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Fear Mongering and Illegal Immigration: Left of Center View

Meet Mohammad Achmed Al Kazir, a machete wielding, drug running deviant who snuck into the US to take your job, date your daughter and sleep with your wife while you're at work. Mohammad and his friends Xie and Juan are the reason gas is creeping past $4 a gallon and your pants don't fit right. And they don't believe in God. If we don't put a stop to this right now this country will turn into a, well let's just say abortion and hip-hop won't be our only problems, or so the conservative right would like you to believe.

Fear mongering is an extremely effective tool. Why just look what those efficient Germans did with it in the late 30's and 40's, and it's just as popular and effective today as it's ever been. Conservative, right wing Republicans don't solve problems. They point them out. They inflate them. They keep picking at the scab until it becomes a bloody mess that will eventually become an ugly scar. But they don’t fix it because there’s no profit in solutions.

They have managed to retain power by spinning little problems into apocalyptic nightmares. First they create the illusion of Armageddon, then there's the ol' bait and switch. Terrorists are coming to get you! Turn on your television and watch in horror - Terrorists are here and they are here to kill you! You are not safe, your children are not safe, your mother and apple-pie, all are at risk. Terrorist are coming to end our way of life. We must fight back; we must invade Iraq, and give no bid contracts to Halliburton and Bechtel and other American corporations that contributed to our campaign, and we must do it right now. Quickly it's your only hope.

But hope is exactly what they're taking from us, hope, dignity and the civil liberties that we are supposedly fighting to give to the world. And it's all a part of some twisted ditto-head logic that really only makes sense after a six pack. If you don't have anything to hide, then you shouldn't mind if we search you. Perfectly logical that is, until you've actually had to suffer the humiliation of a search. See then you do mind. It's really not nice to have a flashlight rammed up your posterior by an obese fifth grade drop-out who gets even with the world by having you strip down to your skivvies and then go wait out in the hall when all he really needed to do was look in your purse.

So we should mind. Not because we have anything to hide but because it's unpleasant to be subjected to the whims of a pervert and his flashlight for the illusion of security. We only put up with it because they tell us it will keep us safe. Safe, isn't that really what everyone wants to be, safe and happy? We start wars to spread this great idea of Christianity to the world, oh wait I meant Democracy. Democracy is what we're spreading to the masses. So we start wars to spread…Democracy to those less fortunate, and then are shocked and appalled when the people would rather come here than live in the world we've tried to make safer for them by blowing it up. But we can't let them come here. We have invested too much time and money into demonizing these folks.

That is why, in the era of political correctness, institutionalized racism is making a comeback. Achmed the Terrorist is just as offensive a racial stereotype as Aunt Jemima. The a**holes... I mean the folks in charge, are simply using the same tools to retain power and increase their own personal wealth that people have been using since the first group of Neanderthals tried to ban the assault club.

To set yourself up as the Good-Guy, you need a really scary Bad-Guy, and the Islamic extremists have done a great job of fitting the bill, even going as far as to add elements that the script writers over at Halliburton could never have come up with on their own. And because we fear these people so much, we give away just about everything to the people who promise to protect us from the Terrorists. Being given anything they want, for as long as they want is exactly what they want. So I suppose in a way immigration has suffered massive collateral damage in the war on terror because it is impossible to justify your hatred of the person holding the door open for you at the bank or letting you go ahead in the supermarket check-out line because you only have one item to their 12, or any one of the dozen of thoughtful things that neighbors do for each other.

So maybe it's time we got to know our new neighbors a little better, and eradicate some of our unjustified fears. Maybe it is finally time to accept that people from cultures different than ours, who look nothing like us are going to come and live next door to us. Maybe it's time to realize that this is not a bad thing. Maybe it's time we took back a little of the power we've given. Maybe, just maybe, it's finally time we overcame some of our fears, talked about the real issues that impact all of us on a daily basis which the politicians seem to have forgotten about solving and struck a little fear into the hearts of the folks who have spent the past fifty years scaring the hell out of us.


Kyle Pesonen - Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column.

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Outsourcing or Undocumented Workers: Which Hurts American Workers More?
Sierra Club vs. Border Fence
Who Owns America?
Redefining Immigration
Racism and the Immigration Debate
Free Trade vs. Fair Trade
Migrant Farm Workers and the Cost of Groceries
What Does a New Leader for Cuba Mean for America?High Tech Worker Visas and American Unemployment
What's Wrong With Our Current Immigration System?
How Will The Upcoming Election Impact Immigration Policy?
National ID Cards for American Citizens
American Children of Undocumented Immigrants
Globalization and Immigration
Human Rights and Immigration Policy
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Fear Mongering and Illegal Immigration: Right of Center View

So it seems that those on the extremist left would like everyone to believe that we live in some peace, love and happiness world where there are no legitimate threats to the United States and that open borders would be better for everyone. Anyone who points out the real threats we face from outside of our borders is accused of fear mongering. Anyone who suggests that we might want to blow them up before they blow us up is accused of war mongering. To that I say that the ostriches in the left-wing liberal ranks who keep trying to convince us we’re in no danger are fool mongering. They are trying to dumb down the country and convince us that our own eyes are wrong.

In case people don’t remember, the terrorists came to our country and flew passenger jets full of people into the World Trade Center and Pentagon. They would have hit the Capitol or White House too if some brave Americans hadn’t stopped them. The threat is real and the truth of the matter is that while the terrorists that committed those crimes got into America legally, the next ones likely won’t because we’re now looking for people using those methods. We have to expand our methods of protecting ourselves or they will in fact strike again killing more Americans and leaving more grieving families to ask “What more could we have done to stop them?”

I can’t imagine having to explain to some grieving husband, wife, father, mother or little child why their beloved spouse, child or parent won’t be coming home because I didn’t take an opportunity that was clearly available to stop the people that killed them from getting into our country. Good leaders have to think beyond the wants and needs of individuals to the larger good of the society they lead. Sometimes the needs of the few are at odds with the needs of the many and the majority should win out. You can try to include as many of the wants and needs of the few in the plans but the majority have to come first. It may not seem fair but ultimately it is the fairest way to run a society. The majority of the people have their needs met and every effort is made to minimize the negative impact on the minority.

The war on terror must include tighter border security. While we may not face a terrorist threat from people sneaking into the country just looking for work, there is nothing to stop a terrorist from coming in right beside them and setting up shop without anyone knowing. That same terrorist could also find a job working under the table if we don’t clamp down on companies hiring undocumented workers. That job could ultimately buy the materials to build a bomb and blow up some building filled with innocent people. If a few of them make it into the country then they have a cell and can organize quietly until they have enough resources to do some real damage. Basically, the more we let our guard down, the better their chances are of working on deadly plots right under our noses and killing Americans before we even see them coming.

There are other real dangers faced by our nation by a massive influx of undocumented immigrants. When someone legally immigrates to this nation they have to undergo examinations for disease and illness. This is done so that public health is protected from diseases or illnesses that might be impacting other countries but are not currently issues in America and to keep known carriers of serious diseases out of America. If people come into the U.S. without being screened, we have no idea what communicable diseases that they might be carrying. Left unchecked, certain diseases and illnesses like Asian bird flu can quickly become epidemics and negatively impact countless Americans who would have been protected with simple screening, isolation and/or treatment of patient zero (the carrier of the original disease or illness). This is not fear mongering. This is reality. Disease spreads and if undetected can become untreatable in many cases. Unscreened carriers of disease will spread that disease in most cases. Sometimes the carrier also has immunity to the disease they are carrying so they are spreading it without any visible signs of having it. Others have things like HIV which don’t have outward signs until the disease is very advanced. These are real concerns that are impacted by the ability of appropriate agencies to monitor the people coming in and going out of our country.

There are economic concerns as well. When people come to this country and work “under the table” without paying taxes, they negatively impact the nation. Those tax dollars pay for roads and street lights and police and military services and countless other things that require tax dollars to operate. If we turn a blind eye on those who work illegally and those who hire illegally, we are hurting ourselves. We are taking money out of our own pockets because someone will have to make up the difference for the tax dollars they are not putting into the economy. Worse than that many of the workers then send their earnings, minus minimal money to live on, back to their home country to support their families taking yet more money and tax revenue out of our economy.

These are not phantom fear issues. These are real, impactful issues that have an effect on most Americans whether they know it or not. I have nothing against people from other countries and I have no hidden agenda to promote. I just love my country and want to see it safe and sound.

The Realist - Patriot at Large | E-mail Comments on this column.

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Border Security and the War on Drugs

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Outsourcing or Undocumented Workers: Which Hurts American Workers More?
Sierra Club vs. Border Fence
Who Owns America?
Redefining Immigration
Racism and the Immigration Debate
Free Trade vs. Fair Trade
Migrant Farm Workers and the Cost of Groceries
What Does a New Leader for Cuba Mean for America?
High Tech Worker Visas and American Unemployment
What's Wrong With Our Current Immigration System?
How Will The Upcoming Election Impact Immigration Policy?
National ID Cards for American Citizens
American Children of Undocumented Immigrants
Globalization and Immigration
Human Rights and Immigration Policy
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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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