“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.”