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One Man's View » Progressivism http://onemansview.us Have you had enough of the insanity in Government? Sat, 01 Sep 2012 21:28:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Dissed by the Orange County Register http://onemansview.us/government/immigration/dissed-by-the-orange-county-register/ http://onemansview.us/government/immigration/dissed-by-the-orange-county-register/#comments Wed, 12 May 2010 11:53:53 +0000 Chuck http://onemansview.us/?p=731

NOTE: This should be read by every member of Congress up for re-election.  Perhaps they will then understand why they did not get re-elected.   Stop crime and corruption, re-elect no one in November.  It’s only 175 days away.

ORANGE COUNTY CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER – New Immigrants

This is a very good letter to the editor.  The author made some good points.  For some reason, people have difficulty structuring their arguments when arguing against supporting the currently proposed immigration revisions.  This lady made the argument pretty simple.  This submission was NOT printed in the Orange County Register… my home newspaper.  Shame on them!

Newspapers simply won’t publish letters to the editor which they either deem politically incorrect (read below) or which do not agree with the philosophy they’re pushing on the public.  This woman wrote a great letter to the editor that should have been published.  So, I decided to help her and publish it here.

From: “David LaBonte”

My wife, Rosemary, wrote a wonderful letter to the editor of the O.C. Register which, of course, was not printed. S o, I decided to “print” it myself by sending it out on the Internet. Pass it along if you feel so inclined.  Written in response to a series of letters to the editor in the Orange County Register:

Dear Editor:

So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made up of immigrants.  Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down the Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren’t being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry.

Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today’s American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented.  Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground.  They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.

They had waved good bye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture. Nothing was handed to them.  No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them.  All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.

Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought along side men whose parents had come straight over from Germany, Italy, France and Japan.  None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any  thought about what country their parents had come from.  They were Americans fighting Hitler, Tojo Mussolini and the Emperor of  Japan  They were defending the United States of America as one people.

When we liberated France , no one in those villages were looking for the French-American or the German American or the Irish American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country’s flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here.  These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one red, white and blue bowl.

And here we are with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges.  Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country.  I’m sorry, that’s not what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900′s deserve better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life. I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.

And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty, it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill.  I wouldn’t start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.

(signed)
Rosemary LaBonte

I sincerely hope this letter gets read by millions of people all across the nation!!  Please spread it around.

This is just One Man’s View.  As always, your comments are welcome.

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The State of Our Government – Part 3 http://onemansview.us/government/political/the-state-of-our-government-part-3/ http://onemansview.us/government/political/the-state-of-our-government-part-3/#comments Wed, 24 Mar 2010 17:49:27 +0000 Blogger http://onemansview.us/?p=302

THE NANNY STATE

This article in the series discusses how the left is turning our Government into a nation of entitlements.  I’m sure you’ve heard this discussed many times by all the radio and TV pundits.  What you don’t hear much about is why this is happening.  You see, this isn’t an accident.  It’s all part of a grand plan to make the citizenry so dependent upon Government that only those with a certain viewpoint will ever be elected at the national level.  As I’ve stated on more than one occasion, it’s all about Power!

BACKGROUND

I’m not normally a conspiracy theorist.  However, I’ll make an exception in this case, and what I’m discussing goes all the way back to Theodore Roosevelt… who happened to be a Republican.  Roosevelt served as President from 1901-1909, where he attempted to move the Republican Party in the direction of Progressivism, including trust busting and increased regulation of businesses.  He tried to run again in 1912, and when he failed to win the Republican nomination against William Howard Taft, he formed the Progressive Bull Moose Party, beating Taft in the election, but losing to Woodrow Wilson.  You can read more about Teddy Roosevelt here.

When Democrat Woodrow Wilson was elected President with a Democratic Congress in 1912 he implemented a series of progressive policies.  In 1913 the income tax was instituted in the United States with the Sixteenth Amendment.  Other significant changes enacted at the national level included direct election of Senators with the Seventeenth Amendment, Prohibition with the Eighteenth Amendment, and women’s suffrage through the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  You can read more about Wilson here.  If you check out the link, make sure you scroll down to the discussion of Wilson’s thoughts on Government Systems.  You’ll be appalled.

Wilson resolved the longstanding debates over tariffs and antitrust, and created the Federal Reserve.  Many of today’s U.S. regulatory agencies were created during these years, including the Interstate Commerce Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.  You’re probably asking yourself “Well, are these such bad things?”.  In and of themselves, no, they weren’t.  At that time, big business (i.e., Oil, Textiles, Coal, Steel, et. al.) was running amok and something had to be done.  Unfortunately, they didn’t stop there.

The progressives were committed to changing and reforming the country, and were avid modernizers.  They believed in science, technology, expertise—and especially education—as the grand solution to society’s weaknesses.  Progressivism typically included a favorable attitude toward urban-industrial society, belief in mankind’s ability to improve the environment and conditions of life, belief in obligation to intervene in economic and social affairs, and a belief in the ability of experts and in efficiency of government intervention.  Do you see where this is going?

The term “progressive” is today often used in place of “liberal”.   Although the two are related in some ways, they are separate and distinct political ideologies.  According to John Halpin, senior advisor on the staff of the Center for American Progress, “Progressivism is an orientation towards politics, it’s not a long-standing ideology like liberalism, but an historically-grounded concept… that accepts the world as dynamic.”  Progressives supposedly see progressivism as an attitude towards the world of politics that is broader than conservatism vs. liberalism, and as an attempt to break free from what they consider to be a false and divisive dichotomy.

Cultural Liberalism is ultimately founded on a concept of natural rights and civil liberties, and the belief that the major purpose of the government is to protect those rights.  Liberals are often called “left-wing”, as opposed to “right-wing” conservatives.  The progressive school, as a unique branch of contemporary political thought, tends to advocate certain center-left or left-wing views that may conflict with mainstream liberal views, despite the fact that modern liberalism and progressivism may still both support many of the same policies (such as the concept of war as a general last resort).

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