Immigration Reform by Fiat

by Richard H. Frank

Americans are irate over President Obama and his Administration of incompetents continuing rhetoric about how our “borders are more secure than at any time in recent history.”  They give lip service to the pleas from our southern state Governors for help and spew the latest White House talking points in lieu of taking any definitive action.

Today, August 1, we find none of the 1200 promised national guardsmen have been dispatched to the border as promised by Obama, but we are told they will be arriving over the next two months since they must first be recruited and trained.  What has the Administration been doing for the past 66 days since Obama on May 25th announced the paltry token number of troops to enhance protection of our 1800 mile border with Mexico?

In addition, Senator Grassley has made public the existence of an internal memo emanating from White House staffers purportedly making a legal argument to grant amnesty via Presidential Executive Order or administrative fiat, to circumvent Congress and the Constitution of the United States.  Silence at the White House refuting this allegation is deafening!

Never, in my lifetime, has any administration been so devious in attempting to implement their agenda.  When it comes to taking action in defense of this nation, the Obama Administration should receive a grade of “F.”  Consider more than 90 days to decide on supplementing our troops in Afghanistan, more than 120 days since the announced supplement to the Border Patrol for control of illegal immigration and their continuing refusal to enforce existing immigration law and suing Arizona for passing legislation to supplement their constitutionally mandated duty.  Months pass and they procrastinate while American sovereignty is in jeopardy.  Yet, how long did it take for Obama to sign up for TARP, the Stimulus Plan, Bank and Automotive Industry bailouts and using executive orders to forward his agenda against the Will of the People.

The President and his Administration know they are about to lose their compliant majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate.  Americans have had it up to their eyeballs with the 111th Congress socialist agenda and will give the country “change we can believe in.”

The risk remains with what actions may be taken by a Lame Duck Congress during the remainder of their term.  I fear they will  push their agenda forward and employ every parliamentary trick at their disposal to pass “cap and trade” and immigration reform.  Should they fail, it is not beyond the realm of possibility that Obama would attempt to circumvent Congress through executive order or distance himself from the action by using administrative fiat.

Do not become complacent following the November mid-term elections.  Remember, where there is smoke there is often fire.  Let’s hope  Senator Grassley is successful in exposing the source of this smoldering threat to our Constitution.

The Ultimate Responsibility for Government Rests with the People

by Richard H. Frank

Liberals and progressives contend that our Constitution is out of date and does not reflect our society and institutions that make up modern-day America.  They believe, along with President Obama, that the document, which is acknowledged as the supreme law of the land, is deeply flawed in that it fails to address each and every claim of discrimination and reparation brought by minority groups.  They fail to acknowledge that this document enumerates the values and principles by which our elected representatives should abide in order to preserve our Republic.  The values and principles contained within the Constitution must remain etched in stone as the tools by which We the People, the ultimate sovereigns, guide the destiny of our nation.

The genius of the Founders is found in the structure of the central (Federal) and State Governments which remain subservient to the People.  Unlike a monarchy or dictatorship, the Constitution provides the mechanism by which the People maintain ultimate control over those we have elected to administer governance over the nation.

The Founders in their wisdom warned against professional politicians and provided limits of service that required consent of the People through elections to perpetuate any Congressman or Senator to sit in representation of his constituents.  Likewise, the President is limited to two elected terms once by tradition and now under limitation by the XXII Amendment to our Constitution.

Further, their genius is reflected within the structure of the central (Federal) Government into the legislative, executive and judicial branches, each having enumerated powers to provide a check and balance over any branch from usurping powers of the other.  The very essence of the Constitution was intended to limit the size and power of the Federal Government and under the Tenth Amendment leaves matters not specifically defined in the Constitution to the province of the States and the People.

The question asked by many Americans today is how the Federal Government became so large and intrusive in our every day lives.  The answer lay not in the Constitution but rather in how the People have allowed individuals, political party, special interests and ideology to infect the legislative and judicial processes in our Republic.  Americans have become complacent about Government and addicted to entitlements as opposed to taking personal responsibility for our individual well-being and that of our  country.  It takes some sort of catastrophic event before Americans stand and change their behavior with regard to Government.

It is considered a mandate from the People when some candidate or issue is adjudged to have won the election when less than 50% of the electorate cast a ballot.  Mid-term election turnout averages 17% in our country and yet we seem surprised by the character and qualifications of those men and women elected as our representatives.  A recent poll shows 79% of those questioned said Congress is no longer representing their interests.  That should be no surprise considering that only 1 in 6 voters determines the Congressional makeup results for mid-term elections.  Proof of this resides in the 111th Congress having the lowest approval rating by the People in history.  This is a sad commentary on the American People.  We have no one to blame but ourselves for the character of the Government in power at any point in time.

The Founders did everything within their vision and power to protect us from an oppressive and corrupt Government.  Unfortunately should we not remain vigilant and vet those candidates vying to represent us, we deserve the bitter fruits for our apathy.

Today we have allowed the Federal Government to usurp the powers granted to the States and the People by electing persons beholding to party ideology and special interests as opposed to the best interests of the People.  Reversing this imbalance of power cannot be achieved in one election, but only through a continuous awareness of the issues and those ideologies that run contrary to the principles and values embodied within the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Government must be held accountable for uncontrolled spending, creation of unfunded entitlements, and onerous legislation that stifles economic growth.  No Congress, President or Supreme Court Judge has precedent over our Constitution.  They are all men given the power to govern by the governed.

We the People are duty bound to change or replace any Government whenever it becomes abusive with its power over the People.  Challenge every candidate, newcomer or incumbant about their knowledge of and understanding of the oath to uphold and protect, not change the Constitution.

The Passing of a Patriot

by Richard H. Frank

Alexander Haig died at 85 years of age today after spending more than half of his life in the service of his Country.  A graduate of West Point, he rose to the rank of Four-Star General, served three Presidents in positions ranging from National Security Advisor to Secretary of State under Ronald Reagan.  His military career was extraordinary from serving as an aid to General Douglas MacArthur in Korea, being awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star and ultimately he rose to be Supreme Commander of United Nations Forces.

Alexander Haig while working for Henry Kissinger, was instrumental in planning the resumption of diplomatic relations with China, forging strategic arms agreement with Russia and development of the post-Vietnam war policy.  He was an outspoken individual that was not afraid to speak his mind on political policy or on the individuals involved in crafting that policy.  As James Rosen from Fox News stated, Haig’s language was deeply influenced by his military background and he often expressed himself with four-letter expletives.

Too often we forget those men that devote their lives to the service of our Country and are true Patriots not unlike the Founders.  The common thread that joins men like Alexander Haig is their devotion to “God, Country and Corps”.  They are only human like the rest of us, possessing the frailties that affect the human existence, and yet they are held to a higher standard than the rest of us.

These individuals are not divine to be held as idols but should be honored for their service and sacrifices.  Men such as Secretary Haig understand their oath to protect and defend the Constitution and have demonstrated that oath through their actions and not just words spoken to create the illusion of leadership.  We need more patriots the likes of Alexander Haig representing “We the People” in Congress and in the White House.