Friday, November 28, 2014

Not surprised that Pres Obama ran into a little anger about immigration


On Tuesday, President Obama went to Chicago to take a victory lap on his recent immigration executive order.    
 
Yes, some were cheering but many were not, as reported by The New York Times:

"It was supposed to be a triumphant homecoming for President Obama, and a chance to cast his executive action on immigration as the latest chapter in America’s history of welcoming foreigners.    
But the president was forced Tuesday to pare down a speech aimed at selling his immigration plan by protesters who repeatedly interrupted him to demand even more relief.    
“I understand why you might have yelled at me a month ago,” Mr. Obama told three women in the audience who stood up to shout slogans of “Not one more!” “Stop deportations!” and “There is no justice!”    
“It doesn’t make much sense to yell at me right now,” he said.""
I don't know if it makes sense to yell at President Obama now.   To be fair, he reached pretty far to issue very controversial order that are very unpopular with the public.
 
However, a lot of these undocumented immigrants wanted more and sooner rather than later.
 
President Obama's problem is that he raised expectations in 2008 too much.  He will not please them unless he signs some type of comprehensive "immigration" that legalizes  11 million people, including the "dreamers".  
 
In 2009-10, President Obama had the majorities but did not deliver.    He faces the backlash now.
 
This is a good lesson for the next candidate who tells a lot of people what they want to hear in the campaign.   The lesson is that people will remember your promises and file claims to collect the promised benefit after they work to elect you.
 
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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Why all of the turkey posters? My first Thanksgiving in the U.S.


Back in 1941, President Roosevelt made it official:
Thanksgiving became an annual custom throughout New England in the 17th century, and in 1777 the Continental Congress declared the first national American Thanksgiving following the Patriot victory at Saratoga.
In 1789, President George Washington became the first president to proclaim a Thanksgiving holiday, when, at the request of Congress, he proclaimed November 26, a Tuesday, as a day of national thanksgiving for the U.S. Constitution.
However, it was not until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving to fall on the last Thursday of November, that the modern holiday was celebrated nationally. 
With a few deviations, Lincoln's precedent was followed annually by every subsequent president--until 1939. In 1939, Franklin D. Roosevelt departed from tradition by declaring November 23, the next to last Thursday that year, as Thanksgiving Day. Considerable controversy surrounded this deviation, and some Americans refused to honor Roosevelt's declaration.
For the next two years, Roosevelt repeated the unpopular proclamation, but on November 26, 1941, he admitted his mistake and signed a bill into law officially making the fourth Thursday in November the national holiday of Thanksgiving Day.
In my case, I did not know a thing about Thanksgiving when our family settled in Wisconsin in the fall of 1964.  I began to detect that something was coming when the kids in school started putting "turkey posters" about the upcoming holiday.  

Finally, Miss Jones, that wonderful 6th-grade teacher I was blessed with, sat me down and explained the story, from the ship crossing the ocean, to the landing at Plymouth Rock, to the terrible first winter and eventually a day to say thanks for everything.

It did not take long for me to get into the Thanksgiving mood.  

Today, it's my favorite American holiday for two reasons:

1) It demonstrates the role of faith in the early days of what would become the United States.

2) It confirms that this land was settled by self-reliant people who faced adversity and grew stronger.

As I told a friend years ago, you cannot understand American exceptionalism unless you get familiar with the Thanksgiving story. 

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