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Friday, November 21, 2014

So Let It Be Written. So Let It Be Done.

Obama and aides plotting to lie to America. Photo courtesy

Last night President Obama fully implemented is plan to Gruber America on his illegal executive amnesty plan. Did you watch? I normally don’t waste my time giving known liars a chance to lie to me again, but I figured this time it would provide plenty of things to write about, and the President did not let me down. It was clear to everyone that the President still believes Americans are stupid and that all he has to do is say it and we will believe it. The only thing he forgot to do was end his speech with “So let it be written. So let it be done”.

The fact checking of the speech began as soon as Obama began to speak, as did the list of lies the fact checkers found. In the end, nearly everything he said turned out to be a lie, which is exactly what you would expect to happen when someone attempts to justify a planned and very deliberate violation of his oath of office and of the law. The Presidential oath of office is really fairly simple and straight forward, so one would think the world’s smartest man would be able to remember what he swore to do.

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Such a simple promise, yet Barack Obama has deliberately and repeatedly violated that oath, and last night he indicated that he intended to significantly add to those violations. Members of Congress also take an oath of office.

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

You will note in the above oath that EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF CONGRESS of both houses, regardless of party affiliation, have sworn to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, which is quite an accurate description of Barack Obama. This means of course, that each and every member of Congress is bound by oath and the Constitution to do whatever it takes to prevent the President from taking the actions that he said he plans to take.

These actions begin with using the power of the purse strings deliberately given to the House of Representatives by our found fathers because they face the voters every two years. This power is not to be taken lightly, nor is it to be abandoned. If Republicans in the House of Representatives vote to provide a single penny of taxpayers’ money to fund these executive actions, they are complicit in his crimes and are also guilty of violating their oath of office as well. Withholding funds will almost certainly result in a government shutdown, but to shun their duties of office would be an act of political cowardice on the part of Republicans. I understand their reluctance to do this, but they can be sure the backlash for doing so will be much less than that of allowing this lawless act of the President to go unchecked.

Most Americans are opposed to the President’s executive amnesty plan, so it will be important in the coming months to pay close attention to which members of Congress remain silent about it. Nearly all of them will be Democrats, and that fact should be pointed out at every given opportunity. We cannot ignore the fact that the majority of Democrats, and especially the leaders of the Democrat Party, care so little about the Constitution that they would remain silent as it is shredded by their President. There is a lesson to be learned by every single person in this country. It is also worth noting that, if you are a Democrat and you continue to align yourself with these people, you too are a part of the destruction of Constitutional government in this country.

One thing that occurred to me as I listened to the President last night as he talked about taking executive action to beef up border security. If he has the legal authority to increase security at our borders, why has he not already done so? Knowing that our economy and our national security was at stake, why would he postpone his actions until he granted amnesty. If illegal immigration is creating so many broken families and causing so many people to suffer the hardship of living in the shadows, why has he allowed so many to come into the country when he could have taken action to prevent it?

For those of you who are in this country illegally, there are some things about the President’s plan that you should be aware of, because apparently Barack Obama believes you are just as stupid as the rest of us. For instance, in order to get your slice of the pie you will have to sign up, give your identifying information, pay the fees, etc. in exchange for a three year grace period and a work permit. Although it might sound attractive on the surface, be aware that you have just provided the federal government with everything it needs to find you and deport you. “But he promised we wouldn’t be subject to deportation” you might argue. You do know who you’re talking about, right? What good is an Obama promise? I’ll let you in on a little secret about that three years thing: he won’t be in office for three more years, and this action on his part pretty much guarantees the next President won’t be a Democrat. Given the current mood of the country, whoever is President will have to have made certain promises to the electorate that won’t bode well for your chances of remaining in this country indefinitely.  

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Can We Dispense With The “GOP Failed To Act" BS?

As the nation waits with bated breath for Emperor Obama to announce his decree on granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, Democrats have begun a cult like chant of “the GOP failed to act” on immigration in an effort to justify the President’s extra-constitutional actions. Even Sen. Harry Reid had the gall to repeat the line, knowing full well that he was the person most responsible for a lack of GOP action on immigration. Now that Jonathan Gruber has spilled the beans on the Democrats’ attitude toward the American people, can we at least dispense with this BS?

Yes, the GOP had 510 days to pass comprehensive immigration reform as Sen. Reid pointed out, but we know full well, as does he, that the only bill that would ever get past his Senate roadblock would be one that gave the Democrats exactly what they wanted and nothing else. In this situation the best thing Republicans could do was absolutely nothing. Given an opportunity to act properly to improve border security and make genuine reforms to the immigration system that didn’t grant amnesty I feel sure Republicans would have jumped at the chance and could have made real improvements to the system, but we will never know because Sen. Reid and Barack Obama stood firmly in the way. It is indeed Gruberistic for Democrats to claim that Republicans ever had an opportunity to pass real immigration reform.

Democrats, along with a handful of Progressive Republicans, passed the Gang of 8 immigration ‘reform’ bill and sent it to the House of Representatives for a vote where it promptly died just as it should have. Although the House could have passed immigration reform legislation of their own, Reid has made it abundantly clear that anything less than exactly what Democrats want would meet the same fate as the Obamacare repeal bills previously passed by the House.

There is no denying that the goal of Barack Obama and the Democrat Party is to open the floodgates of illegal immigration by offering citizenship to anyone and everyone who can walk, crawl, run, or ride across our border for the sake of creating a vast pool of undocumented Democrat voters. They really don’t even care if these illegal aliens ever bother to get citizenship because as James O’Keefe and Project Veritas recently  demonstrated they know they can still vote as long as voter ID laws are not put into place and stringently enforced.

The current immigration situation is definitely in chaos, but it could have been made better by simply enforcing the laws that are already on the books. By refusing to do so, Barack Obama has exacerbated the conditions he points to as the reason why we need to pass “comprehensive immigration reform” (a term I discussed yesterday). This behavior can also be found in Chicago where their thugs break out store windows as evidence that shop owners need to pay for protection; the only difference is that we’re already paying our thug and he still wants more.

Our thug is going to do what he is going to do, but it remains to be seen how Republicans will respond. Rest assured an adequate response will only be possible if we make it clear to them that we expect them to do what is necessary to stop this, and that we will support them in whatever actions they must take. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Non-comprehensive Approach to Immigration Reform

photo courtesy DHS

As the President prepares to make good on his threat to grant executive amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, various media outlets have begun asking Republicans what their alternative would be. While that would seem to be a fair question, it ignores a couple of very important facts. First, the President has yet to explain exactly what he plans to do and how his actions will solve anything, and it assumes that granting amnesty will magically make the illegal immigration problem go away. That being said, there is absolutely no reason for a Republican to dodge the question, but for the sake of any Republican that needs a little help, I will spell out what needs to be done.

Comprehensive is Latin for ‘there’s a bunch of stuff in it you’re not going to like’”

First, we have to put aside the need for a “comprehensive” solution to the issue. As Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said recently “Comprehensive is Latin for ‘there’s a bunch of stuff in it you’re not going to like’”.  By holding out for the “comprehensive” fix, Democrats have successfully prolonged the problem in their effort to offshore their voting base. I know there’s little chance the Republican ‘leadership’ will take that stand, but the rank and file can take that decision out of their hands by making it very clear at every opportunity that “comprehensive” is off the table.

We then move on to the first point of action, securing the border. As Democrats are prone to point out, there is no way to make the border totally secure, but there is a lot of room for improvement over what we have now. If we immediately end the President’s Welcome Wagon policies with serious interdiction and deportation policies, add the necessary manpower and technology necessary to make those policies effective, and take away the incentives to enter the country illegally (outlined below), the situation can be vastly improved. Everyone in Washington knows this, which is why Democrats and some Republicans don’t want to talk about it. The American people have just demonstrated their willingness to fire employees who don’t perform, and we need to make it clear that we’re not through yet.

As I said previously, we need to take away the incentives that make illegal immigration so attractive. We begin by making it so simple for employers to verify legal status of job applicants that even a Congressman could do it (and you can’t tell me we don’t have the ability to do that), and then enforce stiff penalties against those who knowingly hire illegal aliens. Large fines, loss of professional licensure, and possible jail time should pretty much do the trick. The key here is ‘enforcement’. Laws that are not enforced are little more than suggestions.

The next step is to end all hope of citizenship for illegal aliens; that carrot has to be taken away. As long as people in Washington are holding out hope of a backdoor to citizenship people will continue to come. This of course raises the ‘what do we do with the ones that are here’ question. The answer is to provide a legal status that comes with a price and has no path to citizenship, and that should be offered only to in limited circumstances. Illegal immigrants have already shown the willingness and ability to travel from their home country to America for better economic opportunities, so many of them will be perfectly capable of returning when the economic opportunities here are no longer as good as those in their home countries.

Public assistance should be available to only those who are here legally; illegal immigrants who currently receive public assistance should continue for up to one year, giving them time to make other arrangements. I know this sounds callous and uncaring, but continuing to subsidize illegal immigration only serves to prolong the problem and puts families and children at risk as they travel to the United States.

Cover the travel expenses of those who wish to leave voluntarily. As we remove the incentives to be here some will decide to go back home and the cost of air fare will certainly be less than the cost of allowing them here to stay. Of course, prior to their departure they should have to identify themselves, be photographed and fingerprinted, and provide a DNA sample. Anyone found to have returned illegally a second time would face up to five years in prison and immediate deportation upon release.

The final step is to end the anchor baby path to citizenship by granting citizenship only to those born in the United States who have at least one parent here legally. Citizenship in this country is obviously a valuable commodity and should not be used to reward those who violate our laws. Congress has the authority to make this change, and if they are unwilling to do so they need to explain to the American people why. (Correction: As an alert reader pointed out, this must be accomplished with a Constitutional Amendment.)

As you can see this is not a complicated solution to the problem of illegal immigration, nor is it too difficult to carry out. The “comprehensive” approach is nothing more than an effort to confuse the issue and to delay any possible resolution. By separating the issues of border security and illegal immigration the process becomes much easier to understand and the problems much easier to solve.