Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Friday, May 26, 2006

The hits keep right on coming.

I have been racking my brain to try and figure out how the Senate could have approved another amnesty bill when the one they passed in 1986 did not work and led to the disastrous situation we are in now.
Well, here’s the reason, there have been other amnesty bills in the past 20 years that have also passed. Oh yeah, it seems the Senate has been passing plenty of amnesty bills over the past 20 years, along with the House. I guess our Senators just figured we would let this one slide too like every other amnesty bill they have passed in the past.

U.S. Amnesties for Illegal Aliens
Congress has passed7 amnesties for illegal aliens, starting in 1986.
1. Immigration and Reform Control Act (IRCA) Amnesty, 1986: A blanket amnesty for some 2.7 million illegal aliens
2. Section 245(i) Amnesty, 1994: A temporary rolling amnesty for 578,000 illegal aliens
3. Section 245(i) Extension Amnesty, 1997: An extension of the rolling amnesty created in 1994
4. Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) Amnesty, 1997: An amnesty for close to one million illegal aliens from Central America
5. Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act Amnesty (HRIFA), 1998: An amnesty for 125,000 illegal aliens from Haiti
6. Late Amnesty, 2000: An amnesty for some illegal aliens who claim they should have been amnestied under the 1986 IRCA amnesty, an estimated 400,000 illegal aliens
7. LIFE Act Amnesty, 2000: A reinstatement of the rolling Section 245(i) amnesty, an estimated 900,000 illegal aliens
8. Nine current bills are vying to be Amnesty No. 8

To read the descriptions for these, go to:

http://www.numbersusa.com/interests/amnesty_print.html

I really encourage you all to go to www.numberusa.org and join their organization like I have. It is free and all they want is members so they can tell Congress how many people their organization represents. The other side has their lobbying groups, here is one for the good guys.

7 Comments:

Blogger betmo said...

i appreciate your zeal- i guess i am just curious as to why- out of all of the issues out there to get your knickers in a twist- this one got your attention in such a strong fashion. while it is an important issue- don't get me wrong, i do appreciate that- i am curious as to what it is about it that got your attention. my pet project is separtation of church and state.

Fri May 26, 10:34:00 PM  
Blogger Cubed © said...

Betmo,

It's a good thing that there are enough of us that we can apply the principles of "division of labor" to the many important issues facing us.

Right now, I feel like a whirling dervish, trying to attend to several issues - 1) the problem of Islam, 2) the related problem of the sacrifice of the integrity of the United States to the new entity which would make of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico a single entity, where the principles upon which this nation was founded will be gone, and 3) the newly emerging problem of China's alliances with both Islam and hostile interests in Central and South America.

I have to agree that the separation of church and state is one of the most important matters that the Framers ever dealt with, and that it remains incredibly important now. Most people don't realize how incredibly critical to their freedom to worship as they wish (or not) the existence of a totally secular state is. They seem to believe the opposite - that instead of being protective of their right to think as they wish, a secular government is a threat.

It is of great importance for all of us to understand the original intent of the 1st Amendment in the same detail as we understand the 14th. Have you ever heard about Robert Molesworth? He was a pre-Revolutionary thinker whose writing was pivotal in the justification of the Revolution. He studied tyranny extensively, and was among the first to write about the need to keep personal beliefs utterly protected from the force of government. His thinking so impressed the Framers that it was one of the primary reasons for the separation clause in the Constitution.

The whole issue about the Constitution is so important; the wholesale ignorance of it can be seen in the lack of understanding of the 14th Amendment (to say nothing of my absolute favorite, the so-called "Forgotten Amendment" - the 9th); when the postmodernists infested and ultimately filled our schools, generation after generation of children were "dumbed down," and then it became easier for the politicians to have their way with us, and to use the citizens as a means of implementing bad policy.

There are so MANY problems that if some of us specialize in one, and some of us specilize in another, it will be like an efficient economy; specialization allows the development of deeper knowledge, better skills, greater efficiency. . . Well, you know.

Pretty soon, I'm going to have to settle on one problem or another, but right now, they're ALL driving me crazy, especially since the "due date" of NAFTA-plus, the tri-country entity, with it's non-existent borders, the "new money" to be called the "Amero," and the destruction of the Constitution, is 2010.

Oh, well, maybe nothing will matter by that time. A guy named Bill Cooke, an astronomer with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, has reported that the asteroid "Apophis," which has been followed closely since June of 2004, may present a significant danger to the earth.

Between January 27 and 30, 2005, Apophis' orbit and size were more precisely calculated by Lance Benner of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory using the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico.

Those most recent determinations say that in 2029, Apophis will pass about 22,000 miles from the earth - closer than our satellites orbiting at 23,000 miles.

The 2029 pass isn't the scientists' biggest concern. It's another pass, in 2036, that has them worried.

The astronomers have a scale, called the "Torino Scale," of the level of threat represented by various comets and asteroids. Threat levels range from 0 (No Hazard), to 8,9, and 10 (Certain Collision). With every new observation, the scientists are increasingly unable to make the threat level drop in the direction of 0.

The reason is because of something called a "resonance keyhole." It is a gravitational "sweet spot" where, if the asteroid enters a certain zone close enough to the planet, its orbit will change, increasing the likelihood of collision.

NASA's risk-assessment software at its program with the University of Pisa, Italy, shows that in 2029, the chance that Apophis will hit the earth is "only" one in three hundred. It may well miss the earth on that swing by, and then go on to make six more orbits in the following seven years.

If it passes through the expected keyhole on Orbit Number Six, it could be on a trajectory to strike the earth in April of 2036, possibly off the coast of western Mexico.

There's an upside, though; the original estimates of Apophis' size was about 550 yards, but now, it's thought to be only 350 yards, with a striking power of 870 megatons of TNT.

The most powerful nuclear weapon ever set off was in 1961, when the Soviets detonated one with the power of 58 tons of TNT. A strike by Apophis would have the equivalent of 15 of the Soviet bombs.

So maybe, before too much longer, the danger represented by Apophis will cause all of us to regroup and try to solve the Big One. I have my doubts that Islam would rethink its position, since it would probably interpret the danger as some sort of sign from Allah.

Sat May 27, 02:16:00 PM  
Blogger betmo said...

as long as you don't say that the rapture is coming- i can face an asteroid. i agree with you on your points- there is only so much one person can do to educate people on what they are losing. i feel like i am watching my rights go slipping down the drain by big government, theocratic influences, and royalty wanna be's. i cringe when i hear the word dynasty and i just want to start slapping my fellow americans awake.

Sat May 27, 06:10:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Cubed, don’t get me wrong, I love having you here. I don’t know you well enough to say you are a “genius” but I can tell you are very well-read and well-researched. But, you just scared the heebie-jeebies out of me with that Asteroid thing. If it is true, then you know in about 20 years there won’t be a single person in Mexico of California and they will all be coming here, and I don’t want either of them in my precious South.
Betmo, I too believe in Separation of Church and State as it relates to how the Founders thought on the idea (at least as far as I am concerned). Our Founders did not want a Church of the United States similar to the Church of England. I don’t want someone to tell me how I have to practice my faith. I am Catholic and I don’t want the government to tell me I have to be Anglican, Baptist, Mormon, Hindu, Jewish, or Muslim.
But, Christianity is not a religion and the Bible does not belong to any religion. Should Creationism be taught in science classes? No. But, that does not mean it is somehow taboo and can not be brought up in History classes. The Pledge of Allegiance does not say we are One Nation Under the Presbyterian God, but Under God. The Ten Commandments do give a clear guide on how an individual can conduct themselves and should conduct themselves. Freedom of Speech does cover religion, it does not somehow prevent the discussion of religion, that instead would be against Freedom of Speech. I don’t want teachers proselytizing in front of a classroom, but I most assuredly do not want them to be prevented from wearing a Cross or the Star of David, or for our schools to be Religion Free Zones. I think the concept of Separation of Church and State has been taken too far to where students and teachers are attacked for being religious.
If you don’t want to believe, that is fine, and you don’t have to say the Pledge or you can say it and leave out “Under God,” you can even swear to tell the truth in court without having to put your hand on the Bible.
Religion has been used for evil and it will continue to be used for evil, but religion is not evil. Those who love God and follow God’s teachings, regardless of whether it is Christian, Protestant, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, or Wiccan God, believe their actions will be judged not only here on Earth but in Heaven as well. God knows and sees all, and I would rather people believe their actions will be judged by Man’s Law and God’s Law. Perhaps with a little more respect for God’s Laws we would also have more respect for man’s Laws as well.

Sun May 28, 11:49:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Oh, and Betmo, illegal immigration puts a burden on our schools, our social programs, our hospitals, creates more congestion and pollution, it shows we are not a nation of laws, it hurts the economy in the long run, it creates a separate society, allows for immigrants to not have the desire to assimilate, and generally affects virtually every aspect of our lives. I know that you have only been checking out this site for a brief period of time in its overall run. But, I have mentioned on numerous occasions how illegal immigration is hurting this country and how no one is doing anything to stop it. That combined with the Senate making the same mistakes over and over again as the problem gets worse everyday makes me more dedicated to the cause.

Sun May 28, 11:53:00 PM  
Blogger betmo said...

i have no problem with christian people being christians. as i have said before, if you are religious- it is a part of you and you carry that with you. fine. it has to be limited as much as possible in a public setting when you live in a democracy. private- fine. you go to a catholic or other religious school- hey, pray- do whatever. public school- do it on your own time. most places have a dress code- and i doubt anyone would care if you wear your wwjd bracelets. the original pledge did not have 'under god' in it- it was added during the eisenhower years- and i think that it is amazing that most people don't realize that. yes, the 10 commandments and the rest of the bible have good advice on how to live your life- but when you have millions of people in this country who don't follow the christian bible- it shouldn't be held up as the standard. being taught along with other literature in history classes or philosophy classes or english classes- fine. not science classes. there is no good way to integrate religion into politics- period. should be out of the public arena in most cases.

Mon May 29, 10:55:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Betmo, a lot there.
First, religion should be a part of politics taught in schools because it plays a huge part in politics, remember only one Catholic has ever been elected President and never has a non-Christian been elected.
And Christianity is an important part of a Democracy because the first Democracy was founded on Judeo-Christian teachings.
And the 10 Commandments are not in the Christian Bible they are in the Old Testament which is also used by Jewish people and read by Muslims in addition to the Koran.
But, in some schools kids and especially teachers can not wear a Cross or Star of David because they would be “promoting their religion.” That is wrong. If someone is so shaky in their beliefs that a teacher wearing a cross will somehow shake their understanding and their beliefs than maybe teachers should be encouraged to wear crosses and Stars of David.
And remember, you don’t have to say the Pledge or say the words “Under God,” but that does not mean you have the right to prevent others from saying it. Freedom of Speech is not the same as Freedom from Hearing, otherwise anytime anyone says anything you don’t agree with, they would have to stop.

Tue May 30, 02:21:00 PM  

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