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Republicans are howling that what the President did was political.  Hell, anything a President does is political, because he is the nation's chief politicians.

But let's be clear about something.

The approximately 800,000 young people who will have a somewhat regularized status under this executive order will not be able to vote - they not only are not citizens, they are not under this plan yet legal residents.  But they are allowed to have an ongoing status that allows them to come out of the shadows.  There is no DIRECT political gain from them for the President.

Their families are, by definition, undocumented aliens.  The adults who brought them here have not had their status changed.  There is no DIRECT political gain from them for the President, since they cannot vote.

There is real gain in other ways - more students who can legally attend college; more talented young people who gain be productive members of the economy, earning real wages from which social security and medicare are deducted -  EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE NOT EARNING THE RIGHT TO DRAW SOCIAL SECURITY OR MEDICARE.

Is there political gain for the President from others?  Hell yes, and not just those of Hispanic background who are citizens or legal residents - you do not get 60% of the American people approving something with just Hispanics, even including all those who are undocumented.

Ultimately doing the right things is not only good policy, it is good politics.

MOST American people believe in treating people fairly.  This policy treats young people fairly.  

Oh, and in case the Republicans keep shopping the hogwash that the PResident should have addressed immigration in regular order through the Congress while he had majorities in both bodies?  He did, he tried, it passed the House, it had a majority in the Senate but the Republicans killed it by threatening a filibuster and it did not have the 60 votes necessary for cloture.  A minority of the Senate prevented the clear will of the Congress and of the American people from being accomplished by ordinary legislation.

If the Republicans want to continue to be obstructionist, the President should use the inherent powers of the executive branch to do the work of the American people.

Just a few thoughts from a former teacher, some of whose students will be affected by this decision for the better, for them and for all of us.


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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

    by teacherken on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 08:00:31 PM PDT

  •  Let them howl all they want (3+ / 0-)
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    TomP, happymisanthropy, texasmom

    Appeals to logic, common decency and/or Christian compassion have zero effect on the zealots and bigots currently running amok in the Republican Party.

    Trying to win them over is a waste of time. Let them suffer the electoral consequences of their own hatred.

  •  The phrase "It's the Right thing to do" still has (3+ / 0-)

    weight and heft.  And deep in their hearts, people still know what's the right thing to do.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 08:24:30 PM PDT

  •  Good post Ken. (2+ / 0-)
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    Pam from Calif, texasmom

    When Rs yell that it was "political, " it means people like  what Obama did.

    I'm from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner Wing of the Democratic Party!

    by TomP on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 08:26:17 PM PDT

  •  still can't get used to that (0+ / 0-)

    "former teacher" thing!

    But then, you teach us here all the time -- sometimes just about what's important and what is not.

    You touched many lives and made them better, and you will continue to do that, one way or another.

    But, still -- "former teacher" just doesn't look right yet!  

    "The corrupt fear us. The honest support us. The heroic join us." Jesse LaGreca (MinistryOfTruth),Tuesday, October 4, 2011.

    by gfre on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 09:18:42 PM PDT

  •  What will people remember about Obama? (2+ / 0-)
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    GabrielinNC, texasmom

    he undid DADT.  He passed the ACA.  Lily L. Act. He came out for Marriage Equality.  DREAM Lite.  He saved jobs by saving GM. The list goes on and on.

    He might not have the Baby Boomers and the Silent Gen backing him; but people in the minority (of color, gender, low SES, SexPref) will remember that he stood for them.

    Millennials and Gen Y have the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama presidencies to reflect on.  Just as Reagan cemented a certain generation into the GOP fold, in 20 years we will have a generation of solid, reliable voters that will remember what Clinton and Obama did FOR them.  And they will remember what the Bushes and GOP did TO them.  It will be nearly impossible to separate this generation (especially Hispanics) from the Democratic Party.  And remember, this is the biggest block of minorities, still growing.

    Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.-- Blaise Pascal

    by Pandemoniac on Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 02:26:50 AM PDT

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