Americans take a great deal of comfort in our rights. We like to think that we are secure in our persons and homes from any unreasonable action by the government, specifically because the Bill of Rights is in place to stop would-be dictators and police statists. We could be very wrong.
The old Soviet Union had a very nice Constitution, filled with respect for the rights of the people and such. Problem is, the KGB simply ignored it when it was inconvenient. It’s true the United States is set up with three branches of government to prevent that sort of thing, but the question comes up, what if a situation rises where all three branches agree to change what they say the Constitution means?
We’ve certainly done it before. A fellow name of Dred Scott found out that fleeing to a free state didn’t keep the Supreme Court from declaring he was still someone’s property. Many thousands of Native Americans were driven across the country from their homelands, because the Army had the power to make it happen. More than a hundred thousand Japanese living here legally in the United States lost their freedom and possessions during World War 2, because the government ruled that in their case, Due Process did not really apply, even when they had not been accused of a crime.
What’s this nightmare scenario theory have to do with President Bush’s speech from back on May 15? It comes down to this; if the hardliners get their way, then things are going to get real tough for anyone who could possibly have done anything to help Illegals. And since far and away, the largest demographic group which makes up Illegal entry into the United States is Hispanics, that means that businesses, hospitals, schools, law enforcement, you name it, are all going to be pushed to treat Hispanics by a different standard than other races.
Think about it. Let’s say you own a business, and a guy comes in looking for a job. At most places, you give the guy a look and let your gut tell you whether you like his attitude. If you do, you get him a slot and you start on his paperwork. A lot of people don’t have all the papers they need for their I-9, and frankly, if you think someone’s worth hiring, you probably tell them something like ‘bring it in before I do the payroll’ and such. And frankly part 2, most small businesses are not real amused by the government’s requirements. It’s one thing to cover your bases, but small businesses do not have the kind of time or resources to spend a lot of effort on files and paperwork, and adding steps for the government’s satisfaction that don’t do one thing to make your employee or company more productive, just comes across as one more thing to hate about government; it has the distinct feel of government making small businesses do the government’s job for them. If the guy has his driver’s license and Social Security card, you’ve done what you need to do, and adding more restrictions is not going to fly.
So, if the U.S. Government starts leaning on businesses for possibly hiring Illegals, then what you’re going to see businesses do, is one of two things. Some will simply lie to the Government, on the idea that the Government has no business trying to turn private business owners into snitches, or else they will likely avoid the problem altogether by simply not hiring Hispanics. One way does nothing to solve the problem, and just makes enforcement that much harder, and the other punishes an entire demographic sector out of a heavy-handed bureaucratic ploy. It would cast the Republican Party as the new ‘Jim Crow’, this time with cause, and the resulting courtfights would flood dockets and solve nothing. Already the specter of such a draconian action has led to the public displays and rhetorical plays by the Left, to pour gasoline on the issue.
President Bush, unlike the foam-flecked leaders of the ‘Hysteria Now!’ movement, understands that any solution has to be palatable, functional, and reasonable in the context of balancing security with the sense of freedom. We used to laugh at the notion of a policeman stopping a person in public for no cause other than to check his papers; it is only rational to oppose any plan which treats an entire race of person as suspects because of their race. We can, and must, do better than that.
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