Pattern recognition

And now we can add #PrayForBarcelona, #PrayForTurku and #PrayForWuppertal-Elberfeld, just in the last two days:

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What do these have in common?  The insane open borders policy of Europe and the United States.  Under cover of one of the world’s largest mass movement of “refugees” in history, our countries have been infiltrated thoroughly by Islamist terrorists.  Pray, yes: that our leaders develop the backbone to close the door and to root out and send home those who’ve already invaded.

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Why is this even an issue?

And why did it take the Administration six months to enact ANY penalties?

The Department of Justice is cracking down even further on so-called sanctuary cities, saying that cities with such policies are not eligible for a federal assistance program used to help fight violent crime.

According to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, four cities — Albuquerque, N.M., Baltimore, Md., San Bernardino, Calif., and Sotckton, Calif. — have expressed interest in the department’s Public Safety Partnership, or PSP, program.  The initiative was launched in June in 12 cities that the Justice Department said needed “significant assistance” in combating “gun crime, drug trafficking and gang violence.”

Now, in letters to those cities, which limit cooperation with the federal government when it comes to immigration law, Acting Assistant Attorney General Alan Hanson tells the police chiefs they must show a “commitment to reducing violent crime stemming from illegal immigration” in order to be added to the PSP program.

The four cities must prove to the Justice Department by Aug. 18 that they will give federal immigration agents access to jails to question immigrants, as well as provide 48 hours notice to the Department of Homeland Security regarding the release date and time of someone who has been flagged for violating federal immigration law.  The cities must also show they do not block communication between local police and federal immigration agents.

The basic premise of “Sanctuary Cities” is flagrant disregard of federal law.  The Federal government shouldn’t just withhold funding from a new program.  Any such declared “Sanctuary city” should lose ALL federal funding of any kind (not just from the Justice Department), and any public officials who have declared intent not to comply should be removed from office under the Constitution’s supremacy clause.

This is a national security issue — one of the very few areas where I believe the Federal government has the main role.  The costs of our lax and negligent enforcement of immigration law has led directly to the rape and murder of U.S. citizens.  No State or local government complicit in such defiance and mayhem has any legitimate claim to ANY Federal funds of any kind.

I am not a fan of strong Federal government, but where it has been tasked specifically by the Constitution to do certain things it should do them vigorously and well.  To that end, the President should immediately do the following:

  1. Suspend ALL federal funds to any declared “sanctuary city.”
  2. Arrest ALL officials who have openly supported such areas as having knowingly aided and abetted illegal immigration and the crimes that result from it
  3. Refuse to allow Congress to recess until it has passed full funding of enhanced border security (including the wall) and eliminated the H1B and H2B visa programs.

The administration’s current push toward prioritizing legal immigration to those who already speak English and have skills to offer is but a tiny step in the direction we must go.  And it’s good to see an official remind the press that a poem added to the Statue of Liberty 18 years after it was erected does NOT constitute national immigration policy.

Open borders and a welfare state are NOT compatible.  I’ve said it before: there should not be unemployment benefits at the same time we’re importing foreigners to “do the jobs Americans won’t do.”  Close the borders, and the wages for jobs will rise until people ARE willing to do them (cutting off unemployment benefits will be a motivator as well).  The administration is absolutely right to say that immigration policy should be based first on what is good for America and the people already here.

That includes repatriation of all those who are here illegally, no matter how long they’ve managed to “live in the shadows.”  Lawbreaking is lawbreaking, period.

The truly sad thing about the Left’s abuse of the appeal to compassion and emotion is that, for people like me, it’s been worn out.  NOTHING short of full-up globalism will satisfy these people, and that is not in anybody’s interest except for a handful of string-pullers behind the scenes.  Although well-traveled, I am NOT a “citizen of the world.”  I am an American, one who’s worn the uniform to defend my patrimony, and I’ll be damned if idiots like CNN’s Jim Acosta are going to simply give away what I and generations before me have fought to preserve.

As for the Republicans who’ve done all they can to stymie Trump, I’ll simply say this: he’s not our last chance.  He’s your last chance.  A last chance to show the system is in any way responsive to the problems facing real Americans.  And if you undermine that chance, you do so at the very real peril of convincing those who love what America once stood for that our government has become destructive of Life, Liberty and property, and that we need to institute new safeguards for our liberties.

If (when?) it comes to that, it’ll be, in the words of the President, “sad.”  But also necessary.  And probably long overdue.

Death of a thousand paper cuts

That’s what the alleged “war on terror” has become.  The latest cut comes just outside the British Parliament, a key symbol of the long struggle in the West to establish representative government and personal liberties.

Yet even though once again the perpetrator was “Asian” (which in Britain means Pakistani), all the talking heads are more worried about a potential backlash against that ever-growing demographic than they are the continued drip, drip of jihad:

We’ve seen this rise of a kind of a right-wing movement here and throughout Europe. And this is only going to put wind in the sails of those who would say that this is an issue that needs to be looked at, that needs to be examined in terms of refugees.

(MSNBC reporter Matt Bradley, just after the attack)

Thus does the western media play Wormtongue once again: the threat isn’t from Islam, you see.  No, the real threat is from those who point out that massive Muslim immigration seems to correlate with the rise of Sudden Jihad Syndrome in various western nations.

Enough with the “diversity is our strength” pablum.  Pouring hundreds of thousands of Muslims into Europe (and, to a lesser but still significant degree, the U.S.) doesn’t enrich society.  It dilutes it.  It fragments it.  This isn’t about importing a few exotic neighbors with whom you can trade cooking tips.  It’s about enabling an invasion and importing a culture that is completely alien and overtly hostile to Western-style representative government and culture – and always has been.  Just over a year ago I traveled to London.  My son and I visited the Whitechapel district.  The moment we got to street level from the Underground my first impression was that I was deployed back to the Middle East.  Needless to say, we didn’t stay long.  When you travel to England and find the Emirates instead, something is terribly amiss.

I dare these treacherous reporters to name one Muslim-majority nation that is freer than the United States.  Name one that produces more advances in science and technology.  Name one that permits the upward social and financial mobility available to those who would work hard in the West.

It can’t be done.

Our chattering classes are permitting and encouraging civilizational suicide by the West.  On their hands will be the blood of thousands of Westerners and Muslims.  The longer their spell keeps people passive, the greater the eventual response when the public realizes their betrayal and rises to act.

The question of the era is whether that awakening will take place before or after it’s too late to fight back.

Where is our modern Charles Martel?  Where is the spirit that defended the gates of Vienna?  Will their descendants meekly submit to the same oppressive worldview that has already tried twice to conquer Europe?

Where are the Men of the West?

Ouch! (But the truth hurts)

Britain’s Express newspaper has this to say about German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her enabling of the Islamic tidal wave swamping Europe:

She may have thought that the open-door policy would provide a counter to Germany’s appalling record of aggression since the 1860s but in reality by wrecking Europe’s social fabric she has added to the long catalogue of Teutonic crimes.

As a student of history well familiar with the rise and fall of Prussia/Germany, let me just say “that’s saying something.”

And one other thing: “they’re right.”

(HT: Vox)

292,000

That’s how many people are known to have illegally crossed the U.S. border “in recent months” and been allowed to stay…. with the Federal Government transporting them throughout the country with open arms.

And now the town of Murietta, California, is being portrayed as some sort of eeeeeeevil group of people.  According to the New York Times article, Murietta “has not been as transformed by immigration as many other communities in Southern California have,” ((how dare they?)) and residents had the audacity to block the busloads of invaders (lets call them what they are, please) Uncle Sam apportioned to their community.

Supposedly, our nation just celebrated the anniversary of the date we withdrew consent from a government that was injurious to our freedoms, and set about forming a new one.  In reality, most Americans simply enjoyed their time off work, overate at barbecues, spent money they didn’t have on things they don’t need, or watched fireworks from a safe distance (instead of creating some much needed ones like the residents of Murietta did).  It wasn’t a celebration of freedom… it wasn’t even a contemplation of it or what it takes to sustain it.

Let’s be blunt: for the following reasons (among many others), there can be no doubt the Federal Government not only does not represent the wishes of the citizenry — it is actively hostile to those wishes:

– We are slowly becoming re-embroiled in a war the current Administration was originally elected in 2008 to end

– Our government no longer recognizes any Constitutional restraint against collecting our personal communications, with or without any probable cause (and such illegal evidence is used in courts with the sources obscured to cover the government’s own crimes.)

– Uncle Sam is actively abetting a large-scale, ongoing invasion of this nation.  Yes, they are fellow human beings bearing the imagio dei.  So are members of al Qada and MS-13.  I raise that fact because the first point is not the carte blanche excuse for erasing the border and letting just everyone in that activists portray it to be.   Freedom of association is an important trait of a stable nation.  The United States is no longer a stable nation.  It is an unstable political entity made up of imported and non-assimilated polities whose determination not to integrate and competition for influence and resources only benefits our rulers.  And let’s get another thing straight while I’m at it: I’m sick of activists comparing current events to the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers.  Did they dispossess the Native Americans?  Yes… and these holier than thou people frequently point out the abuses that involved.  But are you now saying two wrongs make a right?  It sure seems that way.  Be careful — your anti-Western civilization bias is showing.

– The Federals are abusing virtually every power and trust, via every agency they have, and refuse to account for their actions.

At least one writer was willing to ask the pertinent question this weekend.  To which I reply a resounding “ABSOLUTELY.”  Our government’s actions on multiple fronts no longer bear any semblance of legitimacy.  And if voting them all out in November doesn’t fix it, then it’s time to look at remaining alternatives.  I have come to strongly doubt, however, whether Americans are even serious about trying the first option, much less running the risks involved in large scale disobedience and refusal to comply.  Make no mistake, either: as ‘law enforcement’ becomes ever-more heavily militarized, our days of being able to peacefully resist in force sufficient to actually change things are likely numbered.

What would the Founding Generation do?

Why do we have a “defense” department?

Would you be concerned if the government announced it expected roughly eight to ten divisions to invade the United States… but was making preparations to host them, rather than keep them from entering?

It has:

A city-sized rush of about 120,000 illegal immigrant children and teens from Latin America is expected to crash through the U.S. border this year, twice the administration’s prediction, leading humanitarians to seek much more than the $1.5 billion spent to handle the runaways.

U.S. authorities report that there was massive surge in May of children trying to escape crime, drug gangs and sexual exploitation in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, leading them to cast aside the administration’s prediction of 60,000, which was still more than twice the 24,000 apprehended last year…

Unlike adult illegal immigrants, children crossing the border on their own are generally linked up with family members in the United States and helped through the immigration process, not sent home.

The article says the sudden wave of children is due less to the appeal of America than it is fleeing crime and violence in their homelands.  That may well be, given the economic miasma our ruling class has created.  And I’m not unsympathetic to the fact there are tens of millions around the world for whom relocating is their best chance to improve life.

But let’s enumerate a few premises here:

1) Despite the Statue of Liberty’s plea to “give me your tired, huddled masses,” the U.S. can never absorb or give refuge to all the suffering people of the world.

2) Attempting to do so places further strain on an already burdened and broken society here.  What is ‘humane’ about that, unless your equalitarian impulse is so strong you’re not happy unless all are equally miserable?

3) No nation is sovereign unless it is able to choose who gains entrance and who does not.  A wise nation will ensure those who are invited to join and partake of their society will be a net enhancement (talent, energy, civility), rather than a dependent.

Is it clear yet that the leadership of the U.S. has no intention of following any of the premises above?  Keep in mind, this additional “ten divisions” of new immigrants will be added to the more than 40 million foreign-born already living in the U.SEveryone who believes any society can try to absorb that many newcomers without undergoing fundamental alteration is fooling themselves.

We cannot prevent all evil in this world from displacing people.  We can, if we choose, try to keep the rising tide from overwhelming us here as well.

The fact our nation seems powerless–or unwilling– to prevent such massive waves of people from crossing its borders would indicate that our hundreds of billions in ‘defense’ spending is rather ineffective.

But then, the “Defense Department” is a rather Orwellian name for what is really the Department of Offensive Meddling in Other Nations’ Affairs.  It’s not really focused on defense of the U.S. itself.  I fear most people understand and accept that subconsciously now, or else there’d have been more questioning of why we need BOTH a “Defense Department” and a “Department of Homeland Security.”

It’s simple:  The first one pokes the hornets’ nests abroad, often contributing to if not outright causing some of the displacement problems in the world in the first place.

The second one is a political entity that can be told not to enforce the border because the “right” kind of refugees are coming in and it’s considered a political advantage.

And just think: your taxes fund it all… except to actually, you know, defend the country.