Politicians may play complicated games when it comes to immigration, but the rattlesnake is quick and efficient when he strikes his prey:
• The Sweden Democrat party is poised to gain seats in the Swedish parliament and take part in forming a new government. The Sweden Democrats primary platform plank is opposition to unrestricted immigration. 19 percent of Sweden’s population is made up of immigrants or the children of immigrants. While Finns and other Scandinavians have been traditional immigrants in the past and have assimilated easily, newer Muslim immigrants have brought with them crime and a refusal to accept Swedish liberal humanitarian values. A controversial commercial illustrates the problem, showing a race between an elderly woman and a group of women in burqas pushing strollers.
• Taking a stand against Muslim immigrants and radical anti-Western Islamists is dangerous business. Dutch Politian Geert Wilders has been under 24-hour protection since 2004 and he still receives public death threats from radical Islamic clerics. Molly Norris, the cartoonist behind “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” has voluntarily gone into hiding after the FBI warned her of credible death threats.
• After speaking at a dinner for the Hispanic Congressional Caucus on Wednesday to pledge his commitment to amnesty for illegal aliens, President Obama met privately with Hispanic lawmakers to reiterate his support. Commenting on the Dream Act, which would grant amnesty to illegal aliens brought into this country while they were children, the White House said,”The president noted that it is time to stop punishing innocent young people for the actions of their parents, especially when those youth grew up in America and want to serve this country in the military or pursue a higher education they have earned through academic excellence.” The Obama administration has consistently spoken, if not acted, in favor of stronger border enforcement, but has never acknowledged the disastrous effect any amnesty would have on border security.
• The political machinations surrounding the Dream Act are very Machiavellian. DREAM is being bundled in the same Defense appropriations bill as the rescission of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, which bans open homosexuals from serving in the military. This has prompted at least one pundit to rue the Democrats having adopted an effective and unworthy Republican tactic of making political theatre of the nation’s legislative business. Democrats can pander to homosexuals and Hispanic, all while forcing Republicans to vote against funding American soldiers. Utah’s Republican Senators Hatch and Bennett have already indicated that they will vote against the DREAM Act, which they had previously supported, in its current incarnation.
• Idaho Congressional politics took a very nasty turn with a commercial accusing Republican Raul Labrador of profiting from his legal work for illegal aliens. Labrador countered that his opponent, Democratic incumbent Paul Minnick, was a hypocrite, since Mr. Minnick retained Mr. Labrador’s law firm for help in finalizing the adoption of “his foreign born child.” Mr. Minnick has an adopted daughter form China.
• Rattlesnakes don’t like company when they eat. They are quick to strike at prey, but wait for the venom to take effect before they take their time in eating that prey.