The bipartisan shuffle, Trump hiding behind Pelosi, Mitch McConnell pouting in a corner
So, about the recent hysteria bout the purported Trump administration’s “termination” of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the President’s villainous xenophobia, racism and all around bad guy-ism?
President Trump seems to have succeeded in negotiating the legalization of the constitutionally deficient Obama DACA executive order which is what he always claimed needed to be done. The Clinton-Obama Democrats and MSM have egg on their faces but then again, they always do nowadays, it’s just covered up my MSM makeup. Certainly they’ll now be issued super hero capes by the MSM and credited with forcing the President’s hand. After all, Republican legislators don’t exactly seem to be jumping for joy.
Going after the egg farmer vote, that’s all folks; move along now.
On the other hand, as too often occurs (e.g., the fake Paris climate accords instead of real “agreements” with teeth, Obamacare instead of healthcare for all, etc.), the apparent solution fails to address the real problem, in this case, comprehensive immigration reform, reform fair not only to would be immigrants but which also addresses the United States’ demographic deficiencies associated with an aging population, low birth rate and the requirements of social security. As is almost the case with United States bipartisan cooperation (although we now apparently have three major parties, the President, the Democrats and the GOP), the goals are either malevolent (e.g., foreign wars and massive military budgets) or deceptive (illusory solutions to real problems really designed to generate profits for our wealthiest citizens).
In the case of the apparent DACA deal (which may well fall apart; bipartisanship may not be enough in the age of Trump), it’s not a real solution to the real problems facing us regardless of the smiles and similes. As usual, if our government were a football team, it would be comprised solely of punters (my apologies to punters everywhere) but its abysmal television ratings would be compensated for by inexplicably high salaries based on guaranteed television revenue from their grateful friends in the propaganda-entertainment complex (kind of like what happens with my favorite football team, the New York Jets, … groan).
The truth is that while I oppose most Trump administration policies, they are not substantively different from those actually undertaken by the disloyal opposition when they’re at the helm. The Clinton-Obama Democrats proved expert at the old shell game, their Identity Politics “victims (errrr, supporters) keep stumbling over themselves to play just fifty more times. I guess it’s the parties after the demonstrations and the riots that have them hooked. The GOP is no better, just more honest about their mistaken politics based on anachronistic premises and with much more boring parties
The old saying, “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me” seems applicable but apparently, for the last two and a half centuries but especially recently, we seem to have been in an Abe Lincoln (a great con man himself) “you can fool most of the people some of the time” era. Inexplicable but for the fraudulent creative art forms represented by the purported history we are taught and the purported news we are fed. In case you haven’t noticed, in the United States, all mirrors have figuratively been replaced by pretty portraits. Yeah, yeah; I’m sure George Orwell saw that coming; “scheesh”!
So, following up on the “Dreamers” metaphor: What does one do when one wakes up from a terrible nightmare only to discover one has not been asleep at all?
We should know, it happens to us daily.
© Guillermo Calvo Mahé; Manizales, 2017; all rights reserved. Please feel free to share with appropriate attribution.
Guillermo Calvo Mahé (a sometime poet) is a writer, political commentator and academic currently residing in the Republic of Colombia although he has primarily lived in the United States of America (of which he is a citizen). Until recently he chaired the political science, government and international relations programs at the Universidad Autónoma de Manizales. He has academic degrees in political science (the Citadel), law (St. John’s University), international legal studies (New York University) and translation studies (the University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies). He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and much of his writing is available through his blog at http://www.guillermocalvo.com.