Letter to the Editor - August 19, 2014
Conservatives got it wrong
Four years ago, I fully supported SB1070. I believed that so called “illegals” were a harm to our state and to our country. Yet as I began to learn more about freedom and a free market I was shocked by how wrong I — and conservatives in general — were and are on the subject.
Facts I learned:
Americans are having their constitutional rights violated not only at the border, but up to one-hundred miles away from it.
Children of immigrants were less likely to use welfare than children of native born Americans.
Immigrants generally brought different skill sets than most Americans and, contrary to popular belief, actually help in lowering native unemployment than raising it.
Immigrants pay more in taxes (via payroll taxes, gas taxes, sales taxes, etc.) than they take out in welfare benefits.
Immigrants were responsible for a full 25 percent of new businesses in this country.
Immigrants are net benefit to our economy, not the major drag conservatives say they are.
Immigrants tend to boost native wages, not suppress them
Perhaps most shockingly is that almost all of the above list has been shown to be true of both legal, and illegal immigrants. So where did conservatives go wrong on this? I thought conservatism was the ideological friend of the free market? Economist Ludwig von Mises put it like this: “There cannot be the slightest doubt that migration barriers diminish the productivity of human labor.”
With all the data staring conservatives in the face how can they continue defending that which is not true? I don’t believe this defiance to be resultant of bigotry, it sadly and more likely resultant of forgetfulness: maybe conservatives have forgotten what freedom is.
How to endorse
I would like to commend Angela Pearson on her recent letter to the Editor. In her letter she told us how her husband, Daniel, has been preparing himself to become the next Justice of the Peace for the White Tank District. In her letter she was able to show how her husband can stand on his own merit. She did not sling any negative toward any candidate, even though negative has been thrown towards Daniel.
Instead, she stated how Daniel has completed Arizona Supreme Court small claims and civil traffic hearing officer programs, along with the Arizona Justice of the Peace Associations Judges training. He has also volunteered hundreds of hours in the Justice courts. She also mentioned what a hard worker Daniel is and how he never stops learning and striving to be better. This type of work ethic is critical in any position and is very hard to come by.
Thank you again for showing how Daniel Pearson can stand on his own merit and doesn’t have to resort to negative mudslinging to show how qualified he is.
I wish the term “clean elections” meant that candidates were not allowed to spout negatives and distort facts to make themselves look good, but to only focus on their own qualifications and what they will be able to accomplish if elected. Angela Pearson as done just that. I am sure Daniel Pearson will make a great Justice of the Peace.
I don’t know Angela personally, but I would like to thank her for setting a great example of how to endorse a candidate.
Aesop’s Fables to the president
From Aesop’s Fables to the President, his Administration and both houses of Congress.
No. 112, The Wolf, The Mother, and Her Child: A hungry wolf was prowling about in search of food. By and by, attracted by the cries of a child, he came to a cottage. As he crouched beneath the window, he heard the mother say to the child, “Stop crying, do or I’ll throw you to the wolf!” Thinking she really meant what she said, he waited there a long time in the expectation of satisfying his hunger. In the evening he heard the mother with her child and saying, “If the naughty wolf comes, he shan’t get my little one. Daddy will kill him.” The wolf got up in much disgust and walked away: “As for the people in that house,” said he to himself, “you can’t believe a word they say.” Moral: Do not trust the words of your enemies.
No. 186, The Trees and the Ax: A woodman went into the forest and begged of the trees the favor of a handle for his ax. The principal trees at once agreed to so modest a request, and unhesitatingly gave him a young ash sapling, out of which he fashioned the handle he desired. No sooner had he done so than he set to work to fell the noblest trees in the wood. When they saw the use to which he was putting their gift, they cried, “Alas! Alas! We are undone, but we are ouselves to blame, The little we gave has cost us all. Had we not sacrificed the rights of the ash, we might ourselves have stood for ages.” Moral: They are foolish who give their enemies the means of destroying them.
Civilized world should wake up
Since my last letter, I must give our Commander-in-Chief Obama a mini-Kudo for stepping up to the plate, albeit reluctantly and timidly, to help save and protect the Christians and Yazidi’s (ancient mixture of early Christians and Muslim doctrine) refugees in Northern Iraq from the forces of the current self proclaimed Islamic State (IS), the most extreme of Jihadist movements. Because he has, to date, refused to better arm the Kurds, our only true ally in Iraq, the Kurds are forced to defend themselves with antiquated weapons against a well equipped IS army of blood thirsty Islamic Jihads bent on world conquest. Hopefully, he will soon wake up and supply them with modern weaponry to not only defend themselves but destroy and rid Iraq of these crazies without major American troops on the ground.
The civilized world must wake up and quit dancing around the chaos and murder being perpetrated by the mad fanatic Muslims in the name of religion, not mainstream Islam but a distorted version of medieval thinking, except now they are using modern weaponry and technology instead of spears and swords. One has only to remember the Nazi’s under Hitler’s madness and the 6 million Jews plus millions of others murdered, including Christians, what weakness and delay to combat such evil can result in. Also, mainstream Muslims need to speak out more forcefully against this madness instead of being intimidated by the Jihadists who have stolen their religion and have actually killed and wounded more Muslims than any other people.
The free civilized world should also support Israel’s fight of survival against Hamas terrorism as it’s first bastion of defense against this Jihadist madness.
Violence in Iraq
The atrocities being committed by ISIS in Iraq are sickening, children being beheaded, crucifixions, women being raped while their husbands are killed, entire Christian towns being wiped out. All in the name of Allah! Please all you Muslims out there enlighten us non-Muslims if this is truly what your religion preaches. Is this what your holy Koran tells you to do? Kill all Christians, men, women, and children indiscriminately? If not, then all decent Muslims should be outraged at what is going on over there, and should be speaking out! Every holy man at every mosque around the world should be condemning this violence!
But, we don’t hear a peep from them do we?
When 1900 Palestinians are killed from Israeli airstrikes, because their terror group Hamas chooses to hide their civilians behind their missles, the Muslim world is outraged. But when 200,000 Christians in Syria and Iraq are wiped out, no outrage is heard from the Muslim world. In fact not much is heard from the media either. It seems the Muslim world doesn’t have much respect for their own civilian’s lives, and none for Christians, or non-believers. This is truly disturbing.
I say again where is the outrage from the media?? And from all decent Muslims, if there are any??
Negative political ads
Are you tired of negative attack adds clogging your mailbox, e-mail in-box, phone messages and TV adds? I am! The Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party is calling for an end of attack adds in the primary race for governor. He said that voters are “voicing disappointment with the level of negative campaigning.” He should move down the ballot and call for an end of attack adds all the way down to local elections.
The attack adds in Legislative District 13, being sent out by the three incumbents, aimed at their challengers are appalling, offensive and not true. Those adds say more about the character and integrity of those sending the material than they do about their targets. Political consultants keep telling candidates that attack adds work to win elections. If we, the voters, agree not to vote for the perpetrators and they lose the election then the strategy will be sent, where it belongs, to the discard bin.
Join me in voting against any candidate who sends you a hit piece aimed at their opponent. That may leave a lot of empty spaces on your ballot but it is worth the effort. Our mothers told us that if you can’t say something nice about someone then just don’t say anything. Great advice!
A silly pitch
There is a strange campaign pitch from Diane Landis, who wants me to vote for her because she “owns a gun, carries a gun, can shoot a gun, and has a concealed carry permit”. Then, she hints her opponents Darin Mitchell and Steve Montenegro, may not share those same attributes. Well that’s a silly pitch. Steve Montenegro was one of the legislators who passed Arizona’s Constitutional Carry law, which gave Arizona the best gun laws in the country. Darin Mitchell wasn’t in the Legislature then, but in his first term he joined Montenegro in having 100 percent pro-2nd Amendment voting records.
Mitchell and Montenegro have “A” ratings and have been endorsed by the NRA and the Arizona Citizens Defense League. AZCDL is Arizona’s most active 2nd Amendment group at the State Capitol and they have more than 11,000 members statewide.
I’m glad Landis has a gun, but instead of running against Mitchell and Montenegro, she really ought to be thanking them and supporting them. Their votes are keeping all of our Constitutional rights protected.
Stores would thrive without tax
In response to Mr. Warden’s sales tax.
I grew up in New Jersey. They pay no sales tax on food or clothing. Still today 2014 no sales tax. And they make a hell of a lot more in salary then Arizona. In fact New Yorkers travel to New Jersey to purchase their clothing. Just think if we eliminate the tax, other states would travel here to buy their cloths and pile up on food and our stores would thrive and not go out of business like they are now.
Now Folks, listen well!! The CIA and the President’s command will becomes Nazi SS officers and will report on Catholic and Christian church sermons. They will report if they speak out against the Government so the IRS can take away their tax status. It’s a tactic to strike fear like Nazi Germany did. I’m sure this will not include the Islamic Mosque’s. Why not there also?
They’re intrusive in our schools, and our public services. Those picketers against the Israeli war against Hamas, I’d wager they were paid to picket. President O’Bama to our shame betrayed Israel by not helping and just giving them rhetoric encouraging their enemy. Why aren’t Hama’s wives stopping their men from sacrificing their children? An American woman would use a baseball bat to knock some sense into the husband, but I suppose that’s easy to say in our culture.
When Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State, she swore an oath. A promise to uphold and protect American interest, but behind closed doors Clinton was really signing radical treaties and pursuing initiatives to surrender our Sovereignty to the United Nations and now her corruption exposed, Secretary of State John Kerry is continuing right where Hillary left off. We must defend our sovereignty. Our soldiers do not want to wear U.N. patches to service or support them. They are of little use except to funnel our money and make them selves wealthy at our expense. Wake up America we’re under attack, big money is pushing these Nazi attacks. The United Nations is seizing control of America’s natural resources. A One-World Government and global U.N. policies will destroy our freedom is what they have in mind.
Take heed! President O’Bama’s words needs to be taken with a grain of salt. “The Fisher of Men Reigns be at peace.”