According to a report from Miranda Leitsinger, an MSNBC correspondent, some illegal immigrants expressed joy with Obama’s recent decision to defer deportations. On the other hand, other Latinos are skeptical that Obama is just using their fears and anxieties surrounding deportation as a political ploy to acquire the Latino vote so he will get re-elected.
Admittedly, the Democratic Party does not have a monopoly on these sorts of actions. Both political parties have governed by the Machiavellian tactics of divide and rule at one point or another.
Along with those tactics is the widely known “carrot and stick” trick. Politicians have been making promises they have no intentions on keeping since the beginning of civilization. Dangling a carrot in front of a person to motive them is nothing new.
Whether it is the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transsexual (GLBT) voting block, the Latino voting block, the Pro Gun voting block, the Environmentalist voting block, the anti-abortion voting block, or the Animal Rights voting block, whatever they fear will happen, you can bet a politician will support that group by affirming they are going to address their specific needs. Of course after the election, more than likely it will be back to business as usual.
Politicians are fully aware if they allow a particular voting block to have the entire carrot in one sitting, they will no longer be politically motivated; hence the politicians will no longer be able to manipulate them for their vote.
Likewise, Politicians know that if they give in to every special interest issue at once, then there will be no way to distract them from the issues that really matter at some later point in time. It is their intention to distract a particular voting block from the serious issues of the day, by offering promises to address trivial matters.
In order to keep their constituencies hitched to their wagons, politicians need to keep that carrot dangling in front of them. By committing to half truths, and patent lies, politicians manage to keep their constituents under their thumbs. It sad, but true; people are gullible, and they are apt to be manipulated by those who claim to serve them.
By issuing an executive order to defer the deportation of illegal immigrants that meet certain criteria, Obama has committed to a fool’s errand. He knows it is impractical; he is well aware that the matter needs to be taken up by congress, in order that a concrete plan of action can be devised, and implemented, for a permanent solution. Obama’s executive order is comparable to placing a band-aid on a severed limb.
By not addressing the matter of immigration reform in his first two years in office, Obama clearly showed his true stripes. It is well worth noting that the 111th Congress, in session from January 3, 2009, until January 3, 2011, had a democratic supermajority in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.
The U.S. Senate held a 59% to 41% advantage, if you include Independents Joe Lieberman and Barry Sanders who normally vote and caucus with the Democratic Party. For the most part the U.S. Senate was comprised of 59 Democrats, 41 Republicans, and 2 Independents; after all congress members come and go for various reasons, including death.
At the same time, in the U.S. House of Representatives, the percentages were exactly the same; 59% to 41%. There were 256 Congressional officials affiliated with the Democratic Party while there were only 179 Congressmen/women affiliated with the Republican Party.
Factually, he could have introduced, and passed, any piece of legislation he wanted to. Instead, he chose to sit on his hands where immigration and other minority rights were concerned.
Obviously, in this instance, Obama is preying on the fears and anxieties of the Latino population. Obama instituted higher numbers of deportations than any other president ever. Now that he has exacerbated the fears of those same people for the same reasons, Obama wants to play good cop. It is almost as though they have “Stockholm syndrome.” Why the Hispanic and Latino Communities would side with a man who holds their future hostage is inexplicable.
It’s apparent that Obama thinks the Latino community is comprised of a bunch of fools; and he figures he can exploit them without any repercussions. Perhaps he is correct.
The Latin Community should be outraged by Obama’s false-hope; after all, the scoundrel that he is, he waylaid them. There is no doubt that Obama is exploiting their fears and anxieties for his political gain.
This ploy by Obama should be viewed for what it is; it is an insult to their intelligence. The executive order to halt deportations is not something that should be viewed as a concrete law, and as others have stated, including former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, it is merely a patch on the problems surrounding immigration reform.
It is a temporary fix that will hinder true immigration reform at a later date. The bottom line is that Obama is doing what he does best; he is playing on the fears and anxieties of the Latin and Hispanic communities.
To halve through executive order the deportation of some undocumented immigrants looks like a political calculation to win Hispanic votes, and subjects him to criticism that he is violating his oath of office by selectively failing to enforce the law. ~ Alberto Gonzales
It does not take a savant to see that Obama would like to keep illegal immigrants, and those who are closely tied to them, on a short leash. More than anything, the Democratic Party loves to keep their hangers-on hanging on. It is one of the oldest and dirtiest tricks in the book.
What Obama fails to realize, or does not want to acknowledge is that the Hispanic and Latino voters who are here legally may not like the idea of illegal immigrants coming in through the back door. Especially, after those who are here legally, went through the immigration process the legitimately. Heaven forbid the notion become widespread and reality sinks in.
Undoubtedly, the Latino community will catch on to Obama’s game. Not all of the people in the Latino community are so naïve that they’ll fall for Obama’s tactics. Given Obama’s history, and the notion that common sense generally prevails we can only hope that they do not fall prey to the carrot Obama has dangled in front of them.
Like Mohammad Abdollahi, many know that if they do, true immigration reform will be once again put on the back burner. Those illegal immigrants that are currently hiding in the shadows are well aware too; they know what is at stake.
As of now, they have the ability to leverage their plight against Obama or Romney, whoever may be the winner of the election; they have the power to negotiate their future.
One thing is for certain, should the Latino and Hispanic communities let Obama off the hook today, like a bunch of suckerfish, then they are setting themselves up to be hooked in the next election cycle.
There is no doubt that Obama, and the Democratic Party, will keep dangling the amnesty carrot in front of the Latino voting block just as long as they can without actually addressing the issues that trouble them.
As a token of reaffirmation, Obama’s actions can be viewed retrospectively through an article at the Examiner.com. The article highlights Janet Napolitano bragging about the deportation record. It further sheds light on Obama’s propensity to double deal where immigration is concerned.
The reason for this diversion is simple. They know Obama’s decision has noting to do with doing “the right thing for the American people” and everything to do with appeasing another demographic to salvage his struggling reelection campaign at the expense of “the American people.
In 2010, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano was bragging about the administration’s deportation record. But in 2011, after being heckled by group of Hispanic students at the National Council of La Raza meeting who were protesting the administration’s record breaking deportation record, Obama blamed Congress.
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.
By nullifying the laws surrounding the deportation of illegal immigrants, outlined in Title 8 of the United States Code, Obama perjured himself. On top of that, his ostentatious flaunting of those laws is hypocritical; how can he ridicule and prosecute members of the military for not bearing allegiance to the constitution of the United States, and his position as the leader of the United States, when he, himself, has blatantly circumvented his own oath to our country and that historical document?
How could he desecrate the sanctity of the very document that our men and women in uniform lay down their lives for everyday? He blatantly violated the presidential oath for his own political gain. Barack Obama needs to be held accountable for his barefaced disregard of our nation’s laws. This arrogant croup needs to be impeached, but unfortunately, he’d probably get the sympathy vote if the wheels of justice started spinning in that direction. If nothing else, this issue needs to be brought in front of the United States Supreme Court.
Inherently, the best way for Obama to win his bid for re-election is to drive a wedge between the populace. Just as before, in 2008, he played the race card in order to drive a wedge between the electorate. He played on the anxieties of those who did not want to be viewed as racist because they did not vote for him. Again, in 2012, the Obama Campaign has already implemented the policy that young Hispanics and Latinos are to use guilt in convincing their family and friends that if they do not vote for Obama they are in fact voting against the Hispanic and Latino communities.
You can expect that in the near future nothing will be beneath him in his quest to regain his seat in the oval office. You can wager on the fact that if he tried to manipulate the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, in regards to Obama-care, then he will have no qualms with manipulating the rest of the electorate, at any cost.