I am providing you with my most recent commentary for the CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization) website.
As you likely know there was a recall election in Arizona that resulted in State Senator Russell Pearce losing his seat in that state’s legislative body. While under most circumstances the election of a state senator would attract little, if any attention, especially on the national level and especially on the international level, this election is one of universal significance for our entire nation.
As I pointed out in my commentary below, Senator Pearce was the force behind a state immigration law that garnered so much attention across our nation and in Mexico and other countries. It was that immigration law, SB 1070 that prompted the federal government to take the extremely unusual action of filing a lawsuit in an effort to block the enforcement of that law which was copied by other states and will likely be copied by still more states whose leaders are disgusted that the federal government has refused to secure our nation’s borders and enforce our immigration laws.
While Senator Pearce lost the election, it is clear that the majority of the citizens of the state of Arizona agree with SB 1070. The problem is that many of those voters who approved of the law and approved of the leadership that was demonstrated by Senator Pearce, they failed to vote!
It is very likely that if Pearce decides to run to reclaim his seat in the Arizona State Senate that he would win reelection- voter turnout is likely to be much higher and the results therefore would be far more consistent with the attitudes of a majority of Arizona’s voters.
The lesson to be learned, as I note at the bottom of nearly all of my commentaries, is that “Democracy is not a spectator sport!”
When our elected representatives act in our best interests we must take the time and make the effort to support those valiant leaders and not abandon them in the voting booh! We must do all we can to be loyal supporters of those politicians who earn our support. This is not about political parties because to put it bluntly, neither major party truly represents Middle Class America.
While all too many times the politicians betray us, when
fail to turn out to vote for those politicians who are on our side, we betray them and we also betray ourselves and our nation!
It is imperative that the citizens of our nation act responsibly and participate in the democratic process for which so many of our nation’s soldiers from all of our military services have laid down their lives or, at the least, suffered serious injuries since the founding of this nation!
must be worthy of those sacrifices! The way to do this is to not only vote, but become truly educated about the important issues and make it a point to develop a relationship with our elected representatives and their staff members.
Where the issues of border security and the enforcement of our immigration laws are concerned, we must go beyond party politics and support those politicians who possess the grit and integrity to do what is right and not expedient!
It is time for our nation’s leaders, on all levels, to come to terms with the fundamental fact that the purpose of our immigration laws is to protect our nation and our citizens from aliens whose presence has the potential to have a serious adverse impact. Ignoring those laws exposes our nation and our citizens to a variety of serious threats and challenges ranging from national security and criminal justice and public safety to the economy, the environment, healthcare and education! It is also time that the voters of this nation support those candidates who enforce those laws!
A country without secure borders can no more stand than can a house without walls!
our country is to survive and if our children and their children are to get their share of the “American Dream” the citizens of this nation must take their citizenship seriously!
We the People must be the best citizens we can be, citizens who are worthy of the gallantry demonstrated by our valiant men and women in the military, law enforcement and firefighters, who routinely go in harm’s way in defense of this nation and our citizens.
My goal in writing this and other commentaries is to point out our nations many failings before more victims pay the ultimate price for the incompetence and ineptitude of our government.
The first step in problem-solving is to first identify the problems and vulnerabilities and then devise strategies to overcome them.
If you find yourself to be in agreement with this commentary, I ask that you forward it to as many of your friends and family members as possible and encourage them to do the same. We need to create a “Bucket Brigade of Truth!”
The practice of good citizenship does not end in the voting booth, it only begins there.
For far too long our citizens demonstrated apathy which emboldened elected representatives to all but ignore the needs of the average American citizen in a quest for massive campaign funds and the promises of votes to be ostensibly delivered by special interest groups.
It is therefore understandable that the politicians of both parties, are greatly concerned about the demonstrations currently sweeping our nation just as did the creation of the Tea Party. Clearly more and more of our fellow Americans are demonstrating that they are not as dumb as the politicians from both parties had expected us to be!
I am encouraged that more and more of us, We the People, are not willing to simply sit on the sidelines anymore!
I believe our nation’s is greatly benefited by the rich diversity of our people which is why I could never imagine living anywhere except New York City, arguably the most diverse city in our nation if not, in fact, the world. However, my idea of diversity most certainly does not include members of MS-13, the Mexican drug cartels or members of other transnational gangs or members of al-Qaeda!
If our government’s failures to secure our nation’s borders and effectively enforce our immigration laws concerns you or especially if it angers you, I ask you to call your Senators and Congressional “Representative. This is not only your right- it is your obligation!
All I ask is that you make it clear to our politicians that we are not as dumb as they hope we are!
We live in a perilous world and in a perilous era. The survival of our nation and the lives of our citizens hang in the balance.
This is neither a Conservative issue, nor is it a Liberal issue- simply stated, this is most certainly an AMERICAN issue!
You are either part of the solution or you are a part of the problem!
Democracy is not a spectator sport!
Lead, follow or get out of the way!
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