Aren’t elections wonderful? They have a miraculous effect in convincing stubborn politicians to heed the public’s wishes, particularly on immigration.
For example, Senate candidate John McCain (pictured) has a tough primary in Arizona against strong pro-borders Republican JD Hayworth, and as a result McCain says he has turned over a new leaf and is now a defender of US sovereignty, as he states on his website:
John McCain does not support amnesty and believes that we should not reward lawbreakers. Any measure designed to fix the broken immigration system must deal with the undocumented population, and as we all know, this is very difficult challenge that attracts a wide range of diverse views and opinions. We need a practical solution for dealing with undocumented immigrants currently living and working in our country and that solution must be carried out in a manner that fosters the social, economic, and security interest of the United States.
However, Presidential candidate McCain promised on Spanish network Univision in 2008 that he would work for amnesty starting ”the first day” in the White House. He is hoping for amnesia regarding amnesty on the part of the voting public. We’ll see how well that works out in the Arizona primary August 24.
Here in California, the trailing Republican candidate Steve Poizner has been running ads to end taxpayer-funded benefits for illegals. He’s desperate, so he’s telling the truth about the cost of open borders to bankrupt California.
The general election for Britain is coming up on May 6, and immigration is a big issue there also. It was recently reported that of the 1.7 million new jobs created since 1997 when Labour became the ruling party, 1.64 million went to foreign-born workers. That fact alone may well sink Labour.
A recent letter from local elected officials in the British city of Peterborough describing a growing state of chaos got a lot of attention. People are literally pleading for a reduction in immigration to ease off the social churning, but the left-leaning Labour party in power has been remarkably tone-deaf. As a result, the issue is appearing more in the press and campaigning pols are forced to at least act concerned.
Back to this country, the system itself is broken. The elected officials only pay attention to us little citizens for the approximately six months preceding elections, so perhaps a partial solution to arrogant government is to shorten their terms in office. It’ll never happen, but IMHO the nation would be well served by changing the Constitution to reduce the legislative terms to one year for both the House and Senate.