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Monday, June 18, 2018

Immigration

If they've been here a while and are law-abiding, useful citizens, then I think we have to allow them stay and provide a means to citizenship. What is more important than rounding up those already here is to keep more from coming. We have to gain control of our borders, all our borders, to limit illegal immigration and importation.
Either dry up the illegal drug supply or legalize it. Our expensive half-measures have not and will not work.
I think we need to develop a whole new approach to immigration. First of all we have to, like Canada, welcome those who come bringing something we need in this country such as menial farm and factory labor, education. Everyone else needs either to stay out, or be held out of the general society until they can be repatriated or otherwise helped to a new life elsewhere.
We also need to help countries like those in Central America to clean up their societies so people will want to stay there and not here.
Just for starters.........................

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Russian interference in our elections--a perspective


The competition between Russia and the U.S. is longstanding. Remember that Hillary interfered in the last election of Putin. We intervened to support Yeltsin. The Russian attempts in the 2016 elections are not new except perhaps in the availability of new technology.

Distrust in government in these here Yunited States ain't new either. Remember the Founding Fathers tried hard to create a benign government but failed miserably as every election since has proven. (They also tried to create a meritocracy of the rich, but that's a story for another time.) Nonetheless, the "system" they created was doomed to fail as soon as communications improved enough to support a myriad of opinion makers and holders, diffuse the levers of power.

I believe the existential threat to our republic does not come from Putin, Un or Xi. No, it comes from the American people. These are the people who elected an immoral, corrupt Clinton twice; an insouciant Bush, twice; a race-baiting anti-politics Obama, twice; and now a decisive, incompetent Trump. Does anyone notice the downward trend here?

The voters are indeed manipulated, but they are manipulated not by Putin but by the Democrat and Republican parties and the U. S. media. Why all of a sudden is it traitorous to speak to a Russian? When did it become heinous to negotiate with Russian government officials? Why are we all of a sudden supposed to believe that the Russian intelligence services have only recently become interested in affecting affairs here? The only thing new is that we now have politicians and media using Russia as a self-serving club.

We are ill-served by public education, which ignores citizenship and history, and private educational institutions that exist in the thrall of liberalism and/or religion. An alarming majority of those who matriculate from our institutions cannot think or act rationally of their volition. To the extent they consider our governments at all, local to national, they do so in binary fashion: either they merely look for a handout, or ignore or attempt to ignore government and its rules and regulations. They have finally come to believe, rightly in my opinion, that governments do not exist to help the little guy but instead to foster the preeminence of the ruling class. Russian had nothing to do with any of that, although the oligarchy is very good at it there (our politicians could learn something from Russians).

As I have oft remarked, we are in the throws of The Great Sort. People are more concerned about culture than government. The folks who get elected, mostly chosen and funded by the elite, do not wish to be misidentified as "leading," but in fact believed to be "following" the dictates of those who elect them. I call that The Great Scam.

--Skepticus