Burt Prelutsky

In the recent past, two unrelated news items grabbed me by the throat and refused to let go. One, of course was the senseless massacre at Virginia Tech. The other is the proposed piece of congressional legislation known as the U.S./Mexico Social Security Totalization Treaty.

Both are prime examples of what happens when the deranged are allowed to run the asylum. In the case of the Treaty, the nuts in Congress have chosen to ignore the fact that Social Security, the greatest Ponzi scheme in the history of the world, which is already in risk of imploding, would be further jeopardized by including millions of illegal aliens and their families.

What is it with these people in Washington, D.C.? Is there something funny about the water in our nation’s capitol? If our politicians aren’t trying to extend the protection of the Geneva Convention to people who have never agreed to abide by it -- butchers who neither wear uniforms nor fight under any nation’s flag -- they’re busy doing all they can to encourage Mexico’s criminals and chronically unemployed to find a safe and profitable haven in America.

As I have written on other occasions, I have nothing against Mexicans, but why is it we’re supposed to be the only country on earth without actual borders or a rational immigration policy or elected officials, for that matter, who give a hoot? It’s certainly not that our politicians have softer hearts than their counterparts in Germany, Brazil, Australia, Japan or Mexico, for that matter. What they seem to have in great abundance are softer heads.

By this time, much has been said and written about the tragic events that took place in Blacksburg. Naturally, much of the attention has been focused on guns. As usual, those on the Left have insisted that it’s simply more evidence that guns should be removed from society. Those on the Right, being far more logical, respond by pointing out that if somebody at Virginia Tech, besides Seung-hui Cho, had been armed, the death toll would have been far less.

It seems to me that leftists always come out of these exchanges looking hopelessly naïve. Inasmuch as any time folks begin fantasizing about deporting illegal aliens, someone is sure to point out how difficult, even impossible, it would be to round up 12-14 million people, I have to wonder how liberals would propose rounding up well over 200,000,000 guns in America. Frankly, I don’t even understand why liberals have made the confiscation of firearms from law-abiding citizens a major plank of their platform. I mean, any fool must realize that criminals, whose guns tend to be unregistered, aren’t about to surrender their gats, but would love nothing better than to be certain their prey was in no position to shoot back.