Author Archive: TearDownThisWall
Matt Yglesias has written another worthless article about income inequality. He claims that the Democratic divide over income inequality is just a divide over the message, not policy. I would argue that all the Democrats have is a message: there is no policy. Unless Democrats are just going to punish the wealthy by taking their property, there is no policy that will reduce income inequality.
The battle lines for liberty in America today are clear: on one side we have Establishment Republicans and Democrats and on the other side we have conservatives. This is the battle that all conservatives need to put all of our focus into. We must defeat “comprehensive immigration reform.”
Our message must be clear and compassionate. I don’t want to see millions of families deported from our country. Families are the most important constituency of conservatives, and this includes the millions of hispanic families who have illegally moved to this country in search for the American Dream.
In order to win this battle conservatives don’t need to support miss deportations, instead here is the message I would promote.
Stop Illegal Immigration – Our borders need to be secure. We have to stop illegal immigration in order to have a liberal, ordered legal immigration policy.
Increase Legal Immigration – Legal immigration is good for our country. Immigrants tend to be the hardest working Americans. They are fleeing their failed countries because there are not jobs for them to support their families. They are coming here to work, and their industriousness is good for our country. The conservative solution must be to create a more ordered immigration policy that legally allows the best immigrants to come to join our American society.
No Guest Worker Program – At a time of high unemployment, it would be unconscionable to hurt America’s poor, unskilled workers by making the compete with cheap, immigrant labor. We need to create jobs for Americans who don’t want to become white collar workers. And today, many of these construction, landscaping and service jobs are being filled by illegal workers. I don’t believe these illegal workers are the enemy: they are here because they want a piece of the American Dream for themselves, and I don’t blame them. But through a more liberal legal immigration policy, we can ensure legal immigrants have a process to follow to come legally, and we can control the numbers so that wages rise for all Americans. A temporary guest worker program is solely a benefit for Big Business to suppress wages.
Conservatives might disagree with me on increasing legal immigration, but I believe that if we want to fundamentally change illegal immigration debate, this policy proposal has to be part of proposal. Let’s invite foreign college graduates to become permanent members of our society. Let’s invite all hard workers to legally become members of our society.
Once the borders are secured, then we should devise a plan to allow the illegal immigrants here today to legally apply for legal status. But, if they want to become citizens, they will need to go through the legal immigration process and compete with the legal immigrants around the world who want to become Americans.
Conservatives must stop the Establishment Republicans from caving into Big Business. We must demand that the border be secure. We must propose an increase in legal immigration. We must fight the temporary guest worker program. That is a winning message for the conservative cause.
If the ACA’s goal is to provide all Americans access to health insurance, why would Justices Kagan and Sotomayor see the solution to Hobby Lobby’s problem as simply to not provide health insurance to its employees and instead pay the tax?
I also doubt that Liz Cheney is a conservative. Sure she would be a firebrand for many conservative causes, but at the end of the day, I bet she would promote big government. Her family has been part of the Washington Establishment for decades (no disrespect to Vice President Cheney whom I think is a very good man).
The Last Refuge is right on the money on why the Chamber of Commerce is fighting the Tea Party. American Big Business wants amnesty and Obamacare.
Big Business loves the idea of amnesty for illegal immigrants. Many big businesses use illegal immigrant labor (mostly through contracting with smaller contractors). By increasing passing amnesty legislation, labor costs will plummet. This is not good for workers.
Big business also likes Obamacare. The insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies love it: after all, they wrote the legislation. The rest of Big Business loves being able to stop providing health insurance to their employees. Health insurance keep going up and Big Business can’t control these costs.
Americans must stop both of these initiatives.
John Trumbull, one of America’s greatest painters, painted the masterpiece above. Trumbull understood the significance of the moment captured forever on this canvas, and today this masterpiece hangs in the Rotunda of Congress as a symbol of America’s devotion to civilian control over the military.
The Great Works of American Conservatism series highlights the writings, speeches, and art that have had the most influence on American Conservatism from its inception through the present. John Trumbull’s General George Washington Resigning His Commission is certainly one of these Great Works of American Conservatism.
In a future post, I will discuss the significance of General Washington’s resignation and the speech he gave that day, but for now let’s admire the painting for its own worth. Trumbull captures the solemnity of General Washington’s resignation of his military commission to the Continental Congress sitting in Annapolis, Maryland on December 23, 1783. The revolutionary war was won, America gained its independence from Great Britain after nine devastating years of war, and General Washington was the most powerful man in America.
George Washington could have chosen a much different path. He could have been the King of the United States of America; the people probably would have been happy to coronate him immediately. But instead, Washington had a vision of a republican America. A vision where free men and women had the power to elect their own representatives. Trumbull’s painting memorializes the day that America proved to the world that a military hero could relinquish power in the name of liberty.
What’s Next for Conservatives by Senator Mike Lee writing at Redstate
Ted Cruz – The Thinking Man’s Tea Partier by Kyle Peterson at The American Spectator
Monsanto’s Crony Capitalism by Hunter Lewis at the Lugwig von Mises Institute
It looks like Acorn and the DNC’s army of community organizers are doing it again. James O’Keefe has uncovered corruption and fraud with Obamacare’s Navigator Program designed to help people sign up for Obamacare.