We Must Stay “The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave”

OK, just to get this straight. I am not a “hater”, to which conservatives are often referred, and I am not a “far-right winger”. I carry more of a purple aura. If there was a Purple Party, that’s where I would be, but regardless of political leanings, I am very distressed with the negative attitudes being rabidly and relentlessly expressed in this country. Questionable human being that Donald Trump is, he is the leader of a country that is showing considerable growth. “The United States economy is expected to continue growing steadily over the next few years, outpacing many other Western Countries”, reports the Financial Times. The Dow has risen steadily from 2016 until now, reaching an almost 35% increase, exceeding its performance under Barack Obama. The unemployment rate has gone from 5.7% in 2015 to 3.8% in May 2019 and 3.7% in July 2019. The 2018 African American unemployment rate was the lowest it has been since the Bureau of Labor Statistics started keeping track. The value of the dollar has increased and inflation has remained steady. These are facts, folks, not fake news.

Now that we have established that Donald Trump has been good for this country’s economy, (Yes, yes, we have.) lets look at objections. It seems that the economy and the survival of our country is not as important to people as their social agendas. I don’t get that, but it’s true, and it is evident in how hard people are trying to get Trump out of office. What is more important, friends, social issues or the survival of America? We can’t have it all. I’m not saying that social issues are not important, but they must fall behind the importance of our country’s financial health. Otherwise, there won’t be any money for those things, either, in time. If our government would fulfill all of the requests of special interest groups, or open up our borders indiscriminately, where in the world would we get the money? Borrow more? Tax us, the citizens, up to the hilt? Those would be temporary, terrible solutions to an ongoing issue.

Do you have a budget at home, or do you just run up your charges to buy anything you want without a thought to your future? Do you take care of the most important bills first, then ration out the left over money for less important things so you don’t go bankrupt through unchecked spending? It’s the same thing with the government. Where will we get the money to do all these things that everyone wants? Oh, I know, big business. This is one area where I turn purple. I do feel that big businesses should compromise on their exorbitant salaries, but if you want the government to control that, then we’re talking socialism, or even worse, communism. (Oops. That’s another issue.) In fact, many of those high-powered CEOs raking it in are liberal-leaning. There’s kind of a dichotomy, there. Our country is a Capitalist nation, and it is the strongest in the world. There is a correlation.

Who do you think provides all these jobs? If big business suffers, so will employment. Businesses, especially small businesses, already are concerned about having to lay off people if the minimum wage is raised to $15 an hour. Is that right? No. Is it a reality, yes, and where will we be if big business is stifled? A higher unemployment rate leading to more poverty and requests for financial aid. More crime, more mental health issues, and so on. Social issues are not black and white, there is a lot of gray in there.

For those people who don’t want a wall, I have some questions. Do you lock your house doors at night or your car doors at any time? Why? To protect yourself and your belongings from harm? Hmmm…..If someone broke into your house and starting stealing your hard-earned belongings and/or raped your daughter, would you call the police? Why? Because they are your belongings, it is illegal to steal, and you love your daughter with all your might? Hmmm…….. Do you drive through dangerous neighborhoods at night and roll your window down to talk to the people hanging out at the corner? Why? Because you don’t know them, and if you don’t know them, you can’t trust them? Hmmm…. Which do you prefer, a person who asks nicely for something or someone who just comes in and takes it without asking? Think about it and be honest. Now, are you willing to help people who try to help themselves by going through the proper channels to get the help they need? Of course. I hope we all would. America is your home. Its money is your money. Its safety is your safety. Treat it as such.

We have put four children through college on our own. I know how much we paid, and are still working to pay in our retirement, to prepare our children for life. We have smart and talented children, but they were not on the scholarship level and we were not on the assistance level, so where did that leave us? Paying it all ourselves. And yet, our government wants to give free education to undocumented “residents”, and who will pay for that? Us, while, or after, we have taken care of our own children.

Please don’t misinterpret what I am saying. I feel for these kids who were ripped away from the only home they ever knew to go to a place that may be better, but where they must hide who they really are. That’s not fair to them and it’s not their fault. But it is not our fault, either. I am a need-based scholarship child, myself. I had the grades to get into nursing school but not the money, so I’m not talking out of my derriere. I understand, and I have no problem with helping others, but they must do it right and go through the hoops, for everyone’s sake. If their criminal records preclude them from being accepted into the United States, then we shouldn’t take them. They must be vetted. If we just open the floodgates, then we must be prepared to accept the fact that some are criminals fleeing prosecution in their own country, or may be from countries that mean to do ours harm, and now they are our problem.

I can honestly say that most of the Hispanic people that I have met have been respectful and hardworking. I have no problem with any ethnic group being here. I was raised in a steel town where people from all over the world came to work, live, and enrich our culture, and that they did, but they DID IT THE RIGHT WAY. I feel sorry for the people in the caravan. I understand they don’t want to live in a world run by drug lords. I wouldn’t, either, but they need to DO IT RIGHT and apply for citizenship. We have to protect our borders, regardless of what anyone thinks. We cannot let just anyone from anywhere come as they please. We will help foreign citizens do it right. It may take a while, but wouldn’t it be worth it for everyone? We either need to show strength and resolve as a country, or we will have to roll over and lay the rug over us to be trampled. Country before politics. America before anyone else. Don’t tread on us.

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