The past week saw a couple of events that were both predictable and widely predicted, at least among right-wing cranks, but they were still blatant enough to be a bit shocking:
- The signing of the Treaty of Lisbon, a.k.a. Reform Treaty. The treaty reinstates the substantive provisions of the failed European Constitution but in a more disorganized form explicitly intended to give politicians the cover they needed to say it’s not a constitution so no referenda would be needed like those that sunk the Constitution two years ago.
- Impending changes in provisions relating to the construction of a fence along the border with Mexico that cuts the money available by more than half and would have the effect of making actual construction contingent on completion of consultations with local stakeholders and in any event optional. (It’s impossible to be sure from the story just what the new provisions will be, but we’re told that “370 miles, ‘or other mileage'” is to be completed by the end of next year, and according to a spokesman “we’re ultimately going to rely on the Border Patrol to tell us what type of fencing, technology or other infrastructure they need and where they need it.”) The net effect seems to be that the fence won’t get built if the administration doesn’t feel like building it. Given how recent administrations have treated control of immigration, I wonder how that will turn out?
Our form of government is said to be democracy, and democracy is said to be rule by the people. In fact, the people are being given no voice with regard to their own dissolution as such. Isn’t there something amiss in the official story?