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Monday, May 26, 2014

Will Amnesty Be An Independence Day Gift To Illegals?

Here's the Nonsense:  Amnesty for illegal immigrants is still a long way off and will have to go through a major battle to become reality.

Here's the Horse Sense:  Don't fool yourself.  Amnesty is right around the corner and most likely will become reality sooner than you think.

Last Thursday Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid informed Republicans in the House of Representatives that they have 6 weeks to pass legislation granting amnesty to illegal immigrants or the president would use executive actions.  Politico reports that Reid said, "We've waited 329 days, we're willing to wait another six weeks, but at the end of six weeks, if something hasn't been done, then there's gonna have to be a move made.  And it's too bad we have to do that, because we all know things can be done administratively, but it's better to change the law."  Six weeks from last Thursday is July 3rd.  That would be right in time for the president to claim "independence" for those illegals by granting amnesty and try to portray his actions as patriotic.  He'd call it a patriotic act that is much-needed, and a right-thing-to-do action of acceptance of undocumented citizens into their rightful place as part of our nation.  But in the end, it will be nothing other than amnesty, a free ride to citizenship for people who are here illegally.

In his comment Reid said that "things can be done administratively,"  which clearly would be another executive action that is at best questionable and, more likely, illegal.  It would be just like so many other things that the president has done illegally with no one stopping him (even though the Constitution gives that responsibility to Congress).  (If you scoff at the claim that the president has broken the law, just take a look at a list of 76 times he's done so as cited in this recently released report from Senator Ted Cruz by clicking here.)

By pushing for it to be done legislatively instead of administratively, Reid knows that legislative action would eliminate the potential of a court challenge if it were done administratively.  After all, he knows full well the president's actions are illegal and certainly doesn't want a court challenge of an executive action to send this to the courts.  

It would be just like the progressives to use something like our great national holiday of July 4th that celebrates America's independence and freedom to twist the laws and grant amnesty to millions of illegals.  Granting amnesty was a mistake once made by Ronald Reagan when he let himself get talked into granting amnesty to illegal immigrants and he lived to regret it.  But at least he admitted that he regretted it.

I might be off in my suggested date of Independence Day because The Hill is reporting that Senator Chuck Schumer also talked about this on Thursday.  It said he mentioned that the last Republican primary for the upcoming midterm elections in November will be held on June 10 and that there's 6 weeks from then until the August recess of Congress.  It does make some sense that they'd wait until after the Republican primaries so that establishment Republicans can complete their sweep of the primaries and not be held accountable by the voters regarding immigration.  So, it could possibly wait a few weeks after Independence Day, but if it does it appears that it would be shortly thereafter.

But the July 4th date just seems so perfect that part of me thinks that may be the date for which they are planning.  Regardless of whether it's July 4th or just before the August congressional recess, the idea is to push it through before recess so that by the time voters start to pay attention for the midterm elections they will have forgotten about it.  Politicians know that voters never start to pay attention until after Labor Day.  And they also know that if they do not get it through this summer, there's the possibility that the conservatives may have too much success in the midterms thereby eliminating the progressives' chance of getting amnesty put through at all.

Do you see how they do this?  This is the way they work.  They sit down and figure out just when and how they must move things forward so that they can get what they want and maintain control.  And they get away with it because most Americans don't know what's going on in this country.  That's the reason for us to have major concern.  It's the very reason we will lose the America we have known unless people wake up.

I think that Sam Malone, a friend of mine who is a talk radio and TV host in Houston, has it pretty well figured out.  Sam believes that only 10% of Americans really are aware of what's happening in our government and 90% have no clue.  He supports that by reminding people that Congress only has an 11% approval rating and yet they still keep getting reelected.  He's right.  In the primaries that have already been held this year not one incumbent has lost yet.  If Americans were truly aware and concerned they'd be voting these people off the ballot and out of office.

So, what are you doing about it?  You don't have to have a large platform to do something about it.  Whether you're a talk show host or just an average citizen, you have power to reach people in ways that can make a difference.  For those with a platform, like talk show hosts, I have to ask what you've done lately besides rant on your show about what's wrong in America.  How many events have you been holding, leading, or participating in to educate and inform people about what's going on and what they can do about it?

And if you're an average citizen, how many people have you talked to about these things lately?  Do you speak to those you meet at work, in public places like stores and other places?  If every one of us aren't talking to the people we meet and engaging them about what's happening in America and what to do about it, we can kiss the freedoms we have goodbye.