The San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District, in Del Rio, Texas, is sending students home who have no legal right to be there. The policy seems simple and straightforward enough.  It implies that children who have no residence within the district will not be educated by American taxpayers there.  Mr. Kelt Cooper, superintendent of the school district and pictured on the right, deserves a bouquet of roses for exhibiting both courage and determination in the performance of his duty.  He is quoted by the Associated Press as saying, "We had several van loads (with Mexican license plates) pulling up at the schools and kids getting out. It's like 'C'mon,' it's obvious what's going on."  Mr. Cooper is to be commended, for he is one school official who is obviously convinced that enough is enough.

David Hinojosa, staff attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), has responded to the district's actions with the organization's characteristic disregard of logic and good sense. "Talk about trying to intimidate people and draw fear in the community," he exclaimed. But what, pray tell, does he mean?  It appears he is asserting that, because enforcing the law can be scary for those disobeying it, we should refrain from enforcing it. This kind of response belongs in looney tunes, not in public commentary on a serious issue.

Because of the overwhelming number of illegal immigrants who have swelled into California, the State is in an impossible situation.  If it were to build a new public school every day, it would still not be able to meet the burgeoning need.  Never mind the fact that California is bankrupt!

Juxtapose Mr. Cooper with President Barack Obama, who is providing no solution to the problem of illegal immigrants at all. That is because he has no solution other than open borders and blanket amnesty. Is this the stance of a leader or of an imposter?  You be the judge.  Capitulation and appeasement are what Mr. Obama is selling.  He does not seem to fathom that flooding American culture with those from the third world, many of whom settle in enclaves, hold onto their native language, and show few signs of assimilation or of upward mobility after the second generation, is a social disaster.  Instead, Mr. Obama encourages Americans to learn Spanish.

Mr. Obama's approach to the immigration mess comprises a microcosm of his philosophy of governance. There are no boundaries. There is no respect for American history or traditional American culture. There is, instead, an attitude of abject, uncritical embrace of "the other" without regard for who the other really is or what he wants to achieve.  Such a mindset befits a liberal professor, who when asked a straight question is hard pressed to give a straight answer, because every point of view has its place in a universalist worldview where nothing is worthy of condemnation except those who question its fundamental premises. This worldview is exhibited in the way the President is dealing with the nuclear crisis in Iran and how he is waging war in Afghanistan.  The word is that he is now willing for the Taliban to play a role in the future of Afghanistan.  This should not surprise us; after all, Mr. Obama also wants to read Miranda rights to terrorists and to provide them attorneys at U.S. taxpayer expense.

This marvelous black messiah to whom our schoolchildren are being taught to sing songs of praise is now a Nobel Prize winner.  What, I ask, has he done to deserve that?  Did hiring Van Jones enter the equation?  How about the hope engendered by his "Cash for Clunkers" program?  What about his strong defense of America to the rest of the world?  Perhaps it is his outspoken opposition to the Born Alive Infant Protection Act?  Or, God help us, could it be that the Nobel Prize Committee constitutes a group of leftist idealogues and cowards who typify the plight of the decadent West?  At least we know that affirmative action is alive and well in Norway.

I think our country is on the wrong road, a road to nowhere.  The role of the federal government needs to be re-thought.  The role of public schools and universities needs to be re-considered as well.  But more than either of these two things, it is time for us to define what we believe in as a people and what, if anything, we are willing to sacrifice for those beliefs.  All there appears to be at the moment is vast disarray, uncertainty, and danger.

October 9, 2009