HOUSE PASSES BILL TO STRENGTHEN ANTI-SYRIAN REFUGEE BIGOTRY
OBAMA SAYS HE WILL VETO ANY SUCH BILL
The U.S. House of Representatives voted yesterday to require the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) to personally sign off on every Syrian refugee. Exactly what this would do is beyond me except for endless and useless Congressional hearings after the next terrorist attack on U.S. soil since these heads of the FBI, DHS and NSA are not subject to lawsuits which, to my way of thinking, would be the only way they might be held accountable. As we’ve seen recently, Congressional hearings – Benghazi the IRS and Planned Parenthood come to mind, aren’t designed to get to the bottom of an issue or ferret out the truth but to simply provide Republicans a platform to moan and complain, grandstand and pontificate and bash whichever public official is sitting at the witness table in front of them.
The House vote was 287 to 137 and included 47 Democrats, I’m ashamed to say, who voted to adopt the bill. The number of votes is sufficient to override a Presidential veto in the House but it remains to be seen if the bill will survive in the Senate and that won’t take place until after Thanksgiving.
While the vote is dismaying, but not unexpected, apparently the short-term memory of all these 287 folks is a tad spotty. Recall, if you will, that all nineteen 9-11 terrorists entered this country not from any refugee program, but on either tourist or student visas just like the 34,000,000 visitors who came here from overseas on tourist visas LAST YEAR, 2014. So is FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Keith Alexander as well as DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson also going to certify and sign off on all these folks as well, since we’ve already seen the opportunities that tourist and student visas provide for terrorists? Get the picture?
This bill does nothing. It is a complete waste of time. It has no security value. It has no anti-terrorist value. It will do nothing to lessen the danger of terrorist attacks here in the United States. What it does do is to bolster the fear, bigotry, xenophobia and hatred by the less enlightened and less intelligent among us and to ratchet up the idiotic proposals and rhetoric we’ve been hearing from our public officials since last Friday including all the brain-dead Republican candidates for the Office of the President of the United States. I suspect the Freedom Caucus in the House and the Tea Party idiots out here among the rest of us as well as Fox News and Rush Limbaugh will be championing this vital piece of baloney to the skies since they aren’t interested in actually looking at the facts of any given situation nor actually solving problems since they are much to busy blaming Obama for everything from Ebola to Sunspots.
Have A Good Day!