Last night was extraordinary. Extraordinary in the realization of how corrupt our system has become.

Driving to Huntington Park from the Freeway, you drive through miles and miles of industrial blocks, warehouses, factories, manufacturing complexes and graffiti on every inch of every overpass and wall……a clear sign of rampant gang activity.

Huntington Park is next to Vernon and the City of Industry two other stunningly corrupt cities. It has a population of about 64.000, 90% Latino with 45% of them illegal aliens. We might as well have been in Mexico. The Mayor and city council members were all Latino.

Huntington Park made history by being the first city to openly appoint illegal aliens to city commissions. This meeting was to allow people to comment on the appointments. The council room that held about a hundred was overflowing and the overflow room with seating for 60 was full with people standing or sitting on the floor.

The first speaker was a young Latina woman who said the city council broke no law appointing the two men because they were volunteers receiving no pay and would have no effect on public policy (then what is the commission for?). The first ten speakers all supported the appointments. They spoke of how hard the men had worked during the election and what an influence they had been on them. That they just wanted the American Dream and their status shouldn’t matter.

The next speaker was a member of the city council, Valentin Palos Amezquita. He spoke eloquently, without an accent, about the value of our system and that appointing these illegal aliens to commissions has brought negative publicity, across the country, to the city. Mr. Amezquita was the only opposing vote on the council.

After the first ten supporters the pro and con sides were pretty even. Those supporting the appointments gave pretty much the same arguments, the men worked hard and it shouldn’t matter if they are legal or not. We are all immigrants. Illegal aliens pay taxes and work hard, etc. etc. etc.

Those who opposed the appointments were more interesting. Shirley Husar of Urban Game Changers made a passionate argument against rewarding illegal immigration in any way and how offensive it is to compare illegal immigration to civil rights.

A young Latino said he lived in Huntington Park 35 years and worked hard but had never met these men. He said he was a legal citizen and appointments need to go to legal citizens. He said there was a right and wrong way to do things and rewarding the wrong way was unfair to him and others.
A 40ish Latino businessman told them he had to admit they had accomplished something……they had destroyed the city. He said they owe millions and yet bought out the current police chief’s contract ($178,000 a year) to hire another at $200,000 a year. He said they all needed to be recalled.

Several questioned whether all the city council members were, themselves, legal citizens. A Latino woman said they made the city the laughingstock of the country. One young woman said she was an illegal alien and unafraid (why would she be afraid? This administration isn’t going to deport her). She said she graduated from college (paid for by the taxpayers) and that it shouldn’t matter if these men were legal or not. I guess she didn’t learn anything about our form of government during the years the taxpayers educated her. Several people who spoke bragged about being illegal.

I spoke about America having always been a country of laws, not men. We have respected the Rule of Law and Constitution for over 200 years and that a country without the Rule of Law, without borders is not a country. I said the countries these people came from would not allow a foreign non-citizen to work in any capacity in the government. I said they came here for the American Dream but if we didn’t enforce our laws there would be no country to dream in.

One woman confronted the council saying she knew two of them didn’t live in Huntington Park. She said she knew because she had driven them home. She said one lived in Walnut Park and one in San Bernardino. She seemed to know a great deal about the dealings of the city and said it was more corrupt than Bell.

The last woman who spoke had done her homework. She cited numerous laws, both State and Federal, the city council was violating.

This is what open borders and rampant illegal immigration has done to this state and the country. There are many small cities like this one being governed by people who were not born here. There is little or no oversight. They set their own salaries, appoint and hire other like minded people and squeeze out people who object. Nearly half the citizens of this city are illegal. Of course, the city council members are going to serve the interests of those illegal residents, but that doesn’t serve the interests of the country.

Illegal immigration has turned California into a Latino majority and a permanent Democrat majority that is encouraging even more illegal immigration. Governor Brown and the Mayors of Los Angeles and San Francisco have said they welcome as many illegals as want to come, while at the same time, rolling back our access to resources .

Most of us have believed jobs had to go to Americans before foreign workers. But more and more American workers are being replaced wholesale by foreign H1B workers and illegal aliens. 40% of the illegals living in America overstayed their visas and the government looks the other way.

It’s time to stand up and demand a return to the Rule of Law and a Constitutionally limited government. If we don’t, the entire country will go the way of California.

We MUST elect a President who will secure our borders and restore the Rule of Law.

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The Catholic diocese held a meeting last week to promote Pope Francis’ Encyclical on “Climate Change”. The meeting was held at Christ Cathedral (used to be the Crystal Cathedral) in Garden Grove.

In their presentation one of the first things they said was, “Man could no longer have dominion over the earth”. Wait………..WHAT? Doesn’t the Bible say God made the earth FOR man? And didn’t God give man dominion over the earth and animals? Is the Catholic Church saying God made a mistake? Doesn’t the Bible say God is all knowing? He knows us in the womb? But he created man to exhale a harmless gas that plants absorb and through photosynthesis manufacture oxygen for us to breath……that could destroy the earth? That’s about as BIG a mistake as anyone could make and they are saying God made it.

Whether or not you believe in God, supposedly the Pope and the Catholic Church do. I’m pretty sure they’ve been preaching the word of God for the last 20 centuries. But now they are telling their congregation God made a mistake giving man dominion over the earth? They are saying God didn’t know what man would do with it? They are saying we can’t use the oil and coal God gave us to use.

The event began with Sister Nadine McGuinness giving a talk in a soothing, gentle voice one might use to comfort a child. She said we must be “in love with what God has made”. I thought, God made coal, oil and natural gas for our use and I do love it. She said we need an ecological conversion. We need a global consciousness because it’s a problem that needs to be solved globally (ie: global governance).

She said Catholics needed to support the agreement that comes from the Paris Climate Change Conference in November. Besides ending America’s sovereignty due to the UN being given control of our use of energy (the life’s blood of our economy), it would be a means of redistributing our wealth world wide.

Tony, Strawa, the Catholic Climate Ambassador (whatever that means) then spoke about the science being settled (it isn’t) and showed some peer reviews saying 97% of the peer reviews supported man causing global warming (neglecting to mention publications being intimidated into not publish opposing reviews). He said we needed to have a discussion, a debate about how to accomplish the goals of sustainability…..which was interesting as they didn’t allow questions or comments from the audience. He ended his talk by saying even if global warming isn’t true, isn’t a cleaner world worth the effort? My answer would be not when it destroys our economy and way of life and produces little or no results. It will cost us trillions for a 0.03 (c) reduction in temperature.

As the meeting was wrapping up, a man stood and shouted that what they were saying was heresy. He said he was there to advocate for traditional Catholicism. He said they pay for abortions, they pay for contraception. He wanted the church back.

Many of us were outside the cathedral entrance holding signs against the global warming claim. At one point a woman approached us. Wearing Birkenstocks, cargo shorts and a Hawaiian shirt, she asked what group we were with. I said we weren’t with any group. We were just people who understand global warming is the biggest fraud ever perpetrated against man.

She asked if high density housing wasn’t a smart way to give people access to public transit. I asked her if she could carry ten bags of groceries home on a bus….or a case of beer…..or a turkey. She said she went shopping on a bike all the time. I told her I thought that was lovely but I couldn’t and shouldn’t be forced to.

She said we were going to use up all our resources. I told her we had more resources than we could ever use up. I told her instead of restricting our use of fossil fuels we should be finding more efficient ways of using them not replacing them with less reliable, much more expensive alternative fuels.

She said fracking was polluting our ground water. I told her that isn’t true. We’ve been fracking for decades and it has never contaminated ground water as it is done far below the water table. She was using all the global warming activist talking points.

Finally, I asked her if this wasn’t still America. And wasn’t America based on individual liberty. I told her I support whatever lifestyle she choses but she should respect other’s living as they chose.

I find all of this very troubling. Our churches are failing us. Public opinion is not supposed to dictate our moral foundation, churches are. But, apparently, their moral foundation is “evolving”. Our country is in moral, economic and cultural decline. We are rushing toward global governance and too many of our churches are advocating for it.

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I learned Ted Cruz was speaking at the Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills and I went to hear him. But in the process I had a more fascinating experience than I expected. Being a Christian I know very little about the Jewish faith. I have been to Jewish weddings and Bar Mitzvah’s but they were reform Jewish ceremonies. I’ve never been to an Orthodox Jewish service.

We were told to arrive at 10:00am. Because I like to be early, I arrived at 9:00am and the service was already in progress. Men were sitting on one side wearing yarmulkes and prayer shawls. Women sat on the other side with strollers and small children. There was a pulpit on a platform in the center of the room as well as a stage at the front of the room. The room was about 15% full when I arrived and a man was standing with the congregation holding a prayer book in his hands and chanting the prayers. I took a seat as close to the stage as possible and watched the proceedings in wonder. During the next several hours more and more people arrived. If men didn’t have a yarmulke or prayer shall, one was provided for them. I saw members of the congregation help visitors properly put on their shawls. There is a proper way to wear them that covers their backs and chests while leaving their arms free.

During the service, men would get up and go over to greet or talk to others. A lot of hugging and hand shaking went on. Various men would go up on the pulpit either in groups or by themselves and Chant or read something. I didn’t understand any of the service as it was in Hebrew. At some point a group of men went up on the stage and opened the doors at the back to reveal dozens of Torahs. They were all sizes, some covered in silver filigree, some covered in velvet. The men removed three large Torahs and paraded them around the room as people touched and kissed them. They carried a large silver filigreed Torah up on to the pulpit and opened it. There were five or six men, one or all of them Cantors. One of them sang most of the time but the others joined in at various times. Men would step down from the pulpit and pick up a small child and carry them back to the pulpit and read or sing from the Torah while holding the child. There were children walking around all through the service but I noticed how well behaved they were. At various times women would throw handfuls of candy on to the pulpit and children would gather the candy up and pass it out to the congregation.

Another group of men went up on the stage and turned their backs to the congregation and as they prayed, they pulled their prayer shawls over their heads, completely covering their heads and faces and then turned to the congregation with their arms out stretched. I had no idea what this meant.

People kept arriving and by 11:00am the room was full and they started bringing in chairs. By the time Senator Cruz spoke there were people standing against the walls and sitting on stairs. About noon, the doors opened and a group of men, that included Senator Cruz and Rabbi Boteach, entered. Mrs. Cruz and her assistant came and sat next to me (hmmm, I wonder how that happened). She greeted those of us around her warmly.

The Senator greeted people as he moved to a seat among the men’s side of the congregation. Rabbi Boteach took the stage. He is a short man with a big personality. He did what I wish Christian pastors would do, he made it clear that religious leaders needed to address these political issues. He spoke about the need to reach out to others and speak the truth. The Nessah Synagogue is the largest Iranian Jewish synagogue in the country and many of it’s members fled Iran and all they owned when the Ayatollah took over. If anyone understands the dangers of the Iran Nuclear deal, they do.

The Rabbi reminded the congregation of when Iran appointed Hamid Aboutalebi as ambassador to the United Nations. Aboutalebi was involved in the take over of the American Embassy in Iran and one of the captors of the hostages they held for more than a year. Senator Cruz sponsored a bill to prevent Aboutalebi or any terrorist from being ambassador to the UN or any diplomatic position on American soil. The bill passed the Senate 100 to 0. It passed the House 435 to 0. (I don’t recall any bill passing 100%, but I could be wrong). When Obama signed the bill into law, he joked that he if there was ANY bill sponsored by Senator Cruz that he would sign, hell must have frozen over.

The Rabbi also spoke about the Senator doing many things behind the scenes to help Israel including being involved in getting a hostage released. The Rabbi said the Senator was the first to call him to tell him the hostage had been released but took no credit for it.

Rabbi Boteach introduced Senator Cruz by saying they all know what is right and Ted Cruz is standing for what is right and standing for Israel.

Senator Cruz spoke for more than thirty minutes without notes. He opened by saying how important it was to speak the truth. He spoke about how we need to call things what they are. This administration refuses to call Islamic terrorism by name and if they won’t how can we trust them to deal with the Iranians as the terrorists they are. Iran has been considered the #1 sponsor of terrorism for decades and if the Iranian deal is passed, America will be the #1 provider of terrorism. The deal calls for America to release sanctioned money and protect Iran from Israel.

Cruz, to a standing ovation, addressed the President’s remarks against Republican “rhetoric” against the Iran deal. Cruz said the truth is not rhetoric. He said this deal would release more than $100 billion to Iran and end up in the hands of Hamas, Hezbollah and Hamas. He said when you don’t acknowledge the truth, THAT is rhetoric, Mr. President.

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“The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam”. When President Obama said this to the UN General Assembly, we had no idea what he actually meant by it. We weren’t aware that the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton had met with the Muslim Brotherhood and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and assured them she would help to pass an embargo on all unsanctioned discussions of Islam as a matter of International law through the UN (UN Resolution 1618).

Last Sunday, American Freedom Alliance’s Literary Café hosted Stephen Coughlin, author of, “Catastrophic Failure: Blindfolding America in the Face of Jihad”. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy and a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute. Coughlin is a lawyer, retired military officer and former Joint Chiefs of Staff intelligence analyst. As an expert on Islam his job was to brief leading commands, and senior service staff institutions, including the National Defense University, the Army and Navy War Colleges, the Marine Corps-Quantico, the State Department and the FBI. The special operations community dubbed his briefings “Red Pill” briefings, a reference to an iconic scene in The Matrix.

Coughlin was accompanied by Anthony Poole, a counterterror analysis, who traveled to Egypt with Coughlin in 2014.

In 2011, Hesham Islam , a top Pentagon aide to Deputy Secretary of State, Gordon England, began a campaign to get the Pentagon not to renew Coughlin’s contract. Coughlin’s briefing explained the motivation of the Islamic extremists. He explained that Islam is supported and enforced by the force of law (Shariah). One cannot be separated from the other. Muslims are not allowed to explain verses of the Qur’an based on their opinion but are required to check how it is understood by scholars of the Sacred Law who came before. Shariah is not a severable element of Islam and cannot be left out of the analytical process.

Coughlin told the group Islamists believe their doctrine. They tell you what it is. We need to hear them. They believe they have already won the war (caliphate) in the Middle East. They are working on how to win the war here, in the United States. They are intent on infiltrating our government and getting us to do the job for them. It appears they have successfully calculated that they could win by convincing our national security leaders of the immorality of studying and knowing the enemy.

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and people affiliated with them have been identified by our government as providing material support to terrorism in federal court, but some of these same people are being used as cultural experts and community outreach partners in our government. Coughlin says far from moderate, the Muslin Brotherhood is the most dangerous player in the War on Terror.

The Brotherhood’s goal is to destroy the First Amendment by using political correctness and social science. I had wondered why the Muslim community had been silent on gay marriage, as they condemn homosexuality, but they recognize that it is the most effective way to harm the First Amendment. To deny taqiyya (permissible lying to further the cause of Islam) is to not know your enemy.

Hesham Islam was successful in getting Coughlin fired from his job and truth of Islam purged from all military discussions, manuals and documents. The White House and Pentagon say the Islamic State is not Islamic. What? ISIS tells us their actions are based on Islam. Our government is putting us in danger by pretending ISIS, al Qaeda, Hamas, etc. are just random rag tag groups of extremists. They are waging jihad and it is based on Islam and their mission is to convert everyone to Islam either by persuasion or force.

Our government pretends Major Nidal Hasan murdering 13 and wounded 30 while yelling “Allah Akbar” was work place violence and all the terrorism that has happened since 9/11 is just random acts by crazy people. As our government brings in hundreds of thousands of un-vetted Muslim “refugees” from the Middle East, ISIS is recruiting them to commit lone wolf attacks. These are even more frightening because they can happen anywhere, anytime.

Not only was the idea that Islam is responsible for terrorism purged from our government, so were individuals who believed that was true. Interestingly, so was Hesham Islam when people looked into his resume and his official life story and found “discrepancies”.

Coughlin had also briefed members of Congress. Congressman (her preference) Bachmann tried to get Congress to investigate the many, many Muslims working in the White House and Pentagon and was soundly criticized even by her own party. Senators McCain and Graham being some of the harshest critics. One has to ask how people who have had close affiliations to terrorist organizations get security clearances.

Not only doesn’t our government have a functional knowledge of Islamic Law, our national security leaders have taken active measures to suppress it. In 1955, former Supreme Court Justice, former Chief U.S. Prosecutor at Nuremberg, and former U.S. Attorney General Robert Jackson said Islamic law is incompatible with our Constitution. He said the law of the Middle East is the antithesis of Western law.

By this time the audience was understandably frightened. When asked what to do, neither Coughlin nor Poole had an answer. As long as our government won’t recognize who we are fighting, we can’t win. But a beginning is having the knowledge of what we face and spread it to all you know. We must elect people who are willing to identify the enemy.

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White House Spokesman, Josh Ernest, when asked if this administration’s policies weren’t to blame for the murder of Kathryn Steinle in the sanctuary city of San Francisco, he blamed the Republican’s failure to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform that would have increased border security. I can’t let him get away with that.

Let’s be crystal clear, if Republicans had passed “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” it would NOT have increased border security. No matter what border security measures were in the bill, the ONLY thing implemented would have been amnesty. We’ve been down this road before. We agreed to the 1986 Immigration Reform bill because it promised to secure the border and enforce the laws against hiring illegal aliens……..they just NEVER did it. And because they never did it, the number of illegal immigrants grew from 3 million to 30 million (if you believe it’s 11 million, I have a lovely bridge to sell you). The ONLY thing they implemented was amnesty. They didn’t even implement background checks or learning English. We’re not Charlie Brown, we’re not going to let Lucy hold the ball AGAIN.

And again, let’s be crystal clear, if the Left REALLY wanted to solve our “broken immigration system”, they would have built a fence, the biggest best fence possible, as a show of good faith to the American people……because that’s what we want. The truth is, they have NO INTENTION of securing the border, regardless of what they put in a “Comprehensive Immigration” bill. Whatever else they put in the bill is simply cover for amnesty.

Republicans wouldn’t pass the bill because the American people let them know, in no uncertain terms, that we want the border secured FIRST……AND that we know we’re being lied to. We’re just not as stupid as they’d like to think we are. We want a fence, a big, hulking, double fence. Once we’re comfortable that the border is truly secure (after several years) and illegal immigration is truly stopped, we can sit down and talk about what to do with those here.

The reason Donald Trump is rising in the polls is that he’s talking about the gorilla in the room and he isn’t backing down. I’m not a Trump fan but I couldn’t be happier that he forced this discussion. Trump speaking about our open borders, followed by the murder of Kathryn Steinle, has put a spotlight on sanctuary cities and the criminal illegal aliens released onto our streets instead of being deported. The fact that Trump is increasing in popularity indicates just how much people want the border secured. People are tired of being lied to.

We all know neither party really cares about the “hard working people who just want a better life”. If they did, they’d stop more from coming and taking the jobs of those already here. The Republicans, encouraged by the Chamber of Commerce, wants the cheap labor and the Democrats don’t care about anything but creating a permanent Democrat majority. We know all their “talking points” are utter nonsense. The pro-amnesty spokespeople say fences don’t work. Of course they do. They worked in Israel and they are working in Saudi Arabia. Are there fences around the White House? Military bases? Private homes?

We’re told if we build a hundred foot tall fence, the illegal aliens will just bring a hundred and one foot ladder. Come on! You build a double fence. By the time an illegal alien gets up the ladder, pulls it over to get down the other side, he’ll be surrounded by a dozen border patrol agents. We’re tired of being shouted down, we’re tired of being lied to, we want the fence. We want the border secured, truly secured………and we want it NOW.

I listened to a pro-amnesty spokesperson the other day on the Hannity radio show. He said there was no such thing as a sanctuary city. What? I live in one. How does he think he can get away with such a blatant lie? He then tried to tell us illegal aliens received no benefits whatsoever. He said they didn’t get subsidized housing or food stamps. Of course they do. If they have children they get it all. And the ones coming from South America are being called “refugees”. Not only are they getting every social service, we are sending planes to South America to pick up their family members. This accomplishes two of the Agenda 21, Global Governance, socialist goals, it redistributes our wealth and it creates a permanent underclass that will vote for more of it.

We’re told sanctuary cities make us safer. They say if illegal aliens know they won’t be deported, they will be willing to report crimes. The reality is that most illegal aliens are poor, uneducated people who came from countries where they didn’t trust the police or government. They don’t trust them any better here. They are no more likely to report crimes here as they were in their own countries. However, I could accept not deporting people who report crimes, but, please, someone explain to me how we are safer protecting criminal illegal aliens from deportation? How are we safer after releasing hundreds of thousands of criminal illegal aliens into the population?

People were shocked that Kathryn Steinle’s killer had been deported FIVE times. But what shocks them even more is that it’s not unusual. It’s standard operating procedure across the country. Isn’t it the government’s PRIMARY job to protect us?

A reporter also asked Josh Ernest if the White House was going to make any statement about the murder of Kathryn Steinle. He told them they would not be making any statement and referred them to Homeland Security. No, no, no, you’re not going to get away with that. The President had plenty to say about Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. He sent people to their funerals and had the DOJ investigate. Again, we’re not that stupid. Kathryn was killed by an illegal alien and he wants more of them. The last thing he wants is to draw even more attention to the fact that illegal aliens can just come back if they are deported. He doesn’t want us to look into how many criminal illegal aliens are being released onto our streets.

We’re told this administration has deported more illegal aliens than the previous two administrations. Except the previous two administrations didn’t include those turned away at the border, they only counted those actually issued deportation orders from a judge. We’re told the border is more secure than it has ever been. First, that’s faint praise since they consider adding one more border patrol agent or spending more money (even if it only goes to officer’s pensions not border security) allows them to make that claim. Second, when we have illegal aliens who have actually received deportation orders NUMEROUS times from judges, returning time and time again, the border isn’t secure ENOUGH.

We’re told many things from this administration that aren’t true. It’s time to demand better. It’s time to let them know we’re not that stupid.

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Last week, actress, America Ferrera wrote a letter to Donald Trump regarding his comments on our illegal immigration problem.
This is MY reply to her.

Dear America,

Thank YOU, for letting us know your allegiance is to your Latin heritage and not to the country that bares your name. I wonder if you would have achieved the success you have if your parents hadn’t come here from Honduras? Why did they come here? Wasn’t it for the opportunities and freedom this country provided them? Wasn’t it for a better life for you? And haven’t you enjoyed a better life?

Thank YOU for reminding us that there are people in this country that, regardless of the benefits they received, are more interested in their narrow agenda than the Constitution, the Rule of Law or what is best for the country. And, please, America, explain why Mexicans and South Americans are more deserving of reaping the benefits of living in this country than other countries?

You grew up in the comfortable community of Woodland Hills and received a full “Presidential Scholarship” (quite an honor) to USC. You received that scholarship because you were an intelligent young woman and a good student, so you should understand why this country is so attractive. You should be able to understand what is and isn’t Constitutional. Unconstitutional rulings are not “progress”.

Why were you so offended by what Mr. Trump had to say? Are you saying the best and brightest are illegally crossing our border? You said, “We are college graduates, bankers, police officers, entertainers, teachers, journalists, politicians…” Yes, but that’s after you have benefited from what American has to offer, that’s not what is crossing the border, is it? Are you saying there are no MS 13 gang members crossing? No cartels? No terrorists? No criminals are crossing along with the sweet nannies, housekeepers and gardeners? Trump wasn’t saying we don’t have our own criminals, but do you think it’s wise to import more? Do you think it’s “progress” to not know who is crossing our border? I’m assuming you own a house and I’m assuming there is a fence or wall around your property. Do you allow anyone (psycho fans, paparazzi) to come on your property uninvited?

Thank YOU for letting us know you don’t believe America has a right to decide who can and can’t enter the country? We already have 25% of the Mexican population living here and, in the not to distant future, if we don’t secure our borders and control immigration, this country will become a Latin American country. If you want to live in a Latin American country, why did you leave one?

Our Vice President said it’s a good thing we will no longer be a White majority country by 2017 (the census says 2043). Why will that be a “good thing”? Would it be a “good thing” if Mexico and South America no longer had Latin majorities? Would it be a “Good thing” if Africa no longer had a Black majority?

Thank YOU, America, for reminding us that LEGAL immigration has helped make this nation great. No one has ever said different. However, ILLEGAL immigration is a threat to our sovereignty. We no longer require immigrants to speak English, learn the value of our form of government or assimilate. Most who come illegally are poor and uneducated. And, although, I don’t blame them for wanting to come here and have a better life, I think we both know, without speaking English (the language of commerce), learning about our government and assimilating, they are poorly equipped to maintain it.

I wonder, America, when your religious liberty is stripped from you and your mostly Catholic community, if you’ll think it’s progress. When more things and more speech and more history is banned, you’ll think it’s progress. We don’t ban things in this country. Banning anything is oppressive, not progress. When you or a loved one is denied care, I wonder if you’ll think that’s progress. Government run healthcare is as far from progress as you can get.

Thank YOU for reminding us you see Latino communities, Black communities, Muslim communities, etc. not American communities. I suggest you ask Europe how multiculturalism is going for them. They have declared it a failure but you think it’s progress. And PLEASE, America, explain when this country has been “fundamentally transformed” from an educated, middle class, White majority, to a uneducated, poor, Latino majority, how that is progress.

Let me ask you this, when America is a Latin country, will it have the same opportunities? Can you tell me what Latin countries have been as successful as America, where even their poorest live in more comfort than most of the world? Can you tell me what Latin countries have had more innovators than we have?

California was a Red state. It was turned into a Blue, one party, state by illegal immigration. You are far too intelligent to believe that’s a good idea. We have been the most stable country in the world because we had two parties that kept our system in check. It has protected us from the tyranny of the majority.

Thank you for reminding us that growing up in America, benefiting from it’s freedom and opportunities doesn’t make you an American. Thank you for letting us know you believe those of us who believe in the Rule of Law and the Constitution are an “antiquated and endangered species of bigots”. You do understand believing “marriage” is between a man and a woman doesn’t mean you hate gays, don’t you? I guess your USC education (we paid for) didn’t teach you how to disagree with people without calling them names. Sad.

And, thank YOU for showing us who you are. This quote, “We will SILENCE you at the polls. We will vote and use our growing position in U.S. Politics…..and we know there is nothing that scares you more”, shows us your loyalty is to your “people” not America. I got it. You are for what you think benefits the Latino community (be careful what you wish for) and you are willing to silence and bully the rest of us. It is indelibly etched in my mind.

And, finally, thank YOU, for giving me a reason to do my part in a still (partially) free country to change the channel and not see movies you are in.

Very sincerely,
An American

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A few years ago I wrote a column entitled, “I Don’t Recognize My Country Anymore”. When I wrote it, I believed America was headed for tough economic times, I believed policies were being implemented that were harmful to our country and it’s citizens, I believed our foreign policy was dangerous for us and the world, but I believed we could turn it around. I never imagined, for a fleeting second, that we would be fighting for religious liberty in America……..a country founded on religious liberty……a country that has always held religious liberty in the highest esteem. I never believed we’d be fighting for the soul of America.

I wake up every morning now fearful of the next assault on our liberty. Saul Alinsky said to overwhelm your opponent and keep overwhelming them. After last week’s Supreme Court rulings I feel emotionally beaten and bloody. I am reeling, desperately trying to find my footing. I feared things could get this bad but I didn’t really believe it. I believed there were fundamental beliefs we all held, that couldn’t be shaken. I believed all of us would defend free speech to our last breath. I believed we would reject censorship in any form (Look how hard pornography has been defended). I believed religious liberty was sacrosanct. And, silly me, I believed the Supreme Court would uphold the Constitution, after all, that IS their only job. I was wrong.

What has happened to us? We don’t just disagree, we hate those who disagree with us. We are fighting about everything and if you don’t agree you are destroyed. Not just criticized………destroyed. As I write, the Left is organizing to completely destroy Donald Trump………and a United States Congressman is urging them on. They aren’t satisfied with NBC and Macy’s severing their ties with him, they want to destroy ALL his business ventures. Why? Because he said some illegal aliens are criminals. Is this not true? Obama called some “gang bangers”. It’s OK for Obama but not Trump? I’m not a fan of the Donald but he’s done nothing to warrant being destroyed.

I just heard George Takei, of Star Trek fame, calling Justice Clarence Thomas, “a clown in black face”. Where is the outrage over that? If Takei were a Conservative he’d be Tarred and Feathered. He said Thomas shouldn’t serve on the bench. Why? Because Clarence Thomas said it was an unconstitutional decision? Apparently, Mr. Takei doesn’t care if the decision is Constitutional or not, as long as it’s in his favor. There is no Constitutional guarantee to marriage, traditional or otherwise. The Supreme Court just made one up out of whole cloth. The court has no authority to make law. The three branches of our government have separate, enumerated duties. Legislation (laws) come from Congress, NOT the Supreme Court or Executive Branch. They did the same with the Healthcare law. They should have said it was a badly written law (it was), sent it back to Congress and told them to fix it. Instead, they rewrote it.

Takei was particularly incensed that Thomas said government can’t confer dignity. Takei said there was no dignity in slavery or Asian interment. Thomas never said there was. He was speaking about the God given dignity of human life. The behavior of those enslaved and interned demonstrated their dignity, regardless of what others did to them. In fact, in my opinion, those who endure and survive unimaginable circumstances have far more dignity than those who have not. But, although, Takei got exactly what he wanted, he’s still mad and won’t be satisfied until we all acquiesce or are punished.

The Left is outraged and offended about everything. When Phil Robertson said, as poor White trash (his words, not mine), he worked alongside Blacks in the fields. He said they sang and were happy, they had strong families and were very religious. He was vilified for recognizing their ability to rise above their conditions and demonstrate their human dignity. Apparently, personal experience and facts aren’t acceptable anymore if they don’t fit the narrative. I guess we’re not to marvel at the dignity of people that can, not just endure, but flourish. Why would Blacks not take pride in their ancestor’s ability to rise above their circumstances? What is wrong with us? We used to accept factual information. We used to give people the benefit of a doubt. We used to give people second chances. We used to accept that not everyone would agree with us. These days we give murderers a second chance but not Conservative and certainly not religious Conservatives.

The very people who demand tolerance are the most intolerant, vindictive people I’ve ever seen. I’ve never seen the level of intolerance we are seeing now. Takei got what he wanted, but it’s never going to be enough. When did believing in traditional marriage mean you hate gays? It doesn’t. That isn’t even a logical argument, but logic isn’t recognized anymore.

When the good people of Charleston forgave an insane young man who murdered nine innocent church members and couldn’t be persuaded to riot and burn down their city, the agitators turned to the Confederate flag. They couldn’t let this crisis go to waste. First, the flag was removed from the state capitols, then stores refused to sell the flag, manufacturers stopped manufacturing them, now, “Dukes of Hazzard” has been taken off the air, “Gone with the Wind” (a CLASSIC) taken out of circulation. GONE WITH THE WIND! Seriously? Seriously? This is what we’ve come to?

There are demands being made to take down monuments and statues. Calls to rename streets. What is next? After all, Washington owned slaves. Should we rename Washington state and DC? Take him off the dollar, off Mount Rushmore? Where does this purging of our history end? And how does it change history? Will hiding the Confederate flag mean it didn’t exist? In my opinion, all our history should be preserved and taught, warts and all. When did we stop believing censorship was wrong? I didn’t get that memo.

Most of this outrage is coming from Leftists on both coasts who don’t know or understand the South……..or fly over country, for that matter. Apparently, they want to erase the entire history of the South. Blacks in the South haven’t been demanding the Confederate flag be banned or statues be taken down. It is the media and Hollywood behind all this banning……apparently, encouraged by the White House. I have to ask Hollywood how this is different from McCarthyism? I thought they believed McCarthy was a shameful time in our history. But now they are black balling people who don’t support their world view? Really?

I thought ALL Americans understood the value, the vital importance to our liberty, an unbiased, objective media was. We know the media has had a Liberal bias (voting for Democrats has never dropped under 80%) but nothing like we see today. The media isn’t just supporting the Liberal agenda, they aren’t reporting anything that conflicts with it. There isn’t even a pretence of objectivity anymore. And when proven wrong, they won’t admit it. Several years ago when Fox warned about a coming Islamic caliphate, they weren’t just criticized, they were mocked unmercifully. The media is talking about the caliphate everyday now but they have never admitted Fox was right and they were wrong.

For example, the Rolling Stone story that accused the young men of UVA of being gang rapists. Even when it was proven there was no rape, we were told we should believe the alleged victim regardless of evidence to the contrary (move on, nothing to see here…) because rape IS rampant on college campuses. The Columbia University Mattress Girl was also proven wrong (she admitted she had consensual sex several times with the young man) but was invited to the State of the Union by Senator Gillibrand and held up as a hero. The young man she accused has been deeply negatively affected but she is held as a hero by the media. Apparently, falsely accusing our young college men of rape is heroic, but accusing criminal illegal aliens of rape should result in your destruction. What is wrong with us?

The media descended on Alaska like locus and went through every email Sarah Palin sent or received (and found NOTHING) but they are entirely uninterested in Obama’s background or associations…….completely uninterested in Valerie Jarrett’s radical parents and associations. Truth just doesn’t matter anymore. Where are the investigative reporters? Oh, we know, ask Sharyl Attkisson. Are you not alarmed about the few actual journalists being intimidated and censored? We have our government controlling the media. They tried to plant classified documents on Sharyl’s computer to ruin her reputation. She wasn’t a Conservative, she was just an honest, objective journalist. We are being lied to everyday by this administration and the media never calls them on it. You can keep your doctor and your plan……Benghazi was caused by a video……..we knew nothing about Fast and Furious…….the IRS did nothing wrong…….we can’t find the emails………no one knew Hillary was using a private server………..Bowe Bergdahl served with honor and distinction…….ISIS is the JV team………..ISIS is not Islamic……….I believe marriage is between a man and a woman………and on and on. I knew things like that happened in other countries but I never thought they could happen here…..or that any American, Liberal or Conservative, would not be outraged by it.

This Fourth of July weekend we are being told that the terrorist threat has never been higher since 9/11. Terrorist attacks have become more and more frequent since 9/11. ISIS is recruiting lone wolf terrorists right here in America. And, in spite of them being of Middle Eastern descent, we are bringing in more Middle Eastern immigrants and refugees than we’ve ever had in the past. Does that not seem unwise, at best and suicidal at worst? What happened to common sense?

When Seal Team Six was shot down, and their bodies arrived back in America, although none of them were Muslim, an Imam prayed over their coffins. In front of their families, an Imam damned their loved ones to hell. This administration has required an Imam as well as a Chaplin at military funerals. Why? Why not a Rabbi? Where is the media on this? Why is no one in the media incensed that an Imam damned members of our military to hell? This is, yet another, story they are ignoring. I get the media protecting the “first Black President”. I get them propagandizing the Liberal agenda. I don’t get this. This is something I would think we all would agree on. How do these people sleep at night?

The world has never, in my lifetime, been in such chaos. As Marco Rubio so accurately pointed out, our allies no longer trust us, and our enemies no longer fear us. The Middle East is on fire. We are still negotiating a treaty with Iran as they chant “DEATH TO AMERICA” and promise they will never allow inspections. WHY? As ISIS continues to take more territory across the Middle East, as they crucify children, burn people alive, drown them in cages, behead them on television, this administration has completely gutted our military so that if we have to get involved we won’t be prepared. As Iran grows closer to a nuclear weapon, we are disarming ours. As Greece faces financial collapse, we are following them down that road. With 93 million Americans out of work, American companies replace American workers with H1B foreign workers. And to add insult to injury, they make the Americans train their replacements. As the Middle East explodes and Greece implodes, we are banning the Confederate flag. REALLY?

The Left wants us to think we’re alone. They want us to feel defeated. They want us to give up. And the media will do everything they can to help. Every night I hear someone say the polls show people have changed their minds about same sex marriage. NO, they haven’t. First of all, polls can be worded to give you whatever results you want, but if people are saying they’ve changed their minds it’s because they’ve seen bakers and florists driven out of business, they’ve seen CEO’s fired, they’ve seen people lose their jobs and they’re afraid to say what they think. I ask people everyday if they have changed their minds and I have yet to find anyone who has.

I believed as things got worse, more and more people would wake up and fight back. I thought freedom was in our DNA and the more our liberty was taken from us, the more we’d fight back. But what I see is fear, denial and ignorance. What’s wrong with us? We were the pioneers, the explorers. We left a civilized society with all the creature comforts and sailed across an ocean to an uncivilized, primitive land. We started from scratch. We fought the strongest, biggest military on earth for our freedom. We built the most successful, wealthiest, most powerful country in the world. Are we just going to lay down and give up now?

We can’t allow ourselves to be censored. We must defend free speech and religious freedom. They are the foundation of this country. Without them we have no country. As Dietrich Bonnhoeffer cautioned, “not to speak is to speak, not to act is to act”.

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