The Evil Man in the White House!

By: Anthony J. Sacco, JD

3/29/20 – Because of this corona virus self quarantining, I decided to browse through the MSNBC Internet news items. Great gossip items. Didn’t learn very much of any value. But I DID learn all about that evil man – Donald John Trump. MY GOD! I just didn’t have any idea.

You know who he is. He’s living in our White House, no doubt stealing the silver and the art work; the guy that got the Russians to help him win the election in 2016 by devising the largest, cleverest fraud in recorded history; so clever that after two years of intensive examination by the best liberal minds in the country, nobody could find any evidence of it, and since then he has become the absolute worst president this nation has ever had – sleeping only four hours a night so he’ll have lots of time to pursue his evil ideas. MSNBC thinks he slips the silver and the expensive art out through the back door while everybody else is still in bed.

According to MSNBC he has worked hard to destroy the country and the entire world ever since he was elected. And he will continue to do so. But not to worry! MSNBC is keeping us all advised of the terrible mistakes this man is making – from their enlightened point of view – according to them, every single day of his presidency is absolutely jam packed with errors and mistakes, which stem from his old, outdated ideas. And their internet site is full – every third item records another of Trump’s stupid moves, and how they hurt the country. And all those people who work for him? Misguided imbeciles at best. No wonder they turn over so fast. Nobody can get along with that man.

Trump is so stupid! It’s a wonder he ever made a living for himself and his family before becoming president, because he is so dumb and does so many stupid things, and makes so many stupid errors. No doubt he has stolen or defrauded everyone who ever came into contact with him in the past, to accumulate such obscene wealth. One huge error he makes every three months – he gives a quarter of his salary to some charity, instead of squirreling it away in an overseas bank account so he won’t have to pay income taxes on it.

We should be sooo grateful to MSNBC for doing this work for us. Here is an example of journalism at its absolute best; the best of the best from a socialistic point of view, to help guide us capitalistic Americans – wedded to our religion and our guns as we are – who cannot seem to think rightly about things.

The Corona Virus and The Opportunity to Bring American Companies Home From China

3/17/20 – I watched President Donald J. Trump and his corona virus Task Force this morning, as, together, they presented a report of what has been accomplished to develop, expand and coordinate efforts to get control of a serious problem.

The corona virus is believed to have originated in China. The 2019-20 corona virus pandemic, caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome corona virus 2, was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019, and declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020. As of March 14, over 155,000 cases of COVID-19 had been reported in about 140 countries and territories, and more than 5,800 people had died from the disease. The good news? Approximately  74,000 had recovered.

Regions of the world affected by major outbreaks so far include mainland China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, and Spain. On March 13, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Europe the new epicenter of the pandemic.

I was very impressed to learn the size and scope of the efforts being made to save lives – efforts by the federal government and private enterprise combined and acting together in a time of crisis. It reminded me of the political, economic, and spiritual efforts made to unify and  fight the Germans and Japanese during WWII.

One of the major things I heard today and was pleased about, is the energy being directed at medical supply companies – American pharmaceutical companies located in China – to bring production of medications and medical supplies back into the United States; offering various kinds of incentives to them to hustle back here quickly is one way of doing that.

It was also revealed that President Trump is preparing an executive order to end reliance on China for medical equipment and pharmaceutical supplies, in order to diversify our supply chain, especially in pharmaceuticals and in medical equipment. China manufactures a huge percentage of the federal government’s medical equipment, and 90% of all United States’ antibiotics are manufactured there as well. Because of this monopoly, China has succeeded in preventing the export of surgical face masks, severely limiting supplies in the United States and other nations, during this corona virus pandemic.

Mr. Trump has asked Peter Navarro, our Trade Representative, to spearhead the battle.

This is not a new issue. President Trump, who is a genius at this sort of thing, and who, way back in 1987 wrote a brilliant book called The Art of the Deal, has been addressing this issue for over a year because, well, he likes making deals, with the Chinese. It’s part of the Chinese stealing of music and written material from us; intellectual property – and it has been addressed along with the tariff issue. Mr. Trump sees a way to nail the Chinese on two problems at once, removing an issue that has been a thorn in the side of several presidents, while doing something good for our country.

So after being involved for a while, a little at a time, he has been pulling these American companies, previously enticed to China because of the cheap labor supply there, back to the United States, thus contributing to the creation of more jobs here and a lowering of the unemployment rate.

Isn’t it great to have such a smart man in the White House?

 

A Few Thoughts on The Political Scene Today

By: Anthony Joseph Sacco, JD
Catawba, North Carolina. 2/29/20:
          Have you been watching the Primary battle taking place within the Democrat
Party? As that Party moves toward its Super Tuesday, I think it has become clear that
while some Democrats are excited about Bernie Sanders early successes, the
establishment Democrats, and many moderate Democrats as well, do not want a Socialist
candidate as their flagbearer in November. And they are deathly afraid  of that
happening if Sanders emerges from the Primary process with enough Delegates to win
the nomination. So they will do whatever they can, whatever it takes, to stop him –
again – as they did in 2016.
          And that’s a good thing for the nation. We’re not a socialist country, even though an
argument can be made that there are some areas of our government that seem to be
socialistic regarding services provided. And even though some would like to see the
United States join the ranks of the failed socialist countries of Europe.
         That – not wanting a socialist as its candidate – seems to be why Mr. Biden is doing as
well as he is, which, realistically, is not all that well at all. But it’s all the Democrats have
by way of a moderate, middle-of-the road  candidate. The others are so far left you need
a pair of binoculars to see them.
          Joe B won South Carolina, yesterday, big, because many Democrats now recognize
the problem their Party has with the Socialism issue. Any candidate who would run on it
in November against Mr. Trump, now that the Capitalist United States is doing so well
under his policies, will probably lose badly.
          I think Joe Biden will also win North Carolina this week, as well. It’s not that he is
the candidate preferred by many. It’s that he is the only candidate that is not so far left as
to cause some to think “Socialist” or “Communist.” Yes, I understand that Mike Bloomberg
may provide an alternative for some.  But so far, he has shown only that his huge fortune
can buy him some success. Super Tuesday will clarify his situation with the voters. For
the vast majority of Democrats, their Party is offering little by way of valid choices.
          But in my opinion, there’s no way either of these Carolinas will flip from Red to
Blue in November. Ruby red is their color.  I think it’ll stay that way. So does Trey Gowdy,
the former Senator from South Carolina, who said as much yesterday, on Fox News.
          Another thing that is affecting this election is that both these states are firmly part
of the “Bible Belt.” The Democrat’s continued drift leftward, and its seeming
abandonment of morality, i.e. the abortion issue and the killing of a living child after
birth, which is actually the crime of murder,  has soured many; Democrats, Republicans,
and Independents.
          I think that’ll prove to be a permanent shift away from the Democrat Party for
many Democrats who had still been hopeful that their Party would recover its former
stature as the working man’s party.

Talking About Hypocrites? Alexandria Ocasio Cortez Lectures Us About Campaign Contributions from Billionaires.

12/29/19 – Catawba, NC: NOTE: Yes, After fifteen wonderful years in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Carol and I have moved to sunny North Carolina.

NOTE: This is an article by Alex Parker, posted on 12/28/19.

AOC Bashes Campaign Contributions from Billionaires – ‘It’s Called Having Standards.’ But She Took the Max From a Billionaire For Her Own Campaign.

Democrat New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez popped onto the scene out of nowhere and started the revolution. And one of her messages since that advent: Campaigns shouldn’t be funded by the rich.

Last week, while campaigning for presidential candidate and America’s rich Uncle Bernie Sanders, the freshman congresswoman waxed on millionaires with a “B” in Venice Beach, California. Here’s what the world-changer had to say:

“For anyone who accuses us for instituting purity tests, it’s called ‘having values.’ … It’s called having standards for your conduct, to not be funded by billionaires but to be funded by the people, which is different!”

Curiously, Alexandria took a $2700 contribution — the maximum allowed — for her own 2018 congressional upset. . . from billionaire Tom Steyer.

“It’s called having a bad memory, apparently. I mean, is this totally hypocritical?” Fox host Julie Banderas posed.

Former D.C. Democrat Party Chairman Scott Bolden pointed out, “It is called winning, and you can’t win without money. … Listen — money is always gonna be a part of politics.” Yep.

To me, one of the dumbest things a politician can do is try to pit him or her self against the rich, as if he or she is leading a brigade to take down power. Politicians are the rich and powerful. And they play with the rich and powerful’s cash (the same is even more true, of course, if socialism can be implemented). I can’t believe any of them ever take on such ridiculous posturing.

Perhaps that’s something about President Trump that appealed to voters who were tired of the same old lines — The Donald makes no pretense: He’s rich as Midas and proud to be.

As for Alexandria and her disposition toward wealthy influence in the politics game, the topic’s far from new.

The Washington Examiner offered the following back  in February:

In what has become the most viewed Twitter video of any politician, Ocasio-Cortez recently played a “Corruption Game” during a House Oversight Committee hearing to call for “campaign finance reform.” In her words: “We have a system that is fundamentally broken. We have these influences existing in this body, which means that these influences are here, in this committee, shaping the questions that are being asked of you all right now.”

The crux of Ocasio-Cortez’ position, explained on her campaign website, is that “the wealthiest people in this country [have] the opportunity to purchase the U.S. Government,” which “discourages those who are less privileged from even considering a run.”

She’s a hypocrite. The same “broken system” has worked remarkably well in her favor and makes her re-election likelier with each passing day. This is the same Ocasio-Cortez who has received more than $60,000 from lawyers and lobbyists, and an additional $23,450 from the healthcare industry. Throw in over $90,000 from finance, insurance, and real estate “interests,” and we have the makings of a savvy fundraiser.

Even as she scapegoats “the fossil fuel industry” and “big pharma” for lobbying Congress, Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t appear bothered enough to turn down more than $46,000 in contributions from union officials, who support laws that benefit pro-Democrat labor unions. I guess those are the right kinds of “special interests”?

When you hear her discuss rich people buying Congress, you’re not likely to hear her bring up George Soros, Tom Steyer, or Michael Bloomberg, who flood our political system with hundreds of millions of dollars. Apparently, those interests, because they align with hers, are the right kind of “special.”

Back to Fox, Julie asked:

“Could this hurt Bernie Sanders? When he has AOC railing against billionaire money when she herself has benefited from billionaire donations?” I’d say it’s doubtful. Hardly anyone supporting Bern is watching Fox News, and the other networks aren’t likely to let the cat out of the bag. And so it goes, the political paradigm: Don’t look at the man behind the curtain; just behold the Wizard.

WHAT IS HOLINESS?

12/08/19 – NOTE: Yes, I’ve moved from my beloved State of Wyoming. Why? Because my equally beloved wife, my partner in our journey, the person I am most anxious to please, was unhappy there. So this entry into my Blog comes to you from a different location; one that in time, may become equally loved by me in my life. Hopefully. Please God. Praise God!

12/8/19 – Catawba, North Carolina. Holiness, and how to achieve it has been a most troubling issue for many. Matthew Kelly, in his book, Rediscover Catholicism, grapples with it and offers some clarity.

“One of the greatest confusions that is torturing the [Christian] Church and weakening our faith surrounds one question: what is holiness? The falling attendance at all Christian churches, the marginalization of Christianity by our secular culture, and our failure to reach the youth are all caused by our inability to understand the meaning of this question and to communicate clearly the answer to it.

“There are lots of good people out there who want to talk with God. They want to know and embrace truth and live good Christian lives; they just don’t know how to practically apply the principles of the Gospel to their everyday lives. The good people of every age cry out to their spiritual leaders, teachers, prophets, and priests, asking, ‘What does it mean to live a holy life, and how do I live it in my everyday life?’ They may not articulate the question with such clarity, but in essence all their questioning resolves itself if this question can be answered. If we can communicate powerfully and effectively what it means to live a holy life and how it is practically attained, people will walk that path.

“What does living a holy life mean to you? We all have different ideas of who God is, and we all have different ideas of what it means to be holy. In your mind, does someone have to be a priest or a nun to be holy? Do people need  to be poor to be holy? Can wealthy people be holy? Can married people be holy? Do you view sexual intimacy as a barrier to holiness or a path to holiness? Is it possible to have a good sex life and be holy? Can a businessman or a businesswoman be holy?  Can you be holy?

We all have a vision of what it means to be holy, and often our vision is distorted by prejudice or tainted by ignorance and past experience. God calls each and every one of us to live holy lives, without exception and in our own way. God calls you to holiness, as hard as that may be to get your heart and mind around.

Holiness is compatible with every state in life. Married people are called to live holy lives just as much as monks and nuns. Sexual intimacy is a profound gift from God and an instrument of holiness. The riches of this world have value inasmuch as they help us fulfill our essential purpose. If we own them, they can be powerful tools that help us live holy lives. If they own us, they will prevent us from becoming the-best-version-of-ourselves. The rich are called to live holy lives by using their wealth in productive ways that foster their ow growth and the growth of others.

“Material possessions, marriage and sexual intimacy, work, money, and positions of authority are just some of the opportunities life presents to live holy lives.

“History is full of examples of men and women who have become all they were created to be – we call them saints. Some of them were priests, monks, or nuns. Some were married and others were single. Some were rich; others were poor. Some were educated; others were uneducated. Some were young and some were old. Holiness is for everyone – no exceptions. Holiness is for you. God invites you to be all He created you to be.” Matthew Kelly; Rediscover Catholicism, 2002, 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

Acclaim for My Novel, The China Connection

8/12/19 – Catawba, North Carolina: Since The China Connection was first published, many people have read it and commented favorably on it. Some have paused their life’s journey and taken the time to tell me they think it would make an exciting movie. I’ve taken these comments to heart, and I am attempting to persuade an agent to represent the book’s cause in Hollywood, to sell it to a producer or director who will be interested enough to make it into a movie. Here are a few of the early reviews which appeared when it was first published. I hope they will encourage you to pick up a copy of the novel on line or at your local bookstore, or from me, or convince a friend to buy a copy and read it.

It was truly special to me to read The China Connection…” Jervis S. Finney, Chief Counsel to Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., (former) Gov. MD.“…the relationship to actual history, to the prior administration, is intriguing…The juxtaposition of religion and misconduct gives genuine meaning to the whole theme. The book certainly occupied me.”

Sacco knows his stuff!” Mike Gabriele, Baltimore, MD.Author of Squint. “It’s evident that Sacco did his homework. He has taken hard, in-depth facts surrounding the dangers of political agendas and has woven a fast-moving thriller around those facts…. You will not only find yourself pulling for Dawson, but you will soon realize that you are wrapped in the circumstances and reasoning of those responsible for a snowball of power, greed and deception. Very powerful.”

An engaging political thriller with unusual depth.” John Fritz, Baltimore, MD.teacher of English and Drama, Mount de Sales High School. “…Sacco is able to fictionalize and clarify an extremely complex series of backdoor political shenanigans. I was impressed with his ability to string together so many and disparate events and show how they were all effects of a misguided political agenda…”

An interesting novel by a great new writer.” George Snyder, Baltimore, MD.retired State Police Investigator. “…The pace is fast and the story exciting…. The protagonist, Matt Dawson, is a complex person dealing with issues from his past while resolutely moving ahead with his mission; to find Johnny Chou and return him to the U.S. to testify before a Congressional Investigative Committee. I heartily recommend this political thriller…”

…all the elements of a true thriller—suspense, travel, sex, religious dogma, romance and adventure.” Armin Jaeger, London England. “…done with a style that keeps the reader absorbed and becomes one of those rare books you hate to put down, once started.”

Suspenseful novel of international intrigue…” Paul B. Cora, author of Yellowjackets! The 361st Fighter Group in World War II, Baltimore, MD.—“Sacco effectively combines fictional events with chilling parallel developments in US-China relations during the 1990s with a cast of fascinating. believable characters to produce a first-rate novel of technical espionage ans suspense…”

The novel is available on Amazon, on Barnes & Noble, from Baker & Taylor, and, of course, if you’d like a signed copy, from me. E-mail me at anthonyjsacco@hotmail.com.

 

 

Bible Classes in America’s Public Schools?

By: Anthony J. (Tony) Sacco, JD

First published from Pine Bluffs, May, 2006: Revised and Re-printed from Cheyenne, May 2019.

During remarks to the British Parliament back in April 1770, Edmund Burke, the Irish orator, philosopher and politician said: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” [Yes, that was Burke. Not Jefferson.] He was right.

The more or less constant battle on the world scene between good and evil has been joined here in the United States of America. Portions of our society are on a slippery slope of decline. Disagreement, dissent, and discord abound. Paradoxically, in other segments, good things are happening, such as the almost total ban on abortions by the legislatures of several states.

One of the good things occurred in Atlanta during May 2006, when Georgia’s Governor, “Sonny” Purdue, who took office on January 13, 2003, inked a bill permitting Bible classes in public high schools. Governor Purdue believes that “providing a safe and nurturing environment for children is a moral obligation shared by all.” Here’s a leader who saw the rot attacking our youth and decided to try fixing the problem. Part of his solution? Put God back in the schools.

As of 2006, approximately eight percent of the nation’s public schools offered some form of Bible study, but this Georgia statute was to be the first to establish statewide guidelines and set aside public funds for a Bible course. The State’s School Board was given the task of determining how the course would be taught.

In drafting their law, I’m hopeful the Georgia Legislature took into consideration this statement made by Justice Thomas Clark in the 1963 Supreme Court decision forbidding devotional reading of the Bible in public schools, (Abington School District v. Schempp), when he made THIS distinction: “Nothing we have said here indicates that such study of the Bible or of religion, when presented objectively as part of a secular program of education, may not be effected consistently with the First Amendment.” This bit of law is the basis upon which many high schools and colleges have implemented courses on The Bible as History and other courses of the same nature, which deal with religion and the Bible as a part of our culture.

However, when I wrote the article, I was thinking there’d be bitter court battles waged by those who’d rather see metal detectors at the doors of our schools and armed security guards patrolling the halls, than to allow our kids to begin their day with the calming influence of The Lord’s Prayer over the PA system, or studying the Bible in a classroom setting a couple times each week. THAT is exactly what has happened. In passing, I should note that when I was coming through the public school system in the early 1950s, the practice of a brief Bible quote followed by The Lord’s Prayer was exactly what was being done in the public school I attended.

In prior years, when Bible study had been allowed on public school property, it had been done informally. But two nationally prominent groups soon developed comprehensive curricula. One such group, the Bible Literacy Project, published The Bible and its Influences, in textbook form, in September 2005. It was quickly approved by both Christian and Jewish groups. By 2006, thirty schools were using it in a pilot program, with eight hundred more interested districts waiting in the wings. This was, at that time, the only First-Amendment-safe textbook that supported academic study of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Developed over a five-year period with input from 40 leading scholars, religious leaders, and academic practitioners, The Bible and Its Influence is an opportunity to share the contents of the Bible in an appropriate way. Used in combination with the Bible, the textbook presents biblical content – the narratives, characters, plots, poetry, letters, events, parables, prophecies, and proverbs in the Bible. The program was designed to address the fact that, without an understanding of the Bible, young people’s education is incomplete. Today’s youth cannot fully understand literature, art, history, music or culture without an understanding of the Christian Bible.  Because of its broad acceptance in the educational community and its widespread use nationally, it has become the standard for academic Bible study in the United States. It is also fast becoming the academic standard in the global community.

The other organization, The National Council for Bible Curriculum in Public Schools (NCBCPS), a conservative nonprofit organization supported by many conservative evangelicals – Pat Robertson was one – believes that its three-hundred page The Bible in History and Literature is being utilized in over three hundred-fifty school districts nationwide.

The NCBCPS was founded in 1993, and as of 2000 its curriculum had been in use in at least 70 public school districts across the United States. Of course, it has been criticized by separationists as presenting a religious interpretation of the Bible as well as an unbalanced view of American history which promotes specific religious beliefs. The use of the curriculum has been challenged in lawsuits in two school districts, which have withdrawn the course as contravening the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

So, battle lines have been formed. “You can’t turn a public school classroom into a Sunday school classroom,” said a spokesman for the Texas Freedom Network, a euphemistic nomenclature for a group whose idea of freedom is limiting “freedom from” something; in their case, religion in the public square. They had gone so far as to pay for a study of the Council’s curriculum. Driven by an erroneous interpretation of the so-called Doctrine of Separation of Church and State, which is NOT in the Constitution, others of the Madeline Murray O’Hare ilk have banded together to litigate, based upon the sixteen-word Establishment clause. Many of the existing court challenges have originated in the State of Texas.

Back to 2006: the Council’s curriculum teaches the Bible from a conservative Protestant viewpoint, and the Council believed its approach is constitutional, based upon Justice Thomas Clark’s distinction in the 1963 case mentioned above. However it did begin to offer free legal help to districts using it, should they need it. Back then Georgia State Senator, Tom Williams, co-sponsor of the Bill in that state, used the Council’s curriculum as a guide when he helped draft the legislation. “We simply have to teach, ‘this is what happened’. Now, make your own judgment,” he said.

As someone who believes that we should never have allowed God to be removed from our nation’s schools – we’ve been experiencing the bitter consequences ever since – I wrote that I’d “be watching this experiment in Georgia and in the five states considering taking the same tack, with considerable interest.” Today, this approach has spread like a wildfire. It is now taught in over 625 public high schools in 43 states and has achieved a 10 percent market share in six states in the United States. More than 125,000 students have benefited from instruction based on this textbook.

Dr. Sacco, a published author of four novels, The China Connection, Little Sister Lost, Return to Darkness, and The Secret of Hagia Sophia, is a licensed and bonded private investigator in Cheyenne, WY (soon to be a resident of North Carolina) who holds a BS Degree from Loyola University Maryland and a Doctorate of Law from the University of Maryland Law School. He has also published Echoes in the Wind, a biography of Boston sports great, Guy Vitale, . Reviews of his books may be found at http://www.amazon.com,  and http://www.barnes&noble.com. E-mail Dr. Sacco at anthonyjsacco@hotmail.com

 

 

 

 

Survey: Only 2-in-15 Americans are Aware of Soaring Illegal Immigration to U.S.

NOTE: This article by John Binder was forwarded to me by Ellen Sauerbray, former member of the Maryland Legislature, former two-time candidate for governor of Maryland, former Assistant Secretary of State in the George Bush Administration, and now retired. myturntosoundoff.wordpress.com thanks Ellen for thinking of me.
“I have always been surprised at polls showing that building a wall on the southern border does not get majority support on polls.  This shocking Harvard/Harris poll answers the question.  The media has done a great job of ensuring that Americans are not aware of the incredible invasion occurring,  and the economic, social and political impact it is having.  For those who watch FOX, we think this is a major story but when you realize that during the evening news hour Fox is outnumbered by the liberal media approximately 30 million to 2 million this shouldn’t be surprising.  There is a news blackout on the “mainstream” media. But last weekend The Washington Post confirmed that overcrowding at certain U.S. Border Patrol stations has become so severe that officials “have taken the rare step of using aircraft to relocate migrants to other areas of the border simply to begin processing them.” The agency is trying to make room for the large volume of families and children who have come across the border in dramatically higher numbers in recent days.”

Survey: Only 2-in-15 Americans Aware of Soaring Illegal Immigration to U.S.

JOHN BINDER – 14 May 20195,536

Less than two-in-15 American voters are aware of the soaring levels of illegal immigration across the United States-Mexico border, a new survey finds.

The latest Harvard/Harris Poll reveals that when Americans are asked how many illegal aliens are arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, only about 13 percent answer correctly. Meanwhile, about 76 percent of Americans believe illegal immigration levels are vastly lower than they actually are.

For example, there were nearly 100,000 border apprehensions in April, alone. This puts illegal immigration at the southern border on track to outpace every year of illegal immigration under former President Obama and take the U.S. back to Bush era levels. At current rates, experts project there to be 863,000 border apprehensions this Fiscal Year, though this only counts illegal aliens who are caught at the border and does not include those who successfully cross.

Since Fiscal Year 2010, the number of border crossers and illegal aliens apprehended trying to enter the U.S. has been anywhere between 300,000 to 500,000.

In the Harvard/Harris Poll, though, less than two-in-15 American voters correctly said there are between 250,000 to 500,000 border apprehensions each year. Meanwhile, more than three-in-four Americans incorrectly said there are between zero to 250,000 border apprehensions a year.

Even among Republican voters, conservatives, and Trump supporters, a plurality of 35 percent incorrectly estimated that there are only 10,000 to 100,000 border apprehensions each year.

When voters were told that there were more than 100,000 border apprehensions in the last month, the majority, about 52 percent, said they supported President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency at the southern border to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Another 48 percent said they oppose the national emergency.

Nearly six-in-ten working class and lower middle class Americans support the national emergency, as well as almost 65 percent of American voters who live in rural communities.

As Breitbart News reported, Republican voters, conservatives, and Trump supporters all rank building a border wall to stop illegal immigration and reducing legal immigration levels as their top priorities heading into the 2020 presidential election. For swing voters, building a border wall and reducing all immigration are the third and fourth top priorities, following stimulating jobs and passing an infrastructure bill.

Every year, the U.S. admits about 1.2 million mostly low-skilled legal immigrants to compete against working and middle class Americans for jobs. The vast majority, about 70 percent, of legal immigration to the country is driven by the process known as “chain migration,” whereby newly naturalized citizens can bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the U.S.

High levels of immigration, illegal and legal, put downward pressure on U.S. wages while redistributing about $500 billion in wealth away from America’s working and middle class and towards employers and new arrivals, research by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has found.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.

 

NOTE: Yes! It’s an INVASION, folks! An unsustainable invasion. And it must be stopped. These illegal immigrants are already changing the demographics of our nation, and not for the better.

 

Brussels: The New Capital of Eurabia.

4/24/19 – NOTE: This is a reprint of an article by Soeren Kern. I am reprinting it
here as follow up material to the nine-article series on Islam, written and published in
this Blog by Frank Tryon, U.S. Navy Retired, and Anthony J. Sacco, JD.
Americans need to take note of what is happening in Europe as the number of Muslims
in the population increase and they get a foothold in the political system.  The high birth
rate and family reunification laws are ensuring that the native population of Belgium
will become a minority and Muslim culture and law will one day prevail.  This trend is
happening in many European countries and threatens the future of Western Civilization
as we know it.
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“Muslims now make up one-quarter of the population of Brussels, according to a new
book published by the Catholic University of Leuven, the top Dutch-language university
in Belgium.
“In real terms, the number of Muslims in Brussels — where half of the number of
Muslims in Belgium currently live — has reached 300,000, which means that the self-
styled “Capital of Europe” is now the most Islamic city in Europe.
“In practical terms, Islam mobilizes more people in Brussels than do the Roman Catholic
Church, political parties or even trade unions, according to “The Iris and the Crescent,” a
book that is the product of more than one year of field research and was released to the
public on November 18.
“The book’s author, the sociologist Felice Dassetto, predicts that Muslims will comprise
the majority of the population of Brussels by 2030.
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“In Belgium as a whole, Muslims comprise roughly 6% of the total population, one of the
highest rates in Europe. This number is expected to rise to more than 10% by 2020.
According to Dassetto, Islam is becoming increasingly visible in Brussels: there are more
and more mosques and minarets, more veiled women and more Muslim organizations.
The book also warns that ultraconservative elements within Islam are increasingly
gaining ground in Brussels.
“Of the many strands of Islam represented in Brussels, Salafism is apparently far and
away the most popular. Salafism, the highly conservative pan-Islamic movement, seeks,
among other objectives, to unite the Muslim world under the leadership of a single
Caliph, or ruler, who would govern based on Islamic Sharia law.
“The book also reveals that most Muslims in Brussels have an “us” versus “them”
mindset, which hinders their integration into Belgian society.
Most of the Muslims in Brussels are from Morocco (70%) and Turkey (20%), with the
other 10% from Albania, Egypt, Pakistan and North Africa. They began arriving in
Belgium in the 1960s as guest workers. Although the guest-worker program was canceled
in 1974, many immigrants stayed and, using family-reunification laws, brought over
their families.
“Today the Muslim community continues to grow through both high birth rates and
marriage migration. More than 60% of Moroccan and Turkish youths marry partners
from their home countries.
“As in the other European countries, the Muslim population in Belgium is young. Nearly
35% of the Moroccans and Turks in the country are below 18 years old, compared to 18%
of the native Belgians.
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“Since 2008, the most popular name in Brussels for baby boys has been Mohammed. It is
also the most popular name for baby boys in Belgium’s second-largest city, Antwerp,
where an estimated 40% of elementary school children are Muslim.
Antwerp is also home to Belgium’s first Islamic Sharia law court, which began operating
in September 2011.”
The Sharia court is the initiative of a radical Muslim group, Sharia4Belgium. Leaders of
the group openly say the purpose of the court is to create a parallel Islamic legal system
in Belgium to challenge the state’s authority as the enforcer of the civil law protections
guaranteed by the Belgian constitution.
“The Sharia court, located in Antwerp’s Borgerhout district, is “mediating” family law
disputes for Muslim immigrants in Belgium. The self-appointed Muslim judges running
the court are applying Islamic law, rather than the secular Belgian Family Law system, to
resolve disputes involving questions of marriage and divorce, child custody and child
support, as well as all inheritance-related matters. Unlike Belgian civil law, Islamic
Sharia law does not guarantee equal rights for men and women; critics of the Sharia
court say it will undermine the rights of Muslim women, specifically in the areas of
inheritance, marriage, divorce, polygamy, child custody, freedom of movement and most
of all physical violence and a woman’s virtually total inability to extricate herself from it.
Sharia4Belgium says the court in Antwerp will eventually expand its remit and handle
criminal cases as well.
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“The Sharia4Belgium
group consists of
Islamists who are
openly committed to
bringing everyone living
in Belgium — including
all non-Muslims — under
the submission of Islamic Sharia law. Although Sharia4Belgium’s website was recently
shut down by the Belgian authorities, a partial archive of the site can be found at the
WayBack Machine.
There, Sharia4Belgium issues a threat — in the guise of an invitation — calling for all
Belgians to convert to Islam and to submit to Sharia law or face the consequences. As the
text, in parts, states: “It is now 86 years since the fall of the Islamic Caliphate. The
tyranny and corruption in this country [Belgium] has prevailed; we go from one scandal
to another: Economic crises, paedophilia, crime, growing Islamophobia, etc.” “As in the
past we [Muslims] have saved Europe from the dark ages, we now plan to do the same.
Now we have the right solution for all crises and this is the observance of the divine law,
namely Sharia. We call to implement Sharia in Belgium.” “Sharia is the perfect system for
humanity. In 1,300 years of the Islamic state, we knew only order, welfare and the
protection of all human rights. We know that Spain, France and Switzerland knew their
best times under Sharia. In these 1,300 years, 120 women were raped, which is equal to
120 women a day in Europe. There were barely 60 robberies recorded in 1,300 years.”
“As a result, we invite the royal family, parliament, all the aristocracy and every Belgian
resident to submit to the light of Islam. Save yourself and your children of the painful
punishment of the hereafter and grant yourself eternal life in paradise.”
“A cache of the background image for the Sharia4Belgium website has the black flag of
jihad flying above the Belgian Parliament. Up until recently, the Sharia4Belgium Youtube
page (also shut down) was used to incite Muslims to Jihad, or Holy War. The group had
posted videos with titles such as, “Jihad Is Obligatory,” “Encouraging Jihad,” “Duelling &
Guerrilla Warfare,” and “The Virtues of Martyrdom.”
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“Sharia4Belgium is linked to Anjem Choudary, a Sharia court judge based in London.
Choudary, who was the leader of a group called Islam4UK before it was banned by
British anti-terrorism authorities, believes in the primacy of Islam over all other faiths
and has long campaigned for Islamic law to be implemented in all of Britain.
In an interview with the Belgian newspaper De Standaard (in English here), Choudary
said he would help launch Sharia4Belgium to prevent Muslim immigrants from
integrating into Belgian society: “Belgium has an extensive Muslim population, especially
in the cities. I therefore plan to come to Belgium myself in the coming weeks, or send a
delegation to establish a branch of the organization.”
“When asked if he wanted to convince Belgians to convert to Islam and to implement
Sharia law, Choudary replied: “The implementation of Sharia will happen in one of the
following four ways: either the majority of the population converts to Islam; or a foreign
Islamic power conquers the country; or there will be a rebellion against the oppression
of the Muslim people; or the Muslims will overthrow the ruling regime. Society will be
united by Islam.”
“Back in Brussels, fully one-half of the Muslim students in the city are anti-Semitic,
according to a 426-page study titled “Jong in Brussel” (Young in Brussels) produced by the
Youth Research Platform. In an interview with the Belgian newspaper De Morgan, Mark
Elchardus, one of the authors of the report, said: “What is alarming is that you can
describe half of the Muslim students as anti-Semitic, which is very high. What is worse is
that those anti-Jewish feelings have nothing to do with a low educational level or social
disadvantage, which is the case with racist Belgians. The anti-Semitism is theologically
inspired and there is a direct link between being Muslim and having anti-Semitic
feelings.” Elchardus’ observation, linking Islam and anti-Semitism, earned him a lawsuit
filed by Vigilance Musulmane (Muslim Vigilance), a Muslim activist group. Vigilance
Musulmane said Elchardus’ comments violated Belgium’s anti-discrimination law of
2007, which forbids discrimination on the basis of “religious convictions.” They also said
his statements violated Article 444 of the Belgian penal code because they appeared in a
newspaper and therefore were repeated extensively in print.
“The Iris and the Crescent” sums it all up matter-of-factly: “Islam is definitely part of the
reality of Brussels.”
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NOTE: Soeren Kern is Senior Fellow for Transatlantic Relations at the Madrid-based
Grupo de Estudios Estratégicos / Strategic Studies Group. Follow him on Facebook.