What’s Behind the Slow Pace of Border Protections?

Many have commented on how Trump seems to be moving at a snail’s pace in keeping aliens out, and removing those who are already here.

It’s true, it’s been a slow process. The latest Supreme Court decision may have made it easier, and I think there is a good reason why this is taking so long.

Trump is, despite his tendency to seemingly spontaneously shoot his mouth off, a guy who feels his way through processes. His moves are designed to make the OTHER guy reveal his strategy, and to reveal his hand (forgive me, my dad was a serious poker player – I work from that context).

I believe Trump senses if he pushes too hard, too fast, he’ll lose the guys that are on the fence (on the Supreme Court). I think that it will take some time to solidify the relationships/alliances, and without that, some decisions may go the wrong way.

That could be fatal to legal reform. A bad decision often has to outlive the people who wrote it – look at how Roe v. Wade has hung on. Better to move more slowly, than to spur a decision that will reverberate over the decades.

UPDATE: A commenter, Fifty Cal, had linked to this editorial from VDare, re: the role of Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of DHS (Dept. of Homeland Security), in acting contrary to Trump’s plans for dealing with illegal aliens. VDare is a controversial site, so – feel free to check it out, but Caveat Emptor.

2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back

I’ve been following the immigration issues for some time. Many are disappointed that Trump has not built the wall, nor managed to stop the invasion, so far.

It’s clear that he has the support of ICE, and most of the law enforcement near the border. However, thanks to the unyielding refusal to cooperate by his opponents – both the Dems, and the NeverTrumps – every move forward has been stymied by the Deep State and the courts.

One thing that has happened is that the elements under his control – overturning the Executive Decisions, changing personnel, and educating the public – he has, and is, delivering.

One relatively small change that probably won’t make the news is the new requirements for H-1B workers. They now have to provide biometric ID, be investigated by us and other nations, and generally provide information that should make tracking them easier. Since many of the illegals entered on temporary visas – like the H-1B ones – we could cut down on their continued presence after their visa expires. Trump has, apparently done an end-run around the sneaky ways that aliens evade the law.

An additional action Trump has taken is to get rid of close to 1/2 million new H-1Bs that Obama awarded “with a pen”.

I think this is in line with his experience with large projects. Getting them done is not just a matter of designing the Grand Plan. It’s a matter of tweaking small fixes that allow the workers to get back on task, once roadblocks surface. Ideologues cannot do this. They have to work according to their principles. Rand Paul is a principled man, but I suspect that he could not bring himself to sidestep his principles to get his goals accomplished. Nor could most True Conservatives.

I’m OK with this progress, for now. Small changes, put in place, snowball.

Part-Way Through the Marcuse Chapter

It’s been a lengthy process to get through Marcuse’s writings. “Repressive Tolerance” was bad enough. I still have to make my way through “Eros and Civilization”. I’m not expecting a fun time reading it.

Other than that, I’ve been:

  • Getting the taxes ready for our accountant to file.
  • Cleaning/organizing at home – it’s cathartic to sweep away clutter and restore some physical order to my life.
  • Nailing the insurance agent exam! Now I just have to prod the people in charge of background checks to finish and get me that OK, so I can get that license.
  • Nursing a sick husband back to health – he’s on the mend with his circulation problem, but, now, he has a cold.
  • Working on a short story – about 1/2 way complete. Originally, I wanted to write one a month. Who am I kidding? I’ll be happy with 4 a YEAR!
  • Simultaneously writing the Leftism for Beginners book, and planning the content of unwritten chapters. Also, researching – Lord, those Leftists are tedious, wordy, and decidedly Germanic in their writing – lots of complex sentences with terms having specific meaning different from normal usage. Ponderous.
  • Working on losing weight. It is NOT easy. It IS important, and my diet needs to be supplemented with more exercise. I have a free week coming up, and I think that’s an excellent time to plan, and execute, a fitness schedule.

I’m in awe of my Declination co-bloggers who have created posts that are lengthy, thoughtful, and deep. That’s not me. I write shorter and more superficially. I wish I had the kind of mind that can dig deep into a topic, and draw out the meaning in well-crafted prose.

But, that I cannot, is one excellent argument for my Leftism book. I think, and write, closer to the way average people think. They really don’t need a well-referenced, lengthy, and complete description of how The Left has screwed up America, and The West. There are people who have already written those books.

The trouble is, they are not being read by those who need it most – the innocents who have gone along with what “Everyone Knows” to be true – pure Leftist propaganda. It’s what they were taught in school, it’s what the “cool kids” were talking about in college (it’s what that really cute girl/guy was so enthused about, that was mostly slogans and buzzwords). It’s the point of view that will allow them to be accepted into mainstream middle-class society.

To NOT follow along will get them labeled as Haters, Nazis, and Evil. They will be isolated at work, at school, and in their social circles. It’s easier to go along, particularly as they don’t know just how skewed that philosophy is.

Leftism for Beginners is designed to be the first step of a very long journey. One that can provide them with the tools to see how they have been manipulated by The Left, for most of their life.

Some will close the book, and largely forget it. Some will not even finish it.

And, some will read, begin to see, and take the next step. Those are the ones I’m writing for.

 

Gramsci – Part 2

I managed to finish the next part of Leftism for Beginners.

Next, I’m going to tackle the New Left (pray for me).

This is not making it any easier to finish my fictional book – but, given the abysmal ignorance of most people about the “thinking” underlying the current crop of Leftist, it’s quite necessary.

Dumb? Probably. But, Listening to Smart People?

Almost definitely.

The link above takes you to a long article about how AOC’s grab for power is connected to her growing independence from DNC control. That makes her potentially quite a threat – both to the Democrats, and to the electoral process.

Another relatively new activist powerbase is the Sunrise Movement – which AOC has allied with publicly, most notably when they confronted Pelosi. Unlike other organizations, it is NOT largely funded by the Soros-allied foundations. Instead, they bring in a lot of young people, actually pay them something (barely, but more than most internships), and fund their salaries and other operating expenses through online donations (Paypal, VISA, MC, etc.).

They make no bones about being an advocacy organization. On their website, they specifically state that your donation is NOT tax-deductible (although they also have an ‘educational’ component that is).

Contribution rules

ActBlue Civics is a registered charitable organization formed to democratize social welfare giving. A copy of our latest financial report may be obtained by emailing info@actblue.com or calling (617) 517-7600. Alternatively, our report detailing our programs, a financial summary, and the percentage of contributions dedicated to our purpose, along with a copy of our license, may be obtained from the following state agencies: FLORIDA (registration #CH48620) — Division of Consumer Services 800-435-7352 www.800helpfla.com; GEORGIA (registration #CH012404) — contact ActBlue Civics; MARYLAND (registration #32940) — Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis, MD 21401; NEW JERSEY (registration pending) — Attorney General, 973-504-6215, www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/charfrm.htm; NEW YORK (registration pending) — Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271; NORTH CAROLINA (registration #SL010079) — State Soliciting Licensing Branch, 888-830-4989; PENNSYLVANIA (registration #106113) — Department of State, 800-732-0999; VIRGINIA — Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs, PO Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218; WASHINGTON (registration #38989) — Secretary of State, Charities Division, Olympia, WA 98504-0422, 800-332-4483; WISCONSIN (registration pending) — contact ActBlue Civics.

Registration with and reporting to these agencies does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation of ActBlue Civics.

I am at least eighteen years old.

This contribution is made from my own funds or the funds of an authorizing corporation or other entity, and the funds are not being provided by any other person or entity.

Note: Contributions, donations, and gifts to Sunrise are not tax deductible.

They support our advocacy and political efforts and allow us to build the most powerful movement we can to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs.

Sunrise is a non-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(4) social welfare organization.

DONATE BY CHECK: Make your check payable to Sunrise and send it to Sunrise, 50 F Street NW Suite 800, Washington, DC 20001, USA.

You can MAKE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION to the 501(c)3 Sunrise Movement Education Fund here (https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/donate-to-sunrise-movement-fund), which supports our educational work to raise awareness about climate change and expose the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics.

Questions? Issues? Email us at team@sunrisemovement.org.

In one way, Sunrise is smart – they are actually providing a base wage, that will tend to keep their people with them longer than volunteers. They are also spreading around fancy titles to all – which should make it easier for the drone to find another job in the future.

Their front page has this motto:

We’re building an army of young people to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.

That ‘army’ part does give me pause.

As far as the House freshmen, I sense that the telegenic and glib AOC is the figurehead for a lot of discontent with Democratic leadership. The power behind the throne may be Saikat Chakrabarti, her former campaign manager and current chief of staff. He’s a Silicon Valley alum – his LinkedIn profile is here.

What I’m finding useful about LinkedIn is not the self-promoting BS – it’s the background information, and the connections to other people (People Also Viewed sidebar).

If you look at AOC’s FEC data, the contributions are, predictably, from ActBlue (small amounts – but a LOT of them – I’m assuming that this was a bundled contribution setup), some individuals – Benjamin Burkert (not a New Yorker – wonder what his interest was -he contributed $2500 in the primary), George Lane (also a CA resident who contributed $2500), Prajit Gopal – a young man in NYC, who is connected to technology through his work, also gave $2500.

So, it sounds as though a lot of AOC’s primary money was from:

  • Leftists (ActBlue)
  • The technology community (her chief of staff is from that industry)
  • The Indian community (her chief of staff is of Indian heritage)

ActBlue donations can be tracked, but it takes more time that I have to give. Here’s some information about ActBlue. If you scroll down the page, there’s a chart showing which races benefited most from ActBlue-connected donations.

Some of the top contributors to ActBlue.

I’m going to continue to keep an eye on this. AOC received a lot of cash for a newbie.

If the Left opponents don’t work to get something like this in place, they likely will be outspent in the next election. Few candidates have Trump’s ability to capture free publicity; the money is needed to get their name out.

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