Freedom of Disrespect

Since the dawn of America we have had a basic set of unalienable rights. Among these is the freedom of speech, which is simple enough. This freedom allows us to voice our opinions without being persecuted for what we believe which in a whole is a very, very good thing. However, more recently than not, people have begun using this right to disrespect our troops, some going to funerals of fallen heron to protest and bad mount the deceased and their families. In my opinion this sort of thing should at least be regulated by local or even federal agencies. What amazes me about this is that people are using a right which these brave men and women have fought and died to protect, in order to try and disgrace them after death. Talk about a lack of respect…

One example of this occurring is at Sterling Wyatt’s funeral in 2012. Thousands of Westbro Baptist church extremists gathered in order to protest the war in Afghanistan. Thankfully an equal if not greater number of supporters and veterans gathered in front of the venue, forming a human wall in order to respect the family and fallen as well as protect them from the protesters. This is one example of many, in fact, this is such a common problem that there is a group of bikers called “The Patriot Guard” who, consisting of many veterans, pastors, civilians, as well as current and retired law enforcement, attend military funerals around the country in order to pay their respect and block any protesters by any means possible.

Patriot Guard Attending the funeral of a fallen Marine.

An even more common example of freedom of speech being used to blatantly disrespect our heroes is the anti-police movement coming to a head in some communities. These groups of protesters rally together chanting things like, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon!” as coined by the black lives matter movement. The madness does not stop at protest however, many people are beginning to disobey police orders, sometimes to a painful end, or even harm or kill officers in unprovoked attacks. While I am totally for freedom of speech, I believe that when it comes to berating families of fallen war fighters, or threatening and killing police, something should be done. Our freedoms come with an underlying responsibility to do what is right, should we throw out the moral compass entirely, as we seem to be doing now, we are simply asking for our rights to be revoked or at least hindered.

Black Lives Matter protesters

Some people might argue that these protesters are completely covered by the constitution but I would disagree. If these people choose to use their freedom to deface, threaten, harm and disrespect our law enforcement and warfighters I think we should draw the line. Our government knows darn well that people speaking out like this is only asking for a fight and while one party seems indifferent to the fact, the other, currently in control, not only praises the movements, but actually seems to help them grow. While I have seen our president speak out against some law enforcement multiple times, I find myself struggling to think of a time which he actually defended them. What’s worse is that he has not once attended a military funeral or shown much respect for our troops, let alone defending their families from those who look to attack them emotionally.  While I believe the problem stems from a lack of respect from the people, those in power are certainly not doing anything to lessen the problem.

-Zack S

illegal immigration

The debate over immigration is everywhere in the news and is being brought to our attention due to the Presidential race. Every candidate has plenty to say about how to fix our immigration problems in America. One point that does not get as much attention in my mind is illegal immigration, most politicians are in agreement that it is at the forefront of the focus for security of our nation but the fact that we are a nation founded on laws, is there ever a case to argue for something that is illegal? If the migration of people across our national borders is done in a way that violates our immigration laws, then it must be stopped. Immigration would have not crossed my mind if not for that presidential election process in America and therefore each candidate drawing my attention to the subject. The amount of illegal immigrants we have and the growing population of them is not good for america. The illegal Immigration situation need to be fixed, or else  we will keep losing money on taxes, losing funds teaching illegal immigrants, the middle and lower class lose jobs, hospitals lose money in charity and treatment , and lastly we are forever in bilingual debate.  

In this article it discusses Donald Trump’s views on immigration and what his actual position is when it comes to illegal immigration.  It is not a surprise that Trump’s response to this issue is anger. He even stated “the Mexican immigrants were bringing drugs and crimes to the U.S.” Although I believe that some of that statement might be true I don’t believe that he needed to go to the extreme in saying “ some of them are rapists.” After that statement of his, he started to soften his views on illegal immigration and said that he supports the “merit-based system. ” I believe that the “merit based system,” could work but only for the illegal immigrants that have not caused any issues with the law and that only came to U.S. illegally to have a better life and to raise their kids to become successful. Trump also states that the U.S. needs to build a wall to keep the illegal immigrants out. Which I totally agree with, we cannot have people coming in to the U.S. not paying taxes, causing legal people to have less job opportunities, increasing our crime rates, and more. Illegal immigration is a big issue because it just causes us to lose money. Overall I agree with what Trump has to say about illegal immigration that something needs to be done about it.

Elizabeth H

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/24/politics/trump-illegal-immigration-inconsistent/

Should the Electoral College System be Preserved?

Many forces shape the conduct of presidential elections; few are more significant than the Electoral College. This complex, rather odd institution was another compromise at the Constitutional Convention, a means to moderate the “passions of the public” and to allow smaller states a greater say in the selection of the president.

Today, the Electoral College system shapes the politics of how and where presidential candidates campaign in the general election. And, occasionally, as in the 2000 presidential election, who wins the White House.

Walter Berns, Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute says KEEP IT: “I doubt we could come up with a better system than they (the Founders) did.”

Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) says DUMP IT: ” The Electoral College is an antiquated institution that has outlived its purpose… it represents a serious and persistent flaw in our current system.”

What do YOU think about the Electoral College – keep it, alter it, dump it??
(For full credit, offer evidence from your text OR FROM YOUR OWN RESEARCH to bolster your argument!)

Up Like Donald Trump

Donald Trump has recently been on every headline, receiving massive amounts of attention as he makes a run for presidential office. Trump is notorious for being outlandish and obnoxious, spewing controversial statements left and right, specially about border security and illegal aliens. The republican front runner, appears frustrated with America and Mexico’s relationship and is quoted saying “The Mexican government has taken the United States to the cleaners. They are responsible for this problem and must help pay to clean it up… We will not be taken advantage of anymore”. On Sunday, August 16, Trump said that he wished to overturn a law granting citizenship to people born in the u.s. And put more limitations on legal immigration to highlight an issue which is becoming a major point in his campaign. He also plans to force Mexico to pay for a wall on its border u.s. Though if Mexico refuses to pay for the wall then the trump administration would begin charging additional fees to Mexicans who come into the U.S. With visas or border crossing cards.

The 14th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified on July 9, 1868, and granted citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States,” which included former slaves recently freed. In addition, it forbids states from denying any person “life, liberty or property, without due process of law” or to “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” The 14th Amendment greatly expanded the protection of civil rights to all Americans and is cited in more litigation than any other amendment. 

While attacking this issue its apparent that Trump is going to say what he feels and while this can be a strength it is also a liability. Delivery is everything.Using my I interpretation of the law, Trump seems to make some sense. As stated by the amendment, if one is not born or had the correct paperwork done to become a U.S. Citizen then they should not be here. And because of this law, gates around  the border should be fixed.

nbc-fires-donald-trump-after-he-calls-mexicans-rapists-and-drug-runnersI feel that holding Mexico responsible for some of its border regulation is a good idea but raising the cost of living for people in search of a better life is unnecessary to me. In most cases their financial burden is heavy enough. I also don’t know if further regulating the migration of legal immigrants is the way to go. Although some basic points of trumps argument make sense, he loses me making comments such as,” they have to go”, when asked about the problem directly. Trump believes that any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans. He wishes to require a nationwide system to verify workers legal status and set in place a tracking system for those who have overstayed their visas. On a rather leftist view, Trump does believe that a child born a American soil has the right to be called an American despite their parents background. Trump is a believer in keeping families together but to the flip side of that this puts entire families out of the country no matter how long they’ve been here. This would leave approximately 11 million hardworking immigrant families without a home. In trumps addresses he constantly refers to the Mexican population as “the good ones” or “criminal aliens” putting them in one category. But trumps most Brash statement have gone as far to call these illegal immigrants killers and rapists. I can’t imagine this would bode well with Hispanic voters. Although Trump has r gotten some support from the Federation of American immigration reform, a group that supports reducing the number of both legal and undocumented immigrants in the U.S. In many ways Trumps plans of action line up with the FAIR which is considered by most to be a hate group. As one looks back on Trumps ideas and policies it is easy to see that they are quite unworkable and very unpopular so most likely will never happen. Optimistically speaking if Donald Trump were to become the 45th president of the United States, our foreign relations are prob to suffer.

Isaiah H.