Thursday, January 31, 2008

State of Dysfunction

In the work ahead, we must be guided by the philosophy that made our nation great. As Americans, we believe in the power of individuals to determine their destiny and shape the course of history. We believe that the most reliable guide for our country is the collective wisdom of ordinary citizens. And so in all we do, we must trust in the ability of free peoples to make wise decisions, and empower them to improve their lives for their futures. (Emphasis mine).

Mr. Bush said the above in his State of the Union speech, on Monday. Sadly, In light of his total disregard of Americans' overwhelming disgust with de facto amnesty proposals for illegal aliens, we can assume that the entire paragraph is pure bilge.

America needs to secure our borders -- and with your help, my administration is taking steps to do so. We're increasing worksite enforcement, deploying fences and advanced technologies to stop illegal crossings. We've effectively ended the policy of "catch and release" at the border, and by the end of this year, we will have doubled the number of border patrol agents.

Interesting comments, considering that the money allocated for building 700 miles of border fencing hasn't been utilized to that effect. As for "catch and release," the Bush administration has restricted that policy to the country's interior, as opposed to the border. Bush has also demonstrated his concern about border security by withdrawing the national guard from the area. Impressive.

Yet we also need to acknowledge that we will never fully secure our border until we create a lawful way for foreign workers to come here and support our economy. (Applause)

If we assume--hypothetically, of course--that he's being honest, here, his attitude is not one of someone who cares about the rule of law. Rather, it's a defeatist posture. It's giving up without making a sincere effort at solving the problem. We already have a lawful way for foreign workers to come here; it's called immigration; and by immigration, I'm not talking about the Olympian triathlon of crossing rivers, scaling fences, and trekking sweltering deserts. Furthermore, what does allowing "workers" easy access to our country have to do with securing our borders for America's safety? Are we incapable of using our great resources and materiel without rolling out the red carpet for X number of foreigners? That's nonsense. I assume the applause at the end came from representatives of big business who exploit illegal aliens for cheap labor, while shafting their fellow citizens in the process. Truly noble and altruistic, isn't it?

This will take pressure off the border and allow law enforcement to concentrate on those who mean us harm.

Yes, because rewarding lawlessness always stymies further unlawful behavior. How's the weather in Neverland, Mr. President?

Illegal immigration is complicated, but it can be resolved. And it must be resolved in a way that upholds both our laws and our highest ideals.

Said the man who ignores our laws when they don't suit his agenda, and spits full in the face of American ideals, while catering to interests other than those targeting our nation's welfare.

I merely skimmed through the rest of his speech, because I'm a firm believer in the concept of "garbage in, garbage out," and there's only so much B.S. I can tolerate.

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