Has Anyone Seen Paul?
“A recent Fox News poll asked voters what the Founding Fathers would think of Washington these days: Fully 82 percent think they would be unhappy with how things are going there.
That includes 96 percent of those who identify with the Tea Party movement, 95 percent of Republicans, 88 percent of independents and 68 percent of Democrats.”
This is disheartening. Given the ongoing revelations of clandestine surveillance and data mining of US citizens by their own government, who can blame them?
Don’t turn to Dennis Michael Lynch’s, “They Come to America II” if you’re looking to be comforted. Not happenin’. Short of sounding like an infomercial for Lynch, it is my humble opinion that every red-blooded American should watch this to see what is happening right under our noses and right in our backyards.
There are moments to be proud – fellow Americans, civilian volunteers on four-wheelers putting themselves in harm’s way day and night, speeding through the desert near the Texas-Mexico border, all the while trying to keep the rest of us safe from agent provocateurs seeking to do us harm. Unsung heroes, men and women alike, away from their families and the safety of their homes, waiting for help from the government and from the rest of us. No reinforcements on the horizon so they’re forced to carry on.
Many would dismiss this video as anti-immigrant, anti-Hispanic. They are wrong. This is anti-terrorist. This documentary is meant as a challenge to any and all politicians who put forward a myopic view of capturing the Latino vote at the expense of keeping the border uncontrolled for the sake of political gain. Consider that by most accounts, the senate version of immigration reform was a monstrous abnegation of Congress and the president of their sworn duty to care for the citizens of this country. How did this happen?
The Usual Suspects
The Senate’s “Gang of Eight”, spearheading the immigration reform juggernaut, turned down all of Lynch’s requests for interviews, so don’t expect anything from them except for the pat answers they’ve been rehearsing for some time. None, save Congressman Peter King (R-NY), who, had no part in the Senate’s version of what I’ll take license to refer to as amnesty, was willing to go on camera with his views on national security or lack thereof. There was an assortment of state bureaucrats from around the country, but only former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani had the guts to talk about the potential of a future attack. Both King and Giuliani were shocked by some of what Lynch showed them. Their expressions spoke volumes as should ours given the extent of their surprise at finding out what is really going on at the border. On par with that was Senator Marco Rubio’s “blow off” of Lynch’s questions about the integrity of border security. Rubio quickly showed Lynch’s camera the back of his head as he walked away surrounded by an entourage. Maybe too busy to talk national security or maybe a case of absolute power corrupting absolutely. I can’t be sure, but it must have been important.
Rep. King summed up much of America’s animus towards amnesty. He said that average Americans feel that the government is taking care of the illegal aliens and not taking care of them. He agreed with Lynch that Congress pays attention to numbers. While Amnesty activists flood events with hundreds and thousands of illegal aliens backed up by special interest groups, average Americans have to either find work or go to work because taking time to protest doesn’t even begin to pay the bills.
Protesters, usually college students made up of a diverse group, assembled near theaters, meetings, or other events to try to stifle the discussion by playing the race card. Lynch pleaded with them to first watch the show, even sit by him, then have the debate if they felt the same way afterwards. At one particular meeting held after a showing, these same protesters were standing against the wall, hardened looks on their faces, and red tape over their mouths signifying, in their opinion, America’s attempts to silence them.
Lynch asked the audience while pointing at the students and I paraphrase, “How many of you hate these folks?” The audience knew why they were there. Nobody raised their hands.
Lynch then asked, “How many of you resent the fact that this country’s immigration laws are being broken?” Hands went up and the “lights” went on for the protestors. The chief spokesman for the group, a Latino male, finally got it. It was not about them as people. It was about them breaking the law. It was a moment of clarity. It was worth the price of admission. He admitted that they had been wrong in trying to shut down the discussion, a freedom he had never known in his native country.
King agreed that the only argument that supporters of amnesty have is to shut down the discussion is by branding the dissenters as racists. If you frame it as anti-terrorist, there no longer is an argument. Try it and see for yourselves if the opportunity presents itself. I intend to.
Giuliani characterized the southwest border as an “open wound.” He has no argument with me. He would have an argument with Obama and his administration who continue to try to convince America that the border has never been safer. Given recent dismal job approval ratings, it doesn’t appear to be working.
I suspect that this country has never before been so in need of leadership inculcated with the core principles of the founding fathers and the documents they penned. Sadly, waiting is the hard part when you have no idea how long that it will take.
Until then – Happy Fourth everyone and especially Godspeed to the Texas volunteers who will be standing guard on behalf of the rest of us…while we’re watching fireworks.
Brett Braaten is the author of Homeland Insecurity: Failed Politics, Policies, and a Nation at Risk. His book brings his no nonsense, insider’s account of the current state of national security to help you decide whether you, your family, and your country are truly safe. Brett’s career as a writer and speaker is informed by 30 years of experience as a federal agent with U.S. Customs and the Department of Homeland Security. Brett Braaten draws back the curtain on the vast federal law enforcement bureaucracy to give a rare glimpse of behind the scenes agency responses to politics and policies that impact national security, sovereignty and the economy. “As a former special agent with both the U.S. Customs Service and later Immigration and Customs Enforcement, I enjoyed a great career. In retrospect, it was job satisfaction that most of us spent time looking for as we did our jobs in a system that fostered more obstacles than solutions.” Contact Brett at firstname.lastname@example.org .Visit his website, at www.homeland-insecurity.com for his thoughts and analysis of current issues affecting national security and the well-being of American families.