In Canada, the Trudeau—SNC Lavalin affair could soon have Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in very big trouble. There are real facts being revealed. The former Attorney General (A-G), Jody Wilson-Raybould, revealed Trudeau’s manipulation.
Trudeau tried to force the Attorney-General to intervene in order to get a Quebec company out of legal trouble. He broke the rules of political non-interference. Using an A-G to get the company out of trouble was illegal. Trudeau’s illegal action can be qualified as obstruction of justice.
Could Canada see its Prime Minister go to jail? There have been previous cases where people were convicted of crimes with less evidence than what has been presented here.
What we know for sure is that someone committed something wrong. There are many other actions that give evidence that someone did something wrong. There will no doubt be more evidence rising from other witnesses before the justice committee. There will also be a police investigation (likely by the RCMP).
Wilson-Raybould (A-G) testified before the House of Commons justice committee of being hounded and pressured to do what he wanted. There were veiled threats by the Prime Minister. No wonder she was removed from her portfolio as Attorney-General by Trudeau. Her cabinet removal from Attorney-General was undoubtedly politically motivated in order to muzzle her and punish her for not “playing the game”. Good on her. She stood firm and did the right thing.
Liberal Administration also tried to muzzle her (and others) from testifying in the justice committee. The opposition Conservatives and the Canadian public said “No way!”. They got their way. The former A-G did get the opportunity to tell her side of the story and hopefully will speak more. We need to know more of the facts from others too. Gerald Butts, Trudeau’s former right-hand man in government, resigned last week for a good reason. He knew there was trouble brewing ahead. He might also be found guilty of something—hence his resignation.
The Quebec engineering company, SNC-Lavalin, was stuck in a federal corruption case. Trudeau’s government is giving the excuse that it was about saving jobs. That’s hog wash and I think every Canadian knows it. Nullifying an illegal act and giving the excuse that it wants to protect Canadian jobs? An Illegal action is still an illegal action. A crime is still a crime. The people want the truth and confession.
This case is a smoking-gun and will definitely be in the news for a while. It’s not going away until the case is solved. I think this will definitely influence the future federal elections in Canada. I would not be surprised if the Trudeau Liberals get elected out of government, or be forced to leave office before the next election.
The federal Liberals got elected into government because people wanted change, honesty and transparency. Well, it looks like they didn’t get it from Trudeau (read story here from: BBC News and Globe & Mail).
My father told me horror stories about communism. He left China after it imploded on itself (e.g., the Cultural Revolution and the Great Leap Forward). He will never forget, and perhaps never forgive what the Communists did to destroy China and the Chinese people. From 1949 to 1978, China was trapped in poverty. People starved to death. The People’s Revolution was a disaster.
Here in the west, we must never forget the horrors of socialism. We must never allow socialism to creep into our social consciousness as a viable alternative. It cannot ever become an alternative. If implemented, the ideas of Bernie Sanders, the Green New Deal, etc., would be horrifying for any free nation. It would set the nation on a course going backwards.
History is a good teacher. Back in 1949, the Chinese people had bought into the lie that socialism/communism was going to be good for them. China wasn’t doing so well due to economic colonialism. The tea trade, opium, and slave trade happening around the world had sunk China into a deeper state of social confusion. It needed a way out and the Chinese thought that perhaps Communism could offer a way out of their state.
Maoist Communists got into power. Their authoritarian regime inflicted huge economic, social, political and structural damage upon China. It got worse. It had set itself back for many generations and is still far behind what it could have been if China had not taken the route of socialism. It has taken decades and generations to fix the big mess it created for itself. It is still in recovery mode today.
Since 1978, Deng Xiaoping’s reforms enabled a collosal reversal away from its old-style communism. During the last four decades, China has undergone a huge economic reform due to Deng Xiaoping. It’s market system has enabled 800 million people to climb out of poverty creating the largest middle class in the world.
It’s truly an economic miracle that is happening today. However, this ought to be received as a testament that socialism does not work. Do not misunderstand this as a credit due to socialism. China’s economic miracle happened because of free-market enterprise within the special economic zones (though couched within a centralized governing structure). Insiders have already rejected old style socialism while remaining loyal to The Party.
An extraordinary social reform has also taken place. Though still imperfect today, society is much freer today than when under Mao’s Communist rule. There are far fewer travel restrictions. Millions of Chinese have received education from abroad, and there will be millions more in the future. In 2018, 134 million Chinese tourists traveled overseas.
Today, there are also a technological and infrastructural reforms. China is becoming a technological giant. It is becoming a leader in robotics, artificial intelligence, and a giant in green solar energy. Today, there are already more billionaires in China than in the U.S.
China is reforming the country incrementally from the inside. Gradual change is safer and more secure than a sudden change. Another revolution into free-market capitalism might cause a break-up of the country into smaller regions.
Akin to its Confucius history, Chinese people are respectful of their own political history and father of reform, Deng Xiaoping. They will not jeopardize their gains by making too much of a sudden shift. A gradual shift will eventually happen (but we just won’t tell them).
Again, the reason for this post? The proposed Green New Deal. I know we’re not looking at old-style communism. But we must reject this entire philosophy as a whole. Socialism in any form does not work. Capitalism is proven to work.
When we look at what is happening in today’s modern China, we must be factor in that China had huge setbacks due to socialism. If it were not for communism, China could be where South Korea is today. East Asians are smart, industrious, and have a drive to succeed in every way. They will succeed socially, economically, politically, and hopefully, spiritually.
As a Christian, I pray for spiritual prosperity to lead the nation into true success. Without a deep and guiding spirituality, China will eventually lose steam and sink into apathy and indifference. This has already happened in many western nations in Europe and sections of American culture.
China has recognized the mistake it made in 1949. Today’s nation states ought to remember the mistakes made throughout history. What Russia could have been is another story in itself. And what are still today’s Cuba and North Korea are utter disasters.
As in the Soviet Union, under Chairman Mao, the educated Chinese were either forcibly removed from their homes and confined to labor camps, jailed or killed. All property owners had their property confiscated. Anyone with property and money had their property seized. The fortunate ones fled early to other parts of Asia like Singapore.
Anyone with skills, talent and gifts were considered to be the elite bourgois, and therefore, seen as suspect. If they refused to join and pledge loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party, they were either jailed, beaten or killed, or all three.
As a result, millions of people starved to death because of this stubborn socialistic ideology. Millions of people were stuck indefinitely in poverty. By the time they discovered Communion/Socialism was not the solution, it was too late. They were now subjected under the new political ruling class. The Communist Party used fear and intimidation to control the masses–even entire families and churches. As a result, the church went underground.
Note, even today, the regime is still demolishing large evangelical churches that refuse to conform to Party ideologies because they believe in God as their supreme leader rather than the State (NY Times article and UK Express article).
There was no escape because no one was left with money to start businesses. There was no one left with education and capital to invent new things or be creative with their talents.
Marxist ideologies of making everyone the same and economically equal was wrong-headed. Socialism failed the millions of people they wanted to help escape poverty. Their own poverty became more entrenched. Adults suffered. Children suffered. The poor became poorer.
The only rich people were the Communist officials who accepted bribes. The result was far worse. China imploded into itself. No one had the courage to complain against the Communist Party. The Party became god. The Party rewarded those who reported on family members, friends, and neighbors who were sympathetic to the bourgeois. The Communist state encouraged Party members to betray their own family and friends. Very sad.
In the early days of Communism, they controlled the government-run media to feed the people Party propaganda. North Korea is using a similar propaganda media machine today. (Today, CNN and CNBC are also leftist propaganda media-machines in America, minus the centralized government-control). They do not critique their own socialistic policies. They just play the game and report what they are told. News agencies are authentically fake news. There is nothing more fake than the authoritarian socialistic propaganda machines.
Maoist China and today’s North Korea know how to put on a charade. Men, women and children are told to put on happy faces, clean up the streets and add a new coat of paint. Make everything look new and happy, while deep inside, the pain of socialism continues to hurt. It’s like a make-believe Disneyworld, but socialist-style. The people of Cuba, Vietnam and North Korea know it’s all a lie. They want to change but live in fear of the Communist state.
Liberals, leftists, and socialists have not helped anyone except themselves. Look at Venezuela and what they’ve done to their own country today. It has self-imploded, following in the footsteps of other socialist countries. It hasn’t learned from history’s mistakes. The people propelled crooked leaders into power who benefit from their own corrupt system of government.
It amazes me that an entire nation can become stuck in its own endless cycle of corruption without an access of escape. Thank God we have representative democracies, or a democratic republic in the U.S. We can freely elect new representatives into government to replace undesirable representatives. It’s a dynamic system of government. Socialistic authoritarian countries do not hold free elections. Fellow ideologues are appointed into power. This has begun to happen in the once free city-state of Hong Kong, thus, the yellow umbrella movement in 2014.
Does anything good ever come out of pure Communism and socialism? Name one country where it has.
I would not label today’s China as a pure Communist system (even though they are in name). They do not have old-age pensions or socialized medicare. Seniors and the poor actually have to fend for themselves, or they need to be taken care of by their children.
In actual practice, Maoist and Stalinist Communism had dug a deep pit for the people. The rich become poor; and the poor have no chance of becoming rich. There is no middle class. There is only a large mass of impoverished people. For those who wait for the dream, there will only be darkness at the end of the tunnel. Once they use up people’s money and intellectual capital, there will be nothing left to share. There is no incentive to create wealth merely to be taken away. Everyone will remain poor.
This is the same fate awaiting for people fighting for the Green New Deal and other socialistic-type parties. Industries will grow weaker and eventually collapse into themselves due to their lack of social and economic liberties.
Socialism’s goals and ideals may appear attractive on the outside. It spouts false propaganda giving false hope to the poor, the less-educated, and the disadvantaged. We must educate ourselves by learning about history. Some of our contemporary politicians today, e.g., Barack Obama, Pierre Trudeau (father of Justin Trudeau), and Bernie Sanders were educated by leftist ideologues at leftist institutions. They are idealogues with ideas that do not actually work.
They did not see the full scope of history along with their mistakes. They were also misguided by the charade of socialism, and by the omission of Communist errors. Have you ever heard them talk about the tragic errors of historic Communism? No! It does not register on their level of consciousness. You will only hear and learn about these historic mistakes by reading and learning from free-market sources.
With every generation, socialism will try to rear its ugly head. They might tack on a fresh and hip label: “Democratic…” or “People’s…” It’s really just mascara and lipstick to make it look attractive to the younger generations. These labels are a facade for something sinister hidden within. Each generation must be forewarned of the potential dangers lurking. May our generation today not make the same mistakes that were made in history. Reject any and all forms of socialism.
The majority of Americans have rejected the socialist ideas of Bernie Sanders. I hope Americans will also reject this new Green New Deal and the leftist ideology of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ed Markey.
Socialism will never stop trying to reinvent itself. It will don a new disguise, try out a new look, and call itself something fresh and exciting. Believe me, there is nothing new under the sun. Don’t be fooled. The mascara, the blush, and lipstick will never cover up its hideousness on the inside. On the exterior, it might sound and look appealing, but on the inside, it’s all the same. It will utterly fail the people and set nations back for decades and generations.
America, please do not fall for socialism. Doing so would be at America’s peril. Same goes for Europe, Canada and other countries who might find these ideas appealing. Their policies would set nations back, as socialism did to China.
America must stand, if even alone, to be that light in the darkness. Free-market capitalism balanced with people’s love and compassion for their fellow human will always win.
When I was still a young university student, I thought of myself as a liberal. I was told I was a liberal. I even volunteered for a Liberal candidate in a federal election. Why? I thought of myself as open-minded. I still do. Education in secular liberal universities today have a way of brain-washing young and pliable minds into thinking that being liberal is good, and conservativism is bad.
As a national election drew closer and I was of voting age. I began to critically examine the various party platforms of all political parties. As a young person, I wanted to be a well-informed voter. I wanted to my vote according to my conscience. To my surprise, I began to realize that my political leanings were more in line with conservatism. Needless to say, I had stopped volunteering for liberal candidates and began volunteering for conservatives.
I began listening to conservative talk-shows. I found that I could relate with them on many issues. I found myself agreeing with much of what they were saying. They just sounded like common sense.
Oh, and the idea that visible minorities are supposed to be liberal? Lies, lies, and more lies. I didn’t buy it. Conservatism has nothing to do with what race, ethnicity or gender you are. Liberals love taking advantage of people by dividing society by race. In the end, this causes more division. Conservatism exists around the world. There are conservative political movements in Asia, Africa, and in all countries around the world.
I’m of Chinese-Canadian descent. My parents came from China over 60 years ago. I was told that if you’re Asian, you were supposed to vote for the Liberal Party or New Democrats and to vote Conservative meant you were a traitor to your culture and race. Liberals take race or culture for granted. It has gone on for too long.
For years, I thought I was the only Asian conservative. Good news. Things are changing. More conservatives today self-identify as East Asian, South Asian, Latino, or African-American. The tide has turned and it will continue on this track.
Today, over 25% or more of African Americans are supporting Trump. Clout Research put this figure even higher at 40-45% (read WND article here). This figure could continue to grow.
The election results from election day 2018 does not reflect this change in attitude. Anything related to Trump news does not reflect the change either. This change is an undercurrent and will rise up strong in the future.
The Blexit movement (Black exit from the Democratic Party) is slowly gaining ground. More Hispanic, Blacks and Asians are moving over to support the Republican Party.
Visible minorities, women and marginal groups are increasingly getting tired of hearing that the left has the only solution.
The younger generation, namely the Millennials, are also turning toward Republicans (read L.A. Times article). They are not buying into the leftist agenda. The Millenials of today are more conservative than Baby Boomers and Generation-X were at their age. They know there is something dishonest about CNN and friends and that their reporting is biased.
Liberals and Democrats have been holding onto political power based on the visible minority vote. They have been using fear-mongering techniques to get the vote. They divide society using race, culture, ethnicity, gender, income, sexual orientation, and etc. W?hen will they stop
They try to tell us ‘what’ to think. No one can tell us how to think. They tell minorities that we are oppressed and that they are going to fight for us. They tell us that the best way to fight is for us to side with them. It’s a lie and a facade. What they want is control. They will try to own us by buying us out by handing out candy. It is about control and winning.
When I was younger, I was fed a lie all throughout my university years. Today, the liberal agenda is taught in many classes throughout the humanities and social sciences. Classrooms are a training ground for indoctrination into a liberal agenda.
When we turn against the left, they get angry. They think they own us. Why do liberals and left hate Kanye West? They thought he was one of them. They can’t control him. He’s a self-declared conservative and he is vocal about it. He’s a big Donald Trump supporter.
If there are any liberal youth and young people out there who happen to be reading this post, I implore you to honestly do what I did. Examine the party policies of each party. Honestly ask yourself how your personal views align with the policies of each political party. Some of you might be surprised at what you discover.
The “Fake News” label cannot be shaken off by the mainstream liberal media. Why? Because it’s true. CNN is what it is… fake news. President Donald Trump didn’t plant this in the minds of the American public when he started running for president. Conservatives had already known this for decades. The only thing he did was say it out loud.
He had the guts to say what most of us wouldn’t say in the public sphere. Well, that is the authentic Donald Trump, and that’s what gives him the charisma and charm that people find attractive. What you see is what you get. He says what he means and he means what he says. There aren’t many politicians out there who can do this with the charisma and the level of charm he’s done it with. This is what the liberal media is afraid of. He is a dangerous threat to their game.
A growing number of people, including visible minorities, women, including marginal groups, are finding that what he is saying resonates with how they are feeling. They agree with much of what he is saying. Expressing what he is saying takes courage and boldness to express opinions that have been suppressed for years. There has been a suppression because of the overly ambitious political-correctness in our society.
The mainstream liberal news media has been biased against conservatives for decades but had been pretending to be sources of unbiased and honest journalism. They have willfully neglected coverage of conservative issues for decades, and deny they have been doing this.
But how many of us would be willing to come out and make that accusation against the liberal mainstream media? Not many. Not until Donald Trump.
A recent article in the First Things Journal, The Future of News, Les Sillars writes:
“The industry is therefore torn. A minority embraces subjectivity as the only realistic approach. The majority clings to journalistic objectivity as an ideal, hoping to preserve their credibility—but they are losing it. A recent Knight Foundation/Gallup poll on media, trust, and democracy found that more than four-fifths of Americans believe the news media are “critical” or “very important” for “providing objective news reports.” But only 30 percent of Americans agree that the media do this well, and 40 percent say they do it poorly. More than half could not identify even one “objective” news source. Those who could picked Fox News nearly twice as often as any other source.”
I would absolutely agree with this. I have been very suspicious of CNN and CNBC for a long time. All I ever hear from them is anti-conservativism. Since Trump ran for president, it’s been all anti-Trump. They never give him any credit for anything good. They seek to discredit him at every turn. They see him as the arch-enemy worthy of absolute humiliation and dishonor. What kind of credible media would be so blatantly biased? Yes, CNN and friends.
This is why you never hear of any calls from liberal media sources to put a stop on the Mueller investigation. They want to investigate Trump until he either slips up, crumbles or implodes. They’re happy to indict people surrounding him just to discredit his Administration.
I’m a conservative. I don’t pretend to be otherwise either. Yes, I admit, Trump can behave like a bully. He is undeniably tough against his political opponents—even against his fellow Republicans. Honestly, if I was his opponent in the same party, I would not want to step into the boxing ring with him. I wouldn’t stand a chance of doing battle with this guy for even one second.
Trump knows it’s all a game the media and political opponents are playing. He’s been playing the political game all his life in the business world. He’s had a lot of practice. Media like CNBC, CNN, NBC, Washington Post, etc. hate the fact that’s he knows the game very well and he knows that they know.
Trump used Twitter and he was able to beat them at their own game. He got elected President, and that wasn’t supposed to happen. They are still furious at their loss, even after two years.
The liberal media have been fraudulent liars for decades. They sound more like an extension of the Democratic Party than an honest journalistic source of truth. The reason I say that their label of “fake news” is unshakable is that they don’t want to change. The liberal mainstream media is politically polarized against the majority of people.
Don’t be deceived. They will not change. They have been indoctrinated by secular liberal socialist education. They are also funded and run by owners at the top who hold to the same worldview. There is an agenda from the top. Perhaps there are a few who recognize their own bias and unfair reporting. They are few and far between.
If the liberal media continue with their lies, and claim of providing objective and honest reporting, they are only deceiving themselves and the public. Consequently, they will garner more distrust for themselves.
I admit Fox has their own bias too. I do not label Fox as mainstream. I label Fox as a trusted “conservative media”. Fox is a conservative news network, undeniably and unashamedly. They back up their sources. I trust and watch Fox but I also watch other news sources.
To people out there who never listen to Fox News, and who believe CNN to be unbiased, I challenge you to compare networks. Take some time to flip channels from CNN, to Fox, to CNBC, back to Fox. Analyze each one and tell me if CNN is not unbiased. If a person never compares, they will never understand.
CNN has repeatedly been caught in yellow (false) journalism because they do not back up their sources. This goes against the code of truth in journalism. They feign ‘source confidentiality’ and continue telling white lies and half lies. The irony is that their half-baked lies are actually full blatant lies. They never apologize for their mistakes. They even justify their errors to cover up their previous errors.
They’ve been repeatedly caught red-handed telling half-baked lies after the original sources came out to reveal the facts. Simple fact. Fake news is fake news. There is no escaping it. Brands like CNN, CNBC will be permanently branded as “Fake News” unless they change fast.
There is a level of pride and hypocrisy in CNN’s reporting (or propaganda rather). CNN and friends behave like they do not care about reporting the truth. As long as they can discredit Trump and bring down conservatives a few notches, they’ve done their good deed for the day. They will do the same thing, day-in and day-out, non-stop.
The liberal media is just garnering more distrust for themselves each day. Seems like a hopeless case in the mainstream news media today. We cannot fix this problem overnight.
If you’re interested in becoming a journalist, I would suggest getting a proper education. Go to a conservative journalism school (Yes, conservative). We need to counter-balance the one-sided messed-up media. Get a job as a journalist at some liberal media if they’re willing to hire you… or at Fox and friends… or become part of a start-up news media organization.
Influence the mainstream media one journalist at a time. As conservatives, we need to take small incremental steps to make positive changes. It will take decades to reverse this leftist media-bias. This mess didn’t happen overnight and it will not be reversed overnight either.
There was a fantastic closing in President Donald Trump’s State of the Union 2019 address. He spoke of America’s geographic beauty and expanse; our choices we make; the opportunities; of victories; of dreams; rekindle our imagination; of greatness; to overcome our challenges together; America’s freedom and faith.
And here’s why it was a great ending. My brief analysis.
It was an invitation to share in America’s future greatness. It was addressed not only to Americans, but also to legislators in Congress to unite, to forge ahead, and to make America great, to overcome together.
He was really sharing his vision (Trump’s MAGA campaign slogan “Make America Great Again”) with the rest of the people who did not share his views nor stood on his side.
He was really trying to say, “this greatness is also for you and for all.” Together we can make it happen.
It was a profound invitation. His speech was really one big olive branch to Congress and the American people–regardless of political affiliation.
He wanted to be a president for all Americans before he was elected president. These first two years have been like a dark valley for his administration. He has been hated by many on the left. But it’s not over for him.
If people can buy into his invitation, and step into his vision of greatness for America, he can be that president he wants to be–the president for all Americans.
Time will tell in the next two years.
—- text below from transcript of SOTU —
….Think of this Capitol — think of this very chamber, where lawmakers before you voted to end slavery, to build the railroads and the highways, to defeat fascism, to secure civil rights, to face down evil empires.
Here tonight, we have legislators from across this magnificent republic. You have come from the rocky shores of Maine and the volcanic peaks of Hawaii, from the snowy woods of Wisconsin and the red deserts of Arizona, from the green farms of Kentucky and the golden beaches of California. Together, we represent the most extraordinary nation in all of history.
What will we do with this moment? How will we be remembered? I ask the men and women of this Congress, look at the opportunities before us. Our most thrilling achievements are still ahead. Our most exciting journeys still await. Our biggest victories are still to come. We have not yet begun to dream.
We must choose whether we are defined by our differences — or whether we dare to transcend them. We must choose whether we will squander our inheritance — or whether we will proudly declare that we are Americans. We do the incredible. We defy the impossible. We conquered the unknown.
This is the time to reignite the American imagination. This is the time to search for the tallest summit, and set our sights on the brightest star. This is the time to rekindle the bonds of love and loyalty and memory that link us together as citizens, as neighbors, as patriots.
This is our future — our fate — and our choice to make. I am asking you to choose greatness. No matter the trials we face, no matter the challenges to come, we must go forward together.
We must keep America first in our hearts. We must keep freedom alive in our souls. And we must always keep faith in America’s destiny — that one nation, under God, must be the hope and the promise and the light and the glory among all the nations of the world!
Thank you. God bless you, God bless America. Thank you very much.
President Trump’s State of the Union (SOTU) address was a success tonight. I feel it was his best speech ever as president. He spoke with conviction, and it made Americans feel proud to be American.
It was a very memorable speech. He spoke about the greatness of America. He said it was not about the agenda of the Republicans nor the Democrats. It was about one nation, the United States of America.
There were many moments when he spoke of cooperation calling both parties to come together. He tried pulling both Republican and Democrats together to make a better country by passing bills that will benefit Americans. He has tried to unite them by giving them enough face to make compromises in the future.
Trump, speaking on abortion also reinforced in the minds of pro-lifers his loyalty to them and the belief in the sanctity of life, inside and outside the womb. I was surprised that the Democratic women in white could not even stand to show some solidarity for banning full-term abortion. Abortion must have some limits, otherwise, one can end up be blind to murder outside the womb.
I also liked his jab at non-sensical politically-driven investigations. This Robert Mueller investigation should come to a stop ASAP. It’s clearly a witch hunt, has always been one, and makes the Democrats look absolutely stupid and partisan.
This was a big win for Trump tonight, not only on social and security issues, but also on the economy. His trade policy has been conducive to huge gains in job creation in the U.S. The economy and jobs have has made huge gains for the middle class, the lower income, for racial minorities, and also for women.
I agree that the NAFTA trade deal had been seen as beneficial for Canada and for Mexico. I have to admit that the U.S. could always have done better for itself because I also believe in fair trade, not necessarily free trade. Free trade is not good unless it’s also fair trade. He was also tough on trade with China. That was good. All trade must be fair.
Overall, I thought it was definitely his greatest speech ever. There were many parts of the speech where he used live examples of people who contributed to making a better country. Two of his examples were persons who were unfairly sentenced in prison but chose to make a better place where they were. Very moving and inspiring.
If I were American, I would have been proud of him. I think it has the potential to pull some Democrats together with Republicans to make some deals in the future. Kudos to President Donald Trump. May God continue to bless America.
Before doing a bit research on migration into the U.S.A., I had no idea about the numbers of unlawful entries into the U.S.A every year. I am astounded by some of what I learned.
If someone were to tell you that annually there is somewhere between 250,000 to 360,000 unlawful migrants who cross the Mexican border into the United States EVERY year, what might most people think? Would it be considered a national emergency? There are already 12 million unlawful residents in the United States today so you can do your calculations for estimated annual illegal entry [added: “including an estimated 42%, or 5 million, who overstay their visas. This “42%” people are using is from a old Pew Research report.” ].
This figure would be much higher if it weren’t for almost 400,000 who were apprehended in 2018. These are facts and I’m not making these up (Click: stats from stats U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE). In previous years (1995-2000), the numbers used to hover around 1.4 – 1.6 million annually who were apprehended (Click: FactCheck.org).
Over six decades ago, my parents immigrated legally to Canada (a nation that I love and live in today). My grandfather and great-grandfather (Sam) had lived and worked in Canada (e.g., the building of the nationwide railway) but decided to return to their homeland of China.
As a child of an immigrant, I appreciate immigration and defend legal immigration. Without immigrants, our two countries of Canada and the U.S.A., or any other western nation would not be what they are today–enriched by their diversity of culture and ethnicities.
However, I hope you can allow me to speak honestly. Any country in the world ought to take migration or immigration seriously; otherwise, why even have borders?
Illegal entry into any country in the world can, and ought to have some consequences. Someone I know very well have daily dealings with migrants who are apprehended by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Let me share with you a story. I remember many years ago when I was still a university student in Virginia. During the summer months, our family intended to bring an aunt over to cross the U.S.-Canada border. We would go across to do some cross-border shopping about 2-3 times per year. Some go as often as twice per month as a family outing. It was an ordinary thing for people to do on a weekend, and it still is. I don’t know why but either I had forgotten, or just out of plain ignorance, failed to pick up a day-visa at the border for my aunt because she was a Chinese citizen visiting us in Canada for a month.
The result. My poor aunt was apprehended and my father’s vehicle was almost impounded by U.S. Customs. I was also the driver. I learned my lesson: Be careful and honest and direct with customs agents. The penalty could be serious and it could have been more serious for me because I might not have been able to return to finish my last semester of studies.
Now back to my question and this is where it gets dicey: If illegal migration is an ethical issue, then why is building a wall, in order to prevent illegal migration, not an ethical issue? And I know the left might feel a little bit squeemish thinking about an honest answer but just leave our political leanings aside for a moment.
First, allow me to put this so-called wall in another context. Let’s think of other countries that have, or have had, a wall or fence:
-East and West Berlin;
-India and Pakistan;
-North Korea and South Korea;
-India and Bangladesh;
-Gaza Strip and Israel;
-Egypt and Gaza Strip;
-Israel and West Bank;
-Hadrian Wall in northern England; and
-ancient China and Mongolia (Great Wall of China).
I’ve never been to the Great Wall of China but I am amazed at the immensity of its height and width. It was a massive labor-intensive undertaking in order to keep out the marauding Mongol tribes, and to keep the Chinese nation safe. I’d say that was an ethical and moral thing. It prevented war and potential violence, theft, rape, and other forms of violence from Mongolia and Manchuria.
I am not necessarily left or right on the political spectrum on the wall issue. Let’s analyze the ethics of having a barrier of some sort at national borders.
I will affirm my belief that a barrier between any two countries could be considered an ethical and moral matter.
Let’s also set aside what I would consider non-sense from the left that those who accuse Trump as being racist because he is proposing building a wall. Are other nations like Germany, Israel, Korea, India and Pakistan racist because they’ve built walls to protect their people?
If migrants pour into any country without legal documents or fail to apply for a visa, it ought to become an ethical issue. You might be reading this from South Korea, Germany, the U.S. or India. Walls have been a normalized if your people have felt threatened by illegal border crossings.
I remember years ago when I was able to cross the U.S.-Canadian border with just a driver’s licence or health card. After 9-11, it all changed. Today, I need to show a passport.
If an outsider attempts to intrude into a high-security office building, ought this be considered an ethical issue? Of course it is. If someone breaks in, is killed or robbed, it also becomes a moral issue. An ethical and moral thing to do would be to increase the building’s security to protect sensitive information, or important people or property.
The bible speaks of an example of Jerusalem’s wall being re-built due to decay through decades and centuries of neglect. Ezra 4:12-13 states:
“The king should know that the people who came up to us from you have gone to Jerusalem and are rebuilding that rebellious and wicked city. They are restoring the walls and repairing the foundations. Furthermore, the king should know that if this city is built and its walls are restored, no more taxes, tribute or duty will be paid, and eventually the royal revenues will suffer.”
If ancient Jerusalem failed to protect its own people from invaders who would rob, kill, torture and forcibly exile its people, might that be considered an ethical and moral issue?
Does a nation have a duty to protect its own people and provide them physical and even economic security? You better believe it! If our nation failed to provide us with national security, we would be up in arms.
Today, the U.S. might be in a similar situation. Drugs, gangs and violence are not the only issues. Immigration is very much tied to the economy. How about protecting the economy and jobs of American citizens? Does a nation not have a right to economic self-determination? Every other country on earth seems to have the right to secure their own and borders. Why not the U.S.A.?
With many nations around the world watching from the comforts of their own television sets, it’s rather easy to accuse Trump of being racist, but if unlawful entry into your own country was happening and it affected YOUR job and YOUR family’s security, you would do something about it, wouldn’t you?
History pointed to a leader born to fulfill a purpose. Winston Churchill was someone who was seen as controversial, openly direct and honest. He went down in history as one of the greatest politicians and statesmen in British history. He surprised many Brits during the Second World War by giving his opinion that Britain must stand up against Hitler and Nazi Germany. This “ruffled many feathers.” The huge majority of British Parliamentarians did not feel comfortable bucking the trend and remained silent by not stirring the pot. However, Churchill was one man who refused to remain quiet. He openly and directly confronted British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, Parliament and urged other nations in the western world to stand up and confront the dangers of Nazism and Adolf Hitler. If Britain did not, these dangers would come back to haunt the nation. Churchill was right. Hitler would eventually bomb London, England. Churchill would eventually be elected the Prime Minister to take Britain into the Second World War and defeat Hitler. It was a hard path but he was the man who rose to power at the right time and place to change the history of Europe forever.
Like Churchill, there is the possibility that President-elect Donald Trump might be a leader fit for a special purpose to lead the U.S. in this time of need. The economy seems headed into a collision course; and radical Islam, ISIS and jihadism has as their goal the establishment of a caliphate. Do you think Trump might be pre-ordained for a time and place today to be a leader of the United States of America for a special reason and season? I do think he has the great potential to be a voice of realism and tilt a balance of power in a direction the nation needs to take.
During this 2016 Presidential election, Donald Trump earned a reputation as a personality who is easy to hate because of his bombastic personality and tone of voice directed at his opponents. Most would dread to be his opponent, either in politics or in the business world because he eats his opponents alive. Some call the man an “equal opportunity offender.” True, he offends both friend and foe alike, even his fellow Republicans. Most of us would never think of uttering the words he openly flung at his opponents. Given that he is an “equal opportunity offender”–whatever that means, he would offend both men and women, both gay and straight, both racial minorities and the white majority, and all members of both political parties. Would that be consistent? Yes, probably. Does it make it alright? No. I think Trump has made enemies of all people for life. But does he care? Probably not.
However, I wish to say something in defense of the man. I understand the place Donald Trump comes from. I have known and experienced the likes of his personality. The man does come across as being crass, unsophisticated, and tough; but does it mean that it disqualifies him from being an effective leader? I definitely don’t think so. I know liberal elites will have a tough time swallowing the fact about who he is, and who the majority has elected to be their political leader. Deep inside, he is a blue-collar person who wounds his opponents using words and openly insults his opponents in order to win. It comes natural to his personality but that is who he is openly and behind closed doors. What you see is what you get. That was how he got to where he is in the business world. On the sympathetic end, I’d also like to say that I think he a well-meaning person. He loves his country, his family, and will do what it takes to complete his mandate, even if it means climbing all over his political opponents.
I also think the man has the potential to be one of the most effective presidents in the history of the United States. I will say more about this in my next post. Based on his history as a hard-driving businessman, he will not be the most well-liked, but he can be a very effective leader.
Both liberals must admit that he is an effective businessman. Given his business acumen and sharp sense of intuition, he will be very effective in leading his Administration in the White House. People who work under him might not have an easy time working with him because he will be direct and demand results. I would hate to sit across him in the boardroom because he would not be an easy man to work for. However, he knows what it takes to get the job done and he will get it does because he has done it before in the business world.
No, I do not condone Trump’s insults and use of strong words during the campaign. He used his instincts to do what he needed to do to win. Hillary Clinton also ran a very dirty campaign against Trump but he survived and came out the victor. This was truly amazing and it certainly shocked the majority of liberals who wished him the worst including recent death threats made by people on the left. This man has not even been sworn into office and he is already being criticized. I would say to his detractors to stop calling him down and just let him start governing. History will tell how good of a president he will be. I say we should all give the man a chance to show what he is made of.