The Arrogance of Power

America is in trouble. We need jobs. We need to bring back manufacturing. We need to stop the taxes and regulations that are driving jobs out of the country. We need to stop illegal immigration that is flooding the country with unskilled labor, taking jobs away from young people. This is what the American people are concerned about. According to exit polls, the economy was the number one concern of voters across the country.

So, what does our president do as soon as the election is over? He threatens to take executive action on illegal immigration. He wants to give 5 million illegals a path to citizenship. That’s a lot of jobs we don’t have, and a lot of people to support. Shouldn’t the American people expect more from their president? Shouldn’t we expect that an elected official, in this case the president of the United States, listen to the American people? And the big question…shouldn’t we expect our president to put American citizens and interests first?

Sadly, the answer is all too obvious. Obama has never been the president of the “United” States of America. He has made it his job to rip us apart in every way possible. He made it his job to try to destroy the Republican party by constantly playing the blame game. He made it his job to make sure Harry Reid didn’t put the 360 House Republican bills to a vote in the Senate, thereby, denying Republican voters representation. Now, he is making it his job to bypass Congress.

He has traveled the country and the world sniping at Republicans, the GOP, the Tea Party, Fox News, and anyone who doesn’t agree with his agenda. He has bullied, threatened, whined, thrown temper tantrums, vacationed and golfed.

He has played the race card more than once, getting involved and speaking out when he should have waited for the details to come out. This president, our first black president (he is half white, but doesn’t acknowledge that fact), could have accomplished so much to bring the country together in regards to race relations. He could have guided African Americans toward better skills for building a good life. But, instead, he made matters worse. He forgets that he is supposed to be president over the entire country, not just those that will vote for him.

I wanted to give him the benefit after the election, but every time I try to do that, he proves himself unworthy. He’s in a snit because the Democrats lost power, so he’s going to pull this stunt. It’s a power play that’s pure political posturing. President Obama you’ve had 6 years to pass immigration reform. You had control of the house and the senate for your first two years, and you didn’t do anything about immigration reform. You are thumbing your nose at the American people by taking this action at this time. Shame on you.

These are my thoughts. I don’t ask anyone to agree with me. My frustration with this president and this administration is beyond exasperating.

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Immigration: Attitude Counts

Immigrants built this great country.  Immigrants who sacrificed everything to come to a new land; to have the opportunity to build a new life for their families.  These families assimilated into their new country, and made it their own.  Were there problems among the different groups of people?  History tells us “yes.”  Did early immigrants settle into enclaves of “like” people?  Many of  them did.  Think of Chinatown, Little Italy, Little Germany, etc.  People of different cultures and backgrounds are always going to have problems co-existing.  But, history, also, shows us that they worked through their difficulties and came together as one proud nation that fought together in WWII to overcome Hitler, Mussolini, and the Emperor of Japan.

To those of us who are citizens, and love our country, today’s immigrant is a different breed.  Many of them, and I’m not implying all immigrants, don’t respect our laws or our people.  This is where the problems arise.  It’s not racism.  It’s not isolationism.  Plain and simple, in my opinion, it’s weariness.  We are tired of the demands of people who come here from other countries.  We are tired of these immigrants, who come here for an opportunity, but then want to turn our country into one just like the one they left.

And, we are so very tired of immigration activists not being able to separate legal immigration from illegal immigration.  That is insulting!  I listen to them on TV, and just shake my head.  Statistics show that the US allows 1,000,000 legal immigrants into our country each year.  To any reasonable person, that seems like a lot of people.  But to immigration activists, that number is not to be appreciated.  No, we are vilified for our stand against illegal immigrants–now undocumented immigrants.  I think if we were respected for our feelings and opinions, the discussion on immigration reform could progress more effectively.

Below is a “letter to the editor,” never published, of course, from a private citizen in reply to a man who suggested that the Statue of Liberty be torn down.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/immigration/newimmigrants.asp

From:
“David LaBonte”

My wife, Rosemary, wrote a wonderful letter to the editor of the OC Register which, of course, was not printed. So, I decided to “print” it myself by sending it out on the Internet. Pass it along if you feel so inclined. Written in response to a series of letters to the editor in the Orange County Register:

Dear Editor:

So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down the Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren’t being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry. 

Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today’s American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented. Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home. 

They had waved good bye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture. Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.

Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought alongside men whose parents had come straight over from Germany, Italy, France and Japan. None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan. They were defending the United States of America as one people.

When we liberated France, no one in those villages “was” looking for the French-American or the German American or the Irish American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country’s flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here. These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one red, white and blue bowl.

And here we are with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country. I’m sorry, that’s not what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900’s deserve better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life. I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.

And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty, it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill. I wouldn’t start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.

Rosemary LaBonte

A Little Humor and a Possible Solution for Illegal Immigrants

I got this in my e-mail earlier — enjoy the first part and I’d like to hear your thoughts about the illegal solution in the end. There is even an idea to cut the cost of gasoline….

Cowboy Solution

I have lived, loved, lost and loved again. Life is not easy….. but it is what it is.

Cowboy rules for:

Arizona, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Nebraska, Idaho, and the rest of the Wild West are as follows:

1. Pull your pants up. You look like an idiot.

2. Turn your cap right, your head ain’t crooked.

3. Let’s get this straight: it’s called a ‘gravel road.’ I drive a pickup truck because I want to. No matter how slow you drive, you’re gonna get dust on your Lexus. Drive it or get out of the way.

4. They are cattle. That’s why they smell like cattle. They smell like money to us. Get over it. Don’t like it? I-10 & I-40 go east and west, I-17 & I-15 goes north and south. Pick one and go.

5. So you have a $60,000 car. We’re impressed. We have $250,000 Combines that are driven only 3 weeks a year.

6. Every person in the Wild West waves. It’s called being friendly. Try to understand the concept.

7. If that cell phone rings while a bunch of geese/pheasants/ducks/doves are comin’ in during a hunt, we WILL shoot it outta your hand. You better hope you don’t have it up to your ear at the time.

8. Yeah. We eat trout, salmon, deer and elk. You really want sushi and caviar? It’s available at the corner bait shop.

9. The ‘Opener’ refers to the first day of deer season. It’s a religious holiday held the closest Saturday to the first of November.

10. We open doors for women. That’s applied to all women, regardless of age.

11. No, there’s no ‘vegetarian special’ on the menu. Order steak, or you can order the Chef’s Salad and pick off the 2 pounds of ham and turkey.

12. When we fill out a table, there are three main dishes: meats, vegetables, and breads. We use three spices: salt, pepper, and ketchup! Oh, yeah … We don’t care what you folks in Cincinnati call that stuff you eat… IT AIN’T REAL CHILI!!

13. You bring ‘Coke’ into my house, it better be brown, wet and served over ice. You bring ‘Mary Jane’ into my house, she better be cute, know how to shoot, drive a truck, and have long hair.

14. College and High School Football is as important here as the Giants, the Yankees, the Mets, the Lakers and the Knicks, and a dang site more fun to watch.

15. Yeah, we have golf courses. But don’t hit the water hazards – it spooks the fish.

16. Turn down that blasted car stereo! That thumpity-thump ain’t music, anyway. We don’t want to hear it anymore than we want to see your boxers! Refer back to #1!

A true Westerner will send this to at least 10 others and a few new friends that probably won’t get it, but we’re friendly so we share in hopes you can begin to understand what a real life is all about!!!

And there is more………….
The COWBOY Solution to save Gasoline.

OBAMA wants us to cut the amount of gasoline we use…..

The best way to stop using so much gasoline is to deport 20 million illegal immigrants!

That would be 20 million less people using our gas.
The price of gas would come down…..
Bring our troops home from Afghanistan to guard the borders….

When they catch an illegal immigrant crossing the Border, hand him a canteen, rifle and some ammo and ship him to Afghanistan ….

Tell him if he wants to come to AMERICA then he must serve a tour in OUR military….

Give him a soldier’s pay while he’s there and tax him on it……

After his tour, he will be allowed to become a citizen since he defended this country…..
He will also be registered to be taxed and be a legal resident…..
This option will probably deter illegal immigration and provide a solution for the troops in Afghanistan and the aliens trying to make a better life for themselves. …….

If they refuse to serve, ship them to Afghanistan anyway,without the canteen, rifle or ammo.

Problem solved…..