Mark Steyn, As Usual, Hits the Nail on the Head

Another superb piece by Mark Steyn: “Beware of Government as the Last Action Hero.”

Just a taste:

“The illegal immigration question is an interesting test of government in action, at least when it comes to core responsibilities like defense of the nation. When critics of this “comprehensive” immigration bill demand enforcement of the borders, the administration says: Boy, you’re right there! We’re with you on that! We want enforcement, too. But we can’t get it as long as you’re holding up this “comprehensive reform.”

Why not? There are immigration laws on the books right now, aren’t there? Why not try enforcing them? The same people who say that government is a mighty power for good that can extinguish every cigarette butt and detoxify every cheeseburger and even change the very climate of the planet back to some Edenic state so that the water that falleth from heaven will land as ice and snow, and polar bears on distant continents will frolic as they did in days of yore, the very same people say: Building a border fence? Enforcing deportation orders? Can’t be done, old boy. Pie-in-the-sky.

In such a world, let us salute a far rarer politician than Nanny Bloomberg: “What is at risk is not the climate but freedom,” said the Czech president Vaclav Klaus this week. “I see the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity now in ambitious environmentalism, not in communism. This ideology wants to replace the free and spontaneous evolution of mankind by a sort of central (now global) planning.”

Go back to those Canadian archbishops who want to worry about “child poverty.” Poor children are the children of poor grown-ups. If the state assumes responsibility for those children from their parents, what kind of adults are you likely to end up with? And if you can’t trust free-born citizens to reach their own judgments on cheeseburgers, what can you trust them with?”

Indeed.  My question is, what can we trust government with?  The Republican “leadership” continues to tell its base to F*** off: they’re going to pass the amnesty bill no matter what their constituents say.  After all, those poor, sweet, hard-working Mexicans here illegally are more important than the American voters who have a right to be here.   Trent Lott—who apparently thinks he’s in the Senate to represent the will of George W. Bush—had the following to say:

Lott says that he and his cronies will “rein in” the “younger guys who are huffing and puffing against the bill.”  Huffing and puffing: get it?  Anyone who opposes the bill is just a baby having a temper tantrum, and the older members like Lott will use their power to steamroll objecting members of their own party.  It must be nice for the Democrats to have the Republicans shilling for them.  It will make it ever so much easier to gain permanent control of the White House and Congress if Republicans just hand it over, as they seem determined to do now.  The only surer way of creating a permanent Democratic voting majority would be to import 12 million nanny-state Europeans into swing states. 

Regarding talk radio (in other words, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and other conservative radio hosts), Lott hints he will jump on the censorship bandwagon: “Talk radio is running America. We have to deal with that problem.”  Hmm, very interesting.  How do you propose to deal with the “problem” of private citizens exercising their freedom of speech, Senator Lott?  How would a government go about doing such a thing?  Maybe you should ask Mr. Chavez: I’m sure he has some useful tips for you. 

My favorite delusion among the amnesty advocates is this preposterous idea that illegal immigrants will have to pay thousands of dollars in fines in order to be granted citizenship.  Truly, you have to be a slobbering idiot to believe this provision will be enforced.  So. . .we let all these Mexicans flood into our country for a couple decades, refuse to enforce our laws, punish officers who attempt to enforce our immigration laws, dole out billions of dollars in free health care, education, and translation services (because God forbid their lazy asses should have to learn English), and let them run roughshod over our criminal justice system. . . .and now we’re supposed to believe that the feds will enforce a fine?  What happens if these fine, upstanding criminals refuse to pay the fine: will they be deported?  Well, of course not.  If anyone believes they will be, I have a couple bridges to sell you.

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~ by lewdandlascivious on June 17, 2007.

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