Border children are voiceless political pawns

Tuesday , July 15, 2014 - 3:20 PM


Here’s the thing: I’ve been watching lots of TV news coverage, reading piles of newspaper articles and surfing countless websites for information about the recent surge of children from Central American nations who are appearing on the U.S. southern border looking to live in the Land of the Free.

If this information is to be believed, we are living in the United States of Russia. I’m telling you, a LOT of people are convinced we’re being ruled by an iron-fisted leader who is – take your pick, or pick both – a socialist or a fascist. Whichever you choose, just know this: He’s a dictator.

“But, Don,” you are muttering to yourself about now, “socialists and fascists have opposing philosophies; I learned that in junior high school.”

My response: Don’t try to apply any of your fancy school-learned definitions of those labels, because that’ll just confuse you and spoil the fun. The thing we all need to know is that if we’re ever going to take this country back, the president of the United States, Barack Obama, must first be sued by Congress, and then impeached.

“Back?” you ask. “Back to what?”

Well, we haven’t decided yet. Probably back to the 1980s with the Cold War and Iran-Contra and mega-budget deficits and the invasion of Grenada and the Marine barracks bombing in Beirut and selling arms to Saddam Hussein and the granting of amnesty to illegal immigrants and all that other dreamy stuff that happened during This Country’s Glory Days – a.k.a., Ronald Reagan’s presidency. Or, on second thought, maybe not, since Congress was controlled by Democrats.

For now, though, we’re confronted with the humanitarian crisis on the border. And as with any life-and-death situation that has roots in murder, drug cartels, human trafficking and desperate parents who believe lies being told about how the United States will provide a refuge for youngsters, the Republican Party views the situation for what it is: a splendid opportunity to make Obama and other Democrats look bad in the run-up to November’s congressional elections.

Sarah Palin, the famous cartoon character who was actually governor of Alaska for a couple of years and the 2008 vice presidential nominee of the GOP, has said the president deserves to be “impeached,” not least due to the current border crisis. Palin is so precious, out flapping her cartoon lips without first reading the Constitution in order to see what does, in fact, constitute an impeachable offense. So, so cute.

I pray Republicans and reporters never give up on Palin. She makes reading the news fun.

And as long as we’re on the subject of right-wing shouters and paranoia, Glenn Beck departed from his usual the-sky-is-falling-please-buy-gold-now shtick to utter something vaguely human last week. He said he and Utah Sen. Mike Lee will take food, water and toys to some of the tens of thousands of Central American children being detained along our southern border, because they are there through no fault of their own.

According to a grammatically challenged Beck, “Anyone, left or right, seeking political gain at the expense of these desperate, vulnerable, poor and suffering people are reprehensible, and they should be reminded that it has been said, ‘whoever represses the poor shows contempt for their maker.’”

He could have added, “… and is a Republican member of Congress.”

It should be noted, however, Beck said last month – about this very situation – that Obama had “engineered a humanitarian crisis in order to advance progressive policies on illegal immigration.”

“Reprehensible” and “whoever represses the poor,” indeed. What about that “contempt for their maker” stuff?

I know, Glenn: Just buy gold. Now.

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