Border Control

Mexico doesn’t appreciate its power over America.  If Mexico’s government ordered its citizens in America to come home and posted troops on the northern border to keep them there, it could guarantee that within weeks, if not days, the United States would be on its knees, pleading for fruit pickers, poultry and meat plant workers, gardeners, ditch diggers, dishwashers, and hotel maids to work at fair wages, with decent working conditions and health care, doing the essential tasks eighty percent of Americans can’t or won’t do.

I know little of world history.  Somewhere I picked up the impression that Rome’s downfall was triggered in part by lazy citizens relying on slave labor.  If I’m mistaken please correct me.  With Mexicans performing a significant part of the labor in our country and companies exporting jobs to sweatshops in China, Mexico and India, are we following in Rome’s footprints?

NRA . . . Again

On viewing the National Rifle Association’s stubborn opposition to reasonable firearms control—which seventy percent of Americans want—as a significant factor behind the now-weekly church and shopping mall massacres, could some frightened, angry citizen grab his AK47, charge into NRA headquarters, and blaze away?

Happily it can’t happen because individuals who would perpetrate such carnage are gun totin’ folks who, even oblivious to the NRA, tacitly support and facilitate its beliefs.

Assault Weapons Control

  1. U.S. Senators and Representatives sign a pledge not to accept money or gifts from the NRA or Assault Weapons and ammunition manufactures.
  2. Establish a government program to buy Assault Weapons for twice their purchase price.  At half fair market value, sell them to recyclers pledged to disassemble, crush, and put the materials to useful purposes.
  3. Ask your husband or wife to sell their Assault Weapons to the government’s program. The next massacre victim could be you or the seven-year-old sitting across the dinner table.
  4. Arms and munitions plant workers, refuse to make parts for or assemble Assault Weapons.

Fascism

Definitions are instructive: “Fascism, a political philosophy, movement or regime, (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race over the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader.”*  From “Fasces  .  .  .  a bundle of rods bound about an ax with projecting blade, carried before ancient Roman magistrates as a symbol of authority; later the symbol of Italian fascism.”**  As bearers of the fasces, i.e. authority, Fascists commit, ethically, legally or otherwise, to impose their beliefs and policies on others.

Next, “smug” the look of a “highly self-satisfied” individual.**  While most smug persons are not clever enough to be Fascists, smug is the hallmark of a Fascist leader.  See photos of Hitler, Mussolini, and the fellow currently preening for red-capped believers.

A century back, on the heels of a brutish four-year War and equally brutish treaty of peace, Germany was on it’s knees.  Within two decades a Fascist stood before delirious hundreds-of-thousands, arms-extended “Sig Heil!”, and pledged to make Germany great again!

Three years back, fed up with government seemingly unable to get anything done, a minority of Americans sent to the White House a man promising, paradoxically, to break the status quo and bring us back together.  Today that man stands before mesmerized minions pledging to “Make America great again!”

Many, like me, ask, “When weren’t we?”  Despite the curse of firearms, making American the most homicidal culture on Earth, folks clamor for legal American citizenship, some swim the river or crawl through the fence while a multitude pleads for asylum.  Ironically, President Trump’s biggest headache is keeping folks out of a country which he views as no longer great.

Our American Democracy sputters along as democracies do, two steps forward, one back.  It can be damn maddening!  “Why don’t those jerks in Washington do the right thing?  Why can’t they do anything?  Be reasonable, do it my way!”

In a pluralistic system the laborious work of expressing opinions and negotiating opinions through civil debate is key to peace and progress.  I may vehemently disagree with “My Friend From Indiana,” but, as is said, I will defend to the death—well at least vigorously—her or his right to articulate politics and policies.

A Fascist dictator makes it simple.  Big Brother knows best.  Do as you’re told.
I hope and trust our Government of the People, by the People, for the People will never be dragged down that dead-end road.

* Webster’s New Word Dictionary of the American Language
** Merriam-Webster on-line Dictionary

The Rule of Law Revisited–Again!

“The Rule of Law” and “The Rule of Law Revisited” express my concerns around people entering and living in America illegally.  The current uproar over Immigration and Customs officers escorting some of these folks back to the border compels me visit the issue–again.

My position has nothing to do with Donald Trump’s politics, policies, ethics, and morals which, I’ve said before, I loathe across the board.  It has everything to do with “The Rule of Law.”  As I see it, without secure borders and enforced laws America can not preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States and its citizens.

It comes down to a simple principle: Who is a citizen of the United States of America?  The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution is clear:

All persons born or naturalized in the Unites States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and the State in which they reside.

If you were not born in America or naturalized, as many including our parents, grandparents or great-grandparents were, you are not a citizen, and not entitled to the rights, privileges and responsibilities attached thereto

Those who oppose sending illegal immigrants back home express concerned over the anxiety and fear experienced by folks who could be caught and deported.  Pardon me, so do shoplifters, embezzlers and bank robbers.  When you break the law you are a criminal, subject to prescribe penalties.

With perhaps a billion people worldwide yeaning to live in America, is it fair to coddle a those who swam the river or crawled under the fence?  In fairness we should open the door to everyone. “Come in.  Welcome.  Line 1 is for food, 2 housing, 3 clothing, 4A Emergency Medical, 4B Routine Medical, 5 Complaints.  How can we help?”

A related matter, I find it curious that people seeking asylum and did not entered country illegally should be provided decent accommodations and necessities until their plea is heard, while native-born Americans, many who fought for their country, sleep on sidewalks, under tarps, in tents and dumpster dive for a half-eaten sandwich or worn-out jacket, with no hope for a toothbrush, soap or shower.  Something’s wrong with this picture!

I hate seeming on the wrong side of the fence here; so I repeat, would someone out there explain what I’m missing here.  PLEASE!

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The Rule of Law
(From May 3, 2018)

Having expressed my disdain for President Trump’s wall, I should confess that despite being a longtime, hardcore Liberal I’m troubled and confused that millions of folks enter America illegally and remain here openly and notoriously–often for decades!  Some even thumb their nose at American, “Yada!  Yada!  Yada!  Can’t catch meee!”  On TV one actually flipped us the middle finger.

My position is simple: The Rule of Law.  Do the crime, do the time.  Fish without a license, don’t feed the parking meter, exceed the speed limit, you pay a fine.  If I break into your home and steal your laptop to sell to feed my kids and get arrested the judge says, “Go to jail.”  For armed robbery or murder it’s is prison or worse.  But sneak into American?  It’s just go home.  No hard feelings.  Just go back to your home.

What’s this with “Sanctuary” nonsense?  Cities and sates where do-gooders frustrate Immigration Control and Enforcement (ICE) agents, making our law officers, American citizens, not the lawbreakers the bad guys?  Is this crazy or what?

Kids illegally brought to America by parents (DACA) are victims.  Let ’em stay.  It pains me to say, but being fair to adults without children who crawled under the fence, their parents should be sent home.

Hundreds of millions, the “troubled masses yeaning to be free,” would love to be Americans but respect our borders and laws, and play by the rules.  They jump through the hoops: They fill out papers, wait–sometimes years–study our Constitution, laws, and history, are interviewed, pass a test, and pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.  As we coddle a handful of criminals, what do you say to these folks?

A word to non-Mexicans who refuse to do it right: Scrape up airfare to Juarez or Nogales, crawl under the fence, lay low.  As things are, you may well enjoy the rights and privileges of real Americans the rest of your life.

If you don’t have borders and laws, laws you enforce, you don’t have a country.

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After I wrote this Raelene and Karen had their front yards landscaped.  For the better part of a week, three or four Hispanics never stopped chopping, digging, cutting, hauling, carrying and planting.

While a majority of Americans bust our butts “earning a living,” my sense is, wither gainfully employed, on the dole, or sleeping under a tarp, very few Americas are willing to pick the oranges, pluck the chickens, gather the eggs, slaughter the hogs, dig the trenches, scrub the toilets, wash the windows, make the beds, flip the burgers, wash the dishes, cut the lawns, trim the shrubs, do the “back-breaking” tedious work crucial to our lifestyle.  Not to sell American workers in any way short, but without dirt-cheap and slave labor, within and without our borders, this country, corporate and consumer alike, would go belly-up like a carp in a dry streambed.

I hate seeming on the wrong side of the fence here.  I’ve asked before, someone out there please enlighten me!  What I’m missing here?  Seriously, someone please explain!