Michael Bresciani
Calderon received -- Brewer snubbed -- America dissed
By Michael Bresciani
May 21, 2010

This may perhaps be the first article I have ever written that would be insulted with more than three paragraphs and a conclusion. It may be that I should just pick the top 100 blog sites on the web and submit a one line sentence as a question for general debate. What is the question, I'm glad you asked.

Put simply, the question is why hasn't President Barack Obama sat down with Governor Brewer of Arizona and asked what he can do to help with the immigration problem in that state, instead of red carpeting Mexican President Felipe Calderon at the White House?

We are grateful that the Prez didn't bow before Calderon, but he may as well have. Circumventing interior problems by ignoring Governor Brewer and pow-wowing with President Calderon is a snub extraordinaire. Calderon no doubt blew his dust across Arizona as he flew over the Ditat Deus state on his way back to Mexico.

In one way we can say that Mr. Obama is at least being consistent: he has not solved one serious domestic problem yet. It makes us want to cry out, hey voters get out of bed and vote; we need a President who might actually like America.

The question raised by Calderon's visit gives rise to a dozen other questions but if this administration has proven anything it is that; we dare not hold our breath until we get an answer. Just a few of those questions would be...

Why was Israel's Prime Minister snubbed and treated like an old rag. Have Israeli's been storming our borders trying to get in? Hasn't anyone seen the latest statistics? Even the Jews in New York City are leaving in unprecedented numbers for their homeland in Israel.

Why have students been reprimanded for wearing Old Glory on their tee shirts? What country could these young patriots run off to? This is their homeland.

Why did the President wait nine days before addressing the oil spill in the Gulf? With the spill now slithering across the barrier islands and wetlands of Louisiana does the President realize that many species of fish, birds, wildlife and insects and should we also say fishermen have lost their homeland forever?

The birther question of where Obama was really born is dwarfed by the greater question of what does Mr. Obama perceive as his own homeland. After bowing to foreign leaders, apologizing for America around the world and ignoring our Governors, dissing our police and burdening future generations with the greatest debt in US history, it seems that America is not that homeland.

If perception is the better part of reality, what place does this President see as his homeland? Should someone tell the President that the White House is only a temporary abode and is not really to be considered a homeland?

Long before he was elected the President claimed that he was a "citizen of the world." Was that the first clue that his affections and loyalties weren't in keeping with the rest of us who still think of America as our very own homeland? We are nearly two full years underway into the Obama administration now and Mr. Obama's actions have certainly spoken much louder than anyone's words, including his own.

Shouldn't the President's claim that he is a citizen of the world be a strong impetus to hurry along the space program? If the day comes when we have to deport a citizen of the world, will we be ready to whisk them off in a rocket to some M-class planet?

I have said all of that, to say this, hosting a visit with President Calderon means nothing until you have sat down with Arizona's Governor Brewer and discussed what you can do to help with the problems of that state which we in the other 49 states hold as part and parcel with what we call our homeland. Our beloved homeland!

Polls have shown that a strong 70% of Americans across all fifty states want stronger immigration laws and enforcement of those laws. While some are worrying that a few people might undergo discrimination because of Arizona's new law, isn't it amazing that no one seems to notice that the President has discriminated against an entire state by shunning it for a cozy time with President Calderon?

If indeed "wisdom is justified by her children" (Mt. 11:19) then nothing at all has been justified by Mr. Calderon's visit to the White House. In fact wisdom may have been summarily insulted.

Does President Obama actually not see that by calling down Arizona and its Governor and then giving President Calderon a royal reception that he is adding to the problem? Arizona's ancient Navajo Indians reportedly have an old adage that seems to speak directly to president Obama: "You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep."

© Michael Bresciani


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