Immigration Reform Sounds Great, But Get It Right

English: Benjamin Franklin National Memorial i...

Benjamin Franklin National Memorial in the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

Immigration Reform is finally front and center in our national debate, no thanks to a feckless President unwilling to show his hand in this controversial debate. A group of republican and democratic Senators have come forward with a framework for a bill they hope to write, then pass on to the GOP controlled House by Spring. It’s a noble effort that will only become law if priorities are straight. And so far I’ve not seen evidence that their priorities are straight. So far, the only priority I’ve seen bantered about is the news medias claim the Republicans might come on board due to their desire for Hispanic votes. How’s that sit with you for integrity?

Estimates place the number of illegal aliens in this country at 11 million persons. 40% of these immigrants came to the country legally and over-stayed their visas. 80% of these illegals came from Mexico or some Latin nation. All of them place heavy burdens on our countries resources; jobs, welfare, schools, hospitals, justice system, etc. It’s a blight on the country and a serious threat to both economic recovery and deficit spending. And unless the problem is solved there is no hope of it getting better. It will only get worse. So some compromise, in the spirit of Benjamin Franklin, seems in order.

One of our countries greatest statesmen was the Philadelphia printer who almost singlehandedly brought the French into the Revolutionary War, and through an established aura pressed authors of our Federal Constitution to accord. The 81-year old Franklin urged his fellow delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention to be willing to sacrifice, not their principles, but their overwhelming urge to be right.

Franklin said that day that through his long life, he had often been forced

“by better information or fuller consideration to change opinions . . . which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise. It is therefore that the older I grow, the more apt I am to doubt my own judgment, and to pay more respect to the judgment of others.”

Details of the proposed immigration reform plan can be read in detail here, in the ABC News story: Details of the Immigration Plan.

What has always been the sticking point is what to do with the 11-million illegals already in this country. Hard liners insist they not get “amnesty”. But lets face it. Such a stance is both un-American and cruel. Americans grant amnesty all the time. It was written into the Constitution that Franklin worked so hard on. But Liberal Democrats have never wanted to face the reality of Republican priorities first: secure the border and remove the magnets. Granting illegals a path to citizenship is absolutely fine with me. But first things first. The border must be secured and allowing illegals to suck-up every welfare and entitlement program this country offers will not diminish the uncontrolled flow of illegal immigrants into this country. It will, in fact, accelerate it.

I’ve never understood why Democrats failed to understand that the jobs and benefits taken by illegals more drastically affect people who statistically tend to be Democratic voters. When you employ a Spanish-speaking person to cook your hamburgers, lay your carpet or install your new roof you aren’t taking a job from some college educated intellectual. You are taking a job from the least educated in our society, and far too often that person is black. When you provide a Section 8, or welfare home, to an illegal Mexican family you aren’t shutting out that home from a Stanford University grad and their kids. The American family who needs the warmth and security of that shelter is poor and ill-educated.

The current compromise proposal calls for more border agents and security monitoring using unmanned drones before any amnesty is granted. This sounds like a step in the right direction. It also proposes stream-lining the legal immigration process to make it easier to come into this country than the current nightmarish system. It also allows for more immigrants to legally come during times of economic growth and slow immigration during times of no or slow growth. Again, good ideas.

American Civil Liberties Union

The American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, has already come out against a registration plan allowing background checks for employers to see if potential new hires are legal residents in this country. They have an excellent point. A national ID card program, which this plan would certainly require, is an infringement on the implied Constititional right to privacy. But the problem can be easily solved by making the Federal Background check program and registration voluntary. If employers choose not to use it and are found to have hired illegals penalize them with such severe consequences that they would be unwise to not use it.

At the turn of the 20th Century and just before, this country was being overwhelmed by new immigrants. But at that time you were not allowed into this country without a sponsor and without a desirable skill. That too would seem to be a standard in our own national interests.

I don’t expect this bill to go anywhere. Because while I hope and expect Republicans to compromise on the “path to citizenship” issue; I expect Democrats to use the poor Hispanics/Latinos in this country as they continue to use the blacks in this country as political footballs with which to perpetually bash the GOP and subsequently remain in power. It’s not solutions they want. They’ll paint the Republicans reasonable positions regarding border security first as too tough and inhumane. And in doing so the complicit media will again drive more Latinos into the hands of their overseers, the Democratic party.

Spanking Kids Leads to Adult Mental Illnesses – ABC News

Can spanking your child on the butt be cause of mental illness as those kids become adults? This study claims that to be true. But in my mind the study doesn’t go far enough.

As pointed out in this news story its long been understood that severe physical, mental or sexual abuse does lead to mental illness among victims.

Spanking Kids Leads to Adult Mental Illnesses – ABC News.

If this study is to be understood should participants also be tested or judged on all that they’ve become as adults? The assumption by this author is that all of us, even the most well adjusted, are mentally challenged in some form or another. All of us have certain quirks, worries, anxieties and occasionally depression (be it mild or more pronounced).

Let a study report on what percentage of those spanked in childhood become more disciplined, harder working, physically fit, and generally well-adjusted versus those who didn’t face stern discipline in their youth. In order words, focus on the positive not the negative. Then we can better judge how to best parent the next generation.

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Trayvon Martin Beat his Killer

George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman

The circumstances surrounding the death of teenager Trayvon Martin on that dark and rainy night, February 26th in Sanford, Florida became clearer yesterday. The doctor for the man who shot Martin released the medical records of his examination of George Zimmerman the day after the shooting. Also autopsy records of the black teenager were released. In both reports injuries suffered by the two people were consistent with Zimmerman’s story that he shot and killed Martin in self-defense. If true the hysterics generated over this case may prove to be one more sad case of racism being alleged and loudly expressed but not supported by the preponderance of the evidence.

Trayvon Martin Protest - Sanford

Trayvon Martin Protest – Sanford (Photo credit: werthmedia)

It maddens me because I love my kids, my black kids, and I want the real racism they may face in their lives to be taken seriously when they and I stand up to it. Too much “crying wolf” from people who have other motivations beyond justice for poor young Trayvon. The old Aesop fable, as shown in this video, teaches us you can only falsely claim racism so-many times before people stop listening.

According to Matt Gutman of ABC News the doctor’s report on Zimmerman showed Zimmerman to have had two black eyes, two cuts on the back of his head, bruising in the upper lip and cheek, lower back pain and a “closed fracture” of his nose.

If you add it up that means Zimmerman was punched a minimum of five times, once in each eye, once in the nose, cheek and lip. And with the two cuts on the back of his head you can determine that Zimmerman was honest about Martin slamming his head against the ground after being severely punched a minimum of five times by the 5-foot 11-inch athletically built young man. And when slamming another man’s head against concrete one must be on top of the victim. It won’t work the other way around (this for those who still claim Martin was defending himself).

Further corroborating Zimmerman’s tale was the autopsy which showed that Martin had only two injuries; the gun shot wound and cuts on his knuckles. Clearly Martin was beating the hell out of Zimmerman.

If you’re Zimmerman, and you know you have a gun, how long are you going to take this beating before reaching into your pocket for the gun and shooting the person who may well kill you?

The wisdom of Zimmerman getting out of his car to follow Martin, who he viewed as suspicious, can certainly be questioned. But Zimmerman’s increasingly believable story is that Martin ran and was lost to Zimmerman. Not knowing where Martin had gone Zimmerman quit his pursuit and was no longer following Martin, but was walking back to his car. That’s when Martin came upon him, Zimmerman, and proceeded to attack the self-made neighborhood-watch-guard.

During the uproar in Sanford throughout the month of March few if any Trayvon Martin supporters, news media, or social media posts thought for a moment that Zimmerman might be innocent though I inferred as much in a blog from March 28th I titled Trayvon Martin’s Killer Should Be Punished, Right? 

Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. discusses funding h...

Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr.

The farcical acts of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton

Al Sharpton

Al Sharpton

have stirred up angry emotions before when such outrage proved misdirected or wrong. Their acts are old and dangerous and should end. Wouldn’t it be wonderful for the whole country if such men with such notoriety and capabilities actually devoted their efforts to helping people, rather than screaming about racist bogey men?

I don’t blame Martin’s parents for starting the protests. They lost a son. They have conducted themselves well, as best I can tell. Their loss does deserve some explanation.

The death of Trayvon Martin is without question a tragedy, and one we all hope is not repeated. Zimmerman may be guilty of manslaughter for ignoring the 9-1-1 operators softly worded direction “You don’t have to do that”. But wouldn’t it be another tragedy if this other young man’s life were ended or destroyed worse than it has been because other zealous criers of wolf made him spend years in jail in fear for his life, whether behind bars or not?

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