One has to marvel at the mainstream media and politicians. In the Central African Republic, violence had been waging for eighteen months before the U.N. sent troops to the region. What changed in the last three months to bring the U.N. to act? Christians began fighting back. We can’t have Muslims being killed! On the other hand, if Christians are being crucified in the streets and forced to leave their homes, nothing need be done about it.
The lack of a response concerning the Christians being persecuted in Iraq is truly mind blowing. The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter has called for a day of prayer and adoration to beseech Our Lord’s aid for persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Perhaps this will catch the attention of the stupidly silent Obama Administration. One wonders more and more every day whether Obama’s “my Muslim faith” was not a slip of the tongue! As far as I know, the French–the new leaders of the free world now that Obama has gone a long way toward destroying American prestige–and the Kurds are the only ones offering asylum to Christian refugees. With the current inaction by our government, one hopes the the Kurds will indeed form their own country.
But then, Christians would be protected, and I’m sure the fearless Barack Hussein Obama will feel compelled to meddle in that.
I have been reading about Dictator Obama’s desire to have amnesty for illegal immigrants. To achieve this noble goal, he claims that he would bypass Congress if he could. (Thank God and the Founders for the Constitution!) But, finding ways to bypass Congress is always foremost on Obama’s mind, since he can’t lead and eschews compromise. For example, while the argument for a national minimum wage is still raging, he raised the federal minimum wage by fiat. And, we’ve already seen the bad effects of that.
But, what does he even hope to gain by amnesty? By making citizens of people who neither respect our laws nor love our country? Or, to look at the problem from merely an economic perspective, why should we increase competition for low paying jobs when people are still struggling to become employed? I can only believe that Obama is promoting this amnesty program to take our eyes off his other bad policies. At the same time as he’s pushing for amnesty, participation in the job market is falling, foreign countries have ceased to respect us, terrorists have invaded Iraq, and the Obama administration has proved itself more corrupt than the Ulysses S. Grant’s administration.
And so, I cannot see amnesty except as a way for him to try to gain political points–maybe increase the number of Hispanics willing to vote for a Democrat. In doing so, he harms the general welfare of all citizens and legal immigrants. In general, there is no reason to reward people for breaking the law. When providing amnesty would worsen our already suffering employment market, it is nothing short of criminal.
Being an individualist I believe that every individual has individual rights, and the government or community cannot force them to sacrifice for someone’s idea of the greater good. However, that does not at all mean that community is irrelevant to the individual or that we should be unconcerned with it. People should be willingly do for the community what they wish, and be convinced through persuasion, not force, to do what is right. To me, the equation of government with community is a similar fraud as that commonly made between government welfare programs and charity. Participating in the community is a virtue, and like every other virtue, exists in individuals not in collectives.
I will probably write more on this subject (As I am fairly sure the other contributors will as well.) but I wanted to just lay a little background here for a comparison between Big Government and Community at National Review Online using, of course, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
From Katrina Trinko: Opposing Big Government Isn’t the Same As Opposing Community
Liberals don’t own the idea of the importance of community, of how social institutions and personal relationships are vital to well-being, including at times economic well-being or success. The conservative argument is for freedom, not for all-around individualism. In fact, there’s a case to be made that communities are stronger under smaller government, when voluntary associations and cooperation are especially crucial for getting projects done and ensuring that all in the community (such as the poor and sick) are taken care of.