On now to Chapter MLXII in our Chronicles of National Disarray: “Congress Solves Immigration Perplexity.”
Or, far likelier, “Congress Kicks Can Down Road.”
With the federal government coming back to listlessness — if not exactly life — Republicans and Democrats are set for corrosive conversation in February regarding the topic of what to do about newcomers. We don’t know what to do, which is why the conversation will likely end in kicked-can mode. Still, one considerable virtue of the Trump mode of doing business has been bringing us to this point: infuriating people, kicking up a ruckus we’d hoped to avoid.
The fervent loyalty that restrictionist views command on the right plus the fervent detestation of anything Trump says by the left could bring about the compromise so badly needed. We can’t go on forever as we are. Can we?
“Compromise” is the dirtiest of words in modern politics: implying surrender of principle in the search for a “moderate,” mushy, middle ground. “Compromisers” are wimps, weasels, sellouts. “So then,” wrote St. John the Divine to the Laodiceans, in Revelation, “because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”
A major reason we …
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