Why Can’t I Be So Succinct?

“Honestly. Its aggravating to watch everyone run to the talking points and predisposed world views they imbibe from their brand of political television or talk radio. Critical thinking and problem solving skill are in short supply these days.” ~ Earl Bandy

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We Have to Deport All the Illegals So We Can Find Out What It Will Mean in Real Life

By Doug Newman – email me
Here I am on Facebook.
Posted at Popular Liberty and Reddit.
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In early March, 2010, conservatives were very properly outraged when then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, with regard to Obamacare, “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it”.

Very recently, conservatives have been quick to point out that Vermont Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ “free” benefits will cost $18 trillion.

Conservatives do very well when explaining why gun control doesn’t stop crime, minimum wage laws hurt the poor and minorities and Obamacare has made healthcare dramatically more expensive.

Yet they fail to apply the same scrutiny to their own favorite government programs. They are in absolute denial that the drug war has given “the land of the free” the world’s highest incarceration rate or that the wars for empire that they so endlessly glorify have resulted in the deaths of countless thousands of innocents and are, hence, not “pro-life.”

Credit: imgur.com/gallery/dAeNi4IComes now the current front runner for the 2016 Republican nomination Donald Trump and his proposal to deport all illegal aliens over a 2-year period.

(Trump is not the only candidate to have totally come off the leash on the immigration issue. Former candidate Scott Walker would consider sealing both the Mexican and Canadian borders; Chris Christie wants to track foreign visitors just like FedEx tracks packages; Ben Carson would launch drone strikes on border tunnels.)

I asked a Facebook group what a mass deportation would look like in real life, and got the following responses:

DS: “Something like the Trail of Tears.”
NH: “Something like the mass incarceration of Japanese during World War 2.”
MB: “Did you ever see ‘The Diary of Anne Frank?’ Did you ever see ‘The Hiding Place’?”

Does anyone think that mass deportation would happen without reckless disregard for everyone’s civil liberties? Does anyone think that it would not entail total violation of the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and, possibly, the Third Amendments?

Does anyone seriously think that mass deportation would happen without general warrants – as opposed to the Fourth Amendment’s requirement of specific warrants? Without widespread disregard for the presumption of innocence? Without heavy-handed federal intrusion on American employers and landlords?

While we are on the subject of “solutions”, does anyone seriously think that border walls would never be used to keep the American people in? Does anyone seriously think E-Verify would just be limited to verifying employment eligibility?

Jeffrey Tucker of the Foundation for Economic Education knocks it into the cheap seats here: “Meanwhile, this is a huge debate among people who otherwise swear fealty to ‘limited government.’ Many people who claim to want freedom seem to have no problem with the implications of a closed-border policy: national IDs, national work permits, non-stop surveillance, harassment of all businesses, a ‘papers please’ culture, mass deportation, tens of billions in waste, bureaucrats wrecking the American dream, broken families, the rights of Americans and foreigners transgressed at every turn.”

All of these would be implications of any mass deportation program.

George Will, who is certainly no libertarian, also went yard when he wrote the following: “When asked whether the forced deportation of 11 million illegal immigrants — almost as many people as passed through Ellis Island in 60 years — might take five or even 10 years, Trump scoffed: “Really good management” will get this done in at most two years. To meet a two-year deadline, his “management” wizardry will have to quickly produce a network of informers to assist at least 100,000 new law enforcement officers equipped with battering rams and bloodhounds.”

About which, R.H. said the following on Facebook: “Eleven million human beings identified, rounded up, placed in a staging facility and then deported. Would the humans be deported to the countries they originated from? What would become of the United States Citizens that are the children of the deportees? What would happen to the deportees if the country of origin refused them entry?”

And, as I pointed out recently, I am one-quarter Jewish, so Hitler would have come after me in Germany. And I wear glasses, so Pol Pot would have come after me in Cambodia. Whenever someone proposes “going after” this or that demographic, I start to squirm.

Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution authorizes Uncle Sam to “establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization”, i.e. to make the rules about who may become a citizen. I am good with that as I don’t want interlopers voting here. (And I have no business voting any place where I have not lived for a prescribed amount of time.)

The word “immigration” appears nowhere in the Constitution – nor does any variant on this word. Hence, Uncle Sam has no power to regulate immigration. Indeed, there were no immigration laws in America until the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.

Indeed, no one was clamoring for a wall to keep immigrants out until no very long ago. If we didn’t “need a wall” then, why do we all of a sudden “need” one now?

And, no, the Bill of Rights makes no distinction between citizens and non-citizens. The government can no more arbitrarily deny its protections to suspected illegal immigrants that it can to you or to me.

friedman borders welfare“So what’s your solution?” Well, as a libertarian, I don’t believe in “solutions” as they are utopian in nature and therefore fraught with immense peril. Instead, I prefer to think in terms of approaches.

There is no right to come here and have “free” housing, schooling, healthcare, etc. Turn off this tap and those who are leeching off Uncle Sugar will self-deport. Most of the problem would take care of itself in pleasantly short order.

“But what about crimes committed by illegal aliens?” See the Second Amendment. (Violent crime rates in America have dropped substantially over the last few decades. Did illegals cause this? No. But they have not caused an increase in crime either.)

“But what about Sharia law?” See Article 6, Section 2 of the Constitution. Let’s start impeaching judges who issue rulings based on anything other than the Constitution. How often do judicial impeachments happen in America? Almost never. They need to happen almost daily.

Al Gore was at least forthright enough to call his environmental policy recommendations “inconvenient”. Right-wingers need to start acknowledging the inconveniences that  accompany their favorite government policies. They are just as susceptible to utopianism as liberals.

Conservatives claim to be six-pack-ab constitutionalists, and yet are just as prone as liberals to totally ignore the Constitution when it stands in the way of their agenda. Truly rigid adherence to the Constitution would result in an immeasurably freer and more peaceful society.

It has been said that while a truly free society would not be the best imaginable society, it would be the best possible society. We should try it sometime.

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The Pope and Abe Lincoln

This … this … THIS! by Thomas DiLorenzo.

Oh, and the Emancipation Proclamation did not free a single slave as Lincoln had no jurisdiction in the sovereign nation that was the Confederate States of America.

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Civil Disobedience … It’s Christian!

Two great articles point out numerous examples of God’s People defying the secular authorities of their time.

To act as if there is no authority higher than your worldly government is to go against the First Commandment – Exodus 2o:3 – and to think like the priests in John 19:15 who proclaimed “We have no king but Caesar.”

Christian Civil Disobedience – by Hosanna Myers

Prissy Pastors – by Coach Dave Daubenmire

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Kim Davis: God Uses Imperfect People

Much has been made of the fact that Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who now sits in jail for her refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, has been married 4 times and had 2 sons out of wedlock.

According to US News:

The marriages are documented in court records obtained by U.S. News, which show that Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis divorced three times, first in 1994, then 2006 and again in 2008.

She gave birth to twins five months after divorcing her first husband. They were fathered by her third husband but adopted by her second. Davis worked at the clerk’s office at the time of each divorce and has since remarried.

To this, I say that God has used many imperfect people as part of His Plan. Consider the following:

Noah was a drunk.
Abraham was too old.
Isaac was a daydreamer.
Jacob was a liar.
Leah was ugly.
Joseph was abused.
Moses had a stuttering problem.
Gideon was afraid.
Samson had long hair and was a womanizer.
Rahab was a prostitute.
Jeremiah and Timothy were too young.
David had an affair and was a murderer.
Elijah was suicidal.
Isaiah preached naked.
Jonah ran from God.
Naomi was a widow.
Job went bankrupt.
Peter denied Christ.
The Disciples fell asleep while praying.
Martha worried about everything.
The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once.
Zaccheus was too small.
Paul was too religious.
Timothy had an ulcer.
AND Lazarus was dead!
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Cops’ Lives Matter, But No More Than Anyone Else’s

By Doug Newman – email me here.
Here I am on Facebook.
Posted at Popular Liberty and Reddit.
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Killing a cop is a very serious matter. Killing anyone is a very serious matter.

Cops’ lives matter, but no more than anyone else’s. Indeed, all lives matter.

This is not the point here: federal, state and local authorities have seized upon the killing of a cop to justify putting the entire town of Fox Lake, Illinois on lockdown. Indeed, the FAA put a temporary flight restriction in place over the area. This is not the first time that this has happened. A good part of metro Boston was put on lockdown while authorities pursued the Boston Marathon bomber in 2013.

If certain crimes justify putting cities on lockdown, why don’t all crimes justify such lockdowns? I mean, like, they’ve got to get the bad guys! There are numerous manhunts every day in America, almost none of which involve such Gestapo-style measures.

The big issue here is how long will it take until enough people to WAKE UP and see the big picture of the metastasizing police state in America? Since 9/11, the American people, for the most part, have – in the name of “safety and security” – put their blessing on: putting entire cities on lockdown, warrantless searches and spying, the suspension of habeas corpus, sexual assault as a condition of travel, indefinite detention without any semblance of due process, severe restrictions on peaceful protest and surveillance drones in our skies watching our every move. And don’t dare think for a minute that we won’t accept predator drones in domestic law enforcement, as there are already precedents.

Police brutality is absolutely rampant in America. So far this year, 779 Americans have been killed by police. And only a small minority of people seem upset about this.

(Law enforcement is not even one of the 10 deadliest professions. And no, there is no overall increase in the killing of police – in face, the trend is downward.)

The current presidential race in the “conservative” party – you know, the one that believes in “more freedom” and “less government” – is just one big game of one-upmanship over who can institute the most oppressive police state.

The more tyranny we tolerate, the more we get. And if we continue to tolerate iron-fisted measures such as those being implemented in Fox Lake, Illinois, we deserve a president FAR WORSE than Obama.

Someone else said it first: God blessed America … and look what we did with it.

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Fighting Illegal Immigration: How Much Do YOU Want to Pay?

Walls on the Mexican and Canadian borders, mass arrests, national ID cards and tracking human beings like FedEx packages are among the reforms set forth by Republican presidential candidates who want to “do something” about illegal immigration.

Does anyone seriously think that border walls would never be used to keep Americans in? This is just as naive as thinking that E-verify would only be used for employment eligibility and for no other purpose.

Remember: the original income tax had a top rate of 6%.

Everything the government does has comes at a price, which must be paid in terms of money, liberty or blood. How much do YOU, reader, want to pay in the name of fighting illegal immigration?

Read this great article from Reason.com.

And also remember: North Korea has no illegal immigration.

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