Saturday, March 4

Army of Davids by Glenn Reynolds

UPDATE II: I finished reading Army of Davids! Great conclusion. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It has already made me rethink my career direction and academic pursuits in light of some of Glenn's insight into the effects technology is having on our society. We are living historical moments, and Glenn documents what is happening with great accuracy, and presents a vision of what is yet to come.

Glenn's perspective struck me as very positive, perhaps almost utopian. I am a bit more cynical than he is.

My only disappointment with Army of Davids was the fact that he did not touch on the effects technology is having on spirituality, faith, and the organized church. The book covered well the future in regards to intellect, the physical world, and technology, but he ignores (or perhaps left it out as beyond the scope of this book) the impact this will have on spirituality, faith, and those who follow a religion.

Regardless of technological progress, faith and the Judeo-Christian worldview will continue to have a long lasting, and deep effect on our society as a whole. Perhaps this has a big part in why I thought he was somewhat utopian. While he does not ignore humanities flaws, I don't have as much hope for a better and more peaceful humanity of the future.

But then again, my worldview is highly influenced by the Bible, the concept of a fallen human nature, and the return of Christ and the end-times. As a believer in a loving God who has a personal interest in humanity, I found the book lacking perspective in this regard. I don't know where Glenn is in his personal faith-walk, but I wish he had covered the impact technology is having on human spirituality.

Never the less, Reynold's positive outlook and perspective on the present social transformation are valuable insight for anyone--whether it be a priest, pastor, CEO, or politician. All around great book. Buy it today.

Also, if you haven't already, check out my response to La Shawn Barbers request for quotes. I made some comments in response to the book.

UPDATE: Welcome to Instapundit readers. Look around--I hope you will stick around. Check out my welcome post, where I track the history of my blog. Of course, my favorite subject is the problem of illegal immigration. I invite you to check out my various posts on the issue.

BOOK REVIEW: Army of Davids.

I'm now through chapter 8 of Army of Davids, and my wife is getting annoyed with my constant, "listen to this..." when I insist on reading compelling parts to her. Glenn's offers right-on insight into the social transformation taking place right in front of our noses, and the book will change the way you look at many things.

The book is amazingly comprehensive in what it covers, and I am thoroughly enjoying it, which I hope is not reflected in my pending Accounting mid-term. Support my blog by buying it through my Amazon referral account.

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I managed to finangle a copy of "Army of Davids" before it comes out Tuesday, and I am about half way through it. It is fantastic! If you are thinking its just going to be another book about how the blogs are defeating the mainstream media, you are wrong. Sure, that is covered, but Glenn covers (so far, I'm in chapter 6) how technology is having huge evolutionary changes in areas such as the arts, business, and government.

I can't help but wonder how technology will eventually bring about a smaller government so many conservatives wish for?

The one thing I am wishing, as I read through the book, is that these sort of books would be quickly translated to Spanish, and put in the hands of influential Latin American business and government leaders. Technology, with their rapidly lower costs, can be the tools that regular citizens in third world countries can use to reduce corruption, fight crime, and generate new economic opportunities.

This is a MUST READ for every Hispanic / Latino student planning on returning to their home country, and for every Latinamerican diplomat and government official currently residing in the US. I realize that the cost challenge is higher in third world countries, but technology is still very accessible to thousands of ordinary citizens. Broadband cable is already quite accessible, and Internet cafe's provide anyone with ready access to the web for a good price. Can you imagine what these sort of ideas might do to curb corruption in government?

Of course, if you haven't already, you have to read Blog, by Hugh Hewitt.

I'll be posting a more comprehensive book review on Monday, if you care to wait for it.

Wired News: How to Almost Live on Blogging

I am in the process of reading "An Army of Davids" and of course, finished reading "Blog" a few weeks ago, so I've been keeping an eye on the whole blogging phenomena. I found this article on Wired News I thought was interesting. It's a must read if you are looking into making some cash from your blogging. I personally have not even gotten over $100 since I started using Google AdSense, but then again, I don't have that much time to dedicate to this.
WN: What do you need to start a profitable blog?

Davis: You should have at least 100 pages of high-quality content in the can. Blogs are good because they keep content fresh, but that's just a small part of it. Good reference material really draws traffic. On a photography site I run, for example, one piece I wrote on how to convert raw digital photos draws more traffic than 99 percent of my other photo pages.

WN: What are some of the more lucrative areas for blogging?

Davis: Hot technology areas are always good to blog about. People always want to know what new gadget they should get, and those sites tend to have very monetizable content.

Probably blogs on legal issues would do well if they focused on areas that have to do with litigation. (Drugs and diseases that have resulted in huge liability suits are among the most expensive keywords.)

Another area that seems under-blogged is financial reporting. There isn't too much well-informed financial stuff that isn't under subscription.
Talking to a top blogging industry professional, I heard that parenting blogs are going to be going up in demand. (Hint to mom & dad...I think you both did a good job. Now its time to write about it)

Friday, March 3

Smuggled illegal immigrants arrested as smuggling accomplices

This is the sort of story that should be translated to Spanish, and spread out through Latin America. This is right--if you enter our nation while breaking our immigration laws, you will be prosecuted as an accomplice with those that help you get in. Obey our laws.

I know, I know--immigrants are just regular hard working people who are desperate. That's all good and fine. It is not an excuse for living above the law. It is not an excuse to allow our immigration laws to go unbroken.

KVOA is reporting on the story of the arrest of fifty-four immigrants that were discovered in a pair of furniture trucks. They are being charged with "conspiring with their smugglers to sneak into the country illegally."
The arrests mark the first time local authorities have applied a new state law on migrant smuggling to smuggled immigrants.

The people were discovered Thursday about 50 miles west of Phoenix. Authorities said they obtained confessions from several in the group who said they paid smugglers, commonly called "coyotes", up to $2,000 each to bring them across the border. All 54 were booked into a county jail.

Frustrated by the federal government's perceived inaction in repairing America's immigration system, state lawmakers approved the smuggling law a year ago that created the state crime of human smuggling.
While many illegal immigrants make it into the country fine, and are benefiting from America's bounty, many don't, and are suffering for it. Allowing our immigration system to remain broken is only hurting families; fathers separated from their wives and children. Here is a perfect example of the toll this is taking in terms of human life and human suffering. (HT: Drudge)
Authorities raided a squalid house Friday, capturing 70 illegal immigrants and four suspected smugglers believed to have been holding migrants hostage while awaiting payment.

Federal agents and a sheriff's SWAT team entered the home before dawn, setting off flash-bang grenades to stun any smugglers inside.

Packed into the grimy one-story bungalow were 70 people from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Mexico. Some slept 20 to a room, authorities said.
It is good to see that States are taking initiative, and cracking down on immigration law breakers. I hope Congress can come to an agreement, and present a solid, and tough immigration law that will help stop the flow of illegal immigration.

Tags: Illegal Aliens, Border Security, Immigration, Politics, border, news

Dobson: Write Wolf Blitzer, CNN and remind him "I am not a reverend"

This is so funny! I mean, the media is so hell-bent on distorting the news according to their own way of seeing the world, they can't even get a basic fact straight. What part about the most notable child psychologist in the nation NOT being a reverend do they not understand? Can a regular citizen speak out on moral and faith issues? Or, is that something only for reverends and priests?

I do hope the CNN mailroom and phone banks just get flooded. I, of course, never watch CNN. While you are emailing Blitzer, let him know about a great course being offered down at my community college--JOU 101. I think one of the first lessons has to do with getting your facts straight.

Well, here is the invitiation from the CitizenLink email editors calling on readers (and Dr. Dobson's radio show listeners) to contact CNN and help set the record straight.
Dr. Dobson Wants You to Set CNN Straight Network keeps calling him "Reverend"

Focus on the Family Chairman Dr. James Dobson asked listeners to his daily radio show today to set CNN -- and particularly Wolf Blitzer -- straight on what to call him.

In a rather slanted report about a thank-you note Dr. Dobson received from new Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on Wednesday's edition of Blitzer's "Situation Room" program, a reporter referred to Focus' founder as "Reverend Dobson" five times in only a few seconds of airtime.

It's not an uncommon mistake for the media to make, but Dr. Dobson -- who, for the record, is a licensed psychologist with a Ph.D. in child development -- says CNN shouldn't still be making it.

"Would somebody out there please write Wolf Blitzer at CNN and remind him of what we have told him about 50 times? That I am not a reverend and he ought to know that by now?" Dr. Dobson asked on today's broadcast. "If I were a minister, I'd be honored to say so, but I'm not."

He even suggested a creative way to refer to Blitzer when writing a letter: "You might address your correspondence to Archbishop Blitzer."

We've made it easy for you to do as Dr. Dobson asks. Just visit the link below -- and click the "Go" button at the top when you get there -- to compose an e-mail that will be delivered directly to Blitzer's workstation at CNN.

http://www3.capwiz.com/fof/issues/alert/?alertid=8541436&type=CU
Go ahead: Email him. Oh, ya. Via CitizenLink, here is the "controversial" thank you note from our new supreme court justice.

"Dear Dr. Dobson — This is just a short note to express my heartfelt thanks to you and the entire staff at Focus on the Family for your help and support during the past few, challenging months. I would also greatly appreciate it if you would convey my appreciation to the good people from all parts of the country who wrote to tell me that they were praying for my and for my family during this period."

Repeating what he said at last month's White House investiture ceremony, Alito wrote "the prayers of so many people from around the country were a palpable and powerful force."

He added: "As long as I serve on the Supreme Court, I will keep in mind the trust that has been placed in me."
Sounds very nice to me. Anyone see something wrong with it?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: The Political spectrum

Do you think this is accurate? Is there really no difference? Or, is Mr. Browne just a bit cynical?
"Left-wing politicians take away your liberty in the name of children and of fighting poverty, while right-wing politicians do it in the name of family values and fighting drugs. Either way, government gets bigger and you become less free."

Harry Browne

Religion: Love the Film, Hate the Sin? Christians Debate

I just heard today about the "End of the Spear" controversy with the lead actor,Chad Allen, who happens to be an openly gay activist. Now, it seems that many Christian groups are calling for a boycott of the film. Dennise Washington over at ColoringGirl asks some really good questions people of faith need to be considering.
It is a requirement that everyone on the set be a Christian and espouse to the same beliefs as the production company? If so, not a lot of movies will be made.
Newsweek has a story on the details. They describe the Christian response to the film as "The schizophrenic." I hate to say it, but it sounds accurate.
When the movie's producers offered the part to Allen, who currently attends a Christian congregation, they didn't know he was gay. (The producers aren't exactly the target audience for The Advocate, which put Allen on the cover when he came out in 2001.) Ultimately, the decision to leave Allen in the role was left up to the man the movie is based on, Steve Saint, since Allen was set to play Steve—and his slain father—in the film. "My dad was my hero, and the thought of someone playing him that advocates that lifestyle made me very uncomfortable," says Saint. "But I realized it wasn't for me to condone or to condemn what Chad does or doesn't do. That is God's prerogative. And I feel that God had his hand in setting up this complex scenario for Chad to play this part."
Newsweek reported that there are 100 pastors that came out against it--I wonder who are these pastors? Are they mainstream, large congregation, leaders? With the THOUSANDS of churches in this country, there are plenty of diversity. I would think that most Christians would not necesarily see a problem with a film producer hiring another human being--of course, a sinner like anyone else--to play a lead role.
Not everyone agrees that Allen is God-sent. Janz recently got more than 100 pastors to join him in signing a letter to the movie's producers saying that they couldn't in good conscience support the film. There is, however, one upside to having Allen in the movie. "I'm absolutely sure we're having people check it out that never would have gone to a 'Christian' movie," says Allen. "I went with 30 of my close friends, and we walked away having these amazing spiritual conversations together." Which is exactly what both Saints were trying to do in that Amazon jungle.
I agree--it sounds to me that with Allen in the movie, and now all of this hoopla, the movie will get a more diverse audience that would benefit from a message of love and redemption.

From Dennis:
Instead of supporting the film regardless of the decision by the producer who is Christian, we shoot our own. Do we trust his decision making which was a hard one to make? (just heard his story at a Christian media conference last week) Even Steve Saint supported the decision. And, support doesn't mean they condone homosexuality.
I truly hope the movie does well in DVD sales.

Tags: Religion, Jesus, Politics, Spirituality, Christian, Bible, Church, Movies, News, Culture,

Wednesday, March 1

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"They have gun control in Cuba. They have universal health care in Cuba. So why do they want to come here?"

Paul Harvey

Tuesday, February 28

More Good News: Supreme Court Backs Abortion Protesters

I heard this today on Fox News earlier today, and AP has the story.
A 20-year-old legal fight over protests outside abortion clinics ended Tuesday with the Supreme Court ruling that federal extortion and racketeering laws cannot be used against demonstrators.
Breyer's words:

In Tuesday's ruling, Justice Stephen Breyer said Congress did not create "a freestanding physical violence offense" in the federal extortion law known as the Hobbs Act.

Instead, Breyer wrote, Congress addressed violence outside abortion clinics in 1994 by passing the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, which allows for court injunctions to set limits for such protests.

Today is a great day for freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom to peacefully protest. There are key rights in our nation.

Today has given the President, and the Republican party, a lot of points with the pro-life and value-voter base.

Memo to the party: If you want to reach the Latino value voter, speak about the issues of importance to them--education, jobs, the economy, and health--but do it firmly from a right-of-center position! If the Republican party is going to gain more Latino votes, it must differentiate their message from the Democrats, and trying to go moderate is not the way to do it.

These are the sort of headlines the Hispanic communities are looking for, right along the rest of conservative America.

Federal Judge Rules in Favor of the Seven Mile Bridge Rafters

This is great news! These men where seeking freedom from a brutal dictatorship, and there was no reason to send them back--it was completely inconsistent with present law. We are in the business of opposing dictators, and promoting liberty all around the world.

HT: BabaluBlog. Via The Real Cuba
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the U.S. government acted unreasonably when it sent home 15 Cubans who had made it to abandoned bridge under the presumption they weren't actually on U.S. soil.

U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno ordered the federal government to make its best effort to help the immigrants to return to the United States, said Kendall Coffey, an attorney for the Cubans and their relatives.

Read the whole story here.

Drudge: BUSH CHEERS DECLINE OF MAINSTREAM MEDIA, RISE OF ALTERNATIVE PRESS

UPDATE II: Michelle Malking reacts to Bush's comments about the blogsphere: "...for all the lip service being paid to the power of blogosphere, the White House has sure down a lousy job of monitoring it."

UPDATE: Looks like the blogsphere is talking about this one. Wizbang has a round up of links, and had this to say.

I'm glad to see that Bush and Rove understand the importance of the blogosphere in disseminating information; however, as Michelle Malkin notes, they need to do a much better job of monitoring reaction to their policies, particularly the ports deal.

Maybe President Bush could have avoided this headache.

I think the President has an impossible job--predict how everyone is going to react to every decision or lack of, right or wrong. It's a no-win situation for him, and what he is doing now--giving the deal more time--is good enough as far as I am concerned.

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Drudge reports on comments made by President Bush and his top advisers on the importance of blogs, and what the CBS memo scandal showed about mainstream media.
President Bush, for the first time, is hailing the rise of the alternative media and the decline of the mainstream media, which he now says “conspired” to harm him with forged documents.

“I find it interesting that the old way of gathering the news is slowly but surely losing market share,” Bush said in an exclusive interview for the new book STRATEGERY. “It’s interesting to watch these media conglomerates try to deal with the realities of a new kind of world.”
It's a whole new world, and the liberal media is no longer the gatekeeper.

This is what an email from Regnery Publishing said about "Strategery:"
Try as they might, the liberal media and far-left Democrats simply cannot beat President George W. Bush. Washington Times White House correspondent Bill Sammon shows that, despite the Left attacking President Bush on everything from Iraq to Supreme Court nominees to hurricanes, the president has applied his unique brand of "strategery" to vanquish John Kerry and embark on a breathtakingly audacious second-term agenda.

In Sammon's latest book, "Strategery: How George W. Bush Is Defeating Terrorists, Outwitting Democrats, and Confounding the Mainstream Media," he explains that while the rabid mainstream press has steadily imploded, President Bush has helped bring democratic elections to the Middle East, two outstanding new justices to the Supreme Court, continued economic growth at home, and a long string of successes in the war on terror.

With unprecedented access to President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and Karl Rove, Sammon reveals how the White House has ignored the liberal media and liberal Democrats, leaving them increasingly impotent and irrelevant.

Sounds like an interesting book. Drudge reports its at #5 in the Amazon.com lists. Also, on CitizenLink, Gary Schneeberger interviews journalist Bill Sammon, "in his first interview about his new book "Strategery," [he] explains why you can't talk about the Bush White House without talking about how much the mainstream media hates the man." Great piece.
"Big Stretch" or "Superstretch," that's what President Bush calls Bill Sammon. It's a nod to the reporter's 6-foot, 7-inch stature, but also a reflection of the affinity the Leader of the Free World has for a) bestowing silly nicknames and b) Bill Sammon himself.

The longtime chief White House correspondent for The Washington Times -- he recently departed for the rival and just-as-editorially-conservative Washington Examiner -- Sammon is author of the just-released "Strategery: How George W. Bush is Defeating Terrorists, Outwitting Democrats and Confounding the Mainstream Media." It's his third book on the Bush presidency, following the New York Times best-sellers "Fighting Back" (2002) and "Misunderestimated" (2004).

"Strategery" picks up the story of Bush's time in office in the spring of '04, amid growing unrest over the war in Iraq and growing attacks from the left as Democrats move toward anointing John Kerry as their presidential candidate. It spans nearly two years and 334 pages. Sammon leverages his reporting skills and the president's fondness for him to offer fresh insight into incidents already memorialized in history books: the mainstream media's unceasing efforts to ruin Bush, including CBS' amateurish, imbalanced and ultimately untrue reporting of a story about whether the president fulfilled his National Guard service as a young man; how the Kerry campaign imploded over its decision to trumpet his Vietnam service as his chief qualification for office; and how Team Bush hit all the right notes in nominating John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court -- if you discount the ill-fated Harriet Miers interlude.

Monday, February 27

Founder of Domino’s Pizza to build first town in America to be run according to strict Catholic principles

The Times Online have an interesting story of a new town being established in Florida. This is the sort of thing that makes America great! I remember as a child being read the story of Tom Monaghan. It inspired me greatly, and to this day, I still remember that evening, at my mother's feet.

For perspective, whether you are catholic or protestant, I would highly recommend you read "A History of the American People" by Paul Johnson. In part one, "A City on a Hill" Johnson chronicles the history of colonial America from 1580 to 1750, including the many theocratic groups that established themselves on the American shores.

Of course, the Times article comes across to me a bit irreverent and with sarcastic overtones. That's to be expected. It's to bad--its a great story on what makes America great--the freedom to practice your faith and to join other like-minded people in doing so. While the strict moral principles faithfully Catholics live by may be "threatening" to some, this sounds to me a like a great idea. I hope it goes well for them.
A FORMER marine who was raised by nuns and made a fortune selling pizza has embarked on a £230m plan to build the first town in America to be run according to strict Catholic principles.

Abortions, pornography and contraceptives will be banned in the new Florida town of Ave Maria, which has begun to take shape on former vegetable farms 90 miles northwest of Miami.

To be clear, no one is going to be forced to live there. That is the blessing of America--there is plenty of land for everyone to live under their own faith.

Tom Monaghan, the founder of the Domino'’s Pizza chain, has stirred protests from civil rights activists by declaring that Ave Maria'’s pharmacies will not be allowed to sell condoms or birth control pills. The town's cable television network will carry no X-rated channels.

The town will be centred around a 100ft tall oratory and the first Catholic university to be built in America for 40 years. The university'’s president, Nicholas J Healy, has said future students should help rebuild the city of God in a country suffering from "“catastrophic cultural collapse".

Monaghan, 68, sold his takeaway chain in 1998 for an estimated $1 billion (£573m). A devout Catholic who has ploughed millions into religious projects --— including radio stations, primary schools and a Catholic law faculty in Michigan -- Monaghan has bought about 5,000 acres previously used by migrant farmers.

The land on the western edge of the Everglades swamp will eventually house up to 30,000 people, with 5,000 students living on the university campus. Florida officials have declared the project a development bonanza for a depressed area, and Governor Jeb Bush attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the new university earlier this month.

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Churches Overstepping into Politics -- Whats the story?

The AP has a story on a new task force the IRS set up in 2004 to review allegations of improper political activity by churches and non-profit charities. Of course, the headline is deceptive, as it declares "IRS: Charities Overstepping Into Politics." It makes it sound like a systemic problem among the church and faith community. You got to go down to the 6th paragraph to get the proper context for what the IRS actually discovered.

Those referred to the IRS represent a tiny fraction of more than 1 million tax-exempt organizations organized under section 501(c)(3) of the tax law.

The IRS examined 110 organizations referred to the tax agency for potentially violations, and 28 cases remain open.

Among the 82 closed cases, the IRS found prohibited politicking and sent a written warning to 55 organizations and assessed a penalty tax against one group. Those organizations included 37 churches and 19 other organizations.

In the three additional cases in which the IRS recommended revoking tax-exempt status, none of the organizations were churches. The agency did not identify the three.

The IRS found tax violations unrelated to politics in five cases. Examinations of the 18 remaining groups did not turn up any wrongdoing.

I wonder if they looked into Sharpton, Jackson, or the countless other Democrats that go around speaking in liberal churches. A quick search at Technorati found the crazies running scared of the pending theocracy. Perhaps the blog knows what the AP missed--there is no story here.

They might have a more newsworthy piece if they did an investigative article on Democratic speaking engagements at Church events. Watch for it in 2006--after loosing to the "value voters," they just won't be able to resist coming into the churches. Specially the large black and Hispanic churches.

Cavuto: Government handouts the problem in New Orleans

Listen to Cavuto now on Fox News. He is talking about the idea that government handouts are contributing to the problem in NO. I'll put up a link to the site when its up.

Update: Cavuto's site on FoxNews.com

Jonathan (on Fox News): "It's not the role of the government to pick up the pieces"

Sunday, February 26

The Huddled Masses: My Thoughts on Immigration

To many, the words inscribed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty have little meaning. For me, a son of immigrants, and for thousands of others like my parents, the words best describe the feelings of coming to America. Immigrants are tired; tired of hiding from the law, tired of not being able to practice their faith, and tired of not being able to enjoy liberty. They are tired of being poor at the hands of injustice, and corruption. Tired of seeing little hope and future for their children. They are masses, yes, yearning to breathe free. This is America, land of the free.

America is a nation united by values, not ethnic heritage. We are not a nation of white people, or English people, but a nation of free people who share a common desire to enjoy liberty, and prosperity.
On a tablet on the pedestal of the statue of liberty is inscribed a poem. Entitled "The New Colossus," it contains the famous words, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."

These words were not originally attached to the statue. The poem, which was written in 1883 to help raise money for the statue's pedestal, was forgotten until it was rediscovered in a Manhattan used-book store. The text was only placed on the pedestal in 1903, and it transformed the statue's meaning.

Its author, Emma Lazarus, was an American Jew, born in New York City in 1849. She had a privileged upbringing, and wrote a volume of poetry that was privately printed by her father.

In 1881, a wave of anti-Semitism swept across Russia. Soldiers destroyed Jewish districts, burned homed and synagogues. Thousands of Jews set sail for America. Lazarus was shocked by what she saw and devoted herself to helping the refugees.

The final sum needed to complete the pedestal came from an auction of literary works by such authors as Mark Twain and Walt Whitman. Emma Lazarus was asked to contribute a poem. She was reminded of the Colossus of Rhodes, a huge bronze statue of the sun god Helios, one of the wonders of the ancient world. She called her poem "The New Colossus," and it was sold for $1,500. At the time, she was dying of cancer. She was just 38 years old when she died in 1887.

Immigrants and Immigrants

Wow. DJ Drummond wrote a compelling post on immigration that provides context to our current immigration policy problems. It's a sad part of our national history--racist or bigoted immigration policy based out of ignorance or fear.

Earlier this week I had the pleasure to hear Stephen Moore discuss President Bush’s proposal with William Bennett on “Morning in America”. Mr. Moore, no cheerleader for the White House, was quick to point out just what I have been saying all along, and to add a question he asked his own parents, when they objected to the way new citizens come to America. ‘Why don’t they come here legally, the way our ancestors did?’ Moore says his parents demanded. ‘How sure are you that they did come here legally?’ countered Moore, reminding Dr. Bennett that the immigration and entry laws of the United States have varied widely over the years, and many now-respectable families started out by skirting the law to some extent. At one time or another, immigration was severely restricted or even illegal for such groups as Chinese, Catholics, Jews, Irish, Africans, and religious minorities. And social attitudes were only recently broadened to allow employment and education to all citizens. My own father told me tales about Philadelphia businesses which would neither hire nor serve blacks, Jews, or Irish. So it should not surprise people to discover that U.S. law was capricious in its treatment of people wishing to enter the country, and more than a few who live here permanently had to bend rules to do so. It hardly means I am excusing illegal entry, but we should be careful to understand that the United States has never yet practiced a consistent immigration system.

Until the past century, immigrants, whether legal or not were considered as a group to be valuable to the economy and no threat to the government. While certain groups have been considered undesirable, like the ban on Asian immigration enacted by Teddy Roosevelt’s Administration (note that the ban was not especially effective), and the restrictions imposed during World War 1 and World War 2 set the tone for not only necessary security actions, but also perjorative social engineering.

I keep having Roosevelt's quote about hyphenated americans being thrown at me. Frankly, Roosevelt does not strike me as the best model when it comes to immigration policy, nor do I consider him a great conservative in our national history.

DJ Drummond continues...

I have written on this issue before, and now as then I will doubtless find few enough minds open to the need to begin ab initio in developing a comprehensive and fungible policy for immigration, otherwise whatever is decided now will simply create a new set of problems in the years to come.

-- DJ Drummond
Do head on over to PoliPundit and read the discussion going on for this post. Interesting read.