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Terror And Travel - Should We Restrict Travel To More Countries To Keep The Terrorists Out?: Left of Center View

Politicians love to scare the common sense out of us. It has always been a quick and easy way to get the public to go along with something that wouldn’t otherwise make sense. We went to war with IRAQ because they might have been involved with the terror attacks. Wait, no that’s not it, a certain ex(thank goodness)president and his people were really hoping that they were behind the terror attack, but when it turned out that they had absolutely nothing to do with it, we went to war with them anyway – because they might someday attack us. And it all made sense because they yelled and screamed and scared the heck out of everyone until somehow going to war against the wrong target made sense. It made about as much sense as getting paychecks from companies you might work for someday. Hey I would love to get paid by all the companies I MIGHT go to work for, I mean I WOULD LOVE TO GET PAID BY THE COMPANIES I MIGHT WORK FOR!!!

So, now that everything has calmed down a little, does it make sense to restrict the travel U.S. citizens due to potential terror threats? Of course not. We pride ourselves on our “freedoms” many of which have already been eroded, but plenty of which remain. We are free to move around the world, around the country, around the city. Except that now you are required to carry identification with you at all times so that you can prove your identity to the local armed doughnut connoisseur should he decide you look suspicious.

See here we go again. You must have your papers on you at all times! This is for your safety. If you have nothing to hide then you won’t mind if I search you, and I’ll confiscate the contents of your wallet because you MIGHT have thought of donating this money to a terrorist, I mean Muslim organization. So to review, here in the land of the free, we must carry identification at all times, on threat of detainment should we not do so, and also submit to “reasonable” searches and seizures. In other words you can be stopped a block from your house and strip searched and hauled off to prison for up to 72 hours, just because the officer thought you looked suspicious. This is all legal. This was all done to protect you!

So sure close the borders and don’t let folks from other countries in. We have agreements in place with other nations that pertain to travel and these should be honored. If China or Brazil demands a visa, three letters a credit card and a chicken sacrifice for a U.S. citizen to enter the country, then we should do the same. But if you can get all the papers and jump through the hoops and still want to come here, we will thoroughly search your butt before letting you in, but then yes please come to our country with your tourist dollars. But under no circumstance should United States Citizens ever not be permitted to leave the country as they please.


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Terror And Travel - Should We Restrict Travel To More Countries To Keep The Terrorists Out?: Right of Center View

We know that certain countries harbor terrorists. There is no great mystery about where the terrorists like to go when they’re not killing innocent people. It seems like a foregone conclusion that we should not allow travel to and from these places without having serious safeguards in place. If you have a Pakistani citizen coming in from Qatar there is certainly more to look at than if you are talking about a German citizen flying in from Berlin. There has to be some common sense used in making national security policy.

Some people want to categorize security based on logic as bigotry or racial profiling but we have to face facts, there are certain groups with a higher predilection for committing acts of terrorism than others. That is not to say that everyone from that group is a terrorist but there are more terrorists among their ranks than among the ranks of other groups. When you have nations with official policies that support terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda you have to screen the people coming into America from there more closely than you do others from places with strong anti-terrorism policies. This is not bigoted, it’s logical.

Likewise, when you look at groups who pose a greater threat to America you need to look inward as well. There are groups in America that openly advocate the overthrow of our government and idiotic ideas like promoting race warfare. They should be monitored as well. The white supremacist and anarchist groups pose just as big of a threat to average people as Osama bin Laden. They need to be reined in as well. It might seem like I'm promoting Orwellian policies to some people but Timothy McVeigh was nobody’s patriot. He was nothing more than a terrorist and cold-blooded murderer of women and children. Somebody should have had their eye on him. If we had better monitoring of people like him in place prior to his cowardly attack on the Federal Building the Oklahoma City bombing never would have happened.

We need to keep an eye on the wacko crazies no matter where they live. Waco happened because a wacko basically thought he was Jesus Christ and decided to build a compound in Texas and arm his followers to defend his right to be a nut job with a bunch of idiots following him. Women and children died as a result for no good reason. That should not happen. We need to stop enabling dangerous idiots in the name of freedom. With freedom comes responsibility. If those who have been afforded freedoms consistently use those freedoms to harm others, those freedoms need to come under closer scrutiny. It may not seem fair to penalize an entire group based on the actions of individual members within their group but it is logical to look at certain groups more closely in the defense of our nation. When the predominant philosophies within the group are contributing factors to acts of violence against innocents it is reasonable to look more closely at the entire group to prevent harm to others that comes from the actions of the individuals within the group in question. That’s not bigotry, that’s prudent security 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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