Those of you who travel abroad and frequent bars, pubs, and get drunk with the locals, as does Poldark Maximus, can identify with this one – the frequent comment that most Americans are largely naive about the sordid ways of the world and the how we let “laws” get in our way.
We are seen by many as a bunch of blue-eyed believers in the goodness of man and – much worse – believers that our country derives great strength from the rule of law. Just laws, established via a democratic process, enforced with equanimity = structural soundness at the core of the nation. One supposes if you have to be scorned for anything, believing in a system of laws is a great flaw to have.
That is why scoff-laws, basically ignoring the existence of a law or turning a “blind eye” while laws are violated, are a great loss to our sense of “Nation.” It is therefore disheartening to see laws being scoffed at with great regularity. It starts with taking a cell phone into your right hand while steering with your left at 75mph in a state that has laws against such behavior, such as Connecticut. Besides being dangerous, it represents a citizen saying, “Screw you – screw the law, screw society – it’s my world and my world only.” Well, that’s how it starts. Rudy Giuliani recognized the role petty crime played in the overall sickness of New York City and cleaned up town from the bottom up, as well as attacking serious crime with a vengeance. As an aside, we probably owe this man more for the salvation of big-city society from the excesses of the 70’s and 80’s than any human alive. Let’s not forget this as we search for leadership down the road. The immigration issue is going to play directly to Rudy’s wheelhouse.
So we arrive at the issue of American firms, both large and small, scoffing at immigration laws and hiring people with no papers, no status, and no standing in this country. They may be the nicest of people and have good intentions, but they are breaking laws by being here. Those who assist them, by giving them work, are breaking laws as well. It’s like selling and using dope. Both are equally illegal. We are a nation of laws. If we choose to ignore, by the tens of millions, violations of the law, then it is more than the law that needs repair; it is the nation itself.
Repairing the nation will be difficult, and in the meantime, those nations who don’t necessarily buy our self-righteous attitude toward “laws” in the first place (such as Iran, North Korea, Sudan and, oh hell, they are really too numerous to mention) have every right to blow us off completely. Respect for the rule of law begins at home, boys and girls.
And we keep getting those strange comments in bars and pubs around the world. Going forward, Poldark Maximus will nod, agree, and ask for time. This is going to take time.