Monday, June 23, 2008

Chertoff's Iron curtain

By Capt. Fogg

Something there is that doesn't love a wall, said the poet. I think it's called freedom.

Say you have a nice ranch down near the Rio Grande. The view is fabulous, you use the water for your cattle, you have a little boat to fish with. The deer and the antelope play.

Say you enjoy the San Pedro river, the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area on the Arizona border. You can forget it; it's soon to be blocked by a huge corrugated iron curtain right out of the cold war era because we're all so desperately afraid of Mexicans who don't come in to the country on tourist visas, like most illegal immigrants do.

This isn't a diatribe on any racialist or economic basis for xenophobia or the grave danger of people with expired visas cutting your lawn, it's about big government getting away with unquestionable authority by declaring emergencies. It's about Michael Chertoff's Bush-given ability to overturn court rulings and ignore laws passed by Congress because - well just because the commander guy has commanded it. Our Republican Congress gave him the power to waive any laws he needed to to get this fence built and our Republican courts in all their activist glory have now backed him up today by upholding a lower court's ruling that giving Michael Chertoff authority to write and unwrite laws passed by congress does not violate the separation of powers set forth in the constitution. Michael Cherthoff can be the law and neither we nor our elected representatives can stop him sayeth the Bush Court.

Somehow the people who give us the Fatherland and the Motherland seem awfully similar to the people who changed National Security into Homeland Security.

Many people sincerely doubt that this wall will actually secure our border and protect us from undocumented dishwashers. The history of walls lends them some support, but of course when things get bad enough here, perhaps it will help keep us from fleeing to Mexico.

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4 Comments:

OpenID expatbrian said...

It's such a foolish idea that I'm surprised even the repubs would endorse it. And I'm sure that, sometime in the not to distant future, it will be coming back down.

I can't wait to hear the first set of independent, comparative statistics on border crossings. It will probably show that they have increased after the wall is built.

4:51:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Love that opening line. Hate the wall. Dumbest security theater skit of all.

7:30:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

I think the wall is doubly amusing as it isn't continuous. You can simply go around. As our prosperity wanes, there are fewer people coming in.

9:23:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Ironic that the economic crash will do what no wall can.

6:08:00 PM  

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