Saturday, June 30, 2007

Don't Give Up

This past week, the Senate, under overwhelming pressure from their rightful constituents, failed to gather enough votes for cloture on their most recent comprehensive immigration reform bill.

The people of this country finally got mad enough to turn off their televisions and pick up their phones and call their elected officials. They did so in numbers so great that the senate's phone system crashed.

Unfortunately, many Americans will feel that we have won, that we have achieved victory. Many Americans will go back to their daily lives, their television shows, and forget that we have not won the battle. We have won a minor skirmish that is all.

There is an emotional letdown after so much time and effort was expended in support of a cause. When you achieve your goal there is a moment of euphoria, which is followed by a hollow emptiness. You feel like you have nothing left to give and want to rest, recuperate. I know, I felt it myself. However, folks we cannot let that happen. The fight goes on as long as we still have open borders, so long as we still have 12-20 million illegal aliens living in our country.

Our government may have failed to pass this particular bill, the proponents of open borders and amnesty may have failed in their attempts to gain legalization for those here illegally. However, they are not giving up they will not rest. This issue will not go away until one side or the other achieves total victory.

Before the recent immigration bill was revived for its second chance at passage, the President, at a Hispanic Prayer Breakfast, urged the nations Hispanics to make themselves heard in the debate on immigration. Bush said that senators have been bombarded with 'opponents' of the bill and need to hear from those who support 'his' immigration plan.
Presidents Speech

There you have it folks. We, those of us lawful citizens, legal constituents, of our elected officials are considered opponents of the president’s plan. It matters not that we are only asking for our president to uphold the constitution and current law in regards to immigration. It only matters that we opposed his plan.

The president even went further by saying those in favor of 'his' plan make their voices heard. Who might those be, those who support the presidents plan? Could it be the 12-20 million illegal aliens who want legal status? It apparently does not matter to our president, or our senate for that matter, that they have no legal right to participate in our political process. As long as they support 'his' plan, the president wants to hear from them.

After this most recent attempt at amnesty failed, Senator Luis Gutierrez appeared on the Lou Dobbs show. Senator Gutierrez made the comment that, "For those 10 million permanent residents who feel offended by the rejection of this legislation, who feel betrayed, who feel humiliated, who feel beaten down, the appropriate thing at this moment is to arm yourselves with the right to vote by naturalizing yourself and becoming citizens."

An article on the Aztlan Communications Networks webpage, entitled, Immigrant Rights Movement's Next Phase Is Non-Cooperation and Civil Disobedience, by Ernesto Cienfuegos, made the following comments, "The Immigrant Rights Movement must enter a new phase. Along with strengthening the Immigrant Sanctuary effort, the movement must start embracing the tactics of non-cooperation and civil disobedience. These tactics have already proven effective in other parts of the world. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi utilized non-cooperation and civil disobedience to liberate India from the British occupation. La Raza de Aztlan must study and become experts in implementing the political theories of the great Mahatma Gandhi. We do not have to re-invent the wheel."

As I stated earlier, we have not won anything but a minor skirmish. Our borders are still open, the enemy is still among us and their numbers are growing. We cannot get lethargic now. We must remember that there are traitors in senators clothing who are still in office. We must continue to push for enforcement of existing law, even if it means replacing every single U.S. senator and congressman with someone who will listen to our voices.

As Thomas Jefferson once said, "The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government..." If our government will not listen to our voices, we have no alternative but to remove and replace those who choose to ignore our wishes and desires.

The battle is far from over, and it will take a steadfast commitment from all of us to fight the good fight for our nation’s survival. If you choose to disengage now, the real battle will be over before it even begins. The choice is yours...

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