What’s going on with immigration reform? Former Governor Jeb Bush recently said that some illegal immigrants were committing an “act of love” when they came to this country for work to feed their families. Bullfeathers! To me, if you broke the law, you broke the law and we don’t need to start measuring the crime by looking at the reasons or because enforcement would be difficult.
My mind turns to the introduction of Biggie Smalls’ lyrics on “Juicy:” Yeah, this album is dedicated to all the teachers that told me I’d never amount to nothin’, to all the people that lived above the buildings that I was hustlin’ in front of that called the police on me when I was just tryin’ to make some money to feed my daughter…
Well, Oh Jeb seems to say it’s okay to break a few laws if it’s for a good cause. People who sell illegal drugs create an unregulated illicit trade. While you are making money for your family, you might leave someone’s family as zombies. We know dope zombies will do some of anything to feed their habits. For the record, weed kills fewer people than alcohol and alcohol kills fewer than the calories from McDonalds. But, legal is still legal. Science should explore the medical benefits of marijuana but California Governor Jerry Brown was right about everyone being recreationally stoned all of the time.
“if there’s advertising and legitimacy, how many people can get stoned and still have a great state or a great nation? The world’s pretty dangerous, very competitive. I think we need to stay alert, if not 24 hours a day, more than some of the potheads might be able to put together.” Gov. Jerry Brown, Meet the Press
Of course, we need more drug treatment and there are too many non-violent drug offenders in prison. Actually, we should address the problems people are having at the root cause..before the desire to self-medical and tune-out.
America is the greatest freaking country ever and everyone wants to come here. On a related note, people in hell want ice water…that doesn’t mean they will get any. My problem with creating a path to citizenship for those people who are current here is centered on the fact that most of those people come from the two or third nations to our immediate south. I am no xenophobia and I have a well-worn blue passport to prove it but maybe we should see about “us” first.
For the record, I live in an agriculture region and undocumented people do jobs than some folks born here refuse to do. Man, as a congressional staffer, I did immigration and ag issues so I would be calls from Georgia that said, “why is the government giving out welfare when I am farmer who can’t get anyone to pick my crops.”
Also, I should mention that during college I had an understanding ear for those who felt that most of the American Southwest was stolen from Mexico. Yea, the Mexicans were robbed; the Native Americans were really robbed and the Africans were super robbed. You still can’t ignore our laws. We shouldn’t fool ourselves; the Democrats and the Republicans are eyed that huge new voting bloc: new citizens and their cousins who are current citizens. Jeb Bush is the non-latino Republican with the best relationship with that community.
If we are going to have an influx of new citizens, I want balance from around the world. The stew should be seasoned with some South America, southeast Asia, the Caribbean, eastern Europe and a big dash from every corner of Africa. Europe, Mexico and west Africa are the meat and potatoes that are currently simmering.
At the end of the day, we can’t ignore lawbreakers. If that is the case, a guy who was serving time for numbers running should have been freed when the state created the lottery.