Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Am I The Only One?

I've been avoiding Twitter, Facebook and FOX News recently. Make no mistake, I know what's going on, I just can't grasp the reality of it.

It starts with the Prez. This country elected him, and we're paying for it-in Foreign Relations, Homeland Security, the Economy... My mantra in the past has always been we get what we deserve; and that was true with WJClinton GWBush, JECarter, et al. The United States of America do not deserve BHObama. I'm not a birther, but I do find it curious he won't release any records, including an authentic Hawaiian birth certificate. Those are side issues, however, compared to the socialization of GM and Chrysler, AIG and other big insurance companies, health care, banks that are going under or near to it. BHO wants to socialize the financial industry, and I believe he will use the BP Gulf of Mexico disaster to socialize the oil companies. As for employment numbers, the US Government employs more people than the US Private Sector. Take a minute and think about that.

Now all the bad news. Swine Flu: the outbreak that wasn't for the second time around. Major earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. Billions to Haiti no talk about Chile. And, really, was Haiti's infrastructure worth billions of dollars before the earthquake? The economic collapse of several European countries, Greece being the latest. Why does the US Taxpayer have to bail out Greece? The BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The Christmas Day and Times Square bombers, who were thwarted by US Citizens, not Homeland Security (or as I like to call it lately: Homeland Insecurity.) And these are just the highlights (lowlights?).

Politics is unbelievable. I have never in my life seen politicians ignore their constituencies with such a dismissive attitude. Now, the WH wants to "regulate" the internet. I'm sure it will be a huge step toward socialization, then the USA's internet will look like China's or Iran's. I'm soooo looking forward to that.

I can't stop feeling I'm living in a fictional book. I suppose some of it has to do with coping mechanisms, but I really find it hard to believe what's happened to the country I loved so much. I have been a political activist since high school. I graduated in 1980, and turned 18 in May of that year, so I got to vote in the Presidential election that year. I was also very privileged to meet Pres. and Mrs. Reagan. There was a time in my 20's, a brief time, that I flirted with liberalism, but I was never able to get past the Right to Life and liberal disdain for it. I want to make it clear, right now, I am not a Republican, I am Conservative. I was angry with GWBush for starting this whole slide toward Socialism with TARP and bailout legislation.

So, am I the only one who sees this? Am I the only one who finds the news surrealistic? Am I the only one who believes that to save the USA I grew up in and loved, the Right to Life has to come first? Am I the only one who wants to yell at cars with Obama/Biden stickers on them? Am I the only one who is coming out of the Conservative Closet in an overwhelmingly Liberal area? (If you want proof, check out my Rep: Tammy Baldwin.) Am I the only one who thinks November is a long way off, and the bad stuff is happening too fast?

Friday, May 7, 2010

Arizona and Apartheid

I was watching Greta VanSustren's On the Record Tuesday night. Greta was interviewing former State Senator Alfredo Gutierrez from Arizona about the new illegal immigration law. Gutierrez was calling for a boycott of his own state, because the illegal immigration law creates apartheid in Arizona. In fact, the AZ law does nothing more than empower state and local law enforcement to be able to enforce CURRENT FEDERAL LAW.

Merriam-Webster defines apartheid as: "racial segregation specifically: a former policy of segregation and political and economic discrimination against non-European groups in the Republic of South Africa". Arizona is not targeting hispanics, blacks, asians, etc. who are here LEGALLY, the AZ law is for people who are in the US ILLEGALLY. Apartheid, on the other hand, was a group of white Europeans who TOOK OVER South Africa, then treated the native population terribly. Natives who were in South Africa LEGALLY because, of course, it's their country.

While I believe Mr Gutierrez believes what he said, he obviously doesn't understand what apartheid is/was. Gutierrez was saying hispanics who are here ILLEGALLY can be compared to Mr Nelson Mandella. Really?

So, name me the illegal immigrant in prison in the United States of America who is being held as a POLITICAL PRISONER and being TORTURED by the government. (Actually, the government tortures ME rather than illegals.) Can anyone come up with a name? NO!

To follow the allegory even further, name me immigration laws that discriminate against LEGAL IMMIGRANTS or AMERICAN CITIZENS. We have a RIGHT and a DUTY to protect our borders. We have a reasonable expectation of our government to protect our national borders, and the FEDERAL government isn't doing the job. AZ is a border state with Mexico and has borne a huge cost due to illegal immigration, and the state finally got fed up enough to enforce CURRENT FEDERAL LAW.

By the way, kudos to The Vanderbilt University professor on Hannity on 5/6 who correctly, and for the first time I've heard during this ridiculous debate, stated that the AZ law merely parrots federal immigration law.

My official position is that we support Arizona. I'm gonna spend some money at AZ owned businesses. I hope I'm not the only one.