Leo Tolstoy said: “There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.”
As human beings, we have this strange desire to see things as much more complex than they actually are. We see complexity as a sign of intelligence; and simplicity as a sign of stupidity. While there is a certain truth in that belief, there is equal truth in the brilliance of simplicity. It’s truly a shame that we live in a society that puts a premium on unnecessary complexity; a society that views someone like Sarah Palin as an idiot because she doesn’t beat around the bush. Directness and simple, absolute truths are ignored in favor of needlessly complicated demi-solutions. This is where we stand on the issue of immigration reform.
There are simple solutions in plain sight regarding what we need to do to secure our nation, and what we need to do to protect our economy and ensure domestic security. But with the convoluted mess being proposed by the Gang of Eight, it seems like we are farther away than we have ever been.
The worst part about “bi-partisan” immigration reform is that Conservatives always get the rug pulled from beneath them. We abide by the arbitrary rules set up by the Democrats, and we acquiesce to their demands. All we desire is that the first step be the securing of the border. That doesn’t seem like much to ask; yet it never happens.
According to Town Hall, in a recent interview, Marco Rubio said this:
“Let’s be clear. Nobody is talking about preventing the legalization. The legalization is going to happen. That means the following will happen: First comes the legalization. Then come the measures to secure the border. And then comes the process of permanent residence.”
To the surprise of no one, it appears as though securing the border just took a back seat to legalization of illegal immigrants. When did that happen? Answer: It was always the plan. This is 1986 all over again.
In 1986, the Immigration Reform and Control Act sought to secure the borders, then deal with the legalization of millions of undocumented residents. In a classic Charlie Brown football reversal, millions of illegal immigrants were granted citizenship, and nothing was done about border security. Conservatives were duped.
The simplest answer generally being the most effective, one would like to believe that securing the border could be easily accomplished. A wall could be erected, and more security measures taken. This would essentially stop the flow of illegal immigrants. But that is the opposite of what the Democrats want.
The Democrats know that illegals who are granted citizenship will ultimately vote for them. If the United States grants citizenship to the roughly 11 million illegal aliens living in the country today, the Democrats will never again lose a major election. With that, the prospect of a nearly endless supply of new voters is a major reason the Democrats have zero interest in actually securing the border.
Unfortunately, many Republicans are too stupid, and/or genial to see that. They try their level best to play nice, and give the Democrats what they want. Republicans give in to the Democrats, and then complain that they were trampled on. Marco Rubio; the once rising star of the Republican Party, is just another victim of Republican geniality. He entered the game without a plan, and got stomped.
Republicans need to grow some spines, and form a plan. Simplicity is king. Secure the border first by building a wall, and enhancing security. Don’t be genial; don’t give in; because you’re playing with vipers.