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Boundaries: Please respect mine?

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Personal Boundaries

We all have our boundaries. And we expect people to respect them. For instance, people should respect the privacy of your home. You have the right to lock your doors and windows, not because you hate what is outside, but because you love what is inside … your spouse, your children, your dog, your car, your DVD collection. Whatever it is, you have a right to secure and protect it.

Your personal boundaries protect the inner core of your identity and your right to choose

Gerard Manley Hopkins

You might even put up a fence to contain and protect your dog. Or, you may want to keep intruders out. Perhaps it just serves as a privacy screen. However, it is your right to put up your fence and it is not, in any way, an immoral act.

Thoughts on Scale

Boundaries are not complete inviolable. You have neighbors. You might take a casserole over to a neighbor who is ill, or share your grill for a neighborhood July 4th block party.

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On the other side of the coin, if you see your neighbor’s house being burglarized you might call the police. If you see the neighbor’s children having a spat, you might observe just to ensure it doesn’t get out of hand. If somebody is about to get hurt, you might even step in to cool things off. In a worse case scenario, where a child is being abused, you might step up and go to the aid of the child. It is nice to be able to look at yourself in the mirror.

What is the difference in personal boundaries and those between countries? It is only a difference of scale. Why? Because countries are made up of people. People need their boundaries. And, so do countries.

Boundaries are a Separation of Ideas!

I recently heard someone say, “Boundaries are a physical manifestation of the line between good and bad ideas. That statement really struck me. And, after thinking about it, I had to agree. Here is an example of what I mean.

In the controversy over our border with Mexico, some have compared the wall being built along sections of our border to the wall around West Berlin, which was finally torn down.

To put it plainly, this is a terrible and totally dishonest comparison.

At the end of World War II, Europe was carved up into two portions. One portion was allowed to continue on as before. However, the other portion fell under the control of the Soviet Union. This was done to placate Joseph Stalin, whose military forces had indeed helped defeat Adolf Hitler’s armies.
As part of the peace plan, Stalin was granted half of Germany and half of Berlin. However, Berlin was deep inside what would become known as East Germany

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The Berlin Wall, or Berliner Mauer in German, was a barrier that surrounded West Berlin and prevented access to it from East Berlin and adjacent areas of East Germany during the period from 1961 to 1989. From 1949 to 1961, approximately 2.5 million East Germans fled from East to West Germany. This included many skilled workers, professionals, and intellectuals. Their loss threatened to destroy the economic viability of the East German state. In response, East Germany built a barrier to close off East Germans’ access to West Berlin and hence West Germany.

The original wall, built of barbed wire and cinder blocks, was subsequently replaced by a series of 15 foot concrete walls, topped with barbed wire and guarded with watchtowers, gun emplacements, and mines. By the 1980s that system of walls, electrified fences, and fortifications extended 28 miles dividing the city of Berlin into two parts, and extending a further 75 miles around West Berlin, separating it from the rest of East Germany.

The point is the Berlin wall was not built to keep illegal immigration under control, or to try and block shipments of drugs, or to help prevent human and child sex trafficking by criminal cartels. It was built to keep East Germans in! Nobody, with the possible exception of western spies or the occasional crazies, was ever shot trying to get into East Germany or East Berlin. However, between 1961 and 1989, over 239 people were killed trying to get out. As a child, I remember we would get occasional letters from a relative trapped in East Germany. I remember when the letters stopped. We have no idea what happened.

The Berlin Wall separated ideas of freedom, democracy, and individual rights from the iron hand of totalitarianism. collectivism. and individual subjugation.

A Lack of Boundaries Invites a Lack of Respect

Mexico has a fascinating history and culture, and one that should be respected and appreciated. Then again, so does the United States. But, our cultures are different.

Most Americans would probably say they do not want the Unites States to become another Mexico. Despite Mexico’s interesting history and culture, the country has a long history of governmental corruption and criminal cartels engaged in drug smuggling, kidnapping for ransom, and human trafficking. Hopefully, improvements are being made, but only the passage of time will tell.

Human Trafficking is an abomination. In my opinion, anyone who “just cannot seem too understand” the role border security plays in helping to prevent human trafficking (or any of these other crimes) from occurring is either willfully ignorant or has another agenda, one that is not in the best interests of the United States and its citizens. Or, the victims of these horrific crimes.

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Legal … Not Illegal Immigration

Yes. America is a country built on immigration. It was built by immigrants. My ancestors came here from Germany and Switzerland, and possibly England. They worked hard to become good Americans. They did not try to turn America into another Germany or Switzerland; … because they believed in the American dream and wanted to be part of it. Not destroy it!

America has become a force for good on this planet. Does that mean we have never made mistakes. Of course not. But more Americans have given their lives in the defense of other people and countries than any nation on this planet. More American taxpayer dollars have been spent in foreign aid than any other countries. And of course, America should continue to be a force for good! But there is nothing wrong in asking other countries to step up and do their share.

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It is neither economically nor physically feasible for the United States to become the refugee camp for the entire planet.

The people of Honduras, El Savador, Guatemala, Venezuela, Syria, Iran, and Somalia, or any other country need to stand up and fight for their country and their people’s interests, just as Americans did over 243 years ago.

America and other countries can certainly help, just as France helped us. But there is an old saying, “You can’t help someone who won’t help themselves.” That saying still holds true today.

Keep America Healthy and Strong

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You also cannot help anyone if you are sick, unstable, emotionally, or intellectually bankrupt yourself. The same holds true for a country. In order to be a force for good on the planet, America must be healthy and strong. That means economically, militarily, and emotionally.

Patriotism is not a bad thing.

Patriotism is the driving force behind the success of any country. Patriotism is also what allows a people to withstand periods of trouble and turmoil for the good of the nation. Do you remember the victory gardens or Rosie the Riveter from WW II?

And, perhaps more importantly:

Patriotism is not obedience to government. Patriotism is obedience to the principles for which the government is supposed to stand.

Howard Zinn

The Circle is Complete …

So America needs to be healthy to maintain its role as a force for good on this planet. America is a defender of freedom, liberty, and human rights around the world.

Boundaries are healthy, normal and necessary for people. This would also include groups of people … and even countries. Boundaries (and borders) are neither immoral nor a “manhood thing” as some want to suggest. They are essential to the health of this Nation.

Clear and healthy borders keep us from selfish desires and wanting to control others. They also protect us from those who lack self-control and yet still want to control us.

Addressing Illegal Immigration

Ellis island Immigration Museum hall, 2009
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Illegal immigration is a real problem for this country,  and not only for out-of-work Americans.  Our southern borders are turning into war zones with drug smugglers, gun smugglers, and human traffickers having free rein while Obama‘s administration and Janet Napolitano‘s Department of Homeland Security do nothing and tell us “its’ ok … don’t worry … be happy!”

Trafficking in illegal aliens is also a danger to the illegal aliens themselves. Many illegal aliens from Mexico, South America, China,  and other nations are transported here under unhealthy, even dangerous conditions.  They have no real means of supporting themselves and put a real strain on America’s already dangerously strained economy by using tax payer provided services without paying any taxes.

Do I hate immigrants?  Of course not.  Most of us are descendants of immigrants.  But our descendants immigrated legally.  They came through Ellis Island or other immigrant entry ports. They came here to build something, to join a dream!  They fought to earn their place in society and helped to build a great nation.

I have nothing against legal immigrants.  I am not for punishing the children of illegal immigrants for the crimes of their parents.  However, amnesty just rewards law breakers (and gives Obama an instant ACORN friendly voter block).  Governor Perry’s providing education to children of illegal immigrants is a way to get them off the welfare rolls and turn them into productive members of society … rather than have them join gangs or vote in Obama’s (and other progressive-liberals) illegal alien voter blocks; is his way of dealing with a real problem!  At least Perry is doing something!  Like Sheriff Joe Arpaio is doing something.  Obama’s administration is doing nothing … except perhaps selling guns to the Mexican Mafia (see “Operation Fast and Furious”)!   Is Perry’s solution perfect… of course not.  What solution ever is?

Do we need to stop the flood of illegal immigrants across our borders?  Of course we do!  Can we “pack up” all the illegals we currently have and ship them back?  Probably not.  Should there be some sort of  path toward citizenship for them?  Maybe so!  But not in front of, or at the expense of, those trying to immigrate legally!   Do we need to look at existing immigration laws and discuss possible streamlining, simplifying, or other changes? Probably so!

I think the discussion of the immigration issue and how to address  related concerns needs to open and frank; with all relevent points considered!  Not all would agree it seems!

An article on The Blaze reports that on Tuesday, the San Antonio Tea Party was part of a panel discussion supported by a local public radio station: 89.1 KSTX.   The topic of discussion was the DREAM Act and the problem of illegal immigration. 

Jonathon Bryant, a Government Studies teacher from John F. Kennedy High School attended the event along with some of his students (who, according to Bryant, may be illegals).  Mr. Bryant asked a question of the panel about students that were illegal aliens and what should be done with them.  After the president of the group affirmed his support for the laws governing illegal aliens in the schools, Mr. Bryant just couldn’t contain himself. He decided to levy the “Nazi” charge. 

So this is what are teachers are teaching in our schools.  Anyone with a view opposing the progressive-liberal agenda or supporting the laws of our nation is a “nazi.”   Just another example of the intolerance of “progressive-liberal tolerance.”

Support Mark Devol for Congress in 2010

I have known Mark Devol and his wife, Becky, for many years.  I taught their two girls karate for several years when they were younger.  Mark and Becky DeVol are both solid conservative Americans!  Mark is running for Congress in 2010 in the Third District of Tennessee.

Mark is a millwright and runs his own company, Devol Millwork.  He has, on occasion, employed some of the young men who passed through my dojo.  Becky is the treasurer for the Andersonville Volunteer Fire Department and home schooled their two daughters … who are now both junior volunteer firefighters.

Here are some of the positons Mark DeVol takes on his campaign website:

Government Reform

Mark supports Congressional Term Limits.  He supports reducing the size of the federal governmen, and generating  federal revenue through a Fair Tax.

Mark supports the creation of a 10th Amendment Commission to review the constitutionality of all federal agencies and programs under Section 8, and … returning the powers and responsibilities left to the states back to the states.  

He also supports the bill sponsored by John Shadeeg of Arizona that states that all bills introduced in the U.S. Congress must include a statement setting forth the specific constitutional authority under which the proposed law is being enacted.  Such a measure would force a continual re-examination of the role of the federal government and would certainly go along ways toward curtailing the evermore intrusive reach of the federal government.

Under Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, Congress has the power to do 18 specific things.  They are:

  • To lay and collect Taxes
  • To borrow Money
  • To regulate Commerce
  • To establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization
  • To establish uniform Laws of Bankruptcies
  • To coin Money
  • To establish Post Offices
  • To promote the progress of Science and useful Arts
  • To establish a Courts system inferior to the Supreme Court
  • To declare War
  • To provide and  maintain a Military
  • To make all Laws necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers

Mark believes the federal government should stick to doing just that.  

For my part, I find that I strongly agree with his position …

Homeland Security

Mark believes that the primary function of the federal government is to protect its citizens by providing for a strong national defense  

…. I absolutely agree!

Immigration

Congress is charged with the responcibility of securing the borders of this country and  Mark DeVol thinks they should do just that.  

I agree but would also like to see that tied to no amnesty for illegal immigrants … and temporary worker permits for honest migrant workers!

Energy

Mark supports energy independence and achieving this by increasing nuclear energy production, oil production and building modern oil refineries while our scientists work to continue developing alternative energy sources.  

Makes sense to me ….

Budget and the Economy

Mark supports a budget balanced by utilizing fiscally conservative principles, lowering taxes, and letting the American people decide where to spend their money  ….  Can I get an Amen!

Education

According to Mark, our education system must be able to meet the demands of a rapiding growing and prosprous economy.  He says that the fundamental concepts of  personal finance, basic economics, personal responsibility, and self-governence must be taught … all students must be given the right tools to succeed!  

 … sounds much better than teaching them to put condoms on a banana or that God is a myth to me!

Mark also supports increased salary and bonus for effective teachers and Tort reform  

Health Care

Mark points to Cover TN as a good  example of what works in health care.  He supports making all medical expenses tax exempt, allowing the purchase of health insurance on the free market, eliminating state mandates and allow purchasing of catastrophic insurance, allowing medicare patients to utilize their health savings accounts and to have optional coverage, and Tort reform

….  again, this just make too much sense!  But there is always someone one looking for handouts!

Social Security  

Mark wants to protect citizens who have paid into and rely on social security.  According to Mark, future generations should be educated to develop the financial skills and discipline to fund their own retirement

… can I please get another Amen!

I like it!  No political double talk … just sound American Principles and Values being reintroduced and put back to work!  

These are the very same Values and Principles that originally made this Country great … and that the enlightened progressive  left-wing liberals (or whatever you want to call them) have tried so hard to stamp out … rugged individuality, personal responsibility, freedom of opportunity, and the true American liberty to succeed …  or fail … with the freedom to try again!  

For more information about Mark Devol and his campaign, please visit his website at www.devol2010.com