The Senate* passed Senator Stace Nelson’s useless “build a wall” resolution Thursday (thank goodness that’s over), but only after striking almost every instance of the now meaningless word “wall.” The only remaining occurrence: reference in the 22nd of 26 Whereas clauses (Stace’s original had 31) expressing support for a “wall system in strategic locations is necessary to securing the border,” which is a far cry from whatever Trump’s words might have literally meant among an electorate that took words seriously.
Patheos still takes words seriously, and Senator Nelson’s hyperbolic words about the “black wind of death” blowing our border of Mexico catch their notice as a symptom of the cancer of Trumpist falsehood infecting our nation:
To show how the president’s “invasion” epidemic is metastasizing nationwide and infecting lawmakers in state legislatures, read this alarmingly inventive quote by South Dakota state Sen. Stace Nelson, a conservative Republican.
In what the Sioux Falls Argus Leader described as an “impassioned” speech this week in the state Legislature, Nelson claimed the southern border is so “porous” that it allows “terrorists” to breach it and “threaten a black wind of death to race across this nation from coast to coast.” (ponder the phrase “black wind of death” for a moment and consider why he chose the word “black.”)
In any event, the “black wind of death” would include the two kids who died in our custody, apparently [Rick Snedeker, “Think There’s a ‘Crisis’ at Our Southern Border? You’re Not Thinking,” Pathoes: Godzooks, 2019.01.12].
Senator Nelson’s SCR 4 is Trumpist shouting that deceives the public and shuts down normal practical problem-solving. There is no national-security crisis at the border. There is no invasion. There is no wall or wall system or that will make America’s real problems go away. Our problems our not without; they are within.
Related Reading: My weekly newsletter from the George W. Bush Presidential Center includes a link to the Center’s page on immigration policy. That page leads with this statement from President Bush:
At its core, immigration is a sign of a confident and successful nation. Immigrants’ talent and hard work and love of freedom have helped us become the leader of the world [President George W. Bush, quoted in “Immigration,” George W. Bush Presidential Center, retrieved 2019.01.12].
You know America’s in trouble when a liberal blog cites President George W. Bush as an authority.
Correction 17:08 CST: Senator Nelson reminds me that his Legislative theatrics get to distract the House from real problem-solving as well. I regret the error and the waste of my legislators’ time.