The Summer of 2007 – Rebirth of the American Dream?

 On the Fourth of July, 2007 America is once again deciding what form of government we desire – and how willing we are to put everything we have on the line to achieve it.  Those patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence sacrificed their fortunes and their lives so we might live in freedom. 

Now we are in the middle of a struggle to save the nation they gave us.  It is a struggle against the very people who misrepresent themselves to the public by pretending to serve the people.  For all intents and purposes, what has happened this year has been a rebellion against the elected officials and greedy businessmen in this state and across America. 

Thomas Jefferson stated, “God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed.”  To go even further, he said, “The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive.  I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere.”

The path we are currently traversing is like a refining fire.  The real character of our elected officials and business leaders is being shown in the full light of day for all to see.  From Jon Kyl to Jeff Flake, from Mac McGruder to Bill Konopnicki, from Marty Shultz to Glenn Hamer people are having to choose between what is good for the country and what is good for them.  The Founding Fathers had to make similar choices, and through their actions, we have been blessed to live in “One Nation, Under God” for 231 years.  

The hyperbole within the Party has sometimes been mystifying for its shrillness.  Now, it is all coming out in public view why some have been defaming and working against the Party leaders at all levels.  This group of bottom feeders, who have sucked the life blood out of the average citizens in this state for decades for the love of money, needs to be run out of town – or at least out of business. 

That is the bad news, but we have just witnessed a series of events that should energize everyone as we go forward to the elections of 2008.  From Washington DC to West Washington Street the elected representatives have been overwhelmed by the strength of conviction of the people.  It has been said that you can’t fight city hall, well, the people just fought city hall, the state capitol and a coalition of the White House and Congress – – – and the PEOPLE WON.  This can be a crucial turning point in American history.

I say can be because it is HUGE, but it is not the end.  The war for our sovereignty and the rule of law is not over.  The people who have sold out for thirty pieces of silver are not done.  They have been stung and they are a little punch drunk right now, but they will be back.  It is important that we ramp up our efforts to protect our beloved state and country.

First of all, everyone needs to get the petitions for the citizen LAW and SOLE initiatives so we can eliminate the evil Sanctuary City policies and pass the requirements for employers to hire legal workers by public vote so the law cannot be softened by future legislatures.   In addition, now is the time to cemand that the National Guard be empowered to use all necessary force to protect Arizona legal residents from those who are invading our country. 

Again, THANKS for everything each of you have done.  If we are to win the war, we must redouble our efforts over the next year and a half.  Those who are willing to sell out America, are counting on us to rest on our laurels.  The American people are the real purveyors of Shock and Awe. 

Happy Birthday America.  You still have patriots willing to sacrifice everything to protect your flag, your values and your Constitution.


Comments

  1. Not to be nitpicking here, we are living as “One Nation” for 231 years all right but under God only since June 14, 1954. That makes it 53 years and twenty days to be precise.
    Does this make God kind of like a Johnny come lately? Or a Jamie come lately, just in case God is of female gender.

  2. Party Platform Guy says

    Horst,

    I realize you do not live under God, but the country does. If you would read the Constitution it clearly states that we were formed under the divine Providence of the Creator – God to most people.

    It was added to the Pledge in 1954, but not to the country

  3. HK,

    I am surprised that this is the only fault you can find with this, since you have signed on as a stevedore on the sinking McCain amnesty ship.

  4. nightcrawler says

    I do agree the grassroots have spoken and I believe that is democracy in action. Immigration is the biggest issue of our lifetimes.

    I do have one objection however.

    Greedy Businessmen ?

    It used to be the Democrats and Socialists who used to rant like that.

    Here is an idea, why don’t we run off all the hard working undocumented folks to other states to make room for all the drug dealers and smugglers who will rent the empty houses in the suburbs from landlords caught with worthless real-estate as a result of the economic downturn that sure to come.

    We surely need to secure the border and enforce existing laws, no question. A guest worker program (not necessarily tied to citizenship) is also needed because we do have a shortage of labor in the restaurant and construction industries.

    Some of this myopic thinking truly baffles me. Abandoning the business community is a huge mistake for the GOP. This country is founded on capitalism. The pursuit of profit is not evil. Much of the growth in the valley is related to the housing boom. Phoenix took a terrible beating in real estate market during the 1980s. This economy is quite fragile and very sensitive to the vagrancies of the housing market. Will you still be pounding your chest when your home losses 50% of its value ?

    The grassroots did win and that was a good thing. Just don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.

  5. PartyGuy says

    No home is going to lose 50% of its value Chicken Little. Give me a state with legitimate businesses hiring legitimate workers anytime!

    And Horst, seriously, suggesting that God is a Johnny come lately to this country? On July 4th you decide to spout that? No decency I knew, but I’m adding no shame to your list as well.

  6. nightcrawler says

    I certainly hope that doesn’t happen as well. I do believe the fallout of an incomplete immigration bill will be larger than expected.

    The penalty for picking the low hanging fruit (no pun intended) of employer sanctions is quite frankly, adverse selection.

    The most gifted and talented undocumented workers will in fact leave. They will sell their homes purchase less cars and visit less restaurants and stop shopping at retail stores.

    The way I see it is that if grandpa can’t flip burgers and our teenagers are to proud to do so, why not let someone else have a chance ? I still want my burger. Document them, tax them, give them a 3 year permit to work, whatever, but shucks, make sure I can get my burger within 5 minutes.

    Likewise, if my roof needs to be replaced, I don’t want to wait in line until October when the monsoon is just around the corner.

    I look at the hardworking folks as an asset to this nation. By all means, put time limits on the guest worker permits. I am not advocating amnesty at all. Let’s just make sure we know what we are doing before running them all off.

    The honest undocumented workers are the least of our problems. We need to shut down the border to the people who really wish us harm. That should be priority one. It makes make shutter to think that doctrinaires with no business acumen proudly interfere with the free market system in the name of public policy.

  7. Ah, the old “guest worker” spiel is being hauled out by Nightcrawler, who curiously adds, ” not necessarily tied to citizenship.”

    Sorry, Crawler, but these “guests” have children, who are gifted with automatic citizenship. Then we hear from our politicians (I used to refer to them as elected officials) that we must unify families. To do anything less is “lacking in compassion” and “destructive to the family values” Republicans adhere to. That gives us chain migration, where we unite the parents, numerous siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents on both sides of the family.
    Tell me then, how is the guest worker program not tied to citizenship?

    America remains the only industrialized nation that still grants birthright citizenship to children born to parents illegally in the country. If American citizenship is freely accessible without regard to the rule of law, and our borders have no meaning, how can we claim to be a sovereign nation?

    When the transcontinental railroad was being built, the mostly Chinese laborers were not allowed to bring women. Whether right or wrong, that policy resolved the issue. Most of the men returned home. Those who stayed usually remained bachelors. Obviously, that is an unworkable “solution” to illegal immigration today. The Chinese Exclusion Act, preventing citizenship and extending only permanent alien status, was repealed in the early 1940’s.

    This is merely historical and not advocacy. However, it is interesting.

    As to Horst: He runs a nudist “resort.” “Nuff said.

  8. nightcrawler says

    Actually I do not support automatic citizenship for children born in this country. And I certainly do not support chain migration. You are correct, that is a problem. The guest worker permit should be for the worker and his/her immediate family and only for a limited time.

  9. Nightcrawler:
    But the “immediate family” you talk about continues to grow. That’s the issue.
    And what about the children that “guest” Jose has with illegal Maria, while working as a day laborer?

    In the 1940’s and 50’s, there was a vibrant Bracero program, in which agricultural workers from Mexico came to the U.S. for limited seasonal periods to pick crops.

    Three big differences exist today:
    1. Many crops–even delicate ones such as grapes, are mechanically harvested.
    2. The “guests” not only don’t return home, but march through American cities waving Mexican flags and demanding rights belonging to legal citizens.
    3. The jobs they take are no longer the stoop labor we repeatedly hear Americans “refuse to do.” Visit any construction site and see how many traditionally middle-class jobs that were the backbone of the American workforce (framers, masons, bricklayers, electricians, plumbers, etc) are being done by non-English speakers. These are NOT jobs Americans refuse to do–they are jobs Americans refuse to take at SUBSTANDARD WAGES.

    You see the problems that our Fourteenth Amendment has wrought? It was originally put in place to address the American-born children of freed African-born slaves. It has no relevancy today and should be repealed.

  10. nightcrawler

    We usually agree, however, I do not understand how you justify the willful violation of the rule of law by a portion of the business community to the detriment of everyone else – including businessmen who have the integrity to act properly and are therefore at a disadvantage.

    I know of many business owners who follow the law and have had their businesses severely damaged by the scofflaws who hire illegals at sub-standard wages.

    The actions of those who do not follow the law put intense pressure on the others to do the same in order to provide for their families. It is an ever growing problem – like ripples on the pond.

    It is endemic in that the problem does not stop there, it infects every part of our system like a cancer that has metastasized.

    Our education system was in serious condition prior to this invasion, now it is even further damaged by the hundred of thousands of uneducated, monolingual students flooding the classrooms from families who do not pay their fair share of taxes to support the system.

    Our entire justice system is broken due to the illegal invasion created to a large part by those who hire people in violation of the law. Police officers are not allowed to arrest illegals who are in automobile accidents and do not have a drivers license or insurance and the citizen is victimized. There are not enough prosecutors to bring criminals to justice because of the huge spike in crimes – City of Phoenix study states 80% of all new crime in the city committed by illegals.

    Hospitals and emergency rooms across the state have closed and are no longer available to legal residents due to federal laws that require them to provide services without any hope of compensation from illegals.

    A legal temporary worker program might by needed for more than just tilting the workplace against the average worker. It is a fact that there are industries here in Arizona where the wages have dropped by over fifty percent this decade due to the hiring of illegal aliens. The people filling those jobs live fifteen to twenty people in a single family home to make ends meet and the employer makes enough profit off the illegal activity to purchase dozens of additional franchises at the cost of millions of dollars so they can make hundreds of millions more.

    Possibly the worst unintended consequence of this process is that good and honorable men have been influenced by the love of money to violate their own moral code and justify it by blaming someone else. At least Judas took responsibility for his actions – albeit in a cowardly way through suicide – and did not blame the victim.

    As to the economic costs of cleaning up the system, there may be some short term dislocation, but they will not be near the costs we are now paying in the direct and indirect consequences of the current situation.

    The article in the Repugnant yesterday was very revealing. Stop the invasion – enforce our laws in the interior – then determine the degree of need for temporary workers. Remember, the farmer only receives six cents for a head of lettuce, doubling wages for harvesters would only raise that to about nine cents. Spread that three cents over the ten to fifteen sandwiches per head of lettuce and the cost if infinitessimal. I want my burger also, but it will actually cost me less overall in my budget if the burger is prepared and marketed with people who are here legally.

    I ask you to check the direct, indirect and hidden costs of this flawed system we currently have. I believe you will be shocked.

  11. Iris Lynch says

    I agree the economy will be hurt as people lose jobs and can no longer purchase cars, homes et al. The question is JUST WHO SHOULD THOSE PEOPLE BE? I think the ones who are here ILLEGALLY should have that problem, not the poor citizens who have had to have the entire family work under slave wages to enjoy the least opportunities afforded to the citizens of 16th century England. Remember the 40’s and 50’s when it was shameful to the breadwinner to require more than one income.

    FYI, it is “One nation under God” with no diluting comma.

  12. PartyGuy says

    Since when are teenagers “too proud to flip burgers” as nightcrawler suggests? I’ve been in In ‘n’ Out lots of times and they’re all teenagers in there.

    Do they want to get paid what the job is really worth? Sure, who doesn’t? But why should I pay to medicate, incarcerate, and educate hundreds of thousands of people so that McDonalds can save a couple of bucks per hour on their payroll?

    As for workers, everyone I’ve ever met on this issue who wanted border security has also supported a real guest worker program as well. LEGAL workers coming here to work where we have the need. They simply understand that you have to have the border security FIRST if the rest is going to work. You’ll ultimately have plenty of folks living and working here under such a program, but we’ll know who and where they are and they will be paying their fair share.

    It will also be safer for them. No coyotes, no dying in the desert, safe passage home whenever they want. That’s the beauty of legal work.

  13. Party Platform Guy says

    Iris

    You are right about the comma. It was not meant to dilute, just a technical error. However, I do not believe that the comma dilutes the word indivisible.

    With or without the comma, and with or even without the words in the pledge, we ARE one nation under God, formed under the divine providence of the Creator.

  14. nightcrawler says

    GOP PK, Tom, Iris

    Your points do make sense and I agree with most of them. I am not saying that the employer sanctions bill is wrong, just incomplete. We need a relief valve (guest worker program) to offset the incredible pressure that this bill will put on the hotel, restaurant and construction trades.

    The valley is not a manufacturing, biotech and/or hightech mecca yet. With affordable and available housing it may well be down the road.

    Slow down our growth and we will feel the affects for generations to come.

    I am looking at a much larger picture than the service and construction trades. There are many moving parts to our economic engine all of which are needed for the engine to run smoothly.

  15. I agree with Party Guy regarding the need to secure the border and focus on legal immigration. But we do need to understand the teen labor market. Certain fast food restaurants (and coffee shops)are considered “cool” and therefore acceptable places to flip burgers and be seen by your friends. Others, are very uncool. The McDonalds I visit is staffed by Hispanic employees. Maybe today’s youth workforce had one too many happy meals when they were kids, but for whatever reason certain places don’t get teen labor. And even if they do get some high schoolers, it is going to be short-term and seasonal based around their schedules, which are rather more full these days than when I worked at Dairy Queen.

  16. Just for the record, building any law that requires one to figure out what is “cool” with teenagers is doomed to failure.

  17. Point well taken Framer. Something has happened to the teen labor market in the last 30 years. My generation was just happy to earn a regular wage because it was a step up from babysitting for 50 cents a hour, mowing lawns, or delivering papers. Today’s teenage worker is more particular, that’s all. Maybe they just don’t really need the money? What this means for policy I don’t know, but it is a reality.

  18. Somewhere in America are inscribed the following words:

    Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. “Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

    I am a strong believer that this country is a haven for those around the world seeking a better way of life. We have always been that example of a shining city on a hill welcoming all who will join our heritage and make our culture their own.

    But I also believe in “E Pluribus Unum” or, for those not up to par on your latin, “Out of many, (is) One.” And a big part of that premise entails securing and promoting our national sovereignty.

    So I don’t mind if people from Mexico, Sudan, China, Cuba and yes, even uptight Germans obsessed with shedding their uptight iron-fisted image, come to our country in a sincere whole-hearted desire to become American citizens and embrace our culture.

    But damnit, lets make sure our border is secure, our people learn to read, write and speak English and that everyone obeys the rule of law.

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