Maybe President Obama is just trolling?
For those who don't know, in Internet parlance, trolling is an effort to elicit outrage from a specific group or the public generally. As the always useful -- but not always G-rated, or spell-checked -- Urban Dictionary explains, "Trolling requires deceiving [sic]; any trolling that doesn't involve decieving [sic] someone isn't trolling at all; it's just stupid." (Pro tip: When spelling "deceiving," remember it's "i before e except after c.") The definition continues: "As such, your victim must not know that you are trolling; if he does, you are an unsuccesful [sic] troll."
I don't like the president's executive action on immigration. I think it's constitutionally dubious -- for exactly the reasons Obama has insisted more than 20 times in the past. "I'm not a king. My job as the head of the executive branch ultimately is to carry out the law," Obama told Telemundo in 2013. "When it comes to enforcement of our immigration laws, we've got some discretion. We can prioritize what we do. But we can't simply ignore the law."
Still, the fine print of what Obama is doing is far less dramatic than many of his defenders and critics claim. Some are comparing it to the Emancipation Proclamation, which is ridiculous. People who voluntarily come to America illegally are in no way comparable to poor souls kidnapped abroad and forced into eternal bondage. Moreover, the Emancipation Proclamation didn't have a two-year time limit or require slaves to fill out paperwork and pay back taxes.
Others claim it's no big deal and perfectly consistent with executive orders taken by
Meanwhile, the only "crisis" Obama claims he is responding to is
Even some on the right believe this is the equivalent of the Emancipation Proclamation -- in its sweep, if not its moral stature. But roughly half of immigrants here illegally will remain unaffected by the measure. And, there's very good reason to believe many of those eligible will not take up the offer. Indeed, the distinctions Obama draws between, say, long-term residents and short-term ones shouldn't matter all that much if you favor family reunification, "getting out of the shadows" or "getting right with the law."
A more plausible criticism is that Obama is trying to lay down precedents and create facts on the ground that will make it impossible to reverse his ratchet toward amnesty.
I'm sure that's part of his thinking. Indeed, he says that's his ultimate goal. He's insisted several times that all
Which points to why I think he's trolling. As