In 2006, Lou Barletta, then mayor of Hazelton, Pa., made national headlines when he vowed to make his city “one of the toughest places in the U.S. for illegal immigrants.”
In so doing, he became a hero to those of us who respect the rule of law and demand strict enforcement of those immigration laws created by Congress to protect American workers.
But that was yesterday, and as duly noted by the rock group Fleetwood Mac, yesterday is gone.
Today, Barletta is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and he has begun showing his true colors so common among those who begin their political careers by swearing to uphold the Constitution but eventually dancing only to the music of special interest groups, especially the business community that is always bellied up to the cheap-labor buffet and whining about “labor shortges.”
When I had heard that Barletta was among those hot-air Republicans who initially opposed “President” Obama’s amnesty for nearly 5 million illegal aliens that includes work permits but then voted to fund it, followed by his vote to retain Speaker John Boehner, I faxed him the following letter:
January 7, 2015
The Honorable Rep. Lou Barletta
United States House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Mr. Barletta:
Count me among the many disappointed – and disgusted – Americans who once believed that you were a genuine champion of the American worker and the rule of law.
Your votes supporting the funding of President Obama’s lawless executive amnesty and to retain Speaker Boehner are further proof that the Republican Party never really intended to fight The White House “tooth and nail” on efforts to give work permits to nearly 5 million illegal aliens while 18 million Americans can’t find full-time work.
Your party’s tough-talk prior to the election, like the post-election Boehner/McConnell Wall Street Journal op-ed pledging to help the “struggling middle class,” was all foam and no beer. Does the GOP have inside information showing how the middle class would be helped by giving work permits to illegal aliens and increasing legal immigration?
You say Mr. Boehner “deserves a chance.” A chance to do what? Continue as the chief spokesman for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce? He has had plenty of chances to step up on behalf of unemployed citizens, but has he? Have you heard him or any member of the House demand to know why, during this period of high unemployment, we are permitting 7 million illegal aliens to continue working in the construction, manufacturing, transportation and service industries?
Only a complete fool believes that we have seen the end of Mr. Obama’s willingness to sacrifice millions of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens, as well as generations of the unborn, in order to achieve political gain. His top goal remains to make his party the nation’s only major political party for decades to come, and Republicans are proving almost daily they are only too willing to assist him.
Every night millions of jobless citizens go to bed wondering what’s become of their search for a better life and whether there is anything or anybody they can still believe in. To be sure, it isn’t Lou Barletta and the Republican Party.
You can view Barletta’s defense for his most recent vote here.
I don’t know about you, but his explanation seems to perfectly fit this quote from baseball writer/historian Bill James:
“B.S. has tremendous advantages over knowledge. B.S. can be created as needed, on demand, without limit. Anything that happens, you can make up an explanation for why it happened.”