The older I get, the more I realize that some problems (but certainly not all) will tend to work themselves out.
Take immigration for instance. When I look at the future of America, I see a new generation of voters. These young women and men are growing up in more diverse neighborhoods and accustomed to the American that’s becoming.
Then I happen to stumble on articles like the one linked above. It outlines how “Fifty-four members of Congress, mostly Republicans, have signed a letter to President Barack Obama praising the 287(g) program that allows specially trained state and local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration law.” It goes on to say that President Obama has been to soft on “aliens.”
Isn’t that great?
If you read this blog very often, or even scroll down to the bottom of the page, you’ll see that I really disagree with the use of local law enforcement for issues that aren’t, well for lack of a better word, local law enforcement. So why does this article make me chuckle?
It’s simple: it’s obvious that the folks fighting immigration and all of the other alleged social “ills” that are defining the American that’s becoming are part of an agenda that’s dying. Literally. Within 30 years, who do these people think are going to be voting? Are they daft enough to truly believe that immigrants and their native-born children are truly going to be pushed back to their ancestral homelands?
Perhaps they do. For now I’m content allowing them to have their little fantasy of white America. But that’s not the America of today or tomorrow. It’s gone. And in the next few decades when these immigrant, gay and otherwise marginalized groups come of age and start voting, who do you think they’re going to vote for?
That’s the America, the one where the GOP of the early 21st Century is a museum relic, is the one that I’m looking forward to seeing.