Stop pretending

A border patrol agent tells Congress just how lax our control of the nation’s borders is:

“Immigration laws today appear to be mere suggestions. There are little or no consequences for breaking the laws and that fact is well known in other countries. If government agencies like DHS or CBP are allowed to bypass Congress by legislating through policy, we might as well abolish our immigration laws altogether,” Judd concluded.

So much for the Executive’s constitutional charge that “he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” (Article II, Section 3)  But Congress is complicit in this as well.  There has been clear and consistent evidence for some time now that the Administration refuses to enforce current law as passed by Congress.  So why haven’t our representatives forced the issue by defunding the agencies that are neglecting their obligations?  Considering they aren’t doing their jobs, and we have such a high debt and deficit anyway, why do we continue to pay these agencies?  Such a farce is more appropriate for the old Soviet Union, where the joke was “we pretend to work, and they pretend to pay us.”

Americans need to stop pretending on a lot of fronts.  For example: we don’t have a ‘defense budget;’ we have a war-and-foreign-intervention budget.  (Considering there are few to no “DoD” assets guarding the borders, one can hardly say it’s a defensive organization.)  It doesn’t help, either, that Congress has, for more than 70 years, essentially handed its constitutional authority to declare war over to the Executive, which wields it with increasing irresponsibility.

We don’t have a Transportation Security Administration.  We have a Security Theater Apparatus, much like the border kabuki discussed above… and for the same reasons.

We don’t have a capitalist society or a free market, no matter how much Bernie Sanders wants to tilt at that windmill.  What we have is crony corporatism in bed with big government.  I’ve already written about what a neat propaganda trick it is to discredit free enterprise by pointing to the failures of a system that pretends to be it, but is hardly such.

We don’t have representative government.  We have a ruling class of self-appointed mandarins who are going to do what they want, no matter what the American public thinks.  (And We The People bear some blame for that, because we’ve allowed them to lose their fear of the people they profess to ‘govern.’)  And for that reason:

We don’t have meaningful elections (at least, not at the national level).  Consider the rampant abuses and outright fraud uncovered by organizations like the Voter Integrity Project.  Meanwhile, the corporate news media continue to frame every election as being between certain selected ‘electable’ candidates, most of whom campaign and/or govern in ways far differently than polls show Americans want the country run.

I can’t say with certainty where this is going, other than to acknowledge that pretense and denial of reality can only go on so long.  The reality is we continue to be invaded by foreigners in flagrant disregard of the will of the people.  The reality is government and business collude to run our lives in ways that earlier generations of Americans would not have tolerated for a moment.  The reality is our government is one vast charade, rather than a responsibly run Constitutional system.

And I’m increasingly of the opinion that changing that will require working outside that compromised system.  Insanity is said to be doing the same thing over and over, while expecting a different result.  How many times have patriotic Americans been betrayed after rallying behind a candidate?  True reform will take more than trying to select who lives at 1600 Pennsylvania.  It’s going to require like-minded people of character refusing to play the rigged game anymore.

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