Texas Governor, Rick Perry, has refused to greet the President of the United States with a handshake at the airport.
Perry’s people said there would be no handshake, that the Governor would prefer a formal meeting to discuss the crisis on the border. President Obama, has agreed. There will be a meeting, at which, I hope, the President of the United States will look Perry in the eyes and demand to know why he is telling people that he, the President, could be part of a conspiracy to bring illegal immigrants from Central America, across Mexico and into the United States.
The President of the United States is promoting illegal immigration? Wouldn’t that be similar to the Republican Party refusing to move forward on an immigration reform bill in the House for purely political reasons?
It’s nuts, right? Of course it is, or I should say Perry is, for suggesting something so absolutely ludicrous. Even if he made the allegation on FOX News. Which he did.
Under President Obama, the number of border patrol agents has reached an all-time high. So has the number of deportations. But then, nothing this president does will satisfy the Republicans. That’s their game plan. Has been from the beginning. Acting more like a crime syndicate than a political party, Republican gang leaders met at a D.C. watering hole on the night of the inauguration and decided to opposed everything the Democrats and the Obama Administration would propose, even if that meant doing harm to the country. It’s a torch Rick Perry, continues to carry as he lies to anyone who will listen about the President being involved in a conspiracy to increase illegal immigration.
To borrow from Bill Maher, it’s all just “batshit crazy.”
Apparently the Governor of Texas has been spending too much time at his “Niggerhead” hunting camp, dreaming up new attacks on Obama, now that he and the other wingnuts of the Republican Party have played out their other insane charges against the President, who, I admit, needs to swing back more often than he does.
Obama’s greatest fault may be that he continues to try and be far too reasonable with people who have no interest in reason or compromise. Their only interest is self-interest. Everything else is a ruse. Like this latest immigration “crisis” which Perry and other wingnuts lay at the doorstep of Mr. Obama. Never mind that in 2008, then President George W. Bush signed the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act,” making it mandatory for the U.S. to grant special protection to undocumented children entering the country, or that for decades Republican growers and businessmen eagerly hired illegal immigrants who came to the country seeking employment while Republican political leaders, supported by those same growers and businessmen, condemned the system for its failure to fix the nation’s “immigration problem.” It’s been hypocrisy at its worst.
Truth be known, the real ongoing conspiracy, is undoubtedly that Republicans don’t want the country to solve its immigration issues. The immigration “crisis” which regularly drives them to near hysterics, has in the past, and continues in the present, to provide them with cover for their multiple misguided deeds and efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq, their failure to get Osama bin Laden, their outing of a working CIA agent, their ramping up of illegal spying on U.S. Citizens, their move to eliminate due process for Americans on American soil, their abject failure at dealing with Hurricane Katrina, the destruction of the American middle-class and on and on, including their ongoing refusal to pass any legislation that would benefit the country for anything other than warfare, because it might give the appearance of accomplishment for President Obama.
And what has Mr. Obama done? Or perhaps I should say, what was he able to do before a newly elected Republican House set out to block every single initiative he sent their way? Barack Obama, set us on the path to national healthcare for all Americans. That alone, that one accomplishment, is monumental.
The Republican Party’s willingness to do whatever they must to damage the image of this president with near total disregard for the cost to the nation is at best anti-American. At worst, it’s clearly sedition.
The issue of illegal immigrants is not new. In 1982, while working for KABC-TV, I accompanied Immigration and Naturalization Service agents (this was before the creation of ICE) on a raid of the onion fields in Ventura County. The grower had sirens installed in the trees around the fields. When he saw the INS trucks, he blew the sirens and his illegal employees began to run. They didn’t get away. They were rounded up not like human beings, but like so many animals, and placed in buses to be taken back for processing. While riding back to Los Angeles I commented to one of the INS agents that I couldn’t believe what I had just seen, that it wasn’t the kind of thing I imagined was happening in America. “Do you speak Spanish?” he said. “No,” I said, “I don’t” “Better learn it fast” he told me.
So here we are, 32 years later and Rick Perry and the Republicans have just discovered we have an immigration issue? Give me a break. None of it, of course is Barack Obama’s creation. None of it is his fault. It’s been going on for decades while our politicians, Republicans and Democrats alike, looked the other way because the illegals were coming here for jobs, most of which, the American public had no interest in doing. Do you want to go out and pick onions from sunrise to sunset?
Federal legislation providing immigration reform won’t happen until Republicans in Congress let it happen. That hasn’t happened, and it isn’t likely to happen anytime soon, because the Republican Party needs the immigration “crisis” to hide behind, lest the American people begin discussing just how badly they’ve mismanaged the nation.
The immigrants will continue to arrive, so long as there are jobs. So long as they can improve their lives by doing so. It’s an American tradition of more than 350 years. And Republicans will continue to claim it’s a “crisis,” to deflect the American public’s attention away from their many failures.