Veteran Patriots Action Conference (VPAC): Vets making a difference. One of the unresolved issues surrounding school / campus security involves private and parochial schools. Where some states are providing a security policy, to include select teachers and staff carrying concealed, and resourcing, none of them provide for private or parochial schools.
The Veteran Patriots Action Conference (VPAC) is working on legislative language to address this shortfall. We’ll keep you posted on how this is going, as appropriate. We hope that our effort may offer a template on how YOU can make a difference where you live, raise your family and work.
This is one more example of Vets in the Fight® making a difference at home town, county and state level.
This week, we will celebrate the daring, courage and sacrifice of 73,000 young Americans who hit the beaches of Normandy, Omaha and Utah — on June 6, 1944, 75 years ago. Those who lived to come home are now in their 90s. While we have this extraordinary generation till among us, this is the year, month, and day to reach out and thank them. It is also a moment to think about what the day means for us.
The assault, named “Operation Overlord,” was epic – enormous in size, significance, and tragic cost. On the beaches of Normandy France, in a moment of profound resolve, faith, military commitment, and patriotism, which boils down to love of country, town, family, and freedom – these boys from across America risked all for us.
Had they not done so, the freedoms and prosperity we take as a birthright daily would not be ours; if by some stretch America had survived and endured at all, we would be an island in an ocean of unthinkable darkness.
These boys knew that the fight was all or nothing, win or freedom perishes, prevail against the evil that had taken Europe, or allow something to stand that could not. So they gave it their all.
That invasion – which the Nazis thought they could halt on the beach – is what made freeing Europe possible. But it did not come without enormous human cost – both in those lost on that day and in the memories and horrors experienced, which lasted a lifetime for those who were there.
You can have open borders or a welfare state, but not both! Listening to political pundits as much as I do can be frustrating. They are employed, I assume, because of their intelligence and savvy presentation. Lately I have been less and less impressed. They strap on a position and won’t take it off, even if it displays no common sense.
Geraldo Rivera of Fox News, on Friday, was arguing with fervor for open borders like we had in the early history of our country. He would be correct insofar as we had relatively open immigration until the late 1800s. But, he smoothly never mentioned that our early immigration policy never included bed, bath, and beyond.
Let this sink in deep…You Can Have Open Borders or a Welfare State, but Not Both! Financial collapse will surely result. Even Cher tweeted this realization last month, witnessing all the homeless living on the streets in Los Angeles.
After the Civil War, several states passed their own immigration laws. In 1875 the Supreme Court stepped in declaring immigration to be a federal responsibility. As a result, as immigration rose in the 1880s, with economic conditions worsening in some areas, Congress began passing immigration legislation.
In this period, certain aliens were prohibited from entering the United States by the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and by the Alien Contract Labor Laws of 1885 and 1887. The latter prohibited the importation and migration of foreigners and aliens under contract or agreement to perform labor in the United States.
The Immigration Act of 1882 levied a head tax of fifty cents on each immigrant and excluded (worded from the .gov website) idiots, lunatics, convicts, and persons likely to become a government charge (people that cannot take care of themselves). My grandmother arrived in that relative time period and it is good to know she was admitted without difficulty. She arrived by herself at 14 years old, working age in those days, leaving her parents and two sisters in Italy, to live with her aunt and uncle in New York. Her sisters arrived later, one per year. Such was typical in those days.
Today, we have thousands upon thousands, maybe even millions of illegal immigrants arriving without a penny, with no skills, no means of support, no extended family in the country, and many with disease. No wonder we are seeing the rise of diseases that were eradicated decades ago.
Some pundits will say that illegal aliens are not supposed to receive federal benefits, but that is largely untrue. Many are receiving housing subsidies, free education, urgent medical care, free school breakfast and lunch, prenatal and postpartum care, and infant delivery benefits paid by Medicaid. As many as 50% of these immigrants are receiving food stamps or at least one other welfare benefit.
A study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) released a study in 2017. They found that illegal immigrants are a net consumer of benefits to the tune of $100 billion per year, not including the cost of patrolling the border. Please, don’t give me the “they contribute taxes” argument. Their contribution amounts to between $12 – 18 billion in taxes, an obvious net loss. A $25 billion wall would be a bargain.
Many states have their own benefit packages as well. Eleven states offer free or subsidized medical care. New York state gives up to $300 per month in cash assistance. California offers food stamps, and legal services. The California governor has recently asked for $50 million from taxpayers to serve the illegal population.
Migrants know what benefits are available. They see it reported on TV and in the press and they know what political party is selling it. They form caravans to get the spoils they know are waiting.
What we are up against is a welfare-loving political party that is determined to use it to expand their power. They know these aliens will either eventually vote or fraudulently vote and they will vote for more of everything. What it will cost is of no concern. The Left is probably hoping for an economic collapse so as to commence the total socialist system that they have been working towards for decades.
So, what is it going to be, a welfare state or open borders? Choose one. You can’t have both unless you’re a socialist or globalist or both and want an end to these United States.
What the West owes Christianity is incalculable. Our values, culture, beliefs, and civilization were shaped by the Church and the Bible. Scientists, philosophers, explorers, and freedom fighters were all inspired by the Church.
Most importantly, the invention of the individual owes its existence to Christianity. What we see now is a denial, an antagonism, even hatred toward what has been the bulwark of our society and country.
Prior to Christianity, monotheistic religion, primarily Judaism, was a birthright, an ethnicity. Judaism was community based, a sort of collectivist social organization with atonement of the community earned by the killing of animals. With Jesus Christ, belief became a personal choice with no earthly condemnation for choosing otherwise.
Our Constitution is based on these principles, the rights of the individual. It was to establish the individual’s right to life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness. The Bill of Rights is not a document describing what the government can do, but a covenant detailing what the government cannot do. It was to establish limited government, a radical departure for the time. I am amazed today that so many people protest their rights. They are that ignorant.
The colonists and framers that fought for our freedom from Great Britain knew from their own experience that independence and the right to make one’s own way in the world by one’s own effort, was a life free of limits. Anyone could achieve any station in life, dependent only on their individual effort, talent or ambition. Because our society was based on Biblical principles, it made no difference what one’s personal views were. All were welcome.
This individualism has led to the most spectacular discoveries in science and medicine, thinking outside the box. Socialist countries have depended on our achievements for their own benefit, much of which they had to steal because their system, by definition, cannot produce such advances. No great inventions or scientific thought has come from Muslim countries for hundreds of years.
The Muslim world spends about 0.2% of its GDP on research and development while the West spends about 5%. Only 8 Nobel Laureates have been produced by the Islamic world in the past 105 years. In the same time period, the West produced about 900 with the United States leading with 368.
Our Electoral College system is based on the individual, with no one state or group of states deciding the fate of the entire country. Without the Electoral College, a group of twelve or thirteen states could decide the outcome of every election leaving the balance with no voice. This is no longer taught, hence the teaching of the ‘fundamental fairness’ of pure democracy or majority rule, or the deciding by two wolves and a lamb as to what to have for dinner…mob rule.
Unfortunately, the last several generations in our country and much of the West have seen an abandonment of the Church and its ideals. Our young people have been indoctrinated by schools, media, and nefarious politicians in a reawakening of the Marxist secular theology, giving the group priority over the individual. Individualism has been called selfish and looked at with suspicion. We no longer teach that the developing of oneself in a moral condition is the key to success in this life. It is no wonder so many people today look to the handout, the freebie, the government as parent with all-authority, while being morally bankrupt, thinking they can do anything they want.
The current attack on Christianity, the burning of churches, the killing of Christians at worship, and the bombings, brings too little media attention. In 2013, Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, ordered that no priests are to “contribute to the morale” and “well-being” of military personnel. Thus, the offering of the sacrament of Communion was prohibited. No mention was made of limiting the religious freedom of Muslim service members or the furloughing of Imams. In June of 2010, two Christian missionaries in Dearborn, Michigan were arrested for discussing Christianity on a public sidewalk outsidean Arab festival. They were acquitted, but they were charged with disturbing the peace and spent the night in jail. The ACLU has fought long and hard against Christian prayer in public schools, but has fought equally hard for the right of Muslims to pray in school.
Few people realized that many French churches had been desecrated prior to the fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame…1300 in 2018 alone. Islamic and Liberal forces have decided since Christianity is on the downswing, to just hasten its death. Other attacks have been widespread all over Europe with the spreading to the United States. The authorities in France were quick to announce that the Notre Dame fire was not caused by terrorism, WHILE IT WAS STILL BURNING! Bizarre and cowardly at the least.
It is being reported that France’s President Macron believes Notre Dame should be rebuilt in line with diversity. An architect has suggested an Islamic minaret be added. This is the insanity that has poisoned Europe. They actually think this will make Muslims happy and content. Europeans seem unaware that the Muslims in Europe do not represent immigration, but invasion.
Apparently, much of the West has decided to abandon Christianity. To be sure, it is a decision to commit suicide.
The uncontrolled immigration in Europe of Muslims brings no respect for other religions or individual choice. The accompanying spread of collectivism, that looks upon Christianity as cultural and theological competition, will rejoice at the downfall of Christianity in the West. This will leave just the two forces to decide who rules the world.