opportunity-seeking liberal Democrats lucky enough to have a voice because they hold elected office?
Need proof that Obama can’t lead? Start at the South China Sea, work your way over to Ferguson, Missouri, visit the U.S. Capitol, hover over the Middle East, and end your journey in Ukraine. Every one of these places is proof that Obama can’t lead anything. There is one simple reason why. He doesn’t know how to bring people together. His strategy is to seek consensus, but unreliable, divisive leaders have a hard time doing that.
Is our belief in freedom of religion the reason Western Christians don’t behead Muslims on television? Imagine how Islamic countries would erupt if that kind of spectacle popped up on the evening news.
The most amazing thing about Illinois politics is that voters have to think about their decisions. So little good comes from Springfield that a trip to the voting booth should mean little more than voting out whoever is in office. If you care about your kids, though, things are more difficult. Illinois parents sticking around until the bottom falls out of the state’s economy because they nurture hopes of making a life here have a big decision to make. Should they stay, or flee this evolving train wreck for the sake of their children?
Hate crimes are the dream of politicians. They know they can use government to fan the flames of racial unrest and turn tragedy into a national call to action as soon as they have helped the media render judgment. Justice in some form or other comes later. In 2012 it was the Trayvon Martin shooting. Now fate has dropped the Michael Brown incident into Democratic laps just before midterms.
Conservatives still get excited talking about an Obama impeachment six years into a presidency rife with abuses of power no one has been able to stop. We can’t expect much from members of Congress while they spend the next few months trying to keep their jobs, but even if the GOP takes the Senate this fall do we want to suffer the damage an Obama impeachment would bring to a country already stirred up over race and inequality? A scorched earth strategy got the job done during the Nixon years, but things have changed.