the eagle has landed...
in Latin America.
Ahead of his visit, the welcome wagon included May Day protests burning President Obama in effigy, and basically, asking him to go home before he even got there. Take a look, here.
The president's intentions during his three-day-tour --
"There's so much more to the relationship - in terms of commerce, in terms of trade, in terms of energy. And so we want to highlight some of the close cooperation that's already been taking place and to continue to build on that, so that we're creating more jobs and more opportunity on both sides of the borders."
Much like President Obama's annual State of the Union address, his all too predictable modus operandi to effect change by nudge or by judge, the never ending campaigns to force his fundamental transformation from the inside out -- the perpetual propagandist-in-chief that he is -- his intention over the next three days is to diminish America's significance while elevating everything Latina in order to raise the conversation and "[cover] competiveness, education and innovation, along with border infrastructure, commerce, migration and citizen security among other subjects of shared interest." It's sort of a mutually assured destruction kind of thing.
But you know -- you would think --- if Latin America is, in fact, America's "backyard" as according to our very own Secretary of State, John Kerry -- you would think all of this would be a non-issue, no? Like Mi Casa es Su Casa. Mi puerta trasera es su puerta trasera.
And what gives? Sure hope he's there to get reimbursed.
Has Obama already run out of venues here in the states to force feed his agenda down our throats, in a nanny state meets mother bird kind of way?
Has Obama traveled through the streets of east L.A., Barrio Logan, or any of the many barrios and gang territories riddled throughout the landscape of the sunshine state that isn't Florida? Aw hell, let's go ahead and look at Florida, too. Eureka!
Has Obama studied the demographics of our prisons?
Has Obama recognized the actual costs of welfare, food stamps, medical care as it directly pertains to the growth of illegal immigrant homesteads throughout the nation?
Is Obama that out of touch? [Rumor has it, he is...see here.]
[In the olden days, immigrants could come to America only if they had a sponsor waiting for them, never becoming a financial burden upon the citizens of this country.]
But that's not even the half of it -- when searching for articles on all this -- take a guess as to which media entity popped up first. Aljazeera!
Yes, indeed. Those quotes up top came from a post written by Mike Allison, courtesy of Aljazeera online, the English version.
It's a fascinating read from the "associate professor of Political Science department at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania" considering it includes this commentary:
"The US is in no position today, nor has it really even been, to lecture the people of Mexico and Central America on democracy and human rights. Gridlock in the US Congress, drone-enabled killings without due process for enemy combatants, even if they are US citizens, the ongoing embarrassment that is Guantanamo Bay, and its wavering support for democracy in Honduras, are only four recent issues that undermine US authority to speak out on human rights and democracy."
oh okay, Mike. Now I understand appearing on an outlet like Aljazeera, a certain point of view is probably expected if publication is the goal, but honestly... "[T]he US is in no position today, nor has it really ever been, to lecture the people of Mexico and Central America on democracy and human rights?" Is that your final answer?
Is the view from Scranton that bad? While your red lines drawn between what is deemed prevention, intervention, and convention seems blurry, at best; perhaps you should check the lens -- where was it made? Or maybe it just needs polished.
The thing is,
no longer are we enamored with what it took to get here; the shiny glittery illuminations lodged between the twigs and leaves seem to be losing their luster.
We are no longer aware, cognizant, of the wealth of nations who walked the earth before us, from which we found our way; the founders dug deep back in the day in order to unearth the best of government, civility, morality, in an effort to profoundly lay the foundation to build a new world not necessarily by man, but by Divine Providence.
America was the first of it's kind.
Where is the John Adams of today?
"I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in Providence for the illumination of the ignorant, and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth."
The Alexander Hamilton's --
"It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force."
The John Jay's --
"With equal pleasure I have often taken notice that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people -- a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs, and who, by their joint counsel, arms, and efforts, fighting side by side throughout a long and bloody war, have nobly established their general liberty and independence...
This country and this people seem to have been made for each other, and it appears as if it was the design of Providence that an inheritance so proper and convenient for a band of brethren, united to each other by the strongest ties, should never be split into a number of unsocial, jealous, and alien sovereignties." (Federalist Papers, No. 2, pg. 38, plucked from the pages of The 5000 Year Leap, by W. Cleon Skousen)
It's funny, Bolivia can kick people out, effective immediately; (kinda unrelated, but timely) North Korea can arrest and sentence an American on suspect charges -- condemned to 15 years of hard labor -- if only to egg us on (because the threat of annihilation by nuclear weapon of every country within range is not enough); to enter Singapore -- "Entry requirements for immigration to Singapore for foreigners are a valid travel document (6 months minimum), a return ticket or entry facilities to the next destination and sufficient funds to stay in Singapore."
While here's an interesting exchange to humanize what it takes to immigrate to Mexico -- even though it's old news via CNN (circa 2010):
BLITZER: So if people want to come from Guatemala or Honduras or El Salvador or Nicaragua, they want to just come into Mexico, they can just walk in?
CALDERON: No. They need to fulfill a form. They need to establish their right name. We analyze if they have not a criminal precedent. And they coming into Mexico. Actually…
BLITZER: Do Mexican police go around asking for papers of people they suspect are illegal immigrants?
CALDERON: Of course. Of course, in the border, we are asking the people, who are you?
And if they explain…
BLITZER: At the border, I understand, when they come in.
BLITZER: But once they’re in…
CALDERON: But not — but not in — if — once they are inside the — inside the country, what the Mexican police do is, of course, enforce the law. But by any means, immigration is a crime anymore in Mexico.
BLITZER: Immigration is not a crime, you’re saying?
CALDERON: It’s not a crime.
BLITZER: So in other words, if somebody sneaks in from Nicaragua or some other country in Central America, through the southern border of Mexico, they wind up in Mexico, they can go get a job…
CALDERON: No, no.
BLITZER: They can work.
CALDERON: If — if somebody do that without permission, we send back — we send back them
For the full read, just go to The Daily Caller, here, "Let’s adopt Mexico’s ‘fair’ and ‘respectful’ immigration policy."
So the eagle has landed
south of the border --
to grow relations,
to gain popularity and buy the Hispanic voting block in the light of day,
to make promises and intentions known that ultimately jeopardize our nation's unity, our nation's principles, our nation's security, our nation's economic future,
to necessarily chip away at the integrity of the eagle's nest.
Oh, you doubt?
Just watch the shadow move across the prairie,
the purple mountains majesty,
from sea to shining sea,
from Tijuana to D.C.
and now giving the last word to James Madison:
"Happily for America, happily we trust FOR THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE, they pursued a new and more noble course. They accomplished a revolution which has no parallel in the annals of human society. They reared the fabrics of governments which have no model on the face of the globe. They formed the design of a great Confederacy, which it is incumbent on their successors to improve and perpetuate. (Federalist Papers, No. 14, pp104-5; emphasis added, and happily making a second Leap)
Make it a Good Day, G