Intelligence, Courage and Democracy
July 11, 2007

Re: Immigration Failure Gives Senate Profile in Political Cowardice by Mort Kondracke.

Mort's main problem is that, for once, politicians trembled before the voters instead of the rich and powerful. Everything had supposedly been lined up. There was a "compromise measure" over "immigration reform." It was supposed to strike the American people as a reasonable, bi-partisan approach. Technically, it was not even an "amnesty." Who could complain?

Well, I did. So did millions of other American citizens. A number of senators had second thoughts. Sometimes that's a good thing. Sometimes intelligent people reconsider their positions, especially concerning complex issues.

The ultimate issue at stake here, however, was quite simple: Should the American people have a say on the question of which foreigners should be allowed to become American citizens? Do we own our country, or should the public policies of the United States of America serve the financial interests and ideological fantasies of an ultra-wealthy ruling class?

I say America is mine, Mort. It is not yours to give away. Call me a coward if you like. You are a contemptible lackey. And a traitor.



Addendum, July 13, 2007:

First, I didn't mean "traitor" in a legal sense that could be prosecuted in court. But Mort's rantings show no concern at all for the actual people of the U.S.A., so I think my name-calling is justified.

Anyway, as to democracy. I don't like it. I believe America should be ruled by a relatively small elite -- somewhere between two and ten million people. I estimate, very crudely, that the current power structure comprises two to ten thousand people. They are able, most of the time, to use media power to manipulate mass opinion. That's how we ended up in a war in Iraq. A majority of the American people had seriously erroneous ideas as to what was going on.

But I've noticed that propaganda is less effective when it attempts to change opinions about things people experience directly. The war was going to be "over there." Mass immigration happens in our back yards. On our streets. In our grocery stores. On our cereal boxes. On our telephones. Something is happening, and we DO know what it is, if I might paraphrase Bob Dylan. (The Germans of the Third Reich era also thought that the wars were going to be "over there." They were somewhat mistaken.)

If immigration had been something that no American actually experienced, the propaganda blitz would have worked. "Reform." Cool! "Compromise." Awesome! Gosh, we just love reform and compromise, and isn't it nice to see congress peeps being all bipartisan and everything.

Very bipartisan, conforming to the will of their masters. But supporting the measure that would have allowed 12-20 million illegals to remain here required no more "courage" than supporting the war.

It's the kind of profound issue where leaders must understand and conform to popular will. Even the "elitist" ruling class about which I theorize would have to respect the sentiments of the masses on an issue like immigration.

There are, I'm sure, situations where a public servant must courageously flout public opinion. The immigration bill was not one of them.

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