Congress, oth­ers com­plicit in bor­der prob­lem

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - STEPHEN BALL Lan­caster, Ohio

Does Amer­ica truly have a bor­der prob­lem or have we be­come so com­pla­cent, so soft and so fo­cused and in­volved with our own per­sonal lives, that we have col­lec­tively lost our abil­ity to care? It seems when we do rec­og­nize a gross in­jus­tice or law­less­ness even by our own govern­ment, we are un­able to do the right thing; namely, speak up, get in­volved and de­mand re­course.

Look at Congress. Our rep­re­sen­ta­tives wring their hands and com­plain that the pres­i­dent has over­reached his con­sti­tu­tional author­ity (some say more than 25 times in to­tal), but they say they can’t even be­gin to think about im­peach­ment be­cause the Se­nate would not con­vict. That means they would not honor their sworn oath to up­hold the Con­sti­tu­tion. Other mem­bers of Congress say they wouldn’t dare ques­tion their col­leagues’ pa­tri­o­tism. Well, I will.

Found­ing Fa­ther James Madi­son said, “The states are the last de­fense against a tyran­ni­cal govern­ment.” Re­cently, how­ever, Texas Gov. Rick Perry lamented that Pres­i­dent Obama would not mar­shal the Texas Na­tional Guard and po­si­tion it on the Mex­ico-Texas bor­der to pre­vent or at least stem the tide of il­le­gals. How­ever, in 2003, Mr. Perry cre­ated a state home­land se­cu­rity di­vi­sion within his of­fice to han­dle bor­der is­sues, and since 2005 the state has funded the pro­gram with more than $400 mil­lion. So why doesn’t Mr. Perry take ac­tion him­self? Per­haps it’s be­cause if some­thing were to go wrong, it might hurt him po­lit­i­cally for an­other pos­si­ble run at the White House. So rather than do­ing the right thing, he, too, chooses to do noth­ing.

It has been demon­strated over and over again that we have a pres­i­dent we can’t trust, mem­bers of the House and Se­nate who re­gard party pol­i­tics over pa­tri­o­tism, and state gov­er­nors who will not stand up for states’ rights.

Amer­ica used to be known as the land of the free and the home of the brave. Now it seems no one cares about sovereignty or free­dom. They’d rather just stay home in­stead.

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