Ronald Reagan had the courage to call modern liberalism what it is: warmed over socialism. When was the last time you heard a politician, from either party, call a government program, subsidy or entitlement, “socialism?”
It is the socialistic policies of our state and federal governments that are at the core of the immigration debate.
America is a nation populated by descendents of immigrants. Our forefathers left Europe in search of religious and political liberties, as well as economic opportunities. When they arrived there were no government programs set up to take care of them; instead, these rugged individuals carved out their future with determination and hard work.
My grandfather was a cobbler. My father, who was born in 1915, put himself through the University of Oklahoma during the Great Depression, earning a degree in engineering by working as a roughneck on an oil derrick. Dad did not depend upon the government to pay his way.
Until the 1930s Americans’ expectations of civil government were extremely limited. The civil governments’ responsibilities were to preserve and protect the unalienable rights of life, liberty and property; maintain law and order; prevent coercion of the weak by the strong; enforce voluntary contracts; define and enforce property rights; and provide a monetary system.
It was during the Great Depression that President Roosevelt proposed the New Deal, promising people that the federal government would establish work projects, programs and subsidies to take care of them. It was then that modern liberalism was born and the role and power of civil government dramatically expanded.
Now, many people depend upon the local, state and federal governments to provide them with womb to tomb security. The programs are too numerous to list but here are a few: Social Security, unemployment insurance, energy assistance, Child Health Insurance Program, Medicare, Medicaid, farm subsidies, food stamps, welfare handouts, and government housing. These are all socialistic policies which encourage dependency and are fraught with abuse.
Incredibly, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that everyone residing on American soil who applies for these government programs has the right to benefit from them, whether or not they are U.S. citizens, and whether or not they are here legally or illegally.
The immigrants illegally crossing our borders by the millions are taking advantage of these programs. Can you blame them? The socialist politicians use these government handouts to purchase the support of these immigrants. Univision, a Spanish speaking broadcast network, is encouraging immigrants to become citizens so that they can vote in the 2008 elections. Who do you think will benefit?
What about those of us who work productively, abiding by our laws? We are being bled to death by taxes to support the non producers in society and the illegal immigrants. Our nation cannot afford this unrestricted flow of immigrants. It’s time to get rid of entitlement programs which fuel the fire of immigration.