Saturday, October 1

Compassion Regarding Immigrants Called Political Correctness

It seems I have been labeled politically correct! For those that read my blog regularly, I never thought I would be called such thing. I'm insulted!

A reader who calls himself "Katie's Dad" thinks my perspective on immigration is to soft, and from what I can tell, advocates a closed-door policy in regards to immigration.

Let's clarify some things. I am a believer in liberty, and a believer in the power of the American way of life. When I say the "American Way" I mean the way any man can work hard, study, and move up in life through honest hard work. Reading history, I also know a FACT: We are a nation of immigrants! Say what you may about certain periods in our history where we rejected immigrants and turned our backs on them, we are a collection of diverse people, united by our common values. I am NOT advocating multiculturalism by no means! I believe any immigrant that comes into our country should come committed to complete integration. But, complete integration does mean complete abandon of our ethnic and cultural history or values.

So, yes, while Tancredo may speak honestly, I don't believe he knows the full range of issues that relate to the problem of immigration. This issue should be more than just a simple "close the doors and protect our way of life" mentality. We are a nation founded on certain values and mores. These include helping the poor and needy. That is why we send so many missionaries and provide so much relief. That is also why we should welcome anyone who wishes to form part of this great American nation.

Here are the comments by Katie's Dad:
I have my doubts about [Tancredo not being a racist]. I do hope he runs for President. Yes, his words are sometimes harsh, but the time for confronting this issue with tough talk and action has come. I welcome it.
"The problem is that this subject and issue requires tact and care. We are talking about the lives of millions of individuals, women and children. Compassion needs to be evident."
Your call for tact and care sounds an awful lot like a deep seated buy-in to the cult of political correctness to me. It is our "compassion" that has gotten us into this mess. It may well be time to return to the immigration policies we had between 1924 and 1965; the circumstances are similar. Those who wish to help third worlders should do so by going there, or contributing to organizations that help people in their homelands rather than bringing them here.

There are five billion people on this earth who live in as poor or poorer conditions than Mexico. Are we to import them all in the name of "compassion?" The mere notion is absurd, but that's what you appear to suggest, albeit indirectly.

When I come across "conservatives" who buy in to multiculturalism, I sincerely wish that Emma Lazarus had never been born. Today her words are a curse. People take that trite "give me your poor, your tired..." mantra far too seriously. It's a silly poem, not a credo. In many ways, we are worse off because of it.

Many Americans' ancestors, mine included, did not fight, bleed and die to create a balkanized nation of many cultures and languages. America's "purpose" was made quite clear in the Federalist Papers. According to Jay, Hamilton and Madison, our commonalities are far more important...and worth preserving...than our differences.

Tancredo speaks honestly. That creates disconnects, sometimes painful, with those who have hidden agendas or are unaware that they wallow in the cesspool that is political correctness.
I am all in favor of bringing to light the issue of ILLEGAL immigration, and ALSO, the many problems related to immigration in general. We should talk about integration, common American values, the dangers of multiculturalism, and what exactly is it that makes America attractive to immigrants. We should talk about border security. But, we should not forget that our compassion, our ability to help others, our commitment to give a hand to the poor, our commitment to provide for liberty, happiness and security, and our commitment to provide an environment where anyone can create economic prosperity are the core values that make us a great nation.

Like it or not, it is immigrants that made this nation great. Immigrants committed to contributing and becoming Americans. Let's talk about this, but let's not get distracted by rhetoric that uses fearmongering and lack of information for the sake of political power.

Here is the original comments I wrote regarding Tancredo.

I am all in favor of enforcing labor laws, and making sure companies are not hiring illegal immigrants. In this sense, I am in agreement with Tancredo. What concerns me is that Tancredo is taking an extreme, on-sided position that ignores the reality and needs of immigrants who have come into this country illegally. I am not saying we should give amnesty, but I am saying there is more to the problem of illegal immigration than supply & demand. I believe the government needs to address the issue of immigration quotas, and the completely inefficient methods being used to process legal immigration requests.

Tancredo needs to show compassion, American hospitality towards the world's poor and needy, and include provisions that provide for an increase and quicker processing of legal immigration applications. There needs to be a two-pronged strategy to fixing the problem of illegal immigration. Enforce our current laws by prosecuting companies that hire illegals, by effectively deporting any individual found to be in our country illegally, and by fixing our border and immigration process to safely allow more law-abiding, hard-working immigrants to come into this country if they so desire.

Until he stops acting like a good-old-boy, and behaving like a racist anti-immigrant white politician, he is going to find himself losing a lot of ground in the mainstream, where people know how to balance the issues. Please make a note--I believe Tancredo is not a racist, and that his motives for controling illegal immigration are in the right direction. The problem is that this subject and issue requires tact and care. We are talking about the lives of millions of individuals, women and children. Compassion needs to be evident.
Tags: Politics, Current Affairs, California, Homeland Security, MEXICO.

Friday, September 30

Bill Bennett Brings Out Hypocrisy From Democrats

Democrats are in a frenzy over Bill Bennett's comments on his radio show regarding blacks, crime rates, and abortion.

Democrats expressed outrage, ranging from demands for an apology to requests that the Federal Communications Commission suspend Bennett's show.

"Republicans, Democrats and all Americans of good will should denounce this statement, should distance themselves from Mr. Bennett," said Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill. "And the private sector should not support Mr. Bennett's radio show or his comments on the air."

It seems to me a bit hypocritical, when the Liberals are the first ones to taught the social benefits of abortion, including reduction in crime rates. There is nothing new or strange about this argument, utilitarian as it might be! Abortion is outrageous, regardless. If blacks are offended or upset by Bennett's comments, perhaps they should consider the truth about crime statistics. It was a hyperbole logic--not a suggested plan of action. When you consider the crime statistics and how these relate to the black community, there is nothing strange or outrageous about it. Besides, Bennett is not the first one to suggest this--the liberals are!
In an interview with ABC News, Bennett said that anyone who knows him knows he isn't racist. He said he was merely extrapolating from the best-selling book "Freakonomics," which posits the hypothesis that falling crimes rates are related to increased abortion rates decades ago. "It would have worked for, you know, single-parent moms; it would have worked for male babies, black babies," Bennett said.
I understand sensitivity to the subject and to racial issues. But, perhaps blacks should consider what this says about themselves, and take steps forward to change the truth about their own ethnic group.

Fact: crime rates are high among blacks! Fact: only blacks will ever be able to do something to change these statistics. Fact: Crime is the lifestyle and moral choice of individuals; society is not to blame, though there is much society and parents can do to instill the proper moral values in each coming generations. What have the black leadership and black parents done to reduce crime rate?

I know that there are many outstanding black leaders around the nation that are doing great things to change their own community and I know of many, many parents that do an excellent job in raising their children right even in the face of hardship. More of this sort of take-action, accept-responsibility attitude is needed; among blacks and all ethnic groups!

Tags: , Politics, Current Affairs, Black News, News and politics

Thursday, September 29

New Research Exploring Faith in America’s Largest Markets

This via the Barna Group.
The Faith By Market report explores 40 different factors among the adults located in each of the markets and states studied. Those factors include a dozen religious beliefs, ten religious practices, various religious commitments and affiliations, and a dozen demographic attributes.

Among the many intriguing insights from the report are the following:

  • Just 3 of the nation’s 25 largest metropolitan areas have a born again majority. However, 15 of the 27 mid-sized markets (adult population of a half-million up to one million) have a born again majority.
  • The market with the highest percentage of adults who volunteer at a church during an average week is Salt Lake City. The market with the lowest rate of church volunteerism is Buffalo.
  • Sunday school attendance among adults is most common in Salt Lake City, and least common in Portland, Maine.
  • Involvement in an adult small group is most prolific in Shreveport, Louisiana. The three markets with the lowest rates of small group participation are Albany (NY), Boston and Providence.
  • The market with the highest percentage of adults who consider themselves to be Baptist is Shreveport. The market with the highest percentage that claims allegiance to the Catholic church is Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The connection to the Methodist church is highest in Wichita, Kansas. Affiliation with a Lutheran church was greatest in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
  • People are most likely to attend a large church in Houston. They are most likely to attend a church of less than 100 adults in Lexington, KY.
  • Adults are most likely to claim they have a responsibility to share their religious beliefs with other people if they live in Birmingham, Alabama. That perspective is least common in Providence and Green Bay.
  • The metro area in which adults are most likely to believe that Satan is a symbol of evil but not a living presence is the Brownsville-McAllen-Harlingen market in Texas.
  • People are most likely to believe that they can earn their salvation if they live in Salt Lake City.
  • The highest percentage of adults who believe that Jesus Christ sinned during his life on earth is in Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Believing that God is “the all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the universe who still rules it today” is most common in Tulsa. It is least predominant in Boston and San Francisco.
  • The state with the highest percentage of its residents attending large churches is Arizona. Such behavior is least common in Missouri.
  • The states with the lowest proportion of born again residents having shared their faith in Christ with a non-believer in the past year were Massachusetts and Tennessee. Personal evangelism efforts were most common in Alabama and Louisiana.
  • The largest percentage of adults who are “notional Christians” – that is, those who consider themselves to be Christian but are not born again – are found in Massachusetts and Wisconsin.
  • One out of every six residents of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Washington are atheist or agnostic – nearly double the national average. Atheists and agnostics are hardest to locate in Louisiana and Missouri.
  • What is probably most surprising to many is their discoveries regarding the Evangelical population in Los Angeles, CA.
    The city that produces the media often criticized or boycotted by evangelicals is also home to nearly one million of those deeply devout Christians. In fact, there are more evangelical adults in the Los Angeles market than there are in the New York, Chicago and Boston metropolitan areas – combined! The Barna Group’s analysis showed that although the evangelicals living in the ten most populous markets account for only 6% of the adults in those markets, that group represents one out of every four evangelicals (24%) in the United States.

    Guest Blog Post: A Position to Change

    Here is an interesting perspective from a guest blogger. I agree that we need to all take small steps, and stand together, if we are to have strong qualified candidates come 2006 and 2008:
    From Adam Graham at Adam's Blog

    I might be able to capture Osama Bin-Laden, if I were in the mountains of Pakistan. However, being in the Treasure Valley in Idaho would make the task impossible.

    This is where we find ourselves with Presidential campaigns. Come election years, Conservatives clamor for their candidates, but are in no position to get them into office.

    What we have is a lot of screaming from back benches from true Conservatives about the establishment controlling the money, rigging the process, and making it impossible for anyone but the establishment choice to win.

    This is called whining. Poor preparation leads to poor results. You're going to get back what you put in and if you want to effect what happens in 2008, you need to be in position to influence the race. There are two major things you can do:

    First, run for a Precinct Captain position: This will allow you to choose your county party leaders and to be also make contacts with other Conservatives in your area and build a network which can effectively organize Conservatives across your local area.

    It is easier than you would think to get into these organizations. The most common elected Precinct Captain is "Vacant" in many areas. If you can get into one of them, you're in a position to promote presidential candidates and Conservative values within the GOP. If you're mad at "RINOs" in your local party leadership, get over it. They're there because there's not been an organized attempt to change the face of the
    party and that must be your priority. If efforts are made to change the Republican Party at the bottom, reform will reach the top. Be sure to read up on your local laws before trying to run for the Precinct Captain.

    Secondly, money is the mother's milk of politics and the reason so many Conservative candidates lose or won't run in the first place is the inability of their supporters to raise cash for a successful campaign. No one wants to spend months upon months away from their families, pointlessly traveling from one city to another with little rest. If we're going to ask someone to make that sacrifice, we have to provide them the money to run a successful campaign.

    The Party establishment gets their money $2,000 at a time, which isn't going to work for true conservatives, but a small amount of people together can make a huge difference. If you want change in Washington, put your money where your mouth is. Take $10 a month, put I it into a savings account or in a shoe box, or the next two years and you would have $240 to contribute to the Presidential campaign of your choice. If 250,000 people (.1% of the American population) would do this from January, 2006 on, a true Conservative candidate could raise $60 million for building organization, buying media, and running a professional campaign.

    If you want more of the same, then do what you've done before and you'll get the government you deserve. If you want to see a government that from the top down is fiscally responsible, socially conservative, and safeguards our borders, then its time to put your shoulder to the wheel. Nearly two hundred and thirty years ago, our Founding Fathers pledged their "lives, fortunes, and sacred honor" to build this country. Can we not spare a few Big Macs and a few hours a year to save it?

    Jeb Bush Calls for Immigration Changes

    The Associated Press has a story on satements by Gov. Jeb Bush on Thursday urging the government to change it's visa and immigration policies. Bush said the country needs to avoid stifling international travel and commerce.

    "Now it's important to look at where we are and to make the necessary adjustments so that we don't choke off international travel. So that we don't choke off international commerce," he said during The Miami Herald's annual Americas Conference.

    Florida especially understands that immigrants play an important role in renewing the country, he said.

    "It is a good thing to have people who want to come to set up their business, to invest here, to use this as a platform for the expansion of their business, whether they're from Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil or Texas."

    Judge rules Posada-Carriles won't be shipped to Cuba

    Another Hat Tip to BabaluBlog.com for this one. Since I just got back from South Africa, I am trying to catch up on all the news. According to Reuters:

    EL PASO, Texas, Sept 27 (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has ruled that anti-Castro Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles may not be deported to Cuba or Venezuela in a case that has raised questions about the Bush administration's "war on terrorism".

    Immigration Judge William Abbott found that Posada, a former CIA operative wanted by Venezuela for trial in a 1976 Cuban airliner bombing that killed 73 people, faced the threat of torture in those countries and therefore could not be returned under the United Nations Convention Against Torture, a government spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

    Congress to Vote on July Arrests in Cuba

    This via BabaluBlog.com:

    Cuban-American blogger and Washington D.C. correspondent Sirimba has the latest on a House resolution condemning the July arrests of opposition members in Cuba who participated in anti-government demonstrations. The resolution is up for consideration today.

    Also check out her post on Miami and Cuban-American Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart possibly becoming the next Chairman of the Rules Committee in the wake of Congressman Tom DeLay's indictment and resignation as House Majority Leader.

    John Roberts Confirmed as Chief Justice

    Hat Tip to RedState.org. This from CNN.
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Senate voted 78 to 22 to confirm Judge John Roberts as the nation's 17th chief justice Thursday.

    All 55 Republican senators voted for Roberts. 22 Democrats and one independent senator also voted for the nominee, while 22 Democratic senators voted against him.

    Senate approval capped a two-month process surprisingly free of the partisan rancor widely expected when President Bush nominated Roberts in July.

    Make a note, voters; these are your obstructionist.

    Senate Democrats who voted no on the John Roberts nomination for Cheif Justice:

    Akaka (D-HI)
    Bayh (D-IN)
    Biden (D-DE)
    Boxer (D-CA)
    Cantwell (D-WA)
    Clinton (D-NY)
    Corzine (D-NJ)
    Dayton (D-MN)
    Durbin (D-IL)
    Feinstein (D-CA)
    Harkin (D-IA)
    Inouye (D-HI)
    Kennedy (D-MA)
    Kerry (D-MA)
    Lautenberg (D-NJ)
    Mikulski (D-MD)
    Obama (D-IL)
    Reed (D-RI)
    Reid (D-NV)
    Sarbanes (D-MD)
    Schumer (D-NY)
    Stabenow (D-MI)

    Tags: john roberts, Politics, SCOTUS, Law, News, Judge John Roberts.

    PorkBusters: Holding Sen. Allard Accountable

    UPDATE: Welcome to Instapundit readers. Be sure to join in the discussion.

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    I am writing an email today to my Senator, Sen. Wayne Allard, and will be following up with a phone call, asking for his position regarding cutting or reducing pork spending in Colorado.
    Dear. Sen. Allard,

    First, thank you for all your hard work. I have followed your positions and voting record, and appreciate most of your positions and the work you do for the citizens of Colorado.

    I am writing in regards to a national campaign against pork, initiated through various bloggers. Through various web sites, it has come to my knowledge that there is $105,973,000 in pork just in the state of Colorado. The full list I referred to is shown here: http://www.cagw.org/

    I would like to have your official response in regards to what you and your office are doing to reduce excessive spending at the Federal level, and what your commitment and actual specific work is in regards to cutting, or reducing these specific spending items? More than a general spirit, I would like to hear what bills you are working to eliminate pork from, and what your commitment is for the future.

    Please know that I will be posting your response, or lack of, on my blog, and linking to it at N.Z. Bear's new PorkBusters page for public review. Thank you ahead of time for your time and work in responding to my question.

    Best Regards,

    Josue M Sierra
    A Colorado Resident
    http://latinoissues.blogspot.com
    I have sent this today and hope to have a response sooner rather than later. We'll see what we get.

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    Proposition 73, California May Become 35th State to require Parental Notification

    California will be voting on a new Constitutional amendment regarding parental notification. This from SFGate.com:
    The constitutional amendment would require a doctor who is going to perform an abortion on an unmarried minor to notify in writing at least one parent or guardian 48 hours in advance of the procedure. Parents don't have to give their consent, they just have to be notified.
    According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, California has a big problem with abortions. Of course, SFGate.com evidently doubts their credentials, by pointing out the lack of statistics for the state.
    The Alan Guttmacher Institute, a not-for-profit New York corporation that studies sexual and reproductive issues, estimates that one in four pregnancies in California is ended with an abortion.

    But that's far from precise, because California is one of three states that don't keep statistics on abortions.
    The San Francisco Chronicle will be publishing a series on Proposition 73 and has provided a valuable breakdown.
    Proposition 73

    -- What it would do: Doctors who perform abortions would have to give written notification to at least one parent of an unmarried minor, 17 years old or younger, at least 48 hours before the procedure. A minor could avoid the parental notification by getting a waiver from a juvenile court judge.

    -- The politics behind it: The parental notification measure has been a long time getting to the ballot. A 1987 state law required minors to have their parents' consent before getting an abortion, but it never took effect. In 1997, the state Supreme Court tossed the law out, saying it violated a minor's right to privacy.

    -- Who supports it: Traditional Values Coalition, California Conference of Bishops and the California Republican Assembly. The largest financial backer, at $1.2 million in cash and loans, is James Holman, publisher of the San Diego Weekly and a string of Catholic newspapers.

    -- Who opposes it: California Medical Association, California Nurses Association and Planned Parenthood, the largest contributor on the "no" side.
    Of course, The San Francisco Chronicle evidently does not find it newsworthy the fact that the largest contributor to the "no" side is also the one organization that has the most to lose from a reduction in abortions--Planned Parenthood. One would think that the caring people at Planned Parenthood would be interested in reducing abortions--Not!

    Let me be clear--this is not nearly enough. I do agree that more needs to be done to reduce pregnancies, but the same people that are asking for this are the ones that will oppose abstinence education. The fact is that people need to accept responsibility for their actions. The fact is that when you have sex, the natural design is that the woman tends to get pregnant. The fact is that the consequences and effects of an abortion are far worst than the struggle and difficulties of having an unplanned pregnancy.

    Women are being deceived into thinking that an abortion is a way out, when in fact is only a deeper and more troubling path to take.

    Tags: Politics, Reproductive Rights, Supreme Court, Religion, Pro-Choice, Pro-Life.

    Oregon Elementary Dual Language Program

    Interesting quote via IconCulture. Good to see this Principal has vision, and is giving these kids a hand up in handling the ever changing and diverse world we live in.
    Kids will be able to work in 22 other countries in the world. That's the horizon that you're opening for them. You want to make sure that what you promise to parents, you deliver.

    ANTONIO LOPEZ, PRINCIPAL AT CLARENDON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN PORTLAND, OR, WHO'S RECRUITING TEACHERS FOR THE SCHOOL'S DUAL-LANGUAGE PROGRAM,OREGONLIVE.COM 9.15.05