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Will Obama’s Commitment To Nuclear Arms Reduction Put America At Greater Risk Of Nuclear Attack?: Left of Center View

"No nukes is good nukes" so the saying goes, usually in cities that have declared themselves "nuclear free zones". All this sort of sentiment does is make us feel better about the fact that we as a species are always just a couple of hours away from total annihilation. Really, should there be, even a tactical exchange, of nuclear weapons nuclear free zones will be just as screwed as their atom welcoming neighbors.

The Cold War arms race bankrupted the Soviet Union and didn’t do a whole lot for the U.S. economy either, arms dealers excepted. It boiled down to a race to see who could destroy the world more times over. We built these weapons to be dismantled. We probably could just as easily have had Hollywood special effects teams put them together. It would have been whole lot safer and a whole lot cheaper. The U.S. has stockpiled nuclear weapons since their concept was realized in the 1940’s, when we only need a couple dozen to do the job. The rest are just there as bargaining chips, very lethal, expensive to guard and maintain bargaining chips. This means that in the long run dismantling them is actually a cost saving measure.

But for the old men running the world letting go of the ultimate phallic symbol is hard to do. Missiles are the measure of power in the modern world and testing them is the ultimate ploy to get the Worlds’ attention. It’s even more effective than waving a hundred dollar bill in the face of a Denny’s hostess to get moved up the wait-list. You have to be a member of the nuclear club to get a good seat at the UN banquets.

They have them, so we have to have them, they keep us safe. Actually there is some truth to this. But notice the President is not suggesting we get rid of all of our weapons, just some of them. Which if you think about it is much safer for all concerned. When the Soviet Union fell they had to admit that they were unable to account for all of their nuclear weapons, which means that they probably lost track of them long before admitting to it. Now this is not to suggest the U.S. government is on the verge of collapse or anything, but if a totalitarian, uber controlling regime like the Soviet Union can’t keep track of all of its devices, what chance do we who rule by committee really have of doing it?


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Will Obama’s Commitment To Nuclear Arms Reduction Put America At Greater Risk Of Nuclear Attack?: Right of Center View

This seems like a no-brainer to me. The idea of deterrence through strength has worked for America for decades. Nobody has launched a nuclear attack on the U.S. because they know we have the ability to wipe them off the face of the planet with the push of a button. The American nuclear arsenal keeps us from being the target of other nations with nuclear weapons and even to some extent keeps rogue groups from having the means to release a nuclear weapon on our soil. No nation wants to be in our crosshairs after facilitating the acquisition of a nuclear weapon by a terrorist group to be used against the U.S. We would have every justification to vaporize their country if they put a nuclear weapon into the hands of a group that actually used it against our people.

If we give up our tactical advantage we become an easy target for our enemies. We can ill afford to let our guard down for even a moment in these troubled times. Terrorists around the world would love nothing more than a non-nuclear America. Obama’s plan to dismantle our nuclear arsenal is exactly what the terrorists want. They want us to give up our ability to take out their sponsors if they cross the line of using weapons of mass destruction against us. Without our nuclear arsenal we are opening ourselves up to attack from threats that are held at bay by the threat of nuclear annihilation. Al Qaeda would love nothing more than the U.S. giving up our nuclear stockpile.

The truth of the matter is that we need our nuclear weapons to keep the enemies of freedom at bay. Those who would contemplate releasing a nuclear device on the American people need to know that if they ever did we would destroy them utterly. They need to know that we are neither afraid nor incapable of unleashing the fury of a nuclear attack on any nation or organization foolish enough to use a nuclear weapon against us.

Putting aside possible threats from terrorists acquiring nuclear weapons we have the very real threats of North Korea with a budding nuclear weapons program and a nuclear Iran in the making. We need to be prepared to respond to any nuclear threat with overwhelming superior force. We must maintain superiority or face our own demise at the hands of our enemies. Mutually assured destruction kept the Soviets at bay for decades and proved that our strength is our best defense against our enemies.

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A Legal Immigrant’s 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 “The Race” 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 isn’t 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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