There has been too much agenda-laden discussion lately over whether the threat of spillover violence from Mexico to our border states is real, or a right-wing fabrication. The Obama administration’s curious strategy supports Mexico’s efforts to quash cartels while providing minimalist funding for our own border security, and abuses the legal arena to prevent states from protecting themselves.
Washington has become very fond of the word “unprecedented.” In contrast to “broken,” another favorite applied to things that the president disapproves of and wants to revamp, such as our health care and immigration systems, the “unprecedented” label is freely slapped on every action he takes.
There is a point where misrepresentation, innuendo, and truth-stretching become fabrication. The arguments in favor of immigration reform crossed the line months ago, and the president’s July 1, 2010 speech was a classic Obamaesque effort to construct an alternate reality.
Immigration reform rhetoric has been so perverted by Democrats, the president, and special interests that the problem is now portrayed as the fault of Americans who fail to recognize that everyone sneaking into the country illegally is a potential Einstein:
The scientific breakthroughs of Albert Einstein, the inventions of Nikola Tesla, the great ventures of Andrew Carnegie’s U.S.
The standoff with Arizona and the never-ending BP disaster have spurred enmity between taxpayers, government, and businesses. Opportunism spurred by the discord will compel legislators to pass bills to give the appearance of action, and to appease special interests eager to seize the moment.
With BP oil leak updates growing more ominous by the day, we expected more bad news from the gulf on Saturday. The president delivered the bad news with his weekly address, but no mention was made of BP. The nation has another, completely unrelated crisis to deal with, and the problem needs to be addressed this week.
The president’s political roots harken back to Chicago, so he knows the lesson of the 1979 snowstorm that was the beginning of the end for Mayor Michael Bilandic. He also knows that culpability is rarely the issue in politics. As any street-level Chicago hood will tell you, the most important thing is to make sure that you always have someone to rat on if you are unlucky enough to get caught.
Memorial Day is the symbolic start of the summer season, but most of us understand that this holiday associated with cookouts and weekend getaways is meant for something other than our enjoyment. On Memorial Day we honor Americans who died in service, and reflect on sacrifices made and lives lost for the sake of people not only in this country, but in countries throughout the world.