I did not watch Pres. Obama’s speech for a number of reasons, the main one being that I simply could not stand it. Instead, I read the transcript.
For years, he has called such action illegal; in fact, “The Kelly File” found 25 instances in which Obama said so on camera.
Mickey Kaus posits that
If Obama’s executive action is as broad as described, the Supreme Court will strike it down.
And sooner than we expect, by using a system-balancing rationale.
But that’s in the future.
Let’s look at last night’s speech, a low point for the putative greatest orator evah, who, while making up his rules, claims that
We expect people who live in this country to play by the rules.
First, there’s the racism, as Pete pointed out:
Are we a nation that tolerates the hypocrisy of a system where workers who pick our fruit and make our beds never have a chance to get right with the law?
Immediately followed by,
Or are we a nation that gives them a chance to make amends, take responsibility, and give their kids a better future?
Because the man who said, “You didn’t build that” cannot conceive that the #Fruitpickers and #Bedmakers can actually better themselves through education, perseverance and hard work in a business-friendly economic environment (which certainly government regulation and taxation – two of Obama’s preferred tools – hinder). To Obama, the #Fruitpickers and #Bedmakers are not (as he had said earlier in the same speech) “able to remake ourselves as [they] choose;” it’s their kids who must be given a better future.
But Obama was on a roll,
Are we a nation that accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents’ arms, or are we a nation that values families and works together to keep them together?
Of course, said by a man who support late-term abortion, one must conclude that liberals are irony-poor people.
Then there’s Scripture!
Scripture tells us, we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heart of a stranger.
Scott Johnson had something to say about that,
I will concede, however, that the Torah portion was brilliant. The White House functionaries love it so much that they highlight it in their post on the speech. Go down, Barry!
Obama has come down from the mountain as the lawgiver with his immigration commandments, but he left out the part about not bearing false witness. It’s not part of his immigration package.
Anyway, Obama is obviously more Pharaoh than Moses. Obama’s immigration commandments have no higher authority than his own say-so. He’s Pharaoh a la Yul Brynner in the classic 1956 movie, issuing edicts with the force of law: “So let it be written. So let it be done.”
No nadir is complete without a pull at the heartstrings, so, of course, there was a story about some girl who,
When she started school, she didn’t speak any English. She caught up to other kids by reading newspapers and watching PBS.
Allow my snark to flow: OF COURSE the kid learned American English from Sesame Street, and the Queen’s English from Thomas the Tank Engine and Downton Abbey! She must have even picked up a Scottish brogue from Donald and Douglas!
Again, the fact that parents may have actively participated in their child’s literacy while they themselves were learning English – as thousands, if not millions, of immigrant families have – is a concept that does not enter in Obama’s Life of Julia, Amnesty Applicant story.
And reading newspapers? Really? Don’t public schools have books at taxpayers’ expense anymore?
Twitchy caught what a real-life legal immigrant had to say, and she didn’t hold back:
Because I had to clean houses for free with my mom while I waited for my residency. I never asked for a medal or a free pass.
— SúperLEGALImmigrant (@SuperAndrea) November 21, 2014
Read the rest of her tweets here.
Now that he bypassed Congress for amnesty, and there’s that deal with Iran coming up, will Obama end the embargo with Cuba before year’s end?
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Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.