Barack Obama is all in. He's made his bet and what he has wagered is the remainder of his career as an elected office holder.
Here's the plan: Amp up gays, Latinos and extreme leftists to compensate for the votes he's lost among whites, college educated women and political independents. Hispanics are especially important as they may make the difference in several swing states.
Here's the problem: What he's doing is unfair. Most members of Code Pink, the National Council of La Raza, Act Up!, and MEchA probably don't think so, but they aren't representative of the American mainstream. Joe Average doesn't like the prospect of one million illegal aliens being given work permits when unemployment is above 8%. He feels sympathy for a state inundated with illegal alien crime and related expenses. In addition, many moderates have qualms about the fashion in which his healthcare plan was ramrodded through congress in such a partisan manner.
Here's the question: Will the president succeed in exciting enough voters to compensate for the votes he's already lost because of the economy AND make up for the votes he'll lose because of taking the unpopular positions on immigration, health care and gay marriage?
Will Americans elect someone this far out of the political mainstream? Who knows, maybe the Harvard grad has calculated correctly but at this point, there's no going back. He either wins as Barack The Champion Of Government Controlled Medicine And Amnesty For Illegal Aliens ... or he retires to a life of high priced speaking engagements and book tours. Make no mistake, however. As of yesterday, Mr. Obama is all in.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Had he been in a mood to defend the merits of his actions on Friday, however, here are the questions to which the staff at DerailAmnesty.com would liked to have heard answers:
1. When answering critics who had been demanding that you produce a DREAM Act amnesty, about a year ago, you asserted "I cannot do this on my own because there are laws on the books." How have those laws changed in the last year?
2. The last major amnesty given, of approximately the same size as the one you're authorizing, was supposed to cover about 1 million people. There was a great deal of fraud and bureaucratic error in 1986, however, and it turned out that 2.7 million illegal aliens were amnestied in. What safeguards will be put in place this time to ensure nothing similar happens again?
3. You've stated that the DHS has to use discretion when enforcing immigration laws because of limited resources. Additionally, you just represented that the non-enforcement you've authorized will extend to young people without criminal records. Now that roughly 800,000 illegal aliens will have no legal action taken against them, will the DHS have sufficient funds and time to undertake deportation actions against your uncle who has been in defiance of a court order for over a decade, and was recently convicted of drunk driving in Massachusetts?
4. Will illegal aliens who have been convicted of unlicensed driving, or are currently working with the use of a stolen Social Security numbers be precluded from applying for work permits, or are such violations not going to be considered "crimes" for the purpose of this DREAM Act amnesty?
5. Do you think your actions to bypass Congress on this matter are legal, or do you believe it doesn't matter because a lawsuit won't be resolved for roughly a year, and after early November you'll never need another Latino to vote for you again?