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  • dannyboystories 8:24 PM on August 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Immigration problems are not going away soon! 

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    The illegal (that’s the proper word) immigration problem is not going to go away easily, and it’s just one more reason why American voters are angry at the professional politicians who populate the buildings, streets, and alleyways of Washington, DC. It is also why so many are delighted with Donald Trump’s “deport them all” stance.

    If you think about it, in my view, it is not the individual immigrant that folks are angry about, it’s the obvious way in which the Congress and our President are ignoring Americans who feel they are losing their country.

    I spent more than two decades in California, one of our states where there is a large and vibrant population of Hispanics. Indeed, I have many fond memories of friends of Mexican descent sharing community action alongside me in Jaycees, Lions, Rotary, etc. Unfortunately, these real citizens get swept up in the “politically correct” efforts of politicians. As…

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  • dannyboystories 8:10 PM on August 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Immigration problems are not going away soon! 

    The illegal (that’s the proper word) immigration problem is not going to go away easily, and it’s just one more reason why American voters are angry at the professional politicians who populate the buildings, streets, and alleyways of Washington, DC. It is also why so many are delighted with Donald Trump’s “deport them all” stance.

    If you think about it, in my view, it is not the individual immigrant that folks are angry about, it’s the obvious way in which the Congress and our President are ignoring Americans who feel they are losing their country.

    I spent more than two decades in California, one of our states where there is a large and vibrant population of Hispanics. Indeed, I have many fond memories of friends of Mexican descent sharing community action alongside me in Jaycees, Lions, Rotary, etc. Unfortunately, these real citizens get swept up in the “politically correct” efforts of politicians. As a result, the average American sees only those who threaten the character of the nation as a whole.

    Polls show the economy is the number one concern of Americans, with immigration holding sway somewhere down at number five or six. Still, it’s a hot button issue. So, what’s the problem?

    Overreaction!

    It’s the judge who rules the high school band cannot play a musical number that is well-known also as a religious hymn. At the next football game, Mississippi fans stood and sang it anyway. We’re actually losing our religious freedom trying to protect it.

    It’s the school board that objects to shirts with the United States flag emblazoned on the front, but those of other nationalities are permitted to wear foreign colors. It’s community leaders providing more recognition of foreign national holidays than America’s Fourth of July, as an example, for fear they may insult or make someone “uncomfortable”.

    The President’s clear efforts to invite a southern border flood of illigal immigrants into the United States, was, in large part, the straw that broke the camel’s back. Recently, hundreds of immigrants have actually been brought here and relocated across America at a cost hidden from public view. American taxpayers paid the bill. It is this kind of wholesale ignoring of law and fairness that infuriates the average voter–work your butt off to make ends meet, and someone from another country gets a free ride is the way many see the situation.

    Frankly, (this may get me into difficulty) folks are usually suspicious of someone who looks differently and speaks another primary language. In today’s crush of humanity, coupled with acts of terrorism in the news, if you cannot understand what someone is whispering to another, there is bound to be misunderstanding. Then there are those, particularly in the Muslim community, who would attempt to force their way of life on America, and object to resistance. If that is the case, perhaps they should not have come to America in the first place.

    Donald Trump’s plan for a wholesale deportation, while exciting, cannot work, if only for the reason there aren’t enough officers to corral all the illegals. I remember in World War Two, Japanese Americans were rounded up and forced into camps. I have friends who suffered that indignity at the hands of this nation for no real reason other than fear–and we were all afraid back then. Fear leads to mistrust and rash actions. In that case, though, the majority were citizens.

    Immigrants need to work at being Americans, too. It is not a one-way street. Learn English, fly Old Glory, celebrate our national American heritage alongside everyone else; assimilate into society as good neighbors and friends. That is something one cannot do if here illegally. I do agree: “Come here correctly, or not at all”. The Italians did it. The Irish did it. So very many more, too. The Fourteenth Amendment was written to benefit the children of slaves following the Civil War, not to undertake a wholesale disposal of the American landscape. The Supreme Court may have to decide.

    It seems to me the current immigration problem has to be handled in steps. First, close the border, check passports, make it more difficult to drive over the bridge into the US for a time; use technology to find tunnels and drug runs. Second, build the damned fence!. Third, rather than an automatic path to citizenship for illegals, begin a carefully planned, reinforced, issuing of “Green Cards”. Every other legal immigrant goes to class and passes a test to become a citizen. It seems to me that is the minimum to be expected. If we do this, perhaps we’ll actually learn some of those who are here illegally, also finding those who are bad actors in the bargain. Fourth, revamp immigration laws based on common sense. Just remember, this country cannot absorb everyone who wants to come here.

    Now, I’m just an old Hoosier, so what do I know? Immigration is so screwed up, there is no perfect answer. — D. C. ‘Dan’ Lee.

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  • dannyboystories 10:35 AM on August 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    The Donald Trump phenomenon — My take. 

    The phenomenon that is the Donald Trump Republican presidential candidacy, to those of us out in the heartland of America, is easy to explain. Although the talking heads of television and radio marvel at Trump’s continuing popularity, truth is the billionaire real estate mogul just tells it like he believes it is. He is a no holds barred, blustery, often rude reflection of the unvarnished frustration voters of every stripe have with the bloated, incompetent, do nothing bureaucracy that is our federal government.

    It is simple really. Republican and Democrat voters in America are angry. While the United States debt continues to rise, politicians and lobbyists grow the federal government with more and more agencies, divisions and departments unable to tackle simple tasks in behalf of the folks who pay the bill. Trump has no difficulty calling our leaders stupid, or dumb. In fact, his words are exactly what a large majority of Americans have been thinking for a decade and longer.

    Fed up with a nation that is too politically correct with all too many small special interest groups dictating how the average Joe and Jane Doe shall live their lives, Americans see themselves reflected in Donald Trump’s brash fearlessness. A wealthy man, Trump needs not fear for his job or paycheck as the average American. He need not be afraid of the next splinter group picketing in front of his malt shop, ruining the business mom and pop have worked hard to develop over many years. He has, then, the ability to do what many voters would like to do: Thumb his nose at unreasonable demands.

    While a measure of Trump’s popularity can be attributed to his celebrity as a television personality, in my view it is certainly not the major reason folks are flocking to see and hear what he has to say.

    Americans see our professional politicians in Washington, DC, refusing to address the most fundamental solution to illegal immigration: Failure to close our borders effectively. “How hard can it be to build a damn fence when the money was allocated years ago?”

    Americans see our professional politicians failing our veterans’ medical needs. Voters find it distasteful and bordering on criminal.

    Americans see our military systematically neutered because Congress and the president are unable to come to grips with budgetary constraints that mean reducing the size of the bureaucracy, deleting duplication of effort, and, yes, eliminating whole departments as unnecessary. Americans do not like the idea of the United States as a second-class nation. Americans, considered loud, arrogant, and often rude by folks in other countries, want America to be proud and strong. “Peace through strength” is what citizens want of their country.

    Of course, a strong union and tight civil service rules make it all but impossible to fire any worker for cause. Ronald Reagan was the last president who successfully faced a union head on. The pendulum has swung wide of center.

    Trump seems to stand in the way of those who would remove reminders of our history, because those reminders are “uncomfortable”. The fact is, our history is what it is, warts and all. Slavery occurred, the civil war occurred, and turning a blind eye to the facts of history dooms us to repeat the failures and errors of the past.

    Political correctness dilutes the viability of a free people to walk without fear. People are tired of seemingly forced to tippy toe through life. Having said that, polite civility is, for the most part, absent. Too many folks just seemed not to give a damn about their fellow man. That fine line tightrope must be found and must be walked. I see a root cause of our own incivility caused by a decline in religious faith.

    That’s the way I see things with regard to Donald Trump. Will he be the Republican nominee? You can make that guess on your own. – D. C. ‘Dan’ Lee

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  • dannyboystories 1:07 PM on August 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Our history is what it is. 

    A column in our local newspaper pointed to recent events that are much more than ridiculous “political correctness”. There are efforts today to “sanitize” American history. Hitler and his vicious cronies tried that in World War 2 Germany, burning books and the like.

    America’s history is its history from which we should learn. Frankly, in my view, there is not enough real American history taught these days. There is a reason the United States became the most envied governmental experiment in the world.

    Slave ownership in the 1700s by those with a measure of wealth was common, not frowned upon by the general population. We know it was wrong. Shall we remove all evidence of George Washington and others because they were not as enlightened as we expect today? It is history. Right or wrong, it is what it is.

    Shall we remove Franklin Delano Roosevelt from the ten-cent coin because he participated in moving patriotic Japanese-American citizens to internment camps during WW2? I have friends who suffered that episode in America’s history, business folks who lost everything. It is our history. It is what it is, and should stand as a reminder of those things to avoid in the future. One must learn from our history, including the errors of moral judgment.

    Think about this: In my youth, pregnancies out of wedlock were frowned upon, taboo. Pregnant young women hidden from view, perhaps secreted out of town to stay with someone elsewhere until after the child was born. Today, high school girls who become pregnant continue their studies in school until time to deliver, and folks apparently think little of it. No matter young folks nowadays, seem to think mostly below the waist when it comes to relationships. Life is an evolution, like it or not.

    Oh, there are many examples one can cite from the past two centuries. Complete removal of those things that remind us of our history is sanitizing our past just because something, some event, or someone may be an “uncomfortable” reminder of our own ignorance or folly. So be it.

    Our history is what it is… warts and all. — D C ‘Dan’ Lee

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