"The American Crisis," written by Thomas Paine in 1783, concluded: “Our citizenship in the United States is our national character . . . Our great title is AMERICANS.” Today, the United States faces imperatives — national, political, and cultural — if the nation is to survive as a nation-state.
Culture, ethos, heritage, and language are equal parts of the foundation of any nation, with citizenship the cornerstone. The United States is a nation built by immigrants who accepted this fidelity obligation and duty of citizenship — principles now under attack.
Spanish-speaking immigrants founded the first permanent American settlement at St. Augustine, Fla., in 1565. In 1620, the English settled Jamestown colony as the first permanent English settlement in what would become Virginia.
American colonists lived an assimilated English-inspired existence until the Revolutionary War when they opted out of King George’s rule. In 1776, with the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the colonies formed an independent Republic, the United States of America. Then in 1787, the United States adopted the Constitution which embodies “one ethos, one flag, one language, and one form of government with a valued citizenship.”
Increasingly, the question becomes: Do those principles still hold?
The current immigration chaos is the product of decades of congressional pandering to special interests at the expense of values. The Senate immigration bill, “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act” (also known as the Gang-of-Eight bill) reads like the plan of progressives, one-worlders, and radical global-socialists pushing for an “Open Society.”
The bill fails to consider the increasing levels of illegal immigration that are segmenting the United States, disintegrating national cohesiveness, and taxing citizens for entitlement benefits given to illegal aliens.
The nation needs immigration legislation that addresses 21st century problems, rather than yet another “comprehensive” (translated “thick and unreadable”) piece of muddled legislation. In place of a “comprehensive” bill, the nation needs a bill that deals solely with the paramount immigration problem of the day — border control.
Only when the borders are secured can Congress identify pathways to legalization. Even U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employee unions are warning that the Senate bill “weakens national security and means more illegal immigration.”
In a July 26, 2013, Washington Post article, entitled “Despite ambitious goals, millions would be left out of immigration deal,” David Nakamura points out that millions of illegal aliens will be left adrift, by choice or by inability to qualify for legalization or citizenship, if the current Senate bill were to become law.
He doesn’t mention the millions of illegal aliens who have entered the country illegally or overstayed their visas since Dec. 31, 2011, the Senate bill cut-off date. Nor does he reference the U.S. House of Representatives’ preference for incremental immigration reform rather than yet another voluminous “comprehensive” piece of legislation.
Among supporters of “comprehensive” immigration reform are internal forces — fifth-column organizations that support open borders. Such groups seek a valueless state ruled by an oligarchy of billionaires, such as George Soros, Peter B. Lewis, and like-minded progressives. These money-elitists are financing what amounts to domestic destruction of the Republic.
The past 40 years have seen the rise and acceptance of secularism, which has corrupted the American psyche and which coincides with the rise of post-modern progressives. Secularism seeks to replace concepts of national values, personal discipline, religious significance, and social order with turbid hedonism.
Radical leftists, socialist ideologues, and liberal Democrats support President Barack Obama’s dictatorial executive orders that bypass Congress and play semantics with the truth. They support his administration, which acts without concern for the Constitution. Such abuses of power have had damaging results, including not “phony” but real scandals:
- Failure of the White House to investigate the U.S. Department of Justice’s role in the “Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal that left two U.S. agents dead
- Failure of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to interview suspects in the murders of four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador, in Benghazi, Libya
- Failure of the FBI to investigate corruption at the Internal Revenue Service
- The U.S. attorney general, Eric Holder, on July 31, 2013, was accused by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee of giving “deceptive and misleading testimony” regarding government spying on Associated Press and Fox reporters
- The Obama administration practices the art of “stonewalling” all congressional inquiries into its conduct.
Immigrant advocates, global-socialists, and Democrats endorse abuses of power that lead to authoritarian control over U.S. citizens. Vague language in the Senate immigration bill and its grant of excessive discretion to political appointees and bureaucrats promise to unleash an open-borders deluge that would devalue U.S. citizenship.
Thus, an American crisis continues, and the words of Pope John Paul II in 1991 ring true today: “As history demonstrates, a democracy without values easily turns into open and/or thinly disguised totalitarianism.”
James H. Walsh was associate general counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service from 1983 to 1994. Read more reports from James Walsh — Click Here Now.
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