Texas Governor Rick Perry is being criticized for declining to greet President Obama at Austin-Bergstrom Airport tomorrow when Air Force One touches down and the bazillion-car motorcade takes off for some vital Democrat fundraisers. Perry instead would like a substantive meeting to discuss the foreign invasion currently ongoing at Texas' southern border, but Obama doesn't do substantive meetings, and in any case, as the principal facilitator of the southern invasion, any discussions between him and Perry probably ought to be conducted under the auspices of the UN at the Hague or in Vienna or some such. Maybe Putin or Assad could mediate.
Obama made a conscious decision to, in effect, dissolve the southern border, and, quite reasonably enough, the "unaccompanied minors" of Latin America opted to take him at his word. One of his party's most senior figures, and the woman who if things go well for them in November will be Speaker of the House and second in line of succession to the presidency, explicitly refuses to recognize the international boundary. Down there for a photo-op the other day, Nancy Pelosi declared: "This is a community with a border going through it." It's bogus, so why get hung up on tedious legalistic nonsense like "frontiers"?
Mr Obama and Ms Pelosi apparently see themselves as leaders of some post-Westphalian entity wherein the political elite use the Third World to reconfigure the citizenry to something more to their taste. But, having voluntarily liquidated US sovereignty at the southern border, in what sense then is Obama President of the United States? Why should the head of a sovereign state that's renounced its sovereignty still expect to be entitled to all the perks thereof - like fawning governors greeting him at the airport?
~The great thing about all this diversity is that it presents us with "challenges". And who doesn't like a challenge? From The Washington Post:
The kindergartners of the Class of 2026, who finished their first year in Fairfax County schools Wednesday, constitute the largest and one of the most ethnically, culturally and socioeconomically diverse groups of students the county has seen, a fact that school system administrators say could pose significant challenges in the decade to come.
"Challenge" in this context is a euphemism for wholesale cultural transformation.
The demographic changes in Fairfax are likely to have long-term implications for the school system: Most of this year's kindergarten class will spend the next 12 years in county schools. Schools officials believe that the challenges that come with a less-affluent and less-prepared population will exacerbate the system's struggles with a widening achievement gap for minorities and ballooning class sizes.
"Challenge" in this context is a euphemism for crappy dysfunctional schools.
"There are additional costs associated with these changes that will continue to challenge our budgeting in the years ahead," [School Superintendent] Garza said. "We view these demographic shifts and our growing diversity as a strength that we will continue to celebrate."
"Challenge" in this context is a euphemism for higher taxes. But the last sentence warn that if you're dumb enough to query why worse schools and higher taxes serve the interests of Americans you're a racist.
~If the media weren't so content to be court eunuchs, there might actually be a story here. But fortunately for Obama, Pelosi et al, the eunuchs are content to be cooperative:
Health and Human Services officials will allow reporters to visit a military facility housing some of the immigrant children who have arrived at the southern border in recent weeks, but only if the media promises not to record anything, not to ask any questions during the tour, and not to talk to any of the staff members or children.
~How many "challenges" are you prepared to take on in the service of diversity? In Europe, which has southern-border issues all of its own, a French teacher, 34-year-old Fabienne Calmes, was murdered in front of her kindergarten class by the mother of one of her pupils. Murders of schoolteachers are very rare in France, and the grim fate of Mme Calmes galvanized the nation. Over at The American Thinker, Selwyn Duke noticed that the press had given extensive coverage to every aspect of the case - Fabienne, her husband, their two young children, shocked community, etc - except the nature of the killer. Indeed, the French state has charged "the mother" with murder but has still not released her full name.
In a healthy journalistic culture, crime reporters would be climbing over each other to get the scoop on the psycho dame who killed the beloved kindergarten teacher devoted to her charges. But not this time... You have to go seven paragraphs down into this story from La DĂ©pĂŞche to find out anything about the murderess, and then glossed over very lightly:
ArrivĂ©e dans le Tarn, il y a 2 ans, Rachida H., marocaine de nationalitĂ© espagnole, s'est fait connaĂ®tre auprĂ¨s des services sociaux du conseil gĂ©nĂ©ral du Tarn en tant que mĂ¨re isolĂ©e.
Ah. So Mme Calmes was killed by a Moroccan with a Spanish passport who's on welfare.
Best to downplay it all then, in the interests of cultural sensitivity. What happened was a "tragedy", as M Hollande says, but one of those vague, blurry tragedies, nothing too specific or detailed...
The developed world has chosen civilizational suicide as a moral virtue. As Fabienne Calmes' fellow educator across the Atlantic would say, our growing diversity is a strength that we will continue to celebrate - even unto death.