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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Dreamer's Nightmare

WARNING: The following post is political in nature, so if that is a problem for you, skip it. However, I can say that the post is definitely NOT PARTISAN. Nor is it complimentary to either established Party, so if you are a conservative worried this could be liberally biased, or if you are a liberal thinking this could be too conservative, rest assured, this is just an expression of 'common sense'........therefore staunch supporters of either Party should be EQUALLY offended. 


Everybody wants to protect the Dreamers.

Well at least that’s what you hear. But recent events have shown quite clearly that Dreamers are not really a concern……..they are a bargaining chip. This past year my political posts could easily lead a reader to believe that I am a typical, anti-Trump, Liberal Democrat………………….but the only word in that description that is truly accurate would have to be: “anti-Trump”. 

My political leanings are libertarian (small “L”) with views that are socially liberal but fiscally conservative. I am not a Democrat………... nor am I typical. As the recent budget legislation has shown, NO party right now is fiscally conservative. And socially only the Democrats are liberal…...but they are also SO liberal that they lose me on many other issues. The Republicans have utterly confused me to a point where I really don’t know what they stand for except benefiting themselves. (Not that the Democrats aren’t guilty of that as well.) But let’s get back to the Dreamers. 

A recent poll has shown that 85% of Americans want a legislative fix that would protect these kids. And both parties (and Trump) have claimed to want the same thing. But 4 failed bills later, we are no closer to a solution. Why is that? The answer is quite simple. Each of these 4 bills contain a bunch of other issues that no one can agree on. And it seems that neither party wishes to give up that powerful “Dreamer chip” without getting something else they want that alone would be too unpopular. 

And Trump? Like a kid obsessed with candy, he just wants his wall. It doesn’t matter if it makes sense ( most illegals come here legally and overstay their visas, not by swimming across the Rio Grande like he wants everyone to believe.) he just wants it. But then again he also wants a military parade. I wouldn’t be surprised if he eventually tries to establish a Trump Day Federal Holiday as well. Maybe next he’ll want to chop off Miss Liberty’s head and have his own placed there instead? Anyway, this Dreamer issue, while complicated by this narcissistic imbecile, has proven quite clearly that the “duopoly” (As Gary Johnson calls it) is equally uncaring. 

It’s very ironic…...in a stomach-sickening sort of way, for moderate independents to watch the hypocrisy of partisan posturing. If you listen to the left, it’s the right’s fault, and if you listen to the right, it’s the left’s. And the irony is….........they are BOTH CORRECT. The Dreamer quagmire is a billboard of how Trump’s “swamp” is populated with every wealthy member of each corrupt and self-serving Party.

If you really want to help these kids (now many of whom are adults) why not simply draft a single-issue bill that takes care of these kids before their time runs out and then try to address all of the other issues they keep attaching in a subsequent piece of legislation? Even the issue over their parents can wait. Just fix this and stop using these human beings as pawns in your little games. 

Oh wait. We can't do that. It makes sense.


15 comments:

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    1. Not sure what you mean, Lea. Please elaborate. I've never been good with one word responses. ;-)

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    2. It means, I pretty much vehemently agree with everything you've said, please talk more: preach!

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    3. Also:

      https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=preach

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    4. OK, thanks. I thought that 'might' be what you meant , but then I wondered if it could also mean you thought I was being too preachy? ;-)

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  2. I do not agree with everything you said but it is absolutely true these people are being used shamelessly by all concerned. I believe all members of Congress without exception need to be replaced by a more intelligent creature maybe a sloth at least they move faster. As to the "dreamers" and their parents I believe the proper term for them is criminal trespassers.

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    1. Well we agree on the main point at least.

      As for replacing Congress with sloths? Well perhaps. But that would would require that people actually vote sloths into office and folks are far too preoccupied with their cell phones to do that. No, my guess is that they will continue to vote for one of the two entrenched parties.......probably based on which one their parents always voted for. (Or their favorite celebrity tells them to.)

      Your last sentence saddens me. Perhaps the Dreamer parents were criminal trespassers. It's a valid point. But as their children, they are as well? If so, why not begin incarcerating the offspring of convicted felons? Who knows, given Mueller's progress that could mean the Trump clan could ALL end up in prison for generations to come? I wish I could say I'd shed a tear if THAT happened. ;-)

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  3. I must agree with you and a few of your commenters. Other than being brought into the country by their parents what law have they broken? Are they supporting themselves? Find a way if these people on the Federal dole (congress) have any idea how and leave the dreamers alone. We have much bigger problems in California and Texas with ill. people but who it kicking them out?
    archedone

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    1. Thanks for the input, archedone. If these greedy little Machiavellis just sat down to do the right thing for once, the Dreamer issue could be fixed in a few hours.

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  4. Suggesting that elected officials should do something just because it is the right thing to do and 85% of people think so? Well, now you're just being silly.

    It's interesting the extent to which most Presidents are a function of their staff. Take Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld out of Bush's administration, and it could have been much different. Here, Trump doesn't seem to have any real convictions on much of anything, and he takes his immigration advice from children like Stephen Miller, who I have no problem at all labeling a white supremacist.

    As for Trump's authoritarian tendencies, right before the election by coincidence I read a book called Hitler: Ascent that focuses on Hitler's early life and rise to power. It was a fascinating read and became more so as I watched the election unfold. Over time, the point that really stuck with me was that Hitler was really totally open about what he intended to do if the Nazi party was elected and that one of those things was to end German democracy. The German people voted in the Nazi party knowing full well that they were casting their last vote in a contested election. In addition to being anti-democratic, the platform was overtly racist and xenophobic, yet people still *voted* him in. I think of this in light of how good the Republicans are at regularly getting very large numbers of the poor and lower middle class to vote against their own economic interests, voting in candidates who openly support tax cuts that go mostly to the wealthy and cutting health and safety net programs that benefit most the people who vote for Trump. I think the most obvious, and depressing, explanation is that while people generally support the concept of democracy and may not like a budget that cuts funding for social programs that help the people in their own economic class, those are all abstract, intellectual concepts. On the other hand, our tribalism and sense of "us" versus "them" seems to be absolutely hard-wired. I do give Trump some credit for recognizing that for all the pretty words about this being a country of immigrants, deep down inside a very, very large number of people are far more viscerally motivated by immigration issues than by economics and social policy.

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    1. All good points. One of the things that has always frustrated me about the Nazi issue in Germany was the post-war assertion that Hitler had somehow maniacally seized control and that the common, decent people were all afraid to not go along. Total crock! As you mentioned, he was overwhelmingly supported as a reformer over the previous corrupt regime and the people cheering for him knew EXACTLY what they were supporting from the very beginning.

      Of course this is all extremely secret information that only the very few people willing to climb a frozen precipice to a locked library guarded by three dragons can access. I'm surprised you found it just by reading a book. ;-)

      Tribalism is a problem. Recently I have had conversations with good friends......who are decent people, each of whom are solidly convinced of the correctness of their totally opposing viewpoints. (One is a staunch liberal, the other a solid conservative). Trying to point to the reasonable middle of any issue doesn't seem to work with either of them.

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    2. Regarding your last point, what has been really illuminating to me is watching relatives who have always been outspoken "conservatives" completely flip what that supposedly means. When I talked to them four years ago, it meant small government, balanced budgets, free trade, and "family values." None of them can really explain how they can now support trillion dollar deficit spending, trillion dollar infrastructure spending, protectionist trade policies and voting for a guy who has been divorced three times and talks on the Howard Stern show about the quality of his daughter's rack. It illustrates the point I made that voters really are not motivated by policy per se. Or, it may be that they are motivated by one or two policies that are totally visceral (abortion and immigration for the right; who the hell knows on the left any more), and everything else is just window dressing.

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    3. I hate to respond to such a well thought out comment with only a single word, but.................

      YEP.

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  5. To quote Trump: "Sad"

    What's truly sad is that he doesn't understand that his policies regarding immigration only further complicates things.

    There aren't enough of either political party in either the House or Senate to get whatever votes are necessary for them to move forward.

    It's like they're all sitting on their hands and doing nothing. It's frustrating, and no doubt scary for those who are depending on DACA. Thank goodness for midterm elections! Maybe then (if we last that long) things will get done.

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    1. The midterms could solve certain issues, but the issue I have with DACA is that for DACA itself there ARE enough votes......MORE than enough. But these bastards in both parties don't want to deal with DACA singly. Instead they want to use this popular measure as a counterweight to some pork-barrel or pet project that does not have the same bipartisan support.

      On this issue, Trump is merely a part of the problem. ("his" proposal got very little support even from his own party.) The big lesson here is for people to realize that the words coming out of their representatives' mouths are essentially manipulations.

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