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Uh Oh! There Are Only 36 Shopping Days Until The Iowa Republican Caucuses

xThe Vampire Elite Runs Our Lives. The corporatocracy has become more powerful than government. Congress is bought by special interests. The Supreme Court has ruled that Dow Chemical and Exxon Mobil have the same rights as people. It is for these reasons that it is time for a national referendum on what I call Proposition 29.

Proposition 29 is simple in the extreme: “It is the will of the American people that the tyranny of the elites must be checked. Therefore, lobbyists and government must be kept separate at all times and in all respects.”

Wait a minute! What a stupid idea.

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It is difficult to view immigration as the third-rail issue it was only a couple of years ago.

The more draconian state anti-immigration laws are being rolled back or reconsidered, while Newt Gingrich seems to have joined Rick Perry in endorsing what President Bush called for: a general amnesty for illegal immigrants who have paid taxes and lived within the law. Like Bush, the views of these two GOP presidential wannabes are apostacy to Michele Bachmann and others of the hard right-wing persuasion.

“I don’t see how the party that says it’s the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration policy which destroys families that have been here a quarter century,” Gingrich said during the most recent presidential debate. “And I’m prepared to take the heat for saying let’s be humane in enforcing the law without giving them citizenship, but by finding a way to create legality so that they are not separated from their families.”

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Has there ever been a more openly racist candidate for president that Herman Cain?

As ironic as it seems for a man whose race was enslaved, then emancipated but still victimized well into the latter half of the 20th century to be spouting bigoted blather, Cain does so with an extraordinary nonchalance whether it is the suggestion that an electrified fence be erected on the Mexican border or his dismay when he found out that the doctor operating on him for colon cancer might be a Muslim.

The physician was named Dr. Abdallah, which he told a crowd at a Christian-themed amusement park “sounded too foreign.”

Don’t worry, he’s a Christian from Lebanon,” a medical aide reassured him.

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The mantra of the Anyone But Mitt Romney crowd is simple: If the former Massachusetts governor is the nominee, conservatism dies and Obama wins.

My question is, does Romney even need purity-test conservatives to get the nomination? Possibly not considering that John McCain got the nomination in 2008 despite a right-wing revolt against him led by Rush Limbaugh, who considered the Arizona senator “an imposter.”

Limbaugh eventually came around and is likely to do so again, while Ann Coulter already has broken ranks and endorsed Romney.

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It is beyond obvious that Rick Perry is at war with history. The man who as Texas governor promoted the secession of the Lone Star State from the Union, which is a constitutional no-no, he is now arguing that the military and not the commander in chief should have the final say in wartime.

This also is a constitutional no-no, but Perry is having none of that: “For us to micromanage them, in a civilian way, without their commanders being truly in charge, is absolutely irresponsible, and as commander-in-chief of this country, I will not let it happen.”

Well, it’s highly unlikely that he’ll get the chance.

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How serious are the presidential wannabes about foreign policy? Not serious at all, and that’s fine with the news media.

Europe, which is on the verge of imploding, did not come up a single time in the two foreign policy debates, nor was there any discuss about North Korea, the crisis in Egypt and the Arab Spring in general, let alone other hot spots.

There was, however, time for a robust discussion about further stressing America’s national security apparatus by monitoring Muslims more closely than other citizens.

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  • Allen

    Racism has nothing to do with the illegal alien debate, you are pulling the “race card” and that is a disgusting and dehumanizing practice. It’s a matter of law enforcement and nothing else.

    How do you, “pay your income taxes”, without a social security number or green card? As well, those hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens that have falsified their identity to gain jobs here, need to be deported forever, without exception. Lawbreakers out!

    Economic reason cannot be the reason for granting asylum, nor should it EVER be for granting citizenship either.

    Furthermore, if illegal aliens have been here 25 years, why have they not already taken advantage of two amnesties already?

    The Fence? Most come via airline ticket, assume false identity and go ahead and set up shop as if they had been here all along. These need to be rounded up, property confiscated, and, deported for forever and a day. However I am FOR and electric Fence! Because it is the POOREST of the POOR that cross that way and die in the desert every year. In fact I am in favor of an electric fence, minefields with underground sensors and booby-traps, because far far fewer will try to overcome such obvious danger!

    However the rest of your diatribe I tend to agree with.

  • Allen:

    You are living in a dream world, and one if rather nasty undertones considering that as diverse a spectrum of politicians as George W. Bush, Mitt Romney (once upon a time), Rock Perry and Newt Gingrich favor an amnesty.

    If the immigrants in the cross hairs were Irish, English or German, you might have a point. It is no coincidence that the immigrants in the cross hairs are from Central and South America.

  • Allen

    There ya go playing the race card again. Notice I said Nothing about differentiating between “where” illegal’s come from regarding race. You brought it up, not me. Unfortunately you leave out charitable consideration regarding other poor people around the world that would like to come here. Rather you contrast people from rich nations. Shame on you. Your myopic thought process regarding this issue needs broader perspective. All you can see is “Hispanic”. You don’t see anybody else on the planet.

    As far as my “dream world’, well there are Millions of conservadummies that feel the same way. It just so happens that I am in agreement with them on this issue and if it comes down to it, I will vote with them on it!

    Please note that I have made it well known that I am a humanitarian that has spent ten years of my life doing nothing but working hard for jack, at times risking life and limb, just to help those in foreign countries survive.

    This perspective has opened my eyes to the inequity central and south Americans have with gaining access to U.S. Citizenship by illegally bowling over security and ignoring our law, while others follow the law closely and respectfully, but can‘t get in! Makes me sick to think how many others couldn’t get here, living in horrendous refugee camps, because shifters and cheaters from south of our border have taken away their opportunity. We only allow so many, right?! Not that I blame them for trying but it is our responsibility to keep them out and be fair to the rest of the world regarding immigration.

    I prefer to see a much more equitable immigration acceptance policy than we have, except that those south of the border are taking far more than their fair share and damn well getting away with it. I DON’T like it one bit. Time to get tough.

  • DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist

    it should not fall on the people to be safe, but the governments. I come from immigrants and refugees, not long long ago, but my parents. There used to be a sane way of sponsorship and immigration. It was taken to tatters by the congresses since the 1970s. It has not been repaired. Not even a little. Familiy reunification is a joke. Ask me. I’ve a long trail of money and immigration lawyers, congressmen and senators… and nada to show for it. I’m sorry to say the Motor Vehicle Department of the state with all their formerly insulting workers (they are no more since Governor fired and rehired with training about common courtesy) was far better than any immigration desk I’ve ever approached whether here or ‘there.’ Doesnt matter. The corruption and racism toward the poor and the dark, is rampant in Mexico and here. I witness. Many of us witness face to face. It is Ionesco.

    I’d also add that I will be removing any comments that lobby for harm to others, any others.

  • Allen

    Dr E, I am sorry but you are biased against the United States in this matter. There is a big difference between someone whom as witnessed and served a refugee camp and those whom have heard of them third hand.

    Our immigration laws and policies where indeed more liberal until they were raped by Central and South Americans that began to illegally and surreptitiously enter this country on mass without regard for anything but themselves. The government’s first responsibility is to defend this country and it’s laws, not play paddy cake with shifters and smugglers taking advantage of poor and illiterate Hispanic’s desperations. I’m still looking for the refugee camps south of our boarders and as of yet have found none.

    Again, racism is totally irrelevant to American immigration laws and policies and it is wrong to assume it. It is time the melting pot became more fair in it’s immigration acceptance policies by seriously reducing immigrants from south of our borders and transferring those quotas to others around the world by enforcing our laws and removing those whom have no right to be here.

    This man is an old friend of mine that could give you the details of why others in the world have a far greater need than central and South Americans.

  • DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist

    I’ve served refugee and torture victims also Allen, and i agree their needs are great. But also, I see the racism in immigration policies over my time, but also from times previous. It’s all there recorded in the quotas against some groups, the cherry picking, the turning away at ports, long before you and I were ever born. The firsthand experience I’ve had with immigration in our times starting in the 1950s to the present is not a record clean of racism, sexism, discrimination against those disabled often by mere challenges. I’m currently reading about how the Chinese were dealt with by the US. Just my .02. I’d rather see what is real and what is cruel, and what does not work… so it can hopefully be fixed/made better legislatively when I testify/ when I help others to testify effectively. Again, just my .02. I’m willing to believe you in your life in this area never saw racism, and i mean that warmly and with respect for you. But, I have, and did, and in spades.

  • Allen

    DR E-

    The “Old times” are irrelevant in today’s immigration debate. Really irrelevant. I know that racism occurs in all places where people of different races abide and it is practiced knowingly or unknowingly by members of every race. Including Hispanic countries against their own indigenous populations. You might want to read about that.

    Yes the Railroad companies blew up thousands of Chinese immigrants building the railroad through the Sierra Nevada mountains. Already read it. I was forced to study it in High school many decades ago. But that is pale in comparison to what the Chinese did to western people and their Chinese supporters during the Boxer Rebellion. Seems the Chinese were just a darn racist.

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