This post is entirely about the speech given by Barack Obama on Immigration on July 1, 2010. I am choosing to revisit a journal entry I did on it as Obama made it clear in his Facebook Town Hall that he was going to revive Amnesty for Illegals. He has to. He needs those undocumented Democrats and their millions of votes to WTF in 2012.
This is a breakdown of his speech. Bear in mind when reading, I personally find this president to be wholly un-American with little regard for the safety of the citizens of this nation in all areas, whether it be a foreign or domestic topic. If you are of the camp that believes in this man, I urge you not to read this note.
Link to the full Speech Transcript at the Wall Street Journal is here. I suggest reading it before proceeding and remember, I wrote this over a year ago. Funny how it still stands up.
First off, the entire speech is peppered with praise for the Democrats and scolding for the Republicans. It is clear he still does not realize the majority of people in this country, regardless of party, want the borders secured NOW. His political posturing throughout this speech was disgusting and typical style for him: bully the opposition and make them look like a bunch of racists.
As we delve into it further, we see him drawing on LEGAL immigrant references of great achievers like Einstein and Tesla. It’s a nice try but he fails to really make the connection when we all know the masses coming over our southern border are not the same as those who came through Ellis Island LEGALLY. Frankly, I found those comparisons a cheap tactic at best to rally some meager support for Jose down the road who could be the next Genius to lead this country. Please, spare us Mr. Obama. Statistics show the majority of illegals who are here barely make it out of elementary school and we know this from OUR tax money that goes to educate them so they can go out and take our jobs, pay no tax of their own but then bitch and burn our flag when we ‘mistreat’ them… no mention that they are here ILLEGALLY anywhere in his references to immigrants. None. A nice excerpt where he tries to pull the heart-strings had the opposite effect for me… I nearly threw something at my tv:
“These women, and men and women across this country like them, remind us that immigrants have always helped to build and defend this country -– and that being an American is not a matter of blood or birth. It’s a matter of faith. It’s a matter of fidelity to the shared values that we all hold so dear. That’s what makes us unique. That’s what makes us strong. Anybody can help us write the next great chapter in our history. “
Did he actually just say you don’t h ave to be born here?? REALLY? BARRY SOETORO? Yes. He did. “Being an American is not a matter of Blood or Birth”. That’s news to me and to the Constitution, Obama. Then again, I shouldn’t really be that shocked since you fail to release your own birth certificate and all your school transcripts from Indonesia.. oh, then there is the scholarship money you applied for as a Foreign student at Harvard.
He almost immediately goes into a very misguided interpretation of the Alien and Sedition act. How he can draw a comparison between a budding nation fighting to establish itself and the border issue we have today is a serious mystery to me. Now he starts to lay on the revisionist history a bit thick:
“A century ago, immigrants from Ireland, Italy, Poland, other European countries were routinely subjected to rank discrimination and ugly stereotypes. Chinese immigrants were held in detention and deported from Angel Island in the San Francisco Bay. They didn’t even get to come in.”
His reference here to Angel Island and the Chinese is really pushing the envelope. Does he really think we would step back and gasp at that? Two major world wars had just happened and while China was in the allies category, no one really trusted anyone of an asian nation during that time period. What he misses in his little heart string tugging here is that these groups assimilated and contributed LEGALLY. It seems to be a big concept he can’t quite understand: Legal versus Illegal.
He quotes an 11 million figure for ‘undocumented’ immigrants. He won’t even use the term Illegal. His entire speech is like that. Very careful not to piss off future voters! Then again ACORN made it possible for hundreds of thousands of illegals to vote in the last election, but who’s paying attention to that anymore since they disbanded and changed their names in every single state in the union. His 11 million number is also pretty inaccurate and based on the PEW Hispanic Ctr numbers from March 2005. The latest estimated count that was done of illegals in this country topped 20 million and that is from the census done in 2000. If you factor in the birth rate of 1.3 million per year plus the average of 700,000 per year crossing the border… well you get the picture.
Now comes one of the spots where I would consider this for his Greatest Hypocritical Hits Album:
“In sum, the system is broken. And everybody knows it. Unfortunately, reform has been held hostage to political posturing and special-interest wrangling -– and to the pervasive sentiment in Washington that tackling such a thorny and emotional issue is inherently bad politics. “
Is he for real? He just sat there and blamed everyone around him (again) for not doing his job. Get off your ass, secure our borders and then start implementing some tighter guidelines and procedures. You can’t stop a wound from gushing blood with words and policies first and apply stitches second. This is BASIC common sense. Oh wait, you’re a socialist scholar community organizer… all you DO is talk. Forgot that part for a second.
Immediately following that last paragraph I just quoted, he goes into the section of his speech where he pats himself on the back and winks at himself in the teleprompter while promoting something he had no real part in the past but brings up being on a committee anyway to make himself seem relevant to the cause du jour while in the same breath repeating his earlier scolding of the opposition:
“Just a few years ago, when I was a senator, we forged a bipartisan coalition in favor of comprehensive reform. Under the leadership of Senator Kennedy, who had been a longtime champion of immigration reform, and Senator John McCain, we worked across the aisle to help pass a bipartisan bill through the Senate. But that effort eventually came apart. And now, under the pressures of partisanship and election-year politics, many of the 11 Republican senators who voted for reform in the past have now backed away from their previous support. “
He of course attacks the AZ law (never mind it is based on the Federal one he pledged to uphold) and pulls the racism card but doesn’t outright use the term. Instead he called is ‘decisive’. A nice little tag line that conjures just the right amount of negativity. What really hit my hot button was this:
“Laws like Arizona’s put huge pressures on local law enforcement to enforce rules that ultimately are unenforceable”
So, basically he is calling the Federal laws unenforceable? And why? Because we do not have control of our own border. Period.
From this base, he then jumps to ‘oh the poor immigrants are just trying to make a living’ framework:
“Why should we punish people who are just trying to earn a living? “
EXCUSE ME? Tell us a new one buddy, we ain’t buying that load of crap anymore. You are yet again dodging the word: ILLEGAL. They are here ILLEGALLY trying to make a living. A living that especially in these times of high unemployment, should go to legal citizens. He doesn’t even address the milking of our infrastructure.
Nothing said about the abuse of our hospitals who cannot turn away a patient by law so they are stuck with the bill of illegals using ER’s as their primary doctors and skipping out on paying. over 77 hospitals in the southwestern US declared bankruptcy between 2006 and today. All of them cited Illegals Immigrants as the main cause of their filing. ALL OF THEM. No mention is made to the raping of our welfare/food stamps and other social service government entitlement programs. The fraud there is in the billions. It is also no coincidence that identity theft is on the rise in correlation with the influx of illegals.
The hits continue:
“So the bottom line is this: The southern border is more secure today than at any time in the past 20 years. “
If he thinks anyone in their right mind believes that… wow. Just wow.
And then this:
“But our borders are just too vast for us to be able to solve the problem only with fences and border patrols. It won’t work. Our borders will not be secure as long as our limited resources are devoted to not only stopping gangs and potential terrorists, but also the hundreds of thousands who attempt to cross each year simply to find work. “
No one believes some illegals won’t find a way in, but that entire paragraph is utter and complete crap. We are the most fearsome military power this world has ever seen and you’re telling me we can’t patrol our own southern border effectively?!
Up to this point, it has been a lot of grandstanding and scolding in this speech. No teeth, no plan how to do it better or change it or anything of the like until this section:
“That’s why businesses must be held accountable if they break the law by deliberately hiring and exploiting undocumented workers. We’ve already begun to step up enforcement against the worst workplace offenders.”
Here is a reference to cracking down on businesses using illegals. Mind you, he says “exploiting” them. Barry..really? They are here illegally and your policies are expensive and are not encouraging businesses to check for valid citizens to employ but rather the opposite. There it is again, that little term you keep ignoring! No one is exploiting them. They came here illegally. Get over it already.
And the cherry on top:
“Finally, we have to demand responsibility from people living here illegally. They must be required to admit that they broke the law. They should be required to register, pay their taxes, pay a fine, and learn English. They must get right with the law before they can get in line and earn their citizenship — not just because it is fair, not just because it will make clear to those who might wish to come to America they must do so inside the bounds of the law, but because this is how we demonstrate that being — what being an American means. Being a citizen of this country comes not only with rights but also with certain fundamental responsibilities. We can create a pathway for legal status that is fair, reflective of our values, and works.”
Ok, so wait… your entire speech has been about laws that are unenforceable yet you want illegals to just turn themselves in and all is forgiven if they “register, pay a fine and learn English”? I seriously want to know what color the sky is in Obama’s world. I am stunned at the absolute refusal to accept reality by this man. They’ve been living here for decades… you think they are suddenly going to throw up their hands and say, Ok, I give up! Yeah, RIGHT. If a third of them did that, I would deem that a miracle. Laws like the AZ law are what we need. Find them and deport them… over and over again until you get off your holier than thou ass and secure the border so they can’t just walk back across. This country was founded by millions of immigrants. We are no longer immigrants. We are Americans — Born here. Those that immigrate do so legally and are naturalized. The illegals can get in line and do it the same way everyone else is forced to… just because they have the luxury of walking over a line does not mean it is acceptable.
One passage that also really bothered me was his reference to the Jews. Really? You’re going to bring up the holocaust and the Jews after throwing them under a bus in favor of the Palestinians? He’s technically not correct about it being one of the largest waves either, but you know his penchant for making history say what he wants:
“One of the largest waves of immigration in our history took place little more than a century ago. At the time, Jewish people were being driven out of Eastern Europe, often escaping to the sounds of gunfire and the light from their villages burning to the ground. The journey could take months, as families crossed rivers in the dead of night, traveled miles by foot, endured a rough and dangerous passage over the North Atlantic. Once here, many made their homes in a teeming and bustling Lower Manhattan. “
And yet another piece of re-worked half-history/half-Obama-made-uppery:
“It was at this time that a young woman named Emma Lazarus, whose own family fled persecution from Europe generations earlier, took up the cause of these new immigrants. Although she was a poet, she spent much of her time advocating for better health care and housing for the newcomers. And inspired by what she saw and heard, she wrote down her thoughts and donated a piece of work to help pay for the construction of a new statue — the Statue of Liberty — which actually was funded in part by small donations from people across America. “
I think the French Government would love to know that their gift to us in 1886 was paid for by in part by small donations from people across America. Nice re-write of history there. Had to round out the number of nations thinking you are a total jackass by including that I bet… but oh, too late, the French already hate us.
He isn’t done yet though…
“So these are the essential elements of comprehensive immigration reform. “
Uh, ok what is? You muddied the waters so much it is very hard to suss out what exactly ARE the elements of immigration reform. From what I heard you back illegals over legal citizens. You are an advocate for them draining our resources, entitlement programs and have no problem with the gang violence, criminals and drug related crime that has turned our major cities into war zones. In fact, you basically have made it so that anyone opposing these illegals is a racist… when in fact the more appropriate term would be ethnocentrist.. but anyway.
So let’s boil this scolding of a speech down:
- You blamed everyone else in the political arena for the problem (except Democrats, of course).
- Made legal citizens the scapegoat for the ‘poor treatment’ of illegals here.
- That it’s not the fault of the illegals they are here and they just want jobs (OUR jobs).
- That the laws we have are unenforceable, yet we have to crack down on employers for ‘exploiting’ illegals.
- We just need all the illegals to register, pay taxes and learn English despite the fact they keep flooding over our UNSECURED border in droves.
Then the big finale……………….
“Thank you. God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America.”
Lay it on thick, Barry… ya gotta because hardly anyone believes you really mean that after that speech.