I think it’s pretty safe to say that were it not for the ‘miracle’ of videotape, there would be very little chance that we would ever come to know just how corrupt, dishonest and blatantly hypocritical many of our politicians truly are. Their penchant for lying to us, and while looking us squarely in the eye, becomes all the more clear whenever it is that we can “go to the videotape!” I’m sure we’ve all seen the many examples of their misconduct, which, obviously, would be far too numerous to try to list here. But we certainly shouldn’t be all that surprised anymore.
And yet another, and most recent, example of this historical hypocrisy that has now come to light is one that originated back in 1993 when it was that a much less haggard looking Dianne Feinstein made the rather bold declaration that America could no longer afford to be Mexico’s welfare state, and that the U.S. should only accommodate legal immigrants. And it was also back then that Ms. Feinstein acknowledged that Mexico does not provide its citizens the host of expensive entitlements available in the U.S. But these days she sees things differently.
But it was back in 1993 that she said, “In Mexico, there is no welfare, there is no AFDC, there is no SSI, there is no Medicaid, there is no Social Security, there is no Medicare, and there is a 58 cent an hour minimum wage.” And it was then that she was able to admit that the U.S. simply can’t afford to be Mexico’s welfare state. She went on to say, “It is my view that, if we are going to have a North America Free Trade Agreement, that Mexico must do its share – because the day when America could be the welfare system for Mexico is gone. We simply can’t afford it.”
Feinstein said, “And, I think you’ve seen the figures, to state and local governments, of what the cost is. It’s over two billion dollars in California alone. And, I have those figures, if you want them, in specific, in my purse.” America couldn’t even afford the then-two million illegal aliens in the country, Feinstein said 25 years ago, so the U.S. should solely focus on caring for people legally in the country. She said, “And that’s why the issue is now joined with two million illegal immigrants.” Which kind of makes one wonder what has changed since she uttered these words.
Anyway, Feinstein then went on to say, “It’s a competition for space. Whether the space is a job, the space is a home, a place in a classroom, it becomes a competition for space. This is a country that’s based on immigration. And we all know that.” She said, “And yet, at times you become so overtaxed you have to concentrate on saying, ‘The people who should be here are those who come legally at this time.’” And added, “And we’ve got to, for the time being, enforce our borders.” And yet today enforcing our borders is the last thing that she wants to see happen.
Whenever a Democrat changes their position on an issue, especially an issue that can be viewed as being intensely political, we’re told that their position has somehow ‘evolved’. Remember Barry’s views on gay marriage ‘evolved? But when a Republican changes their position, the media always portrays them as liars. Barry lied directly to the American people about his views on gay marriage in 2008, and then his position on the issue ‘evolved.’ Like all good Democrats their views depend upon what the various popularity polls are telling them that particular day.
Now being that it has been 25 long years since Ms. Feinstein was heard expressing her support for what can be described as commonsense immigration policy, I can’t help but wonder, now at the ripe old age of 84, if she can still remember ever uttering those words or if she has long ago forgotten that she ever did? Because her position on the matter today is so far removed from what she was advocating for back in 1993. But, I’m thinking the Democrat Party was in a far better place than what it finds itself in today. Thus the need to move ever farther to the left.
It doesn’t take a genius to see that it’s all about pandering for votes, playing identity politics and choosing whichever “oppressed people” that are the cause of the week. The Democrats (and unfortunately far too many Republicans are beginning to play the same game) have no actual core beliefs anymore, it’s only about what will get them the most votes in their drive to first gain and then to maintain political power as a party. The need for term limits becomes more apparent with each new Congress. While it wouldn’t solve all of our problems, it would certainly help.
Lastly, we do not owe anything to the Mexican/Latino people. They need to fix their own problems in their own country, not capitalize on how best to access our benefits by coming here illegally and instantly qualifying for all manner of ‘freebies’ the cost of which is left to the U.S. taxpayer to cover. At the rate we’ve been going, under Barry’s “free handouts/DACA” system, America would have sunk like the Titanic in just a few years. Hopefully, we now have a president who will follow through on the promises he made to fix the massive hole in our sinking ship.