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Friday, September 8, 2017

Trump, DACA and the Test of Our Democracy

It ought to go without saying that Donald Trump did the right thing by putting the groundwork in play to rescind DACA. Allowing Barack Obama’s illegal usurpation of congressional authority to stand would be a dereliction of duty and affront to the Constitution.   Judging from the hate speech and histrionics that followed Trump’s announcement, however, I think it’s safe to say that those on the Left see things just a wee bit differently, but that’s par for the course nowadays.  These frauds who claim to revere democracy have become increasingly hostile to the notion of following the Constitution and allowing their fellow Americans to have an equal say in the policies of this country.  When I commented on a recent blog post criticizing Trump’s decision (“Repeal of DACA Will Kill Dreams”) I was told that my argument against DACA wasn’t “strong enough,” the implication being that the Left, as a morally superior class, possesses the inherit right to reject our arguments and assume the authority for making policy unilaterally.  That was the message signaled by Obama when he bypassed congress on DACA and it wasn’t lost on the sheeple, as evidenced by another commenter who wrote on his own blog post (“In Defense of the DREAMers Our President Doesn’t Care About”) that:

DREAMers have just as much right to belong to the American experiment as any American citizen.”  

Really? When did that happen, and what happened to my right to have a say on the issue?  This is the dangerous place where the thinking of the Left is increasingly headed, and it won’t stop with DACA.  The shouting, the marching, the violence bubbling just under the surface…..all of it points to the Left’s embrace of tyranny and rejection of democracy.   DACA is just the latest testing ground, so it is imperative for the future of this nation that we reset the tone, starting with DACA.

Getting back to Trump for a minute, it’s quite worrisome (and I hope diehard Trump supporters who claim to love the Constitution are paying close attention) that Trump hinted that he, too, would consider messing with congressional authority if congress “doesn’t do its job.”  This begs the question:  What exactly is congress’s “job” with respect to the hundreds of thousands of “Dreamers” who are living unlawfully in the U.S. because their parents illegally brought them here as minors?  How did this become a test of America’s moral values rather than a test of the moral values of the parents who knowingly put their children in this predicament?  Something is seriously amiss when a nation of 330 million people can be essentially blackmailed into weakening its own laws to compensate for the crimes of a much smaller group of trespassers.  This, I presume, is why congress has been reluctant to “act” in the face of presidential bullying to do so.  Furthermore, since when does the decision to leave a law as it stands constitute a “failure to act?”  We can thank Obama/Alinsky (Obalinsky?) for reprogramming the sheeple to think this way.  The illegal alien community and their cohorts on the Left are attempting to force congress into making laws to accommodate criminal behavior by putting this moral quandary on the shoulders of the American people.  I like to think that those who have refused to be blackmailed this way are taking a pro-active stand against aiding and abetting the lawbreakers and are trying their best to place the moral quandary back on the shoulders of the wrong-doers where it rightfully belongs.  In any case, the great lesson to take away here is that DACA, along with all of its ugly repercussions, is the consequence of decades of refusing to stand up and enforce our immigration laws, and for that both political parties are to blame.

So what, if anything, should be done about the so-called Dreamers?  As I see it there are three options:

1.  Congress can do nothing.  This will mean the tragedy inflicted upon these young adults will go unresolved, and they will face unfortunate hardships as a consequence of the choices their parents made. 

2.  Congress can enact its own version of DACA.  This will resolve the dilemma of the so-called Dreamers to a certain extent, but in doing so it will reward the people who disrespected our laws and act as an enticement to others tempted to do the same thing.  The Left will coyly offer to limit this special amnesty to existing “Dreamers,” but we know from experience that this is a lie.  If the logic is that it’s immoral to leave the “Dreamers” in limbo, then the moral argument must apply to all who come in the future as well. 

3.  The Republican-controlled congress, which is largely made up of cowards and vote whores and will most likely cave like a pup tent in a hurricane in the face of the Left’s bullying on this issue, could use it as an opportunity to negotiate for meaningful reforms to immigration policy, such as amending the 14th Amendment to disallow any interpretation that grants citizenship to the children born to people who are in the U.S. illegally.  Add to that a requirement that the home countries of these “Dreamers” must reimburse the U.S. for the costs we’ve incurred by their presence here to the tune of, say, $10,000 each.  For 900,000 “Dreamers” this would translate to $9 billion, which would make a nice down payment on the wall.  Add to that laws that make it harder for sanctuary cities to exist, etc., etc., etc., etc.

Understanding that there is no “solution” that doesn’t come at a big price for one group or another, it comes down to a question of who should be the one to pay the price, and that’s a no-brainer for me.  The parents of the “Dreamers” and the Democrat Party whose resistance against immigration enforcement gave aid and comfort to the trespassers are the ones most responsible for the state of things today, so one way or another they must pay the price. 


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