Realize The Power That Lies Within in 2008

January 1st, 2008

Both internationally and personally, 2007 was a very difficult year. As we face the first day of 2008, I want to wish everyone a healthy new year filled with new realizations and experiences. While the world around us marches on to the beat of political powers who define our exterior boundaries, we still have the power to define ourselves. This power is the the only force that can prevent us from becoming caught up in the tragedies surrounding the next pending world war, which clearly seems inevitable.Bedridden for a couple of weeks with my own physical difficulties, I had an opportunity to review this past year and do a bit of reading myself. I was amazed by a story I read about the Rev. Hamilton Coe Throckmorton in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, who took a bold step to challenge his congregation and make them realize the power within themselves.

In September, 52 year old Rev. Throckmorton decided to hand out $40,000 cash after one of his sermons. He read from the Gospel of Matthew the parable of talents, which tells of a rich master who entrusts three servansts with a sum of money or “talents” and tells them to do good with it. To put his money where his mouth was, the Reverend gave each adult listening to the sermon $50 and the church members were told to double their money and put the proceesd toward church missions to help others. Children were also included and given $10 to realize their potential.

As the money was handed out, Throckmorton told the people to live the parable of talents. The cash was loaned to the church by a few anonymous donors and anyone who didn’t want to do it could simply return the money to the church.

The results of this little experiment were truly amazing. Although all the church goers were stunned at first and wondered what they could possibly offer that would double the money, it was a challenge they obviously couldn’t resist. According to Hall Maskiell, a retired Navy pilot, “There was definitely this tension, this pressure to live up to something.” Human nature wants to meet challenges – good or bad and when presented with a positive challenge, obviously people are willing to work at it. Clearly a case for people in power to take note of how and where they are really leading people.

The Reverend’s money gave people a starting point to realize what they could do to help. With some thought, everyone was realizing their own unique talents and putting them to work. From taking people riding on planes or motorcycles to preparing tomato soup and applesauce to making birdfeeders and origami to crafting blankets and dolls, to hanging out with hens and putting in overtime as a doc, people were showing what they could do and raising money to help needy folks in the process. Ann Nagy even wrote and recorded a touching song for her father, who passed on October 11, just a couple of weeks before the October 28 deadline for the church challenge.

Kris Tesar, a retired nurse, found out she had the talent to make very popular crafty flip-flops, which are still in demand. She said, “Anyone can open their wallets and give cash. This was just an extraordinary process of exploration and discovery and of challenging ourselves. It became bigger than any one of us or than any individual talent.”

Talent was so abundant that the church held bazaars after services for people to display and sell their goodies for charity. As of October 28, the amount distributed more than doubled and the amount is still growing as people finish projects and extend the deadline.

This touching story reminded me that we are all commanders of our own destiny and we can all stop the insanity at any moment we choose to explore the unique talents within ourselves. Unlike our money, our homes and our assets, our inner talents belong to us and they are all we really have to give. By focusing on what makes us special and putting it out into the world, we can counter all the negative energy around us with some positive forces of our own. Here’s to your self-discovery and success in 2008 – because the innocent need to unite and take care of each other in the face of adversity.

Summary Of 2007, Last Year Of ‘Peace’.

December 11th, 2007

The year of 2007 is drawing to a close, its been a ‘productive’ year to say the least on a global scale. All of us here recognize the fact that the future is inevitable, so for the ones who are watching and waiting in the world, I used the word ‘productive’.

Tensions have grown globally about several issues:

Iran

  • Still persueing nuclear technologies despite severe outcries from the Western world and European nations.
  • Accused of assisting extremists organizations with military training and equipment.
  • Constant bickering back and forth which seems more fit for the schoolyard then in international politics.

Russia

  • Restarted airforce bomber plane patrol routes not used since the cold war.
  • Has flaunted military strength on several occassions, from naval to airforce to missles.
  • Appearing to be alienating itself from other world powers and forming stronger communist allies, along with stronger international influence.

 

USA

  • Trying to look like the ‘good guys’ and their stratedgy starting to fall apart with all of the “homeland security” and lack of personal freedoms.
  • Harsh words on foreign relations are causing more and more negative impact on global appreciation of USA methods.

Middle East

  • From Lebanon, Syria, Iran, ‘Palestine’ come more pressure against Israel as it continues to press for dominance (peace) in the area.
  • Israeli PM and leader of Hamas meet with Bush for ‘ground breaking peace talks’ which will help ‘stabilize’ the crisis.
  • Pakistan is coming closer to dictatorship and military rule, they still have a bomb. Talk of next months elections being boycotted by the two opposition parties.

Africa

  • Many parts of Africa with, and without Muslim influence in them are going through civil conflicts. I haven’t done much study within Africa itself so I’m not overly aware of all the implications here.

I could add many more things to the lists up above, but due to limited amount of time to write blogs I have to keep it short.

The one point I want to nail home in this post is that 2007 is over. 2008 is about to begin. I’ve been saying to my friends and a few close collegues that 2008 is going to be one of the roughest years on record, and more than likely the outset of WW3. Is this a prediction? Will I be nailed to a tree if I am wrong? Probably, but I am just relaying a gut feeling to all of your ears, so what if I am wrong?

2008 is going to bring us a new world leaders as well. Both within the USA and Russia. What are their new policies going to be? Which countries are going to have more UN ‘Peacekeeping’ forces pushed into their borders? How many.. are going to die? The two saddest things about war, are the inevitable innocents who will die, and the corrupt bastards who innitiate these capitalist wars for reasons the local populace could care nothing about.

Watch closely what is going to happen in the upcoming 365 days, as it could shape the rest of your life. All I can suggest, is to study chemical warfare preventative measures. YOU MUST SURVIVE! Determine what weapons may, and can, be used against you, and find ways to survive. If you don’t study these topics, you may not have time to regret it later. The time… is now.

Kevin Scott.

Words of Teddy Roosevelt About Being American

November 17th, 2007

It’s good to be back to blogging here after a couple of weeks of being sick. With the increasing cases of MRSA and meningitis in America, it becomes scary to get ill and you start to wonder if all this “airborne” illness is the result of pollution or even germ warfare. We will discuss those topics in further detail in one of my next blogs.

Over the past couple of weeks, I have received some interesting comments, email and read some incredible news stories. Before I address them, I am wrapping up a topic that we have discussed over the past few months – illegal immigration. I was ready to wrap up with my last entry, but received an interesting comment from Mike that I felt should be addressed. I’ll quote his statement:

“I read your article while browsing for info on this subject. It’s well written and you seem well- informed. I did want to mention one thing though that you omitted and maybe aren’t aware of.

I have worked for years with illegal immigrants. Yet everyone has to fill out the I-9 and show ID, have a SS number etc. to work there. Many of these people are my friends, and I’ve got to know how it all works.

They simply buy a social security number and use it -usually- just for employment. It doesn’t cost that much, about $200. Often, less. So, they pay taxes. I know a lot of seasonal workers don’t, or the jack-of-all-trades people one can hire off the work corners get paid under the table. But literally millions of workers have a fake social security number and pay taxes.

Here’s the kicker… I’m a legal citizen, hate taxes, and at the end of each year I file my tax returns to get every dime of it back that I possibly can and pray that I don’t owe more. Now imagine your an illegal, have a fake social… Are you going to file to the government and ask for some of that money back? Nope, you’re scared to death of the government. You just let them have all your taxes.

In the end, many of them pay more taxes than you and I.”

I was aware of this but it is definitely a good point to make. It shows how the small group in power are further exploiting illegal immigrants – it’s no wonder they want to keep them here, pay for their medical expenses and even try to give them licenses to drive without becoming citizens. Not only are they getting cheap labor without having to pay taxes themselves on some occasions (or pay for benefits or bonuses or decent working conditions) but the upper crust is skimming millions of dollars in tax revenues that aren’t being collected by the folks working with fake social security numbers. This doesn’t even include the people who are profiting by selling these fake numbers to exploit both immigrants and citizens for their own selfish monetary gain.

This brings me back to the value of becoming a citizen. The immigrants are so happy to have certain amenities such as a toilet, underpaid work or hot food that they don’t realize they are being taken advantage of. By becoming a citizen, immigrants are empowered because they know the language, the customs and have the right to vote. When they accomplish that, they can finally be free.

I will wrap up this subject for awhile by quoting Theodore Roosevelt:

“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag…We have room but for one language here, and that is the English language…and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that’s loyalty to the American people.”

With all this said, Bush and his good ol’ boys are raking in profits everywhere, have our country in dangerous deficit and continue to wage war in foreign countries while we are in crisis right at home. Mamasaid there’d be days like this…

The Rush for Free Money

October 10th, 2007

Once again, I am going to surprise myself with the person I choose to quote. A few months ago I repeated worthwhile statements made by Rosie O’Donnell, and although she is not a personal favorite of mine, her words were meaningful. Today I will quote Rush Limbaugh because what he said makes sense. After all, if I were to allow personal feelings or preferences to get in the way of sharing valuable information, I would be no better than some of the government officials we are dissatisfied with.

Although Limbaugh’s statements may be unpopular with some people, especially those who suffered through 9/11 as victims or families and friends of victims, they have a great deal of validity. After searching through various versions based on legend, I was able to get the direct text of Rush’s statement about September 11 compensation versus the compensation received by the citizens serving in our military:

“I think the vast differences in compensation between the victims of the September 11th casualty and those who die serving the country in uniform are profound. No one is really talking about it either because you just don’t criticize anything having to do with September 11th. Well, I just can’t let the numbers pass by because it says something really disturbing about the entitlement mentality of this country.

If you lost a family member in the September 11th attack, you’re going to get an average of $1,185,000. The range is a minimum guarantee of $250,000, all the way up to $4.7 million. If you are a surviving family member of an American soldier killed in action, the first check you get is a $6,000, direct death benefit, half of which is taxable. Next, you get $1,750 for burial costs. If you are the surviving spouse, you get $833 a month until you remarry. And there’s a payment of $211 per month for each child under 18. When the child hits 18, those payments come to a screeching halt.

Keep in mind that some of the people that are getting an average of $1.185, million up to $4.7 million, are complaining that it’s not enough.

We also learned over the weekend that some of the victims from the Oklahoma City bombing have started an organization asking for the same deal that the September 11th families are getting.

In addition to that, some of the families of those bombed in the embassies are now asking for compensation as well. You see where this is going, don’t you? Folks, this is part and parcel of over 50 years of entitlement politics in this country. It’s just really sad.”

While I certainly would expect the victims of 9/11 and their families should receive compensation, it should not vastly exceed the compensation given to our military. I also wonder where it ends – while huge segments of the working population suffer, there are more people looking for incredible amounts of free money. Transient victims, illegal immigrants, barely injured employees are all seeking astronomical compensation for minimal effort. Meanwhile, you have military families living on food stamps and single mothers with jobs turning to shelters because they cannot survive on minimum wage.

While we get involved in the alleged international crisis for the financial gain of a few government officials, it remains at the expense of our middle class. Without our tax dollars, the immigrants would not get free medical care and the myriad of victims would not have funds to draw from. The sad part is that the very people who support everyone else are getting no support themselves. As prices of oil, utilities and milk increase, hard working men and women are unable to support and feed their families – right here in America.

The next time you cry at a late night infomercial showing children starving overseas or a news show paying tribute to the victims of 9/11, remember that charity begins at home and life is for the living.

Illegal Immigrants Want More While Veterans Get Nothing

September 21st, 2007

It certainly seems that my entry about Parkland Hospital giving free care to illegal immigrants having babies was quite controversial. I have received several comments about Parkland, both for and against the situation, so I feel the need to share some recent reader commentary and respond.

Here is an exact quote from a reader about Parkland providing illegal immigrants free health care, “They should pay for our medical care,we work hard to provide the US with our cheaper labor,we should not have to pay any taxes too.Also free foodstamps and federal houses.We give boost to the US economy,The taxpayers should be happy we come here.Americans are lazy…”

First of all, one of the benefits of becoming a citizen and learning the language is being able to communicate and write clearly, giving the immigrant greater job opportunities without needing handouts. Secondly, this commentary should certainly raise the concern of citizens who support illegals because they are clearly trying to get any many benefits as possible without paying for them. After all, this reader indicates he should not have to pay taxes but is entitled to free housing, food and medical care – who is paying for all this if he refuses to pay taxes? I certainly don’t want to and apparently all the “lazy” Americans contributing to the tax system are paying for his free ride. Finally, although illegals may be getting freebies now, it’s for a limited time only until the government is done with you – then see how you are treated! You will begin to understand the purpose of this blog more fully and support it, which is why education and citizenship are key to your future success. Remember, nothing in life is free.

Another reader writes, “UhHmm!!If You Spend all Your Time Hanging around Emergency Rooms,What Do You do for A Living?? Hurry Back To Your Cave Before winter Comes!! I just thought of something,unless your Great GreatGreat Grandfather Was Osceola;Quanah Parker;Blackhawk or Geronimo;technically;your’e here illegally yourself!!” Since I have already written about the unfairness of taking land and culture from the Indians and Gypsies, I am puzzled by this comment. Coupled with the insulting tone with no facts to back up the opinion and it is clear to me why America is in a serious quandary today.

On the other side of the spectrum, I feel for Sheley, who writes, “This past weekend my husband, who just returned from Afghanistan and was in combat, went to a job fair for Sears. He gave them the resume and they gave him a ‘survey’ to do and it asked him if he had been in a physical altercation in the last 5 years. He went and asked the woman who gave it to him about this question because he JUST got home from war and she told him to be honest and put yes, so he did. After he handed the survey back the SAME woman came over to him and told him that he failed the TEST and was disqualified. He asked what test? She said that “survey” was actually a test and because he had been in combat he was not eligible to work at Sears! Sears claims to be a support of the troops and veterans. They have a whole page for recruiting newly separated veterans such as my husband, yet the pushed him out the door because he was in a war, defending her right to discriminate!!! I plan to contact the sears store that this happened at as well as the Corporate Headquarters and possibly legal counsel!”

My husband, a disabled Vietnam veteran, was heartbroken to hear this. He has been buying from Sears since he got home from Vietnam and will never make another purchase there again. If every veteran boycotts Sears, we will certainly make a clear statement. Further, if illegal immigrants want to help out they are welcome to go to war and suffer the same consequences as citizens. It is sad to think that citizens who protect our safety and freedom cannot get jobs or adequate medical care while illegal immigrants get employment and free medical care and are still demanding more. Why do we have immigration laws at all?

Finally, I will wrap up this blog with another reader comment from OIF Vet, “Greedy American corporations no longer need Americans to work for them. The work is farmed out to India, China or ‘farmed in’ to our resident illegal aliens. Americans, especially baby boomer Americans are obsolete. How do you get rid of them before they are eligible to collect the Social Security, pensions, and 401K’s they have contributed into? Corporate-Government sponsored Genocide! That is why the America of 2007 is the way it is.”

There is your future, illegal immigrants who refuse to listen to what is really going on. The corporations and government will need you until you get expensive – then wait and see what is in store for you. It is only in banding together as citizens that we can regain our rights and the freedom we are all seeking. After all, corporate-government genocide is worldwide and harmony begins at home. Mamasaid there’d be days like this…

The Bank of America Fails to Live Up to its Name

August 22nd, 2007

Recently my husband discussed a news program he watched when he was unable to sleep one night about the Bank of America issuing credit cards to illegal aliens without identification. I was alarmed and within a day or so, one of my friends who knows my political perspectives sent on additional information about this unbelievable situation.

I have written about Parkland Memorial Hospital giving illegal immigrants free medical care – medical care that tax-paying veterans and homeless citizens (many single mothers with children or disabled veterans, not addicts or criminals) of this country do not have the same easy, free access to. I have also discussed the fact that illegal immigrants are exactly what their name implies – illegal. Frankly, there is no excuse for it because they have the opportunity to become legitimate citizens but many would prefer that we learn THEIR language and fly THEIR flag. Why are we allowing this and paying for it?

Back to Bank of America, the largest retail banking chain in the United States and ironically named “Bank of America”, and their ridiculous program for illegals. The Bank of America was quietly giving credit cards to customers who did not have a social security number or means of identification since last year. In 2006, this pilot program was silently tested at five Southern California branches and expanded to 51 branches in Los Angeles county with the potential to go national this year.

This unbelievable Bank of America program is available to customers who lack a social security number and credit history but have kept an overdraft-free checking account with the bank for three months or more. Bank of America asserts the program is not geared for illegal immigrants but for United States adults who do not have a social security number (the majority are illegal immigrants). The bank further defends its actions by stating the program complies with all U.S. banking laws and anti-terrorism laws. Additional statements made say that the program will help immigrants put down roots more easily and have access to tax benefits to which they are otherwise not entitled.

Why should we encourage these illegals to put down roots when they are ILLEGAL? If they want roots, become a legal citizen. Why do laws even apply to people who are not citizens and why do we have a responsibility to protect these border crashers who refuse to go through the legal process to be a citizen and pay taxes? Further, why should be give tax advantages to people who don’t even have a social security number and are not paying into or even respecting the system? It seems that laws are absolutely meaningless when illegals demand rights and get rights that are superior to the citizens of this country. 

I have friends who cannot get a credit card because of disabilities that caused them to be unemployed and are waiting several months for a government determination about their case, unable to adequately support themselves. I also have friends who have been the victim of identify theft and cannot reestablish their credit, despite the fact that someone else’s actions compromised it. While these important issues experienced by United States citizens every day are put on the back burner and people are told to wait months and years for a resolution, we are scuffling to accommodate and pay for illegal immigrants. Let them wait a few months or years until they can attain citizenship.

Of course, recipients of the Bank of America credit cards will argue that a upfront fee of $99 is required and the card carries a 21.24 percent interest rate. However, in three to six months the card holders receive their security deposit back if they keep their account in good standing. I know citizens who have to get secured credit cards with a $149 fee they will never see again. Once again, these illegal immigrants are getting superior services to United States citizens who have a social security number and pay taxes.

Unfortunately, the Bank of America is not alone. Wells Fargo began offering home mortgages in Orange County and Los Angeles to illegal immigrants who resided in the country for two years or longer. The customers are identified by a individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) issued by the Internal Revenue Service instead of a Social Security number. An ITIN is also used to obtain credit through the Bank of America program.

According to Russ Knocke, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, “At face value the program seems to be problematic. It seems to be lending itself to possibilities of perpetrating identify theft or creating more risk for money laundering.”

My sentiments exactly – after all, illegals have gotten away with stealing their right to live here and now we are inviting identify theft and money laundering by giving away credit cards. Rather than worrying and wasting money overseas, we have a battle we should be fighting right here in our own country to make illegals become citizens or leave. Slowly and quietly, illegals are taking over and the government is allowing and encouraging it. Mamasaid there’d be days like these…

Hopeless Future?

August 14th, 2007

I promised I would return to write a small article anyway, so just to keep my promise, here’s some dirt.

I’m on the other side of the continent from where I started my journey, my ability to keep a close track on the media and world events has drastically fallen apart. Everyday is a struggle living day by day to survive under these humble conditions I live by. At first this drove me crazy as I was always wondering if something was happening I needed to be aware of to help me put some facts together, but that has passed. I live much more free now that I have zero media influence in my life. I mean if one was to think about it, all this garbage they throw at us daily, from pedeophiles to murders and other countries falling apart, they want us to get wrapped up into the politics behind it.

This is going to be a short post as I only have 30 minutes of available internet time and every second is precious at the moment. So to my final point, I’ve come to realize that the only way to fight the world today is to not get involved in any of it, and live life for yourself until that is no longer possible because they try to take it away. Then is the time to stand up for your rights. There is so much going on behind the scenes right now, and everything we see and discuss ourselves is merely a distraction from what they are actually conceiving. Nations are to busy fighting each other internally within their own cities and municipal lines to show any real cares for other places. We are slowly being divided up amongst ourselves. To the point where in any real desperate situation we will fall apart on our own lack of ability to be human beings and cooperate with each other. Five years left until 2012, I wonder how much worse the world is going to get in that amount of time… I wonder how many more bodies will hit the ground in pools of blood. But most of all, I wonder about my own faith in humanity to prevail over what is coming our way, time will tell, best of luck.

 

-KS

 

p.s.

Sorry for any typo’s, I didn’t have time to spell check this.

False Promises to Veterans and a Possible Draft

August 13th, 2007

Recently a reader, Dan, offered information about another situation where veterans are being treated unfairly by being promised what no one intends to actually deliver (thank you for sharing, Dan). Obviously lofty promises are made to the men and women who join the military – after all, if the government told them that they were really going to give you the shaft for getting shot at, how many people would voluntarily join?The bottom line of the sad story shared by Dan is that the University of Illinois made a promise last spring to veterans and military members who wanted to earn an MBA – they would give 110 full scholarships to the people who qualified. Each scholarship is worth about $74,000, with 70 percent paid by the state and the rest by the university. However, it seems that this was not quite what happened.

Although some scholarships were issued, like other veterans programs that have been completely hype, it appears to be more of a publicity move than a helping hand for military members. Less than half the scholarships were actually awarded, although the University enjoyed a great deal of publicity from the offer. In fact, the Defense Secretary at the time, Donald Rumsfeld, stated, ““What a wonderful demonstration of support for those folks who have stepped up and volunteered to help protect the American people.” If only it had only worked out that way…

The man responsible for developing the program, Robert Van Der Hooning, enjoyed an okay at that time from the university’s board of trustees for a promotion and raise from $156,000 to $172,000 annually, according to board documents. This was a short-lived situation, however, as Van Der Hooning began to realize, “They reverse-engineered the time limits to get 35, 40 of these guys out of the program.”

Van Der Hooning actually created the program and was promoted last year to assistant dean and then lost his job because of what he feels is retaliation for complaining about the changes to the scholarship process. Van Der Hooning filed a legal complaint because his contract ended last month and he wants his job back and unspecified damages. He claims that school officials told him to use military scholarships to build attendance and revenue in the Chicago MBA program and then he was told to cut back. Van Der Hooning states, “You feel so good about it right? You look at these guys and you just see a life changed by what they’ve gone through in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Associate Chancellor Robin Kalery refused to address most of the allegations and stays the school never intended to award all scholarships right away or limit them to the executive MBA program. Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel and Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn publicly supported the program and then put pressure on the University to expand its pool. After hearing from an Army captain to was accepted then turned away, Emanuel said, “ It is my expectation that the admissions policy remains consistent with the program I endorsed — and that the university is using my name to support.” Two days later the college decided to honor conditional admissions and 41 applicants were given scholarships and enrolled in Chicago while 8 were enrolled in Campaign-Urbana programs. The number in Chicago dropped to 35 later when some student declined attendance. The two reps intend to watch the university closely and Eric Schuller, senior policy advisor for Quinn, indicated, “They promised 110 spots. We’re kind of disappointed that they didn’t do it all in the first year. What we’re expecting is that they be done as quickly as possible, meaning the next coming year.”

Meanwhile back at the university Kaler says they will keep offering scholarships until it reaches 110, but the plans for the future are not certain and there is no date set to hear Van Der Hooning’s complaint.

The university, Kaler said, will continue offering the scholarships until it reaches 110, but future plans are uncertain. No date has been set to hear Van Der Hooning’s complaint. To add insult to injury, Van Der Hooning informs the public that the university abruptly scaled back the plan after some officials worried privately about the cost and diluting the master’s of business administration program with too many “jarheads.”

From the experiences of my husband and his friends who served in Vietnam, to my friends from high school who served in the Gulf War to this situation in Illinois today experienced by veterans of Iraq, this type of ignorant discrimination against veterans lives on. These fine men and women serve our country with love and freedom in their hearts and return to be abused by the very system they tried to protect – is there a greater insult to the people that serve all of us? From poor and unpaid wages to inadequate medical care to neglected families, the veterans have suffered immeasurably then get unfairly judged by people who are basically clueless in their little 12 by 12 offices, only wanting to protect their cushy salaries and positions at the expense of others – such as veterans and their families. My husband and his buddies often refer to these administration folks who are allegedly acting on behalf of veterans as an “employment agency” for folks who want to sit around and get paid for doing relatively little other than creating false hype.

With this in mind, it is even more alarming to note that George Bush’s new war advisor, Army Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, feels the draft to Iraq is a good idea, saying, “I think it makes sense to certainly consider it. And I can tell you, this has always been an option on the table. But ultimately this is a policy matter between meeting the demands for the nation’s security by one means or another.” At this point, it is stated that Bush’s position is that a draft is not necessary – but how long will that last? Is Bush really good at making or keeping promises? Lute has been referred to as an “Iraq war czar” – how does this reflect what the people in this country really want? We all want to end the war in Iraq now, never mind a draft. Mamasaid there’d be days like this…

 

Immigrants – Become Legal for Equal Standing

July 27th, 2007

A few weeks ago I blogged about Parkland in Texas, a hospital who seems to specialize in delivering babies for parents who are not American citizens. No questions are asked and non-citizens who are not paying taxes are given complete care and treatment at no cost. The point of my article was to explore who is actually paying for this (taxpayers who are not privy to equivalent benefits, even in their most serious time of need) and raise awareness about how the money we are contributing to the system is being used. While taxpaying citizens do not have access to adequate medical care, single mothers send their children to bed hungry and veterans remain homeless, we wage overpriced wars in other countries and cater to people who illegally enter our borders.I received a comment about the blog that stated, “All I would like to say is that no one has no right to call someone else an ‘illegal immigrant’ or call a group of people ‘illegals’. If you think it is not fair how American citizens are not receive all these things the ‘illegals’ are receiving, then try writing articles on how the USA should focus on that, and not some war in the middle of nowhere.”

Actually, that was my point – to raise awareness about where our ever-increasing taxes are being spent without our consent and that our country has other priorities to address first. If a country collects money from people, their first obligation it to those people. When work and we pay into the system, we expect to have a minimally acceptable standard of living that includes basic housing, food and medical care. An increasing number of people who are taxpaying citizens cannot make that happen and do not get adequate assistance. When a country is experiencing these conditions, you don’t mind everyone else’s business and engage in a war to profit the people in power internationally. It is also not a time to start taking care of people who illegally entered your borders and never paid into the system.

I pondered the term “illegal immigrant” and wondered why, in a country that still enjoys freedom of speech, a person would not have a right to use these words. Illegal immigrants are exactly what the name implies – people to travel to another country and begin to reside there illegally. I then considered other possible terms for the behavior. Would squatter or border crasher be more appealing to these folks, who also want us to immediately start flying their flag and speaking their language to accommodate them further?

Don’t get me wrong, I believe in the concept of America, freedom, democracy and the opportunity for people to come here to try to improve their lives. Let’s consider the two alternate terms I came up with for illegal immigrants. Squatters are people who stay in a house or apartment without having a proper legal agreement with the owner of the property and without paying rent. Any landlord knows that a squatter can cost thousands of dollars before you can actually get them to leave. People have lost their savings and their homes because of squatters. When someone comes to this country without the benefit of legalities, they are parking themselves here at the expense of everyone else. Before you know it, we have spent thousands of dollars on a person who decided the grass was greener on the other side and they were going to enjoy it no matter what – even if they did not have the right or the money.

However, even the law eventually addresses squatters who are forced to move on.

I then thought about the term border crashers, which is a variation on a party crasher. Let’s think about this concept for a moment. A wealthy mogul is throwing a benefit party with pricey tickets. You live a couple of miles away and the party looks rockin’ when you pass by so you decide to join it. You wander around eating from the buffet, sipping drinks and even swim in the heated kidney-shaped pool until someone notices you are a stranger. Do you think they will let you stay at the party? Most likely you will be removed and/or arrested. At the very least, you will be required to fulfill the same requirements as everyone else – have permission from the host and pay for your ticket. This makes sense, doesn’t it? It is not your home and you certainly don’t have the right to start hanging out there because you see a party going on.

The same concept applies to – yes, I am continuing to use the term – illegal immigrants. I understand the desire to make a better life for your children and improve your standard of living. Go through the process of becoming a legal citizen and learn about the country you live in. Speak the native language and assimilate into the culture by accepting the flag of the country and its rules. Ultimately, this will be beneficial to both the immigrants and the citizens of this country. Immigrants have been used and exploited by wealthy people in this country for too long. Rich folks who could afford to pay full salaries to citizens choose to pay substandard wages to immigrants who are desperate to find a better way. Now because this exploitation of immigrants has come to the forefront, feeble attempts are being made to legitimize illegal behavior so the wealthy people can keep cheap labor. In fact, pardoning immigrants is intended to make them feel even more obligated to the people who are actually taking advantage of their situation.

When immigrants decides to become legal rather than illegal, they are taking the right action on behalf of themselves and their families. Gain the power of learning the language, furthering your education and have the reassurance of being legal. An immigrant who becomes a legal citizen is on solid ground and in a position of power, rather than subservience. Further, taxpaying citizens and legal immigrant should be banding together for a better way of life for all citizens of America, since less ten percent of the population monopolizes the majority of wealth in this country. Rather than letting politicians pit us against each other, we should unite and fight for equal standing for everyone – not just the people with power and money.

Censuring Bush for Assaulting the Constitution

July 23rd, 2007

I had taken a little break to clear my mind and rebuild my strength from the demands of everyday living. After a brief sabbatical, I now return to everyday life and blogging with enthusiasm. My recent review of the news has inspired me to discuss several important issues over the next few days.I feel the need to start with a bit of Bush bashing because I have been away from it for so long and frankly, there is so much of it to be done. The latest news I read upon returning to the “real” world (a world filled with false media, half truths and bold-faced lies so far removed from actual peace and prosperity) was the proposition of Sen. Russ Feingold. Apparently Feingold would like Congress to censure Bush for his assault against the Constitution and his management (or mis-management) of the war in Iraq.

Unfortunately, the leader of Feingold’s party shows little interest in this idea, largely because everyone is under the control of a dictator and fears speaking up or breaking away from the regime. In 2006, Feingold attempted to censure Bush for the warrantless spying program and believe it or not, there were only three co-sponsors. Does everyone approve of having Big Brother spy on us without our knowledge while they spend out money and lie to us – and we have no spy resources to double check their dishonesty? Of course the media is supposed to perform that function but when they are being supported by the politicians and there is money to be had, that turns into a biased resource. Frankly, Big Brother watching us when they want sounds unfair to me and I certainly don’t approve of warrantless spying. It seems to me that people are becoming absolutely numb not to support this idea – after all, if there is a fear of terrorism, spying would still be allowed.

Anyway, Feingold is a war critic and states he will be offering two censure resolutions as a formal way to condemn Bush, which sounds like a first-rate plan to me. He would like Bush reprimanded for taking our country into a war without adequate preparation of the military while giving misleading statements to the public. Feingold would like good ol’ boys like Dick Cheney and certain other seemingly untouchable administrative officials to be reprimanded, too.

Feingold also wants to censure Bush for the assault against the rules of the law with regard to warrantless surveillance programs and seeks to reprimand Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and others in bed with Bush and his boys. He states, “This is an opportunity for people to say, let’s at least reflect that something terrible has happened here. This administration has weakened America in a way that is frightful.” It is truly scary to think of how Bush has caused the decline of this country while padding the pockets of his rich buddies. Families and military members are suffering, hungry and without health care while the rich get richer.

Trey Bohn, the White House spokesman made the statement, “We realize that Senator Feingold does not care much for the president’s policies.” Frankly, neither do most of America but that does not seem to matter when a dictator is in office. Bohn said that Bush wants to work with Democrats like Feingold to support troops and secure health care for families and that, “Perhaps after calls for censure and more investigations, Congress may turn to such things.” America sincerely doubts it at this point and it seems that Bush can simply do what he wants at the expense of many. Our country, once financially secure, is in a severe deficit that is having a huge impact on the majority of Americans.

Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, admitted that Feingold showed the frustration of the nation but still refused to go along with him. Reid did say that, “We have a lot of work to do. The president already has the mark of the American people – he’s the worst president we ever had. I don’t think we need a censure resolution in Senate to prove that.” I’m not sure it is as much about proof as it is culpability – Bush does all the damage and gets away with it without even a slap on the hand. The American public, their children and their grandchildren are left to pay for his frivolous, egotistic spending to fulfill the destiny of his forefathers at the expense of many. Being called the worst president by the public pales in comparison – especially since Bush doesn’t seem to care what we think.

The top Republican in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, said, “I think it’s safe to say that Russ Feingold is not a fan of George Bush. I think that’s the best way to sum it up.” I disagree with the statement because none of us are supposed to be “fans” of George Bush – this is not a Hollywood performance – or is it? Perhaps, in an odd way, it does sum up what is really going on in our country today.