Dead for now. The wretched nightmare, sickly named the DREAM Act, affixed to the military funding legislation (S.3454 – Titled “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011“), was defeated earlier today in the U.S. Senate.
U.S. taxpayers who are not having an easy go of things financially of late — and whose second, third and fourth generations ahead are likely to have an even less easy go of things throughout their lives — won’t have to also be paying for college educations for illegal aliens in this nation, contrary to the bad dreams of the Left in their ongoing hunt for more “Hispanic” voters: sell U.S. citizenship, get more illegal aliens to vote for the Democrats, because that seems to have been the timing of the wretched DREAM monster, an attempt to sell U.S. citizenship for their own political favoritism campaigns: the never-ending efforts by the Left to foment emotional voting based upon ethnicity or race. Enforcing the Constitution, instead, is an inconvenient burden for the Left, so they continue to push to change their responsibilities to the laws it contains and to service those who violate it.
The Democrats sank their heavy egos into the military funding legislation (S.3454 – Titled “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011“) by sticking amendments onto that military funding legislation by feathering-the-bed with things like the DREAM Act and an effort to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy (“DADT”) currently in effect in our military (it functions well so, of course, the Left wants it repealed).
Obviously, the DADT policy was created (by Bill Clinton while President) due to conditions that prompted the need for such a policy. Not as if it sprung-up from nicely-placed pillows; it was created and implemented (and functions well so the stories are told) because there was something there going on that created the need to implement a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. That policy, DADT, is generally summarized as this: service personnel who may be involved in homosexual behavior are required not to disclose their homosexual behavior and the military is required not to inquire about it, when it functions properly. Violate either requirement and reprimands if not discharges occur.
So the Left wants it lifted, “repealed.” It functions to the success of our military so, of course, Democrats want it repealed. Their needs to declare identity-politics trumps their willingness to support a successful military.
Also stuck in the military funding — along with the DREAM Act and repealing DADT — was an attempt to spend more taxpayer money on abortions, to build abortion ‘clinics’, to provide abortions at military hospitals.
And, as if all of that was not enough violation for one voting opportunity, all of this was announced late last Friday night by current Senate Majority Leader, Democrat Harry Reid, to be scheduled for voting at 2:15 PM EST today. That gave the American public about twenty-four hours’ notice (from yesterday, Monday, through to today, Tuesday morning) to even try to contact Senators by any traditional method possible (email and telephone while letters were out of the question).
Of course Reid and the Democrats wanted it this way, no hope of most constituents organizing opinions and being able to express them, no accountability by Harry and the Democrats to be present in D.C. long enough for any constituent/voter to contact them with oppositional opinions. On anything because in a matter of days, the Senate is out of session, leaving D.C. at the conclusion of this current session. Easy, just run away, don’t answer the phones, avoid anyone in the halls who may have a microphone and be asking questions, don’t read the signs outside, easy, just leave town.
The DREAM Nightmare, in simple recap, would have bestowed U.S. citizenship on illegal aliens while paying (with U.S. taxpayer money) college educations for them. So it was another attempt at amnesty on the financial backs of the U.S. taxpayers, many of whom have a difficult time paying for our own and our children’s college educations, would have been burdened with the costs of college educations for people who broke in and camped out.
So these dreadful efforts up for a vote in the Senate today were all defeated. That leaves the funding uncommitted as to our military but that will (as it should) be accomplished, I trust, very soon, without all these stinking draperies piled on as attempted today by Harry Reid and his runaway Democrats in the Senate.
I thank all the Republicans who refused to support these dreadful efforts. As to those among the Republicans who didn’t support these dreadful efforts because they are facing re-election (and anticipate voter conflict had they supported these efforts), a lot of the voters on the Right as also in the “middle” are keen by now to non-committed, “value-absent” Senators.
U.S. Military: International Abortion Provider?
– by Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), September 21, 2010
Is Colin Powell Even Trying Anymore?
– from StuBlog, September 21, 2010
Colin Powell declared his endorsement for and advocacy of the DREAM Act recently by denigrating “Americans” who he refuses to identify but who he’s sure are “anti immigrant” while being unable to cite anyone specifically who is that. Whatever importance Powell once commanded, he has long since lost it.
More about Powell’s confounded duplicity and weird degeneration into a Leftwing lobbyist among the GOP:
Colin Powell says he doesn’t hire illegal immigrants
– by Liz Goodwin, September 20, 2010
Colin Powell says illegal immigrants have worked on his house and they should have a chance at citizenship
– from Christian Science Monitor, September 21, 2010
Legislation Updates: as-it-happened, DREAM Act voting and more…
– from FAIR, September 21, 2010
Other Senators made speeches on the Senate floor taking issue with the DREAM Act itself. Senator David Vitter (R-LA) denounced how the bill permits states to give in-state tuition to illegal aliens. Calling the bill an amnesty disguised as an educational initiative, he said it was “an insult to legal taxpaying citizens.” (C-Span video, Sept. 15, 2010) Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) objected to Senator Reid’s decision to take up the DREAM Act at a time when neither Congress nor the President is enforcing our immigration laws. “We have got to end this lawlessness,” he said. “The first thing you do when you want to end illegality on immigration policy is stop subsidizing it. For heaven’s sake, stop subsidizing it.” (C-span video, Sept. 16, 2010) (— Continued).
Allow me to repeat this:
Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) objected to Senator Reid’s decision to take up the DREAM Act at a time when neither Congress nor the President is enforcing our immigration laws. “We have got to end this lawlessness,” he said. “The first thing you do when you want to end illegality on immigration policy is stop subsidizing it. For heaven’s sake, stop subsidizing it.” (— Continued).
Student immigration bill (“DREAM Act”) dies in U.S. Senate
– from Orange County Register, September 21, 2010
Senate bars debate on ending military gay ban
– from Reuters, September 21, 2010
Reuters describes future efforts to repeal DADT despite it being denied in today’s Senate vote. So, there contiues to be much work to do in regards the integrity of our military, maintaining troop cohesion and talent among so much more.
Focus on Defense, Not a Political Show
Senator Mitch McConnell, Press Release, September 21, 2010
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell delivered the following remarks Tuesday regarding the Defense Authorization Bill (— continued).