Perhaps the most hot button issue of today is the issue of immigration. Pundits from both the Left and the Right have their valid points, but also their most ridiculous points on the issue. First, a bit about me and why this issue is close to home. My father immigrated here to the United States from Uruguay, that small country that is south of Brazil and east of Argentina, in 1976 during a time when the Uruguayan government was ran by the military. People had a tendency to disappear that didn’t march in line with the military junta in place. It wasn’t until after the military relinquished power back into the hands of the civilian population and a decade of digging up the truth of the matter that US involvement was made visible to the eyes of every person on Earth. However, that’s a different issue altogether. My father came to the United States for a better life and he worked hard for that life. He learned English not in classes provided, but through trial and era and my American mother. This ability to speak the language of our country led to him getting a decent job as a truck driver that made at least $70,000 to provide for us. In 1998, he became a full fledged citizen of the United States of America and by 1999 was a registered voter. He did things the long, hard and legal way.
Fast forward to today where the calls for amnesty being bellowed by immigrants and non-immigrants alike. At first such an idea might seem like a fair avenue to tread, but what the fairness for those who went the legal route who are witnessing the impending amnesty over the horizon? The idea of amnesty is a slap in the face to those who worked hard to become citizens.
Favorite attack against anti-amnesty folks by the Left is equating it with being racist and xenophobic. Being against amnesty is not racist nor xenophobic, it’s common sense and fair. The job market today is severely lacking especially for the black community. What kind of racial strife that will occur due to amnesty can only range from bad to worse. Strife between blacks and Hispanics is already rearing its venomous head with various racially based attacks occurring in schools. Now, imagine once amnesty is placed into effect it’ll most likely be worse once amnesty and especially the DREAMers are common place in America. Blacks have it hard as is, it’ll be worse for them when once upon a time illegal immigrants are granted virtually instant rights and benefits. I’m against amnesty yet I’m not xenophobic nor racist. In fact, I support immigration as long as it’s done legally. I would be hypocrite if I didn’t support immigration.
The Right have their issues too. For example the whole idea of this being invasion is just simply ridiculous to fathom. White conservatives wouldn’t consider their ancestors coming to America as an invasion so why is this situation different to the point of calling it an invasion? The reason why they are here is for the same reason every other person comes to this country: to escape brutal and unsympathetic governments, for an opportunity to forge a better life for themselves and their families. Who doesn’t respect that? You should because, to reiterate, is the same basis and logic of why our ancestors came here. When there’s little to no enforcement of the border by agents and the Federal government than it’s not an invasion, it’s a porous border that needs to be secured. Nothing more, nothing less. And let’s not forget the barbaric attitudes of true xenophobia though that represents a minor constituency of the anti-amnesty crowd. These people are simply nuts and inhumane in dealing with what is a majority of little kids from Central America who listened to their government. Think for a second, if you can, that if you were in a situation where your country was a hellish pisshole and your government was saying to you, “Hey, the Land of Milk and Honey is overflowing and they will accept you no matter what!” wouldn’t you go? Of course you would! It’s human nature to follow the bread crumbs to a better life.
In this post, I only focused on the negative reactions from both sides of the aisle simply because it’s important to recognize the lack of objectivity on the issue and too much emotional pandering rather than tackling the issue from a logical stand point. We can’t solve this issue by being absolutely emotional about it. Yes, realize that these are human beings, but beyond that we need to figure something else out instead of amnesty. We need to secure our border, bring jobs back to this country and then figure out a better way to give incentives to undocumented people to becoming full fledged citizens in a fair and just way.
At times I become so apathetic towards politics that I simply slip away for months without ever looking at a news website, watching Glenn Beck or even writing in this blog, but recently my girlfriend and I plan on having a child and thus has become my duty to become vigilant when it comes to politics both here in the US and abroad. As our society becomes more globalization helped along by technology it’s prudent to stay on top of current events such as the Crisis in Iraq and Common Core because the long-term ramifications for our future child will be poignant.
So what exactly do I believe? It’s better to just list my beliefs:
I believe in gay marriage
How exactly do two people of the same gender marrying affect me? It seriously doesn’t much like Brittany Spears and other celebrities who abuse the institution of marriage for their own attention whoring.
I believe in the 2nd Amendment
The right for people to own guns should always be upheld because it ensures that the government will always be afraid of it’s citizens because they can and will always be armed to the teeth. That’s how it should be, the government fearing its citizens rather than citizens being fearful of their government.
I believe in religious rights
Christians today are taking a pounding by secularists maybe for good reason, but bashing an entire religion on the merits of a few really is silly. Plus, banning things like a cross erected 5 decades ago bought and paid for by ordinary citizens is even more silly. Leave it alone, it’s a memorial to the dead. Also, a Christian business should be given the right to put their business at risk by denying patronage to gay couples. In the end, they’ll revoke their own ban due to low amount of customers patronizing their business.
I believe Common Core is evil
Common Core reduces competition between good and bad schools by leveling the playing field. It also brings with it strange ways of doing math for example. The new way of math makes it harder for parents to their duty as parents and help their children scholastically. It makes schools more dependent on the Federal government as opposed to local communities and the people who fund those schools with their tax money. Taking examples from totalitarian and failing countries is not a good way to reform our education system.
I believe in Universal Healthcare
Obamacare is the biggest foul up ever to grace our country. I believe in Universal Healthcare, but I think it needs a more 21st Century revision in order to make it work effectively without putting peoples lives at risk. It needs to take the Hippocratic Oath to the fullest extent. It doesn’t need to be the rationed out healthcare that Conservatives are afraid of. With brilliant minds and innovation we Americans could make it work better than the European brand of Universal Healthcare.
I believe in School Choice
Every parent should be able to choose what type of school their child goes to whether it’s public or private or even home schooling and have it be affordable as well. The misplaced fear in George W. Bush voucher program was nothing more than Liberals wishing to subjugate parental choice. This to me is treasonous in that Liberals are forgoing a childs future for their own political gain.
I believe in being environmentally friendly
Lets face it, no one wants dirty air, polluted waters or to have the beautiful scenery that Nature bestows upon us to be blotted out by vast concrete and asphalt strip malls and parking lots. So, it is our duty as sentient beings to want to take care of the environment and make sure no more animals go extinct because of our existence.
I don’t believe Socialism/Communism is the answer
Now, I’m sure the naysayers will be quick to point out that my support of Universal Healthcare is hypocritical, however I don’t believe so. I can accept one component of an ideology without supporting the entire ideology itself. Communism/Socialism just simply does not work when applied to the real world. It lacks factoring in the fact that it’s usurping rights from people and human nature itself.
I believe Capitalism does need to be reformed for the 21st Century
The current form of capitalism is based off the Industrial Revolution, which has long since withered away to allow the Information/Digital Revolution to flourish, so it’s without any doubt that capitalism needs to be retrofitted for our 21st Century reality. Factories and other industries are slowly but surely giving way to automation and having capitalism still holding on the ancient remains of the Industrial Revolution does nothing to help people and in fact gives the Communists/Socialists credence in their ideology that capitalism is slowly dying.
I don’t believe in amnesty for illegals
As someone who is the son of a legal immigrant from Latin America, giving amnesty and all these amenities to illegal, law-breaking immigrants is a slap in the face to those who went through the process of citizenship the legal way. If these illegals want citizenship then they need to go about it the way everyone has.
I believe in a secured border
We need to secure our border and even put up an extensive wall along our border in order to secure our nation from illegal immigration and from intrusions from Mexican drug cartels and the Mexican military.
I believe political correctness is wrong
People need to really grow a thick skin and stop being offended by every little thing that comes out. What kind of life is it to find offense at everything around you? You don’t have the right to not be offended. Welcome to reality.
I believe in a non-racist, all inclusive nationalism
I think its important that all legal American citizens regardless of race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, religion and political ideology to express pride in their country. Since pride in country tends to run contrary of the internationalist beliefs of most Left leaning ideologies the opposing idea is of course nationalism. Nationalism isn’t inherently racist in nature and especially with a diverse country such as America nationalism can not be racist.
I support the 10th Amendment
The idea of giving more power to the states and the people and restricting power given to the Federal government is just common sense. As we can clearly see the power lust that Federal government has is a clear and present danger to American citizens. We need to get back rights for the states to choose what is good for their state and not be bullied by the government to accept things the Federal government wants to impose like Common Core.
There’s more things I can bullet point that I support, but it tends to be a long list so this gives you an idea of why I believe in what I believe and why I have a problem simply sticking to any party line. I’m just some person stuck in the center of politics and find the Left-Right rift to be ridiculous.
A resounding question that surrounds how we can give free, unabridged healthcare to illegal immigrants, but yet our veterans who fought for our country and contributed with honor are still suffering without proper treatment? It’s an excellent question that NEEDS to be answered by President Obama and his cohorts. However, since Obama hasn’t answered many questions surrounding the multitude of scandals during tenure as President of the United States of America I won’t hold my breath and simply file it under, “He doesn’t care about Americans.”
I could probably reiterate the plethora of platitudes of those angered by this issue, but what would be the point? It stinks more so than the pile of garbage we call politicians heaped in their seats patting themselves on the backs and giving themselves raises for doing nothing but dividing the Nation against itself. I don’t blame illegal immigrants for coming here. I mean who can blame them for wanting a better life?! No, I blame the Federal Government for not securing the border against illegal crossing into our country. The Federal Government is at the heart of all of this and President Obama to claim ignorance doesn’t work. Liberals didn’t let President Bush claim ignorance on issues, so why should Obama have free reign?
And lets not forget the whole Bergdahl issue which eclipsed the VA scandal within a day. Nice going, lets give back 5 horrible human beings in exchange for a Army deserter who bashed this country verbally. Once again, Obama can not claim ignorance on this issue. Remember, the Buck Stops at the Presidents desk. Imagine the furor caused if Bush said, “Well, I just learned about the August 2001 memo concerning probably terrorist attacks via airplanes through the news!” The Liberals would’ve been howling for blood more so than they were when they found out about the memo.
This Presidency under Obama has been the most embarrassing and most ridiculous Administration I have ever witnessed. Obama, no matter the clanging of the Shield of Hope and Change he had ran on previously he sure hasn’t held up his end of the bargain. Instead, he has invested taxpayers money in solar companies that failed, lavish parties, vacations galore, spying on Americans and gun running into Mexico. This is not what I imagined when I voted for Obama in 2008, but that’s the curse of imagining the world when reality gets in the way, you get let down by people who promise you golden roads and instead give you mud roads.
Now what? That’s the question, how do we fix this Nation that has a society in shambles where adults in positions of power act like spoiled rotten children and celebrities who out pace Nero and Caligula in their hedonism. All the while us, the serfs, the plebs, the proles, have to struggle daily in order to sustain our existence. Remember this the next time you or your children see the Kardashians, the Biebers, and every other swill chugging celebrity has their face plastered on your screen. Ask yourself,”Why?” Why do we care about the lives of celebrities? Why do we allow the Federal Government to stomp on our backs? Why have we allowed our society to go down into the depths of a cesspool? Why don’t we care about honor and our elders anymore? Ask these questions and try to answer them. That’s supposed to be your job as an ordinary American citizen.
When the Roman Empire was in its infancy it held the policy of Romanizing immigrants into the Empire and securing the borders of the Empire to protect not only the culture of Rome but also it’s economic prosperity. The Romans knew that without cohesion in society with a common culture and especially a common language a prosperous Rome would not be a possibility. How can a society functional at all without the people having the ability to communicate properly? During the Empires waning years the policy became lax allowing unchecked immigration and not requiring the Romanization of those immigrants entering Roman society and the military. This eventually led to economic stagnation and attacks from within and without the Roman Empire causing the inevitable collapse of Roman society.
Lets explore some of the finer points of why amnesty is a bad idea with the back drop for this post being the Roman Empire.
As I’ve stated earlier that the Romans needed a common language to pervade throughout the Empire in order to secure social cohesion and economic prosperity. Once that line of communication began to dwindle the Empire began to rot from within allowing for the borders to become insecure and porous. In 21st Century America we’re starting to see the lines of communication breaking down as more illegals are allowed in and without any encouragement to learn the language of their host country. One example happened in New Jersey recently when a woman didn’t speak English was supposedly falsely arrested. The unfortunate grab here is that the blame is being placed on the police for not having a Spanish interpreter and not the other way around. In other countries, including my fathers country of Uruguay, requires you to learn the language of the host country and tends not to attend to you with bilingual signs. Out of respect for that country and for your success in that country you tend to learn the language. It’s simply common sense. Without encouragement from our coddling government newly arrived immigrants, especially illegal ones, will not bother respecting this country and its language by learning it. Instead, the government will give handouts to illegals in order to secure future votes. He who gives amnesty, gains more power.
The African-American Question
Perhaps one of the most looked over and largely ignored issue concerns the African-American community and securing of employment. Right now, all Americans are suffering from lack of jobs and one those hardest hit by the lack of jobs are African-Americans. Once amnesty is given to illegals we’ll have even less jobs because now they are virtually legal and grab any job they wish taking a huge swath of available jobs away from the African-American community. How is that fair when African-Americans by birthright are Americans will lose jobs to those who came here illegally and were rewarded for their crime with amnesty and access to jobs? It’s bad enough American companies hire migrant labor for pennies when Americans could be doing those jobs, but for the impending amnesty that will overburden the already lack of jobs is simply a crime in it’s own right. Why are most African-American organizations not rallying the African-American community against this? Why are they remaining complicit with the coming attack on the black community? Perhaps, because they are too involved with the political oligarchy that runs this country. They are in the pockets of the political elite, bought and paid for with taxpayers money. This is the bleak future African-Americans face when amnesty occurs and the organizations set up to protect them are betraying them with their deafening silence. Rally and fight it or ignore it and suffer. Your choice.
A Slap in the Face to Legal Immigrants
In 1976, my father moved here from Uruguay, South America. He knew little English, but he did his best to learn on his own. When he met my mother she began teaching him more English and learned enough to get a nice paying job as a truck driver to provide for her and me. He applied for citizenship and in 1998 became a full fledged American citizen. He did everything right when he came here. He knew that in order to survive he had to learn English like the rest of his fellow immigrants. Now, what’s happening is a continuous slap in the face to legal immigrants who went about achieving their goals in this country via the legal path. Today, the illegal path seems to be the way to get what you want with little to no effort on the part of the illegal immigrant. Once amnesty happens they’ll set for a better future than my father and other legal immigrants were ever offered. Once again the problem of how fair this is in reality comes into question. How is it fair that those who didn’t care enough to learn the language and integrate into our society are given rewards while those who integrated and learned the language are swept aside as if they didn’t matter? Why is it that those who clamor for fairness the loudest are the least fair? As this happens the government simply alienates those who have already paid more than their fair share into the system whie those who haven’t paid at all will be greatly rewarded off the blood, sweat and tears of citizens, legal immigrant and natural born. This is not what America is about.
Americans need to stop being cowards and start having a civil discussion about this issue and not allow the politicians to decide our future for us. This isn’t their choice since the only way it’ll affect them is by grabbing more votes in the future. The rest of us will suffer the consequences much more harshly such as even shallower pool of jobs for us to choose from and a lack of communication. None of the propaganda both Democrats and Republicans spew is to be believed because it’s their political future on the line, not yours. We are simply serfs to them to obey their bidding without question and to accept what putrid pile of garbage they place before us whether it’s amnesty for criminals or an already failing government healthcare plan. They never have to suffer their choices like we have to suffer. How much are we Americans willing to endure before we stand up and shout, “Enough is enough!!”? If we don’t do it soon, it will be too late. The oligarchs will win this one and we will suffer dearly for it.
Every American should be offended by the title of this entry. Basically, this is stating that Americans are lazy slobs who won’t take the reigns of responsibility and do what is needed to maintain the financial contribution to their families. Personally, one of the jobs the Democrats and some Republicans say that we Americans don’t want to do, I’d rather be a farmhand as opposed to a graphic designer. That’s me, I love the outdoors and manual labor, but because of the demand for guest workers it’s a pain to get such a job in South Jersey. Americans want to work and we’ll take any job just to get by these days so the lie being perpetuated by mostly the Democrat party is a lie simply to pass their ridiculous amnesty law. Democrats and some Republicans function not on facts, but lies to further their ill conceived agenda. Americans are willing to get down and dirty just to earn a buck. That spirit still lives in America no matter what the anti-American elitists on both sides of the aisle state. We have to push the fact that we want any job ourselves because the oligarchs aren’t going to listen. We need to start applying en masse for farmhand jobs and whatever other job that the elitist scumbags say we don’t want to do. We have to grab the reigns of responsibility and steer our own destinies. We are Americans, not lazy slobs.
My father is an immigrant from the beautiful country of Uruguay in South America (east of Argentina and south of Brazil just for you geographically challenged folk out there). He came here in the mid-70’s and went about the path to citizenship the legal way. You know gaining the whole resident alien status, that was the butt of a joke when I asked if aliens existed. After two decades he became a full fledged citizen of the United States of America in the late 90’s. He did it the right way. Now, today, we have these Liberals and spineless RINO’s who want to pretty much slap every legal immigrant in the face with this absurd amnesty bill. Where’s the fairness and political correctness in this? Why should those that have broken the law be rewarded with an easier path to citizenship?
It’s sad that there is only a few voices out there who have the mental capability to point out how unfair this is to legal immigrants. The Left always focus on fairness for the illegal immigrants, but never on the fairness of legal immigrants. It only speaks volumes of how the Left is seeking only to use something that has destroyed many great nations to it’s advantage: porous borders and outright invasion. The Roman Empire fell due to it’s own porous borders and the lack of assimilating those who were foreign to Roman soil. It eventually contributed to it’s downfall. Either the Left really have no clue about history or they know their history and how to wield it as a weapon against that which it loathes.
I don’t believe any explanation from the Left will be adequate enough to gain a foothold in understanding why they have absolutely no remorse for insulting legal immigrants with this mad man’s game of amnesty. It means an upheaval between races especially between the black and Latino communities. I must ask again if this is what the Left wants, an upheaval that they can take advantage of in order to grab absolute power from the People in the name of the People? I can only theorize and as always I leave room for error because I’m certainly no Nostradamus, but knowing how the Left have historically taken advantage of chaos in order to spread their ideas and gain power. I guess time will tell. For now, though, lets curb this amnesty nonsense. It’s unfair to legal immigrants who had taken the time to travel the path to citizenship.