House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was on Charlie Rose for the hour Wednesday night. I almost didn’t watch the program because I dreaded what I was sure would be a litany of alibis. Of course, the show was all of that, and it was educatiional in helping understand the game; not unlike a fenced area where thirsty canines, ill at ease the the heat and conspiratorial oders of their bretheren and sistern warily circle each other and bark, but never engage each other.
The leadership I voted for last November was leadership which would have begun bringing troops home from Iraq not in March of 2008 or August of 2007 as Senator Luger (R-Indiana) bravely suggested a few days ago, but before the snow melted in my frikking driveway last spring. If the Dems and the Reps were so deaf to the mandate of 2006 that they did not think the legal public of the USA meant what we said with our ballots, they are closer to the heartbreak of Alzheimers desease than at least this voter thought possible at the time.
The malaise can’t be blamed on a particular party. Put Fred Thompson into a dark room with Dick Durbin, roll a caged lion into the room and robustly jab him in his hindquarters with a stick, and you can be sure, the esteemed gentlemen will be of one accord in their resolution to take their timely leave of that room. I don’t blame parties; I blame the perils of cohabitating in the same sleepy snake-oil Gommorah with the bold egos of Washington DCeit.
Ask any June US high school graduate what offices comprise the three parts of national government, and you will learn they are the courts, the legislature and the executive branch, the latter comprised of president and vice president. You don’t have to be fresh out of high school to know this. You can be sure there are adults in Zaire, Bulgaria, Argentina and China who know this also. No wonder we can almost hear the “loud sucking sound” of our integrity stealing away from our shores the way picnickers put distance between themselves and a festering deer carcass on the edge of a clearing. Vice Dick’s sudden disavowal of his role in the executive branch is such an obvious fart into the face of the constitution that it’s hard not to physically retch just thinking about it. Put him into a room of embryonic stem cell researchers and the room will be overloaded with Goebbels-esque perversity . . . until he departs to strut with his fellow bold egos. How can men and women of good will keep their silence? With pricks like this, who needs enemas?
People of both “potties” have lost the will to stand for the integrity of law. Though there were several negative aspects to the defeated illegal immigration law, we can take small solace in the failure of Congress to sanction living in the US illegally. Does the traffic cop on the interstate say “There’s no point in my arresting speeders because gee whiz, you can’t expect me to get every one. That’s impossible.” No. He or she takes retributive consequences to those he or she can pull over, and he or she keeps at it because that is what enforcing the law requires. NOT GUARANTEEING deportation of every person who entered the USA illegally, who we can catch, tells the world how little we care about the law and how spineless our congress persons are, despite the logic which should have been branded into their failing consciences since they were old enough to stop at stop signs and signal before turning. Establish a priority: deport convicted criminals first, and while the A team is doing that, send the B team to deal with the rest.
#43 no more wanted the illegal immigration bill to pass than he wants to go “pro life” by eliminating in vitro fertilization and ordering our troops home NOW. The travesty of both “potties” lacking the intestinal fortitude to show some backbone is a blight on our land. Here’s hoping that in some gathering of brave men and women in that Potomac whistle stop, solutions are being formlated that will put more “starch” where it will do some good; not only for US, but for the rest of the jaded world.
Live long . . . . . and proper.