The Art of Political Distraction.


By: Richard H. Frank

Just as magicians have used distraction to create their illusions and make us believe the unbelievable, so have the politicians in Washington. No sooner had the 111th Congress and President Obama passed and signed the Health care legislation into law, which remains opposed by the majority of Americans, than a new crisis in the form of Arizona’s State immigration law is now being used to distract the attention of America.   The mainstream media, in concert with the Obama administration, attacks the Arizona law as being oppressive to the minority Hispanic population and all those of “color” and compares it to the Nazis in WWII Germany. This type of rhetoric comes directly from the Progressive’s play book and is used to inflame and misdirect the attention of the population from their true motives. Nowhere in their reporting does the media acknowledge two basic truths. Firstly that the Arizona law mirrors existing Federal law, and secondly, that the law is supported by in excess of 65% of Americans.

The Federal government has failed miserably to control our borders from illegal immigration for the better part of 40 years and has acknowledged the same in every political campaign since the law was “reformed “ and amnesty granted to millions of illegal aliens in 1986. Politically it is of greater advantage to focus on demonizing those that demand the law be enforced than on the problem itself. Potential votes residing within the Hispanic community in America are more important to politicians in the Border States than is upholding the rule of law. Their assertion is that the Arizona law suppresses “social justice” for those immigrants seeking a better life. They fail to recognize that illegal entry into this country violated existing law and if allowed to continue overrides the very “justice under the law” afforded to every citizen.  It is now being used as a distraction and represents political hypocrisy of the highest order.

The spot light has been switched from challenging the constitutionality of Health care to the emotionally charged issue of Immigration reform. Could it be a coincidence that both issues have overwhelming public support against health care and in favor of enforcement of immigration laws? If so the Obama administration and the 111th Congress seem to be on the wrong side of both issues. Their tactic to distract the voting public from these issues that really matter and focus on some new crisis will undoubtedly play out in the months leading up to the November mid-term elections. No doubt the off shore oil drilling spill in the Gulf of Mexico will serve to lessen the public focus on the Obama agenda and provide the administration with another demon in the form of oil companies to attack.

Keep focused on the real issues and trends in government attributed to this Congress and the Obama administration that must be reversed. Run away spending, the ballooning national debt, nationalization of American industry and natural resources and redistribution of wealth are all part of Obama’s agenda to fundamentally change America. The 2010 election must be the turning point to bring our country back to its roots as a Representative Republic and away from a European Socialist democracy. Do not allow the “Art of Political Distraction” to take our attention off of the “change that really matters”; defeat of the Obama agenda.

3 Responses

  1. Most people in America aren’t against immigration; they’re just against illegal immigration. For example, like most of our ancestors, my mother’s parents were immigrants. They came through Ellis Island and followed the various legal steps required in order to establish themselves as true citizens of this country. The immigrants crossing the Mexican border, however, have absolutely no interest in following these legal protocols. Once they cross the border, they change their names and/or purchase social security numbers in an effort to conceal their true identities from the law. It is not uncommon for an illegal immigrant to purchase not one, but two or more social security numbers, just in case one is flagged. I have witnessed this crime with my own eyes. (One day, a supposedly legal immigrant was asked to give their social security card to a receptionist for a job application and an interview. When the receptionist happened to ask to see the card a second time, the immigrant mistakenly handed over a different social security card with the same name on it, but with a completely different set of numbers…)

    Don’t get me wrong: I’m not against Hispanics. I have many Hispanic friends, but they either have green cards to work in the United States or have become legal citizens. They decided to follow the rule of law and work within the boundaries of our legal system. Unfortunately, many immigrants do not, and it is those particular individuals that we are most concerned about.

    Now it seems that those who sympathize with illegal immigrants wish to hijack the discussion of reform by attacking the law recently imposed by the State of Arizona through protests and boycotts; a state mind you, that has been besieged with crime, drugs and an ever-increasing population of illegal immigrants. Don’t allow them this option. Speak out and take action. This is your country… fight for it.

    In closing, I consider myself to be a bleeding-heart liberal: a Democrat. My ancestor, Roger Williams – the founder of Rhode Island and founder of the First Baptist Church in America, was one too; regarding the acceptance of different nationalities, cultures and religions as the vitality and lifeblood of any country. Nevertheless, I think that he would agree with me; that immigrants wishing to become legal citizens have not only the obligation, but the civil and legal responsibility to follow the rules of law established by any country in which they wish to become authentic citizens, just as our ancestors – both yours and mine – struggled so arduously and righteously to achieve.

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