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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Compassionate Conservatism

Compassionate Conservatism
There is a hard one to wrap your mind around. How does one remain compassionate when one is constantly being taken advantage of? Good will is a precept of our nation and Constitution: “Good will towards all people”, but when is enough, enough? When do you say alright, you've taken advantage of me long enough, you can no longer use our resources as yours, nor take our land for yours, nor use our schools for yours, nor use our national anthem (in English) for yours. Who could conceive of America’s National Anthem being sung in Spanish as is done now? Granted, I applaud the attempt to be patriotic and sing America’s song, but the way it was intended. In English!
Do you give until you're bankrupt (as Democrats would have you do), or put limits on spending for illegal immigrants, who by very definition are illegal, extralegal or criminal. We would much prefer an immigrant population that would not walk all over our laws and prohibitions, our way of life and our constitution. For our nation’s security, business as usual on immigration can no longer be allowed. The status quo is suicide. If it takes armed force at the borders or an Israeli style wall, then so be it. We are no longer in the position to allow free access to our bounty by just anyone; they now have to be vetted and scrutinized. The rabble to snub their noses at out concerns with amazing selfishness. We no longer have the luxury of allowing our borders to be as porous as Howard Dean's head; we must do more to staunch the leaking of both, though I believe Dean is a lost cause.
The edict or motto I try to live by is “help my fellow human beings” daily. How do I help them when I can't be sure they won't kill me or my family, take money out of my family's pockets or rob my grandchildren of their birthright? When my moral obligation to help my fellow man collides with my moral obligation to be there and protect my family I can tell you what will always win out. While I'm not unfeeling for the angst and poverty pangs of our neighbors on our Southern border, I know there are better answers than to let them run all over our nation further straining our already strained resources to help our poor and disadvantaged people. i.e. all hurricane victims, tornado victims, flood victims, veterans and their families.
The pursuit of the American dream needs to become the Mexican dream, or the Honduran dream or the (your country here) dream. With all these hands clamoring for a piece of a pie they had no hand in creating, there will be none left for our nation.

Goethe said: “There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity”

If we can’t stop the stupidity with education then we must stop the aggressiveness with action.

The best course is to do both.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

The Difference Between Leeches and Citizens.

To differentiate between illegal immigrants receiving assistance and those regularly receiving welfare is disingenuous. The difference is minimal. Since there are so many people sucking off the government tit, the distinction is mostly moot. Those who come to America looking for welfare, Medicaid, or free monolingual (Spanish) education. This IS about Civil Rights, but those rights do not extend to illegal aliens. They are for the citizens of this nation.

To come to America and demand rights that belong to Americans, naturalized citizens, or those of legal status in the U.S. is ludicrous. By the very definition of the words “Illegal Immigrant”, they are without rights and as such should be deported. I don’t know what all the hubbub is about. I exuberantly welcome anyone who is willing to embrace the United States of America and go through the procedures set forth by the government. But those who are here only to take advantage of our benefits, such as: Medicare, Welfare, SSI, and unemployment, need to be shown the door, and expeditiously.

The fact that the Democrats are trying to get illegal’s to vote is abhorrent, because as the word “illegal” indicates to vote for them would be…..illegal. The same as ballot stuffing. Or paying for votes. All of which are illegal, just like their constituents.

Immigration....Legal and Otherwise

I’ve tried to examine how I feel about illegal immigration, but I can’t get past the word “illegal” in the description. I have nothing against immigrants or immigration or foreigners, guest workers or green card holders for that matter. I do however have a problem with those who enter our country and cross our borders illegally. This means those on forged documents, no documents, wet backs, train riders or those smuggled in, in trunks of cars without entry verification by INS/Homeland Security. The mass demonstrations are impressive, if only for what they aren’t. They aren’t demonstrations by legal immigrants who are probably working or going to school during the events. I think that if all those people who have time to attend these massive demonstrations are all illegal then there needs to be busses there to send them back to Mexico, or El Salvador, or Nicaragua, or Panama.

I’m beginning to believe that the only real solution to this problem is to get Mexico economically solvent. That means cleaning up the bureaucracy and corruption that is rampant all over Mexico and especially near the borders. If Vicente Fox isn’t dirty then he has contact with hundreds of corrupt officials underneath him and needs to clean house. Notice I said “If” he isn’t dirty. I can’t believe that he isn’t. The Mexican Army has been caught making incursions into California and Texas and reconnoitering for drug and/or people smugglers. Any commander in chief (both Mexican and US), who allows this to go on without some heads rolling, is blind, impotent or complicit. None of which makes for a good leader.

NAFTA was supposed to make for a better economic situation for Mexico and help stem the tide of illegal immigrants flowing across our Southern borders. It hasn’t. What the effect has been is to line the pockets of wealthy factory owners with none of the trickle down economics that we’re used to in El Norte as was intended, when the law was written. This also means sending jobs to Mexico that were being done by Americans (represented by Unions). Manufacturers aren’t stupid; they will send the work where it can be done the cheapest. And Mexico among others, is that place. If goods manufactured out of the country had taxes or tariffs placed on them that made competitive the prices of goods produced in America, then the advantage would be gone. And the hemorrhaging of US jobs would halt.

***UPDATE***

Most of the jobs and factories in Mexico have since left the continent and moved to China, where labor is even cheaper (if you can believe it).

Bottom line, if it’s illegal, stop it, by enforcement, physical barrier, economic help or sanctions. Or in lieu of any action, legalize it and move on. Do away with the border completely and call it Amexico or Mexarica.

The Democrats have killed any legislation directed at fixing this problem because they see it as a lever for the 08 election cycle. They can then claim the high ground by pointing out the bad old Republicans want to send the illegal immigrants home. We welcome the “legal immigrant” and shun the “illegal immigrant”. This distinction makes all the difference in the world….to Americans.

Monday, April 03, 2006

McKinney needs to go

The fact that McKinney wasn't pistol-whipped amazes me. Anyone running past a security checkpoint without the proper credentials and ignoring security's instructions should justify the use of unrestrained force. This kind of behavior in the post 9-11 environment is not only dangerous, but fool hardy. In a high value target area like the House Office Building, security is nothing to be scoffed at. How is security supposed to know that this person wasn’t a terrorist trying to get as close to the chambers as possible before detonating his or her vest of Semtex?” Now it's become a racial profiling issue with Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte. The people of Ms. McKinney’s district need to think about removing her next election cycle. I guarantee that if I struck a Capitol Security policeman, in addition to looking for my teeth on the ground, I would definitely be charged with assaulting a policeman in the commission of his/her duties, and rightly so. Any other action would be prejudicial and preferential (expecting different treatment because of position or color or rank in the house). Members of Congress already get this treatment because of the Congressional badge required to be worn and needed to bypass security, which this member failed to display. I also guarantee that if any other treatment by Rep McKinney had occurred, his or her supervisor would have assuredly been first in line to try and have his job for failure to do his duty and stop an unauthorized entry into a controlled area. I applaud the officer’s willingness to do his underappreciated job, even when self-important members of Congress pass through their jurisdiction. I assert that if she was late for her meeting, it is not security's fault. The only cause I can think of that justifies her reacting with violence to someone doing his job, is that she may be mentally unbalanced, not because of perceived racial profiling or prejudicial treatment. The claim that is racially motivated is what is most egregious. It is exactly what all her type claim when they are caught doing something wrong. All the usual suspects sound off in defense of the perceived wrong. What this congresswoman needs to do is go directly to the police officer and ask his forgiveness for hitting him during the execution of his job and then throw herself on the mercy of the courts, whom by all rights, should prosecute her to the fullest extent of the law. I wonder if the security officer (by name, Officer Mc Kenna) was white....makes you go, hmmmm. Could be racism alright.