In the last decade-and-a-half the U.S. Congress has not had the time to pass an immigration bill. Too many issues were and are more pressing, e.g. campaigning, congressional delegations traveling to foreign countries to find out where they are, fundraising, speaking engagements on TV, radio, Twitter and Facebook, to name a few. On top of that, Congress has a plethora of bills pending action that could not have been done before…except this year, last year, the year before; you get my point.
What we do have time for is debating whether to bomb Syria’s airfield, air force, rocket launchers or chemical weapons locations. Listening to the officials was a real lesson in armed warfare. “If I find your weapons of mass destruction, I’m going to bomb them.” If I find your weapons… OK, now we can’t find them so let’s agree with Russia and have Syria give them to the United Nations for destruction.
Some critics might say this is just a stall to avoid U.S. military intervention. Of course that would mean training and arming the opposition which isn’t really an intervention, just an inconvenience. This kind of reminds me of Iran’s defense of its production of nuclear weapons when it claimed, “Our nuclear weapons are for power generation, not military use.” Alright then, let us send in inspectors, who will never be able to find the stockpiles that are now hidden.
What have we become? The North Koreans used to say that the United States was a paper tiger. The Chinese responded, “…but with nuclear teeth.” It appears that those teeth have been capped because our war of words hasn’t gotten us very far.
So if the administration and Congress have so much time to debate and noodle over Syria without actually doing anything, wouldn’t their time be better spent dealing with the economy that must support our military? Haven’t you heard, immigration reform actually helps our economy and creates jobs? Immigration reform isn’t really that time-consuming. After all, we have had a decade-plus to debate it.
As the famous poet Khalil Gibran said in 1925, “Are you a politician asking what your country can do for you or a zealous one asking what you can do for your country?”
Whichever you are, get to work and pass the immigration bill. You can always find time to bomb Syria later.
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