Who Hijacked Our Country

Friday, October 06, 2006

“We’re Gonna Build a Fence and Keep Those Bastards Out!! Or, maybe we could just, er, I mean, uhh…”

This Republican Congress has accomplished something. Yippeee!!! They did something! They’re gonna build a giant fence and keep those icky dark-skinned parasites out of our country. Now they can go home to their constituents and tell them that they actually achieved something.

Except that, uh, actually, ahem — the fence will never be built.

A funny thing happened on the way to the signing statement. Right after the fence was voted on (so far the only thing definite is our $1.2 billion down payment), the House and Senate approved separate legislation which will, uh, dilute things just a little. This legislation authorizes Bush to distribute the money to a combination of projects. This could include roads, technology and the infrastructure for that “virtual fence” that the Homeland Security Dept. wants to build someday.

But hey, that’s just the fine print. Keep your eyes up here on the banner. WE DID SOMETHING! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

I personally don’t have any strong opinions on the whole immigration issue. Too many underlying issues; too many undercurrents. Whenever somebody gives a passionate argument about “this country was founded by immigrants” or “these illegal aliens are stealing jobs and wrecking our infrastructure,” I just think “hmmm, good point.”

But, Congress was looking for a good solid election-year hotbutton issue and they chose illegal immigration. They pushed every emotional button they could find. Populism, bigotry, paranoia, xenophobia — they pushed and poked and prodded until the population exploded into hysterics.

Now our “representatives” are coming home to their constituents, thumping their chests and screaming “Yeah! We did it! We’re gonna build a big fence and keep ‘em out! NOT.”


Blogger Gun-Toting Liberal said...

I simply HAD to link to this post, brother... it was that damned GOOD...

Blog ON, bro... we're about to hijack our country back from those who've hijacked it from us ;-)

October 7, 2006 at 12:08 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

GTL: Hey thanks, Bro. I'm glad we've both posted about this. I can't believe the smoke and mirrors being put out by both parties. How stupid do they think the voters are? (Better not to ask, I guess.)

October 7, 2006 at 12:22 AM  
Blogger yellowdog granny said...

in texas friday night our 4 idgets debated for the office of govenor for texas...it was the dumb leading the dumber..but the democrat bell did make a great point when asked about getting something done with the illegal alien problem...'"does anyone seriously believe we can deport 12 million people when we couldn't even successfully evaculate New Orleans..
We need to get rid of 'good hair perry'but im not sure any of these 3 dumb asses have what it takes..
like i always say: remember the alamo...we were out numbered then..we are out numbered now..

October 7, 2006 at 7:20 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Yellowdog Granny: Yup, the Katrina fiasco showed how inept our government is when it comes to actually carrying something out. All hat and no cattle.

October 7, 2006 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger Jolly Roger said...

The Goppers have been pulling the bait and switch quite successfully for years now.

It seems that only the (jail)bait and switch triped them up this cycle.

October 9, 2006 at 12:04 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jolly Roger: Jailbait and switch, LOL. I'm glad some of Bush's followers are finally starting to see through the smoke and mirrors. It took long enough.

October 9, 2006 at 12:42 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

Hahaha! Jailbait and switch!! GREAT ONE, J.!

The GOP is starting to panic because they realize their pet "wedge issues" (gay marriage, and abortion, for example) won't work to keep them in control much longer. There are other things going on that are obviously more important to the big picture of our nation at the moment, like the Iraq mess, Kim Jong Il having nukes, GOP scandals with DeLay, Foley, etc.

Things are falling apart so fast for the Republican party that it has probably gotten past the point of no return. Our country needs to elect people who will work to get the U.S. out of debt, who will work to rid us of our oil habit, and who will work to keep fundamentalist religion from having undue influence on our government. Those candidates will definitely not be Republicans.

If Democrats don't regain control of the House a month from now, if not the House AND Senate, I think my faith in the American electorate will have been severely damaged.

October 11, 2006 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: Yes, we definitely need to take back the House this November. If the Democrats manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory (yet again), they might as well just wrap it up and go home.

This fence has to be the dumbest and most useless bunch of smoke and mirrors ever conceived. They aren't gonna deliver on it, so their supporters will be pissed off. And they still managed to alienate everybody who's against the idea. I just read that Mexico is going to the UN to see if the fence violates international law. This legislation did absolutely nothing except to stir up a hornets' nest, without accomplishing anything.

October 11, 2006 at 4:57 PM  

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