Well, back to reality… Just a few things that are on my mind.
During the manhunt for the Boston bombers, was anyone else uncomfortable with the following?
- Police sporting full body armor, fully-automatic weapons, riding around on armored personnel carriers?
- The pseudo “martial law” which suggested / ordered that everyone stay indoors for their own safety? (I wonder – From the police or from the criminals?)
- Videos of police breaking down doors and herding the occupants of the houses with their hands over their heads? (definitely without warrants or probable cause?)
- Police not finding their suspect until the “martial law” was lifted, and a home owner noticed something amiss with his boat?
- The state of Massachusetts has some of the more restrictive gun laws in the nation, and yet the bombers had no problems obtaining weapons.
The Boston bomber’s family were in this country under a political refugee status. It is slowly being revealed that the relatives appear to be less than honest people, with shoplifting and fraud being part of their repertoire. It also looks like they were not political refugees, but just to come to this country to rip the taxpayers off of anything they could get. I understand that they all were on Welfare for over ten years, and did not hold any jobs to support themselves.
The bombers themselves had grants to go to school, again on the taxpayer’s back. I’ve seen pictures of them with nice cars & cell phones, all paid for with various assistance programs. And their friends are no better – they were here under expired student visas because they failed to attend class.
If the above doesn’t scream for reform of both immigration and welfare / assistance programs, nothing else would.
My personal solutions to the above would include:
- Cancellation of all new student visas. There are enough students from foreign countries that we have no idea where they are. Find the slackers and deport them immediately.
- Return to the policy that a potential immigrant must have an American citizen vouch for them, and can prove that they will be a productive member of society. We have way too many people gaming the system and getting everything for nothing.
- Fully investigate all claims for immigration under a political refugee, and deport those who do not pass muster (especially those who are under long-term public assistance, cannot support themselves, and/or have criminal records).
I personally am tired of people committing fraud to enter this country and picking my pocket.
While I’m at it, I’m becoming more opposed to the “Gang of Eight” immigration reform proposals. I’m sorry to break it to the politically correct, but illegal means illegal, not undocumented. People broke our laws by crossing our border without the proper authorization, and should be deported. If I entered any other country illegally, I would be imprisoned, deported, or executed (depending on the country). To make the illegal legal is nothing more than a political power play, and will weaken this country.
After all, is this a nation of laws, or of feelings? If we’re the first, then we are strong and can grow & prosper. If we’re the second, then we deserve absolute chaos and destruction.
I haven’t been following the Gosnell trial too closely – the descriptions of aborted babies is so horrifying that I just cannot stomach it.
I am opposed to abortion on the fact that a person is terminating another person’s life. I really do not care that there are legal definitions of what a baby, fetus, or cluster of cells represents and what a mother or doctor can legally do during what term of a pregnancy. This is a developing human life. The only reason that a pregnancy should be terminated is if the mother is in imminent danger of death, and that survival is not possible.
As a follow up to the above, I find it hypocritical that many of the same people that advocate the right of a woman to abort her baby also state that children are precious. For example:
President Obama praises Planned Parenthood (one of the nations leading abortion providers) for their role in women’s health (which includes abortion), and yet making multiple statements that we must restrict or ban guns because we need to save the children.
Let’s talk numbers – First up is the number of abortions in the United States:
According to the CDC, 784,507 abortions were performed in 2009. Other years were higher: 825,564 in 2008, 827,609 in 2007, and 846,181 in 2006.
How does this compare with the total number of murders by firearms for the same years? From the FBI: 2009 – 9,804, 2008 – 10,195, 2007 – 10,811, and for 2006 -10,225. Note that the majority of murders (if I’m reading the statistics correctly) are adults (late teens to full adults).
Does this sound like he’s really interested in saving the children? Not to me…