I chuckle every time I hear of a new “Gang of [enter #]” being formed in the Congress to study a course of action allowing them to look concerned and involved, when really, they need excuses to meet, greet and deny being obsolete as a governing body. The original political entity these droids name themselves after was the “Gang of four” of Communist Chinese infamy.
The Gang of Four was named by the Communist Party to describe a faction within the party responsible for the activities known as the Cultural Revolution occurring between 1966 and 1976; a very chaotic time indeed. The Gang of Four was charged with treason. The members were tried, convicted and jailed. The members were charged with being “counter revolutionary’. This was a major crime in China even though it was a group brought together by Mao Zedong himself. They were puppets for a man accustomed to sacrificing anybody and everybody necessary (including his wife) to maintain control in his country.
In America we have a “Gang of Eight” allegedly charged with developing an acceptable Immigration reform bill allowing illegal aliens to be directed toward citizenship in the United States and the structure of the plan allowing for amnesty for all crimes pertaining to illegal crossing of national borders. The group is composed of: Senators Bennet, Durbin, Menendez and Schumer (all Democrats) and Senators Flake, McCain, Graham and Rubio (all Republicans).
They proclaimed noble goals i.e. a path leading to citizenship for undocumented aliens already in the United States dependent on border security and enhanced visa tracking. The plan was supposed to provide for permanent residence for illegal aliens only after legal immigrants receive their permanent residence status. There was to be a different citizenship path for agricultural workers through an agricultural worker program. Improved work visa options for low-skill workers include an agricultural worker program.
Marco Rubio and others originally advertised an effort to close the border with Mexico. It’s now morphed into a document designed to grant amnesty first then try to plug the rupture in American security on the southern border.
Marco Rubio (R-Florida) the lead Hispanic Republican behind the reform bill says he “probably should have been more artful in the use of terms” during a Spanish Language interview he granted. Rubio said the bill first provides for legalization of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., and then, after amnesty was successfully granted for those “illegals” there would be time to develop increased border security. Rubio plainly panders to his audience.
First let’s understand the meaning of “artful”. As defined by Dictionary.com it means “slyly crafted or cunning; deceitful; tricky”.
For a man showing a clearly “artful” and “disingenuous” façade of humble indifference to the political chicanery of the past (and any desire to run for the presidency in 2016), Marco Rubio seems to have the same inbred ideological ammunition in his vernacular arsenal as more senior members of the “Gang of Eight”. That would mean in my opinion, he’s as big a liar as Chuck “the Schmuck” Schumer and Dick (“the Whirling Dervish”) Durbin. Rubio’s damned near as dumb as Graham and rapidly becoming as irrelevant as McCain. Everything Rubio says from this moment on will be approached with suspicion by many.
Politicians follow the patron demigod Janus. In ancient Roman myth and religion Janus is the god of transitions such as beginnings and endings. Ironically, Janus is the god of gates, doors, passages, endings and time. He’s usually depicted as having two faces, looking to the future and the past, much like politicians speaking out of both sides of their face. (Pretty fitting for a topic covering border security isn’t it?)
The purpose of this essay is to point out #1.) The ignorant, sarcastic manner congressional clowns such as these address themselves and to #2.) Point out the fact they have no idea what they’re saying. A “gang” is an organized group of criminals. The “Gang of Four” was described by the Communist Party as criminals and enemies of the people.
The “Gang of Eight” really isn’t much different.
Thanks for listening.