Illegal immigrant dies in the Arizona desertThis is a difficult post to write, the subject matter is grisly to say the least. But after listening to the recent firestorm of protest over the new Arizona immigration law, it is obvious that a lot of people are not really looking at all sides of the story squarely. It’s always easy to get caught up in emotion, but it’s difficult to think through all of the ramifications of our ideas and decisions to come to a more reasoned solution.

The Arizona border situation is a complete mess. Simply take a look at this poor person in the picture. They tried to walk across the Arizona desert and this is what can happen when you are ill prepared for what can only be described as a desert marathon. And what happened to the ‘coyotes’ to whom this person paid hard earned cash for their help and guidance across this difficult landscape? Nowhere to be found.

The victims of the federal government’s lack of interest in securing our borders include many like this person. They die trying to cross. This is a human tragedy. Obviously, the United States cannot simply open our borders completely and let everyone who wants to come enter. We are no longer the pre-industrial revolution country in need of millions of new immigrants to build the country from the ground up. We are now a post industrial society where education is critically important to success.

Yes, there are still jobs for new immigrants from the under developed world, but not nearly as many as there once were. Illegal immigration makes climbing the income ladder extremely difficult for those who are here and trying to work their way up the ladder. We still need immigrants, but they should come legally, in a measured stream, with some controls in place. What’s a shame is that illegal immigration has now given legal immigration itself a bad rap, a rap that’s not necessary. America can still prosper and grow with the help of new immigrants, as it always has, but we cannot continue to serve them, and ourselves, so poorly as this person was served.

Americans are a compassionate people, which is one reason why they support the new Arizona Law so broadly. So why does the political class have such a problem trying to understand this issue. The simple and I believe correct answer is that they are not trying to resolve the illegal immigration issue at all. They are manuevering for votes. This is why there is such a huge gulf between the citizens and our elected officials. We see the issue as the issue, they see the issue as political strategy.

My grandparents, all 4 of them, were immigrants to this country. They came legally, some through the famous Ellis Island. On a visit to New York a few years ago, I had a chance to see what they saw when they first set foot in America. It was an emotional experience. And like the poor person in the photo above, they came from an impoverished land, where they had little hope of a better life and less hope for freedom. They also came here legally. But the country needed lots of immigrants back then, and they helped to build the country we are today.  Today, we need a new solution to the immigration issue, one that respects the human tragedy that can result when we do not make our border secure, and one that understands the economic realities of life in modern America. C’mon, politicos, take a close look and tell me that we can’t do better than this!

If you want more information about the illegal immigration and the suffering it causes, you can start with some facts at good old wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigrant_deaths_along_the_U.S.-Mexico_border. In 2000, the number of people who died soared to over 500, and these are only the ones we know about.

The Romeo Area Tea Party recorded their “Health Care Reform Town Hall” with speaker Dr Janda, which was held on April 10, 2010 at the Capital Banquet Center in Romeo Michigan.

The RATP had asked Dr. David H. Janda, M.D. To share a presentation and answer questions about health care related issues. He covered the recently passed health care reform law. Dr. Janda is a nationally recognized expert on health care topics. He is an orthopedic surgeon based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In addition, Dr. Janda is the Director and founder of the Institute for Preventative Sports Medicine, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which is the only health care cost containment organization of its kind in North America.

The videos are posted out on YouTube in 10 minute segments, as required by YouTube policy.  Click on each part to view.

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10 Part 11 Part 12 Part 13

It’s Worth it to Watch This!

On the 15th of April, 2010, the Metro Detroit Freedom Coalition (MEDEFCO) hosted a “Meet the Candidates for Governor Town Hall.” The event was held at the Barrister Gardens Banquet Center in The City of St. Clair Shores, Michigan. The meeting attracted over 950 citizens.

The event featured four candidates for the Office of Governor of Michigan who took questions from the audience in attendance. The guest moderator for the evening was Frank Beckmann of WJR Newstalk Radio.

The following candidates participated in the town hall meeting:

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard
Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox
Michigan State Senator Tom George
Michigan Congressman Pete Hoekstra

You may click on the video segments below to watch the complete event. The video is broken up into eight parts to fit into The YOUTUBE format.

Hillsdale College is working in a host of ways to revive the principles of the American Constitution. They invite you to join those vital efforts.

This past January more than 30,000 citizens from all fifty states registered to participate in Reviving the Constitution, Hillsdale College’s first-ever online town hall. Since then another 20,000 individuals have viewed the town hall, which featured five presentations, including Hillsdale College President Dr. Larry P. Arnn, on the Constitution, its framework for the protection of our liberties, and the assault waged upon that framework by the Progressive movement.

That resource is now available on DVD. Perfect for viewing at home, in classrooms, or with church groups and civic associations, the two-disc DVD set is available for online purchase.


TO VIEW A FREE RECORDED VERSION OF THE
CONSTITUTION TOWN HALL, Click Here.

These are sample letters in opposition of nationalized Health Care Reform legislation, as drafted in early 2010.  Each letter argues one or more points against the nationalized Health Care reforms and mandates required by the Federal Government.

Sample Letter discussing the need for Tort Reform in any Health Care Reform Bill. Health Care Reform Tort Reform

Sample Letter Opposing Nationalization of Health Care Reform. Health Care Reform Summary Opposition

Sample Letter Opposing Abortion Language in various Health Care Reform Bills. Health Care Reform No Abortions

The Kelo Decision.

A women named Suzette Kelo lived in the home she owned in New London, Connecticut. The City wanted to take her property, under Eminent Domain, and give it to another private entity. In this case a realty development firm. She lost her case before the Connecticut State Supreme Court, and then appealed to the US Supreme Court. You can find a fair and lengthy discussion of the details here: Kelo v. City of New London. Eventually, she also lost her case before the US Supreme Court, and was forced to move from her home.

So the question is what is Eminent Domain and why is it important? Eminent domain enters the US Constitution in the 5th Amendment: “Nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just  compensation.”

Throughout our history, the Courts have interpreted this wording to mean that the government can only take private property for public use, and may only do so when it offers just compensation. Over time however, the courts have whittled away at the essence of Eminent Domain when they thought they could do so behind the veil of economic gains.

Here is Michigan we have seen the negative effects that result when government acts without respect to private property rights.  Hamtramack, in the infamous Poletown disaster, was torn asunder when hundreds of businesses and homes were razed in order to build an auto plant that never came close to reaching the economic gains it promised. The private owner of the plant now, ironically, is owned by the taxpayers.

But what if the plant did finally create or even better the economic gains that it promised? Would this by itself be a justification for taking another’s property? We believe there is never justification for taking the private property of one individual and giving it to another private individual.

In the wake of Kelo the residents of Michigan spoke at the ballot box, and they spoke with great certainty. By a margin of 80 – 20 Michiganians passed Propostion 4 which prevents the taking of private property for the purpose of giving it to another private property.

After Kelo lost her home, the irony grew grotesque. First, the real estate development firm never bothered to finish the development and the land where Kelo’s home once stood is a vacant lot. But it gets worse. The prospective tenant of the redevelopment, the Pfizer corporation, which had secured a 10 tax abatement from the State of Connecticut, eventually abandoned the site altogether, when the abatement ran its course. So now, after throwing Kelo out, forcing others to sell and move and giving a 10 year tax abatement, there are still no tenants in the partially completed redevelopment.