With the events on tap this weekend, Obama may wish he had not canceled his trip to Indonesia and Australia.
On Saturday, Tavis Smiley and his posse will gather in the president’s adopted home town, Chicago, for “a conversation about a Black agenda in the era of Obama”:
As much as folk want to make this about me, it is not about me now, it has never been about me, and it never will be about me. And please know that I am okay with the long view of history on the depth and the consistency of my love to a Black agenda in the best interests of Black folk.In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Tavis said:
How are we going to do this dance with black leaders and the president when everybody is walking on eggshells because they are scared to hurt the president's feelings? Great presidents are not born, they have to be made. They have to be pushed.
Less than 24 hours after Tavis’ gabfest, illegal immigrants and their advocates will march on Washington to demand amnesty for the millions of illegal aliens who willfully flout the rule of law.
We are all in this together and we’re stronger when we realize this. The things that unite us are stronger than our differences.Tellingly, the cosponsors of the “March for America” do not include any black civil rights organizations. Amnesty advocates’ research found:
African Americans were receptive to the idea that corporate greed and the desire for cheap labor are to blame for the broken immigration system—though this message does not move them toward support for reform. They rejected as patronizing any message that singled out African Americans as different or separate from other Americans in their interests, and messages emphasizing the common interests of Blacks and immigrants also fell flat.
The high cost of cheap labor imposes an unsustainable burden on American taxpayers.
A recent Rasmussen poll found that 67 percent of American voters “say that illegal immigrants are a significant strain on the U.S. budget”:
Two-out-of-three (66%) voters say the availability of government money and services draw illegal immigrants to the United States. Nineteen percent (19%) think otherwise and do not believe government money and services are a magnet for illegal immigration. Another 15% are not sure.
These findings help to explain why 68% say gaining control of the border is more important than legalizing the status of undocumented workers already living in the United States. Twenty-six percent (26%) think legalizing illegal immigrants is more important. The majority support for controlling the borders has been consistent through several years of surveying.
As the march of the illegals winds down, the House is expected to vote “deem and pass” the Senate’s health care bill.