The Power Beyond

One of last week’s crises was resolved this week, as the Republican Congress passed a ‘clean’ funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security and President Obama signed it, funding its operations for the remainder of the fiscal year, including Obama’s executive action to legalize some five million illegal immigrants.

In other words, the Republicans caved.

As I understand the logic behind the decision, since a Federal judge ruled against Obama’s executive action policies, the Republicans need do nothing further to stop the policies, as they can let the matter play out in the courts.

Well, maybe.

To my view, if Congress passes a bill allocating funding to an executive agency, knowing damn right well what they’re going to do with it, then they have effectively authorized the agency’s actions.   And I’m sure the Administration will make that point.

So why did the Republicans give up so easily?  And why has it been, throughout the Obama administration, that the Republicans have never been able to make headway while President Obama and his crew have been blundering about, making up rules as they go along, and taking a Roger Rabbit approach to the Constitution?

The Democrats have demonized House Speaker John Boehner as the locus of the opposition, but everything I’ve seen suggests that he is just another politician, whose high-sounding principles vanish the instant they become inconvenient.

My unfortunate hypothesis is that there is a Power Beyond Congress and the President, and that this Power Beyond is OK with open borders and OK with our blundering administration.

There are any number of conspiracy theories about the Council on Foreign Relations or the Bilderburg group or Skull and Bones or whomever.  They may be right that one or more of these may be the identity of the Power Beyond.  At this point, I don’t know.  But I’m pretty sure is isn’t God, and it isn’t the people (i.e. the government deriving its power from the consent of the governed).

The Power Beyond manifests itself in other ways besides government policy: it’s also why the mainstream media, now organized into six giant corporations, won’t actually tell us anything that we’d really need to know.  It manifests itself in our non-educating educational system, where young people learn… I’m still not sure myself.  It manifests itself in our fluoridated water, originally promoted as combating tooth decay, but having no practical positive effect, and yet we continue to do it.

There have always been people for whom the world has been a plaything.  The Russian revolutionaries who organized what became the USSR would not have been able to do so without financing from the capitalist West.  Perhaps the capitalists thought it a nifty experiment at the time.  And perhaps, for these people, the United States was fun while it lasted, and now it’s tired and broken-down, and it’s time to move on.

7 thoughts on “The Power Beyond”

  1. Often we create stories to explain situations were we have incomplete information. I believe that we have become increasingly sensitive to how an action looks rather than what it accomplishes,a nd that when how the action looks conflicts with how we want to be seen, the action is likely to be abandoned.

    The need to create a story rather than have faith in what we are being told by others is damaging to society in the long run because it leads to distrust of the institutions that tales are being told about.

    It is interesting to contemplate what would be necessary to implement a broad deportation of illegal immigrants as well as those who have overstayed student visas or other visas. We would need to build a number of internment camps or prisons to confine the people to be deported while they await their hearing. Perhaps JAG officers who whould otherwise be dismissed from military service as the services reduce the number of people under arms as well as recently retired JAG officers who hold a law degree could be offered jobs as judges in these immigration courts. There could be a tip line for people who would turn in illegal immigrants, and give them $1000 or so per person once that person is deported.

    The larger problem underlying this is a lack of will to solve the problem, because no matter what path is taken, the solution will not be pretty and the solution will be costly in a variety of ways.

  2. I believe legalizing them is a bad idea. First off this means rewarding them for a criminal activity. Second this will mean more competition in the job market and many more will come. I’m ashamed Obama pushed for this.

  3. Madness: Mass deportations aren’t feasible for a galaxy of reasons, not the least of which is that we would have to become an overt police state. The only practical approach is a reset, where those already here are given a path to legal residence, and those still outside are deterred through better border security, employment restrictions, etc. We did the first part, but not the second, in the 1980s, and our politicians seem unwilling to follow through even on something as simple as border security.

    NWP: The problem isn’t that Obama is pushing for this. It’s that nobody seems to even want to do anything to stop him.

  4. I live about a hundred miles away from Camp Amache, one of the camps used to imprison the Japanese during World War II. The buildings of the camp were demolished a couple of years after WWII ended, and the site is a memorial. You can still see the foundations of many of the buildings, which were concrete block and would result in immediate lawsuits filed against ICE were similar facilities built for the illegal aliens. because they were not fit for habitation by current standards. About 100,000 Japanese were interned. We would need 50-100 times the space and effort to do that with illegal immigrants, though I would hope that they would not stay as long in the camps as the Japanese did. I do agree with you that mass deportations are not feasible, but they can prosecute the ones that they find. I do have to wonder: how is an overt police state different from the covert one that we now have?

    Border security isn’t a serious thing until at least one of their parents has to be a U.S. citizen before citizenship of the child is automatic. The border between the United States and Mexico is 1933 miles long, and the U.S./Canada border is 3987 miles, so either border is a lot of land to check. Unless we want to go with mined areas between a double fence that is also charged with a lethal amount of electricity and topped with razor wire, I don’t have a lot of hope for improved border security. The only way around charges of racial profiling is to inconvenience everyone. I used to have to stop at the port of entry just north of Yuma, AZ on Route 95 when I drove north from Yuma to Las Vegas or other points north.

  5. I have always wondered what the history of illegal immigration in the United States was.I’m quite sure our borders have always been very porous, so I don’t see why we are having a problem now with illegal immigration. It seems to me things are probably the same as always. And, if they’re not, Why not?! Anyway, if we could answer that question I think we would be well on our way to solving our immigration problem.
    As for the idea someone is in control, I think that is just the collective consciousness created by a large social group. Our respective brains create consciousness by having all the neurons talk to each other. That is how society works also. The social network just makes it happen faster. The United States Congress works the same way. Although, I’m not too sure how many members actually have brains of their own. LOL.

  6. Madness: An overt police state has jackbooted troops hauling off people openly (like the Peacekeepers in the Hunger Games movies), rewards for turning people in for crimes against the state (not just ‘see something, say something,’ but ‘$1000 reward for an illegal alien’ or ‘$5000 reward for the owner of an illegal weapon’), and occasional massacres of unarmed civilians by the police/army. We’re already much of the way there, but not quite ready for the Full Monty… yet.

    The Fourteenth Amendment brought us the law that one is a citizen if born here, regardless of the citizenship of one’s parents. The intent, after the Civil War, was to positively establish that everyone born here was a full citizen, and that one could not be any kind of partial citizen, regardless of the circumstances of one’s parents. Many people (including me) would say that changing it would undermine some of our most basic civil rights. But what would the new rule be? And what happens if the non-citizen parents decline to cooperate? I’m skeptical. And I’d be especially skeptical of an update to the Fourteenth Amendment that included the line, ‘Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.’ Essentially, we’d be trusting Congress to follow through and construct a competent policy, and the rest of the government to execute it.

    Yes, there are over 5,000 miles of border, and making it impervious (like the old border between East and West Germany) is not a practical project. But human smugglers, like everyone else, are creatures of habit: there are certain routes that are more frequented, where we can focus our efforts.

    Barbs: Illegal immigration wasn’t a problem for much of our history because international travel before commercial jets was a major production, and because we weren’t a welfare state. And while illegal immigrants are not supposed to be eligible for public benefits, in fact our current leadership and the Power Beyond seem to be OK with encouraging illegals to apply and receive them.

    One can construct a sensible immigration policy around the notion that the borders should be open. Such a policy would necessarily include restrictions on receiving public benefits, and effective enforcement against the relative handful that are genuinely criminal or otherwise dangerous.

    Alternately, one can construct a sensible immigration policy around the notion of closed borders. Such a policy would include physical border security, and an immigration bureaucracy that actually works, so that our closed borders do not interfere with legitimate travel and tourism.

    The horrifying thing is that we’ve done neither, and are continuing to do neither.

    It’s certainly true that society is the manifestation of our collective consciousness. But are we heading off into the weeds because our collective consciousness is randomly drifting there, or are we being pushed?

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