September 17, 2014

The Big Pinata

Take my country, please.

We talk about sealing the border. We talk about not letting the Mexican flag prevail over the American flag. It's all nonsense. The real symbol of Mexican illegal immigration goes unremarked. It's right there in the foreground. It's the Pinata.

The pinata is a bright candy-and-toy-filled container (generally suspended on a rope from a tree branch or ceiling) that is used during celebrations. A succession of blindfolded, stick-wielding children try to break the pinata in order to collect the candy inside of it. -- Wikipedia

I submit that America as The Big Pinata is what all this is about. It's all it ever has been about. This Mexican flag over the American flag hung upside down (Distress!) simply takes our eye off the ball, or rather, the pinata. And since pinatas are normally approached blindfolded, that's not surprising.

The kids above know, even if it is unconsciously, that the pinata is what is at stake here. What illegals from Mexico and every other country want most is unlimited chances to step over the line and take another swing at The Big Pinata. To date our border reality, if not our policy, enables that.

Those Americans who would like to think that there really is a border want the number of chances to take a swing cut back to somewhere below absolute zero. Those Americans who are consumed with the notion that self-esteem is more important than security favor unlimited swings along with policies that feed, clothe, medicate, and otherwise care for those 'wretched masses yearning to get the Big Pinata jackpot.'

Congress seems to be going for a policy which is: "Okay, kids, you get unlimited swings but, damnit, you gotta get in line, sign the guest book, and take your turn. After all, we can't have a horde of party animals just whaling away at the Big Pinata from all directions. Somebody could get hurt. And while you're waiting, could most of you please walk the dog, water the grass, take out the garbage, mind the deep fryer, give our spouses a little satisfaction in the afternoon, and do all those other dirty, little jobs that 'Americans just won't do.' You know, like coal mining."

In the meantime, it's clear that the Pinata Party is going to continue. After all, what can really shut it down? The fun's too cool. The prizes are too rich. And they're not even carding most people.

I know, I know -- a Wall; favored solution of Israel and East Germany. It'll probably happen in some form or another, but -- in the present political climate -- it's not going to happen anytime soon, mano, so be cool.

In America, just the argument about the wall is good for another five years. Then there'd have to be "legislation" for appropriation since no state is going to pay for it. That's at least two sessions of Congress right there. Then we'll have the period in which the various federal agencies will draw up the specs. Then the bidding period. Then the review of the bidding period. Then the review of the bids. Then the discovery that the winner of the bidding process is a company owned by Halliburton. Whoops, back to square one. Then the awarding of the contract. Then the beginning of the construction of a barrier that's what, a thousand miles long? Get back Great Wall of China, here's something else that can be seen from space with the naked eye.

Timeline? Ten years minimum. Fifteen in realistic terms. Twenty in Washington Time.

And guess what? The Big Pinata will still be there and the party will still be going strong, and the people will still keep a coming.

I mean, wouldn't you? If you are a person with an IQ level a few points above that of broccoli, and you want to make some money and have a good life, and you suddenly discover that, oops, you've been born in a Third World oligarchy like Mexico, without the benefit of being born into the Mexican oligarchy, you're walking north, compadre. North is where they're having the pinata party. And you don't care that the party's been walled up inside an exclusive club with a bunch of big armed bouncers manning the velvet rope and checking ID, you're going to get in somehow.

If anyone thinks a wall is magic bullet that puts our immigration problem out of its misery, they are sadly mistaken. As inventive as the means of getting in now sometimes seem (hiding people "inside" car seats, leasing children in order to become an instant familia), they will seem like amateur hour once a wall (physical, electronic, cyber) goes up. Once that's done, we're in for decades of Wile E. Coyote antics south of El Paso. Human catapults. Rent-A-Rocket Packs, Pocket Submarines, the Full Rube Goldberg.

Why? Because we've done everything possible to stop the flood except the one thing that would stop the flood: call off the party and slap the organizers of the Big Pinata Raves into jail, pronto, so they can't organize any more. And, while we're at it, we need to make sure any pinata around is empty. Yes, even if you make it and hit it, you get bubkis. Nothing falls out. After all, when a slot machine doesn't have a jackpot, nobody plays it.

Will we do it? Will we really throw the people who hand out the jobs in jail? Will we stop giving free food, shelter, medical care, education, and citizenship to babies born on American soil no matter the status of their parents? "In the present political climate," no way, Jose.

The stark reality is that for this country to get serious about immigration and controlling our borders, something else other than just a flood of illegals coming in on a daily basis has to happen. Something terrible. Something that doesn't just cost mere money and jobs, but costs lives. A lot of lives. That's the one way, the only way, that anything will be done. And what will be done then will be, well, the most terrible solution to the border problem any can imagine, and nobody wants.

Communist East Germany. Searchlights and the Stasi . With the guns pointed out and Predators high overhead.

And that, my friend, is. not. going. to. happen.

[First Published: 2010-08-25]

Posted by Vanderleun at September 17, 2014 3:41 AM
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"The Big Pinata."
How true, how true.
Must be my day to be dim, tho - I don't get what you mean by "West Germany with guns pointed out."

Posted by: Donald Sensing at March 29, 2006 11:39 AM

Whoops. Error state. I blame brain fade. Corrected now and clarified. Thanks.

"Communist East Germany. Searchlights and the Stasi. With the guns pointed out, and Predators high overhead."

Posted by: Gerard Van Der Leun at March 29, 2006 12:01 PM

So depressing and so true. We can only pray that Seattle will not be one of the targets on the day, or that we are squarely at ground zero if it is.

Or, we could let them have Aztlan.....all of America for Aztlan. Soon it would be a pathetic third world squalor festival and no threat to the Imans. We'd be safe in our hovels eating beans and rice!

Never mind. My kids just informed me that's not what they had in mind for the grandkids' future, and I have to listen to them, they have guns. Back to the barricades.

Posted by: AskMom at March 29, 2006 1:02 PM

Again you nail it - but it is even worse:

No sane VISA HOLDER would renew their VISA.
Let it expire and pay only $3,000.00! You're a US CITZEN!
You’ll have tens of millions of Europeans and Asians flooding in (on airplanes, of course) and looking forward to the expiration of their tourist visas to join the new line as illegal immigrant guest workers, waiting for citizenship."

The PoliPundit posted:
The Absurdity

The Ted Kennedy Amnesty Bill is effectively offering US citizenship for $3,000. But the offer is only open to illegal immigrants. You can only buy US citizenship if you’ve broken America’s laws.For an illustration of how absurd this is, consider the case of a British businessman who’s been doing business in the US legally:

There is no line to citizenship that I, an educated Brit, can even get to the back of… I’ve already spent my $10,000s. I’ve already put in my thousands of pages of paper work. I’ve already invested greatly in your economy. I am using my education directly to benefit hundreds of thousands of Americans who are using the service I provide (for free, by the way), and yet American law requires me to state an intent not to stay permanently. May I humbly ask this country for at least the same rights as an illegal Latino?
Click here: » The Absurdity

Posted by: LARWYN at March 29, 2006 1:20 PM

Read the entire "The Absurdity" and
contact Congress. Please.

Posted by: LARWYN at March 29, 2006 1:23 PM

Maybe. Or it might be that after the big one, all of Mexico and Central America will be invited in to help us rebuild.

Posted by: Skookumchuk at March 29, 2006 3:02 PM

If it comes to building a wall, who will build it? The illegals?

Posted by: Jeremiah at March 29, 2006 8:47 PM

You are entirely correct...

THE headline of the major Hispanic newspaper in Dallas today read "The Whole Enchilada!" below a picture of students marching on the Dallas City Hall carry Mexican Flags.

Posted by: RG at March 29, 2006 9:02 PM

Gerard, great piece. But you lost me a little on the logic.

First, you write: "If anyone thinks a wall is magic bullet that puts our immigration problem out of its misery, they are sadly mistaken."

To this, I'm got into (or out of) E. Germany. North Korea ain't doing too bad, either. And Russia is currently dealing with Chinese peasants. Cybersurveillance, landmines and armed patrol with orders to shoot-to-kill will work wonders. Trust me. Certain death tends to be a great deterrent.

Difference in our current border situation is that people are willing to take chances because the likelihood of entry is high. I know people that know people who run back and forth regularly. It's like a commute.

Secondly, you write: "The stark reality is that for this country to get serious about immigration and controlling our borders, something else other than just a flood of illegals coming in on a daily basis has to happen. Something terrible. Something that doesn't just cost mere money and jobs, but costs lives. A lot of lives. That's the one way, the only way, that anything will be done. And what will be done then will be, well, the most terrible solution to the border problem any can imagine, and nobody wants.

Communist East Germany. Searchlights and the Stasi . With the guns pointed out and Predators high overhead."

Exactly. True border control.

But...what's you're point? There's no conclusion. "Something terrible" must happen, as you suggest, yet the consequences are dire. A "terrible solution." order to avoid the consequences that "nobody wants", serious steps must be taken now. Like serious immigration control.

Is that your point?

Posted by: John Nelson at March 29, 2006 9:17 PM

This is the link to the Dallas Hispanic Newspaper that had the following head line, part of which I noted above, which follows Hispanics marching on the Dallas City Hall under the Mexican Flag:

Abren La Puerta
(translation: "They Open the Door")

La "cnchilada completa" puede ser 'servida'
(translation: "the complete enchilada can be served") (the website for the major hispanic newspaper in Dallas, Tx.)

And a great site to translate this travesty...

Posted by: RG at March 29, 2006 9:32 PM

As to the cost of a wall, I wonder how much could be raised in voluntary contributions?

Posted by: kate q at March 30, 2006 2:27 PM

Dear John,
My point is what it is in what I write, but if I had to assign somekind of point to a process in motion like this, it might be "you think you've seen trouble, but you ain't seen noting yet."

Posted by: Gerard Van der Leun at March 30, 2006 2:40 PM

If the US is a pinata, then the sweets are not yours to give. If your neighbour is willing to employ a Mexican, you have no right to deny him that right.

The only way to secure the US border is to legalize all the Mexicans who are here, and allow 2 million to come here each year, though regular check-points. Then, you'll have a deserted border and you can use drones to shoot anything that moves!

Posted by: Tired Immigrant at March 31, 2006 8:04 PM

Isn't Reconquista the same as Zionism?

Posted by: Isrealcool at April 1, 2006 8:50 PM

I think you miss the point. These people reject Americanism in favor of the corrupt Mexican state. They reject assimilation in favor of what their parents fled. Mallin has it right. One only has to ask why is Washington bending over backward for 12 milliuon law breakers?

Does this mean if enough Americans break the law its the right thing to do? Let the Revolution begin!

Posted by: Thomas J. Jackson at April 2, 2006 1:40 PM

"Isn't Reconquista the same as Zionism?"

In a word: No.

Israel was given land by Britain at the urging of the UN. So was Jordan.

I fail to see how this is in anyway relevant to Zionism.

Posted by: Alberto at April 14, 2006 2:35 PM

Spot On.
They don't want the land. They want the infrastructure. The benefits of first world life.
The land would look like Mexico does now if we hadn't built something here.
The Silicon valley would be a sea of shanties with roofs made from olive oil cans, and their produce and export would be corruption, cholera, and feudalism.

Posted by: Lazlo at September 17, 2014 6:08 AM

Good article Gerard. See? The archives hold treasures withstanding the ravages of Time. Like good wine I guess.

I am surprised that nobody has been agitating the Blacks to resist this inpouring of little brown people.
After all, they were first in the moocher line, they got generations of Welfare seniority. Wait 'til DC starts handing out free phones to these mojados, displacing Blacks from their ghetto kingdoms or worse, moving them to the front of the line for housing, medical services, seats in the schools. No, wait, maybe not the schools. fast-track 'em into factory jobs.

there is sufficient animosity already on the street gangs level. "We don't want your kind here" if that translates into Ebonics. "Pancho, don't let the sun set on you here". I know, we'll bus the Browns into suburbia. Blacks won't get there for another ten years.

Hmm, yes, E pluribus Unum has an antithesis. Divide and conquer is one thing we learned from the little yellow people.

I hope us little white people show more lessons than how to be a doormat.

Posted by: chasmatic at September 17, 2014 7:13 AM

something else other than just a flood of illegals coming in on a daily basis has to happen. Something terrible. Something that doesn't just cost mere money and jobs, but costs lives

You mean like a couple of semis full of explosives driving full speed into both Laredo and El Paso from Nuevo Laredo and Juarez and being set off in their respective downtowns?

Do the solid geometry: each truck bomb would be ten times the size of the OK City one.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at September 17, 2014 11:05 AM

When a dirty bomb hits, it may very well come through our southern border. Then, and only then, will our federal and state policymakers get serious about border security.

Posted by: Jason at September 17, 2014 4:57 PM

How about, ooh, I know, how about a plague that hasn't claimed more than twenty-five hundred deaths in ten years, about one month's fatalities on highways here?

We can hype it up and contaminate little brown and black people to carry it around and spread the disease and then launch a campaign to isolate, kill, and burn groups of them to contain the plague.

That would draw attention to the border in a way no cartel drug and firearms and people smuggling could ever do.
Even the threat of Muslim terrorists slipping across the borders with weapons of mass destruction is not enough. I say we go with the plague and panic.

Posted by: chasmatic at September 17, 2014 10:45 PM

I know I am on the right track when Artie disagrees with me.

Posted by: chasmatic at September 18, 2014 7:26 PM