For Lack of a Statesman
This is the White House in Washington, D.C. It is currently occupied by this president.
This speech is dispicable for so many reasons. Particularly offensive are the comments beginning at 19:00 in the speech.
The history of the border fence, what little there is, begins with a 14 mile stretch in SanDiego, California, which border patrol agents have said is effective for that area. The rest of the 2100 mile U.S. Mexico border remained wide open until Republican Pres. George W. Bush signed a bill into law in 2006 which would build another 700 mile segment, still leaving 1400 unprotected miles.
“The bill was introduced on Sep. 13, 2006 by Peter T. King (R-NY). In the House of Representatives, the Fence Act passed 283 -138 on September 14, 2006. On September 29, 2006 – the Fence Act passed in the Senate 80 -19. Most Republicans voted in support of the Fence Act while most Democrats voted against it.” From Wikipedia Source: Obama & McCain back-to-back speeches at NALEO Jun 28, 2008
Take note that it was a Republican who proposed the bill and Republicans who voted for it and Democrats who opposed it and voted against it. Would there be any fence if the President’s party had their way? NO. They voted against it.
As a U. S. Senator, Obama voted for the fence, but has since backed away, sensing the disapproval of Latino Democrat voters, as did Hillary Clinton. As if he lived in a cacoon somewhere on Mars, he answered a question about his position on the border and illegal immigration this way:
“For all the noise and anger that too often surrounds the immigration debate, America has nothing to fear from today’s immigrants. They have come here for the same reason that families have always come here–for the hope that in America, they could build a better life for themselves and their families. Like the waves of immigrants that came before them and the Hispanic Americans whose families have been here for generations, the recent arrival of Latino immigrants will only enrich our country.” Barack Obama, Source: Obama & McCain back-to-back speeches at NALEO Jun 28, 2008 http://www.ontheissues.org/international/barack_obama_immigration.htm
Nothing to fear from all those illegal immigrants. Don’t fear the drug cartels that behead their victims and dump the headless bodies in public places to terrorize citizens. No need to fear the high-powered weapons they use to gun people down on our side of the border. The thefts, property destruction, rapes and kidnappings should not disturb our sleep at night. We should feel perfectly safe with drug cartels targeting our kids with highly addictive drugs and dangerous gangs ruling some neighborhoods and initiating new members with drive-by shootings, or settling turf wars by murdering their rivals. Don’t worry about being caught in a cross-fire. And as you write that big check to the IRS and your state and local taxes, don’t worry about how much of it is required to finance the jam-packed prisons and jails needed to house all the illegal alien criminals that will probably get out someday and commit another crime.
(This is where there should be a photo of people killed by illegals, but gore isn’t needed. Everyone except the guy behind the heavily guarded fence at the White House knows what’s going on at our border.)
After Obama moved to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue behind heavily-guarded fences, the clamor for a southern border fence grew too loud to ignore. Fox News had reporters on-site filming lots of illegals streaming across umimpeded. They filmed the large number of guns and weapons confiscated from apprehended illegals and the truckloads of drugs netted.
What happens when someone climbs the U.S.-Mexican border fence most of the time?
What happens when someone climbs the fence at Obama’s residence?
Does Obama feel unsafe without a fence, or without guards at the fence? Does he fear for his family? The citizens of the border states fear for their safety and the safety of their families, too. They appealed to Obama for help. To be fair, Obama and his Homeland Security Chief, Janet Napolitano, who also believes the border is safe, even though she said just the opposite when she was the governor of Arizona, decided to build a high tech fence rather than a physical one. Oh wait! That was also a Republican Pres. George W. Bush project! Obama and Napolitano cancelled it, offering nothing in its place. The project was too expensive and didn’t work, costing $1 billion and five wasted years. Cancelled in 2010, it was the last effort to build a barrier to illegals.
Obama lives safely behind a physical fence with human guards, dogs and security cameras, while Texans, Arizonans, New Mexicans, Californians, and many states northward, live in danger, possesions stolen and/or defaced, and have to endure Obama telling them that the fence is finished, he added plenty of border patrol and the nation is safer than it’s ever been. EVERYONE IN THE BORDER STATES KNOWS ITS UNTRUE!
To add insult to injury, Obama sarcastically mocked and laughed at the people in danger without admonishing the illegals climbing the fence portion that does exist, without demanding that the murder, human trafficking, drug running, rape, theft and property damage stop. Without the slightest stern warning to the law-breakers, Obama insults the victims! A higher fence, Mr. President? How about any fence? How about tearing down that fence around the White House and leaving it down until there is a fence around the U.S.?
The web site for the U. S. Customs and Border Protection Agency above provides a map of the U.S.-Mexico border showing the progress of the border fence. A green line is finished fence. A yellow line is fence under construction. A red line is fence that is planned but not yet under construction. You will notice a lot of green lines, but note that there are breaks in the line that amount to miles. You will also notice that Texas is wide open, with only a small portion of fencing at El Paso. I wonder why Obama made his “fence speech” at El Paso rather than further south in Texas. I know why he didn’t choose to go to Arizona. He is suing them. This is the only map on their site and it’s dated 12/29/2009. It appears that nothing has been planned since then and no construction is under way. That represents the two years that Obama has been in the White House, yet in his speech he talks as if he has finished the fence and satisfied everyone’s requests, but Republicans keep moving the goal posts.
Regarding his statement that “they will want a higher fence”, it might be a good idea, considering all the video of illegals climbing over the existing fence. What good is a fence that can be scaled?
This was not the speech of a statesman. Not the speech of an informed politician. Not the spirit of a president of the United States. This was a vindictive slap at those who dared fight back when he said “no.” The border states asked for federal border control to keep them safe. They were rebuffed. When they had no other choice but to defend themselves, Obama sued the state of Arizona to block them from their own defense. While no one has asked for a mote or an alligator, Obama has dogs that can tear your leg off if you climb his fence.
Obama incorrectly assumes that the only aliens crossing our border illegally are honest hard-working Mexicans coming here to work so they can feed their families. Well, how honest can they be if they break the law to get here, take a fake social security number, falsify documents to conceal their immigrant status, take pay in cash to avoid paying taxes, use our welfare and medical benefits reserved for citizens, etc., etc., etc.? Since none of these illegals check in with anyone, they can be from any country with any motive, such as felons escaping prison in their home countries, Al Qaeida, Hamas, Hezbollah, Chinese spies, Russian spies, Venezuelans, virtually anyone with any motive – terrorism being the highest on the list.
Obama has forgotten that he is the president of the United States and should behave accordingly, sensitive to the needs of all citizens, and not a stand-up comic taking shots at people he doesn’t like.
Shame on Mr. Obama.
Where did these guns come from? The government’s deadly Fast and Furious gun running scheme?
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/05/26/terror-alert-mexican-border/ FEDS ISSUE TERROR WATCH FOR THE TEXAS/MEXICO BORDER