OK, I’m sitting at my computer getting my thoughts together, and, as usual, I have the news on. Yes, it’s Fox News, but there’s no question of alleged conservative bias, because it’s a live feed of President Obama speaking from Austin, Texas.
He’s talking about the flood of illegal immigrants crossing our border, only he’s not talking – he’s yelling. You’ll have to take my word for it, since I’ve listened to presidential speeches, press conferences, debates, since Harry Truman was president.
Putting aside the subject of the president’s “comments,” what startled me was the fact that he was, well, so angry that he was yelling. I mean out-of-control yelling.
So what had gotten him so angry? Simple: The “fact” – if you want to call it that – that the Republicans wouldn’t support his plan to “solve” the immigration problem. He was so loud and irritated that his ranting got me uneasy. All he could think of was the harm the Republicans were doing, not so much to the country, but to his personal efforts to control immigration.
Estimates are all over the place, but the number 52,000 seems to be accepted for the number of illegal immigrants crossing our borders in the past few days, or weeks. Of course, as you know, the use of the description “illegal aliens” is totally shunned by the politically correct, who have insisted on the term “undocumented immigrants.”
Some on the left insist that European-Americans are the true “illegal aliens,” because we stole most of the country from the Indians – oops, “Native Americans.” But aren’t many of our Latin American citizens, actually, in North as well as South America, also “illegal aliens?” Their ethnic makeup is not only indigenous, but Spanish and Portuguese.
You may remember from your high school history class that just a year after Columbus sailed for India, but landed in our hemisphere instead, the Vatican issued the notorious Line of Demarcation. That line divided the “New World” between the Spanish and Portuguese. That’s why Brazilians speak Portuguese and most other Latin Americans speak Spanish.
It turns out that, at some universities, both here and in Latin America, there’s a minor, but stubborn, movement to “reclaim” Aztlan. Aztlan is made up of Texas, New Mexico, California and part of Colorado. Those who perpetrate that myth claim that the territory made up of those states, and perhaps others, was stolen from the Mexicans, not only in the Mexican-American War, but in other acts of violence and treachery over the years.
You can see how all this comes together, and why the term “illegal alien” should itself be illegal, at least according to radicals, here and south of the border.
I’m not saying I believe this, but one wonders whether – deep in his left-wing psyche – our president at least has sympathy for this notion. Probably not, but, as time goes on, Barack Obama is revealing more and more of his core beliefs. After all, he sat in church and listened to the very angry, anti-American Jeremiah Wright for 20 years. Twenty years.
Bud Stevenson, a retired stockbroker, lives in Fairfield. Reach him at [email protected]