You would think that former President Barack Obama would have figured out by now that he is no longer residing in the Oval Office.
Yet, here we are, with another public statement by the ex-Commander in Chief aimed specifically at delegitimizing the current President of the United States, Donald Trump.
Even more confusing still is the subject matter on which the democratic deity is pathetically pontificating: The scheduled end of the DACA “Dreamers” program that he himself illegally installed as an admittedly temporary solution to our nation’s inability to enforce immigration laws.
Today, the Trump administration announced a long-rumored change to the temporary program, indicating that they would let the unethical former President’s decree expire in 6 months – a date that was predetermined before today’s revelation. This will allow congress 6 months to consider an alternative, and it will allow Americans to contact their congressmen and women to pledge their support or disdain for the program in the meantime.
This is exactly how sweeping legislation such as this is supposed to be vetted and approved.
Of course, never one to miss a public opportunity for attention, Barack Obama had a stern message for his successor.
“Immigration can be a controversial topic. We all want safe, secure borders and a dynamic economy, and people of goodwill can have legitimate disagreements about how to fix our immigration system so that everybody plays by the rules.
“But that’s not what the action that the White House took today is about. This is about young people who grew up in America – kids who study in our schools, young adults who are starting careers, patriots who pledge allegiance to our flag. These Dreamers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper. They were brought to this country by their parents, sometimes even as infants. They may not know a country besides ours. They may not even know a language besides English. They often have no idea they’re undocumented until they apply for a job, or college, or a driver’s license.”
That seems a whole lot like a parenting problem, Barry.
“Over the years, politicians of both parties have worked together to write legislation that would have told these young people – our young people – that if your parents brought you here as a child, if you’ve been here a certain number of years, and if you’re willing to go to college or serve in our military, then you’ll get a chance to stay and earn your citizenship. And for years while I was President, I asked Congress to send me such a bill.”
Let’s not compare college to the military, here. If these “dreamers” were planning on doing either, they could have realized that they were undocumented, thereby nullifying your previous statement, buddy.
“But today, that shadow has been cast over some of our best and brightest young people once again. To target these young people is wrong – because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating – because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel. What if our kid’s science teacher, or our friendly neighbor turns out to be a Dreamer? Where are we supposed to send her? To a country she doesn’t know or remember, with a language she may not even speak?”
Obama’s clever use of the female pronoun here is derivative and pedantic, and Americans don’t appreciate the pity party that he’s trying to throw. Furthermore, pushing these “dreamers” toward citizenship is anything but “cruel”. Stringing them along with an Obama-created temporary solution is cruel.
Regardless of his lip-flapping and violence-fomenting rhetoric, Barack Obama is simply an ordinary citizen with an opinion at this point, and should find himself yapping away to crickets.