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"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
My parents immigrated to the US in 1955 legally. They had passports and sponsors as provided by law, and obtained legal residency. They spoke little to no English, but got jobs and went to work. They got no preferential treatment, bilingual support or govt handouts. They are now comfortably retired by the efforts of their own hands. That's what I expect of immigrants coming here today.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
Imposing extremely tough illegal immigration laws does nothing whatsoever to alleviate these problems.
My personal stance is that issues such as these are the one's we should be focusing on. This is because the lion's share of the "costs" associated with illegal immigration are found in these problems. But more importantly, these problems are also, at their root, related to other sweeping problems across the nation that extend beyond the issue of immigration.
The immigration thing is, for the most part, scapegoating and a red herring for the what I believe is the real problem. Which is the Federal government overstepping it's bounds due to a Hamiltonian interpretation of the constitution, specifically the "General Welfare" clause.
I'm personally against such liberal interpretations of "General Welfare" for the purposes of entitlements just as much I'm against such liberal interpretations of "Invaders" for the purposes of imposing Federalized immigration laws.
Both of these issues should be left to the States.
But that position naturally follows from my ultra-small-government anti-federalist point of view. My positions are more like those of Madison and Jefferson, who had more anti-federalist leanings and were the leaders in opposition to Hamilton's Federalist positions.
Hence my Madisonian stance on the "General Welfare" clause, and my previous quoting of Thomas Jefferson regarding the lack of Federal authority regarding immigration laws.
My problem is that modern "conservatives" tend to be a mix between the Hamiltonian and Jeffersonian viewpoints. They become Hamiltonian when they agree with the federal legislation, and Jeffersonian when they disagree with it. All too often, the basic principles of small governemnt only apply in situations where they disagree with the legislation in question.
In this regard, politically speaking, the majority of modern conservatives are no better than modern liberals, IMO.
Tucker Case - Tard magnet.