Elections Over Everything
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America needs comprehensive immigration reform like a fish needs a bicycle.
How about enforcing our laws, for a change?
But for President Obama, for whom everything seems to inevitably devolve to politics, this was a fairly predictable maneuver. It isn't the first time, after all, that President Obama has delayed policies after spending so much time talking about how vital they are. He has done it with the implementation of various Obamacare mandates more than once, in order to avoid the inevitable political fallout sure to result from his economy-killing policies.
The president received a "grilling" by NBC's Chuck Todd over the delay (insomuch as the modern definition of a media "grilling" for a Democrat president means Todd asked the question more than once, to allow the president to make his BS answer slightly more believable).
In his response, President Obama said that of course the delay isn't about election year politics! It's all about explaining the importance of an executive action to the American people, and all about formulating an executive action that is sustainable. In other words, the propaganda isn't quite finished yet, and when they do shred the Constitution, they want to do it in a more subtle way that makes it slightly less likely to give Republicans another argument for impeachment.
Ironically, in his response to Chuck Todd, President Obama cited the recent high-profile influx of illegal immigrants into the United States in causing a "political shift," which is why he has chosen to delay his planned executive dictate. You know, the border crisis that was caused by President Obama's previous executive action, when he illegally moved forward with certain provisions of the DREAM Act after it had been rejected by Congress.
The main point - which seems to have been lost in the politics of all of this - is that the President does not have the Constitutional authority to create new immigration laws, including amnesty for any illegal immigrants. Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution gives Congress the authority to regulate immigration; no such power is afforded to the President. What's more, the last time the U.S. government granted amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, it didn't do any good. The idea that it would suddenly work today is ridiculous.
The only thing that everyone seems to agree on is that "our immigration system is broken." You hear those same words from politicians and pundits regardless of party affiliation...and yet, U.S. immigration law hasn't been properly enforced in so long, it is virtually impossible to truly know what works and what doesn't anymore. Over the past few decades, Congress has passed several border security laws which, if actually enforced, would mean our border would actually be secure. But unfortunately for American, Democrat politicians are much better at promising border security than they are at securing the border.
To borrow a phrase from American feminazis, America needs comprehensive immigration reform like a fish needs a bicycle. Perhaps, once the government has actually implemented all of our immigration laws for a few years, we will truly be able to find out what is working and what isn't. As it is, the immigration debate is all about politics, and not at all about doing what's right for America anymore. Democrats, as always, will continue to value maintaining their power over doing what's right.
Robert Cleveland, Senior Conservative Editor: Robert Cleveland is the IT Director for a document management services company. When he isn't working on computers and scanners, he's spending time with his wife and kids, or writing about just how jacked-up Washington politics is. He is a strong believer that hard work and freedom are what make America the greatest nation on the planet, and it is of the utmost importance that we never lose those values. Robert's other writing can be found at his blog, more...)