What Comprehensive Means In The Bizarro World
I admit it. There are a lot of things that make me mad, the continued existance of mosquitoes for example, or that people can no longer see the irony of auto manufacturers building 4-door cars and calling them performance or sports cars. But these things I can take in stride if I have to. One thing I can't handle, however, is politicians and political activists beating me over the head with talking points, memes, and buzzwords; all the while calling it discourse or public debate. Any reasonably intelligent person should be able to see the words from the old poem: "What I tell you three times is true."
The next thing that angers me to no end is how few people met that criteria of intelligence. In today's Bizarro World, if it's in the MSM, then it must be true. I'm sure many of you have seen the video of John McCain, his bottom lip quivering in righteous indignation, denouncing those who stubbornly insist on calling his and his like-minded colleagues "path to earned citizenship" an amnesty. Why is his bottom lip quivering? Because he pushed all the right voter deception buttons—but the voters refuse to be deceived. Like frustrated lab rats desperately and repeatedly pressing the feeder bar in their cage, open-borders politicians keep pressing the same buttons, spout the same phrases, and invoke the same pious phrases that have always worked for them before. But they're not working now and, much like their lab rat counterparts, the only solution they can think of is pressing the "feeder bar" harder and faster. Yet strangely, our Senators are willing to consider just about everything except giving their constituents what they want.
I don't know about you, but I find it odd that a group of people, most of whom will gladly play the political whore for a 2% bump in the polls, are suddenly oblivious to the clamoring of that vast middle ground in American politics that they claim to covet so. I've been following American politics long enough to know that politicians of both parties will look you in the eye and tell you with a straight face that the 52% they garnered in the polls is a "clear mandate". If he garners a 55% majority, his mandate becomes "overwhelming".
Now here comes an issue, border security and immigration control, that has 63% support in the lowest poll that I've seen. I've seen some polls into the 90s. Native-born Hispanics support the issue at a rate over 70%. Here we have "political capital" going begging. It's like throwing away a "get into office free" card. At first, there seems to be only one answer, the folks we've elected into office are stark raving mad, but there is another answer.
That answer is that these politicians have bigger fish to fry.
Don, what the hell does that mean you say? It means, to use another fishing metaphor, that the good Senators and the President, are willing "to give up a little one to get a big one." So, here we have people who have been known to practically sell their souls to get a tepid endorsement from some obscure special interest group, turning up their collective noses at an issue that averages about 80% support nationwide. With those kinds of numbers, this is the political equivilant of shooting the goose that laid the golden egg or sending manna from heaven back stamped "return to sender". If these people aren't crazy as Margot Kidder in a hedge, then they've got something up their sleeves much more valuable than that, and that's the problem.
I'm not a conspiracy theorist, so I won't throw a lot of far-fetched ideas out their. I think we should, however, follow the old maxim and "follow the money." I've been looking for a new job for some time. I've had some setbacks and I'm willing to start over again. But I've discovered something I hadn't realized before. When I investigate "starting over" kinds of jobs I find that they pay the same or far more often, less than they did in the 80s. Further complicating things is that, despite the recent history of low inflation, prices have increased about 88% since the mid-80s. So those dollars, nominally the same, have in fact lost almost half their value. I'm beginning to wonder if that low inflation wasn't due to the genius of Alan Greenspan so much as the depression of wages across the board. I think this, along with cheap labor, is the dirty little secret of the open-borders cabal.
I recently got desperate enough to apply, literally, for a ditch-digging job, I had been reluctant to do so, not because of the work so much as the pay—$6.50/hr. It was a mass hiring at a temp agency. Practically everyone who walked in the door got a job—if you were a Mexican. For some strange reason, which I'm sure wasn't discrimination, black people and I were rejected. I'm sure it was a coincidence that the black people totaled about a dozen out of the 68 people in the room and I was the only Caucasian in the room. I never actually got interviewed, the man who took my application seemed to lose interest in me after he asked me if I could speak Spanish and I said no.
I found this to be a tad unfair. After all I was one of the few who didn't cheat on my aptitude test. I aced the test even with the distraction of a whole room full of people whining and moaning about the math test, which consisted almost exclusively of adding and subtracting two 2-digit numbers.
It's going to be a bloodbath come election time.