Thought that I would help out the Right with talking points and a proper dissection of of the President’s speech on Immigration. Amazingly I found it very easy to slip into right wing talking mode. It is almost as if those who normally proselytize to the nation on a daily basis, overwhelming the public airwaves with a singular political refrain are less zealots than salesmen; but that’s just my interpretation.
From the very first words uttered Obama, he lied. “My fellow Americans…”? Ha! We never resolved the birth certificate issue, at least not to Michelle Bachmann’s satisfaction. Besides, even if he wasn’t born in Kenya, as the paragon of knowledge and integrity, Donald Trump, who just took an architectural dump on the Chicago skyline by plastering his name in giant letters on a highrise, asserts, Hawaii isn’t really a state either. There are way too many dark people outnumbering the light people. So, no matter where he was born Obama is a foreigner.
“For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations.” But the truth of it is, Mr. President, this nation has never accepted immigrants, not since the Mayflower, anyway. Oops, I stand corrected, this country welcomed slaves eagerly, sold and traded them regularly for nearly two hundred years. It was just the Irish, Italians, Muslims, Jews, Mexicans, Slavs, Chinese, Japanese and others who were segregated, spit upon, discriminated against, and in at least one case interned in prison camps. Wow, Jews and Muslims do have something in common; being treated like trash by the dominant culture.
What the right needs to figure out is what these filthy Mexicans, carrying ISIS terrorists with Ebola on their backs across the dirty Rio Grande are going to do here. The deposed representative Joe Walsh on his screed of radio program is concerned these immigrants will take American jobs and go on welfare. Which is it? Are they going on welfare or taking jobs? It can’t be both.
And then there are the anchor babies. Oh, don’t get me started on the anchor babies. That should be stricken from the constitution. Just one problem; that was written into the constitution at a time when most people’s parents had come over from Europe, so if we get rid of that, wouldn’t the rule also apply to anchor grandbabies, and great grandbabies, and great-great grandbabies? I know a few Lakota and Ojibway friends would be damned excited should that law go into effect. Great news though, it would also solve the issue of Obama’s citizenship as well. Of course there is also the issue of black folks with a slave heritage. Since it is, and technically was illegal to sell another human being…well, it gets tricky don’t it.
The fact of the matter is, bringing immigrants-I prefer economic refugees- out of the shadows is just bad for business. Dammit! Now all those people will be covered under federal minimum wage laws, workman’s comp laws and OSHA regulations. They might even have the audacity to sign up for insurance and expect safe working conditions. We might have to pay a few more pennies, a nickel or quarter for services, fast food and lawncare. See, it isn’t the guy making 30, 60 or even 90 grand a year picking up a dozen day laborers to work a construction site, or work in his restaurant, or work his estate.
In fairness, Mr. Obama did say that we are “a nation of laws. Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws…” Indeed they did. Facing crime, poverty, unsafe working conditions in American owned factories, pollutions from those same factories, rape and murder by thugs working for those companies, interference with their government at every level and US partnership in massive bribery and corruption of their government those criminals might feel that we are a nation of laws, but those laws end at the border. At least, nominally, within those borders there are laws and human rights, so why not go there, huh?
“… millions of immigrants in every state, of every race and nationality still live here illegally…let’s be honest, tracking down, rounding up and deporting millions of people isn’t realistic. Anyone who suggests otherwise isn’t being straight with you. It’s also not who we are as Americans.” And I couldn’t agree more. It would be impractical to deport them all. It is far more practical to spy on all of them and collect meta-data on everyone here for future use. We already have that capability. It’s called the NSA and law enforcement.
In all seriousness, despite the bluster of the Right and the ass-kissing of the DNC the deal the president so resolutely laid out is nothing. It said nothing and was spectacular in its vagary. There was no compromise or solution, and nothing of benefit to either the so-called illegals or anyone else. Instead it sounded like a slimy used car salesman doing his damndest to pawn a lemon off on a rube. What it sounds like is a repeal of slavery which says at the end of the repeal that if you are convicted of something that slavery is them acceptable. But you judge for yourself:
“…we’re going to offer the following deal: If you’ve with been in America more than five years. If you have children who are American citizens or illegal residents. If you register, pass a criminal background check and you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes, you’ll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily without fear of deportation. You can come out of the shadows and get right with the law. That’s what this deal is…This deal does not apply to anyone who has come to this country recently. It does not apply to anyone who might come to America illegally in the future. It does not grant citizenship or the right to stay here permanently, or offer the same benefits that citizens receive”
His words not mine.
The full transcript: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/transcript-obamas-immigration-speech/2014/11/20/14ba8042-7117-11e4-893f-86bd390a3340_story.html
WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com
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