“The High Cost Of Cheap Labor” and “Talking Turkey About Turkey”

The only reason that Ronald Reagan signed the first amnesty bill back in 1986 wasn’t really because the Democratic Congress promised to build a fence at the border. After all, he’d been around when the Democrats reneged on the promise made to Nixon that if he agreed to pull the troops out of Vietnam, they would continue to arm and fund the South Vietnamese. He did, and naturally they didn’t.

The real reason Reagan signed the amnesty bill is because American business always wants the cheapest labor it can get its hands on. In the short term, it probably looks like a good deal all around. After all, the price of labor is always passed along to the consumer. However, in the long run it’s a bad deal because most of those people are low wage earners, and the American citizen is eventually going to be stuck with the tab for their housing, health care, food stamps, schooling and, far too often, incarceration. In the end, we’re all a lot better off paying an extra few cents for a head of lettuce or a few extra bucks for a meal.

But as bad as low-cost labor has been for America, I dare say it’s even worse in Europe, where the interlopers tend to be Muslims, a group of people notorious for their refusal to acclimate, to accept the laws, let alone the culture and traditions of the nations they contaminate. They are the reason that virtually every capital city on the Continent has been turned into a pig sty. In London, rarely a week goes by when the Muslims aren’t demonstrating in the streets, displaying their contempt for their host nation and everything she has come to represent, including freedom, the arts and religious tolerance.

America, which used to be the land of the free and the home of the brave, has morphed into a place where political correctness has turned most people into whimpering cowards. In spite of the First Amendment, most TV pundits were afraid to even mention that Trayvon Martin was a drug-dealing six-footer or that 300-pound Michael Brown was a thief and a bully who just happened to be high on marijuana when he confronted Officer Darren Wilson.

These days, we aren’t even supposed to hold the mothers and occasional fathers of criminals even partially responsible for the end result. On the contrary, we’re expected to treat the parents of teenage thugs with the same respect and deference that we bestow on the parents of military warriors who forfeit their lives for their country.

But, then, for the past 13 years, we have had two presidents, Dumb and Dumber, insisting that Islam is a religion of peace. As hard as it was to swallow that swill from George W. Bush, it has gotten far worse under his successor. It was Obama, after all, who not only announced with a straight face that Muslims played a major role in the creation of the United States, but that they were an essential part of our space exploration program. I suppose that last point has some merit. After all, if I were a NASA scientist, I’d have a real incentive to break the bounds of gravity, knowing that I and millions of others hoped and prayed that other planets could support human life. The reason being that it would provide an opportunity to leave the one that’s home to 1.2 billion Muslims.

In the meantime, Barack Obama tries in vain to defuse public anger over his despotic decision to legislate from the Oval Office. His latest attempt took place in Chicago, where he announced yet again that our immigration policy has to be overhauled. The difference was that this time he said it wasn’t merely to accommodate multi-millions of illegal Hispanics, but because there are plenty of people from Poland and Ireland who are in this country illegally.

I used to gag every time Obama opened his mouth. Lately, though, I’ve been doing a lot more head scratching. Poland and Ireland are the basis of the problem? Was it possible that the sly puss was trying to woo members of those two major ethnic groups? Instead of demanding that the President abide by his constitutional limitations, were Irish and Polish Americans supposed to say to themselves, “Hey, if the son of a gun can prevent five million Latinos from being deported, maybe he’ll keep my uncle from being sent back to (Warsaw) (Dublin) after he gets out of jail”?

Finally, I don’t know what you call it when Barack Obama pardons a Thanksgiving turkey, but I call it professional courtesy.

Talking Turkey About Turkey

By what right is Turkey allowed to be a member of NATO? Under its current leader, Recep Erdogan, it has become more and more of a despotic Islamic nation. In recent months, it has not only denied the U.S. the use of its air force bases, but welcomed ISIS inside its borders so the terrorists could surround the Kurds and attack them from all sides. And does anyone seriously believe that Turkey would ever rush to defend any of its alleged NATO allies?

Speaking of turkeys, according to a PEW Poll, over 70% of blacks insist they are treated less fairly than whites by the police. My reaction was to wonder how the hell they know how whites are treated. I suspect that when it comes to criminals, you’d be hard pressed to find, to use Obama’s favorite word, a smidgen of difference in the way those in either group are approached and arrested.

When it comes to law-abiding people, I suspect the behavior of most cops is determined by the way people relate to them, which, I dare say, is a fairly typical human response. Like any white driver in America, I have been stopped on many occasions. Once in a while, I believed that I was entirely in the right and had not committed any vehicular sins, but I never insulted the officer, displayed contempt and, so far as I recall, never once tried to take his gun away.

Instead of devoting so much time and attention to a single incident in Ferguson, MO, wouldn’t you think that Barack Obama and Eric Holder would concentrate on black thugs who commit, on a per capita basis, eight times as many murders as whites, especially when the majority of their victims also happen to be black?

Also, why is it front page news when a white cop shoots a black person, but when it’s blacks killing, torturing and raping whites or, for that matter, other blacks, there is a news – you should excuse the expression – blackout?

Getting back to Ferguson, when you realize that there was every expectation that, one, the Grand Jury would not indict Darren Wilson; that, two, the local cops were told to back off and that the National Guard was not deployed on the streets; and that, three, everyone expected a riot to occur; why did County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch decide to release the Grand Jury’s decision after nightfall? If the governor, the local police chief and Mr. McCulloch had sat down and choreographed the arson and vandalism, they couldn’t have done more to ensure that the TV cameras would have every opportunity to record a race riot.

For years now, the Muslim world has been at war with America and the European democracies, but nobody in the civilized world will even acknowledge it. Instead, we try to cherry-pick the bad guys. We refer to Al Qaeda, the Taliban, ISIS, Hamas or Hezbollah, as if there is a speck of difference between them, other than what they call themselves. Partly it’s because George Bush insisted that Islam is a religion of peace, partly because Obama won’t even refer to the violence consuming the globe as having its source in the evil cult, and because the major media is dedicated to the childish belief that the only truly evil people in the world are American conservatives.

As a result, there is a religious war taking place in the world, but, with the exception of Israel, only one side is waging it or will even acknowledge it’s taking place.

In similar fashion, a race war is currently underway in America, but it is only being conducted by blacks. Only blacks are encouraged to ignore the facts about what took place in Ferguson and to pretend that a 300-pound thug was a cherubic altar boy. Only they get to insist that forensic evidence is a white plot. Only they get to pass off a scumbag like Al Sharpton as a civil rights leader with moral authority. Why is he given the key to the White House, but not, say, his white counterpart, the Grand Kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan?

It’s not enough to blame the black thugs, including Eric Holder, who descended on Ferguson with no other purpose but to inflame a bad situation and to make it worse. One must also hold the feet of the media to the flames. I’m not referring to the TV cameras that at times out-numbered the barbarians in the streets, but to a media that patronizes blacks, at least so long as they’re not Ben Carson, Condoleezza Rice, Allen West, Thomas Sowell, Jason Riley or Tim Scott, in which case they’re dismissed as Uncle Toms, Aunt Jemimas and traitors to their race.

The media likes to label conservatives as racists, but that’s clearly a case of the pot smokers calling the kettle black. What else but racist would you call it when journalists not only find endless excuses for soaring rates of black crime and illegitimate births, but blame white society for the millions of black men who refuse to marry the mothers of their children or to help raise and provide for their sons and daughters?

How is it not racist to ignore the fact that in spite of billions of tax dollars having been spent in the hope of providing a ladder through education by which slum dwellers can climb out of poverty, half of young blacks fail to even bother graduating from high school?

There is no denying that racism exists in America, but nearly all of it resides in two groups: black bigots and white liberals.

On top of everything else, we are cursed with a president who any time there’s a news item about a black person who has behaved inappropriately, automatically springs to their defense, always assuming the worst about white people in general and white police officers in particular.

When I saw the tawdry assemblage that Obama invited to the White House to discuss racial issues, a gathering that included notorious race hustler Al Sharpton and Obama’s own version of Rasputin, Valerie Jarrett, it occurred to me that as groups go, even Amos ‘n’ Andy’s Mystic Knights of the Sea and Ralph Kramden’s Friendly Sons of the Raccoons had higher standards for inclusion.

Finally, just in case you don’t think I’ve mentioned enough birdbrains to achieve my daily quota, let me hasten to add Robert Redford, who believes that our great outdoors should forever remain in the pristine state in which God created it, unless of course he decides to host a film festival for his Hollywood cronies in the midst of the Rockies. Last year, 46,000 of his nearest and dearest descended on Sundance, Utah, mainly in their fossil fuel-burning private jets, to watch movies.

In one of his typically self-serving, hypocritical, pronouncements, Redford recently declared, “I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise, what is there to defend?”

A few things that occurred to me, but apparently not to Mr. Redford, include our borders, freedom, liberty, loved ones and the Constitution.

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Is Everything Political in the Obama Administration?

ClimateWith the ISIS military advancing on Baghdad, the Pentagon has issued a report outlining what Secretary of State John Kerry has called “the biggest challenge of all that we face right now.” Worldwide terrorism? No, silly. But if you said global warming, give yourself a green star.

As an editorial in the Wall Street Journal puts it: “The Pentagon Goes to Climate War.”  And the subhead:  “Hagel wants to retool the military to stop glaciers from melting.”  Ouch!

No one is saying that the United States military can’t walk and chew gum at the same time, that it can’t be worried about both Islamic terrorists and melting glaciers. But why is climate change a concern of our armed forces at all? Why is global warming a national security matter requiring a military solution?  You should know these things but since you obviously don’t, I’ll tell you – or more accurately, the just-released Pentagon report will tell you. It says that climate change “has the potential to exacerbate many of the challenges we are dealing with today – from infectious disease to terrorism.”

Yes, if the planet gets too hot that might mean more terrorism. How?  I have no idea.  But if Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is so worried about climate change, then so should every other patriotic American, right?

Okay, let’s get serious. Certain American institutions should be above politics.  That’s how things work in a democracy like ours.  But on President Obama’s watch many of our institutions are not above politics; they’re waist deep into politics.  And, sadly, that includes the United States military.   More on this shortly. First, let’s see what other institutions of our government have been turned into political tools since Barack Obama became president.

Well, there’s the IRS, which went after political opponents of the president while he was running for re-election.

There’s the FBI, which said the American convert to Islam, who spouted Arab words while cutting the head off a woman he used to work with in Oklahoma; a man who reportedly tried to convert fellow workers to Islam and featured anti-American rants on his Facebook page … was engaged in “workplace violence.” Barney Fife knows the difference between fanatical Islamic terrorism and run-of-the-mill workplace violence. But the FBI comes under the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice, which is run by Mr. Obama’s pal Eric Holder.  So it’s no surprise that the FBI has been politicized too — which conveniently means there was no act of domestic terror in Oklahoma during Mr. Obama’s presidency.

How about our nation’s space agency? Barack Obama told the NASA administrator that one of his highest priorities should be … sending humans back to the moon? … building a colony on Mars? Nah. A top priority of the NASA chief, the president said, should be “to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science … and math and engineering.”  Another opportunity for the president to show we’re not at war with Muslims.

And, of course, there’s the CDC, which is currently battling Ebola but won’t even consider temporarily halting flights to the U.S. from West Africa. Dr. Thomas Frieden, who runs the CDC, says if we ban flights we couldn’t get aid workers out and back home to the United States.

How about this, Dr. Frieden: Put the aid workers on a U.S. military plane … or some other private plane … fly them home, and keep them in quarantine until we know that they’re not infected.  Or am I missing something?

I’m guessing Dr. Frieden is simply saying what political operatives in the White House want him to say — so that it looks like the president has everything under control. I’m also guessing the president doesn’t want to stigmatize Africans with Ebola, and telling them they’re not welcome here, might do just that. In other words, politics trumps common sense. At least until another West African carrying the Ebola virus makes it through the CDC’s latest “safety” measures, which involve no-touch temperature checks of everyone coming in from that part of the world, and a questionnaire asking if they’ve been around people with Ebola.

Really? Thomas Eric Duncan would have breezed through those CDC supposed “safeguards” – and he died of Ebola in Dallas. Does Dr. Frieden actually think the honor system works when someone with Ebola is trying to enter this country to get medical help?

Back to the military …

Remember Fort Hood, where U.S. Army Major Nidal Hasan shot and killed 13 Americans while yelling the Islamic war cry. If ever there was a clear-cut case of Islamic terrorism in the homeland, this was it. Yet the military called it “workplace violence” just as the FBI, five years later, would call the beheading of a 54 year-old grandmother “workplace violence.”

It gets worse. The Army’s top general at the time of the massacre, Geroge Casey was worried about how the killings would affect … diversity. Here’s what he said: “Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.”  Right on, general.  Let’s make sure everyone knows how much the commander-in-chief cares about diversity.

I’m not suggesting that President Obama sent memos out to his generals and cabinet secretaries and everyone else telling them what to say and what do to. But everything they’ve done – from labeling global warming a bigger threat than terrorism, to calling a beheading and a massacre at an army base “workplace violence,” to targeting the president’s opponents during a re-election campaign … was all done on Mr. Obama’s behalf. It was all done to help him in one way or another.

It’s one thing if the members of the House or the Senate act in a political way. But, as I mentioned earlier, certain institutions are supposed to be above politics. When they’re not, they erode trust in government. And that’s never a good thing in a democracy.

Yet the FBI and the IRS and NASA and the CDC and especially the U.S. military have all been tainted by politics on President Obama’s watch.

And I suspect that’s just how he wants it.