Tuesday, July 15, 2014

on the border

This is one of those topics, where I as a moderate, can find right and left mad at me. I consider myself to be a practical person, not an idealist. What I want to know from each is-- what's your solution for immigration beyond tomorrow. Long term not short term?

Yes, that story came from Fox, but read its facts before you toss it out. And then get practical for what do we do? As soon as I get practical, I make someone mad. 

Here is how I see it practically speaking. Three countries in Central America are facing drastic poverty and violence issues-- some of their violence is from the drug trade, for which the US bears some responsibility as a major user of illegal drugs. These countries seem to be going under in terms of government strength, and their people are frightened. They think the US has better answers (Some of them should visit Chicago to see how that works for them) and so they want to come here as you can imagine our immigrant ancestors did-- as everybody came here from somewhere else, including those who call themselves Native Americans. Evolution began in Africa, and outward from there spread mankind. That's a fact whether someone wishes to literally believe in a creation Bible story or not.

Today we are being asked to deal with an immigration crisis, while having a law in place that mandates cutting government programs through what they call Sequestration (with currently the exception of those mandated by law like SS, Medicare, Medicaid but which they get around by how they pay the doctors in the latter two) by a certain percentage each year to pay down the debt brought on by tax cuts and wars that were put on the tab.

An additional problem today is based on our own mythology, a lot of it based on how something is versus how we want it always to be. So the left, using the Statue of Liberty for evidence of our duty, says:

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Now exactly how to pay for this is left vague (ideology always is), as the Iraq war was, as the tax cuts for the richest. Those thinking the latter way also claim government should only fund a big military, fight wars and make things better for commerce, which right wing leaders spend their time trying to find ways to do-- which incidentally makes it richer for the politicians also through lobbyists and all the sweet programs out there to help them benefit on the side for doing their 'job.' 

In the meantime, we have to find practical solutions to a lot of problems which frankly I think, as a moderate, neither the right nor left are practical enough to do! Idealism might seem good, but it can be very destructive when it ignores realities for what is wished. Or as with the tax cut, what will happen that goes against commonsense but they do it anyway and then try to find some reason it didn't work-- besides the obvious.

I guess we thought we had a kind of moderate president in Obama except he seems to also be on the side of the rich because most politicians know which side their bread is buttered on. He is stymied with real solutions to the border by limitations on money, by ideology, and by his own inclination to be grandiose.

So here's what I want to know. If these Central American immigrants keep coming, if they don't have jobs and many are children, what's the plan? I'd like to hear that from the right and left. I live where I see immigrants regularly who I can pretty easily tell from where they came-- and how recently. If you live in migrant regions, you also know by physical characteristics. Previously though, many came to work. 

This is different. Many of these are children. They cannot work. The law in 2008 was evidently put in place to protect Central American children  from human traffickers. What's to protect them up here from those who lurk within church groups and charities and take advantage of the weak? The Pope recently said he thinks 2% of the priests are pedophiles. That might be accurate for charities and other religions.

So if they put unattended children into individual homes, already we were evidently short of foster homes, will they overlook standards to find more such homes in a hurry? If they build orphanages or set up retired buildings for such, anyone who knows history knows how that used to be, what's to make it better now?

My problem with idealism, such is on the State of Liberty from a poem, is it always sounds good, but it stops right there. Practical people have to make it work. Idealists never worry about that.

"Send them all back!"
"Keep them all here!"

Neither one goes into what comes next. It's up to the practical to sound hard-hearted, and make them both mad when they say--
"Then what? How do we make it better?" 

It doesn't sound as pretty does it? It doesn't have instant or easy answers, but it's where solutions will be found. 

I'm to the point that I get mad at the extremes on both ends of the political spectrum. A pox on both their houses. Wait, don't want to say that as that's the other fear with this rapid, uncontrolled influx of humans. Yeah, a genuine plague would do a lot to cut population except it might be those I love being cut; so no poxes on anybody's house!

Let's look for real answers and not just to the poverty in Central America and these people coming up, but to our own country's. It will take voting in practical people, willing sometimes to use tough medicine, not platitudes. They won't be idealists, who should stick to writing poems :).


Ingineer66 said...

As George Lopez said, "What Latin American Country doesn't have a poverty problem?" Are we going to take everyone from those countries. What if 100,000 or a million Chinese illegals showed up in 3 months. Will we take them too?

Rain Trueax said...

And Africa, which has terrible problems where people are nearly starving, and facing bandits. We should chip that poem off the Statue of Liberty ;)

Ingineer66 said...

Or maybe keep it on there and take over Mexico and Canada so we have room for 500 million people to live here. :-)

Rain Trueax said...