I’m still not sure what, in possibly the most over-hyped speech of the century, El Presidente promised. He told illegals they can come forward, get fingerprinted, “get right with the law” and stay here “temporarily.” I didn’t hear him say exactly how that’s going to work; I didn’t hear him say he was giving illegal immigrants social security numbers, photo IDs and work permits – as was repeatedly leaked out before the speech.
In fact, this is really all he actually said about illegal aliens:
So we’re going to offer the following deal: If you’ve been in America for more than five years; if you have children who are American citizens or legal residents; if you register, pass a criminal background check, and you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes – you’ll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily, without fear of deportation. You can come out of the shadows and get right with the law.
Although he called Latinos “fruit pickers” and “maids” -
Are we a nation that tolerates the hypocrisy of a system where workers who pick our fruit and make our beds never have a chance to get right with the law?
- he did say they can step forward and start paying taxes, if they choose. And who wouldn’t choose to pay their fair share? I don’t know how they are going to do that without a Social Security number however. And, as I said, I didn’t hear Big Guy say they could get one. Probably because he knows he can’t issue SS#’s to illegal aliens without super-Constitutional powers. So I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how this works. Also, I didn’t hear Big Guy explain how his position “evolved” from believing he was not allowed to act unconstitutionally to believing that he could; so possibly that one is still circulating around Justice for a plausible explanation. Instead, I heard him invoke scripture and the ghosts of previous Presidential Executive Orders to justify his new belief in doing the job that Congress refuses to do.
We may have to wait on a final clarifying position from Justice on that evolution as well.
Butt lets be clear; last night’s speech was pretty much a nothing burger served up with lots of soothing gravy from the amnesty standpoint. Big Guy didn’t really do anything he hasn’t already done. A de facto non-deportation policy already exists; so he expanded it “officially” to include more people - which he was going to do anyway. No, my friends, the real point of his speech was to make sure everyone, especially the Republicans, knows that he, el Presidente, is still relevant.
He put the loyal opposition on notice that he’s still in charge, and not to mess with him. Some might even call it taunting:
“You don’t like what I’ve done?”
“I have one answer: Pass a bill. I want to work with both parties to pass a more permanent legislative solution.”
And here’s the money quote from last night:
Meanwhile, don’t let a disagreement over a single issue be a deal breaker on every issue. That’s not how our democracy works, and Congress certainly shouldn’t shut down our government again just because we disagree on this.
Because, you see, this really wasn’t about immigration; even if Big Guy doesn’t know his legal limitations, his teleprompter does. He stretched his presidential powers as far as he could without breaking them. He’ll only do that when he’s convinced the do-nothing Congress won’t do things his way. To that end, last night’s address was intended as a threat; he was blackmailing - or in BO’s case, half-blackmailing® - the new Congress:
Last night’s real message? More like this:
“Don’t mess with me. Don’t mess with Obamacare. ‘Cuz if you do, no matter what you try to defund with your stupid budget bills, I’ll veto it and make sure the American people blame it on you (with the full faith and credit of the MSM behind me). Got it? Nothing is changing around here. I’m still in charge. Just because 2/3 of the country stayed home and didn’t vote doesn’t mean you won. My policies are still in place and my authority has been validated.
So let’s all take a breath and wait to see how this plays out. Is it now legal for employers to hire illegal aliens because they’ve been temporarily removed from the deportation lists? Can they continue to use stolen SS#’s? Has BHO decided not to prosecute illegal aliens currently working with stolen ID’s? Is he going to issue new Social Security numbers to illegal aliens who’ve been removed from the deportation list “temporarily”? Inquiring minds want to know. Are we going full amnesty, or stickin’ with the nuthin’ burger until the do-nothing Congress either does things Barry’s way or forces him to go full court anti-Constitution?
As el Presidente himself said last night:
“Now here’s the thing: we expect people who live in this country to play by the rules.”
It still remains to be seen if that expectation applies to Barry.
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