A few comments have been made here today, on older threads, regarding our government's (in)action to close our southern border.
John Cooper commented (See July Archives here for the July 8th column entitled Rhetoric and Misplaced Trust):
'As if conservatives aren't demoralized enough, now we discover that in a midnight deal before adjourning, they made a 'deal' regarding the security fence legislation that will probably insure it never gets built (even if Bush actually signs the bill).'
… and then he cited excerpts from a powerlineblog.com post as follows:
...shortly before recessing late Friday, the House and Senate gave the Bush administration leeway to distribute the money to a combination of projects -- not just the physical barrier along the southern border. The funds may also be spent on on roads, technology and ‘tactical infrastructure’ to support the Department of Homeland Security's preferred option of a ‘virtual fence.’
… What's more, in a late-night concession to win over wavering Republicans, GOP congressional leaders pledged in writing that Native American tribes, members of Congress, governors and local leaders would get a say in "the exact placement" of any structure, and that Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff would have the flexibility to use alternatives ‘when fencing is ineffective or impractical.
Poster ‘Sandra’ alerted us to a telling article by Stephen Dinan in Saturday’s Washington Times, excerpts from which read:
… President Bush yesterday said immigration reform requires granting citizenship to current illegal aliens …
… But in the meantime, Mr. Bush will soon sign a bill authorizing 700 miles of fence to be built along the U.S.-Mexico border …
… Mexican officials sent a diplomatic protest to the Bush administration this week and have said they doubt the fence will ever be built. A report in The Washington Post yesterday seemed to concur, stating that the wording of the fence and spending measures gives the Bush administration so much leeway that it is unlikely the 700 miles will be completed …
… He [Bush] … urged that the immigration debate not turn nasty.
’We are a land of immigrants, and as we debate immigration policy, we must always keep that important fact in mind,’ Mr. Bush said.
Below are excerpts from an essay (Rhetoric and Misplaced Trust) posted here back in July that I believe are pertinent to the current debate, followed by a few additional observations:
The illegal immigration crisis represents what I see as what may be the most pivotal watershed event in the history of our republic (the Civil War included).
While we are fighting the ‘war on terror,’ presumably in order to preserve the lives and liberties of the American people and the sovereignty of our republic, we are simultaneously condoning the existence of twelve million parasitic lawbreakers within our borders, and encouraging the continued influx of more criminals who refuse to respect (what’s left of) our rule of law, who are feeding ever more voraciously at the entitlement-oriented trough (to the point that law abiding, taxpaying Americans are often suffering from severe, permanent and undeserved hardship), many of whom actively and openly intend to affect social, political and economic upheaval that will render our Founders’ vision virtually unrecognizable, and who represent a metastatic cancer that threatens to bring to its knees the most moral, prosperous, liberty-oriented civilization in the history of mankind.
And, lest anyone believe that there will be time and opportunity to ‘try again,’ just take a look at the state of the world, where the genuine power and money reside … and consider the momentum that has accrued to wickedness and evil as a result of the misuse of modern technology and the consistent enabling, by leaders who claim to revere and defend liberty, of madmen bent on subjugation and the violent imposition of their beliefs on the rest of humanity.
The majority of our ‘leaders’ in Washington, especially within the administration and in the senate, are either turning a blind eye to, or condoning – even encouraging – the invasion. Our president busies himself with a myriad of other issues and ‘dangers’, and, when it appears that the citizenry is becoming restless as a result of either odious personal contact with the invaders, or rumors of such occurring to their fellow countrymen, he issues calculated, half-hearted statements of concern, accompanied by promises to take action to halt the invasion. Two months ago he issued a water-pistol-to-fight-a-forest-fire assurance that he would take steps to call up six thousand National Guard troops to the border.
In two months time, just over four hundred troops are in place. Either the president’s promise was political window-dressing, or his power to convince governors of the essential lethality of an open border ranks close to impotent. Neither option portends well for our republic’s future.
Our president confers with, and exhibits unfaltering respect for, the political and military leaders of Mexico – the same leaders who continue to encourage the mass illegal northern exodus from their country to ours, and whose actions encourage rampant lawlessness within our borders, while putting in mortal danger those whose calling it is to secure them.
Those of us who see the above actions as a segment of a larger picture that represents betrayal of the most ugly sort do not intend to remain silent. Our lives, liberties, and the sovereignty of our republic are at stake. Those who refuse to look beyond rhetoric, and who have no knowledge of the consequences of misplaced trust, might do well to take a few steps back, silence the ‘party unity at all costs’ mantra, and consider how the survival of the American republic will be affected by incessant compromise – granting credence and privilege to those who have no respect for our Founders or the original blueprint of this republic, and to whom the phrase ‘shining city on a hill’ represents a place whose prosperity was forged through two-plus centuries of other men’s blood and sweat … the benefits of which the arrogant and lawless invaders intend (they demand) to enjoy without virtue, respect, responsibility, or sacrifice.
All of the major news outlets (‘fair and balanced’ FoxNews included) have been touting congress’ and the president's vision and bipartisan success in passing this fence bill ... but none of the major news outlets (‘fair and balanced’ FoxNews included) have been able to bring themselves to mention the you-could-drive-a-Mack-truck-through-‘em codicils that render the bill virtually toothless.
Think about the fact that our president made the following remarks in a campaign speech in Miami in August, 2000:
'We are now one of the largest Spanish-speaking nations in the world. We're a major source of Latin music, journalism and culture.
Just go to Miami, or San Antonio, Los Angeles, Chicago or West New York, New Jersey ... and close your eyes and listen. You could just as easily be in Santo Domingo or Santiago, or San Miguel de Allende.
For years our nation has debated this change -- some have praised it and others have resented it. By nominating me, my party has made a choice to welcome the new America.'
Now reflect on the fact that the Department of Homeland Security (pardon my cough) is composed of bureaucrats all of whom were appointed by a president who believes that ‘the immigration debate must not turn nasty’ and that we must always ‘keep in mind that we are a land of immigrants.’
Now add to the mix the fact that Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland Security, is granted incredible flexibility in this new bill as regards how the appropriated funds may be spent on non-fence initiatives.
Add to that the fact that those in decision-making positions in Homeland Security are on record as strongly favoring a ‘virtual fence’ as opposed to a physical one.
Now connect the related dots and ask yourself how likely it is that there will be a seven-hundred mile fence in existence on our southern border in the foreseeable future.
Our leadership in Washington, almost to a man, has betrayed its avowed allegiance and duty to this republic, and to our Constitution, which was once considered the most perfect, divinely-inspired blueprint in the history of mankind for the governance of a free society.
If you still believe in the sincerity of the congress and the president to seal off the border with Mexico, I’ll lay you 20:1 odds against it and look forward to retiring a wealthy woman.
Again (see ‘See You in November’ post below), I will not be posting much over the next few weeks. I hope that you all will continue to offer your valuable insights here in the interim.
For now …