Monday, May 19, 2008
Barack Obama: Fighting for the illegal Latino Community
I ran across something weird on Barack Hussein Obama’s campaign website. It has to do with immigration.
It should be no surprise that he is an open borders kind of guy, even though he says he is in favor of building a fence and even voted for it. After all, he is a Democrat and a Chicago politician. It should also be no surprise that he packages his immigration position as if he is tough on illegals. What is a surprise is that he didn’t do it originally. Nope, he didn’t. Originally, on his website he flat out said what he was all about.
If you go now to the immigration issue section of his website at http://www.barackobama.com/issues/pdf/ImmigrationFactSheet.pdf the headline for his position proclaims, “Barack Obama on Immigration.” But apparently that is not what it was originally coded to say. Originally, it was, “Barack Obama: Fighting for the Latino Community.”
Can you just imagine if he answered the question, “What are you going to do about illegal immigration?” and he said, “I am fighting for the Latino community!” I am sure his honesty would have gone over just grand in those Democrat debates – so grand that he may not have won the nomination.
For skeptics, do what I did.
I was helping my son with a research paper on illegal immigration. As part of the paper Ben needed to find out what the top three candidate’s positions are – McCain, Hill and Bill, and BHO. When we got to Barack we did a Copy and Paste Special (choosing unformatted text) of his immigration position, at the above mentioned url, into Word, and then much to our surprise, instead of the headline being, “Barack Obama on Immigration,” which is what it says on the website, it pasted as, “Barack Obama: Fighting for the Latino Community.”
Perhaps it’s all a mistake, perhaps it was just the work of an over zealous volunteer. Or maybe it’s a subliminal Jedi Mind Trick – an attempt to pander to both sides. Whatever it is I think the first hidden headline is more accurate than the second. After all, just look at his voting record:
• He voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
• He voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Which was the amnesty bill.) (Jun 2007)
• He voted NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
• He voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (I think this is a red herring. After all the fence isn’t even close to being built, and he hasn’t been pushing it.) (Sep 2006)
• He voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (Did you know that South Africa had a guest worker program. . . first a guest, then comes the demand for citizenship.) (May 2006)
• He voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
• He voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
Even though he voted wrong each time except once, he doesn’t want to publicize it. Rather, he puts a nice political spin on his positions, and makes it sound like he is as strong on the border as Tom Tancredo.
Here’s what he said on the Senate floor, May 23, 2007, “The time to fix our broken immigration system is now… We need stronger enforcement on the border and at the workplace… But for reform to work, we also must respond to what pulls people to America… Where we can reunite families, we should. Where we can bring in more foreign-born workers with the skills our economy needs, we should.”
According to his sweet and syrupy website here’s his plan:
• Create Secure Borders
• Improve Our Immigration System
• Remove Incentives to Enter Illegally
• Bring People Out of the Shadows
• Work with Mexico
It all sounds good in Obamaspeak, but translated into English it means, “Barack Obama: Fighting for the illegal Latino Community.”