So inspiration strikes and I’m here to give it another go. Not that there was a fellowship pining for my glorious return of course…the good news is I enjoy writing to myself.
Honestly, if I had a vote I don’t know what I’d do. I know that may sound strange…”inspiration strikes! blog time! no opinion…” I think I was mostly affected by the comments made by the parties involved:
First from the Commander-in-Chief:
It is disappointing that common sense did not prevail today
Just stop it. The ‘if you don’t agree with me you’re just being an unreasonable human being or playing politics’ routine is equal parts tragically ironic and tiring. Knock it off. This is too important to get wrong. I like that this plan requires ILLEGAL immigrants to truly invest themselves in something meaningful for two years in order to gain citizenship and I think that the prerequisites are strict but fair. The requirement that an applicant must ‘display good moral character’ is fluff…but a clean criminal record is probably what they’re talking about here. Unless of course Joe Biden has time to interview each applicant.
On the other side, from Republican Senator Jeff Sessions:
The American people are pleading with Congress to enforce our laws, but this bill is a law that at its fundamental core is a reward for illegal activity
Yeah I guess…but I’m getting the nagging feeling that eventually this dam is going to break and I think it may be a good idea to relieve some pressure. This bill is doing everything it can to make sure these kids earn it and are the kind of citizens we want to be admitting.
In the end the requirements are reasonable, the precedent is acceptable, and at some point we’ve got to realize that crossing our arms, closing our eyes, shaking our heads, and repeating ‘No’ is 1) unrealistic and 2) part of the problem. So much for neutrality…
Also, very quickly: Congress repeals ban against gays in military
John McCain reaction:
This debate is not about the broader social issues that are being discussed in our society, but what is in the best interest of our military at a time of war
Knock it off, John. This debate is about intolerance and stubborn opposition to change.