President Obama says he will go his own way on immigration reform. He will bypass Republican “obstructionism,” presumably by relying on some form of executive order. That’s after the Supreme Court ruled against his actions nine to zero twelve consecutive times.
Am I the only one who sees a serious attempt at unconstitutional governance? Historically, it’s always for a good cause; ask Hitler, ask Mussolini, ask Peron of Argentina – the latter, the closest parallel.
And no it’s not true that Mr Obama is or used to be a constitutional scholar. A scholar is not someone who reads stuff (or not). It’s someone who write stuff and publishes it. Even when he was the master of the Harvard Law Review, Mr Obama never published anything. He could have published anything he wanted. Why does the uncharitable thought hits me that he must have been an affirmative action law review editor?
But back to immigration reform. What Mr Obama did not mention in his recent speech is that the two parties are not far apart. Nobody denies that our immigration system is defective, that something has to be done and the sooner, the better. There are no major Republican voices calling for the expulsion of the illegals already here. In fact, the two parties are only really apart on one thing:
Should the integration of millions of illegal immigrants include a “path to citizenship”?
This immigrant has said “No” several times. As the European Union demonstrates daily, there is little or no downside to letting citizens from one country (Poland, for example) live and work legally in another (Germany, for example) without enjoying political rights in the host country. So, why does the President insist on a package that will turn ten million or so lawbreakers into citizens rather quickly?
To ask the question is to answer it. Hispanic immigrants (except Cubans) overwhelmingly vote Democratic. Pass the Democratic immigration package as is and get three, or four, or five million instant additional Democratic voters.
Perhaps, I am overstating the case and it will be only two to three millions instant Democratic voters. Perhaps, I am understating the case and it will be five million new Democratic voters immediately. In the latter scenario, the Republican Party is likely to become permanently unable to take power on a national level. In this scenario, the real opposition is muffled for a long time or forever. Worth trying from the standpoint of someone who does not like to be contradicted at all.
To get things moving on immigration reform, all the president has to do is declare publicly: OK, we will discuss citizenship later.
I don’t know about you, but I am putting two and two together: Repeatedly trying to govern outside of normal constitutional arrangements; attempting to destroy the opposition and thus to achieve a one party political system (that would include the IRS adventures); a strong cult of personality, etc
If it walks like a duck, if it couacs (quacks in English) like a duck, it’s a duck, or it may be a goose, watch the president’s followers’ step.