From: Mike Scruggs [e-mail him]
Re: Bryanna Bevens's Column: The U.S. Senate Tackles Immigration Reform…But There's A Flag On The Field, Folks
There is a silver lining in the vote on S. 2611 (which I like to call "Bush-Kennedy" or "the Bill of Abominations" after the Tariffs of Abomination of 1828 and 1832 that caused the Nullification crisis of 1832). It showed the South still has a sense of honor.
So while I shudder to think that S.2611 was passed 62 to 36, I, a Southerner, take some comfort and pride that it was beaten in the South.
But sadly, some scalawags surfaced: both Democratic Senators from Arkansas, Lincoln and Pryor; both Florida Senators, Martinez (R) and Nelson (D); as well as Frist (R) of Tennessee; Landrieu (D) of Louisiana; Warner (R) of Virginia; and Lindsey Graham (R) of South Carolina all voted "yea". [Jay Rockefeller (D) of West Virginia, abstained.]
One Southern Democrat, Byrd of West Virginia, a faithful Constitution man, also voted against S.2611.
Besides Byrd, there were three other Democrats who voted against Bush-Kennedy: Dorgan of North Dakota; Nelson of Nebraska; and Stabenow of Michigan.
In addition to the four Southern Republicans the following eighteen Northern Republicans disgraced themselves enough to earn the title of "New Radical Republican" by voting for S. 2611: Specter of Pennsylvania; Bennett of Utah; Brownback of Kansas; Chafee of Rhode Island; Coleman of Minnesota; both Collins and Snowe of Maine; Craig of Idaho; both DeWine of Ohio (and he's up for reelection) and Voinovich of Ohio; Domenici of New Mexico; Hagel of Nebraska (also up for reelection!); Lugar of Indiana; Mulkowski and Stevens of Alaska; Greg of New Hampshire; Smith of Oregon; and of course superscum John McCain of Arizona.
If anything similar to S.2611 passes the House, you can expect at least 32 million more new unskilled and poorly educated immigrants in the next ten years…perhaps even as many as 50 million.
There is still time, but very little. To quote Patrick Henry, " Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle?"
Scruggs, a former Republican County Chairman, is a retired financial consultant and corporate business executive living in North Carolina.
He holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BS from the University of Georgia. Scruggs is a USAF combat veteran of the Vietnam War, holding a Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart.
Re: Edwin S. Rubenstein's Column: The Privatized Amnesty Pencedream
I fully agree with Rubenstein's postulation that the entire idea—and any idea even remotely similar—of having illegal aliens leave the country and then report back to work through application at a private hiring agency will never succeed.
As I work for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), I can most assuredly state that it will NEVER share or allow access to any database or information files - regardless of the purpose.
DHS barely shares info between agencies within its service umbrella.
Furthermore, I would not put any faith or trust in a background check that relied solely on the Internet and I would never rely on information from the Government of Mexico since its system is too corrupt and has no "national data accessibility". Each state in Mexico maintains its own style of records. No state conforms to any other.
Wal-Mart has also escaped unscathed by simply claiming that any illegals that "may" have worked at its locations were hired by sub-contractors or through hiring agencies.
Wal-Mart claims it is not its responsibility to check the legal status of these indirectly-hired employees. This is how all companies big and small get around being heavily fined by the federal government.
Of course, this also doesn't take into account the political pressure applied by "major interests" to force ICE not to perform worksite enforcement or enforce the employer sanction laws.
Many years ago, someone once said that sometime in the not too distant future there would no longer be governments, and that corporations would make all the important decisions for the masses.
That day is fast approaching and it will be the death of the free market and the end of national borders. Everything will be globalized and there will be no separate nation-states.
From: Liz Smith [e-mail her]
I'm glad someone else heard the Kudlow insanity besides me. I've been too busy calling, faxing, and visiting our pathetic Senators in the Northeast.
The segment sounded scripted like an infomercial.
Kudlow and Moore were talking about how these new "citizens" will save Social Security and that they really have "no effect on our population because they are in essence making up for the terrible tragedy of abortion that has happened over the past 30 years."
They cited 40 million abortions as the population aliens must replace.
I've never heard abortion used as an excuse for illegal immigration. It almost sounded like a desperate attempt to get pro-life conservatives on board with their pro-illegal alien views.
Neither Kudlow nor Moore mentioned that most of the 40 million would have been American citizens and not hostile Third World residents bent on destroying our nation.
Smith is a part-time healthcare technology consultant, a conservative issues activist and the mother of three school-aged children.
From: Dan Hayes
Regarding Larry Kudlow, what do you expect from a dope-head, recovering or otherwise.
From: Ron Foreman [e-mail him]
I am not sure how many POWs Mr. Lenoir knows but his blanket negative observations about them are unfair.
Lenoir doesn't say if he is Air Force, Army, Navy or Marine. Nor does Mr. Lenoir state his combat experience or his direct encounters with enemy forces.
As Lenoir indicated, many POWs have had problems, who would not? Most are divorced. The strain on marriages even for those of us who were not captives was very severe.
When my five uncles returned from WWII, all were addicted to booze. So it is not strange for men under stress to break.
Since Lenoir was not a POW perhaps he should walk in their shoes for a while before commenting further.
Foreman was a Captain in the USMC from 1961-1968; he resigned his commission after returning from Nam. He entered the Foreign Service and retired in 2001.
VDARE.COM comment: While we are sorry to learn about Captain Foreman's brothers, the point is that he presumably would not have placed the fate of the Republic in their hands—or in the hands of any other impaired veteran. And the fact is that Senator McCain has distinguished himself by his boorish and dogmatic dismissal of all immigration reform arguments.
From: Robin Corkery [e-mail him]
Re: Joe Guzzardi's Column: Going Home…
There is a song Mexicans always sing with great sentiment:
lindo y querido
Si muero lejos de ti
Digan que estoy dormido
y que me traigan aqui
beautiful and dear
If I die far from you
Say that I am sleeping
And have them bring me here)
It is quite moving when you hear it put to music and reflects the powerful attachment that Mexicans feel for their true home.
Unfortunately, their emotion is combined with extreme nationalism and xenophobia. Combine those traits with the false belief that California and the Southwest are rightfully Mexican, and the invasion of our country by millions of Mexicans who are impoverished and poorly educated and you have a foolproof recipe for Balkanization.
Corkery is an alumnus of Notre Dame who served in the U.S. Marines. He became an officer of a New York Stock Exchange member firm that, according to him, "long ago became lost in the dismal swamp of political correctness."
Corkery adds that: "he admired Mexicans while living in Mexico, but doesn't share George Bush's deranged obsession that Americans need to be displaced with Mexicans or any other foreigners."