August 15, 2014

The Europeanization of America

You never know where you will stumble across one of the left's stupid ideas. This one I found on one of my regular design blog reads. I can't say if they agree with the nonsense, they may have just liked the design.

If you are one of those people who scoff at people like me who argue that one of the goals of the left is turn America into another anemic European socialist paradise, check out the Vacation Equality Project.

Be sure to scroll down to the map.

Their main cause is that:

America is the only advanced economy in the world that does not guarantee any paid vacation days.

Seriously. If I wanted to live in Europe, I would move there. Why don't you clowns move there and leave free people alone.

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August 14, 2014

At The Table

Israel is apparently engaged in trying to negotiate a truce with Hamas in their recent conflict in Gaza. I cannot understand why they would even bother.

Based on observation, Hamas appears to have two positions to bring to the bargaining table. Position one amounts to, "Give us everything we demand or we will keep firing rockets at your cities." Position number two is, "Give us everything we demand and we will keep firing rockets at your cities."

You cannot negotiate with that. You cannot negotiate with an enemy whose goal is your total annihilation. You do not compromise with that enemy. You destroy it.

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August 11, 2014

Toward A Consistent Goal

There is a consistent pattern in the repeated foreign policy failures of the Obama Administration that causes me to wonder if his foreign policy decisions are not directed toward a consistent goal.

Since the end result of every foreign policy action by this administration has been to weaken American influence around the world and allow the advance of totalitarianism - particularly Islamic totalitarianism - the only conclusions that can be drawn are either that they are extraordinarily incompetent or that they are accomplishing their goals.

Al queda is advancing in Syria and Libya. Iran continues unchecked in its quest for nuclear weapons. The Taliban is resurgent in Afghanistan. The administration is siding with Hamas in its aggression against Israel. Russia is poised to annex all of the Ukraine. China is seeking to expand territorial control over international waters in the South China Sea.

The feckless Obama administration served by pathetically weak politically motivated appointments to the position of Secretary of State has put in place policies that have not only permitted all of this to develop unchecked by American influence, but in cases such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya have actually helped the spread of tyranny.

That this comes from a president who routinely threatens to subvert the democratic process of American governance through the use of executive orders isn't all that shocking. The totalitarian impulse is a driving force behind Obama and much of the American left.

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August 04, 2014

On the Border

President Obama's unconstitutional disregard for the laws governing immigration and his apparent distaste for the concept of border security have created a crisis. This should really come as no surprise as he needs a crisis to use as cover for his next extra-constitutional edict - the granting of legal status to 5 or 6 million illegal immigrants.

All of which is part of his plan to "fundamentally transform" America. To change it from the land of the free and the home of the brave into ... something else.

I do not think this is crisis that cannot be solved constitutionally, and relatively quickly. Here's how I propose it be done.

Close the Border
The very first thing that has to be done is to immediately establish real border security. Security that will actually prevent illegal entry into the country. If this cannot be done with current ICE Border Patrol resources, bring in the Army to back them up until ICE can handle the task on its own. Troops, tanks, air support all of it.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Offer people currently in the country illegally a limited opportunity to become legal. This process would require such persons to report to an immigration border control point on their way out of the country to declare that they are leaving the country for the purpose of applying for legal status.

Once they are out of the country they can apply for status as a legal immigrant and if they can document that have been productively employed while in the country illegally, and they have not been convicted of a serious crime, they will be granted a limited legal immigrant status. They will have access to public services and the full protection of their individual rights. They will not be permitted to vote in Federal elections.

This limited option for obtaining legal status is available for one year. Any person found to be in the country illegally after this one year will be subject to immediate deportation.

I'm Here. Now What?
Persons who have been granted legal immigrant status under the program above will have that status for a period of five years. At the end of that time if they remained a productive member of society and have not been convicted of any serious crime they will be eligible, for two years, to apply for full citizenship. If they have not met those requirements they will be subject to immediate deportation.

What took so long?
At the end of the two-year eligibility period, those who have not applied for full citizenship will be asked to leave.

The idea is designed to filter out those who want to become citizens and respect the rule of law from those who do not - and to remove those who do not from the country. It does not grant a blanket amnesty but requires the demonstration of a serious commitment on the part of those who wish to stay in this country.

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