Sunday, May 02, 2010

Uncontrolled borders and Washington's lack of self-control.

We are at a remarkable moment. We have an open, 2,000-mile border to our south, and the entity with the power to enforce the law and impose safety and order will not do it. Wall Street collapsed, taking Main Street's money with it, and the government can't really figure out what to do about it because the government itself was deeply implicated in the crash, and both political parties are full of people whose political careers have been made possible by Wall Street contributions. Meanwhile we pass huge laws, bills so comprehensive, omnibus and transformative that no one knows what's in them and no one—literally, no one—knows how exactly they will be executed or interpreted. Citizens search for new laws online, pore over them at night, and come away knowing no more than they did before they typed "dot-gov."

It is not that no one's in control. Washington is full of people who insist they're in control and who go to great lengths to display their power. It's that no one takes responsibility and authority. Washington daily delivers to the people two stark and utterly conflicting messages: "We control everything" and "You're on your own."


We had this parade yesterday...

It seems in an attempt to piggyback on the wonderful success that international communism represents, pro-amnesty folks organized a march through downtown Chicago...right under my window.

Me: So can I drop water balloons on them?

The Wife: Well, they have this little thing called assault.

Me: Spoilsport.

The Wife: It looks like a bigger crowd than the Tea Party the other day.

Me: We had more people eligible to vote.