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 also believe that the original purpose of our nation’s immigration laws need to be be brought “front and center” to make certain that our nation does not permit the entry of aliens into our country whose presence in our country is problematic for the citizens of our nation and that if such aliens do succeed in entering our country that our nation have the resources, integrity and dedication to do everything possible to make it impossible for such aliens to function within our country so that even if they are not apprehended, they will find it pointless to remain in the United States.
As I have noted on a number of occasions, “No one would break into the amusement park if they could not get to go on the rides and no one remains in the amusement park at the end of the day when they turn shut down the rides and turn off the lights!”
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!
New Year’s Resolutions to Make & Keep
This year I will urge you to not only make a couple of New Year’s resolutions, but keeping them!
If you are familiar with my website, you know that I always include
the statement, “Democracy is not a spectator sport!” I ask that you
resolve to follow this statement and educate yourself as best you can to
have as deep an understanding of the critically important issues as you
can and then use the knowledge and information that you accumulate to
decide on what course of action our government officials, on all levels
of government (local, state and federal) need to follow to provide
solutions for the most significant challenges and threats our citizens
and our nation faces today.
Immigration is a critically important issue on levels of government
and has a huge impact on nearly every challenge and threat that our
nation confronts today. Everything from national security, criminal
justice and community safety to the economy (including unemployment and
the deficit) the environment, healthcare and education are among the
most prominent of these challenges.
The fact that you are reading my commentary likely means that you are
already attempting to gather information about immigration and related
areas of concern. The next course of action has to be to develop a
relationship with the politicians who are elected to represent you and
their other constituents. The problem is that all too often, the
constituents are not being represented but those who have the
wherewithal to make the significant campaign contributions are being
represented. This is why I often note that we currently have the best
government money can buy!
Of course there are a number of political representatives who
actually do represent the majority of their constituents and these rare
leaders most definitely are entitled to your support! Indeed, you must
support these candidates in any way that you can. If you can spare the
money, send them campaign contributions. If you don’t have the money,
volunteer to help them win their next election.
If, as most of us have come to understand, you are not being
represented by a particular politician, then you need to contact his
(her) staff and make it clear that they must change their actions and
that if they don’t that not only won’t you vote for that politician in
the next election but that you will work tirelessly to seek to have
anyone who opposes them in the next election win that election!
When I was growing up I was told by my parents that religion and
politics were subjects that should be avoided at all costs because it
was not polite to conduct such discussions in a social setting. If you
are familiar with my writings, you know I often quote my parents because
they often provided me with essential sage advice- advice that still
guides me to this very day. However, this is one of those rare times
when I believe that they erred. I certainly do believe that religion is
a matter that need not be discussed publicly, but where politics is
concerned, I ask that you consider the precise wording of the First
Congress shall make no law respecting an
establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or
abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the
people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a
redress of grievances.
Please read those words carefully. When asked about the First
Amendment, most folks will rattle off that it includes freedom of
speech, freedom of press and freedom of religion. What is often left
out is the second half of that amendment:
“…the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
At the time of the founding of this nation the only way that people
could have a discussion, a debate or engage in a dialogue was to stand
face to face and have that conversation. There were no telegraphs,
telephones, radio or television programs or the internet. Clearly the
Founding Fathers understood that people needed to hold meetings in which
such discussions, debates or, perhaps, arguments, could be conducted.
All that they asked was that these encounters were peaceful. They also
understood that the citizens of our nation had the right to petition the
government for a redress of grievances- and boy do we have grievances
James Madison has been quoted as saying:
“Education is the true foundation of civil liberty.”
Therefore I implore you to resolve to educate yourself as best you
can about the issues of the day, to engage in discussions with friends
and neighbors either in person or on the internet and to not only vote
but to develop a relationship with those who are paid to represent you
in all levels of government.
You must make these politicians as accountable as you would if you
were the owner of a business and they were your employees, because, in
point of fact, they are your employees!
No politician should be permitted to remain in public office if they
make a mockery of our laws, including our immigration laws! Those
immigration laws, I would remind you, were promulgated to protect our
nation and our citizens. The immigration laws are not a formality but
go to the foundation of sovereignty and national security. Any
politician who places the needs and wellbeing of illegal aliens ahead of
citizens who live within his (her) jurisdiction is not representing you
or the other citizens!
To cite an example, if a politicians believes that an illegal alien
should be provided with instate tuition, that politian is making it
clear that he believes that state borders are more important than our
national borders and needs to be voted out of office!
If a politician favors expanding the H-1b Visa Program for “High
Tech” workers, at a time when American engineers, scientists and
technicians are losing their jobs, then that politician should lose his
In March of 1962 the Twilight Zone aired one of its most famous episodes. That episode was entitled, “To Serve Man.”
Man.” In this program, nine foot tall extraterrestrials landed and
provided the facade of being here to help us. They were found to be
carrying large books written in their native language. It did not take
long for the translators to decipher the title of the book but the rest
of the book took some time. The title of the book was found to be “To Serve Man.”
They convinced many humans to board their spacecraft to travel to their
home planet. It was only after this that the contents of the books
that these visitors carried were translated- it turned out to be a
cookbook! The human species may have been served, but their best
interests most certainly were not!
It is important that we really pay attention to the purpose of the
various proposed immigration measures and ask few fundamental
questions: Would the proposed measures help or hurt the average
beleaguered citizen of the United States? Would the proposed measure
enhance or harm national security or community safety?
Please resolve that this year you will take your citizenship and the
obligations that go with it seriously- and make these the resolutions
that you keep for the entire year!