May 21, 2007
Amnesty: The Lawless
Aiding the Lawless
It's not entirely over
yet, but it appears as of this writing that a deal has been struck on an
immigration bill that the Senate will pass on Monday. There is a small
chance the House could stop it, but that seems unlikely. And President
Bush is virtually panting at the chance to sign it. This bill would give
the 12-to-20 million illegal immigrants in America a near total amnesty.
Their crime of breaking-and-entering into the United States will be
lavishly rewarded, with all the same rights and privileges full citizens
have, save for voting. (And one can't think it will be very long until
they get that as well.) Meanwhile, those who played by the rules and
waited their turn in line will have been openly slapped in the face.
And if you think that,
well, at least we'll finally have that impenetrable wall running from
San Diego to the mouth of the Rio Grande, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to
sell you real cheap. Congress has been ignoring its responsibility to
enforce the immigration laws and the border for many years. Why should
this change that? Are they really going to suffer any consequences for
their continued defiance?
The bigger point
underlying amnesty is that it obliterates the rule of law, from both
sides of the equation. Illegal immigrants break the law by sneaking into
the United States. Members of Congress break the law and their oaths of
office by failing to enforce immigration laws and the border. And both
groups not only suffer no penalty, but are rewarded for having done so.
No wonder the latter feels such an affinity for the former. It forces
one to wonder if the rest of us simply get to ignore or defy any law we
don't like or find inconvenient. Should I get to drive 95 mph simply
because 55 mph doesn't suit me? Or better yet, not pay my taxes anymore?
And if economic desperation justifies law-breaking, how many homes does
each poor person get to burglarize?
civilization from anarchy is fealty to the rule of law. And what makes
America a constitutional republic is fidelity to the Declaration of
Independence and the Constitution, both in letter and in spirit. The
moment certain groups decide that they are above the law, America ceases
to be the nation the Founding Fathers bequeathed us. I'm not entirely
sure what it becomes, but I'm fairly certain it's far closer to the
anarchy end of the spectrum than the civilized end.
I do know, however,
what it makes the Congress and president who perpetrate such a thing –
tyrants no longer worthy of the high offices they hold and abuse as they
please. They have made their move, and now the initiative lies with us.
There comes a certain point where if you are not willing to do whatever
it takes to keep them off you, you deserve to wear the shackles and
chains with which others bind you. This may or may not be that
threshold, but it certainly seems that if action is not taken soon, when
the time does come we will no longer be able to untie our limbs.
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