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After Nearly A Decade of War The Battles Rage On - Will It Ever End?: Left of Center View

Dwight D. Eisenhower in his last address to the American people as President warned that the unchecked growth of the military industrial complex would have devastating consequences for the American people. As a former General, President Eisenhower had a unique perspective on the military. He had seen war from all sides and knew what happens when war becomes a profitable industry. The end result is perpetual war with extreme measures taken to justify the escalation and continuation of the war.

The billions of dollars being spent to execute the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are mostly going to corporate interests. The companies that build tanks, airplanes, missiles, guns, bullets, uniforms, explosives, etc. are making money hand over fist while these wars rage on. Every bullet fired is money in someoneís pocket. Even our enemies are buying weapons and ammunition from the companies that have them available. For all we know the same companies might be selling to both sides.

There is profit in war and any time there is profit to be made there are profiteers to take advantage of the situation. As the profit grows so to the lengths to which people will go to make the profit. There comes a point at which there is no incentive to stop the fighting. The politicians take millions in contributions from the defense contractors and continue to send more troops off to die. Everyone in power is happy. Too bad for the soldiers that had to go die for their profits.

Itís no mystery that business runs government and that what is good for the bottom line is what the politicians will vote for. The war is making some people richer by the day. You can bet your bottom dollar that they have representatives in Washington making sure that elected officials know how much the defense contractors have helped them get elected. The war appropriations bills will continue to pass and the soldiers will continue to die for the profits of the defense contractors. Thatís what America has become.

Itís interesting that a man of war would be the one to warn us of the dangers of the war industry. Sadly we did not listen and we let the beast grow to the point where it can no longer be stopped easily. There may never come a time of peace for America. There is just too much profit in war.


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After Nearly A Decade of War The Battles Rage On - Will It Ever End?: Right of Center View

Defending freedom requires sacrifice. The defense of freedom is a long and laborious process. You cannot win a war against something as insidious as terrorism without being willing to be in it for the long term. We have to accept that being the defenders of freedom is not always convenient. So the war has gone on for a while, yes it has. The war has gone on for a while because it has been necessary to get the job done.

America is a nation that gets the job done. We donít run away from fights and we donít leave our friends in the lurch. The amount of time we spend fighting a war is not as important as the outcome of that war. If we cut and run before the job is done, every soldier that died in the war died for nothing. We simply canít walk away from a war that is not over. If we leave the enemies of freedom able to recover and rebuild we are assuring that more conflict will follow.

War should be about setting right that which has gone wrong somehow. When the Taliban allowed Al Qaeda to operate inside the borders of Afghanistan during the planning of the 9/11 attacks they turned their country into a source of chaos for the world. To set that right the Taliban needed to be removed from power permanently in Afghanistan. Since they still hold power within Afghanistan we continue to fight. Until they can no longer control Afghanistan or threaten freedom in the region we must continue to fight. The job wonít be done until the Taliban is without any means to rise to power again.

War is not something anyone wants but there are times when it is necessary. We cannot let time constraints determine our foreign policy. When we run wars on a timetable we guarantee that we will lose the fight in the end. If we pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan before the job is done we are only putting a bandage on a broken arm. The problem might get better for a while but the enemies of freedom will eventually rise up again and do more harm because we didnít make sure they had been permanently dealt with. The war will end when the job is done. That is the price of freedom.

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A Legal Immigrantís Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally ďThe RaceĒ in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isnít really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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