We are moving into the last days before our political Armageddon or Deliverance, alternate outcomes that will become clear perhaps as soon as the early hours of November 7. Trump is poking his base with a stick and wooing the undecideds with fear and loathing of an immigrant invasion. He is not only doing this in his carefully screened rallies but in TV ads featuring a migrant who killed two policemen using an AR-15 assault rifle. That ad reminds many of us over 50 of Ol’ Willie Horton (the attack ad by George the 1st that knocked out Mike Dukakis in ‘88). Willie’s story is true, but the one Trump is peddling ain’t: Luis Bracamontes was deported by Clinton in ’97 and W in ’01 but got in again and married a US citizen in ’02. He stayed here until his crime and was sentenced to stay here for life. Trump’s ad blames the Democrats without mentioning W, nor Republican opposition to any restrictions on military rifles .
Trump lies are no surprise; the Washington Post just registered Trump’s false statement # 6,420 since his inauguration (as of November 1, sorry, I did not note the time of that day.) This post will set out several more nuggets in his Caravan of Lies using charts borrowed from the Washington Post.
I have previously mentioned my admiration for WaPo, but if you missed it this is a superb on-line newspaper which you can have delivered to your laptop for one dollar the first month. After that it’s $10 a month, but an annual subscription goes for only $100, which they will offer you several times. After enough “No thank you’s” their offer falls to $50 and there you must pounce! Okay, they pay me to advertise their fine newspaper (sports and cooking are good too) but, full disclosure here, they pay me in facts, well reasoned opinions, and sometimes wisdom. Joe Bob says “Check it out for a month.”
Trump is sending troops to guard the border, and while MP’s would be my choice, they have real work to do on their bases, so he’s sending infantry. I have a faded old diploma in Infantry and what we majored in is how to kill people with a minor in how to not get killed while doing it. There are no classes on riot control or how to challenge unruly civilians. The caravan is largely unarmed (those Middle Easterners said to be among them could be carrying AK-47s and grenades) and we all hope no shots are fired. But when troops have live ammo, anything can happen. That’s why that after the 1970 Kent State shootings National Guardsmen on riot duty carry rifles and bayonets, but no live rounds.
Here’s WaPo’s year by year graph of illegals caught and turned back. Despite spending more money, we aren’t catching nearly so many as in prior years. That could mean far fewer are trying to get in, yes?
Furthermore the illegal immigrant population is declining.
Two thirds of our undocumented immigrants have been here more than ten years.
These are people who work our fields, prepare livestock for market, and cook those lovely chalupas and enchiladas in your favorito Mexican restaurant, while almost always paying taxes via withholding.
This chart shows the biggest border state’s criminal convictions of US citizens along with those of both kinds of immigrants, legal and otherwise. If Mexico is sending us their criminals then the average crime rate is declining on both sides of the border. Cogitate on that. And don’t tell me Texas is more dangerous than New Orleans or Chicago.
Come to think of it, I’m more worried about Trump and his wholly-owned subsidiary the GOP Congress than the caravan. Nobody in the caravan has the power, or has expressed a desire, to ruin SS, Medicare, and Obamacare.
Please, vote for the good guys and gals on November 6.