The therapeutic left is having it’s moment in the sun, especially in those states closer to the border with Mexico with high illegal alien populations. Before listing all the reasons why Obama pronounced amnesty from the White House, avoiding all the checks and balances that the constitution requires, one perhaps can ask, why in the world did he do it? Beyond the obvious electoral ploy, (which is not a clear-cut winner for Democrats given the effect amnesty will have on both workers who used legal means to come to America, and it’s effect, perceived and real, on some in various African American communities), why did he do it? For compassionate reasons, clearly. Compassion, or the therapeutic feel-good narratives, that ignores rational and legal debate in favor of emotional reasons.

Just ask Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobacah, who has had to endure harassment and front-door protests because he has spent years trying to ensure that people follow the law in order to come to America. One infamous protest, (that had himself and his family away from home), involved busloads of chanting protesters descending on his front lawn, and some of the children involved leaving a pair of shoes on his front porch. What is happening here seems to be the incursion of Latin American populist politics into the American political culture. Texas A&M professor Diego Vacano, blogging on a conference hosted at A&M, observed that Latin American populism essentially demands an unbridled executive that can “express the political aspirations of the people.” Guess what, they just got their little dose of unbridled executive power. Of course, Latin American populism in America has been going on for decades now, with Hispanic media sounding the drumbeat and framing the issue in terms of so-called “undocumented” workers. rather than illegal immigration. And some sectors of the nation’s employers, especially those in Hospitality and Fast Food, have been silent, or not even silent, partners to the decades long erosion of the integrity of the nation’s borders and the laws that define them. What can someone like Kris Kobach do in these post-amnesty days? He can take on the emotional, populist, community-entitlement-taken-to-its-extreme faction the only way left to him. With the most rational debate of all, a lawsuit, to be decided in the courts. And precisely because it is a legal play, process suddenly becomes vitally important. Who launches the suit? Perhaps a US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, agent from Texas, who literally have to put their lives on the line at times to defend the border. The proof of damages to the plaintiffs will have to carefully assembled and forcefully presented in a court of law, so Kobach has his work cut out for him. But if anyone is ready to launch a legal challenge to Obama’s amnesty, it his Kris Kobach. Anyone who has been able to remain focused and determined under the continual barrage of assaults he has suffered, is clearly the right person for this job. The therapeutic left, (and that includes all those outside the Latino-Mexican community who support it’s emotional, compassion-based slogans), may have met their match.

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