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March 25, 2011

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You know, I'm probably not typical, but I do not see your analyses as politically slanted to the right, Sylvia. Do some in the media characterize you that way because you used to serve in the military? I would hate to see you pigeonholed; it would limit your audience. I consider the issues you write about very much bipartisan. (Isn't security something we all think is important?)

I found the commentary posted by Norris convincing. There seems to be a broad campaign of denial about border security issues by government agents, like Sec. Napolitano. But we see that with every administration.

Unless we scale back foreign wars abroad, we will not have the resources to properly secure the borders. So the serving President offers a band aid (say, a few National Guard units), and assures us everything is OK...

Before someone concludes I'm Obama-bashing, it is important to note that it was the failure of the Bush 2 administration to push through a sensible approach to immigration -- when it had ample political opportunity -- that helped create the current dysfunctional status quo. The Federal government has been inadequately addressing immigration and the security of the borders for some time.

Personally, I'd like to see the states along the borders withhold federal taxes, and re-direct the funds to state-based border security efforts. If the Feds won't do the job, let's stop paying them, keep the money, and create jobs in our own states to do the job that needs to be done. Maybe we can then offer security jobs to some of the veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq (who currently have 11.8% unemployment rate).

But that's crazy talk, right? :-/

Meanwhile... my favorite Chuck Norris joke:
"Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits."

@Kael - By my own admission I'm slanted to the right, but I work hard to take a common sense approach to my analysis that hopefully is politic-free for the most part. For example, I often dramatically depart from the party line when I criticize the pro-gun lobby for hampering law enforcement efforts to curb southbound weapons trafficking through the pressure they put on politicians at the highest levels. I also often call for the legalization of marijuana because it just makes good business sense, and few on the right would go for that. But yes, I'm very pro-military, pro-law enforcement, and pro-gun (believe it or not). That doesn't mean I can't call out stupidity when I see it :).

Wait, so only those on the right are "pro-military, pro-law enforcement, and pro-gun"?

I do not consider myself a conservative (Im a centrist registered Democrat) however I support all those three of those things. One of the most divisive tactics in politics today is demonizing those whose views are only marginally different that one's own.

There will always be extremists on the left and the right. The most important thing going forward is for those who do not occupy those spaces to come together and compromise so that something can be done for the good of the country.

Sylvia:

You stated, "...I criticize the pro-gun lobby for hampering law enforcement efforts to curb southbound weapons trafficking...".

Sylvia: John Adams put it very well when he stated the principle of "a government of laws and not of men".

When men in law enforcement violate the law to enforce the law, then we have a problem. We all support the police, but we don't (and won't) support a police state. It's a very fine line and a very slippery slope. As the efforts of Senator Grassley and others have recently shown, ATF and possibly DOJ crossed the line..... Instead of 'curbing' trafficking, ATF facilitated it, to the detriment of Mexico. Clearly, in this case, law enforcement needed 'hampering'.


Do you know how Chuck Norris met his current wife?? Suffice it to say - DON'T send him any personal photo's of yourself. Other than ... that you should be safe unless you volunteer as a stuntwoman on the TV show.

I do give Chuck credit for staying in shape, though. :-)

P.

http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2011/03/mexicos-forgotten-victims-of-drug-war.html

Isn't it about time the UN got involved with 35,000 dead in the past five years? And if they do get involved I think the ATF will be pretty far down the list on the agenda.
And thank you for your service Senator Grassley, but as Andres said earlier: "The most important thing going forward is for those who do not occupy those spaces to come together and compromise so that something can be done for the good of the country."

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