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The Obama World Tour: Left of Center View

Respect, that is what it is all about. America has spent the last eight years losing that most valuable commodity around the world. The Bush administration with its fools rush in mentality and my way or the highway foreign policy decisions left America as a monster in the eyes of the world. We are seen as bullies and thugs by nations and people around the world. President and Mrs. Obama have begun to change that perception and restore our standing in the world.

While George Bush said things like “bring it on” our new President is saying, “Let’s work together.” It is clear in the reception he is getting around the world that he is seen as being more positive than George W. Bush by people in other nations. He is talking to the people who might have a year ago called for the downfall of America and they are coming away with a more positive view of our nation. We need to regain our standing in the world and trips abroad like the most recent trip the President and First Lady made to Europe will do just that.

By giving respect you get respect and President Obama is giving the respect due to other nations in the world. America needs to become more of a team player if we want the world to respect us. We can no longer go it alone if we want to survive in a global reality. America is not the end all and be all in the world. We are only one nation of many and we need to begin to remember that again.

It is all well and good to say that we need to worry about America first but we also need to remember that we cannot survive in the long term if we only think about America’s needs. We are a part of the larger world and no amount of nuclear weapons will make that change. America needs to respect the world if we want them to respect us. President Obama understands that and is doing a good job rebuilding respect for our nation abroad.


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The Obama World Tour: Right of Center View

Like rock stars the Obamas took Europe by storm. From hugs and kisses with the Queen in London to a town hall meeting in France our new President and First Lady were received in Europe like the Beatles or Rolling Stones on a triumphant comeback tour. So what if anything is this doing for America? We all know that Barack Obama can give a great speech but is that really the best use of his time? We have real problems here at home that need addressing.

When I think of a President of the United States I think of a problem solver not somebody just talking a good game. We’ve seen this administration throwing money at a whole lot of things but not a lot of explanation of how we will pay for it and what it will cost our children and their children. Trillions of dollars of spending are being laid out but we still don’t know when the spending will be rewarded with real growth in our economy. To the casual observer it looks like a giant shell game with a good talker hooking the marks.

I’m not one of those crazy fools hoping that this administration fails. We need to find our way out of the mess we’re in and right now this is the team we’ve got to do the job. I do however want to know what their plans will actually do for the people of this country. How about working to address the problems of the American people before worrying about what the Europeans think of you? How about taking care of business at home before hobnobbing with the European elite?

Don’t run off to Europe to impress the people with our new black President. Stay here and clean up the corruption in Congress and stop spending ten thousand dollars for toilet seats just to help some government contractor pad their bottom line. We don’t need the Obamas flying across the pond to hug and kiss the people in Europe to fix our most pressing problems. We need our President to buckle down and get to work here at home.

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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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