Thursday, October 11, 2007

Say you want a revolution. Please.

Government efforts to enforce the law have again been the government.
"A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the government cannot use mismatched Social Security data to root out illegal immigrants from the workforce, declaring that such enforcement actions would do 'irreparable harm to innocent workers and employers.' "
Are you depressed at this point? I am.

Here we had a rare plan by federal officials to enforce immigration law. It was beautiful in its simplicity. Could have ended illegal immigration overnight simply by penalizing employers for knowingly supplying the paychecks that draw and keep illegals here.

In short, it was the fastest, easiest, most effective and least expensive way to sever the golden cord dangling that greenback carrot over the Rio Grande.

Now...? Nope. Chaos, sweet chaos, continues to reign.

You'd be right in cursing the usual suspects here: a dictator in black robes... Racist Latino activists... The ACLU... But the other member of this unholy alliance may surprise you -- the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

That's right. Big Business. Big Bad Business as I now like to call it.

I hate to go there. I feel like a traitor. But the day has come at last for conservatives to wake up from the Cold War and realize Capitalism is no longer the good guy.

Back in 1985 I recall reading in my (conservative Christian) high school textbook that "pure Capitalism could be as dangerous as pure Communism." That sounded even more blasphemous at the time, but now I get it.

Big Business is functionally amoral. It's pragmatic, self-sustaining. Were it a giant, heavily armed, sci-fi robot, it would be programmed to take out any perceived threat to its own survival. Were it right-wing billionaire Rupert Murdoch, it would help finance Hillary Clinton's campaign juuuust in case. (Recently happened, by the way.)

No surprise then, Big Business isn't remotely "pro-American" either. Instead, it's deeply committed to internationalism, to wide-open borders, the erasure of national boundaries (because if labor and resources are cheaper there than they are here, what's so great about here after all?)

No, America, Big Business isn't your friend anymore. You've outgrown your usefulness. Small business isn't your friend either for that matter. Farmer Jones down the road...? Forget it. They've already got a friend. It's called the bottom line, and it demands cheap labor at any cost.

Some claim many in both parties are quietly pushing for a de facto North American Union. The U.S., Mexico, and Canada all one big, happy, consumer family.

Given Bush's prosecution of our border agents, the vendetta against Duane Chapman, and yesterday's heroics to free a Mexican gang member who raped, tortured and murdered two teens in Texas and laer bragged about it, I have to believe at this point that's exactly what he's all about.
"...Bush administration lawyers said that Texas cannot execute Jose Ernesto Medellin for the rape and murder of two teenage girls because state authorities failed to notify him of his Vienna Convention rights to contact Mexican consular officials after his arrest."
Bush administration? Actually...
"The ICJ, also known as the World Court, ordered the United States to review Medellin's conviction and sentence.

After Texas initially balked, Mr. Bush personally intervened by issuing a presidential order in February, 2005, instructing the state to comply with the ICJ ruling."

Bringing me to the question of the day...

Where do I sign for my pitchfork and torch?

Seriously. I'm done with Dubya. DONE. Consider me at last part of the 70 percent of the country that can't stand the sight of him. If it comes to it, I could be done with the Republicans -- unless by some miracle Tom Tancredo makes it to the next round. (Hey, even that whackjob Ron Paul is looking better and better right about now.)

Yeah, bring on the third party. After today, I'll swamp their little GOP canoe in '08 with a smile.

If you care to join me in at least rocking the boat, start here:

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