Only a blockhead can unlearn the dictionary. But this is, increasingly, what many Americans have done on marriage, war, sexual relations — and even what constitutes “human life."
However, there is absolute truth, and words have specific, fixed meanings. If words mean only what we want them to mean, or if we can change their meanings at whim through opinion or point of view, then it's impossible to even discuss a concept such as “truth.”
Though scientist Stephen Hawking said in a recent speech at Cal Tech that general relativity and quantum theory can enable us to account for the origins of the universe without positing the existence of God, the biggest obstacle to his view is philosophical or theological. The basic question over which atheists and theists have been clashing from time immemorial is: Why is there something rather than nothing?
Starting the amnesty track immediately, while promising border security in the future, means that an irreversible benefit is conferred up front, while only time will tell whether the promise of border security will be kept — as it has not been thus far.