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Could Open Borders Ever Be A Viable Option For America?: Left of Center View

The answer to that question depends greatly on the direction America takes in its relations with the rest of the world. If we choose to continue to pursue a course of empire that leads us into more and more unnecessary wars we will never be free of those elements who wish to destroy us. Whether it is military or business the wars we wage around the world create the enemies we fear and as long as they exist we will live in danger of attack.

Perhaps a better question might be ďCan America ever become mature enough to be a peaceful member of the world community?Ē The answer to that question would answer the question posed for this discussion. While our leaders insist on bending the world to the will of America there will always be those who wish to see us destroyed both militarily and economically. The leader of the Venezuelan people called George W. Bush a ďdevilĒ because that is how he sees him. That is the type of perception that comes with invading sovereign nations unprovoked and proceeding to rape their land for profit.

America, more than any other source, is the cause of its own misery. Our leaders have allowed big business to go into other countries and strip their resources, exploit their people and leave behind broken messes of destruction in their wake. Our leaders have backed coups and revolutions that they felt advantaged our position in the world regardless of the consequence to the people impacted and vocally justified their actions as being in defense of the ďAmerican way of lifeĒ. This unconscionable callousness cannot be received in any other way by those negatively impacted but as aggression towards them. Being human their response is understandably hostile towards the people that they see as being at the root of the problem which would be the people who put those leaders in power, us. To validate this you have to look no further than our own response to the attacks of September 11th 2001. Our military removed the Taliban from power because they supported the architects of the attacks.

So, can open borders ever be viable? Sure they can. We need to grow up and stop being so selfish first but it could work. If people donít wish us ill then they donítí pose a threat. If we stop trying to run the world people would likely stop hating us so much. If we help other nations improve their economies instead of raping them they might wish us well instead of preferring us dead.

Can open borders be viable in my lifetime? I fear not. America is very good at waging war and justifying, at least to ourselves, actions that are unacceptable to sane, rational people. We are in fact a juvenile nation with a lot of learning to do but someday, if we survive long enough, we may be ready to open the gates and let all who would come through pass into our nation and share in our bountiful blessings.


LJ Finstermore - World Citizen | E-mail Comments on this column. | Click icon to Digg this article

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Can International Trade Save American Jobs?
Would Harsher Sentences for Undocumented Criminals Lower Crime?
Will There Ever Be Comprehensive Immigration Reform in America?
Do Undocumented Immigrants Pose a Health Risk for Americans?
How Will the Oil Crisis Impact Foreign Policy?
What is a Fair Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Workers?
Which of the Presidential Candidates Will Bring the Best Immigration Policy Into Office?
Outsourcing, Bad Trade Policy and Recessions
Is America Capable of Breaking Free from Foreign Oil Dependency?
What Does the Globalization of Big Business Mean for America?
Are American Car Makers Ready for the Oil Crisis or Will Japan Reign Supreme Once Again?
Does Dependency on Foreign Oil Endanger America?
What is a "Real" American?
Racial Profiling - Is It Ever OK?
Who Wins When Undocumented Workers Come to America?
NAFTA and the Election
How Can We Curb Illegal Immigration?
Fear Mongering and Illegal Immigration
Border Security and the War on Drugs
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
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Could Open Borders Ever Be A Viable Option For America?: Right of Center View

We are living in a world with terrorists and criminals looking for any opportunity to get into our country to wreak havoc. America can't afford to let down our guard for a minute. We have to protect ourselves from those who would do harm to our people and our nation. From illegal immigrants waiting to take jobs from Americans to gang bangers looking to run wild in our streets to terrorists wanting to pull of another 9/11 we face a plethora of threats that require constant vigilance and steadfast resolve to defeat.

Some within the liberal ranks want to say that we are the cause of the problem. They want to blame business for bringing jobs to their countries because they donít pay them American wages where the cost of living doesnít merit it or the U.S. military for bringing freedom to their countries where tyrants were before because some innocents died in the process. No leader wants to kill innocents and no business person sets out to cause harm in a nation that supports their business. The truth is that the nations we come into contact with around the world are usually better off after we come than before we were there. We bring progress and democracy where there was stagnation and totalitarianism. Sometimes the process of bringing change can be rough but the end result is more often than not better than the conditions were to begin with.

The real problem is that the liberals want progress but canít accept the price of the American way of life and canít come to terms with the fact that some people hate us for our freedoms and the prosperity we have built for ourselves. The Islamic extremists hate that we have free speech and religious freedom so they want to destroy us having the insane belief that if America were to fall the world would embrace their ideas about God and religion. The illegal immigrants hate that we have more than them so they come to take our jobs and send the money back to their people to put our money into their economies as if somehow taking money from America will somehow undo the problems their leaders have made for them. The gang bangers mistake our comforts for weakness and want to carve out little empires in our cities where they think that they can rule over frightened citizens with fear and intimidation.

In the end what it comes down to is that as long as there are those who will make every effort to break down the fabric of our society for any reason we must remain on our guards and strengthen the walls that protect us from the enemies at the gates. If we love our families and want to keep them from harm we can do no less. One day there may come a time when the rest of the world sees the wisdom of our forefathers and the freedom of democracy as the beautiful thing it is. Until then lock the gates and man the towers.

J.T. - American | E-mail Comments on this column. | Click icon to Digg this article

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Last Week's View from the Right:
How Should American Immigration Policy Be Reformed?

Previous Weeks Views from the Right:
What Would The American Economy Look Like Without Undocumented Workers?
Can International Trade Save American Jobs?
How Much Impact Will Our Faltering Economy Have on Illegal Immigration?
Would Harsher Sentences for Undocumented Criminals Lower Crime?
Will There Ever Be Comprehensive Immigration Reform in America?
Do Undocumented Immigrants Pose a Health Risk for Americans?
How Will the Oil Crisis Impact Foreign Policy?
What is a Fair Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Workers?
Which of the Presidential Candidates Will Bring the Best Immigration Policy Into Office?
Outsourcing, Bad Trade Policy and Recessions
Is America Capable of Breaking Free from Foreign Oil Dependency?
What Does the Globalization of Big Business Mean for America?
Are American Car Makers Ready for the Oil Crisis or Will Japan Reign Supreme Once Again?
Does Dependency on Foreign Oil Endanger America?
What is a "Real" American?
Racial Profiling - Is It Ever OK?
Who Wins When Undocumented Workers Come to America?
NAFTA and the Election
How Can We Curb Illegal Immigration?
Fear Mongering and Illegal Immigration
Border Security and the War on Drugs
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
Archives by Date

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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