Trump’s Big Immigration Moment

Yesterday the 21st century reincarnation of PT Barnum gave his much anticipated immigration speech.  It was delivered to a favorable audience in Arizona….so he was interrupted many times by wild applause and mindless chanting….

For those that had better things to do I have found some highlights for you…….

Hours after returning from his trip to Mexico and a visit with that nation’s leader, Donald Trump expounded on his immigration plan during a speech in Arizona. First and foremost was a familiar sentiment: “We will build a great wall along the southern border,” Trump said to rousing cheers. “And Mexico will pay for the wall. They don’t know it yet, but they’re going to pay for the wall.” (Mexico’s president disagrees.) Some other main points of the speech, in which he promised to “break the cycle of illegal immigration and amnesty,” via AP, Politico, and the New York Times:

  • He said those currently here illegally have just one path to citizenship or legal status: “To return home and apply for reentry like anybody else.”
  • “We are going to end catch and release,” he said, vowing that anyone caught illegally crossing the border will be detained and then returned home.
  • “Zero tolerance” for immigrants who commit crimes. He promised that his administration would round up criminal offenders and begin shipping them home on day one. “You can call it deported if you want. The press doesn’t like that term. You can call it whatever the hell you want. They’re gone.”
  • He promised to triple the number of ICE deportation officers and to create a deportation task force with a focus on those “criminal aliens.” He also vowed to hire 5,000 border control agents and to expand the number of border stations.
  • He said he would immediately cancel “unconstitutional executive orders” issued by President Obama that amount to “illegal amnesty.”
  • He would suspend visas for any countries that can’t provide adequate screening.
  • He would demand that other countries take back any citizens deported by the US.
  • He would block federal funding for “sanctuary cities,” singling out San Francisco at one point for what he sees as lax enforcement.
  • He said the US will put in place biometric systems to better track immigrants.
  • He said the US will intensify its “e-verify” program, designed to ensure that immigrants are eligible to work.
  • So who can come to the US? “It’s our right as a sovereign nation to choose immigrants who are the likeliest to thrive, and flourish and love us.”

Everything he said was a dog whistle slogan to gain applause……

There are a few problems with a couple of his points……and then there is the good old stand-by…the Wall.

You see this was tried back in 2008….you see we tried a virtual border fence…..

I know, I know everyone is screaming about those darn pesky illegal immigrants, especially at election, they are a convenient scapegoat for pandering to the people.  But any way, someone somewhere in the bowels of the INS came up with the idea of a virtual border fence, where cameras, radar and other such devices would be used to detect those entering the US illegally.

Source: Immigration: Virtual Border Fence – In Saner Thought

Yes it was a failure……my guess is this will be the wall that Trump will build if elected…hopefully he will use better judgment that the previous “wall builders”.

And then there is his “biometric” thing…..WTF?  Will we tag them like a tuna so we can monitor their movements?  Who else will get this?  Is this a modern day “papers please”?

As a public service I have posted a link to the speech for those that were too busy to get a chance to hear the words for themselves.

Source: READ: Full Transcript Of Donald Trump’s Immigration Speech In AZ

A Conversation With Green Party Nominee Dr. Jill Stein

Listen up people!  There are more candidates in the 2016 election than the two that the media wants you to know…..

There is Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party

And the more original candidate… Green Party’s Dr. Jill Stein……

Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein joined On Point to make her case for new politics and new policies.

We talk to Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein. She makes the case for new politics, new policies.

As Bernie Sanders was at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia beseeching his backers to throw their support to Hillary Clinton or risk a Donald Trump presidency, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was outside with another message: Don’t compromise. Vote for me. Vote for a Green New Deal. Stein wants college debt forgiveness, free tuition, Medicare for all and an emergency transition to green energy, food, transportation. This hour On Point, the Green Party’s Jill Stein. — Tom Ashbrook

Source: A Conversation With Green Party Nominee Dr. Jill Stein | On Point

Spend some time and learn about the candidates and do yourself and your country a favor and vote GREEN!  We have had enough manure in the White House!

What Became of the Left?

Ah sweet memories of youth.

Back in my younger days I was what one could call a radical….a child of the Left…..I was anti-war, anti-just about anything that wreaked of capitalism.

Now I am an old fart and way too old to do the things I did in my youth ….the protesting, the confrontations…..and since those days there is a nagging question that eats at me……where the Hell is the Left I knew?

In the years since my “retirement” from the movement this country has lost its will to attempt to make change…..the protests today have little to do with the war machine and its strangle hold on the government…

I read an article in the Unz Reader about this very thing…..(sometimes this site is a bit too Libertarian for me….but it makes good points at times)……

Acquaintances of my generation are puzzled by the disappearance of the American left. They remember when there was far less war, far less monopoly capitalist theft, a less rich and powerful elite, less police violence against civilians, less militarization, less privatization and deregulation, fewer attacks on the social safety net, less propaganda from the media, and yet, despite the milder state of affairs, the leftwing was present raising hell about it all.

For fifteen years, and more if we go back to the Clinton regime’s destruction of Yugoslavia, the US has been engaged in wars on populations in seven—eight counting Yugoslavia/Serbia—countries, causing millions of deaths, disabled, and dislocated peoples. A police state has been created, the US Constitution stripped of its protective features, and massive crimes committed under both US and international law by three administrations. These crimes include torture, transparant false flag events, naked aggression (a war crime), spying without warrants, and murder of US citizens. Yet, the leftwing’s voice is barely heard.

Source: What Became of the Left? – The Unz Review

The Left feel victim to the “charm” of the Clintons and it has lasted for a generation…..but thanx to the 2016 election there is a real possibility that the Left can be revived….wars are a way of life now and will become more so when the Clinton clan reoccupies the White House.

Time for a re-awakening of a movement for the Left and the antiwar movement.

Think Green as a beginning!

The Campaign Of Blame

Since 2008 and the election of Obama everything that has gone wrong has been blamed on the black man…..he is blamed for the Iraq quagmire…he is blamed for the creation of ISIS…..all city protests are his fault…..like I said….he has been blamed for damn near everything from the crucifixion to World War 2….

But in the last year or so a new person has stepped out of the shadows and he has the blame of the world on his shoulders…..

That person is….wait for it…..Putin.

Hardly a day goes by without some “news” about the Russian “threat,” and in the past twenty-four hours the hate-on-Russia campaign seems to have picked up speed. After learning from Hillary Clinton that Vladimir Putin is not only responsible for the Trump campaign, but also for the “global nationalist movement” that yanked the British out of the European Union, mainstream media are telling us that Russian interlopers are supposedly invading our electoral process by hacking into voter databases. The Washington Postreports”:

“Hackers targeted voter registration systems in Illinois and Arizona, and the FBI alerted Arizona officials in June that Russian hackers were behind the assault on the election system in that state.

Source: The Campaign to Blame Putin for Everything – Antiwar.com Original by — Antiwar.com

How long this blame game will continue we cannot say….but my guess would be at least until the election in November and then a new boogey man will step out of the shadows…..

Iraq: To The Victor Goes The Spoils

Another op-ed that I wrote for my friends at Ace News Room…..if you like this op-ed please stop by and poke around Ace they have new3s for everyone…..

Recently Mr. Trump made a speech that was labeled as a foreign policy speech….as usual it was slap full of platitudes and one liners made for applause…..slogans for the nose picking ass scratchers…..

The one thought that I most liked (sarcasm) was the one about the invasion of Iraq and the oil…..

Source: Iraq: To The Victor Goes The Spoils