I "bit the bullet" again today and put on my most mosquito – proof clothes (including a special mosquito hood that covers my whole head and neck) and tackled some weeding in the hot and ever-drier garden plot. After thinking that I would not ever have to water anything again a couple of weeks ago when our rain gauge filled up with 8 inches and overflowed after the week-long rain pattern that would not move out of here, I have now had to water several times…both flower gardens and vegetable patches. The lucious spinach of a couple of weeks ago is responding to the heat and going to seed rapidly. Phooey! I am going to miss our spinach salad suppers a lot. Nothing looks good this summer after the heavy rains. Everything seems to have been set back during that time and now it all seems fragile and almost non-responsive to the high heat of late.
While I was weeding and digging up thistles and stray unwanted raspberry plants, I had a chance to think on things going on in our world. If anyone doubts the hostility of Islamofacist thinkers, that ought to be once again put to rest with the discovery of car-bombs and flaming SUVs that have plagued both London and Glasgow yesterday and today. I also thought about what seems to be a more and more futile "war on terror" which does not seem to improve the proliferation of terrorism. It is the most unlikely enemy the western world has ever run up against…at least in the historical times we can remember. Israel had been living with this sort of blind hatred for decades and seems to have figured a few things out that maybe we could learn from. Israel built a protective wall between certain Palestinian areas and Israel and that has greatly reduced attacks on Israeli towns and cities. By simply not allowing terrorists to get into Israel, the bombings and suicide bombers have dropped dramatically. Now I think….what would happen to the US if the already- started wall on the Mexican-US border was completed totally? Maybe we would feel less of a drain on our tax-supported medicare, welfare benefits and other governments programs that are being drained nearly dry by the constant influx of illegals crossing the Mexican border. There have, no doubt, been devout terrorists who have also gotten across the border that is so open and loose. They are here already living among us in relative obscurity until it is time to strike another blow against the U.S. That is how 9-11 came about…it was perpetrated by Saudi Arabs living here in the US on student visas for several years without being checked up on. So easy—-so simple.
It is most interesting also that the "inclusive" and "sweeping" so-called "fix" to illegal immigration bill was killed for a second and final time in the Senate. Apparently this was in response to Senators and Representatives receiving huge amounts of phone calls, letters, faxes, et.al. from American citizens who, in the majority, wanted nothing to do with this bill that was supposed to solve so many problems caused by the pouring across our borders of ever-increasing numbers of illegals who want to get into the US but do not want to do it like those who work so long and hard to do it legally. It just did not seem right that those who are doing their immigration process according to our already- existing immigration laws should be given short shrift by putting 12 million ILLEGALS on the fast track to citizenship receiving all sorts of benefits in the process.
For the life of me, I cannot understand why our LAW-makers in Washington DC are so willing to ignore the established Laws already in place regarding immigration. It seems to boil down to highly personal reasons, ie. more voters who might just vote for them in the future elections!!! Good Grief, what have our lawmakers sunk to???? The siren call of cheap labor for certain business interests also falls into the category of selfish personal interests. Meanwhile who is interested in protecting the rights and laws of ALL the citizens of this nation? I cannot see very many elected officials interested in that at all and that is so discouraging. I have no solution to the problem but there must be many who have excellent ideas for solving it. Would that our "representatives" (?) in Washington DC might take some of those ideas seriously instead of becoming so beltway-bound and hard-headed toward those they are supposed to represent. I spite of the hand-picked polls politicians want to quote, perhaps they should look at the polls that say nearly 70% of the people are fed up with the politicians ideas for dealing with such a serious problem as immigration reform and illegal aliens.
I really did a lot of thinking out in the garden. Maybe the hot sun on my head is a good thing after all.