by Benn Ray
So that means it's time for many of us to prepare ourselves to deal with our outraged conservative relatives. The trick can be trying to figure out what leftie-socialist affront they are going to feel the most agitated over.
The Keystone Pipeline?
Bowing for world leaders?
Climate change hoax?
This year, the topic most likely to have your conservative relatives apoplectic during Thanksgiving dinner is immigration reform.
So I've outlined below the best way to handle their ridiculous claims to help prepare getting through dinner.
First, watch what Obama actually said. I guarantee you your conservo-relatives haven't. They are being told what Obama said by Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and the rest of the right wing noise machine.
It only takes about 15 minutes tops. I'll wait...
Alright. Now that you know what's actually been said, let's anticipate what your relatives might claim and look at how to handle such claims.
CLAIM 1. What Obama has done with this executive order is unprecedented.
No, it's not. Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush all also issued executive orders regarding immigration reform.
CLAIM 2. It's amnesty.
It's not. There is no offer to be natualized. No citizenship. He is simply offering a five year deal for families to come out of the shadows.
CLAIM 3. Republicans can't trust the President enough to pass any legislation moving forward.
It's not like they've been passing any legislation for the past 4 years either. But... grow the fuck up. Republicans need to just do their fucking job - which is to pass laws. I know it's going to be tough. It's not really the forte of Republicans. They're much better at blocking any laws that may benefit citizens from getting passed.
CLAIM 4. Obama himself said what he is doing is tyranny.
No, Obama said the executive branch unilaterally making laws is tyranny. With this executive order, he is directing the enforcement of such laws. This is part of his job description. Obama has made no law.
CLAIM 5. Democrats had the opportunity to pass immigration reform in 2008 when Obama was first elected and Democrats had control of the House and the Senate.
True. And it was attempted. Republicans filibustered the law.
CLAIM 6. It is the role of the Legislative Branch to pass laws.
Also true. And they still can. Again, Obama hasn't passed any laws. In 2012 when he was reelected, Obama said comprehensive immigration reform was a top priority. The Republican Party's own self-evaluation after the losses they suffered in that election mandated they needed to pass comprehensive immigration reform also.
Then Republicans came back and said, "Well, we can't pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill all at once, we need to do it in sections."
The Democrats, including Obama, said, "Well, that's not our preference, but we'll go along with it as long as all the parts are passed and reform is comprehensive."
Then Republicans came back and said "Yeah, we won't be doing that either." And then nothing happened.
CLAIM 7. The timing is simply political opportunism.
I can see where you'd think that. And I would tend to agree if Democrats actually benefited from this delay, but they didn't. They've suffered from it. Obama should have done it this summer. It may have actually helped Democrats win or keep some seats by showing that they actually stood for something, but instead many ran as "not-Democrats" and lost seats.
CLAIM 8. It's an illegal and un-Constitional Executive overreach.
By definition, this is incorrect. Also, I don't seem to remember you making such claims when George W. Bush issued any of his 291 executive orders.
CLAIM 9. Obama is ignoring the will of the American people.
All the polling shows Americans want comprehensive immigration reform.
So... if Republicans are so upset about this, pass a law.
CLAIM 10. Yeah, well Benghazi!
Break out the bourbon.