GOP Selling Out on Homosexuality: Carl DeMaio Target of “Tactical Vote”

Speaker Boehner to hold fundraiser Saturday for ‘proud gay” candidate who backs homosexual “marriage” and abortion rights. San Diego Pro-Family Coalition Urges ‘Defensive Tactical Vote’ Against Carl DeMaio, Openly Homosexual Activist Republican Congressional Candidate.

Carl DeMaio (right) with his homosexual love, Johnathan Hale.

Carl DeMaio (right) with his homosexual love, Johnathan Hale.

Folks, the internecine war in the Republican Party between social conservatives and libertarians who want to abandon abortion and homosexuality as major issues in the Party is bubbling to the surface. The following is an open letter signed by some leading Christian pro-life and pro-family advocates in San Diego–most notably pastor Jim Garlow, who led the victorious 2008 campaign for California’s Proposition 8 ballot initiative defending marriage. The letter urges concerned  San Diego Christians to cast a “tactical vote” against openly homosexual Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio, who supports homosexuality-based “marriage” and abortion rights. DeMaio’s campaign TV ad declaring himself a “proud gay American” who eschews “divisive social agendas” (even as he embraces them) is below [more analysis follows beneath video]:

All across America, GOP leaders are walking away from or downplaying the Party’s principled pro-family and pro-life platform. Their assumption is that this will help the Party win “moderate” votes and hence elections–a plan that didn’t work out so well for 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney (who, among other dubious stances, came out for open homosexuals in the Boy Scouts). The message from GOP elites in Washington is loud and clear: social issues are a drag on the Party; ignore them to win. But few Republican big shots seem to consider this relevant political question: how many social conservatives will walk away from the GOP or simply not vote–or be far less energized to volunteer for and fund a given GOP campaign–than they would be had a well-rounded social conservative been nominated?

This is precisely what is happening in San Diego. [See this Barbwire story to learn how the San Diego GOP endorsed and favored DeMaio in the Republican primary.]

Speaker of the House John Boehner will be raising funds for DeMaio Saturday. This piece in The Hill newspaper describes the GOP’s posture of backing homosexual candidates:

Last December, Boehner shot down calls for the NRCC [National Republican Congressional Committee] to abandon gay GOP candidates, arguing the party needed to make better inroads with gays, women and minorities following the party’s poor showing in the 2012 election.

Through his various fundraising committees, Boehner has donated the maximum $14,000 to both DeMaio and [openly homosexual GOP Massachusetts congressional candidate Richard] Tisei this cycle, records show. The NRCC also is spending big in those races, pouring $2.3 million to help DeMaio in his bid to unseat freshman Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.). It’s spending another $1 million to prop up Tisei’s campaign against Democratic nominee Seth Moulton, who ousted Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.) in the primary.

“Our decisions on the Republican nominees we support will not be based on race, gender or sexual orientation, but will be based on the strength of their candidacy and their ability to defeat Democrats,” NRCC spokesman Ian Prior said.

Morally and spiritually speaking, the GOP’s new openness to homosexuality and abortion tears at the soul of principled Christians who otherwise would be naturally inclined to vote Republican. These are moral Truth voters whose first allegiance is to God–and who are grieved to watch a Party that claims to be “pro-family” and pro-God tolerate–and then champion–candidates espousing social evils like sodomy-based “marriage” and abortion-on-demand. God does not support Republican-backed homosexuality any more than He does the common Democratic variety. Sin is sin.

[See this recent speech by Gov. Mike Huckabee assailing the GOP abandonment of traditional marriage as an issue.]

From FOX News icon Brit Hume prematurely and perhaps wishfully (as a loyal Republican drinking the Kool-aid) declaring this week that the same-sex “marriage” issue is over as a political issue–to Michigan’s Republican Speaker of the House Jase Bolger accepting $50,000 from “gay” activist financier Tim Gill, the GOP’s capitulation on homosexuality is accelerating. AFTAH is non-partisan, so we do not get involved in elections. But we do report trends, and the GOP trend of watering down or abandoning key moral principles–and selling its soul for “gay”-friendly campaign cash–has the very real potential to drive millions of people of faith from the Party. – Peter LaBarbera, AFTAH.org; Twitter: @PeterLaBarbera

Open letter reprinted from “Republicans & Independents for Scott Peters“:

Defensive Tactical Voting: Which candidate will do the least harm?

As you prepare to vote: 

Christian conservatives face a moral dilemma in a key San Diego election race.

We know we have a clear choice in voting between the candidates when one of the candidates stands in opposition on issues relevant to the Christian community: life, marriage, religious freedom… Obviously we vote for the candidate who is in-line with biblically based values.

But how should we vote when both candidates share virtually the same views, and stand in opposition to those values?

Some people choose to simply abstain from voting, out of frustration with both candidates.  However, staying at home on Election Day might provide the margin of victory for a candidate who will do far greater damage and harm to society.

Such a race, we believe, calls for a different type of strategy when voting. Rather than sitting out the election, and potentially allowing a candidate who will cause great damage to win an election, we suggest a strategy that we call “Defensive Tactical Voting.”

What is Defensive Tactical Voting? Simply this: voting for a candidate who, while doing some damage to society, will do less damage than the other candidate(s) on the ballot. And who will provide a greater opportunity for defeat in a future election. We are aware of the fact that this strategy cannot always be applied broadly, but only to specific races.

An example of such an election is the 52nd Congressional District in San Diego, CA. Two candidates are running: Incumbent Democrat Scott Peters, and Republican Carl DeMaio.   Both candidates are pro-abortion and pro-same sex marriage. Both candidates are liberal and “progressive.” Yet one of these candidates will do far more damage to the moral fabric of our society than the other.

That candidate: the Republican candidate, Carl DeMaio.

Why is Carl DeMaio so damaging as a potential Congressman?

Here are a few reasons:

DeMaio is an avowed LGBTQ activist (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning).

The LGBTQ movement believes in a genderless society, where God’s order of male and female is denied. Their goal is much greater than that. It is to impose their views upon us, with the intent of abolishing our rights to freedom of religious conscience, coercing us to affirm homosexual practice and to forever alter the historic, natural definition of marriage. Allow us to be clear, in court cases all over America, it is now overwhelmingly evident that religious liberty and the radical homosexual agenda can not co-exist. Authentic biblical believers are losing their right to the first amendment expression whenever the homosexual agenda gets its way.

DeMaio has made it very clear that if he were elected, he would cater to the LGBTQ activists. Here is a newspaper interview comment from Carl DeMaio: “When I’m elected mayor, I will be one of the highest ranking LGBT officials in the nation. And the highest ranking Republican LGBT official. While my focus will be on fiscal and economic reform in San Diego, I also recognize the opportunity and obligation to serve as a role model for the LGBT community. We are currently evaluating several organizations and efforts to define the best way for me to serve as a role model.” Gay San Diego, Sept 7, 2012

Carl DeMaio is young, with a charismatic personality. If Carl DeMaio were elected to Congress, those within the GOP who desire to destroy historic one-man, one-woman marriage, and those who desire to destroy life in the womb, would likely attempt to increase DeMaio’s influence and stature within the Republican Party – becoming the poster child for the emerging left wing of the GOP. And as an incumbent, he would be virtually impossible to defeat.

But perhaps of greater danger is the fact that his rise in the Party would contribute greatly to a seismic shift: a loss of basic moral and family values in the Republican Party platform.  DeMaio will actively advocate a platform where foundational moral and family issues would essentially be removed from discussion, looking virtually identical to those planks in the Democrat platform.

Peters wants to change the direction of our country through his Party. DeMaio wants to change the country and his Party entirely. If DeMaio is elected, he will do so. And he will leave us as biblical Christians without a political home.

If you want further proof of DeMaio’s desire to remake the Republican Party, go directly to the San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, which is published by Johnathan Hale, DeMaio’s homosexual partner. (Yes, you read that right, DeMaio’s partner publishes the homosexual news for San Diego.) In this article DeMaio makes his intentions clear.

Please understand that our concerns lie not with Mr. DeMaio’s personal issues with same-sex attraction, but with his activism geared towards changing core values that protect life, the family and religious freedom.

In other words, those who hold to the sanctity of human life, the sanctity of family (meaning a biblical marriage, and two parent, one man-one woman, father and mother families), and the freedom to exercise religious conscience, would no longer have an active voice in American government.

DeMaio is a member of the Republican Party. Carl DeMaio, however, does not endorse the platform of the Republican Party–particularly the pro-life and pro-marriage planks of that platform.

A vote for Democrat Scott Peters will send a message to the Republican Party: “Defend your Party platform and its conservative values, and return to promoting and endorsing candidates who vocally support the entire platform. If you do not, we will keep voting for the opposition, and you will keep loosing elections. ”

Consider this: if you abstain from voting, that is a one vote (-1) difference. However, if you do not vote for DeMaio, but rather vote for Peters, that is a 2 vote (-1, +1) difference.  Your vote for Peters could make all the difference. (Please note that we understand that some will be unable to cast a vote for either candidate, and we are not asking you to violate your conscience before the Lord.)

In the 52nd Congressional District of San Diego, we encourage a vote for Democrat Scott Peters. Why? Not because he stands for our values – he does not.  We are supporting a vote for Scott Peters because he will do less damage to our nation then will his opponent:  Carl DeMaio. And will allow us an opportunity to correct the situarion in two years.

As a sidenote, we would urge fellow Republicans and Independents in Massachusetts and Oregon to vote for the Democrat opponents of the two Republican candidates, who likewise oppose the Republican Platform. They are: Democrat Seth Moulton, rather than Republican Richard Tisei, (MA 6); and Democrat Jeff Merkley of Oregon, rather than US Senate Republican candidate Monica Wehby.

Please join this movement, in order to keep the candidate who could do far more damage, Carl DeMaio, out of Washington. Consider voting for Scott Peters in the November election. While many of us do not align with Scott Peters politically, we align even less, morally and ethically, with Carl DeMaio.

God bless you and your family,

God bless America,

As a growing movement, additional names will be added in the near future.  If you would like your name added to the list below. please email info@RepublicansandIndependentsforScottPeters.com

Kamal Alsawaf
Dean Broyles
Dr . Gary Cass
Chris Clark
Frank Dowse
Dr. Jim Garlow
Pat Hansen
Penny Harrington
Jim Holman
Frank Kacer
Attorney Charles Limandri
Kathryn A. Marler
Timmerie Millington
Mary Moran
Claire Reiss
Allyson Smith
John Waring
Anne Wigdahl Subia
Amy Vance

The persons listed above have signed this letter as individuals, not representing any organization, nor are they working in association with any other organization. They are private citizens who jointly signed this letter when they discovered they shared a common view. You are invited to join them by emailing going to:  info@RepublicansAndIndependentsForScottPeters.com and asking for your name to be added to the list.

RELATED ARTICLE: Huckabee Threatens To Leave GOP Over Gay Marriage, Abortion

VIDEO: Clare Lopez — A Lesson on the Islamic State

Intelligence analyst, Clare Lopez, retired CIA and currently Vice President of Research for the Center for Security Policy, provides a factually fascinating explanation of the very complex Islamic State, often wrongly called ISIS or ISIL. Clare and Tom Trento will detail subjects like the beliefs and behaviors of IS, their escatological view and why they MUST have a Kaliphate!

Do not miss this extremely informative and instructive lesson on the Islamic State!

About Clare Lopez
Vice President for Research and Analysis, Center for Security Policy

Ms. Lopez manages the Center’s counterjihad and shariah programs, bringing with her also an expertise on Iran, Hizballah, and southern border issues. From 2010-2014, she was a Sr. Fellow with the Center. Lopez began her professional career as a CIA operations officer and later applied her national security expertise as a consultant, intelligence analyst, and researcher in various contract positions within the defense sector. She has been an instructor for military intelligence and Special Forces students and lectures widely on Iran, Islam, and the Muslim Brotherhood around the country. Earlier an advisor to EMP Act America, in February 2012 Ms. Lopez was named a member of the Congressional Task Force on National and Homeland Security, which focuses on the Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) threat to the nation and is a member of the Center’s Secure the Grid Coalition.

Lopez is the co-author of two published books on Iran, author of an acclaimed paper for the Center, The Rise of the Iran Lobby, and co-author/editor of the Center’s Team B II study, “Shariah: The Threat to America”. Ms. Lopez received a B.A. in Communications and French from Notre Dame College of Ohio and an M.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. She completed Marine Corps Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Quantico, Virginia before declining a commission to join the CIA.

RELATED ARTICLE: UN Report on ISIS: 24,000 Killed, Injured by Islamic State; Children Used as Soldiers, Women Sold as Sex Slaves

Why Every AMERICAN Must Vote!

The most common statement about today’s elections is that “elections don’t matter!” Yet, never has there been a moment in history when it was more critical for every AMERICAN to vote very carefully!

The reason can be stated in a single sentence… Because every non-American and anti-American will vote!

I choose to believe that the non-Americans and anti-Americans do not yet outnumber the AMERICANS, and all recent polling data supports that belief, showing more than 70% opposed to current federal leadership. But it won’t matter if the enemy outnumbers Americans at the polls.

Disenfranchisement

Not all U.S. residents of legal age are eligible to vote in U.S. elections. Yet many of them do vote in elections illegally and here’s how.

Under the U.S. Constitution, disenfranchisement of citizens convicted of crimes, especially federal crimes or felonies, is legal and just punishment for the crimes committed. It’s a highly just and practical punishment in a country governed of, by and for the people via the election process, preventing criminals from having equal access to determine the future of a nation, along with decent law-abiding citizens.

However, it is left up to each state to determine which crimes justify disenfranchisement and whether or not that loss of voting rights will be permanent or temporary, until the sentence is served. As a result, we do have convicted felons voting in elections today.

The current felon count is estimated at 6 million, 38% of whom are black and 20% of whom are Hispanic. Barack Obama and nearly all democrat politicians support returning all voting rights to convicted felons. Some republicans like Rick Santorum, have also fought to reinstate voting rights for felons.

In Richardson v. Ramirez (1974), the United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of felon disenfranchisement statutes, finding that the practice did not deny equal protection to disenfranchised voters. Except for Maine and Vermont, every state prohibits felons from voting while in prison.

As of 2010, only Kentucky and Virginia continued to impose a lifelong denial of the right to vote to all citizens with a felony record, absent some extraordinary intervention by the Governor or state legislature.

Since criminals will vote, law-abiding citizens MUST vote.

Even without amnesty, millions of illegal aliens will vote in this election. If you live in a state that does not require any proof of legal citizenship or form of ID to vote, illegals will vote in your state. If your state issues drivers licenses to illegal aliens, illegals able to prove residency in your voting district and show proof of ID via their driver’s license will vote in your state.

Because illegal aliens will vote, legal U.S. Citizens MUST vote!

Because DEAD people vote democrat in every election, LIVE Americans MUST vote too!

The Lies People Buy

Since felons, illegal aliens, dead people and dual residency voters WILL vote in the election, who is the target of all efforts to keep voters at home or focused on third party fantasies on Election Day?

YOU ARE!

People seeking to vote themselves more wealth redistribution WILL vote, and so will millions of illegal aliens, felons and dead people. People with dual residency will vote in more than one district, and all of them have been trained to do so by the Democratic National Committee and their community organizing surrogates, in direct violation of all existing U.S. Election laws.

In 1982, the Republican National Committee settled a law suit filed by the Democrat Party by signing a consent decree agreeing to never challenge voter fraud in any “minority” districts, where 99% of all voter fraud takes place in the country. So, in “voter fraud districts,” voters of all illegal types can do whatever they want with total impunity.

(NOTE: The RNC consent decree only applies to the RNC, the “national committee.” Individual state Republican Parties can and must challenge election fraud within their own state election districts. All election rules are set and enforced by the state party.)

All current efforts to convince American voters to stay home or vote 3rd party in protest are aimed at YOU, the pro-American voter, the only people standing in opposition to Obama & Co. – Obama supporters are NOT the subject target of all efforts to demoralize voters. YOU ARE!

That’s why every American MUST ignore these lies and VOTE!

Which Elections are Important?

The last election is over and the next election is two years away. That alone makes THIS election the most important election.

Only the votes that are cast can count. Only votes cast wisely can have a positive impact.

As a general rule, the people have it backwards today. The true priority importance of elections is as follows…

  1. Local and State level elections are critical. The idea that there is no difference between Republican and Democrat is largely true at the federal level. But at the state level, nothing could be further from the truth. In terms of economics, peace, freedom and morally sound states, the top 10 best run states in the country are all run by Republicans, and the worst states in the country are all run by Democrats. Federal policies only affect us locally when local politicians are as bad as the federal politicians. (READ Balance of Powers)
  2. The local primary is the most important federal election of all. Bottom up government begins at the primaries. Who we have to choose from in a general election is decided at the primary earlier in the year. People complain that they only have people to vote against in the general election. But this is only true because voter turnout is lowest in the primaries. Further, because many states have open primaries, allowing the political enemy to cross party lines in the primary and help select our candidates for the general election. CLOSE THE PRIMARIES!
  3. Second to the primaries is the mid-term election, wherein the balance of congressional power can shift towards or away from the Executive Branch. When the vast majority of Americans agree with the direction of the country, voter turnout in the mid-terms is generally and reasonably low. But when over 70% of the country believes the country is headed in the wrong direction, it is critical to take away all congressional support from the Executive Branch in the mid-term election. Today, House Republicans have refused to impeach the most impeachable Executive Branch in history because they don’t currently control the Senate which must hold the impeachment trial. The people will have ONE opportunity to change that dynamic next month. They MUST hold the House and take the Senate.
  4. The presidential election is actually the least important in any Constitutional Republic wherein the Executive Branch has the most limited federal authority. Only when congress and the judiciary fail to uphold their oaths of obligation can the Executive Branch behave like a dictatorship. The people get to decide who is in congress and congress holds the broadest federal authority under the U.S. Constitution, not the president or the judiciary.

The people have it backwards. Traditionally, the presidential election gets the best voter turnout, mid-terms trail and primaries have the lowest voter turnout. This must change immediately! Because everyone who wants to destroy America will vote, regardless of their eligibility, EVERY TRUE AMERICAN MUST VOTE in order to counter that corruption in the election systems.

Making Sure Every American Vote is Counted

Massive voter fraud was reported to Congress in the 2012 election cycle and members of Congress were unable to do anything with the evidence as a result of the 1982 consent decree prohibiting the Republican Party from contesting election fraud in “minority” districts.

Meanwhile, evidence of disenfranchisement of the Military vote also went unchallenged by Congress.

So, pro-American change is solely up to AMERICAN voters.

The only way Americans can shift the balance of power in their own direction peacefully is to show up in massive numbers, overwhelming all of the anti-American voters and election fraud.

American voters must vote. They must also volunteer to poll watch and be the checks and balances to assure honest elections in their own districts. The people must challenge what the RNC long ago agreed not to challenge, “minority bloc voter fraud.”

The 2014 mid-term election is likely the very last chance Americans will have to overwhelm their enemies at the polls, moving the nation away from the global leftist assault on freedom and liberty and towards a continued march back to American principles and values.

People have been asking for six years now – “what can we do?”

YOU CAN VOTE! You can make sure that your vote isn’t wasted on candidates who can’t possibly win races. You can make sure that both chambers of the federal legislature are stripped away from Barack Hussein Obama and his merry band of Marxists. You can make sure that the most impeachable administration in U.S. history is impeached!

That, you can do!

People, who won’t do at least that, will never stand up to this criminal cabal anywhere else by any other means. Believe it!

President of Sarasota Teachers Union calls Superintendent White’s bluff — sends out another ‘political email’

PUBLISHERS NOTE: I, Dr. Rich Swier, regret having used the term “illegal” in this and any other article to describe actions by Ms. Pat Gardner and the SC/TA.

Superintendent Lori White has been called out by the Sarasota Teacher/Classified Association (SC/TA) President Pat Gardner. Who will prevail? Many are calling this a direct challenge to Superintendent White’s leadership as the district Chief-Education-Officer.

As we reported SC/TA President Patricia “Pat” Gardner and SC/TA Treasurer Kevyn Fitzgerald, the union representative at Riverview High School, have been using the district official email service to repeatedly send out political and harassing messages to all district employees in violation of District policy. Superintendent White’s staff admitted that:

Outside of the SC/TA’s ability to communicate with the employees, you [Dr. Rich Swier] are correct that our procedures state that the district email system is not to be used for, among other things, political campaigning.

Superintendent White then sent a reminder to all employees of this prohibition. The reminder stated:

As our community is in the midst of a number of political campaigns, I want to remind all employees about the School Board’s Information Technology Guidelines and Procedures which prohibit, among other things, using the School Board’s email system for any communication that may be perceived as political campaigning. While I encourage all our employees to be civically engaged in the electoral process, this engagement should not occur on work hours, nor should the School Board’s email system be used for this purpose.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Pat210-302

Photo of Pat Gardner from SC/TA website.

Gardner has ignored Superintendent White’s reminder. Gardner and Fitzgerald sent out the following message in direct violation of School Board policy:

From: Fitzgerald Kevyn
Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2014 2:14 PM
To: REDACTED
Subject: FW: Newlsletter – Info for Restricted Class

From: Gardner Pat
Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2014 1:50 PM
Subject: Newlsletter – Info for Restricted Class

Please forward:

They’re running scared and starting to play dirty. I’m on the blogs today with a story that I’m doing illegal things by sending out email to my members. They used a picture of me from 12 years ago, so I’m feeling pretty good about that. Here I go again:

Get those absentee ballots in as soon as possible.

Our endorsed candidates are:

Charlie Crist – Governor
Ken Marsh – School Board District 1

Our suggested candidate is George Sheldon for Attorney General.

NO on Amendment 3.

We will be getting Ken Marsh signs in the office and will deliver them if you would like them or feel free to pick them up. Let us know if you would like any. Ken Marsh will be doing sign waving and I will try to send out his schedule if you would like to join them.

Have a great day.

Pat

What will Superintendent White do now?

We have sent a request to Superintendent White and have not received a response as of the posting of this column.

This is a test of Superintendent White’s leadership and her staff’s ability to enforce school board policy equally upon all district employees.

“PreCog Audience” – Software that is poised to hand control of the U.S. Senate to Republicans

ARLINGTON, Va., PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The data and analytics firm Evolving Strategies, in concert with the largest campaign technology firm in the world, Aristotle, have developed a new technology – the “PreCog Audience” – that is poised to hand control of the Senate to Republicans.

The PreCog Audience (PcA) consists of the voters in the “Big 4” Senate states that should be targeted because these voters will be persuaded by a specific message – and that will change their vote. The PcA includes each and every one of the more than 13 million voters in ColoradoIowaLouisiana, and North Carolina that have been determined — right now, in advance — who will be persuaded.

“Is it a crystal ball? It’s as close as we can get,” said Adam Schaeffer, Director of Research at Evolving Strategies. “Is it a game-changing weapon for the Right this election season.”

“We are making available to Republican campaigns an exclusive product that no one else is offering. It has the potential to push Republican candidates to victory in the final weeks of this election cycle because you can now be certain your efforts are hitting the right voters with the right message. It’s political precognition.”

“Evolving Strategies now has access to our 190+ million records, including 4,000 election boards, county clerks and voter registrars, as well as party affiliation, race, exact age, vote history and school board districts,” said Aristotle CEO John Aristotle Phillips. “This is very powerful information, and we are honored to be working with such an innovative company.”

Background on PreCog Audience:

The team of PhDs and data scientists at Evolving Strategies utilized bleeding-edge, proprietary machine-learning techniques to analyze data from over 600,000 voters across the Big 4 Senate states involved in the largest known experiment in the history of political campaigning on the Right — ultimately predicting how a message will shift an individual voter’s support before it’s been delivered.

The PreCog Audience is the easy-to-use product resulting from this complicated work – an audience composed of all the individual voters needed to win an election.

Evolving Strategies will only offer access to the PreCog Audience to political operatives and organizations on the Right.

Evolving Strategies is now taking a limited number of pre-orders for the PreCog Audience. In addition to direct sales through Evolving Strategies, Aristotle, with more than 2,000 political clients throughout the world, will offer these audience lists through their platform as a super-premium item, exclusively to conservative operatives and organizations.

Evolving Strategies is a data and analytics firm dedicated to understanding human behavior through the creative application of randomized-controlled experiments.

Time for a New Ellis Island?

The open borders/amnesty advocates whom I have come to refer to as the “immigration anarchists,” regularly complain bitterly that Ellis Island was closed. Indeed, Ellis Island was closed on November 12, 1954. However, this hardly meant that the United States was no longer permitting aliens to be legally admitted into the United States which was the message that I suspect those bemoaning the closing of that government facility wanted people to infer.

The reality is that while Ellis Island had nearly 70 years ago, other ports of entry scattered across the United States were open and facilitating the entry of aliens into the United States. These ports of entry are to be found along both the northern and southern borders of the United States, at seaports along the coastlines of the United States and at international airports. This coincides with a point I have often made about the United States having 50 “border states.”

Last year approximately one million aliens were lawfully admitted into the United States by presenting themselves for inspection at those numerous ports of entry and provided with Alien Registration Receipt Cards (also known as “Green Cards”) to signify their lawful immigrant status in accordance with the alien registration requirement of the Immigration and Nationality Act. These aliens, from virtually every country on this planet, were, upon their day of being granted lawful immigrant status, immediately placed on the pathway to United States citizenship. The number of aliens who were lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States was greater than the number of all immigrants legally admitted by all other countries around the world.

So much for the wailing about the shuttering of Ellis Island!

However, what is almost never discussed by anyone — especially the immigration anarchists, is that Ellis Island was a quarantine station that was operated by the United States Public Health Service in conjunction with immigration authorities. The fact is that the inspection facility was intentionally located on an island of the shore of New York City to make certain that aliens could not set foot on the U.S. mainland unless they were admitted into the United States and transported to the mainland. This was done to make certain that aliens who suffered dangerous communicable diseases could not sneak into the United States and create an epidemic.

Recently the hospital located at the Ellis Island complex of buildings has opened as a new exhibit at the Ellis Island Museum. CNN published a report about the hospital on October 1, 2014 with the appropriate title, “New York’s hospital of immigrants: Where hope and pain collide.” The timing of the opening of that component of the museum at Ellis Island could not have come at a more appropriate time.

Concerns about the potential for dangerous diseases crossing our borders have been tremendously elevated in the wake of the recent Ebola outbreak in Africa that has reach historic proportions and with the discovery that a Liberian citizen, Thomas Eric Duncan, had traveled to the United States by commercial airline flight and lied about his exposure to patients who were suffering from the Ebola virus.

The October 3, 2014 report, “Ebola patient’s leaving Liberia was ‘unpardonable,’ its President says,” provided some important details.

Here is how the report begins:

(CNN) — Days before he became the first person diagnosed with Ebola on American soil, Thomas Eric Duncan answered “no” to questions about whether he had cared for a patient with the deadly virus.

Before leaving Liberia, Duncan also answered no to a question about whether he had touched the body of someone who died in an area affected by the disease, said Binyah Kesselly, board chairman of the Liberia Airport Authority.

Witnesses say Duncan had been helping Ebola patients in Liberia. Liberian community leader Tugbeh Chieh Tugbeh said Duncan was caring for an Ebola-infected patient at a residence in Paynesville City, just outside Monrovia.

That single lie on that piece of paper was all that was needed for Duncan to board that airliner and enter the United States through a port of entry, potentially putting countless lives in the United States at risk.

The immigration inspections process conducted by CBP (Customs and Border Protection) inspectors is supposed to prevent entry of aliens who pose a threat to national security and the safety and well-being of Americans. For this vital mission to succeed, our borders must be made truly secure to make certain that aliens cannot evade that inspections process.

The list of such aliens is contained in the following section of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA): Title 8 U.S. Code § 1182 – Inadmissible aliens. It includes various grounds of excludability including criminals, spies, terrorists, human rights violators and others. None of the grounds of excludability make any reference to race, religion or ethnicity. What is not generally known however, is that the list of these grounds for exclusion begin with public health concerns.

Here is how this section of law begins:

(a) Classes of aliens ineligible for visas or admission

Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, aliens who are inadmissible under the following paragraphs are ineligible to receive visas and ineligible to be admitted to the United States:

(1) Health-related grounds

(A) In general

Any alien—

(i) who is determined (in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services) to have a communicable disease of public health significance; [1]

(ii) except as provided in subparagraph (C), who seeks admission as an immigrant, or who seeks adjustment of status to the status of an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence, and who has failed to present documentation of having received vaccination against vaccine-preventable diseases, which shall include at least the following diseases: mumps, measles, rubella, polio, tetanus and diphtheria toxoids, pertussis, influenza type B and hepatitis B, and any other vaccinations against vaccine-preventable diseases recommended by the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices,

(iii) who is determined (in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in consultation with the Attorney General)—

(I) to have a physical or mental disorder and behavior associated with the disorder that may pose, or has posed, a threat to the property, safety, or welfare of the alien or others, or

(II) to have had a physical or mental disorder and a history of behavior associated with the disorder, which behavior has posed a threat to the property, safety, or welfare of the alien or others and which behavior is likely to recur or to lead to other harmful behavior, or

(iv) who is determined (in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services) to be a drug abuser or addict, is inadmissible.

(B) Waiver authorized

For provision authorizing waiver of certain clauses of subparagraph (A), see subsection (g) of this section.

(C) Exception from immunization requirement for adopted children 10 years of age or younger

Clause (ii) of subparagraph (A) shall not apply to a child who—

(i) is 10 years of age or younger,

(ii) is described in subparagraph (F) or (G) of section 1101 (b)(1) of this title; [1]and

(iii) is seeking an immigrant visa as an immediate relative under section 1151 (b) of this title,

if, prior to the admission of the child, an adoptive parent or prospective adoptive parent of the child, who has sponsored the child for admission as an immediate relative, has executed an affidavit stating that the parent is aware of the provisions of subparagraph (A)(ii) and will ensure that, within 30 days of the child’s admission, or at the earliest time that is medically appropriate, the child will receive the vaccinations identified in such subparagraph.

All sorts of proposals to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus to the United States have been made by our political leaders including ending flights from countries in which patients suffering from Ebola have been found, including Liberia and Sierra Leone, where according to some reports, the Ebola virus is spreading like “wild fire.”

Of course people who are determined to leave those countries will likely manage to cross the borders of neighboring countries, potentially further spreading this deadly disease, and then seeking to board airliners for flights to the United States and other countries.

Recommendations are being made about how CBP inspectors and other government officials should modify the inspections process at ports of entry. Certainly this makes sense. However, no matter how effective the screening process may be at America’s ports of entry, we need to remember that our nation’s borders exist on maps but not in the “real world.”

Our nation has, as I have noted on ever so many occasions, 50 “border states.”

Our borders must be made secure against those who would smuggle aliens and contraband into the United States. In addition to concern about narcotics and weapons into the United States, even seemingly prosaic substances as meat may provide a deadly threat.

On August 21, 2014 Newsweek Magazine published a worrying report, “Smuggled Bushmeat Is Ebola’s Back Door to America.” Talk about the expression that “One man’t meat is another’s poison.”

High-ranking officials of the DHS of both the Bush and Obama administrations repeatedly claimed our “borders are secure” while blithely ignoring the massive tsunami of illegal aliens entering the United States each day along with record quantities of narcotics which provide an irrefutable metric that makes the failures of border security crystal clear. The United States is in the midst of the worst heroin epidemic in decades — perhaps ever. Police departments across the United States have taken to the unprecedented measure of providing their officers with the antidote to heroin overdoses.

Heroin and cocaine are not produced in the United States. If our borders were truly secure those substances could not get into the United States.

For years our politicians and even high-ranking officials of the DHS have claimed that running our borders is not a crime. The reality is, of course, far different.

While it is true that the first time an alien evades the inspections process and, in the jargon of immigration enforcement personnel is an EWI (Entrant WithoutInspection), an alien who has been previously deported and then unlawfully re-enters the United States is most definitely committing a felony. The provisions of this section of the Immigration and Nationality Act are contained in Title 8 U.S. Code § 1326 – Reentry of removed aliens.

Under this statute, the maximum penalty a previously deported aliens faces if he (she) has no criminal history and illegally re-enters the United States is 2 years in federal custody. However, an alien who was deported subsequent to being convicted of committing “aggravated felonies” faces a maximum of 20 years in a federal prison. Certainly any crime that carries a 20-year maximum penalty is a very serious crime, indeed.

I am particularly proud of that last violation of law; in the early 1980s I worked with then-U.S. Senator Al D’Amato to create that particular law and took special delight in making the first arrest of an alien (a convicted narcotics dealer) for violating that statute.

Today’s concerns about our borders being breached by transnational criminals and international terrorists from al-Qaeda, ISIS or Khorasan have been expanded to people entering the United States who are infected with the Ebola virus and other such contagious diseases that are truly the stuff of nightmares. These concerns may even transcend the issue of whether or not an alien evading the inspections process is committing a crime. Given the current circumstances, the bigger issue may turn out to be whether or not by malevolent intent in the case of criminals or terrorists or by being infected with a deadly communicable disease, an alien’s ability to evade the inspections process may result in massive numbers of casualties in the United States.

Our leaders, including event the most ardent open borders advocates, must finally accept the reality that our borders, no matter where they are to be found, are our first and last line of defense against criminals, terrorists and deadly epidemics.

Given the magnitude of the dangers, where our borders are concerned, “secure enough” is not secure enough.

The Liberal Case for Effective Immigration Law Enforcement

My purpose in tackling the issue of immigration is to provide you with perspectives you will not find reported in the mainstream media and will not hear from the great majority of politicians. My goal is to be thought-provoking and to help you to think independently about immigration. I ask that you put your preconceived notions aside. Most of those notions are probably the result of being hammered by a veritable barrage of myths and falsehoods about the most serious challenges and threats facing America today. It is vital to understand that the lack of integrity to the process by which aliens are granted lawful status in the United States — including resident alien status, and United States citizenship, pose an immediate and direct threat to national security.

Immigration is often portrayed by supposed journalists and many so-called political leaders as being a single issue of relatively small consequence to the nation. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Immigration is in fact a singular issue that profoundly impacts nearly every challenge and threat facing America today. Our immigration laws were enacted to achieve the primary and vital goals of protecting the lives and jobs of Americans. It is hard to imagine an American of any political stripe who would not want those two vital goals to be met. When politicians talk about the work “Americans won’t do,” they are insulting hard-working Americans.

Today I will play “Myth-Buster” and take on these myths, lies, and propaganda that are nothing short of Orwellian. Having raised the name of George Orwell let me provide a pair of insightful quotes of the author from the book, 1984:

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

Political language — and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists — is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

The ongoing crisis on the border which is meant to separate the United States from Mexico has moved the immigration issue to the lead story on news programs and newspapers all across the country. The reality is that immigration should have always been a major news story all along. It is so important an issue that while the media almost always labels Americans concerned about border security and the enforcement of immigration laws as “right wing” and may accuse them of bigotry, immigration should actually serve as one issue upon which all Americans can and should agree, irrespective of political orientation. That issue is national security. Immigration is a classic example of an issue that is not about “left or right,” but “right or wrong.”

The United States’ borders and immigration laws are the nation’s first and last line of defense against international terrorists, transnational criminals, aliens with dangerous communicable diseases, and those foreign nationals whose presence in the United States would undermine national security, public safety, and the well-being of American citizens. In fact, a country that is unable or unwilling to take defensive measures to prevent the entry of aliens posing a threat to national security has no justification for a military. The purpose of our armed forces is to keep America’s enemies as far from U.S. shores as possible. Today, there are unknown millions of foreign nationals from virtually every country on the planet, living in towns and cities from coast to coast and border to border. If only a small percentage of these individuals have come to the U.S. as terrorists, enemy combatants, or saboteurs we face a grave risk, indeed.

The mission of CBP (Customs and Border Protection) is to prevent the entry of aliens whose presence poses a threat to the safety of America and Americans. CBP inspectors at ports of entry are supposed to apply the appropriate provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to prevent the entry of such excludible aliens. Border Patrol agents are charged with making certain that aliens do not evade that vital inspections process. When aliens are admitted to the United States and then violate the terms of their admission, and when aliens evade the inspections process and enter the United States by running the borders of the United States, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) is supposed to locate and arrest such aliens and seek to have them removed (or deported) from the United States.

Weeks after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, I testified before the House Immigration Reform Caucus and in describing the roles played by the various components of the immigration system, I referred to it as the “Immigration Enforcement Tripod” in which the inspectors enforce the immigration laws at ports of entry, the Border Patrol enforces the immigration laws between ports of entry, and the special agents enforce the immigration laws from within the interior of the United States and provide back up to the other two elements. The third leg of the tripod has never been given meaningful resources. Today, there are nearly 7,000 ICE special agents. More than half of these agents are engaged in enforcing customs laws which have nothing to do with immigration. There are likely fewer than 3,000 agents assigned to enforcing immigration laws from within the interior of the United States. To put that number into proper perspective, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) has more than 35,000 police officers to protect New York City. The entire United States of America has less than one tenth as many ICE agents to protect the entire country.

The population of the City of New York is far smaller than the number of illegal aliens present in the United States today. Furthermore, although it is an important component of the interior enforcement mission, ICE is responsible for far more than simply locating and arresting illegal aliens. In addition to these critical duties, ICE agents are supposed to work to: identify and apprehend aliens who violate the terms of their lawful admission, uncover immigration fraud, conduct investigations into employers who intentionally hire illegal aliens, conduct good moral character investigations into the good moral conduct of applicants for United States citizenship, combat alien smuggling, (including working with the Coastguard to safeguard harbors and coastline against vessels entering surreptitiously), and find and arrest stowaways or crew members of oceangoing vessels that jump ship.

ICE agents are also supposed to assign personnel to work cooperatively with multinational task forces such as the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and the Violent Gang Task Force (VGTF). There is certainly no shortage of work to be done — just an absolute shortage of personnel, resources and political will to accomplish these vital missions, even though the failure to carry out these vital tasks has serious national security and public safety implications.

Although it is rare for these issues to be raised in news reports about immigration, there have been some reports that address the link between immigration and national security. The 9/11 Commission Report and The 9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist Travel both made ample references to the importance of border security, the visa process, and the need for integrity to the process by which applications for immigration benefits are adjudicated. We will explore some of the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission and its staff shortly.

We will begin by examining the lies, myths, and accusations often propagated by many openborders advocates whom I have come to refer to as the “Immigration Anarchists.” The terminology of the debate is critical. For military strategists, the goal is to seek the high ground to gain what is often an insurmountable superiority over the enemy. In a debate, control of language is the equivalent of the high ground. The term “alien” has been all but expunged from the American vernacular where immigration is concerned. This bit of Orwellian newspeak began with President Jimmy Carter who ordered that employees of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) discontinue use of the term “illegal alien” to describe aliens illegally present in the United States. It was strongly recommended that INS employees use the term “undocumented worker” to describe such illegal aliens. Reporters working for newspapers, radio, and television stations also eschew use of the word “alien.”

The actual definition of the term “alien” as defined by the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) is simply, “Any person not a citizen or national of the United States.” You can find this definition in Title 8 U.S. Code § 1101 – Definitions. Obviously there is no insult in the term alien. There is, however, clarity in that term, and as is the case with con artists and magicians who rely on obfuscating what the audience sees or hears, in discussions of immigration, clarity is often avoided at all costs. Magicians use blue smoke, mirrors, dramatic lighting, and often an extremely attractive scantily clad assistant to distract the audience. Con artists and deceptive businessmen use the small print in a contract or other such tactics to confuse and confound their intended victims. What is truly telling, however, is the fact that there is one instance where the immigration anarchists welcome use of the term “alien.”

The DREAM Act is an acronym for the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors. Proponents in favor of increasing immigration levels to the U.S. apparently made the decision that it was so important to link the concept of the “American Dream” for illegal aliens, that the term “alien” was remarkably acceptable. Of course, these immigration anarchists know full well that for increasing numbers of Americans, that American dream will become ever more elusive and eventually fail to be realized at all. Another startling and blatant example of hypocrisy that few have taken notice of.

It is incomprehensible that a reasonable American of any political orientation would disagree that our government must protect Americans from the specter of terrorism and threats posed by transnational criminals. Securing the borders of the United States and restoring integrity to the processes by which applications for visas and immigration benefits such as: political asylum, receipt of lawful immigrant status, and United States citizenship should be a first priority. Day after day, journalists on various television programs claim that it is reasonable to provide millions of “undocumented immigrants” with an opportunity to “come out of the shadows,” pay back taxes, and contribute to America. Another widely accepted myth is that we are a nation of “Four Border States.” This is utter folly. Any state that has an international airport, has access to the tens of thousands of miles of meandering coastline, or lies along our northern or southern borders are all “border states.”

On July 7, 2014 FrontPage Magazine published my article: Border Security and the Immigration Colander. In that piece I compared all of the ways in which aliens can enter the United States and game the process whereby applications for immigration benefits are adjudicated, to the many holes in the bottom of a colander used for draining pasta. I used this analogy to drive home the frequent assertions made by many politicians from both political parties that we cannot address the issue of illegal aliens residing in the United States until we first secure the U.S./Mexico border. Of course this leads us to the next absurd argument that the U.S. is incapable of deporting millions of illegal aliens and consequently must resort to dealing with them in a “reasonable” way.

To the average American these sentiments sound reasonable, especially given how often the public is told that to do nothing is unacceptable. The idea, however, that the country is unable to address illegal immigration without providing amnesty is terribly flawed. Given its importance, taking the right step to address immigration is key. Think for a moment of the doctor who takes the wrong action in treating a patient, loses his or her license, and is successfully sued for malpractice. Sometimes doing nothing at all is better than taking a wrong action. Statements to the contrary are often slogans and sound-bites that over time take on the aura of credibility, simply because they are repeated again and again.

Consider the notion of the mythical “Latino Vote.” Is it not an outrageous form of profiling to conclude that all Americans of Latino ethnicity will think and vote the same way? The same lunacy applies when we hear about the “Black Vote,” the “Jewish Vote,” or any other ethnic voting bloc. Such discussions lump all people of similar ethnicity, race, or religion into a common pool and promotes stereotyping which is at the heart of most bigotry and racism. Yet the very journalists who are quick to report that politicians must embrace comprehensive immigration reform to capture the “Latino Vote” are often the same individuals who decry police profiling of suspects.

Consider the term “undocumented” when used to refer to illegal aliens. Although it may sound innocuous, what that term really implies is that aliens who evaded the inspections process either do not have official identity documents, or do not want to provide them because they know that their true names may be listed on fugitive or terrorist watch lists. Use of the word “undocumented” was adopted by the Carter administration which first came to require that INS personnel discontinue use of the term “illegal alien” when referring to individuals illegally present in the United States. This use of language was designed to conceal the truth that should be obvious to all, but then again, in this instance, the following quote by George Orwell is extremely relevant, “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.

It should be obvious to everyone that aliens who evade immigration inspections at ports of entry are evading a process that is supposed to prevent the entry of people whose mere presence can pose a threat to the safety and well-being of American citizens. The takeaway point is that people who evaded this process and enter the country illegally are uninspected. No rational person would willingly board an airliner if a number of fellow passengers were observed evading the inspections process conducted by TSA officials. No one wants a seat on a cruise missile! Yet today, we live among millions of unknown aliens who evaded a very similar inspections process conducted by inspectors of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Now let’s consider the 9/11 Commission that was convened in the wake of the worst terror attacks ever perpetrated on U.S. soil to determine how these attacks were carried out. The goal of the 9/11 Commission was not unlike the commissions convened following the loss to two space shuttles, undertaken in an effort to make space flight safer. The National Transportation Safety Board sends investigators to the scene of airplane crashes for similar reasons.

The first paragraph of the preface of the 9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist Travel begins with the following statement:

It is perhaps obvious to state that terrorists cannot plan and carry out attacks in the United States if they are unable to enter the country. Yet prior to September 11, while there were efforts to enhance border security, no agency of the U.S. government thought of border security as a tool in the counterterrorism arsenal. Indeed, even after 19 hijackers demonstrated the relative ease of obtaining a U.S. visa and gaining admission into the United States, border security still is not considered a cornerstone of national security policy. We believe, for reasons we discuss in the following pages, that it must be made one.

The 9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist travel went on to detail numerous examples of instances where terrorists not only made use of visa and immigration benefits fraud to enter the United States, but to also embed themselves in the United States. Page 47 of this report provides:

Once terrorists had entered the United States, their next challenge was to find a way to remain here. Their primary method was immigration fraud. For example, Yousef and Ajaj concocted bogus political asylum stories when they arrived in the United States. Mahmoud Abouhalima, involved in both the World Trade Center and landmarks plots, received temporary residence under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers (SAW) program, after falsely claiming that he picked beans in Florida.

The following paragraph is found on page 98 under the title Immigration Benefits:

“Terrorists in the 1990s, as well as the September 11 hijackers, needed to find a way to stay in or embed themselves in the United States if their operational plans were to come to fruition. As already discussed, this could be accomplished legally by marrying an American citizen, achieving temporary worker status, or applying for asylum after entering. In many cases, the act of filing for an immigration benefit sufficed to permit the alien to remain in the country until the petition was adjudicated. Terrorists were free to conduct surveillance, coordinate operations, obtain and receive funding, go to school and learn English, make contacts in the United States, acquire necessary materials, and execute an attack.”

Clearly the 9/11 Commission staff came to the conclusion that border security is synonymous with national security. Suddenly the term “undocumented” lacks credibility and should call into question why any leader would seek to minimize the true threat posed by aliens evading the inspections process.

Debunking the Myths

Let’s also consider the notion of providing immigration benefits to illegal aliens. Besides the issue of sending the wrong message, there is a far more serious issue with this proposal – the fact that there are no resources to interview the millions of illegal aliens, and no resources to conduct meaningful field investigations in conjunction with suspected fraud found in these applications. Immigration fraud was identified as a tool used with great success by terrorists – and not only the terrorists who so savagely attacked our nation on September 11, 2001.

When politicians push mandatory E-Verify, a program I agree with whole-heartedly, no one ever talks about how immigration fraud would enable aliens to game the immigration benefits program to be issued documentation to easily pass the E-Verify program. It is beyond belief that our leaders can continue repeating the mantra that we cannot deport millions of illegal aliens. Only the laws of nature are immutable. The speed of light is not established by someone with a badge, a radar detector or a summons book. The speed of light is established by the laws of nature. Man’s laws, however, are entirely different. Without enforcement, legislated laws are worthless and meaningless. The strategy of law enforcement agencies and government officials is to warn those who might contemplate breaking our laws that they will be discovered and punished.

Have you ever heard a mayor, governor, or police chief of a town declare that there are too many motorists to find those who speed or drive drunk, or heard management at the IRS say that because there are so many tax returns filed, the IRS would not be able to find tax cheats? Of course not! Why then do we accept these admissions of defeat where immigration is concerned? Clearly the threat of terrorism provides an area of agreement for all reasonable Americans.

Immigration, legal and illegal, not only impacts nearly every issue facing America, but provides enormous profits to a wide variety of individuals, organizations, industries, and special interest groups that make out like bandits by exploiting foreign workers, providing universities with students, and businesses with customers, all while creating unfair competition for everyday Americans. The news reports about immigration generally ignore many of these consequences and all too often provide misinformation, tricking many Americans into believing falsehoods about immigration, and about those who call for the effective enforcement of immigration laws and the securing of America’s borders.

There are similarly other aspects of the lack of border security and movement of people, money, and commerce across our borders that motivates those who profit from this to mislead citizens about the true nature of immigration and border security. For them, borders are impediments to profits.

Of course, as borders are made more porous, criminals, terrorists, contraband and foreign competitors are able to more easily transit our borders and enter the United States. This undermines national security, public safety, public health, and the well-being of America and Americans. In fact, U.S. borders are our first and last line of defense against international terrorists, transnational criminals, and aliens with dangerous communicable diseases who would otherwise undermine national security, public safety, and the well-being of the nation. Borders are also our first and last line of defense against contraband such as narcotics and weapons – including weapons of mass destruction.

We will explore the myths surrounding immigration that have come to be readily accepted. The purpose of this policy brief is to uncover information not readily provided by the mainstream media, so that American citizens can better understand the important challenges that confront the nation today. Knowledge is indeed power. My goal is to empower you to make better decisions in the voting booth and hopefully, to motivate you to contact your elected representatives to have your concerns and demands made known. When we patronize a restaurant we are very specific about the food we want and the way we want it prepared. No one would sit down in a restaurant and tell the waiter or waitress to serve up whatever the waiter wants us to eat. When the food is not prepared properly we either send it back or leave the restaurant. We must certainly be as demanding of our elected officials.

My 30 year career with the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) has provided me with unique experiences and observations. Having provided testimony to the 9/11 Commission, and more than a dozen Congressional hearings in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives, and numerous state and local legislative bodies, my involvement with the political side of the issue has afforded me with experiences and perspectives uncommon to most Americans.

Finally, I have traveled to towns and cities all over the United States to participate in town hall meetings and debates. I have appeared on college campuses and radio and television programs. What I have found is that most Americans, irrespective of their political orientation, share many of the same concerns with respect to the enforcement of immigration laws in the United States.

When public opinion polls are conducted, participants who define themselves as “politically liberal” or “politically moderate” may claim not to be as concerned about immigration and border security as their more conservative neighbors. When asked, however, about the issues that are of importance to them, political liberals, not unlike the broad spectrum of others who participate in such surveys, will often list the threat of terrorism and crime. The individuals polled frequently cite concerns about poverty and homelessness, failures of the education system, and lack of citizen access to quality healthcare. They often relay concerns about high unemployment and the inability of college graduates to find jobs commensurate with their expensive educations. Finally, issues related to environmental sustainability often make it onto their list of concerns. What they do not realize is that every one of these issues is impacted by the United States’ failure to effectively enforce immigration laws. The lack of integrity in the visa issuance process and immigration benefits program also contributes to all of these concerns.

When the results of these opinion polls are made public, the claim most frequently made is that only political conservatives and those who are “intolerant” are concerned about immigration, causing one to wonder which came first, the chicken or the egg. Often people allow themselves to buy into adopting a particular viewpoint based on what they believe is expected of them. The obvious question then, is whether Americans have been convinced by the reporting of journalists to take a position, or whether the journalists are accurately reporting on how Americans feel about the issues. Before delving into the specifics of immigration, I would like to provide you with a bit of food for thought as well as some tools to analyze how the public is being deceived. My goal is to enable you to recognize the tactics of deception and intimidation being employed by those who have much to gain by swaying public opinion.

In our polarized society, Americans have lost considerable cohesiveness that has enabled us in years past to overcome obstacles and challenges confronting the nation. Today, when we do communicate, instead of speaking with each other all too often we talk at each other. The fact that not all residents of the United States are capable of speaking a common language further Balkanizes our country. We certainly do not need a common religion or a common ethnicity in order to live in a cohesive country. In fact, ethnic diversity enriches all of our lives and expose us to food, music, and art we would otherwise not have experienced. I am a New Yorker and part of what makes New York such an exciting town is its great ethnic diversity. However, when we do not speak a common language we are unable to communicate and share ideas. People tend to mistrust individuals they are unable to communicate with, especially when they do not share a common language. This further exacerbates our problems. While multilingualism is important for people and should be encouraged, a common language is the cement that holds a society and a nation together. This is not about xenophobia but commonsense.

A Nation of Immigrants

We are often reminded that America is a “nation of immigrants.” My own family traces its roots back to Eastern Europe. My mom was born in Poland and my dad’s parents and siblings came to the United States from Russia at the turn of the last century. They did not speak a word of English when they stepped off the ocean liners that brought them to Ellis Island. Their number one priority was learning to read, write, and speak English as soon as possible. As much as America is arguably the most welcoming nation on earth, it is important that those who voluntarily come to live in the country welcome America as much as they want America to welcome them. As my mom used to tell me when I was a young man, “one-sided relationships are not true relationships!”

Along those lines, consider fans filling the stands of a baseball, football, or soccer stadium. The fans in the stands are extremely emotional. Often they consider the opposing team and individuals who support that team as foes. Think of how often riots break out during a hotly contested game, leaving people injured. When the fans leave the stadium after the game they may take out their frustrations on those celebrating the opposing team. In some extreme cases, cars get overturned and blood is spilled. All over a game! Humans are not unlike other creatures on this planet. We often exhibit “pack” or “herd” behavior and may be incited to riot or stampede. Often it does not take much to push a person over the edge.

Public opinion is not only reported on by the media, but is often influenced and even created by the media with all too many people not even realizing what motivates them to take a position on all sorts of issues. How many times you have heard someone take a position on a controversial issue and justify their point of view with statements like, “they say?” Another similar phrase is, “I have heard.” Sometimes these individuals don’t have a clue as to whom they are referring to, or if the information they have come to take as fact is actually true.

Information Is Power

When a government is overthrown, the rebels often focus their efforts on seizing control of airports, train stations, and radio and television stations. Information is power, and when information can be controlled, so can the general public. This is why propaganda and indoctrination are such important tools for totalitarian governments.

A wide variety of corporations understand just how important propaganda is. They spend incredible sums of money on commercials and advertisements to influence how consumers make decisions. They have even discovered a new tool in their efforts to convince consumers to buy their products. They pay film studios large amounts of money for “product placement.” Think of how people associate particular cars with certain movie heroes. How often is the label on a soda can or other such product clearly visible in a scene in a movie? Think of the hero in a film checking his wristwatch to view the time and for several seconds the watch, usually an expensive one, fills the entire screen so that the audience can clearly see the manufacturer’s brand name. Most likely this is not a coincidence, but the result of a carefully planned strategy where the manufacturer of that wristwatch paid top dollar for visibility in the film.

While on the topic of propaganda and ad campaigns, some thought should be given to political campaigns where candidates spend huge sums of money on radio and television advertisements. In order to pay for this air time, candidates often engage in a series of fund raisers where they attempt to convince people, companies, and various groups to make financial contributions to their campaigns. Think of how many IOU’s these politicians must shell out in their quest for campaign donations. All too often this process has come to be nothing short of legalized bribery. As a result, the wealthy are all too often getting the “best government money can buy!”

Now for another important issue, back when we were children attending school, think of how many kids did really dumb and dangerous things to avoid being called “cowards” or “chickens.” Use of these words have caused large numbers of children to suffer serious injuries. The reality is that anyone who would do such stupid things that they wind up in a hospital emergency room to avoid being labeled a coward, is in fact demonstrating the worst sort of cowardice imaginable. As children we frequently played games like “follow the leader” and “Simon says.” Not much has changed for many adults in our country. They still play games like “follow the leader.” Unfortunately, on important matters like immigration, they often pick some truly bad “leaders” to follow.

Consider how many movie stars, sports figures, or others in the public eye do commercials for products known as celebrity endorsements. The practice of endorsing is about getting consumers to play a game of “follow the leader,” right into the stores to buy that product. Half of the time these endorsements make no sense at all. If Mario Andretti, or some other famous racecar driver would endorse tires, motor oil, or other related product, consumers might understandably accept that celebrity’s advice. However, consider the celebrity who becomes a spokesperson for aftershave lotion, underwear, or some other such product. That actor or athlete obviously has no expertise about the product he or she is hawking, yet many people will still buy it, simply because they want to imagine themselves being just like that celebrity. There is a huge emotional component to this process of swaying public opinion.

The point is that when it comes to immigration, the public is constantly bombarded with the notion that immigration enforcement is only a concern for extreme political conservatives, racists, nativists, or the intolerant. As I noted previously in this brief, however, immigration is not at all about “left” or “right,” but about right or wrong. The manipulation of facts and the accusations and assertions about immigration have caused many otherwise intelligent people to come to some very wrong-headed conclusions. This is not unlike the many people who as teenagers decided to smoke cigarettes because as the old commercials for cigarettes used to remind everyone, “Winston tastes good like a cigarette should!” Many of them are no longer alive, having succumbed to lung cancer, emphysema, heart disease, and other devastating illnesses. But at least for a few years, they felt good that they looked “cool!” The Founding Fathers understood the true importance of conversation, discussion, debate, and even argument. This is why the First Amendment includes the concept of the right for peaceable assemblage, so that the citizens of our nation could meet with other citizens, especially those with whom they disagreed. This is an essential step for achieving a true consensus where controversial issues are concerned. The famed trial attorney, Johnnie Cochran, a member of the “Dream Team” who defended O.J. Simpson at his murder trial is remembered for a number of insightful and clever statements he made during that trial. In hammering the issue of the trustworthiness of one of the police witnesses at the trial, Cochran turned to the jury and said, “If you cannot trust the messenger, you cannot trust the message.”

The polarization of our nation today has caused many Americans to distrust their neighbors. Unfortunately, it is often human nature not to speak with people we have come to distrust and to ignore what they have to say altogether. Because we live in difficult and dangerous times, people need to feel as if they can easily identify individuals who can be blamed for their problems. Politicians and many journalists have, whether by intent or not, engaged in the “divide and concur” strategy that pits Americans against Americans. This strategy keeps us from listening to one another and in fact, makes it more likely that we will accuse each other of being responsible for the country’s problems and focus on each other, rather than the common enemy, which is often both major political parties.

Sharing Common Concerns

Because information is power, when immigration is the subject matter, honest and factual reporting is increasingly difficult to come by. Furthermore, because of misinformation provided by the mainstream media, perceptions about immigration have been created that are often misleading and dangerous. Rather than simply being an issue that concerns political conservatives, immigration is an issue that should be a primary concern for all Americans – particularly those on the political left.

The truth is that irrespective of political orientation, all Americans share common concerns when it comes to this important issue. It is nonsense to believe that apprehensions about unfettered immigration are held only by political conservatives. This sort of disinformation is calculated to divide our nation and our citizens. This is a blatant example of a divide and conquer strategy.

Irrespective of political affiliation, most Americans are concerned about the threat of terrorism. Public safety and public health should be major areas of concern for all citizens. What may surprise most Americans is that about 20 years ago, the late Barbara Jordan, a Democrat who had been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, headed up a commission that was given her name to examine the issue of immigration. The report she issued made it abundantly clear that failures to secure the borders and enforce the immigration laws did more harm to American workers and their families, with the greatest harm being done to American minorities.

With regard to immigration, realities on the ground are often far different from what is reported in the media. Indeed, the notion that Democrats care little for enforcing immigration laws is only one of the many lies propagated to alter public opinion about the true importance of immigration laws and border security. Given their impact on the nation, it is vital that all Americans understand the true importance of these issues.

It is often stated that Republicans view large numbers of foreign workers (both legal and illegal), as a source of cheap labor for their wealthy contributors, while Democrats view illegal entrants as potential voters. This is an extremely simplistic view, but does have some merit. The point is that the leadership of both political parties see huge gains to be had when large numbers of aliens are allowed to enter the United States. This is why when the leadership of the Democrat and Republican parties fight over immigration and border security, their “battles” are as staged as were the battles waged by the wrestling teams we watched as youngsters. For the most part, the outcomes of the fights were predetermined and the actual battle was as scripted as a carefully choreographed ballet.

Just as leaders from both political parties ponder the potential gains when dismantling our borders and undermining the integrity of the immigration system, Americans from all political perspectives are suffering the negative consequences of these willful actions. If there is one issue where all Americans can and should agree, it is the absolute necessity of securing our borders against the illegal entry of people and contraband.

Political Collusion to Undermine Enforcement

The financial profits being amassed by a wide array of individuals, industries, and special interest groups, because of the human flood entering our country each day is astounding, and provides these profiteers with the motivation to do whatever they can to persuade politicians to give them what they demand: an inexhaustible supply of cheap, compliant, and exploitable labor. They are not unlike the slave-masters of that dark and immoral era of American history when slavery passed as business as usual.

In addition to the importation of cheap labor, many corporations, special interest groups, unions, religious organizations, universities and others, seek to increase their customers and clients from other countries. The United States Chamber of Commerce has long led the charge to increase the dangerous and ill-conceived Visa Waiver Program. Although we will examine their efforts and the dangers that this creates for America a bit later, suffice it to say that this program flies in the face of the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission and its staff.

Apparently in an effort to bow to political pressure to increase the number of legal immigrants allowed to enter the country, leaders from both the Democrat and Republican parties are in tacit agreement about the need to enable foreign nationals to enter the United States, so that no matter what is said, nothing will be done to solve the problems that this creates for America. Their apparent greed has motivated them to ignore commonsense, the safety and well-being of America and unbelievably, the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission and the 9/11 Commission Staff.

Across the United States, some mayors and governors have taken to the outrageous strategy of creating “sanctuaries” for illegal aliens in an obvious effort to entice large numbers of illegal aliens to move into their states, cities, and towns. Of course, such efforts also wind up enticing illegal aliens to enter the United States with the hope that they can make their way to one of those havens. Clearly these mayors and governors are committing felonies under federal immigration statutes.

While the mayors and governors create sanctuaries for illegal aliens, the administration has created a “legal sanctuary” for these duplicitous politicians by not punishing them or their respective jurisdictions for these serious legal transgressions that not only undermine the safety and well-being of the residents of their localities, but creates powerful incentives for aliens to run our borders or otherwise enter the United States to make their way to one of these sanctuaries. When aliens evade the inspections process no record of their entry is created. There is no way of knowing who they are, or why they are here. There is no way to know why they are likely excludible, only that they are excludible. In all likelihood, such are the very reasons these aliens have entered the country illegally to begin with. This is the only reasonable conclusion that can be reached when aliens sneak into the United States, rather than presenting themselves for scrutiny during the inspections process as required by law. [1]

A Nation Defined By Borders

Countries are in large measure defined by their borders. Consider how Geography is taught to students: it is all about the borders and the land and resources contained within those borders. In fact, many of the borders that define countries were drawn in blood, having been established as a consequence of wars. Indeed, a nation’s first and last line of defense is its borders. A nation that is unable or unwilling to secure its borders against the entry of foreign nationals who pose a threat to national security, has no need for a military, inasmuch as failures to secure those borders undermines the achievements, gallantry, and sacrifices made by the military of that country.

Consider that the primary mission of the armed forces of the United States is to keep America’s enemies as far from its shores as possible. How can the armed forces of the United States protect America and Americans if the enemies of the United States are capable of entering the country by evading the inspections process, running the borders, stowing away on vessels or gaming the visa process? Terrorists who seek to attack the U.S. see the borders of the United States as the enemy lines they need to cross. They know that they cannot launch a frontal assault on the most effective military force on the planet, so instead they seek to engage in asymmetrical warfare which is not unlike guerrilla warfare tactics.

National borders are certainly no less significant than are the property lines of real estate property. Consider the definition of the term “trespass” as noted in the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary:

tres•pass noun \ˈtres-pəs, -ˌpas\

1) Law: the crime of going on someone’s land without permission
2) A sin or other wrong or improper act

That definition hardly squares with the assertion, going back to the Carter administration, that aliens who evade the vital inspections process that our Customs and Border Protection Inspectors conduct at ports of entry are simply “undocumented.” The reality is that they are uninspected. In fact the official jargon of the Immigration and Naturalization Service uses to describe aliens who evaded the inspections process is EWI (Entry Without Inspection).

Let’s recall how many times Janet Napolitano, while serving as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, made the outrageous assertion that it is “not a crime to run the border of the United States.” In fact, while an alien who enters the United States without inspection for the first time is not generally committing a felony, aliens who have been previously ordered deported from the United States and then evade the inspections process to re-enter the United States illegally are committing a felony – one that may carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in a federal prison. There are relatively few federal crimes that carry such an onerous penalty. Clearly re-entry after deportation is a serious crime, yet you never hear politicians mention this fundamental fact. [2] Considering all of the foregoing, it is impossible to imagine that these systemic failures would not be of serious concern to all Americans ranging from political conservatives to the most liberal of our fellow citizens.

Finding Common Ground to End to the Illegality

Whenever government officials attempt to bring an end to criminal activity they seek to ramp up enforcement and impose greater sanctions against those who would violate the laws. Because of the dangers posed by drunk or otherwise impaired drivers, not long ago municipalities across the United States began enacting strong measures to deal with these issues. In many jurisdictions throughout the country, permissible blood/alcohol levels were lowered to .08 from what had been the previous standard of 1.0. Laws and ordinances were promulgated that greatly increased the penalties for motorists found driving under the influence, and included suspension and/or cancellation of drivers licenses, forfeiture of vehicles, greatly elevated fines, and even incarceration. Sobriety checkpoints were set up across the United States and commercials were run on radio and television programs warning of the seriousness of drunk driving, and informing drivers of impending police crackdowns on those foolish enough to violate the law. Billboards were used to further spread the message which even noted that “buzzed” driving (or driving while under the legal limit) was discouraged.

If the tactics employed by the administration on immigration were applied to drunk driving, the acceptable blood alcohol levels would have been made much higher. The politicians could have then claimed that when accidents did occur, and people were injured or killed, that the motorists were not actually drunk, so drunk driving was no longer an issue. Fortunately, sanity and commonsense prevailed and drunk driving accidents really did decline and lives were saved.

Isn’t it remarkable that there are far more motorists in the United States than illegal aliens, yet not a single politician has ever concluded there are too many drivers to effectively enforce the laws related to drunk driving? There are many more motorists in the United States who have cell phones than the number of illegal aliens present in the United States. Yet not one politician has ever said that there are too many motorists for law enforcement to adequately enforce the laws related to distracted drivers using cell phones to talk or text while driving.

Most of what we have focused on thus far has been the issue of public safety and national security. We have additionally noted that there have been huge economic incentives for duplicitous politicians and the various constituencies they represent to profit through the exploitation of cheap labor. Notwithstanding the impact of illegal immigration on the U.S. economy, the supposed “legal” immigration system is also being gamed to provide corporations with high tech workers who work for far lower wages than their American counterparts. Advocates for Comprehensive Immigration Reform are quick to ignore the fundamental fact that adding millions of authorized foreign workers to an already over-crowded and underemployed labor pool will not create more jobs for desperate American workers but will do precisely the opposite. [3] These massive additions to the American labor pool each month through the admission of lawful immigrants and non-immigrant foreign workers, all too frequently results in unfair competition for desperate American workers who are forced to compete with a growing population of authorized foreigners willing to work for lower wages. This forces all too many American workers to have to run up a “down escalator” that is picking up speed!

Flooding the labor market with foreign workers has lowered the wages of American workers, driving many families below the poverty line. In addition to the detrimental effect this has on quality of life, artificially flooding the labor market creates a vicious cycle which prevents the U.S. economy from crawling out of its deep hole. Notwithstanding the importance of this point, there are other important, indeed devastating consequences.

There is no doubt that America is enriched by immigration. Many Americans are the children of immigrants or may be immigrants themselves. The immigration system, however, must have real integrity and must live up to the purpose of the immigration laws, to protect the security of the United States and the well-being of the citizens of the United States. This is common ground upon which all Americans can and should stand.

During the Second World War the United States partnered with a communist nation, the USSR. We also worked with France – in spite of their adherence to the Napoleonic Code which declares that defendants in criminal cases are presumed guilty and must prove their innocence. We even partnered with Great Britain and they drive on the “wrong” side of the road! Because of this combined and coordinated efforts by the allies we prevailed in that war.

Today both political parties have become the adversaries of American citizens attempting to do the bidding of the mega wealthy. Even the specter of extremely violent terrorists openly boasting that they plan to attack the United States directly cannot motivate the majority of our elected “representatives” to seek to address the vulnerabilities in our immigration system including border security and the lack of integrity to the adjudications process.

I am often asked a question by people I meet in my travels around the United States and in fact, it is a question I often ask myself, “What will it take to wake up our political leaders?” Apparently not even the credible threat of a massive terror attack committed on American soil will spur these politicians to take the necessary actions to protect national security and public safety if it involves enforcing our immigration laws. Americans, irrespective of political ideology, should and must band together against both political parties and the politicians who fail to act on behalf of the citizens of the United States. We may not all agree on some issues, but where border security and effective immigration law enforcement is concerned, it is easy to find common ground. Membership in any American political party does not include a suicide pact!

America is currently in a war for survival against terrorist organizations including ISIS and others that include some of the most violent and pernicious sociopaths to be found in the history of the human species. In a war, second place is occupied by losers. This is a war we clearly cannot afford to lose. Americans must support and vote for those courageous political leaders, irrespective of party affiliations, who understand the true nature and significance of the immigration crisis and are committed to acting decisively, making the best interests of America and Americans their fundamental priority.

Immigration is not about “Left” or “Right” but about right or wrong!

Endnotes

  1. Under Title 8, U.S.C. § 1324, it is a felony to aid, abet, encourage or induce aliens to enter our country illegally or to conceal, harbor, shield or transport aliens who are illegally present in the United States. That same section of law deems any concerted effort to commit those crimes by working in concert with others to be guilty of conspiracy to violate the immigration laws.
  2. The relevant section of law is Title 8 U.S.C. § 1326 – Reentry of removed aliens. Section (b) of that statute addresses “Criminal penalties for reentry of certain removed aliens.” John Adams, one of the Founding Fathers, famously remarked, “Facts are stubborn things.” He was certainly correct.
  3. What is also not generally acknowledged or reported, is that already, each month, many tens of thousands of authorized foreign workers are admitted into the United States so that they can work. This includes the nearly 100,000 lawful immigrants who enter the United States each month, who are given “Green Cards” and are immediately placed on the pathway to United States citizenship, along with nonimmigrant workers including workers with H-1B visas and other such nonimmigrant work visas. Additionally, there are exchange visitor programs which also provide foreign workers with opportunities to work in the United States. Foreign students are almost always provided with practical training, which means they are authorized to be gainfully employed in the United States as well.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on Progressives for Immigration ReformDownload a PDF of this Policy Brief.

Anything Peaceful: What is libertarianism all about? by Max Borders

When an idea becomes popular, those who fear it will try to redefine it. These redefinitions can be cruel or simply wrong — often by design.

Those for whom the ends justify the means are not interested in being charitable about your position or in trying to pass any “ideological Turing test.” So it’s incumbent upon libertarians to set the record straight at every turn. In doing so, it’s important not to misfire the elevator pitch. If you’ve only got a minute or two, how do you talk about what it means to be a libertarian?

I can think of no better way to sum up a worldview than Leonard Read did with the title of his 1964 book Anything That’s Peaceful. We at FEE have taken to saying “Anything Peaceful” for greater concision, but the idea is simple: “Let anyone do anything he pleases,” Read said, “so long as it is peaceful.”

For most libertarians, ethics, law, and economic thinking more or less originate in this single imperative.Academic philosophers might have a field day with this formulation. Let them go about their critiques, counting angels on pinheads while the rest of us widen and deepen our movement.  We might have walked many different paths to get here, but for any number of reasons, we have made this our prime value. And for my money it’s the easiest and best way to talk about our philosophy between the lobby and the 10th floor.

Now, if you’re new to libertarianism, you might be curious about why we are so focused on Anything Peaceful. Here’s a tidy top 10 list that sums up in more detail how libertarians think about things:

  1. Free, peaceful people are seeking out and striving for their particular form of happiness.
  2. Free, peaceful people tend to flourish in a condition of peace and freedom.
  3. Free, peaceful people will pursue a billion experiments, any of which could improve human well-being.
  4. Free, peaceful people come together voluntarily to build communities.
  5. Free, peaceful people are enormously creative — and gravitate to excellence.
  6. Free, peaceful people do not harm others, take others’ property, or pollute the environment.
  7. Free, peaceful people share and help others without coercion.
  8. Free, peaceful people reasonably question authority.
  9. Free, peaceful people don’t use others as ends to engineer society, redistribute wealth, or build utopias
  10. Free, peaceful people tend to be more tolerant, respectful, and even loving.

Elsewhere I’ve discussed the idea of different moral languages that get us to the goal of peace and freedom.

Anything Peaceful unpacks an idea in another phrase, the so-called “nonaggression axiom.” (I’ll pass over pointless quibbles about using any less verbose form.) Despite the conceptual similarity among these terms, I’d suggest libertarians drop negative formulations in favor of Read’s.

You see, even if we’re looking at the same picture, any gestalt can highlight negative and positive aspects. We libertarians who care about expanding our movement and making it more influential should urge others to adopt the positive form. Anything Peaceful is beautiful and ennobling. It captures what’s aspirational about freedom while celebrating the conditions that give rise to flourishing.

Is the Anything Peaceful philosophy for you? That’s between you and your conscience. But one might ask: Are the other values you hold dear competing or complementary? If you embrace the ideas of peace and cooperation, you might be ready to call yourself a libertarian. Anything Peaceful may appear to be just a slogan. But it is much deeper. It is an outlook.

As libertarians, we know that in a condition of freedom, virtually anything is possible. Despite accepting the truth that society is not ours to design or control, we take inspiration from appreciating that wonderful things sprout, align, and accrete like the multicolored flora and fauna of a coral reef. The unpredictability of free people working together to make life better is not, for us, something to be feared, but rather celebrated.

Those who embrace the Anything Peaceful philosophy will betray a mien of limitless potential. You can see it in our eyes, because we have left the acrimony of politics and power behind in favor of solving problems, forming communities, and creating experiences for others.

And while we occasionally rail against the State — with its monopoly on the initiation of force — that railing does not define us. The desire for Anything Peaceful does. Because where there’s freedom, there’s a sacred fire, vaguely Promethean, which impels us to create, to improve, and to leave for future generations traces of a human community that realized its potential. At least for a while.

MaxBordersVEsmlABOUT MAX BORDERS

Max Borders is the editor of The Freeman and director of content for FEE. He is also co-founder of the event experience Voice & Exit and author of Superwealth: Why we should stop worrying about the gap between rich and poor.

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School Board member Zucker hates voucher program that saves the district money, helps low income, homeless and minority families

At a recent meeting Sarasota County School Board member Caroline Zucker, District 2, came out against the Florida Tax Credit Scholarships program. Zucker, a Republican, is joining with the teachers unions, NAACP, Democrats and Charlie Crist to stop this tax credit program, which benefits low income and minority students in Florida. Currently 461 Sarasota County students are receiving Tax Credit Scholarships.

According to Step Up For Students, “With the income-based scholarship, families can choose between two options: (1) A scholarship to help cover private school tuition and fees, worth up to $5,272 or (2) A  scholarship to assist with transportation costs to attend a public school in a different county, worth up to $500.” If a child is entering kindergarten through 12th grade and meets one of the following, he/she may qualify for a Florida Tax Credit scholarship:

qualifications

Chart courtesy of Step Up For Students.

To learn more read the Step Up For Students annual reports on the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program.

The Friedman Foundation did an audit of 10 school voucher programs. The key Friedman Foundation finding was:

If the average voucher amount is less than the average per-student educational cost, a savings is realized for those students that use a voucher to leave a public school to enroll in a private school. It’s that simple!

According to the Florida Department of Education the purpose of the Tax Credit Scholarship is:

To encourage private, voluntary contributions, to expand educational opportunities for children of families that have limited financial resources and to enable children in this state to achieve a greater level of excellence in their education, the 2001 Florida Legislature created s. 220.187, Florida Statutes, establishing the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. In 2010, the FTC Scholarship Program was expanded and renumbered as Section 1002.395, Florida Statutes.

The law provides for state tax credits for contributions to nonprofit scholarship funding organizations, called SFOs. The SFO’s then award scholarships to eligible children of families that have limited financial resources. The tax credit cap for the current year is $357,812,500. The tax credit cap amount will increase to $447,265,625 for the 2015-2016 state fiscal year.

[Emphasis added]

This tax credit program has primarily attracted the poorest and lowest performing students. The Florida Official Revenue Estimating Conference projected the program saved taxpayers $57.9 million in school year 2012-2013. Scholarship participation has tripled in the past seven years with an expected 67,000 families participating in 2014-2015. Additionally, since 2006 with mandatory standardized testing in Florida, scholarship students have been achieving the same gains in reading and math as students of all income levels nationally.

 So why is board member Zucker adamantly against a program that helps low income and minority students get a better education?

The false notion that school choice and voucher programs take money away from public schools. Hillary Clinton, during the 2000 U.S. Senate debate against Rick Lazo, was asked if she supported school vouchers. Clinton stated, “I do not support vouchers. And the reason I don’t is because I don’t think we can afford to siphon dollars away from our underfunded public schools.” Research has proven Clinton wrong.

Rick Lazo’s reply to the voucher question was, “I believe that it’s immoral to ask a child to go to a school where they can’t learn or where they’re not safe. Eighty percent of African-American and Hispanic parents feel that they need it. Why should we trap poor kids in failing schools simply because the teachers unions won’t agree with it?” Research has proven Lazo right.

We now know on who’s side Zucker stands – Hillary, Crist, the NAACP and teacher unions.

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Obama Wants Iran to Have Nukes

The President’s lack of attention and indifference to years of intelligence reports and analysis is leading to a potential horror in which Iran fulfills its quest to make its own nuclear weapons. It already has the missile capacity to deliver them throughout the Middle East and to Europe.

On October 6th Secretary of State John Kerry received a letter signed by 354 members of the House of Representatives that said in part “We are concerned that an agreement that accepts Iran’s lack of transparency on this key issue (inspections) would set the dangerous precedent that certain facilities and aspects of Iran’s nuclear program can be declared off limits by Tehran…”

Obama, however, is so intent on securing a deal with Iran—any kind of deal—that he has virtually ensured it will become the next nuclear power at the worst time in the worst place. This is the same President who thought he could reverse that hostility of the region to the U.S., blaming it on his predecessor’s military interventions. He thought he could also ignore the most powerful element of the region, the hostilities between Sunnis and Shiites that have been around for 1400 years.

Throughout history there have been world leaders who have warned of a coming horror only to be ignored. Almost alone Winston Churchill warned of the Nazi regime’s intentions and now Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, issued a comparable warning about Iran on September 29 at the United Nations. He spoke to a General Assembly gathering that many diplomats from Mid-Eastern nations shunned.

“Don’t be fooled by Iran’s manipulative charm offensive,” said Netanyahu. “It’s designed for one purpose and for one purpose only: to lift the sanctions and remove the obstacles to Iran’s path to the bomb…once Iran produces atomic bombs, all the charm and smiles will suddenly disappear. They’ll just vanish. It’s then that the ayatollahs will show their true face and unleash their aggressive fanaticism on the entire world.”

Ayatollah's A-BombThat is a definition of horror. Even throughout the long Cold War from 1945 until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, few believed that the Russians would use their nuclear weapons, nor the U.S. That cannot be said for Iran.

Netanyahu quoted from a book written by Iran’s foreign minister Muhammad Javad Zarif who wrote “We have a fundamental problem with the West, and especially with America. This is because we are heirs to a global mission, which is tied to our raison d’etra…a global mission which is tied to our very reason of being.” That mission is to impose Islam, the Shiite version, on the world. The use of terror to achieve this is natural to the world’s leading sponsor of terror.

In November 2013, former Ambassador John Bolton, writing in The Weekly Standard, described the negotiations and the agreement as ‘badly skewed from America’s perspective. Iran retains its full capacity to enrich uranium, thus abandoning a decade of Western insistence and Security Council resolutions that Iran stop all uranium-enrichment activities.” Noting Israel’s likely military option if all else failed, Bolton said “Jerusalem fully understands that Israel was the real target of the Geneva negotiations.”

A September 29 Wall Street Journal editorial, “Iran Makes the Rules”, noted the Iranian President, Hasan Rouhani, “gave no ground on nuclear negotiations, whose latest deadline is late November” and that it is “harder to explain is why the Administration is now seeking ever more creative ways to give the mullahs what they want.”

The editorial concluded saying “All this is happening while America’s attention has been consumed by the rise of the Islamic State and Vladimir Putin’s depredations in Europe. But permitting iran to get to the edge of nuclear capability would be the worst setback to U.S. and world security so far in the Obama era, which is saying something.”

What is obvious to many observers of Obama is that he is immune to evidence and the advice based on it because he is convinced of his superior intellect and judgment. He has neither. The situation is so bad regarding his very late response to the Islamic State that his generals are openly saying that an air campaign is not going to hold them back and, indeed, as this is being written, they are knocking on the gates of Baghdad in Iraq and Kobani in Syria’s north.

Israel has targeted Iranian nuclear facilities in the past by way of sending the regime a message. In May, the Iranian media reported an explosion at a facility in the northern city of Qazvin, not far from Tehran.

It is unlikely that most people in the West grasp the insanity of Iran’s Islamic view of the world. Most certainly Obama gives no indication of that. In his recent speech to the UN General Assembly he said the conflict in the Middle East is “a fight no one is winning.” He should read the newspapers or look at the TV news.

To grasp what drives the Iranian leadership, a quote from the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the 1979 revolution, is worth considering. “If one permits an infidel to continue in his role as the corrupter of the earth, the infidels moral suffering will be all the worse. If one kills the infidel and this stops him from perpetrating his misdeeds, his death will be a blessing to him.”

So, nuclear missiles that destroy New York, Washington, D.C., and anywhere else where millions of infidels are found are a good thing if you’re an Iranian leader.

Obama simply does not get this or refuses to do so. His failure puts us closer to a nuclear cataclysm with every passing day.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

Negating the Propagandist Ruse of National Public Radio

National Public Radio’s (NPR) political position is heard by many, and its audience is led to sympathize with the Islamic enemies of civilization. Our very future is in upheaval and I challenge NPR’s motives, ethics, and sense of responsibility.

I have written about NPR (Notorious for Palestinian Revisionism) in the past, regarding its position on the war of Islam against Israel, the Jews and Christians worldwide. Whether it is Hamas, ISIS, Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, Boko Haram, and even the most ludicrous appellation – “religion of peace,” their goal is the same: global conquest and the spread of Islam and Sharia law.

The Hamas charter applies to all Muslims, including Palestinians, and how it obligates them to continue their 1400 years of bloodshed until the world is entirely Islamic, under Allah. Their history and plans are clearly delineated in the first paragraph of their Covenant – they obliterated cultures before and will continue doing so in the future. What is it about “obliterate” that NPR doesn’t understand?

Hamas Covenant

In the name of the Most Merciful Allah

“Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it just as it obliterated others before it. Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious. It needs all sincere efforts.”

hamas-charter

For a larger view click on the image.

Hamas’s name means Islamic Resistance Movement in Arabic — violence. They will never recognize the State of Israel’s right to exist as an independent sovereign nation, and Islam intends to “wipe it out as it wiped out what went before.” Moslems follow Mohammad’s behavior and decrees for jihad against all who reject Allah as their god and Mohammad as their prophet. They wiped out civilizations before in the Middle East, destroyed artifacts to erase all remnants of their existence, and they continue their malevolence, death, destruction, enslavement and looting. Their methods are numerous and adaptable, using violence as needed, and stealth jihad where it is more prudent. They will decapitate for expediency, but infiltrate into government and schools, using propaganda and deceit. They are inventive and methodical, and above all, dedicated.

Followed by every lame apology is another NPR report to the ill-informed, vulnerable public, using every myth and canard to claim Palestinian victimization by Israel. If there were a modicum of sincerity and honest journalism, the reporters would properly investigate incidents and compare their findings with those of the Jerusalem Post or Arutz Sheva before going to print.

Hamas, a Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, is designated a terrorist organization by Israel, the United States, Canada, the European Union and Japan, yet NPR continues to transmit its dishonesty to the masses. Hamas is responsible for suicide bombings, murder tunnels, unspeakable slaughter and mayhem, and the launching of tens of thousands of rockets and missiles to harm innocent civilians and children in Israel (not to mention the chaos, kidnapping and enslaving of students in Africa) and is now restoring to daily routine their 7th century barbarian practice of chopping heads of innocent civilians to Europe and America.

Be reminded that this death cult has no qualms about victimizing their own women and children, using them as human bombs and human shields to gain public sympathy. By contrast, it has been proven that the IDF does its utmost to avoid civilian casualties when retaliating against Hamas forces. Israel is a small home to many religions and nationalities, fighting for its survival amid a sea of 1.3 billion trained, obedient, riot-ready Muslims on a land mass a thousand times the size of Israel. Americans benefit from Israel’s industry, creativity, accomplishments in science and medicine. NPR’s staff would live freely in Israel, but eventually face a subservient life and horrific death in an Islamic country, yet they support the global Islamic cause as though they were mad or suicidal. Even NPR is being hoodwinked by its deceptive reporters.

Therefore I need to convey that Israel was vindicated by the United Nations’ damage assessment of Gaza. They confirm that Israel attacked Hamas targets with restraint.

  • Israel did not retaliate by rote against Hamas’s systematic attacks on civilian targets, but bombed specific facilities, bases, weapons and tunnels.
  • Most of the damage was limited to areas of 25 meters or less, and most of Gaza was not damaged – less than 5 percent of Gaza was hit by the IDF.
  • The most populated areas were disproportionately UN damaged, or had limited damage.
  • The areas reported in the UN damage assessment report are compatible with the IDF briefings on Hamas’s battle areas.
  • When Hamas deliberately concentrated its terror against Israeli civilians from densely populated urban areas in Gaza, the areas were undamaged.
  • Israel demonstrated exceptional efforts to minimize collateral damage by warning civilians, thereby forfeiting the surprise effect; they were guided by security rather than retaliatory or political expediency.
  • Israel followed surgical bombing tactics, not carpet bombing, not random or indiscriminate.
  • Most Israeli bombing hit terror-related sites, such as multiple tunnel entrances and shafts, and mortar and missile launching sites.
  • Fifteen percent of Hamas rockets and mortars were short, hitting civilian targets inside Gaza.

Does NPR grasp that their protection emboldens Muslims to increase their evil against the world, and that what Islam does in Israel, England and Sweden will soon become conventional in America? Perhaps NPR can explain how its staff is preparing to survive our destruction. Any stealth funds they receive will only guarantee that they will not be eaten by the Islamic crocodile first; but they will be eaten.

NPR’s Lourdes Garcia-Navarro has reported that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are “seen” as illegal, rather than asserting that they are legal under the Balfour Declaration, San Remo Treaty, League of Nations’ Palestine Mandate (article 6), and UN Security Council Resolution 242. She has reported that Israeli residents are violent toward Palestinian residents, but statistics prove otherwise.

islam-will-dominate-the-world-600x393NPR reported that Mayor Goldsmith “said” there was a massacre of the Fogel family, but not that the massacre occurred, thereby questioning the occurrence and diminishing its importance and impact. Ignoring Palestinian violence, arson and stone throwing, Garcia-Navarro added there was “no justice for Palestinians.” Mike Shuster’s report on the Second Intifada, and Daniel Schorr’s report on the Gaza Flotilla, among others, were severely skewed.

Most recently, NPR reported the number killed in Gaza, without explaining the civilian count — those women and children intentionally centered in the war zone to increase the horror, as Westerners express their shock at why Israelis kill so many “innocents.” NPR fails to inform the public that the IDF does and did warn citizens to flee an area that will be counterattacked, and that these dead are victims of their own people.

Will NPR ever realize that honorable journalism might be used to motivate and unite citizens to save our world before we run out of time?

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VIDEO: On Borders, Ebola and Illegal Immigration

PASCO, Wash.,/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Clint Didier, former NFL football player, businessman and candidate for Congress in Washington’s 4th District, released a video regarding the borders, Ebola and illegal immigration:

FULL TEXT OF THE VIDEO

“Swine Flu, Dengue Fever, Ebola, Tuberculosis, Enterovirus D68. None of these horrible diseases and maladies belong in America. They are here, in large part, because our federal government has refused to put the safety of the American people first and secure our borders.

“National Security is supposed to be the #1 job of our federal government, but the bureaucrats inWashington, D.C. are failing us miserably. Millions of dollars have been spent to create an illusion that our borders are secure. Yet in reality, hundreds of illegals have already crossed our porous borders from a multitude of countries including many associated with Jihad and terrorism; and South American drug cartels operate along our southern border with seeming impunity, recruiting young illegals to join and carry out the unspeakably violent activities of the transnational gangs (such as the notorious Mara Salvatrucha – MS-13) on American soil.

“This must end now!

“When Phoenix is the number two city in the world for kidnapping and drug cartels intimidate and violate every law of civility with little or no response from our federal government, you know something is terribly wrong.

“We are a nation of immigrants. The debate and problems we have today are not about legal immigration, but illegal immigration! This debate is also a matter of national security.

“We must secure our borders first and foremost – before any other discussions!

Ronald Reagan said that a nation which cannot control its borders is not a nation. I want to protect the American people from disease, illegal drugs and terrorism.

“I’m Clint Didier, I’m running for Congress, and it is my solemn vow to put the interests and SAFETY of the American people before ANY political interest.”

Adrian Wyllie’s Libertarian Dream to Be the Next Ross Perot!

A Vote for Adrian Wyllie = a Vote for Obama Big Government & Charlie Crist!

Adrian Wyllie, third party candidate for governor of Florida claimed in a Naples News article that he’s fighting against “a growing totalitarian state in Florida.” This is a bizarre accusation directed towards our current free market governor, and national republican governors, who have proven 10th amendment track-records against big government and overreaching authority.

Adrian Wyllie must be spending too much time campaigning in beer halls, as he’s overlooked Florida’s impressive turnaround. The first thing Governor Scott did was unpopular when he cut the budget, then he followed by eliminating thousands of confiscatory regulations. Scott was then able to be generous with his “It’s Your Tax Money $77 Billion Budget.” Thanks to Governor Scott’s command of finance, hard-work and policies of pro-growth, pro-business and pro-taxpayer, he’s able to enrich Floridians! Hardly a totalitarian state!

Adrian Wyllie’s quest for a third-party Ross Perot-play will accomplish what he loves to hate … the return of big government. Wyllie, along with the liberal press, repetitively refers to Governor Scott as “unpopular.” This technique is used by the Left to destroy successful opposition and leave voters dissatisfied about voting. After all, Dr. Joseph Goebbels used this strategy effectively: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”

Wyllie sounds like a nice guy with Utopian dreams but he won’t be too popular when All Aboard Florida trains roll into town at 110 miles per hour, followed by the national European-style rail boondoggle, full-blown Obamacare with Death Panels and the full force of Common Core standards to “dumb down our kids.”

The Naples News article by William March reveals some insight into Adrian Wyllie as a candidate and, frankly, reveals a sophomoric agenda to contest designer beer regulations – even when that legislation did not pass! Wyllie brags about “being arrested for driving without a license” sounds juvenile compared to the creeping threat of ISIS, Ebola and out-of-control immigration.

Joe Negron, R-Stuart, who directed a Senate review of all spending during the past year was shocked by Wyllie’s draconian budget cuts of 30%: “The idea that we can slash one-third of the state budget is fanciful and would decimate public schools.” Insolvency is not a remedy for Wyllie’s so-called freedom platform to: “abolish environmental regulations, marriage licenses and eliminate property taxes, fully legalize pot and convert Florida to the gold standard.”

There is no honor throwing Florida’s fate back into the hands of the Obama-backed Charlie Crist failures as federal spending rushes by the second towards $18 trillion! While Wyllie admits he’s on bankruptcy-watch, Governor Scott’s checkbook savvy has turned Florida around with Republican principles. If Adrian Wyllie cares about Florida, he should drop out of the race to support the continued successes of the past four years!

Yet Wyllie’s self-promoting disregard for the facts gives an un-serious air to his contest and, as he told students at St. Petersburg College, he doesn’t want to be governor anyway. Why in the heck is he running?

The math is clear… potentially a three-way race could attract votes for both small government parties to split the vote in favor of the failed ex-governor Charlie Crist as a ticket to the Obama/Crist Big Government Spending Spree!

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The Carson question: To run or not to run?

With all the speculation swirling around whether Ben Carson will run for president next year, many people have called me or stopped me on the street to seek my opinion. So, I decided to put on my “political” hat and give my analysis of his possible candidacy.

Dr. Carson is a 63-year-old native of Detroit, an accomplished author and a retired, trailblazing neurosurgeon. On Sept. 6, 1987, Dr. Carson made history when he became the first surgeon in medical history to successfully separate conjoined twins. He led a team of surgeons during a 22-hour procedure on Patrick and Benjamin Binder, eight-month old twins from Ulm, West Germany. Dr. Carson and his team spent months evaluating the twins before agreeing to undertake the very risky surgery — and many more months planning the execution of the procedure once they’d decided.

As a political operative with many decades of campaign experience, I am alarmed at the number of candidates who seek elective office with little thought or planning. They seem to get intoxicated with people whispering “sweet nothings” into their ear about how great a candidate they would be and how they would be a great senator, congressman, etc.

So I would strongly caution Dr. Carson: Tread carefully before deciding to run for president. Most of the people who are telling you to run will refuse to give you money if and when you throw your hat into the ring. They will come up with all types of excuses as to why they are financially unable to give you a contribution, despite all the months of exhorting you to run. Remember, “When all is said and done, there’s more said than done.”

Dr. Carson burst upon the political scene last year at the National Prayer Breakfast, where he made a speech criticizing President Obama’s health plan, with Mr. Obama seated nearby on the same dais from which Dr. Carson spoke. Many conservatives and whites cheered; many liberals and blacks jeered. All of a sudden, Dr. Carson became the “flavor of the month” for conservatives and Fox News. I would strongly remind Ben that this is short-lived, as Jason Riley of the Wall Street Journal is now the new flavor of the month. He, too, will soon be cast aside in turn.

Remember Luke 6:26: “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! For so did their fathers to the false prophets.” Remember, too, that Jesus rode triumphantly into Jerusalem on a donkey to shouts of “Hosanna, Hosanna to the King” — and the very next day these same people shouted, “Crucify him.”

I would hope that Dr. Carson has both blacks and white folks advising him in his deliberations. I am thoroughly embarrassed that most black Republicans and conservatives rarely, if ever, have any “real” blacks around them. They rarely, if ever, have blacks in any positions of authority or power. Let me emphasize that I am not just talking about having blacks who are personal friends; I am referring to blacks who are actually political operatives.

I would warn Dr. Carson: Don’t be another Herman Cain or Sarah Palin. They were both very talented people, but they refused to study the issues deeply enough to be taken seriously as candidates. Talking in “bumper sticker” sound bites does not make you a viable candidate.

When I sign a new client who is a professional athlete, an entertainer or a politician, I help him do what I call a “forensic assessment” of his life to supply me the basis for the strategic plan I then put together on his behalf. Here are a few questions that Dr. Carson should consider before deciding whether to run or not:

In one sentence, why do you want to be president of the U.S.?

What unique skills do you possess that would make you a good president?

What encounters with law enforcement have you ever had in your life?

What encounters with law enforcement have you ever had in your life?

Are there any legally, morally or ethically disqualifying things in your past that the public is unaware of? (Herman Cain should have never run for president with all the issues with women in his past. He allowed his ego to cloud his judgment.)

Finally, what are the top three issues that you will base your campaign on?

In Dr. Carson’s case, I would add a second phase to this assessment. I would strongly encourage Dr. Carson to make his own argument against running for president. In other words, play devil’s advocate with himself. If he can withstand this exercise, then and only then would I encourage him to move forward.

As with a complicated surgery, it takes months of planning just to make a decision to mount a campaign for the presidency; and just as much time to plan the execution of it.

Dr. Carson must begin to lay out his vision for America in very specific details. He will have to convince America that he is not just another Obama — a great life story, a good speaker, but no relevant experience. America doesn’t need another great speech. We need a great vision and someone who can execute it.

Winston Churchill once said: “To every man, there comes a time when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a great and mighty work; unique to him and fitted to his talents; what a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for the moment that could be his finest hour.”

Winston Churchill once said: “To every man, there comes a time when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a great and mighty work; unique to him and fitted to his talents; what a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for the moment that could be his finest hour.”

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VIDEO: The Truth About the Vietnam War — Are we seeing this happening today in Iraq?

Did the United States win or lose the Vietnam War? We are taught that it was a resounding loss for America, one that proves that intervening in the affairs of other nations is usually misguided. The truth is that our military won the war, but our politicians lost it. The Communists in North Vietnam actually signed a peace treaty, effectively surrendering.

But the U.S. Congress didn’t hold up its end of the bargain. In just five minutes, learn the truth about who really lost the Vietnam War. Compare this to what is happening now in Iraq with the expansion of the Islamic State.

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