Thursday, May 18, 2006

What do illegals know that Nancy Pelosi doesn't?

So, let's review:

There are currently somewhere between 11 and 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States.

Over the last five years, we have captured 6 million at the border and returned them to Mexico. That's an average of 1.2 million per year that got caught.

But somewhere between 400,000 and 500,000 -- every year -- evade the Border Patrol and make it in.

America, it seems, is a pretty darn popular place. At least to foreigners.

Which is interesting, if you listen to Nancy Pelosi, the Minority Leader (read: Top Democrat) in the House of Representatives.

If all you did was listen to Nancy Pelosi, you'd think America was some third-world blot on the face of the earth, where a rich oligarchy rules for its own interests, where workers are enslaved, where democracy died on the night of December 12, 2000, where no one has health care, where no one can get an education, where everything that can go wrong does go wrong, where our nation's finest and youngest are sent overseas to die in the service of greedy corporations. Think Burundi circa 1900 (before it was Burundi), and you've described the America of Nancy Pelosi's vision.

What do illegal immigrants know that Nancy Pelosi doesn't?

If America were really as bad a place as Nancy Pelosi would have you believe, would foreigners really be so desperate to get here that they'd break our laws and risk dying in the desert just to be able to call America "home?"

Because they keep coming. Build a fence, they keep coming. Double the size of the Border Patrol, they keep coming. Announce you're going to move 6,000 National Guard troops to the border, and they keep coming.

And not only do they keep coming, now they have the gumption to stand up by the hundreds of thousands in the major intersections of our nation's largest cities and protest that their demands be met. Of course, rallying to demand government action is something that only works in some form of representative government, where the government actually pays attention to public sentiment. (Anybody remember what happened when mere tens of thousands rose up and demanded that their interests be accommodated in, say, the Soviet Union, or China, or Cuba -- or Poland, or Hungary, or East Germany? Liberals fall strangely silent when you ask them that question. Go ahead, try it. I'll wait. See?)

Which means that the illegal immigrants who've been rallying of late, at least, seem to think our democracy is working just fine, thank you very much, or they wouldn't be taking the risk involved in exposing themselves to the authorities this way.

That's kind of odd, isn't it? Nancy Pelosi thinks American democracy is dead, while illegal immigrants by the hundreds of thousands are counting on a live democracy to have their demands translated into government action.

Sometimes, you just can't make this stuff up.

By the way, is there any other country on the face of the planet that has so many people trying to get in on a regular basis?

Didn't think so.


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