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LOL: The "Emperor" Broke The Blade Of The GOP Sword!

Artificial Republican Unity on Immigration


For all the yelling and screaming about “Emperor Obama,” his action was temporary and could be instantly revoked by a Republican president or superseded by legislation from a Republican Congress. But Republicans are in complete disarray on the subject, though there is a distinct trend towards “deport ‘em all” nativism (though not the will to provide the resources necessary to “deport ‘em all,” which would make actions like Obama’s impossible).


So the appropriate response of progressives to what we’re going to hear over the next weeks and months is: What do your propose to do about it? Can Republicans agree on an immigration policy (no, “securing the border first” is not an immigration policy, but at most a component of one)? What should this and future administrations do in the face of a gigantic gap between the number of undocumented people in this country and the resources to deal with them? Is using the fear of deportation to encourage “self-deportation” what you want? And if you do want to “deport ‘em all,” then exactly how much money are you willing to appropriate for police dogs, box cars, whips, holding cells, and so on and so forth? Do you suggest we just suspend the Constitution and have us a good old-fashioned police state for a few years until we’ve deported 11 million people?

And if Republicans actually have the guts to go against their “base” and take on comprehensive immigration reform, there’s this little matter of the bipartisan bill that’s been languishing in the House for seventeen months. John Boehner could at any moment bring it up and pass it with Democratic votes. Why isn’t that at least on the table?

These sort of questions should be asked early and often. There’s no reason for progressives to be defensive about Obama’s action. Republicans made it necessary. Let them tell us exactly what they would do if they were in power.

by Ed Kilgore


The GOP's Empty Piñata


Boehner: "We'll Work To Protect The Constitution of The USA" As Soon As We Get Back From Vacation

We will not stand idle as the president undermines the rule of law in our country and places lives at risk ... we’ll work to protect the Constitution of the United States.”


And then, with the rule of law, lives and the Constitution all at risk, Republicans headed out of town for their extended Thanksgiving vacation.


I couldn't be happier for them:

tears of joy all over the blogosphere today:
Poster “shares a personal anecdote related to the president’s looming executive action”:

Nearly 10 years ago, my aunt and uncle left behind a comfortable, middle-class life in Mexico after receiving death threats from a drug cartel. My aunt months pregnant, they respectively abandoned a successful small business and a professional career to seek refuge in the U.S. from a drug war that has claimed the lives of at least 85,000 people. (A war, I should add, fueled by American drug consumption habits and lax gun restrictions.) They’ve lived here without legal status since.

I couldn’t be happier for them, their daughter, and millions of others expected to benefit from the executive action. And I’m grateful for a president who has concluded that we are neither safer nor more prosperous tearing families apart, relegating productive members of society to lives of constant fear and abuse.


Wait, what are family values again?

One president declares war on the wrong country, killing 100,000+, and he’s lauded.
The next president allows American children to continue living with their parents and he’s the lawless one?


Wow, maybe there is hope for our planet?


More about this here:

Jorge Ramos: This is the most important immigration move in almost 50 years

Updated 11/20/2014 9:13 pm

Many immigrants in the United States are now living the best moment of their lives. President Barack Obama’s executive decision, which will halt deportations and provide work permits to more than 4 million immigrants, isn’t everything we expected, but it’s reason to celebrate. Yes we can.


We must not forget that Republicans and their leader, John Boehner, blocked immigration reform in the House of Representatives this year. They had more than 500 days to discuss the measure but they refused to vote on the Senate’s plan. They also didn’t propose anything new. Their inaction pushed President Obama to the extreme.

We have to recognize it. Obama didn’t think he had the legal authority to protect millions of undocumented people. He told me personally, and repeated it many times after, “I am not a king.” On another occasion he said “I am not the emperor of the United States.” But the president evolved and changed his point of view. And now he thinks he has the authority to do what he did today, Nov. 20.

Obama is right. This is precisely what presidents do: they make executive decisions about big problems facing the country. Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr. also made executive decisions — in 1987 and 1990, respectively— that benefited millions of undocumented people. It is hypocritical to criticize Obama for doing the same.


...And people are asking WHY Obama Acted Without Congress......sheesh

Next, let’s have a look at the projected levels of cooperation in the post-executive order world:

Isn’t it amazing how visual aids can bring the complex interplay between confusing datasets so sharply into focus?


"Where's global warming?" thought the Buffaloan. Then he looked at a global map

@brownpau "Where's global warming?" thought the Buffaloan. Then he looked at a global map.

— Stefan Rahmstorf (@rahmstorf) November 21, 2014 https://twitter.com/rahmstorf/status/535772207654662146

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