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Rise & Fall: Left of Center View

"The Constitution gives the president the power of clemency to be used when he deems it to be warranted. It is my judgment that a commutation of the prison term in Mr. Libby's case is an appropriate exercise of this power." – President George W. Bush

What a shocker! Yeah right! In a move even Stevie Wonder saw coming the president stepped in to excuse Scooter from having to go to prison. Scooter stepped in and took the blame for his boss's actions, so the little boss stepped in and removed the consequences. Sure they played along and let the legitimate process run it's course. But without any member of the current administration running for election any time soon, did you really think they were going to let one of their own actually be held accountable for doing something as minor as breaking the law? They were serving the greater good or whatever the hell it is they think they are serving…

By placing themselves above the law the current administration is in effect calling the rest of us second class citizens. This is why the immigration debate raging in our nation's capitol is so laughable. The people in power exhibit time and time again their disbelief that the laws that govern the rest of us apply to them. The president, vice president and even secretary of state have all chosen to ignore the directives of the two bodies created to keep a balance, the Courts, and Congress. If, as our founding fathers intended, we all share the same rights and privileges, does that then mean that none of us are required to abide by the findings of these governmental bodies?

Congress needs to stop deciding the issues of obtainment and focus instead on re-establishing the rights and privileges to those who are already citizens that are ordained in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. This is one instance where we need to worry about ourselves before worrying about the plights or even the rights of others. While it is true that granting without exclusion the privilege of citizenship has diluted the prestige, so too has not enforcing the creed upon which the privilege is based; that all citizens are all equal. This is far more important than how to become a citizen because if the only branch of government left with any authority is the executive branch then we have already gone down the path, like the Romans before us, and transformed from republic to empire. If history teaches us anything it is that the rise of empires quickly leads to the onset of tyranny and eventually to a greater fall than the rise that preceded it from which the empire never quite recovers.

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

Last Week's View from the Left: Outsourcing & Insourcing

Previous Weeks Views from the Left:
English
Amnesty vs. Reality
Defining Immigration





Once Again Congress Fails: Right of Center View

Once again Congress failed to come up with something comprehensive for immigration reform. In their ever-so-cautious way they failed to take a stand for anything. While S 1348 was a lousy excuse for a bill and I’m glad it failed, I can’t help but think its legacy will be one of growing shame for the American people over the ineffectiveness of our leaders in Washington.

While Al Qaeda is getting doctors in on their acts, taking them from the realm of fringe radical wack-jobs to some semblance of an international political movement, our Congress can’t even agree on whether or not securing our borders might be a good idea. The bombings and failed bombings in England and who it is coming to light were behind them show that we are still vulnerable to attack from people that come into our nation from abroad even when they don’t fit a particular “profile”. For all we know the people that are coming in droves on the H-1B visas could have ties to radical groups that want us dead. Does Congress have lengthy debate about the background checks of guest workers needing to be more intensive? No. Do they debate ways to incorporate next-generation technology into the borders to detect underground tunnels or infra red and pattern recognition software to create automated border defenses? No. Instead of finding ways to secure our borders and make Americans safer, our leaders have been bickering over how to most conveniently let several million people break our laws without serious consequences. We need to be enforcing the current laws and tightening restrictions on immigration not finding ways to cater to the businesses that want to sell us out for a higher profit margin.

The lasting impression left by this latest debacle of a debate in Washington is one of leaders who do not lead. It’s an illustration of legislators who don’t legislate effectively. It speaks volumes about the elitist priorities of the people in power. They don’t seem to really care about the people they impact. They care about donations and campaigns and how much of a voting block their legislation will create for themselves so that the interests of the people that built this nation will not interfere with their donors’ profits. In all of this, the American citizens are little more than numbers in polls to be analyzed and categorized for future marketing campaigns. Our thoughts and wishes are a mere footnote on the data sheet.

I guess that “We the People” now only counts for those who sneak into the country, refuse to learn our language, thumb their noses at our laws and then march down the street waving foreign flags demanding recognition. Perhaps we should just fold up and put away the Stars and Stripes now because the people who built America, the ones who fought and died to defend her from the people of those nations whose flags march down our streets, don’t matter anymore. They’re yesterday’s news. What have they done for us lately? Now is the era of the “undocumented worker” and their rights must come first and foremost.
Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column.

Last Week's View from the Right: American Jobs

Previous Weeks Views from the Right:
English Also vs. English Only
Amnesty
Defining Immigration

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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