Saturday, November 22, 2014
Did President Obama violate the constitution by his recent executive order?
Obama’s move to change the laws that make employing illegal immigrants lawful is an overreach of his authority. The president’s order, strategically made on Mexico’s Revolution Day, is not only unconstitutional under Article II of the Constitution, but also is purely political and he knows it. (Let’s try to ignore the message the president may be sending to those in Mexico who may read this as an invitation to a revolution. The president is after all a community organizer.)
The executive order allows, among other things, that workers who have been in the country for at least five years can now come out of the shadows without the fear of deportation and receive a worker’s permit and remain in the U.S. temporarily. It is estimated that this will apply to at least 5 million who are currently in the country illegally. Now how is an illegal immigrant supposed to prove they have been in the country for five years exactly? (It should be noted this is not the first time the president suspended deportations. He did the same thing in 2012 for illegal immigrants under 30 years old who had been in the U.S. since they were 16 and have lived in the US for at least 5 years. He made them eligible for deferred action which amounts to a suspension of deportation benefiting nearly 800,000 illegal immigrant youth.) To most honest commentators, it is clear this recent move is an invitation for a mad dash to the U.S. border (as it was in 1986) the likes of which we have not seen.
However, the heart of this discussion is not about the political fight that will surely come with opponents of the president’s action. The heart of this affair is how should the greatest and wealthiest nation known to man balance the needs of humanity where more are in poverty around the world than ever before against the Constitution and laws of the United States? This is an opportunity to promote the Judeo-Christian values we stand for.
One of the past iterations of the ever-changing President Obama said it best in an interview last year. “The problem is that I’m the president of the United States, I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.” When specifically asked why he had yet to achieve comprehensive immigration reform, he said, “I can’t do these things just by myself.” “I’m not a king,” he said. Well he just crowned himself, it seems.
The president and his Party should be reminded of the laws on the books he swore an oath to uphold. In 1986, under President Ronald Reagan, the Immigration Reform and Control Act (also known as the Simpson-Mazzoli Act) gave amnesty to 2.7 million illegal aliens who could prove they had resided illegally in the United States continuously since at least January 1, 1982; and who had worked as agricultural workers for at least 90 days between May 1, 1985 and May 1, 1986. Borne out of a tortured compromise between Congress and the White House, the Act contemplated reinforced border control and status verification for those applying for welfare benefits. The success of this Act has been rightly criticized because the border security measures were never put in place.
What a majority of Americans want first Mr. President is for you to enforce the laws on the books. That means securing our borders as was promised the American people in 1986. Once that is done, the hearts of the American people will turn to how to respond with dignity to those here illegally. First we must approach this in a practical way and not in a way that invites millions more into our country to await the next wave of amnesty before securing the borders. Policymakers are duping the American people. They have not secured the borders because they perceive a political benefit on both sides; they hurt all Americans in this way who must now compete against lower wage earners.
Once this recent executive order is declared unconstitutional or after Congress acts to defund any such effort made by the president, we can get down to the business of securing our borders first and living out the command to “love the foreigner” second.
Friday, November 14, 2014
While the deception of Jonathan Gruber and the Democrat leadership in passing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is on full display, the real story is not being discussed. The depth of loyalty to the liberal agenda rises to a cultic following; liberalism has become one of the largest religions in America.
The message that propelled all Democrats and no Republicans to approve the massive overall of 1/6 of the United States economy was that every American should have healthcare coverage and that the ACA would make that coverage affordable. The Obama administration relied on Jonathan Gruber, the “architect” of the Massachusetts healthcare law and M.I.T. economist, to make the liberal dream of universal health care come to life across the country. Using the Gruber Microsimulation Model, Gruber received nearly $400,000 from the administration, has sold his services to no less than 8 states to set up state exchanges and has earned in excess of $2 million in tax payer dollars over the past seven years from Health and Human Services for his services, reported the Washington Post. His lucrative business model could be applauded but for the fact he’s peddling deceit to his clients and to the American people.
No less than three videos were released this week where Gruber said, “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure” the Congressional Budget Office “did not score the mandate as taxes.” He also said that “lack of transparency is a huge political advantage,” and added, "Call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass” reported the New York Times.
Of course, we now know the individual mandate is indeed a tax as adjudged by the U.S. Supreme Court. That such creative tricks occur in Washington on a bi-partisan basis is not news and I am not mad at Gruber. He exposes the underbelly of politics but more specifically the willingness of liberal devotees, in this case, to lie to the American people to accomplish their agenda “by any means necessary.”
The haze of liberal deceit is so thick that it’s nearly surreal as we watch House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi act like she’s never even heard of Gruber, notwithstanding her six references to him on her own Speaker of the House website in December 2009 and her praise of Gruber as a “noted MIT economist.” Now the White House says, “The process associated with the writing and passing and implementing of the Affordable Care Act has been extraordinarily transparent.” What else would we expect from the One who said: “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, period.”
Religion is defined in multiple ways. One of those ways is to say it is a “cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith.” The only way to describe the Left’s inability to respond to the Gruber matter in a forthright way is to understand their belief system as a religion. They have a level of devotion and faith in their liberal agenda that exposure of their deceit means absolutely nothing and only begets more deceit. To my Democrat friends: is this what you signed up for as a Democrat?
Friday, November 7, 2014
All Americans have something historical to celebrate this week. However, ignorance prevents some of us from applauding the election of Tim Scott and Mia Love last Tuesday. Scott is the first black elected to the United State Senate from South Carolina since Reconstruction (1865) and she is the first black Republican woman ever elected to the House of Representatives. Where’s the parade? Where are the congratulations from the Congressional Black Caucus? Where’s the NAACP? This should be Front Page in every major newspaper in America but it is not because they are both Republicans. These elections are as historic as the election of President Barack Obama. Unfortunately, the country has been robbed of the celebration by liberal media bias.
Just as liberal blacks are frequently unable to put their values over their Party affiliation, neither can they cross the Party aisle and choose ethnic pride to celebrate this victory. This is a victory of character, victory over our country’s racial history and the product of hard work. This is monumental stuff. Sadly, some Americans have been brainwashed. To black liberals and many non-blacks, “Republican” is synonymous with racism; if you’re a black Republican, you must be an “Uncle Tom.” Ignorant? Many black liberals believe that all blacks must think alike politically. Insanity?
In the face of these historic accomplishments by blacks, the NAACP issued a press release highlighting its plan to amend the Voting Rights Act so that everyone may participate in the process. They couldn’t even bring themselves to comment on the historic wins which certainly represent the ‘advancement of colored people.’ Instead, they focus on the new Boogey Man-Voter ID laws to make themselves relevant (which red herring will be the subject of another post.) In their statement, they claimed they are a nonpartisan organization. Their hubris to make such a statement with a straight face is astonishing. Is there one Republican or conservative on its Board of Directors?
While the NAACP should change its name as they bring shame to their former self, they cannot keep me and my fellow Americans from applauding Mia Love, Tim Scott, and the voters of Utah and South Carolina for making history.
Tim Scott, 49, was first appointed to the U.S. Senate by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to replace leaving Senator Jim DeMint in 2013. This election makes him the first black elected Republican to statewide office in South Carolina and the first black elected to the United State Senate since Reconstruction. Hiram Rhodes Revels preceded Scott as the first black elected to the United States Senate (and Congress overall during Reconstruction) who served from 1870 – 1871 from Mississippi. Ludmya Bourdeau “Mia” Love , 39, the former mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, will be the first Haitian American and first black female Republican ever elected to Congress when sworn in. This is something and someone(s) to celebrate? Join me in American pride and share this so others may join us in this celebration.