I don’t care that Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said that Napolitano would do well because she lacked a family and “has no life.” While many of Barack Obama’s cabinet selections have been pragmatic, the choice of Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano for Homeland Security director–rationalized in part by Obama by what he said was her focus on border security–just doesn’t seem pragmatic at all.
As comedian and radio talk show host Dennis Miller said on Bill O’Reilly’s television show last night, if you travel on an Arizona highway, the illegal immigrants practically have their own reserved car-pool lane.
Heck, are we forgetting that there have been several raids and executions in Phoenix–some 175 miles from the Mexico border–done by Mexican paramilitary units? Are we forgetting that the doggone Mexican army has been spotted on U.S. soil, at one point holding a U.S. Border Patrol Agent at gunpoint?
This woman is all wrong for the Department of Homeland Security. If we’re fighting across the world to keep terrorists and radical Islam away from our front door, it makes no sense to leave the back door swinging wide open in the breeze — given Napolitano’s record on the border and illegal immigration, from a terrorism aspect alone (not to mention from the effects that illegal immigrants have on crime, healthcare and the economy), I’m not sure Obama’s pick could have been worse.
A great little Web blog, Liberty’s Apothecary, looks to be headquartered in Arizona and had some choice words on the matter on Tuesday. Please read the piece and, as always, pass it along. Furthermore, a friend of mine (an immigrant himself) wrote a three-part series on John McCain’s Comprehensive Immigration Bill — those pieces can be found HERE, HERE, and HERE. This bill WILL once again rear its ugly head, mark my words.
FROM: Liberty’s Apothecary Once again, the Arizona Ministry of Truth gushes forth an editorial today extolling the virtues of Janet Napolitano, this time hailing her nomination by BH Obama to become the head of the Department of Homeland Security. Yikes.
The bittersweet yet frightening thing is that Arizona’s gain from her departure will likely be to the distinct detriment of the Nation. If anyone with an ounce of intelligence – and access to a computer to review Napolitano’s abject historical failures on the illegal immigration front – believes the United States will be safer with her there, they should seek professional help.
This is the person who, in her last stint as a federal official with power to actually do something about illegal immigration – serving as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona under Bill Clinton – did exactly zero. Zip. Zed. Zilch. Her feckless and ineffective response to the illegal immigration problem years ago, when it was a trickle, has now directly contributed to the flood of illegal immigrants we now try to cope with in Arizona.
This is the person who, as Arizona Attorney General, couldn’t find the time to work on securing the state’s southern border, but found plenty of time to rip into Ford Motor Company for “dangerous” fuel tank design in police cruisers.
Her newfound interest arose following crashes where officers in Ford Crown Victoria cruisers were killed or severely burned, the latter instance including Phoenix Police Officer Jason Schecterle. Schecterle’s parked cruiser was rear-ended by an illegal alien cab driver traveling at over 100 MPH. The illegal alien, previously deported – yet, shockingly, back in this country in violation of the law – had lied to get an Arizona driver’s license. On Napolitano’s watch as AG.
This is the person who, as governor, did everything in her power to hamstring Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in his efforts to arrest and turn over to ICE illegal aliens who had committed crimes. She even cut off state funds originally allocated to Arpaio for these purposes, citing among the reasons her concern that his actions were “…causing trepidation in the illegal immigration community.“ See Liberty’s Apothecary ”Off With Their Heads: Part 2″ 5/16/08.
Now, with renewed calls for “immigration reform,” look for the Ministry to abandon all pretense and join in Napolitano’s call for amnesty for all illegal aliens already here and, in conjunction with potential Secretary of Interior Raul (”MEChA Boy”) Grijalva, a much relaxed border enforcement policy. Yes, Virginia, we now will have a recipe for a real disaster.
And yet, a majority of the voters have apparently sipped the “change” flavored Kool-Aid offered up by Obama…. and likes it.
Let’s see how long before the sweet taste is replaced with the bitter reality of how bad things are going to get in the next four years as the ominous warning sounded by Joe Biden comes true. Stay tuned.