Conservative Pundits Have Incredible Emotional Meltdown

Republicans and the Conservative Pundits have already come out swinging—threatening impeachment, talking about jailing the president, and worse.

Credit: DemocraticUnderground.com

Credit: DemocraticUnderground.com

The president’s announcements are big—but not unprecedented.1 In fact, every president since Eisenhower—Republican and Democrat—has taken executive action on immigration. When President George H.W. Bush implemented the Family Fairness Program, it gave opportunities for deferred action and work authorization to 40% of America’s undocumented population.

The president is acting because Congress hasn’t. Leaders of both parties have said our immigration situation is a crisis—yet Republicans in the House have been unwilling or unable to take action. In the summer of 2013, a bipartisan bill passed in the Senate but was killed when House Speaker John Boehner yielded to pressure from his Tea Party members and refused to bring it for a vote. The president, immigration activists, and most Americans want Congress to act—but in the meantime, executive action provides some progress.

Source:

1.  “Executive action on immigration has a long legal precedent,” MSNBC, November 19, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301762&id=104955-25733177-gAAL38x&t=6

5 Things You Should Know About President Obama’s Immigration Reforms

ImmigrationSharing email I received from Anna Galland at Moveon.org

Dear MoveOn member,

Last night, President Obama outlined a series of executive actions that will take meaningful, humane, and sensible steps to reform our nation’s broken immigration system. This is a big deal: It recognizes the contributions of millions of people, Americans in all but paperwork, and keeps them from being torn from their families.

Republicans have, predictably, come out swinging—threatening impeachment, talking about jailing the president, and worse.1 Over the next few weeks, you’re very likely going to hear some misinformation and faulty assumptions.

We all need to be armed with correct information right now—to form our own opinions and to educate friends, colleagues, and even extended family members we may be sharing Thanksgiving with next week. So here are five things to know—and to pass along—about President Obama’s immigration actions.

Five Things You Should Know—and Share—About President Obama’s Immigration Actions:

1. This is a big deal. Providing a mechanism that allows people to live and work in the U.S. without fear makes our country stronger. And it’s the right thing to do: We are a nation of immigrants—and we do well to live the values declared on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.

2. This policy is a step forward, but it’s only a partial fix. The struggle will continue until no family fears separation, and all of those living in the U.S. have a path to citizenship. The president’s measures are temporary and leave too many at risk. So while we celebrate that millions of families can now more fully pursue the American dream, we need to keep the pressure on Congress to pass lasting, comprehensive reforms.

3. The president’s announcements are big—but not unprecedented.2 In fact, every president since Eisenhower—Republican and Democrat—has taken executive action on immigration. When President George H.W. Bush implemented the Family Fairness Program, it gave opportunities for deferred action and work authorization to 40% of America’s undocumented population.

4. The American people want reform. Polls have shown a majority in favor of presidential action in the face of congressional inaction. Exit polls on Election Day two weeks ago showed that a majority also preferred finding a legal status for immigrants over deportation.3 You’ll hear other polls quoted that cherry-pick information, but the fact is: Americans want change, and they will support executive action when Congress fails.

5. The president is acting because Congress hasn’t. Leaders of both parties have said our immigration situation is a crisis—yet Republicans in the House have been unwilling or unable to take action. In the summer of 2013, a bipartisan bill passed in the Senate but was killed when House Speaker John Boehner yielded to pressure from his Tea Party members and refused to bring it for a vote. The president, immigration activists, and most Americans want Congress to act—but in the meantime, executive action provides some progress.

These actions are the result of tireless and courageous organizing by immigrants and their allies—a reminder that community-led activism can create change—and of President Obama’s decision to go big despite virulent Republican opposition. In the days and weeks ahead, we’ll continue to support meaningful reform, get the president’s back on these forward-looking actions, and fight against the right-wing backlash.

For now, though, please review and share this email—forward it to friends, or click here to share a graphic with this information on Facebook—and start conversations … with your neighbors, at your workplace, and even over your Thanksgiving meal.

 Thanks for all you do.

–Anna, Bobby, Stephen, Jo, and the rest of the team

P.S. There will also be a lot of misinformation aimed at undocumented immigrants. Be sure to share this helpful website with any undocumented friends, family members, or neighbors—a useful site as more information becomes available about how to apply for this program.

Sources:

1. “Republican Rep. Mo Brooks Calls For President Obama to Be Sent To Prison for Five Years,” PoliticusUSA, November 20, 2014 
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301763&id=&t=5&id=104955-25733177-gAAL38x&t=4

“Kobach: Obama’s Lawlessness Could Lead to ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ in America,” Talking Points Memo, November 20, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301761&id=104955-25733177-gAAL38x&t=5

2. “Executive action on immigration has a long legal precedent,” MSNBC, November 19, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301762&id=104955-25733177-gAAL38x&t=6

3. “Public Polling on Immigration Reform” America’s Voice, accessed November 21, 2014
http://americasvoice.org/polling/

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What Happened to My America

Statue of LibertyGive me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

I am lucky enough to have grown up in America in a time when it was truly the model for the rest of the world of what a freedom-based, democratic country was all about. A country where everyone had the opportunity to live a good life; everyone was provided a good public education; a society that cared about its citizens; health care was available to all; your home was your castle; your privacy and rights were golden and protected; church was what Sunday was all about, where you could go to practice your religion of choice; people were civil to one another; we welcomed freedom-seeking immigrants from other countries with open arms; we had an environment where you felt safe and secure; and we had a government that represented the people and protected all of these freedoms for us. What happened to my America?

Statue of Liberty CryingFast-forward to today. America is no longer the model that the world wants to emulate. We have become a country that is divided into two classes: the “haves” and the “have nots”; public education is in shambles (not because of the teachers); higher education costs are putting students into long-term debt; our society is morphing into a “you’re on your own” mentality”; health care has become capitalistic and almost unattainable for most; our rights and privacy have been totally eroded – all in the name of security; religious fanaticism and intolerance has gone rampant; civility and proper societal behavior is gone; immigrants are now just fodder for cheap labor and abuse; being safe and secure is evolving into a “Police-State”; and our Government has become totally corrupted by big-money and controlled by corporations. What happened to my America?

What Happend to My America pic - 555x365How did “we the people” let this happen? How did we let our government turn into such a totally dysfunctional entity that does not hide the fact that it favors the rich and corporations over the needs of “we the people”? How did we let our rights and our privacy be taken away so easily? How did we get so enamored with guns and the rights to carry them openly in society? How did we let religion transition from worship, prayer and all things good into being an apparatus for politicians and fanatical ideologists to manipulate? How did we let our television, radio, and newspapers become propaganda and misinformation tools? Obviously, this list could probably go on-and-on, enough to fill a book. What happened to my America?

The point is that all these changes have happened in small, incremental bits over time. Until you can stop and take the time to look back to see how far, and how much, things have changed, you won’t see the big picture and really understand. Analogy: what if you hadn’t looked in a mirror in thirty years; then one day you take the time to stop, and look into one. The first reaction would be…who is that? Then…that can’t be me. Then…I couldn’t have changed that much…Then…how did I let this happen to me?

Sheeple Image“We the people” have become gullible, submissive, and intellectually lazy.  Everyone is running so hard and fast just to survive, they don’t have time to pay attention to what’s going on around them. We have become a populace of sheep, such that we just follow along, don’t ask questions, and do whatever we’re told to do by the talking heads on television and radio. Case in point: Teabaggers and their followers.

Consider this: the next generation, today’s young adults and children, are not going to know anything different. They are growing up in today’s society and will only have this time as their “point of reference” when looking back in the future. Today will be their “good old days”…

This is my first in a series of blogs on this topic. I really want to hear your comments on this blog and the topic.

What do you think about the status of our country and the direction it’s going?

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