Alan K. Simpson said: “There is no ‘slippery slope’ toward loss of liberties, only a long staircase where each step downward must first be tolerated by the American people and their leaders.”
This is an interesting quote, because it defies the typical slippery slope argument for a more refined one. This refined argument is crucial in understanding the Obama administration. Barack Obama is very good at ramming legislation down our throats, while simultaneously avoiding any responsibility for the ire he creates. He gracefully walks down the staircase, while we stand blind.
Barack Obama, following after the “Gang of 8” proposal, has proposed his own immigration reforms. According to ABC News: “Like the Senators plan, Obama’s proposal calls for a path to citizenship for many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US.”
In contrast to the proposal by the Gang of Eight, which requires a “trigger” before full citizenship is granted to the illegal immigrants, Obama’s proposal would eschew that in favor of a more direct approach. The Gof8 plan would provide illegal immigrants with probationary legal status, while awaiting the securing of the border before granting a type of full citizenship.
I mentioned this a few weeks ago in a column I wrote about Obama’s immigration agenda. I said that Obama and the Democrats were going to push immigration reform so that they could ensure the votes of the nearly 11 million illegal residents. Now, with Obama’s proposed path to citizenship, the Democrats have secured a massive boon that, if passed, will give them the upper-hand in the next two election cycles.
Just as Alan Simpson said, the path we’re on is not a slope, but a staircase. If this legislation passes, we will have 11 million lawbreakers recognized as citizens, and 11 million New Democrat voters–if voting rights are granted. We are walking gracefully down the staircase, without so much as a fight. By the end of Obama’s second term, we will look back in astonishment, and wonder why we did nothing to stop this from happening.
Write your elected officials; call talk radio; flood the airwaves; blog. Don’t be passive; be active. In the end, we may accomplish nothing, but it won’t be for lack of trying. Don’t just tolerate what’s happening, fight it.