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For 10 days, Americans have argued over the wisdom of trading five Taliban senior commanders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
President Obama handed the Taliban a victory, critics contend, and imperiled U.S. troops in Afghanistan when the five return to the battlefield. Moreover, he has inspired the Haqqani network and other Islamists to capture more Americans to trade.
But which represents the greater long-term threat to the safety and security of our people and nation: sending those five Taliban leaders to Doha, and perhaps back to Afghanistan, or releasing into the U.S. population last year 36,000 criminal illegal aliens with 88,000 convictions among them?
According to a May report of the Center for Immigration Studies, of the 36,000 criminal aliens who, while awaiting deportation, were set free by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 193 had been convicted of homicide, 426 of sexual assault, 303 of kidnaping, 1,075 of aggravated assault, 1,160 for stolen vehicles, 9,187 for possession or use of dangerous drugs, and 16,070 for driving drunk or drugged.
Those 36,000 criminal aliens are roughly equivalent to three-and-a-half divisions of felons and social misfits released into our midst.
And this does not include the 68,000 illegal aliens against whom ICE declined to press criminal charges last year, but turned loose.
How goes the Third World invasion of the United States?
According to the AP, the U.S. Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley sector made 148,017 arrests from Oct. 1 to May 17, while 62,876 were caught in the Tucson sector, the second-busiest crossing point.
That is almost 211,000 illegal aliens caught in just over half a year in just two sectors of the border. And that figure only tells us how many were caught, not how many got in, or how many of those caught were released and now reside among us.
Among those caught crossing into Texas these last seven months were 47,000 unaccompanied children. Border Patrol estimates that by Sept. 30, apprehensions of children and teenagers in this fiscal year could reach 90,000.
According to Gov. Jan Brewer, the feds have begun shipping illegal aliens, adults as well as children, from Texas to Arizona, "dumping" them into her state.
"This is a humanitarian crisis and it requires a humanitarian response," says Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski of the surge in children from Central America across the U.S. border.
Attorney General Eric Holder has risen to the crisis. The U.S. will now provide lawyers for children who enter illegally, to fight their battle in U.S. courts to stay.
"We're taking this historic step," says Holder, "to protect the rights of the most vulnerable members of our society. How we treat those in need—particularly young people who are fleeing violence, persecution, abuse or trafficking—goes to the core of who we are as a nation."
Somehow the core contention of James Burnham's "Suicide of the West," out 50 years ago this year, comes to mind.
"Liberalism," wrote Burnham. "is the ideology of Western suicide."
America and the West must face up to what is happening to our countries and our civilization. Or we are going to lose them both forever.
Treating with contempt U.S. and European laws, peoples from failed states of the Third World are steadily filling up our countries and reducing our native-born into slowly shrinking national majorities.
If this continues over many more decades, Western nations as we knew them will disappear forever, and be remade in the image of those who have newly arrived, and the countries whence they came.
When, ever, did Americans vote for this?
What would constitute a pro-American immigration policy?
A moratorium on all immigration until unemployment among U.S. citizens falls below five percent. A 15-foot security fence from San Diego to the Gulf, with Border Patrol outposts every 10 miles. Fines and community service for businessmen who hire illegal aliens.
Europe is facing the same crisis. This past weekend, 5,200 migrants were caught on boats crossing from Africa to Italy. Spain and Greece, too, are major crossing points from sub-Sahara Africa and the Arab and Islamic world into the heart of Europe.
Yet as we saw in the May European parliamentary elections, the peoples of Europe are not going quietly into that good night that their elites have prepared for them.
They want to preserve the unique countries that they once were. Frenchmen want France to remain France, as the Brits want to remain British.
And despite the names they are being called, there is nothing wrong with that. As Euripedes wrote, there is no "greater grief than the loss of one native land."
The Republican establishment of Jeb Bush, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and the Senate hierarchy is prepared to collaborate with Barack Obama on a halt to deportations and partial amnesty.
If so, we shall find out whether the Republican Party still has a heart and soul, or whether, in the last analysis, it comes down to the money."
Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority. To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Web page at www.creators.com.
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Each day is a series of new transgressions committed by the government against the legitimate citizenry, unfathomable a generation, or even ten years ago. There are so few legitimate citizens left and such insurmountable odds. As Dr. Trifkovic has said "What can save us? Well, a miracle..."
Good poets like Sophocles and Scott echo each other from age to age:
Breathes there the man with soul so dead
Who never to himself hath said,
This is my own, my native land!
Whose heart hath ne’er within him burned,
As home his footsteps he hath turned
From wandering on a foreign strand!
If such there breathe, go, mark him well;
For him no minstrel raptures swell;
High though his titles, proud his name,
Boundless his wealth as wish can claim
Despite those titles, power, and pelf,
The wretch, concentred all in self,
Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
And, doubly dying, shall go down
To the vile dust from whence he sprung,
Unwept, unhonored , and unsung.
Now here is some immigration enforcement we should all be able to agree uopon. "On Sunday, May 18, 2014, Fr. Wylie preached a sermon at Holy Innocents on charity and, in particular, on the urgent need for the Archdiocese to send true and sympathic shepherds to serve (and guide) those who attend the Extraordinary From of the Mass in the Archdiocese. Shortly thereafter copies of the text of Fr. Wylie’s sermon began to appear all over the internet - not in Rorate.
It would appear that Fr. Wylie has not survived the publication of the text of his sermon unscathed. The following does not seem to be in dispute. Just days after his sermon was widely publicized on the internet, Fr. Wylie was obliged to withdraw from all of his commitments to celebrate Mass in the Extraordinary Form in the Archdiocese (and, apparently, from all public ministry in the Archdiocese of New York). It seems also that both the Holy See’s UN Permanent Observer Mission and the Archdiocese of Johannesburg received letters about the sermon from the Archdiocese of New York, that Fr. Wylie no longer works for the the Holy See UN Mission and that he will soon be returning to South Africa.
I thought "the most vulnerable members of our society" are unborn babies. And they actually are Americans.
I do not think there is any similar instance in history where a ruling class betrayed its people this way.
The truth is only power is real. There's such a marked difference between the so-called 'good' and evil these days, since the latter at least knows the truth and thus evil organizes for it- power. In old Rome for example EVERYONE knew the truth and so were organizing for power, and thus there was always a mix between the 'good' types and the patently evil, organizationally. It wasn't "oh, there's all the gangsters with and in power; and here's all the upstanding of us, on the sidelines. Gee, we need a miracle: 'help'." Who doesn't prefer old Rome prior to the corruption at the end of the Republic, to these days, must have a screw loose...I mean at least in terms of what they imagine the truth is.
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