Coming to America

I’ve found, when in conflict, it can be helpful to consider things from the other point of view. This works best if you can, using imagination, immerse yourself in your opponent’s perspective.

For example:

I am a terrorist. I live in the desert and I hate America.
I am well financed and sophisticated. I watch TV.
In the half-decade since 911, I have been obsessing about ways to attack America. But, despite my sophistication, I have failed to notice that America’s southern border is an enormous, and completely open….

…desert.

Our government assures us that, by spending massive amounts of money, and furiously whittling away at The Constitution, they have successfully prevented terrorists from entering the United States.

Our government also assures us that, despite spending massive amounts of money, and furiously whittling away at The Constitution, they cannot prevent millions of desperate immigrants, and countless tons of illegal drugs, from entering the United States.

So, we have succeeded in keeping out terrorists, but have failed in keeping out immigrants and illegal drugs. It seems to me, that well financed and sophisticated terrorist groups could manage to land anywhere in Central or South America, disguise their weapons as a load of marijuana, and then waltz across the border anytime they wished.

This apparent contradiction is the result of differing needs from the two main power structures governing The United States. The political and the bureaucratic.

The political power structure is elected, and terms are limited. They must curry enough favor with the citizenry to get re-elected. They want to appear as powerful and competent as possible and one hundred percent effectiveness is always desired. The perception of completely solving a problem is a big feather in their caps (and helps insure continued Power for their Party).

Therefore, they have succeeded in keeping out terrorists.

The bureaucratic power structure is not elected. In order to insure long and fruitful careers, bureaucratic agencies must show themselves to be needed. Complete success means looking for another job and so, one hundred percent effectiveness is not desired

Therefore, immigrants and illegal drugs continue to flow into the United States.

So, we can keep out sophisticated and well financed terrorists, but we cannot keep out homeless and starving Mexicans, and countless tons of illegal drugs.

Interesting, huh?

Due to the obvious presence of illegal immigrants and illegal drugs in our country, I’m going to have to believe the bureaucrats on this one.

The War on Terror is purely political. The enemy does not exist.

I realize the money is gone forever, but could I have my rights back now?

Please?

Peace,
Bob Bennett
Lick Skillet, Alabama

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