The United States is, at least on paper, a democratic republic. Considering the huge influence that immensely wealthy individuals, corporations and special interest groups now wield, it has been said that the nation has been transformed into an oligarchy.
In point of fact, on April 21, 2014, The Washington Times published a succinct but extremely disconcerting article, the title of which says it all, “America is an oligarchy, not a democracy or republic, university study finds.”
However, given the administration’s latest outrageous tactic of threatening to veto any funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that does not include funding for the ill-conceived – and indeed, illegal – amnesty program Mr. Obama is determined to create, I believe that the U.S. actually has been transformed into a “thugocracy.”
While political conservatives often disagree with political liberals about the role that government should play in the lives of our citizens, with conservatives believing that “less is more,” both groups generally agree that providing for the common defense of our nation and our citizens is undeniably a legitimate and essential role for our federal government. This is why our nation has a military.
This is why our federal government is charged with securing U.S. borders and enforcing immigration laws that act as America’s first line of defense and last line of defense.
Given the threats and challenges America and Americans face in this turbulent and dangerous world, the mission of the DHS could not be more important. Yet, the president has made it clear that, unless Congress funds his controversial amnesty program for an estimated 5 million illegal aliens, he will veto any funding bill and allow the DHS to go unfunded and, by extension, America to go undefended.
Mr. Obama has given Congress and, by extension, America two really bad choices – stop funding DHS or agree to provide lawful status and official identity documents to millions of aliens who evaded the inspections process to surreptitiously enter the U.S. This is all to achieve a political objective that is contrary to the best interests of the U.S. and its citizens.
There is absolutely no capacity for the already hobbled and overwhelmed immigration system to conduct in-person interviews of the millions of applicants who would undoubtedly participate in Obama’s program or the ability to conduct field investigations to determine the accuracy and truthfulness of information contained in their applications.
These are aliens whose true identities, backgrounds or possible affiliation with terrorist or criminal organizations cannot be determined. There would be no way to know whether they entered the country 10 years ago or 10 days ago.
All that would be clear is that they are foreign nationals who have no legal or inherent right to be present in the U.S. and entered illegally, without inspection.
The amnesty program being foisted on America by this administration would not only violate commonsense but the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. This was the focus of my December 19, 2014, article for CAPS, “Obama’s ‘Gift’ to International Terrorists: Immigration Executive Action.”
Furthermore, the aliens who would benefit from this program would have as much right to work in the country as U.S. citizens would. Certainly this program does not help millions of desperate American workers who need decent jobs to pay their mortgages and support themselves and their families; it would do precisely the opposite.
This was my focus in my July 22, 2014, article for FrontPage Magazine, “Immigration ‘Reform:’ Engineered Destruction of the Middle Class.”
Mr. Obama likely believes that, inasmuch as he has no future elections to win, he has nothing to lose by his outrageous tactics. The problem is that America and Americans have everything to lose!