Politicians love slogans. Slogans are great for assigning import to things we have heard before, or for making something unpopular seem like a good idea. Not content with simple, catchy phrases like “Winning the Future,” President Obama’s staff has elevated sloganeering to an art.
Is Barack Obama borrowing from John Boehner’s old press releases? Back in 2007, before the economy turned and things got ugly, Boehner made the following remark:
America is a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws–those laws must be obeyed and enforced.
After slamming hapless residents with a retroactive income tax hike at the start of the year, legislators in famously indigent Illinois have come up with a plan to fund college for illegal immigrants. Co-sponsored by Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, the Illinois DREAM Act would use private money to send undocumented students to college.
For those of us who have not succumbed to the fairness harangues of amnesty supporters, the only thing worse than tolerating illegal immigration is allowing criminal aliens to stay in the U.S. Our government is holding its options open with respect to non-criminal illegals, as their supporters may come in handy next year.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced last month that our “southwest border is “open for business,”1 continuing the border security doublespeak that DHS has been dishing up on Barack Obama’s watch. News reports questioning whether Border Patrol policy is to arrest illegals raise questions about enforcement, and how DHS evaluates border security.
Our rights and freedoms once had value. They were something we cherished as a unique expression of America’s democratic and humanitarian ideals. Over the years we have become accustomed to doling out the rights enjoyed by our citizens to those who are not entitled simply because those rights are demanded.
The Republican takeover of the House was necessary to get the ball rolling. Now smoldering taxpayer anger over Washington’s acceptance of illegal immigration has led states to consider enforcement measures like Georgia’s HB 59.
For two years the president and his congressional enablers focused on the importance of an amnesty bill, but they also gave Americans pause to consider the enormity of the problem their wrong-headed solution purported to solve.