Executive Order for Immigration Reform?

I’ll do my best to keep this short for those that don’t like to talk politics. The President of the United States (POTUS) is planning to sign an Executive Order in regards to Immigration. As usual, this is my opinion and mine alone.

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Honestly I feel that the POTUS is overstepping his boundaries. Why? Because he isn’t even giving the incoming Republican majority, in the Senate and The House of Representatives, a chance to even propose legislation. He says that he wouldn’t have signed the order if Congress could pass a bill. Congress has been slow to act on approving ANY bill, so he, the POTUS, feels he needs to use his power to sign executive orders to handle this immigration issue.

This may sound ridiculous, but in some ways I agree with both sides; meaning, I agree with the POTUS on telling congress to stop sitting on their hands and pass a bill, but that’s where it stops. I think he should have given the incoming majority a chance to do something. Would the incoming majority propose legislation regarding the matter? Honestly, I believe they could, but would it be in a timely manner? No. I believe the POTUS would have eventually signed an executive order anyway. I say that because this option has been on the table for a while.

We, the backbone of the country, have no say so on any issue. The individuals we elect to represent us are not and refuse to listen to the voices of the its people. They push their own agendas and ignore our voices. Basically, our opinions don’t matter. Additionally, what is going to happen to the immigrants that have done the right thing and are on the right track to become U.S. Citizens? Are they going to be moved to the back of the line? Signing this order is going to really complicate things.

I prepared a more in depth post regarding this issue, mainly talking about the POTUS’s stance on immigration. Pretty much it talked about how he felt about immigration before he was elected and where he stands now. If you ever get a chance I suggest that you read the presidents best selling book, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the America Dream, publication date: October 17, 2006, ISBN 978-0-307-23769-9. You would be very surprised on his stance.

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What is ISIS Really?

If you’ve been keeping up current events, you might have already seen the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group executed another American citizen. What I don’t understand is that the American government has access to the best technology in order spy on its own citizens here in America. So, you want me to believe that no one in our government can’t or doesn’t know how to find this terror group? You can miss me with that shit. I refuse to believe that.

If I were the President of the United States, I would allow congress to spend copious amounts of money on finding this group WITHOUT putting groups on the ground. If I told my troops, to their face, that I would not commit them to another ground war in Iraq, I would firmly stand by my word. As far as I’ve seen the America public is split about this issue. Additionally, what sense does it make to commit troops to another war when you’re telling the Department of Defense that we need a reduction in our force?

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I’m willing to bet that the majority of the American public only knows ISIS for a terror group. That is true, but they’re more than just a terror group. Here are some fun facts about this terror group:

• Who They Are: ISIS stands for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The group is trying to form an independent state with territory in Iraq, Syria, and parts of Lebanon. They are led by an Iraqi cleric who goes by the name Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

• What They Do: ISIS has been fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as well as other militant Islamic groups in Syria for control of parts of Syria while also fighting the Iraqi government in its quest to form the unified ISIS state. Its brutal tactics have been disavowed as too extreme by al Qaeda’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

• How Powerful They Are: ISIS forces took Mosul, the third biggest city in Iraq and the biggest one along the Iraq-Syria border. When they took the city, the ISIS seized more than $400 million from city banks, making it richer than many small nations. According to the Associated Press ISIS has also taken effective control of Tikrit, where Saddam Hussein was born.

• How They’re Able to Fight: Since it controls cities on either side of the Syria-Iraq border, ISIS forces were able to quickly move weapons seized from Mosul into Syria. The weapons, including Humvees, rifles, missiles and ammunition, will help arm ISIS in its fights on both sides of the border.

• The State They Want to Create: The territory in the western part of Iraq that ISIS wants is made up of mostly Sunni Muslims, as is the part of Syria that ISIS wants. Many Sunni Muslims in Iraq have joined ISIS in fighting against the Iraqi Army, which is under the control of a Shiite minority that mainly lives on the other side of the country.

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There’s A TON more information, but I gave you the abridged version so you wouldn’t get bored.

If you’ve ever served in the United States military and have ever been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, you know how serious Muslims are about their religion. I AM NOT CALLING ALL MUSLIMS TERRORISTS! When I speak of Muslims in this post I am speaking about the Radical Islamists. Now add a dose of ridiculous ideals to what they already believe and that only intensifies their cause.

I would like to go into more detail, but I will do that at another time. I just wanted us REGULAR folks to know the basics of exactly what our government is attempting to disassemble.

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I’m not sure how in tuned into you are with your public broadcasting station, but I like to watch mine for at least 2 to 3 hours a day, daily. Doing that I occasionally see newscast from different new agencies from all across the Globe. I always learn something new, I learn a lot. Some of it I like, some it I’m in the middle of the road and some of it I hate and is completely ridiculous.

The reason I bring up that last comment is because I saw a show and that show in particular is Frontline and they were doing a piece on Iraq. It commented on one of their shows they have coming up and they stated, “How America Lost Iraq.” That really boils my blood. The reason it does is because of the lives that were lost, the soldiers, marines, airmen, and sailors that were wounded and their lives were changed forever and will never be the same. Are you brave enough to tell the parents of the fallen how America Lost Iraq? Are you going to say the same thing about Afghanistan when we exit? I’ve lost a LOT of friends in the mountains of Afghanistan. I am one of those wounded and my life will never be the same. Are you brave enough to tell me to my face how we lost Afghanistan? Fuck it, I dare you to say how we lost Iraq or Afghanistan! I’ve lost friends in both countries.

We take our liberties such as freedom of speech for granted. I can’t believe how America treated our veterans when they returned home from a hard fought fight in Vietnam, with some thinking they would never see the United States again, but because of their tact and humility they didn’t do a thing. The conditions they fought in were 100 times harder than what my comrades and I fought, but Americans, were “so patriotic” had the audacity spit in the face of the soldiers, marines, airmen and sailors as they returned physically, mentally and spiritually spent. They were called baby killers. All these individuals were doing was following orders. If you’re given an order, especially in a time of war and you don’t execute said order, you WILL be punished under the Uniformed Code Of Military Justice and you WILL be convicted supposedly by a jury of your peers (sure, yeah right) and sent to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to spend who knows how much time. So I applaud every one of them, for not lashing out and breaking the neck of every person that what brave enough to spit and run. Every time I see a Vietnam veteran I say thank you and give them a proper welcome home Brother. Also, according to america, we lost Vietnam. Is it because we pull out of a country, we’ve lost? What constitutes a loss? In Vietnam and Iraq when American and allied lives are sacrificed by an unknown enemy and you are trying to fight a fair fight according the Geneva Convention, but the enemy is fighting an unfair fight and half the time you don’t know who the enemy is. Pulling out is the sensible thing to do right? That what I would do if I were the President of the United States of America.

We as America need to start worrying about our own country. Yes other countries are at war, but we, America was at war at one time. Does The Civil War Ring a bell? Before the Civil War someone took charge and brought an intelligent group of individuals together and organized this country. Why can’t they do the same? Because every time someone tries to take charge there’s an outcry of hatred or violence outbreak, somethings got to give. I’m not saying our country has the perfect blueprint, but the framework is there. If we go back to our own framework we could possibly get something done.

Congress can’t even pass a fucking bill, but yet they blame it on the President. I’m not just talking about the current President, I’m taking, Clinton, Bush, shit, his Dad even. Congress has too much damn power. The power is supposed to be with the PEOPLE and not with the Government.

OIF US CASUALTIES: 4,486
OEF US CASUALTIES: 2,335

OIF ALLIED CASUALTIES : 318
OEF ALLIED CASUALTIES: 1,127

OIF TOTAL CASUALTIES: 4,804
OEF TOTAL CASUALTIES: 3,462

OIF/OEF TOTAL CASUALTIES: 8,266
** OIF – Operation Iraqi Freedom
** OEF – Operation Enduring Freedom

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VIETNAM CASUALTIES: 58,220

<>We the PEOPLE of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

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I’ve been holding this rant in for almost 2 years now. I will not disclose names of individuals, companies or products. That would be very childish and not to mention I could possibly be sued for doing damage or bringing any negative light to this commercial institution.

I will first start with my reasoning on why I feel the need to get this off my chest. My WHY is simple. I feel that this “commercial institution” is very misleading and you are taught by individuals on your “team” that this is the correct way to “push” this institution’s merchandise. I will admit, while I was “dealing” this product myself, I believed in it. I was mislead; I also mislead a lot of individuals. It was almost like I made individuals feel bad so I could get a sell. Ridiculous right? I know. Their “process” is crazy and you are made to feel that this is the only way to get positive results. So many individuals across this country are mesmerized by the “life-style”, but you are not told that every single month you have to work from the bottom and meet certain criteria in order to keep certain entitlements. Unless you know me personally then you are looking at this post and asking yourself, What the F*** is this dude talking about? In order for you to fully understand the 5 W’s (Who, What, When, Where & Why) of my rant I would have to disclose the name of this commercial institution. I will not do that. All I ask you to do is bare with me and take the pertinent information from this rant and apply it to your life, if it fits. If you can’t absolutely use the information, don’t completely block it out, store it and save it. It will come in handy in the future at some point of time.

Is everyone familiar with the definition of a Pyramid Scheme? No, how about a Ponzi Scheme? Don’t worry, I will explain them to you. A Pyramid Scheme is a fraudulent investing plan that has unfortunately cost many people worldwide their hard-earned savings. The concept behind the pyramid scheme is simple and should be easy to identify; however, it is often presented to potential investors in a disguised or slightly altered form. For this reason, it is important to not only understand how pyramid schemes work, but also to be familiar with the many different shapes and sizes they can take (http://www.investopedia.com/articles/04/042104.asp). Now you are confused as hell. Let me do my best to help you understand. The reason I mentioned Pyramid Scheme is because I feel that this commercial institution is one big ass, legal Pyramid Scheme. This institution has a plethora of individuals with amazing minds and they are paid good money to find out ingenious ways to “pull the wool” over the eyes of the average American and our government. Yes, I know pinning the Pyramid Scheme tag on this commercial institution is a bold claim, but I feel that its very true. Once you are “invested” monetarily, your time and mentally, you are taught to show the end product. Don’t talk about the process and the struggle it’s going to take for you to get to this point, talk about the material items that will get you excited and say that this institution will fork over the “ends (money)” to purchase this for you.

A Ponzi Scheme is a fraudulent operation that pays returns to its investors from existing capital or new capital paid by new investors, rather than from profit earned by the individual or organization running the operation. Operators of Ponzi schemes usually entice new investors by offering higher returns than other investments, in the form of short-term returns that are either abnormally high or unusually consistent. The perpetuation of the high returns requires an ever-increasing flow of money from new investors to sustain the scheme. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ponzi_scheme).

I hope that I haven’t lost you. Very vague, I know, but I don’t have ANY money, so I don’t want this institution to take what I have. If the average american would stop looking for a quick fix to make money, stay young or lose weight then this institution would fail. It takes a lot of hard work and discipline to say to yourself that you will set a goal and follow it through to the end, for example, let’s just say you want to lose weight. You know that you have to alter the way you eat, how many meals you consume in a day and working out will help you get where you need or want to be. You already know this, so why do you need a miracle “weight-loss shake” to help you lose the weight? You don’t. You want the quick fix, because you are not willing to hold yourself accountable and stick to your word. Harsh? Yep. It shouldn’t take some commercial institution to tell you how to get rid of those unwanted pounds. That’s only an example and I’m not just talking about weight-loss, I’m speaking on making money or whatever quick fix you are willing to commit to with your time or money, just to get instant results. Hey, I know that some of us need help or a little push and theses institutions help guide us, but when should it stop? Who is the individual or individuals to say enough is enough? All it should be is a guide, but someone says, “Hey, we can make millions off of ignorant individuals. All we have to do is get some big name company to back us and we’re in business.”

I’ve said all that to say this, we need to start taking accountability of ourselves and start making these changes because that’s what YOU want and not because some commercial institution tells you what you need to or how to do it. If we can do that then these corporations would not exist because we are holding ourselves accountable and we set a goal and will see it through from start to finish. I don’t claim to know everything, but I will NOT let some organization tell me how I need to IMPROVE MY life. Using their “scheme” as a guideline, sure, but that’s as far as it will go. Don’t take this rant as me telling you that I am so much better than you and I have all the answers, because that’s not the point I am trying to convey. I am speaking from experience and I am giving you MY outlook. Life is one big ass adventure, it’s going to make you take some wrong turns, speed limit changes and some bad weather to get you where you need to be. We can fix ourselves if we could/would push that 5 letter word named PRIDE to the side and ask for assistance from a fellow brother or sister. As a REGULAR, I don’t have all then answers, but what you can bet on, I AM not and WILL not be afraid to ask for help/assistance.

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Yesterday, while standing line at the grocery store, I overheard two women talking about that giving urine samples to receive Food Stamps/EBT Card is stupid and ridiculous. They were pretty upset about the topic, because one of the ladies said that every now and then she like to get her smoke on or pop a pill. I started thinking to myself, if you have enough money to buy some damn weed or pills, then you should have enough money to pay for food and provide for your family.

A lot of you may disagree with me on this one, but I think that if you receive any government assistance, you should be subjected to donate some urine or a blood sample. The system is broken and it needs to be fixed. I’m sure their are individuals out there that have a good job that pays well, but they know the right things to say during the interview and know the key words to put on the application, so that person can receive government assistance. With that one person taking advantage of the system, it’s only going to make it harder for the people who really need assistance.  The only thing that I can do is rant about it. I can’t force the government to do anything. Hell, they can’t even agree to disagree with one another.

I fully support that if you receive government assistance you should have to either donate some blood or urine. The reason why I fully support it, is because there are too many single parents out there that need the help, but can’t get it, because this person said the right things during the interview and knew the key words to write on the application. It’s crazy how the system works. As I said previously, the system is broken and needs to be fixed. Some of you are probably asking yourself, well you’re talking about it, then what should happen? Truthfully, I don’t know. If we had more honest people and the government starts enforcing it’s policies and procedures then maybe we could be on the right track.

I’m not claiming to be the person that has the answer to this problem, I’m just writing my opinion for you the reader can see how I feel about the situation. In addition to receiving government assistance then you are giving the government the right to randomly check on you to make sure that you are using the assistance the way is should be used. I know that many are saying that this would be an invasion of their privacy. I agree with that, but you went to the government and asked for assistance, then why get mad at the government because they want to make sure that you are using the assistance that you asked for make sure you are using it the right way. I could go on and on about this issue, but for the sake of the readers I won’t.

Bottom Line: Keep in mind that tax payers are paying for your government assistance and I believe that if you want assistance from the government then, they should be able to take a sample of your blood or urine and randomly make unannounced visits of your residence. If you feel differently about this subject, please let me know and we can have a conversation on how you feel. All I will do is continue to look out for the REGULARS that struggle day to day and work their fingers to the bone to make ends meet and that their family is taken care of.

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