By Daniel Bobinski
The year 2020 is upon us, and as the previous decade closes, I look back amazed. On the upside, we’ve seen breakthrough advances over the past 10 years. Deaf people can now wear gloves that translate sign language into text, people with missing limbs can get neuro-prosthetics that allow them to manipulate prosthetic hands using their thoughts, and retina implants are helping blind people see again.
But I’m also amazed at events in this same time frame that have been damaging the fabric of America, and sadly, the list is long. Repairing the American fabric will be an arduous task. Unfortunately, some don’t want it repaired – they want to see America on its knees. Why? Because they want a different form of government, and the only way they can achieve that is by creating a New America after our current one has been torn down. But that’s a topic for a different column.
What follows below is Part 1 of a multi-part series on a Decade of Disdain: Leftist policies and practices that are damaging the fabric of America.
This particular column has to do with the Left ignoring state and federal laws. As you read this series of columns, please feel free to let me know what you think is damaging our country – perhaps I’ll write about them in future articles. Until then, let’s look at some changes the Left has made over the last decade that are damaging the fabric of our country.
- Push for Open Borders
Visit the homes of political and Hollywood elites, and you will find walls and maybe even armed security. Yet many of these people hypocritically advocate for open borders in our country.
Strangely, almost every politician on the national scene now calling for open borders can be seen on YouTube advocating against open borders just 10 years ago. Why the change?
Writing in National Review, Dennis Prager identifies three reasons why the left wants open borders, with the first and foremost being “an estimated 70 to 80 percent of Latin American immigrants will vote Democratic.” It’s a sad commentary. The Left cannot win elections using the logic of their policies, so they offer free stuff (using our tax dollars) and skirt our nation’s laws just to get new voters.
It’s surreal, but it’s happening, and it’s damaging the fabric of our country.
By the way, if you’ve not yet seen the six-minute video titled World Poverty, Immigration, & Gumballs presented by NumbersUSA founder Roy Beck, I highly recommend you watch it. Beck does an excellent job of demonstrating how the misplaced compassion of having open US borders actually hurts the world’s population instead of helping it.
- Saying Illegal Entry is Not a Crime
It’s really not debatable. Anyone entering a country in a way that violates that nation’s laws is demonstrating a disregard for the rule of law.
Some say that entering our country illegally is not a crime, but rather a “civil violation.” Not according to US law and Thomas Homan, former acting director of ICE. Homan says, “[If] You enter the United States illegally, it’s a crime,” because 8 U.S. Code § 1325 clearly spells out that entering the country illegally results in either a fine, six months of imprisonment, or both. In fact, people entering the country illegally can be convicted of both a crime AND a civil violation.
The Leftists in Congress have recently become fond of saying that no one is above the law, but apparently they lack the intellect to apply that across the board. So, if you’re a Leftist, I’ll say it again: People who sneak into our country in violation of our laws have demonstrated that they don’t care much about following our laws.
But hey, what better way to show compassion to these law breakers than to give them a driver’s license and expect them to follow our driving laws?
- Issuing Drivers Licenses to Unauthorized Inhabitants
Thirteen states and the District of Columbia now offer driver's licenses to people who are here illegally.
How do our unauthorized inhabitants drive? According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in 2018 alone, approximately 81,000 people who are here illegally were arrested for driving under the influence. And, while no agency officially tracks vehicular deaths caused by people here illegally, every organization that collects data to try to compile that number estimates that approximately 10 people are killed EVERY DAY by these people who don’t care about our laws.
Ten innocent American citizens killed every day.
By people here illegally.
And what kind of punishments do these lawbreakers – er, um, “undocumented immigrants” get? The case of Roberto Galo will amaze you, and not in a good way. In November of 2010, Mr. Galo – here illegally – struck a 25-year old college student who was riding his motorcycle, then ran over him several times as he tried to flee the scene, killing the young man.
Galo’s punishment? Six weeks in jail.
It’s a safe bet that if these folks were voting Republican and killing 10 people a day with handguns, our Leftist friends would be screaming for an immediate border wall.
Should we share some math with our Leftist friends? In the time since Mr. Galo served his burdensome six-week sentence for manslaughter, more than 30,000 other innocent American citizens have been killed in car accidents caused by people here illegally.
Let that number sink in, Leftists. Think, if only for a second, about the tens of thousands of families devastated by these senseless deaths.
By the way, that number does not include the number of real Americans robbed, raped, shot, stabbed, or outright killed by illegal inhabitants using something other than a motor vehicle.
As we move on to the next section, there’s something you need to remember about a driver’s license. It’s an accepted form of ID for casting a ballot.
- Allowing Unauthorized Inhabitants to Vote
In recent years, more and more states are requiring a valid ID to vote. This is a good thing, because through the power of video, we can see that without polling places requiring ID, it’s easy to vote using someone else’s name, which opens the door wide to voter fraud. You know, like Obama getting 14,686 votes compared to Mitt Romney’s 23 votes across 44 districts in Ohio (a statistical impossibility). Or Obama getting 247,713 votes in a Florida county that had only 175,554 registered voters. But I digress.
The facts remain. Despite Democrats working to undermine voter ID laws, more states are requiring an ID before you can fill out a ballot. So how are Leftists dealing with this? Sixteen states plus the District of Columbia now have automatic voter registration, meaning that whenever you interact with the state – such as getting a driver’s license or applying for food stamps – you are automatically registered to vote.
And wouldn’t you know, nine of those states plus the District of Columbia also offer driver’s licenses to people in the country who don't have legal authorization to be here.
Care to guess how many of those states are run by Democrats?
If you said all of them, you’re correct.
The truth is that over the course of the last decade, non-citizens are now being encouraged to vote and it’s damaging the fabric of our country. An intellectually honest person would say that foreigners are interfering with our elections, but the Left can’t seem to comprehend that, either.
- Sanctuary Cities and Sanctuary States
Finally, let’s look at the increase of “sanctuary cities” and “sanctuary states” and their top officers instructing their rank and file to not cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
We’ve had sanctuary cities for a while now, but they multiplied after Donald Trump became President. The reason? A feigned indignation about how people were treated when caught entering the country illegally. They also don’t want Trump to have any successes, even if it means shooting themselves – and our country – in the foot.
As you may recall, Obama’s administration built and used chain-link cages to house children. Nobody seemed to have a problem with that practice, but that changed once Trump took office. Suddenly Trump was accused of tearing families apart.
For anyone on the Left, I encourage you to read the definition of a “double standard.”
As a result of a feigned indignation that sprang up because of caged children, self-righteous Leftists pressured more city leaders and law enforcement to not cooperate with ICE. And so, for the sake of politically correct grandstanding, dangerous criminals are being released back into the public. The police could do their jobs and hold these people because of their crimes, but they’re pressured to play politics, instead.
The result? Innocent Americans are being senselessly raped and murdered.
I grew sick to my stomach as I reviewed story after story and list after list of Americans murdered by illegal immigrants released from jail by Americans who are sworn to uphold the law. I cannot fathom how these people call themselves “law enforcement officers,” let alone sleep. Their consciences must be seared beyond repair. Women become widows, children become orphans, and parents are burying their children all because of bleeding heart Leftist hubris.
No excuses exist.
This behavior shows nothing but disdain for the rule of law in America.
And yet it’s happening, and it’s severely damaging the fabric of our country.
Yes, this past decade has seen some wonderful achievements, but the political Left has developed a disdain for the spirit of the law and ethical principles that have held our country together all these years.
Why? Because they want a different kind of country but they need control to make it happen. They want to change the fabric of our country into something our founders never intended. Despite all their blathering about the current administration being a danger, it is they – the political Left – that wants to tear down our country. And they don’t seem to care who gets killed or how much pain they cause in the process.
Bottom line, the Left wants a ruling elite – in essence, undoing the progress made since the signing of the Magna Carta. And they are using misdirection while ignoring and circumventing our country’s laws to get what they want.
Thankfully, over the last decade, communication methods have emerged that let us see through the smokescreen of the Left’s propaganda. When true Americans hold fast to the truth, much can be done to repair our nation's fabric.
Stand firm, Patriots.
Daniel Bobinski, M.Ed. is a certified behavioral analyst, best-selling author, columnist, corporate trainer, and a popular keynote speaker. In addition to working with teams and individuals to help them achieve workplace excellence through improving their emotional intelligence and improving the way they do training, he’s also a veteran and a Christian Libertarian who believes in the principles of free market capitalism – while standing firmly against crony capitalism. Daniel writes on both workplace issues and political issues for multiple publications. In his ideal world, he’d be a speechwriter for President Trump. Reach Daniel for help with your workplace through his website, MyWorkplaceExcellence.com. For things political, use @newbookofdaniel on Twitter. © Shadowtrail Media, LLC