No the world is not going to end.
As a libertarian, I have the point of view of never really getting what I would like to see elected to any significant office, and we are likely still years away from seeing even a member of the U.S. House come from the Libertarian Party. As such, I have seen that it doesn’t matter who occupies the White House. Things over the last several presidents have stayed roughly the same.
It is true that economic and civil liberties are just as likely to erode as they did when President Obama was in office, and President Bush before him. The main object of people in power seems to be that they wish to continue to consolidate that power.
Many of you who are on the left are starting to feel what people like me feel every day. The lesson from this is not to grow government when you have the reins, because someday, the other side will end up getting the seat that you grew. The power and abuses you ignored under President Obama are now under a different banner. The sad thing is that the Republicans who spent the last eight years bemoaning the power of the President under Obama, will now work to consolidate it under President Trump.
This cycle repeats regularly. It takes stepping back and looking over a much longer scope of history to see this. It really does require to look at more than a single presidency or even the last couple. You need to look over the span of generations and it requires you to approach it in a different way. You need to approach things as objectively as possible to see the power pendulum swinging. You have to look at the reactions and bias of the groups on both ends as the transfer of power takes place.
I didn’t always see things this way. I used to be a Republican who would do this same cycle I speak of. Only talking about Democrats being bad and excusing things Republicans did. It took me going to war in Iraq to wake up and see that Republicans aren’t exactly freedom loving or economically inclined. I personally hope that you don’t have to wait for something as drastic as going to war to see the writing on the wall of the need for power to be limited, not grown, in government.
I invite you to seriously consider looking at things in a different way. People like me are available to answer questions all over the internet and the nation. We know what you are feeling and we know ways to help make things better in the future. We have an opportunity to build things together. Ignore the people who are trying to tell you to riot or burn things down. They are just as power hungry as any other politician. Peaceful protests are more than fine, but we need to build, not destroy.
We are going to get through this if we are willing to work together in spite of government. We can bring about a more voluntary and loving society if we ignore the rhetoric and push to improve our lives and the lives around us. Our communities are where we make a difference. One man doesn’t change that. You have all the power required.
I know that this is just a form letter that was sent in reply to my concerns over immigration, but I wanted to share exactly the sort of lies the administration sends out IF you end up eventually getting any form of statement from the White House.
Thank you for writing. I have heard from many Americans who are concerned about immigration, and I appreciate your perspective.
Americans are frustrated with our Nation’s broken immigration system, and I share that frustration. We need an immigration system that is fair and helps grow the middle class by ensuring everyone plays by the same rules. That is why I have proposed a commonsense plan that would continue to strengthen our borders; crack down on employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers; create a path to earned citizenship for immigrants here illegally that requires them to pay taxes, learn English, and pay a fine; and streamline the legal immigration system so America can continue to be a magnet for the best and the brightest from around the world. That is how we can reaffirm our heritage as both a Nation of immigrants and a Nation of laws.
To make these fixes, we need Congress to act—and I remain deeply committed to working in a bipartisan way to enact commonsense immigration reform. But until they take action, my Administration will continue to do everything we can to strengthen our borders and enforce the law.
Since I took office, we have invested an unprecedented amount of resources, technology, and manpower to secure our borders. Our efforts are producing real results. Today, our Southern border is more secure than ever, with more law enforcement personnel than at any time in American history—and there are fewer illegal crossings now than at any time in the past 40 years. Crime rates along the border are down, and we have seized more illegal guns, cash, and drugs than in years past. In addition to doing what is necessary to secure our borders, my Administration is implementing a smart, effective immigration enforcement policy that includes taking action against employers who knowingly exploit people and break the law.
Smarter enforcement also includes focusing our resources on high-priority individuals who threaten our national security or pose a threat to the safety of American communities, and not on young people who were brought to this country as children through no fault of their own. On June 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security announced it would allow eligible young people who do not present a risk to our national security or public safety to apply for temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization. This is not a path to citizenship, and it is not a permanent fix—only Congress can provide that. It is a temporary measure to allow us to focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, and patriotic young people who are American in every way but on paper.
My Administration has also worked to strengthen, streamline, and update our legal immigration system through administrative reforms—making it easier for employers, immigrants, and families to navigate the system. Through the innovative “Entrepreneurs in Residence” initiative, we are gaining insight into business realities and streamlining existing pathways for highly skilled, foreign-born entrepreneurs to create businesses and jobs in our country. In 2012, I issued an Executive Order to make it easier and safer for international travelers to visit America, and to create a national strategy to better reap the economic benefits of travel and tourism. We have worked to support family unity by providing a provisional waiver for certain American families to reduce the length of time United States citizens are separated from their loved ones during the immigrant visa application process. We have also reduced barriers to citizenship by creating tools to help applicants through the naturalization process.
By creating a 21st-century immigration system that is true to our principles, our Nation will remain a land of opportunity, prosperity, and freedom for all. To learn more about my Administration’s plan for immigration reform, please visitwww.WhiteHouse.gov/Immigration. For additional information and resources on current immigration and enforcement efforts, I encourage you to visitwww.DHS.gov or call 1-800-375-5283.
Thank you, again, for writing.
So as you can see there are several blatant lies mentioned in the letter. The main one being immigration enforcement. Notice how the letter doesn’t point out that when Arizona took measures to add some actual enforcement, backing up federal law, the Department of Justice and this administration sued the state of Arizona for their actions.
The letter also points that there are fewer border crossings. I have a very close friend of mine who works the front lines in Border Patrol, and he has informed me that the number of crossings has DOUBLED, not lowered as the President would have you believe.
This same friend also let me know that there is another lie in this letter. He has told me that many of their requests for gear and ammunition have been rejected. Many times the men he works with do not have the ammunition they need.
The last bone I have to pick with this letter is the “common sense” approach. First, laws already on the books are being selectively enforced by this administration. In 2006, it was passed that fencing would be built along the border, but it still has yet to be completed. Second, there is almost no deportation, and DHS has even released prisoners with illegal status due to “sequester.” Lastly, common sense is two words (I am feeling a little grammar nazi today).
I have contact with people who see this daily, and what the President is doing is hoping that I am a low information individual, that will just take him at his word. Unfortunately for him, I am well informed on the matter at hand.
No matter how hard the media and this administration tries, the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is not going away. No matter what spin they add. No matter how many lies are told. The people of this country are beginning to wake up and see that there were lies and cover ups coming all the way from the top of this administration.
Many speculate that it was a two fold reason the talking points were changed. (1) Barack Obama and his team did not want to hurt his chances for reelection. (2) The administration wanted to protect the chances for Hillary Clinton to be able to run in 2016 for the office of President.
It is beyond me as to why there was no action taken during the battle that raged for more than seven hours of pure hell. I want to take some time and answer what I believe happened to several questions America is asking.
Why were the requests for additional security ignored? I believe the requests for security were ignored prior to the attack because President Obama and Secretary Clinton had placed some bets on the overthrow of Momar Qaddafi If they acted like there was instability in the region, what was the point of us supporting them?
Why did no one state that this was a terrorist attack, and instead representatives of the administration spoke of a YouTube video being to blame for the violence? This is actually a fairly simple answer: the President wanted to be reelected. He had been touting having Al Qaeda on the run for months. If it were to be seen that those types of terrorists were that coordinated it would have thrown that campaign talking point right out the window. He had the points changed so as to not damage his efforts.
Why was there no aid available? There was aid available. We have heard reports coming in recently about Special Operations Groups in the area, including Tripoli, that could have assisted within a couple of hours. In several instances commanders were given stand down orders, and in some cases, relieved of command for trying to get men organized for a rescue. Had any other president done this, it would have been national news, but largely slipped under the radar to not hurt Obama’s chances. The reason for the stand down order is inexcusable. Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta stated that there wasn’t enough good intelligence to send in reinforcements. However, we now know that they were watching in real time via video from an Unmanned Arial Vehicle, and there were multiple requests for help from men on the ground, included two Navy SEALs.
Plain and simply put, this administration has lied, finger pointed, put up road blocks, and attempted to deflect this every chance they have had. It is time that this be fully investigated. Even if the investigation takes a full three years as happened with Watergate, justice needs to be done on behalf of the four Americans killed, not to mention the other staff put at risk to the gross incompetence and negligence throughout the whole process. We must find not only the terrorists responsible for the attack (which still has not happened in spite of the President saying justice would be brought to them), but we must also hold those leaders of our nation accountable for their actions or lack thereof.