Immigration and the whims of men
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spoke for many about the immigration “reforms” being proposed by the Senate when he said: “I have deep concerns with the proposed path to citizenship. To allow those who came here illegally to be placed on such a path is both inconsistent with (the) rule of law and profoundly unfair to the millions of legal immigrants who waited years, if not decades, to come to America legally.” Nobody can disagree with this.
In a republic, the rule of law is followed because it assures freedom and fairness without favoritism to those who are law-abiding and provident. This was once the rigid backbone that supported all American government and power.
But America is no longer a republic, and spinelessness is fashionable. It is quite clear, in everything from the functioning of our financial markets to immigration proposals, that the republic has been subverted by big government, special interests and political expediency.
As columnist Tiffany Madison said, “When the rule of law disappears, we are ruled by the whims of men.” Welcome to America 2013.
Don’t go gentle
Now that a bipartisan group of U.S. senators has chalked out a path to immigration reform (Jan. 29 Eagle): Whither Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach? It was only yesterday that he was an actual influence on GOP policy. Now he’s been implicitly rebuked by the party leadership, and his name has lost its luster.
However, I don’t anticipate Kobach taking marginalization in stride, so what is he to do?
The first choice is to accept the policy change like a good functionary. This would be the civilized option, but it’s no fun at all. The second choice is more entertaining: Kobach must not go gentle into that good night; he must try with all his might to undermine reform. I’m thinking multiple appearances on conservative talk shows and press conferences alongside other nativist titans such as Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The further Kobach descends into self-parody, the higher the comedic value.
The only reason I make this suggestion is my certainty that anything Kobach does will be ultimately futile. Thus he must at least entertain his constituents while shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic.
RYAN T. JACKSON
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