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Thursday, September 16, 2010

True Act of Treason

With Congress coming back from session, it only took Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) 3 days to commit an atrocious act. In a post on his website and a tweet to Lady Gaga, he stated that he is going to add an amendment to the end of H.R.5136, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011. The amendment he wants to add is the DREAM Act, that would create a path to citizenship for some undocumented immigrants that serve in the military or earn a college degree.

Now what does the DREAM Act have to do with funding for our men and women in the armed forces? Absolutely nothing. The reason for adding this amendment to the end of this funding bill is that way Republicans have to vote for it because what Republican would vote against funding our troops? When this bill was voted on in the last session of Congress, it fell 8 votes short of the 60 needed to preempt a filibuster threat. Since then, 4 of the 9 Republicans who voted for the bill have left the Senate, while all 9 of the Democrats who voted “no” are still around. Furthermore, at least one Democrat who voted in favor last time, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), is now firmly against it.

Now many have asked, "What does the DREAM Act do exactly?" Well, here are the criteria:

The bill would automatically grant "conditional permanent resident status to any undocumented immigrant who is meets all of the following criteria:

* is under 35 years of age
* has graduated high school or earned a GED
* has been in the U.S. for at least 5 years prior to the date the law takes effect
* was 16 years of age or younger when they entered the U.S.
* is “a person of good moral charecter”
* has not been under a judicial order of deportation since before they were 16.

The temporary resident status for people meeting these criteria would be good for a period of 6 years. After that time, if a person granted residency under the DREAM Act can be granted permanent citizenship status if they can show that they accomplish at least on of these things (from the bill text):

(i) The alien has acquired a degree from an institution of higher education in the United States or has completed at least 2 years, in good standing, in a program for a bachelor’s degree or higher degree in the United States.

(ii) The alien has served in the uniformed services for at least 2 years and, if discharged, has received an honorable discharge.

If not, they are automatically returned to their prior undocumented status when the 6-year period is up.

Basically offering more incentives to illegals to come to our country illegally. Not only that, but it always illegal immigrants to serve in our military. Now, how can we trust an illegal immigrant to fight for our rights and freedoms when they have already violated those rights and freedoms by coming into the country illegally? When the Roman Empire conquered a region, it did one of two things with the residence of that regions. They would enslave them or make the serve in the military. Thus, when the fall of the Roman Empire came, many of the conquered soldiers revolted against the Roman Government with the very weapons that government had given them.

This truly is an act of treason by Harry Reid. He is holding our troops ransom to get the Hispanic vote in the November election. According to a Pew Hispanic Center report from 2006, Mexicans make up 57 percent of the undocumented immigrants. Another 24 percent are from other Latin American countries.

He is holding our troops ransom to commit an act of treason that our men and women of the armed forces die to stop every day. He is playing politics with the very money that could save the lives of our troops. He is willing to let them die to gain political points. If Nevada reelect Harry Reid, they truly deserve the corruption and hassle they will get from it. This is a true act of treason not just against the American citizens but against the American citizens who sacrifice every day in our armed forces to protect our freedom and liberty.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Restoring Honor

This weekend I was at the Restoring Honor rally in Washington DC. As many know, the media is missing the point or skewing the facts. From what I saw, there was no politics discussed. There were no fights or arrests. There were no arguments. There was only people coming together for one common cause, God.

The crowd was enormous and it was packed with people. You were getting close to someone didn't know. It was fairly hot and you basically had to give a little nudge to move the line. Now you would expect arguments and fights to break out. For people to have bad attitudes and make comments. The fact is, everyone was very polite and even helped each other to get through the crowd.

One story from some people on our bus was that they had sat back by the Washington Monument and that it was just grass between them and the World War II Memorial. By the end of the event, the grass had disappeared and it was all people. As an eye-witness, I have to say that there was at least a million people at the event.

Another story was that some people met some foreigners from France who had no idea about the event, what was going on, or even who Glenn Beck was. The people had to explain in about 5 minutes what was going on in the country, who Glenn Beck was, and what the rally was about. The foreigners understood since their country is very much in the same state.

The event was about coming back to God and to restore the honor within ourselves and by doing so, within our country. The event wasn't about politics or even about Glenn Beck. It was about individuals looking within themselves and coming back to the realization that it all starts with us. As John Adams said:

"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other."

The reason we face the out of control government, the Progressive agenda, and the elitist politicians is because we have gotten away from that religious and moral people. We've lost sight of God and what is important. We've focused on money, power, and corruption for far to long. The point of this weekend was to come to together and get back focused on God and our principles. To get our country back not by political means but through moral and virtuous means.

We can continue to focus politics and work through the Constitution, but all of that work will be for nothing if we don't focus on God. Thomas Jefferson and the founders gave us the clue at the end of the Declaration of Independence:

"With a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."

They told us that we must look to God. That we must stake our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor on him. That if we ever stray away, that all we have to do is look back to him and come to the realization that through him all things are possible. That if we look to him and within ourselves, that our country and government will restore its honor.