Ha. See what I did there?
Since the inauguration is upon us, I thought I’d talk about all of the things that our darling dearest leader of the free world managed to skirt this election season.
I recently read this Times article on a guy named Jose Antonio Vargas. He is a well known journalist and an illegal alien. How the hell did that happen?
Read the article.
Don’t worry; I’ll wait.
I was distraught after reading it the first time. Perplexed after the second. How can this be happening. I know how much I loathe uncertainty….and it is the very foundation of these peoples’ lives. Like a Jenga tower - if you pull the wrong block, it will all come tumbling down. But it isn’t Jenga. It is real life.
It’s a messy labyrinth of legal/illegal/brought illegally as a child/born here illegally and now legal (wait, born illegally?!).
It is hardly fair to punish a person who arrived unknowingly to an unwelcoming nation and was raised and educated as an American. It still stung every time he mentioned “my country, too.” Does that make me a bad person? A hick? naive? or the poshest of them all “IGNORANT?” Please. I am hardly ignorant. But I do have questions. The unanswerable one: how do we solve this issue? The solutions I currently see on the table are
1) case by case basis - the most fair, least viable idea (who’s going to finance that? Not the government, not the people in question…)
2) deport all people living here illegally - yeah, right. Think about the economic strain that would cause (more jobs that people are “too good” for - you remember National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Cousin Eddy? HE was holding out for a management position.)
3) legalize them all and start fresh - begs the question: what are the moral implications of changing a law just because it’s the easiest option NOT because it will set precedence and solve the issue for future generations.
4) arbitrary deportation - current policy (yeah, how’s that working out?). While we waste time trying to figure out who’s legal and who’s illegal there are a whole slew of organizations fighting to keep people here against the law because they are productive members of society. Well, who defined “productive members of society” anyway? (insert random statistic here) of Americans aren’t even productive members of society! But they can stay. Because that is their constitutional right. Duh.
Moving right along, what kind of value do we put on laws anyway? As a global view, with all of this talk of revolution going on all over the world, clearly not too much. We, as Americans, however, seem more faithful to our lawmakers. Do we have enough faith in them to lead us through this briar patch? I don’t know, but I hope you’ve got your eyes open. We don’t want the blind leading the blind here.
More logically sarcastic remarks to come on other things that you’ve heard too much about in the news soon.