They say we live in a free society governed by the rule of law and the will of the people.
But, if you think about it, some of the most monumental decisions and policies are made without the consent of the American people, without their knowledge and without any discussion or any debate.
Let me give you an example.
Between 1925 and 1965, immigration into this country — legal and illegal — totaled less than 200,000 a year. I was around in 1965 — young, but around. I don’t remember any debates taking place about increasing the number of immigrants. I don’t recall anyone making the case for allowing more workers in. But it started to happen.
Between 1965 and 1989, the average annual immigration figure jumped to more than 500,000. That’s a big jump — more than 100 percent. It had profound effects on the country and our way of life.
But it just happened, without a lot of discussion — except in 1986, when the American people were told they would have to accept a comprehensive immigration reform plan (sound familiar?) that would include a one-time amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, along with increased border protection to ensure the same mistakes were never made again.
Yet the mistakes were made again — only this time even bigger.
Through the 1990s, again, without any national debate or discussion and without any major congressional action — immigration, legal and illegal (but mostly illegal) climbed to an average of 1 million people a year.
One million. A million here, a million there — pretty soon you’re talking about a lot of immigrants. And we’ve got a lot of immigrants in this country, make no mistake about that.
I’m willing to bet, no matter where you live, that you see the illegal aliens lining up for work at construction sites, shopping centers or maybe right in front of your home.
In my own well-to-do suburban Washington town this week, I was stunned to see about 50 congregating around a small shopping plaza at about 9 a.m., outnumbering shoppers by 3-to-1.
I’ve lived in Los Angeles, Sacramento, southern Oregon and the Washington metro area all in the last 20 years. There’s no escaping this problem. Today, Washington is like Los Angeles was 20 years ago. The character of the country is changing right before our eyes, and still no meaningful discussion or debate is taking place.
The people are just told by George W. Bush and his elitist friends that Americans won’t do the jobs these people will do. I’ve always considered that insulting to both Americans and the immigrants. But that’s what he said. Maybe that’s why his poll numbers are so pathetic.
Meanwhile, during President Bush’s reign through the first six years of the 21st century, the immigration numbers have continued to soar — even above the million a year figure. Keep in mind, this occurred mostly after the worst-ever attack on American soil — an act perpetrated by foreigners who infiltrated our country illegally.
Without discussion or debate, Bush has poured gasoline on a crisis of wildfire proportions. He actually justifies his refusal to enforce the laws of the land by claiming, without evidence, the need for more foreign workers.
According to the best estimates I’ve heard from sources I consider reliable, there are approximately 20 to 30 million illegal aliens already residing here. Remember hearing back in October that America’s population had reached 300 million? We didn’t reach that milestone because Americans are having babies. We got to that plateau because of illegal immigration.
At the current rate, in the next 34 years, we’ll hit the magic 400 million figure — not because of a baby boom, but because of out-of-control immigration, an open-door policy that is suicidal for this country.
But, still, according to Bush, we don’t have enough foreign workers. He not only wants to allow those 20 million to 30 million illegals to stay, he wants to keep the floodgates open for more.
All this without meaningful debate or discussion — let alone a vote.
All I can say is, representative government, as practiced in America in the 21st century, is not all it’s cracked up to be.