HORIZONS by Ken Booth

August 5, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — ycazso @ 1:11 am


First, he declared war on the people of Louisiana with a punishing moratorium on deepwater oil drilling while limiting shallow water drilling through a slowdown of the permitting process – putting thousands out of work and delivering a near fatal blow to the economy of the state that supplies the rest of the nation with most of its oil and gas.

 Not finished, the President of the United States then declared war on Arizona by hauling this state into federal court in a challenge of a just enacted state immigration-related law. The Obama Justice Department suit clearly demonstrates a great ambition and propensity to ignore control of a wide open border but engage in activities to which it was never authorized, overwhelming negative public sentiment and opposition be damned.

 Who’s next?

Maybe, the Commonwealth of Virginia. Following the lead of Arizona’s lawmakers, the Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has ruled that his state’s authorities CAN ask suspects they stop or arrest about their immigration status.

Oh, wait! Missouri voters may find themselves in this administration’s crosshairs now. About 71 percent of Missouri voters backed a ballot measure that would prohibit the government from requiring people to have health insurance or from penalizing them for not having it.

This, after a federal judge back in Virginia refused to throw out a lawsuit filed by that state against the U.S. Government  in a challenge of the same Obamacare program. The ruling was bad news for Obama and for Democrats because it will force the White House to defend the highly unpopular health care law in the middle of this year’s election season.  A recent poll by Rasmussen Reports showed 57% of Americans believe Obamacare will be bad for the country.  How many Democrats will want to wear that albatross, do you reckon?

 There is no question the detrimental effects of the moratorium are serious for Louisiana and, indeed the rest of the country. The indirect impact could be far worse with an estimated 320,000 jobs hurt at least at some level in Louisiana alone.  First, Obama dithered making the crisis worse. Then he ordered the moratorium having the additional effect of a double whammy of incompetence on the part of British Petroleum and the ineptitude of the Obama administration who said it was imposed to insure safety in the drilling industry.  Never mind that 42,000 wells have been drilled in the Gulf of Mexico in the last 63 years, including 2,500 in deep water and this is the first accident.Surely, nobody can dispute that Arizona is reeling under a daily invasion by an onslaught of illegal aliens many of whom are violent criminals who have been deported before only to come back again and again. We are quite literally under siege. And under this President and the one who preceded him in that office the federal government not only does nothing to protect Arizona and the rest of the states against this invading

horde, it actively battles against those on this side of the border who attempt to protect themselves. In other words, federal agents have sued Arizona officials to stop them from enforcing a federal law that the federal agents refuse to enforce.  Add to this the leaking of that Homeland Security memo which purports to detail how the White House could provide back-door amnesty to the estimated 30-million illegal aliens already in this country.  It demonstrates vividly the apparent contempt with which the administration holds the voters already angered over Obamacare and the refusal to secure the southern border.

The secret memo described setting up something called “deferred action” at the discretion of the U.S. government in indefinitely halting deportation “to permit individuals for whom relief may become available in the future to live and work in the U.S. without fear of removal.” That would amount to defacto amnesty. But as the Washington Examiner points out,  that would also leave a paper trail…”(something) the administration has worked hard to avoid.”

As the Washington Times  editorialized, “The Obama administration’s way to deal with the problem of illegal immigration is to declare it legal.”

“Will Washington’s failures lead to a second American revolution?” is the title of a column this month in the Wall Street Journal.  In the piece, authors Ernest Christian and Gary Robbins write “there is no end to the harm an out-of-control president can do.” Therefore, they assert, “the imperial Presidency” must be trimmed. “Barack Obama is diminishing America from within,” they write, “so far successfully.” As a result, Constitutional traditions like the rule of law are being shoved aside.

You may consider a second revolution to be outlandishly far fetched. But consider  that the Internet is a larger-scaled and much faster version of the Committees of Correspondence  that led to the first. According to the Wall Street Journal column cited here, “With Washington’s failings so awful and obvious, it may well lead to another.”

In the view of Dr. Chuck Baldwin, pastor of Crossroad Baptist Church in Pensacola, what we are witnessing is a federal leviathan that more and more shows blatant disregard for not only its own responsibilities and duties, but for the rights and freedoms of the individual states, and for the American citizenry as a whole. As to Obama’s  posture on illegal aliens, Baldwin cites John 10:1 KJV.

Further exacerbating tensions just in the last week were numerous ancillary administration actions coupled with unrelated events making news headlines which pointed directly to a breakdown at some of the highest levels of government.

Janet (The system worked) Napolitano’s office, we now know, allowed political appointees to review hundreds of public records requests “for awareness purposes.”  The bureaucrats, according to an AP report, showed “a probing curiosity” about the people and organizations” seeking records and documents that should have been readily made available for public inspection. In its analysis the Associated Press said Napolitano’s policy was shameful and “dangerous in a way that is subtle, perhaps, but perilous nonetheless. If access to information about what our government is doing becomes dependent on one’s political affiliations or the potential to make the administration look bad, then the foundation of our system is in jeopardy,” declared the AP.

Attorney General Eric Holder tried to explain why he is pursuing a shutdown of Arizona’s immigration law but not pursuing sanctuary cities that break the law, saying, “There is a big difference between a state or locality saying they are not going to use their resources to enforce a federal law, as so-called sanctuary cities have done, and a state passing its own immigration policy that actively interferes with federal law.” His statement came on the same day a Rasmussen Reports poll showed 61% of the nation’s voters in fact, favor passage of a law like Arizona’s in their own state.

Prince William County, Maryland authorities say the drunk driver who killed a Catholic nun  and critically injured two others in an auto crash last weekend was supposed to be awaiting deportation for being in the country illegally, but had been released by federal authorities. The man, Carlos Montano had been arrested twice before on drunk driving charges and had properly been referred to Napolitano’s agency. She says she will investigate why he was on the loose.

Strictly coincidentally, on the same day Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials hurriedly put out a news release declaring that 87 illegals from 19 countries had been picked up in a roundup and were considered as posing threats to public safety or to national security.  Seventy-five of those arrested had been convicted of crimes including murder, rape, and kidnapping. One was a member of the notorious MS-13 gang based in El Salvador who had numerous felony drug convictions.

Neither you nor I could ever hope to gain entry to the Army’s Fort Huachuca intelligence training facility in southern Arizona. But Maricopa County sheriff’s detectives this week turned up evidence that an illegal alien was, indeed, working on the base this year. While the Army said no harm was done, experts say the cse highlights how easy it would be for a potential saboteur to gain access there.  An investigation is underway as to how that happened.

And then there is this. The feds dole out to law enforcement agencies hundreds of millions of dollars to help jail criminals who are here illegally.  But there seems to be no rhyme nor reason to how the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program is handled.  Many jurisdictions get more money while others get mere pennies on the dollar.

Arizona, with thousands of illegals in its jails is fifth on the list.  The disparity is glaring.  The Obama administration forked over $12,107 to Surry County, North Carolina tohouse a single illegal immigrant for just five days. That’s more than $2,400 per day.  Compare that to Claiborne Parish, Louisiana which received only $1,223 for an inmate who was held there 363 days.

The department of Homeland Security, headed by Arizona’s former governor  Janet (the system worked) Napolitano, refused a local newspaper’s request for comment.

The United States is a free country. We all say so. The whole world knows it. And that’s part of the immigration problem we are experiencing. Millions in the world apparently believe America is free for the taking to anyone who wanders in with his hand outstretched. It’s a misconception that needs to be corrected.

Here's one line drawn in the sand.

 Is this a second one being drawn? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Jq8rKSXhQY (Speakers on)







1 Comment »

  1. Ken,
    I worked for you at KEEL in the early 70s, until you (correctly) suggested that perhaps I should consider a different career. It turned out to be great advice, as I’ve had a pretty good run in the pharmaceutical business. Although I left Louisiana right after graduating from Centenary in ’74, I kept up with you somewhat vicariously through my Farmerville-based sister–even caught your work on KNOE a few times when I visited the area.
    Best Regards,
    John Wilson

    Comment by John Wilson — August 17, 2010 @ 9:32 pm | Reply

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