Younger readers who are not familiar with this quote’s origins, should consult Cecil B. Demille’s 1950’s version of the 10 Commandments starring Charlton Heston as Moses and Yul Brynner as the Egyptian Pharaoh. Whenever Brynner’s character sought to rhetorically implement policy toward the recalcitrant Jews and Moses, he would say “so let it be written, so let it be done.” Needless to say, the Pharoah’s refusal to submit to God’s will and free the Jews resulted in absolute disaster for Egypt.
A similar situation prevails today with Obama’s executive order granting de facto amnesty to approximately 5 million illegal aliens without congressional or public consent. While Obama may have the executive power to take this action, it is opposed by significant majorities of public opinion and should be opposed by Congress. Giving amnesty to illegal immigrants is horrendous public policy and blatantly unconstitutional. Never has such widespread illegal activity been rewarded by an American President. Obama’s action will tax an already broken immigration system, further exacerbate already strained federal, state, and local government budgets, spits in the eye of present and historical immigrants to the U.S. who legally immigrated to this country and have, for the most part, enriched our society.
Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution explicitly grants Congress exclusive power on immigration policy. Congress, especially once Republicans take control of the Senate in January, needs to exert its power of the purse by withholding all money to support Obama’s illicit activity. Congress should also follow the recommendation of Texas Senator Ted Cruz and withhold all funding for implementing Obama’s executive action and refuse to confirm all presidential nominations except for those to sensitive national security positions. It is beyond the scope of this posting to list all the excesses of power committed by this President meriting his removal from office. National Review’s John Fund has suggested that Obama be censured by Congress since removing him from office is not numerically feasible at this time. Fund’s idea is a good one in theory, except it is possible for a congressional censure of a President to be expunged from the Congressional Record at a later day. During the administration of Andrew Jackson, his arbitrary behavior resulted in his being censured by Congress. However, a later and more pro-Jackson congress expunged the earlier censure from the record of congressional proceedings.
We are witnessing a wounded and failed President lash out at his critics through this idiotic decision which blatantly panders to the apologists for illegal immigration at the core of his political constituency. Obama has succumbed to the delusion of creating his legacy by allowing the massive influx of illegal immigrants into this country. Obama could have passed his chimera of “comprehensive immigration reform” during 2009-2010 when he had absolute control of Congress. For whatever reason, he chose not do to this. Now the piper has come home to play.
Our immigration system needs to be reformed with establishing border security being the foundational prerequisite for such reform. Any immigration reform must reject the fallacy of a “pathway to citizenship” expounded by illegal immigration apologists. Our immigration policy must be based on admitting talented and virtuous individuals with Judeo-Christian compatible values and lifestyles who will enhance societal health by being self-reliant individuals who will assimilate into our Anglocentric cultural foundations and not be a drain on finite societal resources. Something which has also been forgotten in the current discussion of immigration policies, is the repeated failure of Latin American societies to develop politically, economically, and socially to present enough opportunities for their citizens so they do not feel the need to illegally immigrate to the United States. We need to demand that these countries set specific dates at which time they will “get their act together” and not leave their citizens at a point where they feel they can illegally immigrate to the U.S. to achieve personal advancement. U.S. immigration reform must be incremental in nature and incorporate the aforementioned principles.
It must not pander to the delusions of illegal immigration apologists and the short-term desire of many businesses to employ low-cost labor to boost their profits.
Immigration policy must look after the best interest of all Americans instead of the short-term political, legal, and economic aspirations of the chattering classes of liberals and conservatives. The Obama Administration is beginning a final two year descent into illegal activity, corruption, incompetence, and chaos which will further strain America’s domestic fabric and international standing. The hellbent desire for a nuclear deal with Iran is an example of the administration’s illusory search for a legacy which will be even more damaging than Obama’s arbitrary and irrational immigration executive action. It is time for Congress to forcefully assert its constitutional legislative oversight prerogatives by all means necessary including judicial litigation. It’s also vital for Americans to communicate to their congressional representatives their outrage over Pharaoh Obama’s insolent refusal to adhere to public opinion on the subject of illegal immigration. We are going to witness the full consequence of twice electing a constitutionally ignorant narcissist as President of the United States between now and January 20, 2017 when the long dark night of the Obama presidency sputters to an ignominious conclusion.