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Kucinich: We Went to War in Iraq Based on Lies!

"More than 1,000,000 innocent Iraqis have died. We've lost more than 4,000 of our troops.  . . . Our presence in Afghanistan is an unmitigated disaster," says Dennis Kucinich (D-OH).

Alan Grayson: We Should End the War in Iraq and Afghanistan

Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) says we have killed hundreds of thousands and spent $3 trillion on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. We need to end the carnage and massive spending that is putting us on the brink of bankruptcy.

Ron Paul: Are We Being Lied to to Keep Us in This War?

Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) on the House floor

Milwaukee Democrat: Arizona Is 'a Ways Removed from the Border'

Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy West, a Hispanic who "grew up in Milwaukee," shows that she's clueless about Arizona's location and problems, but that doesn't stop her from giving her opinion on its new immigration law.

Previously Democratic Administration officials Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Dept. Secretary Janet Napolitano went very public in their opposition to the Arizona law, then admitted they hadn't read it (12 - 17 pages, apparently depending on how it's printed).

Obama on Illegal Alien Amnesty

Democrats are the party of choice for illegal aliens and their proponents. However, allowing an invasion of illegal aliens is not popular with American citizens, including those on the border states where the problem is especially acute.

Illegal alien supporters, including our President, do not let the plain-spoken words "illegal aliens" cross their lips. Instead they prefer to obfuscate the issue and hopefully confuse listeners by using such terms as "immigration" (thus lumping illegal aliens together with legal immigrants), "undocumented workers" (i.e. illegal aliens) and "comprehensive immigration reform" (i.e. illegal alien amnesty).

There are an estimated 12 - 20 million illegal aliens in the U.S.
White House

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Few issues have stirred more passions than immigration in this country, and this morning the President made clear what many already know: all sides must come together to address it, including those Republicans who have backed away from the table since the failed effort a few short years ago. In his speech at American University, the President again emphasized, comprehensive reform is the only solution to our broken immigration system – and that rests on accountability:

Now, once we get past the two poles of this debate, it becomes possible to shape a practical, common-sense approach that reflects our heritage and our values. Such an approach demands accountability from everybody – from government, from businesses and from individuals.

For government:

Government has a threshold responsibility to secure our borders. That’s why I directed my Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano -- a former border governor -- to improve our enforcement policy without having to wait for a new law.

Today, we have more boots on the ground near the Southwest border than at any time in our history. Let me repeat that: We have more boots on the ground on the Southwest border than at any time in our history. We doubled the personnel assigned to Border Enforcement Security Task Forces. We tripled the number of intelligence analysts along the border. For the first time, we’ve begun screening 100 percent of southbound rail shipments. And as a result, we’re seizing more illegal guns, cash and drugs than in years past. Contrary to some of the reports that you see, crime along the border is down. And statistics collected by Customs and Border Protection reflect a significant reduction in the number of people trying to cross the border illegally.

For businesses:

That’s why businesses must be held accountable if they break the law by deliberately hiring and exploiting undocumented workers. We’ve already begun to step up enforcement against the worst workplace offenders. And we’re implementing and improving a system to give employers a reliable way to verify that their employees are here legally. But we need to do more. We cannot continue just to look the other way as a significant portion of our economy operates outside the law. It breeds abuse and bad practices. It punishes employers who act responsibly and undercuts American workers. And ultimately, if the demand for undocumented workers falls, the incentive for people to come here illegally will decline as well.

For individuals:

Finally, we have to demand responsibility from people living here illegally. They must be required to admit that they broke the law. They should be required to register, pay their taxes, pay a fine, and learn English. They must get right with the law before they can get in line and earn their citizenship -- not just because it is fair, not just because it will make clear to those who might wish to come to America they must do so inside the bounds of the law, but because this is how we demonstrate that being -- what being an American means. Being a citizen of this country comes not only with rights but also with certain fundamental responsibilities. We can create a pathway for legal status that is fair, reflective of our values, and works.

The President closed with the story of a poet more than a hundred years ago, and what she said about the character of America:

It was at this time that a young woman named Emma Lazarus, whose own family fled persecution from Europe generations earlier, took up the cause of these new immigrants. Although she was a poet, she spent much of her time advocating for better health care and housing for the newcomers. And inspired by what she saw and heard, she wrote down her thoughts and donated a piece of work to help pay for the construction of a new statue -- the Statue of Liberty -- which actually was funded in part by small donations from people across America.

Years before the statue was built -- years before it would be seen by throngs of immigrants craning their necks skyward at the end of long and brutal voyage, years before it would come to symbolize everything that we cherish -- she imagined what it could mean. She imagined the sight of a giant statue at the entry point of a great nation -– but unlike the great monuments of the past, this would not signal an empire. Instead, it would signal one’s arrival to a place of opportunity and refuge and freedom.

“Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand,” she wrote,

A mighty woman with a torch…
From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome…
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!”…
“Give me your tired, and your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to be free…
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Let us remember these words. For it falls on each generation to ensure that that lamp -– that beacon -– continues to shine as a source of hope around the world, and a source of our prosperity here at home.

Rush Limbaugh: President purposely misrepresented the Statue of Liberty and Emma Lazarus' poem in today's speech []


Operation Wetback   How Eisenhower handled the country's Mexican illegal aliens in 1954 [Wikipedia]

AZ Gov. Brewer to Obama: Warning Signs Are Not Enough

Wooden signs all along the border to safeguard it from anyone entering illegally.

Why not just put these inexpensive wooden signs in airports, save a bunch of money and be done with it?

CNN: Almost All Exxon Valdez Cleanup Crew Dead

Tom Woods on Nullification

Tom Woods talks about his new book Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century...with a zombie.

Supreme Court Ends Gun Control in The U.S.

Ends local gun bans across the country.


Gun Control Laws by Thomas Sowell [Jewish World Review]

Kagan on Government's Power to Dictate What We Eat

Sen. Tom Coburn, a medical doctor and a Republican from Oklahoma, pressed U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on the limits of the government's power under the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution. He appeared to have the recently enacted Healthcare Law in mind as he questioned her.

The commerce clause, which is Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution, enumerates as one of the "Powers of Congress": "To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes." This is the entire clause. How that translates into telling Americans what to eat is a head scratcher.

But the commerce clause's meaning is often stretched and manipulated.

The justification often cited is that the U.S. Constitution is a "living, breathing" instrument, meaning that its original intention and meaning can be changed to something that's not in the text at all to "keep up with changing times."

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