According to polls, even Hispanics oppose Obama’s latest power grab. In the meantime, Hispanic members of Congress, not to be confused with people who actually believe in the Constitution, try to provide cover for his criminal actions. They do this by pretending that Reagan and Bush did the exact same thing, ignoring the fact that both of those men were merely fine tuning congressional legislation, not ruling by edict simply because the House wasn’t prepared to do their bidding.
By now, every Hispanic in the U.S. is aware that for his first two years in office, Obama had a most compliant Congress and could have passed any immigration bill he wanted, and could probably have ceded California back to Mexico with nary an objection by Boxer or Feinstein. Instead, he devoted all his time to pushing the Affordable Care Act and working on his putting.
When Obama first began garnering national attention, we were told he was a law professor. Then we learned that he was only a lecturer at the University of Chicago. Finally, he was sold to us as a constitutional scholar. Considering the multitude of ways he has gone about ignoring or attempting to nullify our most sacred national document, wouldn’t you love to know what other loony notions the squirrely scholar shared with his students?
After all, he already mentioned even before he was elected in 2008 that what he regarded as the major shortcoming of the U.S. Constitution and the Civil Rights Movement was that neither dealt with the redistribution of wealth. But how much other nonsense did he spew in the privacy of a left-wing lecture hall? Did he suggest it was okay for a president to eavesdrop on reporters, to legislate from the Oval Office or to use the IRS to target one’s political enemies, so long as the president was a Democrat?
I think it’s safe to assume that while Professor Plum was busy committing mayhem in the library with a candlestick, pretend-Professor Dumb was committing even worse sins in the classroom.
If you’re at all interested in the way President Eisenhower went about dealing with illegal immigrants, it seems that in 1954, Ike made retired Gen. Joseph Swing, a former West Point classmate and a veteran of the 101st Airborne, Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).
Back then, Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson (D, Texas) and Sen. Pat McCarran (D, Nevada) favored open borders and were vehemently opposed to shutting down illegal immigration. But Ike used his power and prestige to shield Gen. Swing from those Washington heavyweights, and told him to do what he needed to do.
One of the first things Swing did was to transfer certain entrenched INS officials out of the border area. Then, on June 17, 1954, he began what was called, without apology, “Operation Wetback.” Some 750 INS agents swept northward with a goal of 1,000 apprehensions a day.
By the end of July, over 50,000 aliens were caught in California and Arizona. An additional 488,000, fearing arrest, had fled the country.
By mid-August, the crackdown extended to Utah, Nevada, Idaho and Texas. By September, 80,000 had been taken into custody in Texas alone, and between 500,000 and 700,000 had fled the country.
What’s more, Mexicans caught in the roundup were not simply released at the border, where a single footstep would bring them back. Gen. Swing arranged for buses and trains to take them deep within Mexico. Thousands more were returned by ships from Port Isabel, Texas, to Vera Cruz, Mexico, 500 miles to the south.
I acknowledge that those were different times. Sixty years makes a heck of a difference. Today, I’m sure we would call the program something along the lines of Operation Hacienda Bound.
Barack Obama and his hand puppet John Kerry are so determined to make a deal with Iran, they have taken total leave of their meager senses. A year ago, when we were allegedly trying to restrain Iran from developing a nuclear bomb, we threatened them with additional financial sanctions if they didn’t cooperate within six months. At the end of that time, when we had not made a deal, we removed most of the sanctions in exchange for their willingness to at least sit across the table from a human jackass for another six months. A steep price to pay for the Iranians, but they agreed.
It’s now been an entire year and still Iran refuses to put its X on an agreement. Now if Iran were a Republican House, Obama would simply go on TV and announce what he wanted, insisting he had been patient long enough. Instead, the way things are headed, what I expect will happen is that in a few months, Iran will announce it is calling off its economic sanctions against the U.S. in exchange for our surrendering our nuclear stockpile into the hands of the Ayatollah.
Moving on from two-legged dogs to those with four legs and a tail, it came to me years ago after watching our various pooches sniff bushes, lampposts and fire hydrants, that they communicate with their urine – pmail, as it were.
Lately, I’ve been watching how Angel carries on whenever the postman approaches our front door. It’s made me wonder if dogs who are owned by mailmen bark incessantly at their masters just to prove to the other dogs in the neighborhood that they’re regular guys.
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