There’s an old aphorism that “one of the definitions of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.”
In 1965, we had an illegal alien crisis. About 200,000 of them were entering the United States every year. The advocates of “reforming” insisted that a critical element of fixing the problem was an amnesty program. Their proposal passed.
In 1986, we had an illegal alien crisis. There were about 6,000,000 of them in the United States. The advocates of “reforming” insisted that a critical element of fixing the problem was an amnesty program. Their proposal passed.
Today, we have an illegal alien crisis. There are between 12,000,000 and 15,000,000 of them in the United States (at best estimate). The advocates of “reforming” insist that a critical element of fixing the problem is an amnesty program.
I made that point about a month ago, but I tend to be lazy. John Derbyshire over at National Review brings up a similar point, but actually went back and found the predictions, the promises of the reform programs backers (most notably Senator Edward Moore Kennedy (D-Chivas), when he was somewhat less pickled and bloated), and points out that every single one of his assurances turned out to be, in polite terms, somewhat inaccurate. In more honest language, a typical Ted Kennedy crock of shit.
Once in our nation’s history, we took the illegal alien problem seriously. I don’t think it’s quite time for such radical measures, but every time I see another mass protest like we had Monday, I start feeling nostalgic for President Eisenhower and General Joseph May Swing.