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shutterstock_195769607I try not to rant in my writings. I read way too much ranting on right-leaning blogs and even in supposed news sources. The left, meanwhile, views ranting as a kind of constructive psychotherapy – which used to be fine when they did it in small, cozy living rooms with groups of screwed-up fellow travelers. But in the whining age of social media, some of the rest of us become collateral rantees and, all told, it is kind of embarrassing.

Because ranting is an exposure of pain — and, as such, is fundamentally an act of self-pity. A man becomes a fanatic and his political statements become a rant when he reveals the personal toll that some social evil has exacted from him. If someone starts to tell you about the inevitable rise of the ocean levels due to climate change and their eyes begin to well up with tears, it is likely that the source of their anguish is unrelated to the environment. Global warming has merely opened the door for all to see the misery within.

But this cadenza is a little too long already.

I don’t like to rant. But I am definitely, nevertheless, human.

I have been listening to the explosion of outrage, mostly from the Right, over the death of Kate Steinle at the hands of a repeatedly-deported illegal alien in the sanctuary city of San Francisco. I listened last evening to Bill O’Reilly cross-examining all and sundry about how this has been allowed to happen. His producer, Jesse Watters made a compelling attack on the San Francisco City Council by going to their meeting and holding up a picture of Ms. Steinle for all to look at. O’Reilly discussed his proposal of “Kate’s Law,” patterned after his crusade for Jessica’s law, where he proposes incarcerating, for a mandatory five-year sentence, any illegal alien convicted of a felony who re-enters the U.S. after being deported.

O’Reilly cross-examined Rick Perry and asked why Perry, in Texas, was unable to get a “no-sanctuary-city” law passed through the Texas legislature when he was governor. What, O’Reilly asked, did the Texas legislators who opposed this law have to say for themselves? Perry said he had no idea.

“Didn’t you ask them?”

“Mumble, mumble, mumble.”

O’Reilly continued with George W. Bush’s former Press Secretary Dana Perino and asked why her boss (from that conservative paradise of, yes, Texas!) could not secure the southern border. Perino said that he tried reeeeaalll hard. That border security was part of his comprehensive plan, but he couldn’t get it passed and that he put the National Guard on the border (O’Reilly: “not enough of them”), but that it was just a tough job, etc. etc.

And frankly, I’m sick of it.

Never do we hear a word about rich, ranch-owning Republican donors who depend on illegal alien labor or the Chamber of Commerce (in sanctuary cities and elsewhere) that serves as the organizing body for unscrupulous employers everywhere.

So here is some truth, Mr. O’Reilly, that the American people — who have to live with the mess that the elite politicians and the disgustingly amoral bourgeois American businessmen have foisted on us — understand fully.

The border cannot and will not ever be secured until the country summons the will to send the illegal aliens who are already here in the country back to their home countries for the mere crime of illegal entry. And despite the nauseating repetition of the elites, the American people are mysteriously not prepared to accept eight years of George W. Bush and six years of Barak Obama as proof that that cannot be done. The key, as Mitt Romney once seemed to understand clearly, is to “turn off the magnet.”

No jobs. No education. No welfare. No social services. With steady, successive deportation and nothing clever at all we would learn what law enforcement professionals mutter in their sleep: “5% enforcement, 95% compliance.”

Without internal enforcement (recall that 40% of illegal aliens in the U.S. came here by airplane), no wall will ever be high enough. And talking of border enforcement while at the same time proposing amnesty for those already here is a big fat logical contradiction.

And O’Reilly and Perry and Perino and all the others who can’t seem to grasp this are deluding themselves.

There. I feel better now. I really do.

There are 12 comments.

  1. La Tapada Member

    Hear, hear!!!

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    • July 10, 2015, at 9:44 AM PDT
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  2. Old Bathos Member

    About 700,000 new Americans join us through the process of naturalization. They had the energy and ambition to make the trip. They complied with the requirements of ICE (a notoriously non-consumer-friendly agency). They include a large number of entrepreneurs. They include people who enlisted in our armed forces to earn citizenship. They tend to be well-educated. They make us a better country.

    The Democratic Party has a word for such people: “Sucker.” If those people had lied, cheated and otherwise entered illegally, Harry Reid would be pushing to give their kids tuition aid and California would be providing benefits, driver’s licenses and probably voter registration.

    I think the GOP needs to balance a message of serious enforcement with a celebration of those who do join us legally and an effort to make that process better. Legal immigration is a source of vitality and helps us continue to be who are. Illegal immigration is an insult that deserves a response in kind.

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    • July 10, 2015, at 9:47 AM PDT
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  3. James Gawron Thatcher
    James Gawron Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Michael,

    Thank you for the post. Having read it, I also feel better now. This brings up the age old question.

    “Just how much cr*# can a human being stand to hear in one lifetime?”

    I guess we are going to find out.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • July 10, 2015, at 9:50 AM PDT
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  4. Douglas Inactive

    It’s becoming very obvious that a divorce is coming between the middle class conservative base, and the wealthy C0C types that have traditionally run the GOP, and have increasingly been playing the base for fools while making dishonorable deals with the enemy.

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    • July 10, 2015, at 10:12 AM PDT
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  5. Umbra Fractus, cum Insigne Lincoln
    Umbra Fractus, cum Insigne Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Old Bathos:About 700,000 new Americans join us through the process of naturalization. They had the energy and ambition to make the trip. They complied with the requirements of ICE (a notoriously non-consumer-friendly agency). They include a large number of entrepreneurs. They include people who enlisted in our armed forces to earn citizenship. They tend to be well-educated. They make us a better country.

    The Democratic Party has a word for such people: “Sucker.” If those people had lied, cheated and otherwise entered illegally, Harry Reid would be pushing to give their kids tuition aid and California would be providing benefits, driver’s licenses and probably voter registration.

    I think the GOP needs to balance a message of serious enforcement with a celebration of those who do join us legally and an effort to make that process better. Legal immigration is a source of vitality and helps us continue to be who are. Illegal immigration is an insult that deserves a response in kind.

    Thank you! This needs to be said over and over again: Amnesty is just plain not fair to legal immigrants. There are people overseas waiting patiently for their visas while we’re talking about a “path to citizenship” for the line jumpers.

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    • July 10, 2015, at 10:23 AM PDT
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  6. Michael Stopa Podcaster
    Michael Stopa

    James Gawron:Michael,

    Thank you for the post. Having read it, I also feel better now. This brings up the age old question.

    “Just how much cr*# can a human being stand to hear in one lifetime?”

    I guess we are going to find out.

    Regards,

    Jim

    Ah James, all prospects are for increase in cr*# before decrease. That’s why people like Donald Trump are so refreshing. A No-Cr*# zone.

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    • July 10, 2015, at 11:28 AM PDT
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  7. Owen Findy Member

    That was a rant? Maybe that’s part of our problem. We’re way too reticent; way too polite. We need to kick heinie and take names.

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    • July 10, 2015, at 11:45 AM PDT
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  8. Michael Stopa Podcaster
    Michael Stopa

    Owen Findy:That was a rant? Maybe that’s part of our problem. We’re way too reticent; way too polite. We need to kick heinie and take names.

    *That* was funny.

    I’ll have you know I was blue in the face, borderline aneurysm while I was writing that.

    Reminds me of my years in Japan when I asked what the Japanese expression was when you really want to use fighting words, and the answer was: “Zakken ja ne yo!” which translates as: “don’t joke with me.”

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    • July 10, 2015, at 12:13 PM PDT
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  9. Petty Boozswha Member

    I just watched an obscene propaganda barrage from the San Francisco sheriff and needed this post as a place to unload my own rant – it’s apparent the Feds sent this dirtball to San Francisco from Southern California on a marijuana warrant from 1995 so he could be released a la Bergdahl. I have never been more depressed about this issue than I am today – not only do we have to fight the profiteers of the Chamber of Commerce or WSJ editorial page, dissemblers like Rick Perry and Dana Perino, but we have to convince our own good hearted patrician class like Mona Charen here at Ricochet. The good hearted types see themselves as George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life protecting the downtrodden from the mean Mr. Potter’s like you and me, when in reality the majority of illegals are far more flawed than the salt of the earth image the MSM has constructed. The average illegal has already demonstrated they come from a sub-set of the Latin American population: they are willing to ignore inconvenient laws and cut corners when it’s in their interest. The average Latina illegal has a lot more in common with Janice Soprano than with Ma Joad. Go to any DSS office in any county in the US and you will see.

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    • July 10, 2015, at 12:34 PM PDT
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  10. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher

    Old Bathos:About 700,000 new Americans join us through the process of naturalization. They had the energy and ambition to make the trip. They complied with the requirements of ICE (a notoriously non-consumer-friendly agency). They include a large number of entrepreneurs. They include people who enlisted in our armed forces to earn citizenship. They tend to be well-educated. They make us a better country.

    The Democratic Party has a word for such people: “Sucker.” If those people had lied, cheated and otherwise entered illegally, Harry Reid would be pushing to give their kids tuition aid and California would be providing benefits, driver’s licenses and probably voter registration.

    I think the GOP needs to balance a message of serious enforcement with a celebration of those who do join us legally and an effort to make that process better. Legal immigration is a source of vitality and helps us continue to be who are. Illegal immigration is an insult that deserves a response in kind.

    I agree. The figures I’ve seen (the latest are from 2012) are about one million legal immigrants a year. The ten year period from 2003-12 had the most legal immigrants of any similar period in U.S. history, exceeding the old record from 1905-14.

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    • July 10, 2015, at 1:41 PM PDT
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  11. Owen Findy Member

    Michael Stopa: I’ll have you know I was blue in the face, borderline aneurysm while I was writing that.

    Well, I guess I have to grant that inner anger is half the battle, anyway.

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    • July 10, 2015, at 2:54 PM PDT
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  12. A-Squared Inactive

    Michael Stopa: I try not to rant in my writings.

    Wait, I must have you confused with a different Michael Stopa.

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    • May 25, 2016, at 3:29 PM PDT
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