Political Termites, Illegal Aliens & Roast Chickens
McNickle, Colin, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
'Tis the season of political termites.
You know them quite well. They are candidates, committee members and campaign workers alike.
Every election cycle they come out of the woodwork, crawling and flying around with telephone calls and messages, perhaps even with a knock on the door, with cheery, clever lines such as "Long time, no talk."
The salutation typically is followed by a nervous laugh or giggle. For they know they have not talked with you -- or even attempted to contact you -- since the last election two or four or six years ago.
Of course, they don't want your views. And never to dwell on their failings, the laughs and giggles segue seamlessly into the real reason for the call or visit -- money.
"I wanted to see if I can pick up a check for (your local or state or federal party committee here) to pay for yard signs" or some such thing.
And it's always followed with a hedged "today ..." that trails off clumsily in reaction to your silence.
Invariably, of course, these are the people who were responsible for, or at least aided and abetted, some molestation of your wallet - - raising taxes, hush-hush talks to raise salaries, voting for some new incarnation of corporate wealthfare or working diligently to hide some secret buyout of some "public servant," then hiding behind some confidentiality agreement.
Thus, elections are a grand time to let the thespians shine within us all: Role-play. Become an exterminator. Jab that touch screen at the polling place with gusto. Make believe it's a powerful insecticide. And unleash that most lethal bolus of disinfecting liberty known to humankind -- your vote.
Eliminate these termites. Only you can prevent an infestation.
The calls for compassion that the usual suspects, secular and religious, tried to drum up surrounding the May Day "immigration" marches around the country were in no way touching. In fact, they show how despicably inured to irresponsible behavior our American society has become.
The most reproachable came in two models. First, there were those who touted "immigration reform" while nod-nod, wink-winking away the real issue -- the invasion of illegal aliens. Then there were those who lamented raids and deportations that split families, sometimes - - Mercy! -- leaving young children without parents.
Just to set the record straight, illegal aliens are not immigrants -- they're lawbreakers.
And who again is it who chose to enter this country illegally and place their families, current or prospective, at risk of arrest, deportation, destitution and abandonment? It certainly wasn't the U.S. government (or CNN's Lou Dobbs, for that matter). …