Thursday, October 25, 2007

DREAM Dies

Tucson, Arizona. The Senate killed the DREAM Act yesterday, obtaining only 52 of the 60 votes necessary to move forward, providing another example of fear distorting reality that a bill opens up floodgates or represents a major symbolic milestone. We see a similar dynamic with the efforts of the conservatives to ban partial birth abortions, an admittedly by everyone appalling procedure. If one explores reality, one finds that such abortions, for all practical purposes, don't happen. The tiny handful that occur are the result of medical circumstances turning terrible through no one's desire.

For those unaware, DREAM addresses something that is very real, applying to children who grew up in the United States with parents that are not citizens. The children did not commit a crime. They are part of our community. They grew up in Tucson, or San Diego, or El Paso, or Chicago. What they don't have that other kids have are legal parents. That's not their fault. Can someone explain to me what these kids are supposed to do?

DREAM is an extremely modest bill, far more modest than what had bi-partisan support and the backing of Bush, Kyl, McCain, and many others this summer. DREAM is more modest than STRIVE, which I consider a good bill. Simplifying, DREAM provides this young population an opportunity to become US Citizens by earning it one of two ways: 1) military service, or 2) completing a two year degree.

Arizona's Kyl voted Nay (why?) and McCain did not vote.

Opponents of the bill that howl about the floodgates spewing forth a gazillion have no grasp of the reality of the street. Military service takes time, and in the current climate I cannot imagine how someone who would join our military and complete the commitment through honorable discharge does not deserve citizenship. That's insane. The other route, a two year degree, requires them to graduate from high school, obtain the funds for college, enroll, and then successfully complete a degree. The reality of this path exists only for the bright and resourceful individuals within the population.

I'm a dissertation shy of a Phd in Higher Education and know a little about the topic, and this country's policies unconscionably waste the precious talent of bright minds by allowing them to fall by the wayside, undeveloped and unused. We squander intellectually ripe and eager to learn talent, ability that if utilized could provide impossible to predict value for our nation.

DREAM would have systemically channeled and selected ability and human capital towards productive participation and contribution to our country. We need fresh ideas and new ways of thinking for this century.

3 Comments:

Blogger Dustin said...

I will never understand why everything takes 60 votes. make 'em filibuster fer chrissakes.

10/25/2007 11:14 AM  
Anonymous The Navigator said...

The GOP is playing with fire by virtually criminalizing the growing Latino community. One aspect of this blog that I like is your untangling the reality from the rhetoric.

DREAM would not produce large numbers in reality. The marginalized population involved has very poor high school graduation rates, much less the ability to go to college. I think you are right that its passage would provide hope and consolidate resources behind the exceptional in the population, a small number.

I would guess it would result in larger numbers entering the military. Our military certainly doesn't need any recruits. I am not expert, and maybe you know, but I would also guess that the defeat of this bill angers Latinos, and it is the GOP that defeated it.

So let me understand, x4mr. You are a ABD for a Phd in Higher Education, but also ABD for a Phd in Mathematics, but have a Master's in Mathematics, and the undergrad from Northwestern is in electrical engineering? But you became a certified Java programmer in six months and then a Sun Certified Java instructor? Where did you learn computer science?

In Something Else you mention that you sat in a theater and watched an audience watch a movie that you wrote, produced, directed, and starred in? You can act?

What you didn't say is that you produced two films, and Access Tucson showed both of them. You also didn't say that you worked on real Hollywood films shot locally, including Tombstone. How appropriate you are in a movie named "Tombstone."

It gets better if my information is accurate. You wrote of Judy, teacher of sacred dances who studied with the Sufi masters. Judy returned to America and taught them in some secret group to which you belong. I'd bet good money you were in the class. So you know sacred dances? The photos on your blog show a Gurdjieff illustration, the seated circle in a meeting style I understand such schools use, and underneath that, a scene from one of the dances.

Your logo is clearly the inverted enneogram minus the triangle. With the triangle removed, the 3,6, and 9 vertices are missing, leaving 142857. Your inverting the image inverts 142857 to produce the number 7, widely considered the most sacred number.

To top it off, you're a navigator.

I think you should have three blogs, one for politics, one for esoteric content that Zelph would appreciate, and a third for that wacko "only x4mr" material like the distinction "wicked serious food" or commentary on the ugliest person in 18 states.

10/25/2007 6:02 PM  
Blogger roger said...

Navigator,

I think they are not just playing with fire, but that the fire is burning them. Their hope, which is sad, is that all the horrible things that this represents will activate GOP voters in rural states...the states and parts of states that brought us George Bush.

The other thing that this war on Hispanic illegals does (and don't call it anything else...they aren't raiding the homes of Asians, Europeans, etc.) is turn citizen versus citizen.

The only hope at all of this plan not working is that Hispanic Americans, Americans who are tired of it, and businesses all fight back. The latter point, businesses, have stayed relatively quiet about this issue until the laws turned on them. Maybe they hoped to benefit from the issue as it would bring more low taxing GOPers into office.

Have you ever noticed that the GOP pushes issues that are about bringing them votes...the is universal to all parties. However, the difference is that with the GOP these issues are usually about restricting freedom and frankly harming people. Gay rights, same sex marriage bans, illegal immigration, all about firing up the locals for the vote.

10/26/2007 4:43 PM  

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