On Immigration, Sadly, The President Stays True To Form

http://www.victorhanson.com/articles/hanson051111B.html

President Obama’s  recent speech on immigration is being viewed with alarm among many conservatives – in this case the approximately 70 percent of citizens who want a stronger border and an end to illegal immigration.

He doesn’t wnat a secure border, he never has.

If you have followed this blog for a while you know I think he has four key problems that drag like an anchor against him. They are basically character issues, and character counts, as they say. He lies in a particularly egregious way, he is as transparent as a brick wall, he is devious and he is lawlerly in the worst way. In the linked piece by Victor Davis Hanson, at least three of these qualities are in view. Maybe all four.

“And, of course, we then get the usual straw men (“they”) so characteristic of Obama’s rhetoric. “So we’ve seen a lot of blame and politics and ugly rhetoric.” And, “They wanted a fence. Well, that fence is now basically complete.” And, “I suspect there will be those who will try to move the goal posts one more time. They’ll say we need to triple the border patrol. Or quadruple the border patrol. They’ll say we need a higher fence to support reform.” And this: “Maybe they’ll say we need a moat. Or alligators in the moat.” And this: “They’ll never be satisfied. And I understand that. That’s politics.”

In truth, nearly 70 percent of Americans, including millions of Mexican Americans, want the border fenced because it is still in large part currently porous and open, and we are in a time of high unemployment, rising drug violence spilling in from Mexico, a tottering Mexican government, and weariness with an identity politics that seeks to equate enforcing federal law and opposing blanket amnesty with racism. And note that Obama did not, as he claims here, “basically complete” (note that key word “basically”) the fence, but stopped it. In fact, as of May 1, 2011, about 650 miles of the 1,900-mile border are fenced.”

In this passage he says that the border fence is nearly complete – when a local congressman says the border is about 44 percent secured and Hanson says 650 out of 1,900 miles are secrure.  “Nearly Complete” is either a flat lie or lawyer weasel words, take your pick. The border fence is only being built because the Democrats, President Obama and some Republicans have steadfastly refused to follow existing laws.

The tone of the speech is meant to sound like he intends to get tough along the border. As if. In reality, something like 80 percent of illegals are not prosecuted and the Democrats pushed the Dream Act hard – which would have made any enforcement moot. In fact, it sounds in some spots like he is resurrecting the Dream Act once again. Has he in fact refused federal funding to so-called “Sanctuary Cities?” No.

Some of this may be “politics” but it is a particularly non-transparent type of politics. His stated policy – immigration “reform” and enforcement – is mitigated by the backdoor actions of his administration. Transparency? No.  It is also a devious trick. He says he wants immigration reform on the one hand and punishes Arizona for following the law but doesn’t punish “sanctuary cities” for breaking the law.

He is lawyerly, too. He tries to make an environmental, economic and security issue into something that is dear only to the people who want an alligator filled moat along the border. He didn’t say it, but the image is clear. Rednecks want a secure border and will feed people to alligators to get it. Kind of like a bad movie about a Cool Hand Luke type prison inmate.  He is taking the sow’s ear policy – opening the border- and trying to make a silk purse out of it by demonizing the opposition. He can’t make a case that we would be better of in any way by opening the border because we wouldn’t. So he uses his rehtorical skills (and TelePrompter) to paint the best case he can.

And then he wonders why so many people don’t trust him to tell the most basic of facts.

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