Immigration Logic & Presidential Priorities

So, predictably, a judge appointed by Bill Clinton has struck down the key part of Arizona’s illegal immigration bill. Law enforcement officers cannot, under her decision, ask for residency status when someone is questioned for another crime. This type of logic is being used by nearly everyone on the open borders side of this issue:

Interestingly, even though the judge ruled as she did, and the law cannot currently go into effect [an appeal by Arizona has been filed], protests yesterday filled the streets, resulting in dozens of arrests. Peaceful citizens residents? Does anyone recall anybody being arrested at a Tea Party rally? Of course not.

The hypocrisy of the movement is symbolized by the president of Mexico:

Yes, that would be tragic, right?

Meanwhile, most Americans approve of what Arizona has done, which is a problem for the president:

It could have political ramifications for him:

So, with this problem boiling over and other issues on his plate, what does our president decide is the most significant thing he can do?

Well, you know, the polls show that women are souring on his presidency. He has to take care of that, doesn’t he? What could possibly be more important?

Polls, the Economy, & the Rule of Law

No matter which polling firm one follows, there is a trend reflected in all the polls: President Obama’s approval numbers are falling. Naturally, this has become a central concern for the administration.

Well, since the administration is perplexed about this drop, let’s examine possible reasons for it. The jobs situation obviously comes to the forefront. While Obama and Biden tout success, the rest of the country doesn’t share that optimism. Jobs grow in the government, but not where they should be growing.

While a little overstated, it is becoming apparent that if this administration had its way, the private sector would be swallowed whole by the public sector. The much-touted “Summer of Recovery” has been a bust.

The strategy being used by the administration now is to paint Republicans as cold, hard-hearted individuals who enjoy seeing citizens suffer. This is currently the mantra in the discussion of extending unemployment benefits. Republicans agree with extending them, but not as a further descent into debt. They want these benefits either to come out of the unused “stimulus” money or from cutting waste elsewhere. That’s not what you would know, however, if you listen to the president.

People are beginning to catch on to how these benefits are paid.

Yes, our compassionate government gets its money from us.

Another reason for those dwindling poll numbers might be the illegal immigration debacle: lack of enforcement of current law and going after Arizona in court for wanting to make sure the law is carried out. It’s almost as if Obama is saying:

All of these factors have led to a groundswell of criticism and demands for following the Constitution and the rule of law. This disturbs many in the president’s circle. To what may this lead?

If it ever does come to that, we’ll know the rule of law is dead.

Perversion of Justice

What does “justice” mean to the Obama administration? The Justice Department under Attorney General Eric Holder has now followed through on its threat to sue the state of Arizona over its illegal immigration law.

Keep in mind that the Arizona law merely puts some teeth into what is supposed to be federal law. The only reason the Arizona legislature saw fit to pass it is because the federal government isn’t doing its job enforcing the law.

Incidentally, it was revealed yesterday that Rhode Island has been inquiring about immigration status in the same way Arizona has legislated for quite some time now, and no one’s civil rights have been violated. Neither has anyone complained. This lawsuit is frivolous.

If President Obama and Mr. Holder really cared about illegal immigration, they not only would stop the flood of people coming into the country illegally, but they would prosecute cities that have declared themselves “sanctuary cities,” which means they will not obey the federal law to report on illegal immigrants.

To show the amazing disparity in law enforcement under the current attorney general, all that is necessary is to listen to the testimony of a career justice department lawyer who resigned last week because he could no longer in good conscience serve under this administration.

J. Christian Adams testified that he was told to drop the prosecution of individuals from the New Black Panther Party who stood outside a polling place during the 2008 elections, intimidating the white voters who were arriving. One had a club in his hand and made threatening comments.

Just yesterday, a video surfaced of the man with the club. Here’s what he says in this video:

I hate white people. All of them. Every last iota of a cracker I hate him. … You want freedom, you going to have to kill some crackers. You going to have to kill some of their babies.

Nice, huh? Why is this man not being prosecuted for his actions and his inflammatory language? This is not the kind of speech that is protected by the First Amendment. Anyone who goes around encouraging others to kill people—including babies—is a threat to the community.

What does this say about the ideology of the Obama people?

Eric Holder has put the full weight of the Justice Department behind this racist, protecting him from prosecution. This is not what the phrase “justice is blind” is supposed to mean. It’s a perversion of the concept.

These Two Issues Again?

The Arizona illegal immigration controversy and the oil spill continue to dominate the news. That’s enough to make me want to write about something completely different. Well, maybe tomorrow. In the meantime, I’ve got some great cartoons to fill the space today—on those two issues.

We’re on the verge of the federal government suing Arizona. How ironic. There’s Arizona on the front lines of tackling the illegal immigration problem, and what does the federal government do? This is a pretty good illustration of what’s happening:

Then, on top of that, we get the news that Mexico’s government is joining the lawsuit:

The upside to that bit of legal chicanery is that Mexico’s involvement will probably make the Arizona law even more popular with American citizens.

Meanwhile, in the neverending Gulf incident, the panel of experts that the Obama administration said supported the moratorium on oil drilling . . . well, not quite:

Those who live by the experts shall die by the experts.

Obama’s most avid supporters are getting disillusioned. They expected more from their savior:

Some disappointments are harder to take than others.

If Obama is able to use this oil spill disaster to push his green policy of cap-and-trade, we’ll be in for more disappointment:

Well, don’t worry. Our education system certainly will save us. We’re undoubtedly raising a generation of highly informed and responsible adults who will turn things around, right? Right?

Weep for a while, then pray for wisdom and strength to continue your engagement in the ongoing battle for America’s soul.

Prosecuting Arizona

Last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made some news. In an interview with Ecuadorean television, she informed the world that the Justice Department was planning to take Arizona to court over its illegal immigration bill.

Let’s look at this development from a couple of different angles. First is the appropriateness of the Secretary of State being the bearer of this news. Her job is international affairs, not domestic. What does this mean? One of two things, either one not good. Either she spoke out of turn, which shows an administration in some state of disarray, or she was tasked deliberately to be the point person on this, which shows an administration in some state of disarray. Wait a minute—the two are the same, aren’t they?

Of course Attorney General Eric Holder is the one who should have been given the task. He’s the one responsible for deciding what types of things should be subject to federal prosecution. His track record is interesting: thugs standing outside a polling place in Philadelphia intimidating voters did not deserve prosecution, in his view; Arizona’s attempt to bring illegal immigration under control does.

Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona never was told about this. In fact, as of today, it’s still not official—Secretary Clinton’s announcement was a trifle premature (unless it was meant as a trial balloon to see how it goes over in public opinion). Brewer has said Arizona will fight this in the federal courts and win. She’s standing tall.

Politically, what does the administration have to gain by pushing for this? A majority of American citizens are in agreement with what Arizona has done. One commentator speculated that since President Obama’s not going to win over those voters anyway, this lawsuit will be a way to galvanize his base going into the November elections. That may be true, but how telling is that as to the nature of our politics at this time?

The last time I checked, illegal immigration was . . . well . . . illegal. The law that makes it so is from the federal government, not Arizona.

Arizona has done nothing more than try to enforce what is already federal law, and for that it is being prosecuted? Take note: this is the nature of the administration currently running our government.

Reality and the Economy

I’ve focused on education, elections, and the Gulf oil spill lately. Let’s review what’s been happening on the economic front. Remember those latest job numbers? Remember how the president rejoiced that more than 400,000 jobs had been created? Remember also how about 90% of those jobs were temporary census worker positions?

It’s as if he didn’t understand how phony the increase in jobs really was. Or he did understand and doesn’t mind. In his worldview, a job is a job. In the real world, though, there is a distinct difference between a government job and one in the private sector. The latter actually creates prosperity; the former takes people’s tax money. Add to that the temporary nature of the census worker positions and there’s no real improvement at all. We’re playing games with the numbers.

Congress has been a useful ally for the president. They keep floating proposals for a climate bill that will drive up costs, throw people out of work, and lower productivity. The push for such a bill is primarily ideological; again, we have an approach that is disconnected from reality.

Every time Congress holds a hearing on “green” policy, the economy is threatened.

The entire Democratic economic plan could have one benefit—it might solve the illegal immigation problem.

That’s not my idea of a good solution.

As Arizona Goes . . . ?

The Arizona illegal immigration bill remains a top story of interest throughout the nation. Polls are showing that a clear majority of Americans support what Arizona has done. Within the state itself, more than 70% of Arizonans continue to back the bill. Gov. Jan Brewer’s approval rating has skyrocketed.

Yet in the mainstream media, and in the halls of political power in Washington, Arizona is a pariah. President Obama played host to Mexican president Calderon last week. They had a lot of fun beating up on the state.

More voters for the party in power certainly is a priority for the president.

Then when President Calderon was given a forum to speak before Congress, he criticized Arizona for its actions.

There’s nothing like rank hypocrisy to open the floodgates of derision. Democrats, however, didn’t recognize the hypocrisy; instead, they gave him a standing ovation. In the history of America, this has to go down as one of the absolute low points for Congress. Perhaps it isn’t quite as low as the Gag Rule instituted back in the 1830s-1840s to stop any discussion of slavery, but it has to make the list.

I’ve commented before how administration officials haven’t even read the law. This points out another discrepancy in Democratic rhetoric.

Another example of rank hypocrisy.

The movement to boycott Arizona could hurt the very immigrants the critics want to support. If jobs suffer, who’s going to get hit first? Here’s an interesting angle on the boycott I hadn’t thought about:

This law actually may lead to illegals rethinking their desire to sneak into Arizona.

Maybe it’s time for this approach to be tried in the other states as well.