“Barack knows that we are going to have to make sacrifices; we are going to have to change our conversation; we’re going to have to change our traditions, our history; we’re going to have to move into a different place as a nation.”
Michelle Obama, December 2009
Time is growing desperately short for the Progressives. I’ll say this for them, however – they certainly do a workman-like job in trying to come across as a bunch of cool customers. Never let ‘em see you sweat, as the saying goes. Hey, for that matter, they’ve got the coolest cat out there as front man.
Conventional wisdom would seem to indicate, though, that there is an increasing degree of panic in socialist utopia these days. November is coming up mighty fast (less than four months to go), and as things stand right now, there’s simply not a chance on this side of Mexico’s reclaiming the American Southwest of their maintaining the political stranglehold that they currently possess. Barack Obama and his progressive friends have undressed themselves right in front of the predominantly right-of-center American populace. They’ve no place to hide any longer.
Of course, as I’ve just said, that’s as things stand right now. Something has to unbalance the equation for them, something such as blanket amnesty for all illegal aliens currently residing in the U.S., or in the more politically-correct newspeak of the day, “comprehensive immigration reform.”
When this administration was ushered in during the middle part of January 2009, it was, for the most part, a foregone conclusion that its legislative centerpieces would be Universal Health Care, Cap & Trade, Amnesty for illegals, and one or more alleged “stimulus” bills in order to prop up their Democratic voter base – wait -
did I say that? So sorry. What I meant to say was that those bills were intended to kick start the economy.
And a fine job they’ve done, at that.
On two of the four counts, therefore, one can say in a backhanded fashion that these “Democrats” have been “successful”. Two pieces remain, and we’re beginning to see the start of a full-court press in last-ditch, desperate attempts to finish the mission. President Obama is now beginning to demonstrate to all of his constituents – all 305,000,000 of them – that he has no conscience whatsoever as he attempts to use one of the greatest ecological disasters in American history in order to advance his economy-killing, energy-controlling Cap & Trade measure, and what’s more, we’re also witnessing the continued and willful terraforming of our own history in an attempt to somehow, someway, put millions of new Democratic voters on the rolls via Amnesty for illegals.
After all, if they could secure those votes, there’d be a much better chance that they wouldn’t have to panic, now wouldn’t there?
In short, Progressives are about to ratchet up the pressure even more than they have been for the past 18 months. Know what I say?
As Michelle Obama herself has said in the quotation provided at the beginning of this article, our history and traditions “need to change”. Excuse me, Mrs. First Lady – I like my history and traditions the way they are. Thanks, but no thanks. But, in this context, your husband himself had this to say during his speech regarding immigration reform on July 1 at American University in Washington:
It was at this time that a young woman named Emma Lazarus, whose own family fled persecution from Europe generations earlier, took up the cause of these new immigrants. Although she was a poet, she spent much of her time advocating for better health care and housing for the newcomers. And inspired by what she saw and heard, she wrote down her thoughts and donated a piece of work to help pay for the construction of a new statue — the Statue of Liberty — which actually was funded in part by small donations from people across America.
“Um, Mr. President?”
“Actually, more of a comment or correction. The people of the United States did not take up a collective donation to contribute toward the construction of its own Statue of Liberty. There were donations solicited in order to help facilitate the construction of the foundation for the statue, but the statue itself was a freely-given donation from the people of France, simply because they admired our freedom and American spirit. Just wanted to make sure you had your facts straight. You are President of the United States, after all.”
“Thank you. I’ll have AX check that out.”
There are only two possibilities for the misstep in this “story”: either he doesn’t know history – which, given the people by whom he was raised and educated, I’d have to at least consider it – or, more likely, he’s deliberately nuancing our history (similar to the manner in which our Christian traditions are being nuanced in the 1st Amendment’s “Freedom of Religion” very gradually becoming “Freedom of Worship”, which is quite and dangerously different). I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not sure what he’d hope to accomplish with such a subtle, deliberate historical misstep, but either way, it’s not good. I do absolutely feel that the point here is that the President and his ideological sycophants are about to put the pedal to the immigration metal, despite the fact that it does seem awfully strange that their focus is suddenly and most assuredly going to become more fixated on immigration reform, especially when there are so many other pressing domestic issues to solve.
Such as, let’s say, ensuring that the voting process is reasonably free and clear of intimidation tactics, from, oh, I don’t know – say a group like the Black Panthers. Maybe J. Christian Adams could help me out with that one.
Nah….putting up a full-frontal assault against the rule of law is far and away much, much more important.
Last summer was the summer of Health Care; this summer is going to be the summer of Amnesty. It’s now officially begun with this administration’s inexplicable temerity to file suit against one of its own states, because that state has the nerve to try to protect itself.
Am I the only one who sees a pattern here?
I’d bet not.
Geez, you might think they had an agenda or something.
Before I continue with the thrust of my points, however, allow me to provide you a small anecdote from the third leg of the Feeny family sojourn through the South. After two stops in Florida, we made our way to Hopewell, Virginia. Let me just say this about Hopewell – my wife’s relatives that we annually visit are incredibly wonderful people, the absolute embodiment of Southern hospitality. Hopewell, however – while it’s a nice little town and all – is, in my opinion, the most ironically-named small town in America. It’s situated quite nicely in the dead-center of landlocked NOWHERE.
It’s usually a pretty tough week. Having the baseball package on my Ipad, however, significantly softened the blow. But I digress.
Anyway, one of my wife’s cousins, an older gentleman and the picture of the Southern conservative, was nice enough to take everyone in the family out for dinner one evening. He’s an incredibly intelligent man to boot, having made his career as a chemist. As he’s fully well aware of my political inclinations, it didn’t take us long to begin sharing thoughts on the current state of affairs. Naturally, one of the topics that came up was immigration and all of the activity in Arizona. Understand this point: this is as honest and as hard-working a man as there is in middle America. I listen to what he has to say. Surprisingly, he had the exact opposite to offer on the immigration issue as what I expected (which does illustrate the dangers of pre-judging people, even the really good ones). All things being equal, I admittedly expected to hear the views of someone who is not only against illegal immigration but those of someone who is against the proliferation of minorities as well. I was wrong.
What he said to me was probably quite similar to what many of the readers and writers on this site would have to say on the issue. He first concern is that while there are many illegals who cross our Southwestern borders and commit crimes, there are just as many who are honest, Christian, God-fearing, family-oriented, hard-working people, who, if given the opportunity, would happily be solid American citizens. He spoke from a small degree of experience, since as a retired individual, he now has more time to devote some thought, energy, and resources to his home. Many times, he says, the contractors who take the jobs employ what appear to be Mexican work crews. Each time work has been performed, the men were very respectful, very hard-working, got the job done in the manner that it was supposed to be, and in an extremely timely fashion, sometimes putting in 10-12 hour days with hardly any time to eat. He also added that he had no idea whether they were here legally or not; however, assuming that they could, quite possibly, be illegal, he put the question to me: how much more would I have had to pay for the completed job if all of those workers were unionized American contractors?
In short, he said, the immigration battle has more depth to it than merely who’s crossing our borders illegally; it also has to do with keeping costs down for business owners (both large and small) and the American consumer, protecting American jobs, doing right by those who’ve made their lives here good ones and productive ones, upholding the rule of law, and dealing with the drug-related violence, drug and human trafficking, and kidnappings that are obviously now taking place on American soil.
How does one resolve all this?
Well, it would seem to me – and remember, I’m just a stupid conservative – that you begin by sealing the borders.
But that’s just me.
Personally, I don’t care if an immigrant is white, black, brown, red, yellow, green, polka-dotted, striped, or plaid; just immigrate to our country legally. I’m pretty sure that’s all we here on the right are asking. I guess, though, we’re apparently asking too much. We’re no longer a nation of laws; sadly,we’re now a nation that operates on the whims of men who are, in the end, only interested in power as an end in itself.
So – given the fact that what is destined to become a heated summer of politically-charged shoving, it’s time that conservatives acknowledge that the fight is now underway and to take the offensive the left. Conservatives have been playing defense for too long – 40 years too long. In fact, Hugo Chavez, the much-beloved figure of the political left and a man who is now showing the leading signs of using food as a weapon against his own people in Venezuela (what a guy), once had this to say about the concepts of “going on the offensive” and “playing defense” in the global cultural war that is now beginning to consume America. This speech was delivered at the World Festival of Youth and Students on August 13, 2005, during which he said,
I remember that when I was in prison, I read an interview by [Nicaraguan] Commandante Tomas Borge with Fidel Castro from 1989-90 – in the midst of the collapse of the Soviet Union, in the midst of the collapse of the socialist camp. In this interview, Fidel, in the middle of this darkness, it seems he could see a light and he said that soon there would be a new wave struggle of the peoples. He referred to Latin America in particular, but now it is a wave across the world. And in this is another characteristic of the movement we are living in. We need to arm ourselves now with a spirit of the offensive. Enough of being defensive. The best defense is attack! All the military strategies indicate that a war is never won on the defensive. You can pass to the defense to win time, this is valid in military wars and political wars. But only on the offensive do you win the war, do you win the struggle.
It might just be me, but it seems Hugo would’ve been well-equipped for a defensive coordinator’s job in the NFL. Actually, now that I think about it, the Patriots let Dean Pees go this offseason, I think.
Anyway, would any reasonable, common-sense person disagree with the essence of what Chavez had to say there? Have or haven’t conservatives been playing cultural defense for the past 40 years (or more), simply because by nature we’re the type of people who try to get along with just about everyone, simply so that we can work and take care of our families?
Look what it has gotten us.
While it’s obvious that the right-of-center American people have begun pushing back for over a year now, the real games are about to begin, especially with the pressure of November bearing down. I can only speak for myself, but my plan is that in addition to working with the Young Republicans up here in Rhode Island, I plan to use my pieces here at America’s Right to remind people exactly as to who and what is currently seated in Washington, DC.
So, Mrs. First Lady – let me get this straight, just so that I understand – the American people are going to make sacrifices, change the nature of their conversations, change their traditions, change their history, and move to a “different place” as a people?
Well, I suppose assaulting the Republican concept of the guiding principal of the rule of law and essentially providing a blank check to the Black Panthers to intimidate voters is a heckuva way to get started on that plan of yours.
Good luck with that.