Robert H. Scales wrote a piece for The Atlantic entitled Gun Trouble, with the catchy subtitle as follows: The rifle that today's infantry uses is little changed since the 1960s—and it is badly flawed. Military lives depend on these cheap composites of metal and plastic. So why can't the richest country in the world give its soldiers better ones? Scales then proceeds to rehearse the history of flaws after the initial rollout of the M-16 in Vietnam, well known flaws (and failed to mention [read more]
As I’ve explained before:
“For historical reasons to do with the nationalisation of the land under Lázaro Cárdenas and the predominant form of peasant land tenure, which was “village cooperative” rather than based on individual plots, the demand for “land to the tiller” in Mexico does not imply an individual plot for every peasant or rural worker or family. In Mexico, collectivism among the peasantry is a strong tradition … one consequence of these factors is that the radical political forces among the rural population are on the whole explicitly anti-capitalist and socialist in their ideology. Sometimes this outlook is expressed in support for guerilla organisations; but struggle movements of the rural population are widespread, and they spontaneously ally with the most militant city-based leftist organisations.”
One of the reasons for this reflexive alignment with leftism has to do with the the mid-twentieth century and what the Sovient Union and allied ideologies accomplished. South and Central America was the recipient or receptacle for socialism draped in religious clothing, or in other words, liberation theology. Its purveyors were Roman Catholic priests who had been trained in Marxism, and they were very successful in giving the leftists a moral platform upon which to build. This ideology spread North from South and Central America into Mexico, and thus the common folk in Mexico are quite steeped in collectivist ideology from battles that were fought decades ago.
Among everyone in the Senate and House, Jeff Sessions gets it.
A sensible immigration policy would also listen to the opinion of the American people. Not the opinions of the paid-for consultants trotted out with their agenda-driven polls to GOP member meetings—but the actual, honest opinion of the people who sent us here. There is a reason why none of the corporate-funded ads for amnesty breathe a word about doubling immigration levels. According to Rasmussen Reports, working and middle class Americans strongly oppose large expansions of our already generous immigration system. Those earning under $30,000 prefer a reduction to an increase by an overwhelming 3-1 margin.
And bad policy, the senator from Alabama details. “Coordinating with a small group of the nation’s most powerful special interests, last year President Obama and Senate Democrats forced through an immigration bill which can only be described as a hammer blow to the American middle class. Not only would it grant work permits to millions of illegal immigrants at a time of record joblessness, it would also double the annual flow of new immigrant workers and provide green cards to more than 30 million permanent residents over the next decade. These new workers, mostly lesser-skilled, will compete for jobs in every sector, industry, and occupation in the U.S. economy.”
While these voters will be democratic – most of them – the GOP is rushing headlong into legalization of some sort. Why would they do this to themselves? The answer lies in the special interests who own the GOP. You see, if there are entitled special interests on the low end of the income spectrum who own the Democrats (or whom are themselves owned by the Democrats), the GOP is the same, just on the high end.
Corporate interests are pressing for this legalization and for more green cards. The reason is simple. It amounts to corporate welfare. The low income paid to immigrant workers doesn’t afford them the ability to purchase good health insurance or good automobile insurance (and sometimes any insurance at all), doesn’t afford them the ability to eat well, and so on. We pick up the tab with food stamps, uninsured motorists coverage, additional health insurance premiums, and on and on the list goes.
The windfall goes into the pockets of the powerful in the corporate world so that they can have their boats, expensive cars, homes at the beach, and all of their other largesse. The GOP is so beholden to corporate interests that, just like a drug user who simply wants to mainline heroin one more time as demanded by their addiction, they are willing to destroy the party and any hope of recapturing the government so that they can get their next fix. Because it feels good.