Veterans are highly skilled, dedicated individuals who bring to the civilian workforce those same qualities. However, transitioning from the battlefield to civilian life can be difficult. The panel of veterans and philanthropists at Heritage’s Protect America Month event, “Serving Those Who Serve,” gave some insight on how communities can help.
Different veterans need different kinds of help. Some have serious physical injuries, others have psychological wounds still others experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PPST), and others have traumatic brain injuries. Some families have been destabilized through one member’s military service.
Are you ready for this news? We hope so; subsequently if you are not prepared for the data espoused please do as we have done and contact your local Veteran’s Administration. Please understand that the following story is true.
Ike joined the Army at age 18 in 2008. In Afghanistan in 2009, he was hit by multiple bomb blasts, including one that threw him across a road like a horse-shoe. Sophisticated armor helped him escape with just bruises, but the blasts battered his brain. Ever since, he has been hit with heart spasms and seizures.
Ike is in many ways the typical modern disabled veteran. He survived combat with barely a scratch but later was diagnosed with what have become the most common wounds of a decade of war — traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, which together likely affect more than half a million veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said.
What happened when he came home is increasingly typical, too. At Fort Carson, the damaged soldier racked up punishments for being late to formation, missing appointments, getting in an argument, and not showing up for work. All of these alleged offensives are quite typical in a military environment where one is making the transition between a “war-time Army and a peace time Army.”
It only gets worse for Ike so stay with us. These behaviors can be symptoms of TBI and PTSD, and Army doctors recommended Ike go to a special battalion for wounded warriors. Instead, his battalion put him in jail, and then threw him out of the Army with an “other-than honorable discharge” that stripped him of veteran’s benefits. He was sent packing without even the medicine to stop his convulsions.
After the longest period of war in American history, more soldiers are being discharged for misconduct than at any time in recent history, and soldiers with the most combat exposure are the hardest hit. A Gazette investigation based on data obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) shows the annual number of misconduct discharges is up more than 25 percent Army-wide since 2009, mirroring the rise in wounded. At the eight Army posts that house most of the service’s combat units, including Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, misconduct discharges have surged 67 percent!
All told, more than 76,000 soldiers have been kicked out of the Army since 2006. They end up in cities large and small across the country, in hospitals and homeless shelters, abandoned trailers and ratty apartments, working in gas fields and at the McDonald’s counter. The Army does not track how many, like Ike, were kicked out with combat wounds.
To us this hard-line attitude amongst the cadre to all fellow soldiers is unconscionable. This is bringing up some very painful decisions made by politicians, such as the amount of tours of duty a soldier is allowed to serve.
This sure made me start thinking when I heard a soldier interviewed about tenured service whereby he was just starting his fourth combat tour and according to him, it was to be his last. Well he did make it miraculously through two additional tours before being medically returned to the United States.
Last week, Gallup asked Americans if they approve of the job that Congress is doing. Not surprisingly, only 16% said they did. Yesterday’s vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sen. Jeff Sessions’ amendment to reduce the legal immigration levels proposed in the Gang of Eight’s bill is a prime example of why that support is so low.
Every member of the committee besides Sen. Sessions voted against the amendment. In essence that is a vote of 1/17 or 0.058 percent of one. In order to make this completely real and accurate the Gallup results support that less than 1/100th of a penny is the favorable percentage of at least Senator Jeff Sessions’ amendment to try to improve the amounts of legal immigrants allowed within the first decade of the Eight’s legislation.
So what do you think a very mild mannered investigative journalist would do when confronted with this kind of reported data? Insofar as the majority of us here at TCT knew something was
up and we have prepared and over-prepared with our information gathering and research.
The Gang of Eight’s bill would grant 33 million green cards in the first 10 years if enacted. Sen. Sessions’ amendment would reduce that number to 23 million.
However, let’s be transparent here, unlike some of those involved with government. Under current law, the U.S. would grant about 11 million green cards in the next decade, so Sen. Sessions was still offering to DOUBLE the current level, and no one went along.
How many are there of you that believe that there is a disconnect between Congressional members and the U.S. public as a whole – and not just with immigration reform – but also rather just about in all matters.
“After two weeks of “markup,” Senators have done little more than prove to the public that we critics have been right all along about what this immigration legislation would turn out to be.
As amended, this bill virtually assures that Congress will be considering demands for the next amnesty in just a few years” this was the sentiment brought forth by Roy Beck, President and founder of NumbersUSA.
During a long period of research we are not so sure that Congress’s approval rating is that so disproportionate with the American people. Additionally, we do have some (including moi) that believe that the majority of congressional officials don’t care about public policy, autonomy, and anything that resembles sovereignty.
This is an OUTRAGE! The people that some vote into office are supposed to be looking out after our best interests – insofar as our property and the rights to enjoy them. One year ago in 2012 the Congressional approval rating dropped 10 percent twice. The only other time in U.S. history that indicates such low approval rating numbers is around the middle and late 1970s.
However, it has been made abundantly clear through this website that these very people are more into the “rights taking away group,” than otherwise. Just look around you – research clearly indicates that illegal immigration is 60 percent blatantly disregarding America’s rule of law; whilst the other 40 percent is with those international students who just don’t tend to their prearranged agreements.
So as for now I am totally sickened by what wants to be considered as leadership of this nation. Folks from top to bottom, starting with our not so coveted White House that looks as though it will survive the barrage of missiles in the form of Benghazi-gate, AP Press-gate, with other assorted people who are vying for the next White House or Congressional houses still lying through their teeth first to themselves, then for whomever will listen to their chicken—sheeit.
Have you ever gone around shirking any kind of resemblance to a quiz, test, or other big jargon like an exam when it comes down to what it is that we know in and from the U.S. Constitution? So many of us simply take it for granted that the Constitution is really the preamble “We the People”, in conjunction with those first ten or so amendments. Believe it or not, that is remarkably what it states about the importance of Americans Founding Documents for the Naturalization Test or basically any of the websites that offer quizzes.
As far as we are concerned there are three rudimentary questions that must be addressed if we are to survive as a people – a nation.
1 – Why is America so unique in world history; 2 – Why the Constitution (and the underlying principles on which it is based) enabled America to become the freest, most prosperous nation in history; and 3 – Why the key to making America great again is to restore the Constitution as the supreme law of the land.
To do this, “We the People” must elect a government that will respect rather than violate or ignore the Constitution. Subsequently the only way to make this happen is if the American people learn about and understand the Constitution, and it underlying principles of individual rights and limited government.
There are many, many sites available that will openly encourage each of us to take a small quiz. The Pew Research Center, the International Scholastic Institute, and of course, the Naturalization Test that regardless we ask each of you to at least take a look at what real dumbing-down is and consequently grade inflation.
There are many institutions that actively teach the Principles of the Constitution as well as American heritage which are so critical to preserving liberty in America.
We are fully convinced that the only way to counter the assault on the Constitution and to restore liberty in America is to educate American citizens and our elected leaders on the Constitution and its underlying principles.
There is a reason that the Founders debated and went through the ratification process to ensure we had a Constitution. The principle reason is that the Constitution does not allow the government to do what it wants – a reason that it established a federal government with specific, enumerated powers. That reason is to ensure that the federal government does what it must to preserve liberty, and does not become tyrannical.
The Constitution does not authorize Congress to create the massive bureaucracy today that results in a fourth branch of government. And with the passage and enactment of Obamacare, that branch will grow even larger.
The Founders understood the need for a Constitution to limit the power of the federal government to protect civil and religious liberty. It is well-known today that if our political leaders actually followed the Constitution, one estimate suggests that the federal government would be about one-third the size it is now.
Furthermore, most of the day-to-day governing in America would take place at the state and local level. Instead our leaders are ignoring or actively opposing the limits on government established by the Constitution, literally enslaving future generations with unsustainable debt.
Unfortunately, far too many Americans today don’t even know what the Constitution says – which is why America is in such dire straits. Most Americans have never even read our Declaration of Independence, which sets forth the principles of liberty and limited government more clearly than any document ever written.
Please do not forget about our poll just over to the right…please participate!
Just imagine this…
Eric Holder lashed out at his chief antagonist Wednesday at a congressional hearing where the attorney general was questioned on recent administration scandals, telling Republican Rep. Darrell Issa at the end of a tense exchange that his conduct is “shameful.”
Holder’s comments came after Issa accused him of purposely and repeatedly keeping information from Congress. Now let’s all ask ourselves…does AG Eric Holder purposely keep information from Congress?
Any sound and logical person, knowing the history of Eric Holder’s visits to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the House Committee on Ethics and Responsibility, and now the House Judiciary Committee investigating Holder’s involvement with why he called the FBI and other DOJ personnel off of the Boston Marathon bomber; there’s a key here folks – Eric Holder has been found in Contempt predicated upon is dragging feet with the Fast & Furious investigation.
“No, that’s what you typically do,” Holder responded. Following crosstalk, Holder added, “That is inappropriate and is too consistent with the way in which you conduct yourself as a member of Congress. It’s unacceptable and it’s shameful.”
The heated exchange with the lawmaker who led the charge against Holder regarding the botched Operation Fast and Furious came during a House Judiciary Committee hearing that examined a new set of scandals. Holder was grilled on a series of allegations, including the way the agency tried to find out who was behind a government leak to The Associated Press.
The AP, along with several lawmakers, say the Justice Department infringed on the constitutional rights of the press when it secretly obtained two months’ worth of phone records. Lawmakers tried to get answers out of Holder Wednesday but voiced frustration after Holder repeatedly rebuffed questions by claiming he wasn’t involved in the decision-making process.
This brings us to a portion that speaks volumes about the entire Obama administration. How often have we, as America citizens seen the usurping and unreasonable attacks on our rights by this over sized and pathetic government?
Worse still is how many times they think we are going to buy-in to their somehow faulty memories – for example:
REV WRIGHT racist statements – “didn’t know”
BILL AYERS – “didn’t know him from that era”
AIG EXECUTIVE BONUSES – “didn’t know”
SOCIAL SECURITY SCANDAL lavish parties- “didn’t know”
VAN JONES resignation – “didn’t know his radical past”
ACORN wide-spread scandals – “didn’t know”
SECRET SERVICE scandal – “didn’t know”
ALIAS EMAILS / EPA – “didn’t know”
EPA RADICAL ARMENDARIZ, RESIGNATION – “didn’t know”
FAST & FURIOUS – “didn’t know”
BENGHAZI – “didn’t know”
IRS TARGETING CONSERVATIVES – “didn’t know”
AP PHONE WIRETAPPING scandal – “didn’t know”
“What would the Founders say or do”?
Like most of the founding generation there existed two major features: First, America should generously welcome people from many nations and religions. Second, the numbers and kinds of immigrants may need to be limited with a view to the qualities of character required for democratic citizenship.
Let’s look at these two preconditions with a measured degree of critical thinking. First, we need to look at who is immigrating to the country and for what reasons. Yet even before examining these various reasons, what we need to do is to take a brief look or perception of what the world looked like during that period in history.
Let there be no mistake about it – many modern day scholars and academia’s have been tirelessly annoyed with the silences and the contours of the U.S. Constitution. In other words, very typical of humankind when an answer is sought yet there is little to be found addressing it, legal minds and history chroniclers’ attempt to establish wording that makes meaning acceptable to their need of the moment.
Having any individual albeit within the Founding generation or years later to try and put forth politically correct argument into the Constitution is abhorrently in error trying to install an original meaning of the founders. We can however look to different events, epochs, and times throughout history to assist us in making an informed conclusion.
Therefore let’s do that – let’s look and see what was going on during the last half of the eighteenth century – that would make a person sell themselves as indentured servants, prostitutes, or slaves simply to get here. The prevailing thought during that time, as well as the Constitution is produced, were expressions of the Enlightenment.
The Age of Enlightenment or simply the Enlightenment is the era in Western philosophy, intellectual, scientific, and cultural life, centered upon the 18th century, in which reason was advocated as the primary source for legitimacy and authority. Developing simultaneously in France, Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Portugal and the American colonies, the movement was buoyed by Atlantic Revolutions, especially the success of the American Revolution, when breaking free of the British Empire.
Most of Europe was caught up, including the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Russia, and Scandinavia, along with Latin America in instigating the Haitian Revolution. The authors of the American Declaration of Independence, the United States Bill of Rights, the French Declaration, of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, and the Polish-Lithuanian Constitution of May 3, 1791, were motivated by Enlightenment principle.
The “Enlightenment” was not a single movement or school of thought, for these philosophies was often mutually contradictory or divergent. The Enlightenment was less a set of ideas than it was a set of values. At its core was a critical questioning of traditional institutions, customs, and morals, and a strong belief in rationality and science.
Some historians also include the late 17th century, which is typically known as the Age of Reason or Age of Rationalism, as part of the Enlightenment; however, most historians consider the Age of Reason to be a prelude to the ideas of the Enlightenment.
According to Jack N. Rakove, the very distinguished historian as well as Professor of History at Stanford University espouses in his best-seller Original Meanings that there can be no question that the framers and many of their contemporaries were familiar not only with the great works as such luminaries as Locke, Hobbes, Montesquieu, Hume, and Blackstone. Yet these individuals thrived on self-education in areas of English politics, the moral philosophy, and social science of the Scottish Enlightenment, as well as religious undertakings in the Netherlands, the discord in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth as well as Russia and the Scandinavians’.
Having established that it is therefore essential to understand that most of the settlers were not in the lower classes. To understand the Enlightenment within the American colonies people were driven to work out of necessity and this attitude was very much a part of their glorious lifestyles. And it would be a save bet to know how much they appreciated it.
Interestingly before making the leap is to note that government existed for the many and especially to protect that liberty, property, and equal rights of the citizen.
This was the America that lured immigrants. Whilst other places in the world were in utter ruin things especially after the American revolution sure looked mighty nice to many.
For all the ‘Doubting Thomas’ out there…
We have an overwhelming need to express our guts in this issue of The Contemplative Thinker. We of course demand the utmost of civility, decorum, with seasonings of politics tossed rather heavily into our writing concoction.
No one can possibly imagine what being a international whistle-blower is like until we have at least walked in those shoes. Could you imagine what Bob Woodward and Bernie Goldstein as young reporters covering one of the largest political scandals up to that time in history.
I, on the other hand, share a great deal with my colleagues here – especially when it comes down to the complete utter disregard for the very lives of those who have served you. Just look below or go to ‘categories’ and select Benghazi-Gate or Benghazi-gate inasmuch as we have tried to keep abreast of the reports and especially the people involved therein.
This very much brings to my mind a quote by the Father of the Constitution, Pres. James Madison:
“I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation’s” – James Madison
Barack Obama told the American people that before he went to sleep on the night of the Benghazi terrorist attack (while the attack was still ongoing) he authorized the use of all available resources to help get the situation under control.
During his testimony on the attack Leon Panetta admitted that after he informed Barack Obama of the attack at hie pre-scheduled 5:00 meeting on September 11th that he didn’t speak to the president again that night.
So where Barack Obama was that night and what was he doing that was so important he never called in to see what was going on? The White House isn’t saying:
“On Friday morning, CNSNews.com called the White House press office to inquire about where President Obama was, what he was doing, and who he was communicating with, after 5:30 p.m. on the night of Sept. 11, 2012. At 10:29 a.m. on Friday, CNSNews.com followed up by emailing questions to the White House press office.
On Friday afternoon, CNSNews.com additionally followed up by calling the White House National Security Council press office and also emailing that office the questions. CNSNews.com also followed up on Friday afternoon by again calling the White House Press Office and emailing the questions again to that office.
The White House press office Monday morning confirmed receiving the questions but did not have a timetable for when it could provide answers.
We know that Barack Obama had what he considered to be more important things on his mind, namely the fundraiser he had to attend the next day, and it has been rumored that he simply went to bed during the attack to prepare for his busy day on September 12th. We deserve to know if this is the truth because all that we know at this point is that Barack Obama seemed uninterested in the attack which killed Chris Stevens, Glenn Doherty, Sean Smith, and Tyrone Woods and to me that is a dereliction of duty.
Now we have learned from whistle-blower Gregg Hicks that a special operations force in Tripoli were preparing to fly into Benghazi but were ordered to stand down:
“Hicks also reported that SOCAFRICA commander Lt. Col. Gibson and his team were prepared to board a C130 from Tripoli before the attack on the Benghazi annex. Gibson received a call saying, “you can’t go now, you don’t have the authority to go now.’ And so they missed the flight … They were told not to board the flight, so they missed it.”
If this special ops unit was allowed to precede it is likely that Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods would be alive today so the question is; did Barack Obama actually order all available resources to be used to stop the attack or was his order disobeyed? Personally, I find it hard to believe anyone disobeyed a direct order from the commander-in-chief, if they had they would have been held accountable because it would have given Barack Obama the “out” he so desperately needs at this point. I don’t think the order was ever given.
There is an absolute plethora of information now that the whistle blowers are allowed to speak. Until next time…
Here is what the Federation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR) posits to the general public as the five most corrupting, offensive, true, and what needs to be looked at with regard to immigration reform brought forth by the infamous Gang of Eight, Barack Obama, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). In addition, these five issues also deal with ultimate changes to the American Electoral College albeit, not one word has been said about it.
We encourage that each person visit their website, FAIR, to see how intricately they uphold words. There is no ostensible political correctness on their site. Furthermore, we encourage that you read (it’s almost impossible not too!) some of the comments that their readers make.
Gang of Eight Breaks Promise on Back Taxes
A close analysis of the Gang of Eight’s amnesty bill (S.744) shows that illegal aliens will in fact not be required to pay back taxes in order to receive legal status, which the bill calls ‘registered provisional immigrant’
Judge Says Obama Unilateral Amnesty Likely to be Blocked
A court challenge by federal immigration agents seeking to block President Barack Obama’s deferred-deportation initiative will probably succeed, a judge said.
Rubio’s Charm Offensive on Immigration Misrepresents the Facts, and His Own Past
Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) keeps telling the American people that the Gang of Eight’s bill is not amnesty, despite the fact that virtually every illegal alien in the country will receive amnesty…
Amnesty Would Reshape Electoral College
The immigration proposal pending in Congress would transform the nation’s political landscape for a generation or more — pumping as many as 11 million new Hispanic voters into the electorate a decade from now.
Jeff Flake Plays Russian Roulette with Terrorists
How do you carry out meaningful background checks on 11 million people? The Gang of Eight has repeatedly offered assurances to the American public that illegal aliens seeking amnesty under their bill would have to undergo rigorous background checks.
Please let us make no mistake about this expose. We understand the difference between unintended consequences and intended consequences. There are from time to time when mistakes are made that may result in unintended consequences. As a society we are taught and raised to believe that everyone deserves their forgiveness for mistakes that they have committed.
However, there is a huge distinction between forgiving and forgetting. We may choose to forgive someone predicated upon their mistake; however, we are firm believers that those who commit crimes or unpleasantries against us without any remorse whatsoever and continue to do so…well, we may forget about forgiveness of their actions is a different matter completely.
Great for a Founding Fathers Quote’s Friday as we bring Alexander Hamilton into our discussion. Hamilton stated that.:
”Government implies the power of making laws. It is essential to the idea of a law, that it be attended with a sanction; or, in other words, a penalty or punishment for disobedience”… Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 15, 1787
Now mind you, it is our belief that members of the press community are merely reporting the news – which just happens to be their job. However, many members in the self-awarding mainstream media seem to be making news out of the basic reporting.
We are addressing such evidence as Operation Fast & Furious; Benghazi-Gate; allowing Iran to continue to perfect their nuclear capabilities, or weapons of war as well as their civil rights abuses; so who has put either the truth or untruth into the notion that the Syrian government has in fact used chemical weapons against its own people.
Continuing just for a heads-up – who on earth contacted the government magistrate or Federal authorities in connection with the State’s Attorney’s office and the Public Defender’s office about issuing ‘Jahar’ Tsarnaev his Miranda rights before speaking to the officials in more competent positions (ex., Justice, DOS, FBI, CIA, or even the White House).
Folks understanding and attending to the laws on the books is every bit as important as acknowledging them and abiding by them. In a situation such as this Federal magistrate, a Judge, prosecution, and defense counsel making an independent decision to administer such action (Miranda rights) is potentially more dangerous than doing the opposite.
I am persuaded that a firm union is as necessary to perpetuate our liberties, as it is to make us respectable; and experience will probably prove that the National Government will be as natural a guardian of our freedom as the State Legislatures… Alexander Hamilton, speech to the New York Ratifying Convention, June 1788
Something we do not have now, insofar as far too many factions supported by greedy, fund-raising special interests groups aiding and thus somehow giving those factions legitimacy.
We ask you the reader to respond to the various changes and attempt to answer why these are now acceptable. Consequently, all things being equal, the only thing that in reality that has changed is the people who now support such activities. Clearly it must be established that in every public opinion poll concerning same-sex marriage, sexual orientation, homosexuality, as well as the events occurring to the opposite of the American moral standards originally supported the American way.
Then through money, power, special interests, advocacy, and the media the numbers within the polls begin to dwindle until we have a lackadaisical band of lawmakers agreeing to changing American society as it once was. We have it on privileged sources that most of the issues we confront are in themselves unacceptable to those who want them. Why, you ask.
It is in the notion that one sought to make change and succeeded, regardless of what they really wanted to happen. Just a quick survey on the presidency of Barack Obama is enough to convince anyone and their alleged vote.
We just would like to express our disbelief at the status of affairs within all aspects of the U.S. government. If it is not one department then it is another.
Take for instance that the U.S. “authorities” were contacted by Russian ministers, various departmental officials, whilst notifying their U.S. counterparts that apparently a bad apple had gotten through the system; moreover, it was the Russians who didn’t want to be blamed – in the likely event that this bad seed when into some Islamic jihad rage and start killing people.
The FBI was notified, as was the C.I.A. Both agencies responded in kind, so let’s do the least amount available – how about an interview? So the FBI had a case-worker sent out to interview the older of the two brothers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Tamerlan had come under scrutiny from the FBI, the CIA and Russian intelligence well before the Boston attack. The CIA had added Tamerlan’s name to a terrorist database 18 months ago, after Russian intelligence flagged him as a possible Muslim radical, said officials close to the investigation who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case publicly.
Now then notwithstanding that this jihadist posted comments on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media (YouTube), directly related to the Boston Marathon travesty. So what the heck let’s give this guy a visa for traveling to and from the area known as the Russian Caucasus’ and while we are at it, let’s make sure that all of the various agencies are working their absolute hardest – we must make sure that these brothers receive all necessary entitlements. This situation sure rings of “…good enough for government work…”
So the U.S.A. issues them Welfare, Food Stamps, and who only knows regarding unemployment insurance. The moral here people is that just think of it – every agency from HHS, to Justice, to the State department, Homeland Security, to the university that ‘Jahar’ attended no doubt with financial aid from the government to include his dorm room and meal card.
How much more can you stand? Every unsuitable agency in this country failed – period. Let’s all sing this one – “Clowns to the left of me, jokers to my right…and here I am – stuck in the middle with you.”
Seriously the Gang of Eight want to propose, table, and get the immigration reform bill ‘legislation’ done. However, we say, as should the rest of this country – “Enough Incompetence!”
Are you aware of the behind closed door negotiations that members of congress are conducting with those who grant waivers to Obamacare?
Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said.
The talks — which involve Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Obama administration and other top lawmakers — are extraordinarily sensitive, with both sides acutely aware of the potential for political fallout from giving carve-outs from the hugely controversial law to 535 lawmakers and thousands of their aides. Discussions have stretched out for months, sources said.
As the country continues to reel over the attacks in Boston last week, some in Washington quickly looked for ways to use the attacks to justify their political goals on border security and immigration reform. So what’s new, eh?
On both sides of the aisle, politicians and commentators were quick to assert that the fact that the two suspected bombers were immigrants was reason enough to call for changes to everything, from border security and stricter background checks to amnesty.
Republican and Democratic members of the Senate group that constructed the immigration proposal said the Boston bombings don’t provide a reason to delay action on the bill. Who are they trying to kid? It is getting far more obvious that both members of the Senate and of the House are clearly not in touch with real world activities.
What is it going to take to wake these older-farts up and see reality? Given their dispositions in life (age, wealth, greed) this entire issue of “a bill” is just plain nonsensical.
Border security will again be a central theme today when Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Although in several articles we have espoused that there should not be any dissention whatsoever. We were promised a completed fence with all accoutrements (bells and whistles) during the 110th Congress to be done before reform measures were even considered.
At a seven-hour hearing Monday, several Republican senators and immigration experts said the April 15 bombings, which killed three people, injured and maimed hundreds more showed a need for stronger border control and stricter background checks for illegal immigrants who could seek citizenship under the plan.
As always, the best way to prevent attacks is to make sure our intelligence and law enforcement have the tools they need to stop terrorists long before the public is in danger. Tragically, this was not the case in Boston—an unfortunate reminder of the fact that no matter how good our counterterrorism efforts are, we will never be able to stop every threat. However, it does not have to be this way.
The following are a few quotes from those involved…but you wouldn’t know it.
“This legislation tightens our borders, increases security,” McCain said. “We track people who leave this country as well as those who come in. Do we want 11 million people forever out there somewhere in America, where we don’t have any idea of what they are doing, and who they are? I don’t think so.”
Democratic Senator Charles Schumer of New York, who is in the bipartisan group that proposed the plan, said the attacks should not be used “as an excuse for not doing a bill or delaying it.”
“If there are flaws in our immigration system that were exposed by the attack in Boston, any immigration reform passed by Congress this year should address those flaws,” Rubio, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, said in a statement. “Congress needs time to conduct more hearings and investigate how our immigration and national security systems could be improved going forward.”
Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, said, “we should not proceed” on immigration legislation until lawmakers understand how the U.S. allowed the bombing suspects to immigrate from “an area known as a hotbed of Islamic extremism.”
Senator Grassley (R-IA) is among a number of Republican lawmakers demanding changes to the immigration proposal after authorities identified two ethnic Chechens who legally immigrated to the U.S. as suspects in the Boston bombings.
The criminal background checks that would be required before undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. could become citizens are “insufficient to prevent a terrorist from getting amnesty,” Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said at yesterday’s hearing. About 11 million undocumented immigrants are in the U.S.
The immigration measure would increase the “mathematical likelihood” that an attack similar to the one in Boston would occur “on a greater scale,” said Kobach, a Republican.
Why is the Gang of Eight rushing to get more laws on the books? Either simple, most of them want some kind of legacy or more to the point – their clocks are up both as elected officials as well as life itself. That is one such issue. Furthermore, it is more than obvious that these folks want nothing to do with security, an efficient immigration system, checks, and balances, real reform, and the matter of amnesty is simply ludicrous as it now stands. More specific and detailed information coming tomorrow…