To Disconnected Beltway Insiders: A remedial lesson in why borders matter

by:  COLONEL KENNETH ALLARD (US ARMY, RET.)

Forgive the temerity of a former Beltway insider who arrived in Texas just as soon as he possibly could. Have the people back in Washington lost their minds? This is not an unfair question, since Texas Gov. Rick Perry just days ago mobilized the National Guard to defend the nation's southern border. Article 4, Section 4 of the Constitution contains some tough language about foreign invasions, specifying that this is a responsibility of the feds, not weekend warriors.

Severe intellectual confusion suddenly seems to have eclipsed even the Washington Redskins as a reliable cause of Beltway embarrassment. Consider the following: "Our border is secure," says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. "It's a hell of a pinprick operation," says Secretary of State John Kerry about the Israeli offensive in Gaza. "What exactly are they trying to hide?" asks President Obama on the shootdown of a Malaysian airliner, apparently by Russian separatists in Ukraine.

POLL:  Will the Islamic Jihadists attack in the United States?

Seriously, which planet are these gentlemen living on? Or better yet, was it Harvard, Columbia or the Jane Fonda School of Strategy that taught them to react to global and domestic challenges with such consistently sophomoric absurdities? These liberal conceits are only part of a larger heresy - one that defies eons of recorded history, as well as more recent events, to advance the dewy-eyed notion that "borders don't matter." Even worse: the notion that military power is an elusive, amoral concept best consigned to the history book of the 19th century. Let's tackle those heresies in reverse order:

Mr. Obama must know that Russian separatists are trying to hide their likely complicity in the mass murder of nearly 300 innocent air travelers blown out of the sky. The culprits were just sober enough to launch one or more SA-11 missiles, gifts from Vladimir Putin in pursuit of Russian expansionism beyond a border he deplores. Unlike some Americans, Mr. Putin knows what a border means and is not particularly fussy about ends.

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Let's be clear on something here.

Everyone out there , please walk with me for a moment , if you will;....

1. Borders are not secured......Yes?....or....no?

2. Not only drug cartel elements are crossing borders but Islamic-muslim jihadist terrorirsts faction as well ..... al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Hammas (among others ) are right now 'planted' in Mejico.......Yes?....or....no?

3. A fissionable material can be carry inside a container as small as a Coca-Cola cam , enough to level a city the size of Chicago.......Yes?....or....no?

4.Transported of such material could be here already , allocated secretly in certain specific key-points (cities,... near defense places,... industrial complex,.... schools/universities/colleges, Christians churches,...communication systems (radio and tv stations),.....water supply,.....agricultural areas,.....just think of the targets.......Yes?....or....no?

5. When the time 'is right'....all, everything, simultaneously, will go off.....and we do not know when is that......Yes?....or....no?

Questions; -

Are we prepared for this?

Do we have effective national security under this current administration?

Are we openly exposed to our enemies?

Do we have domestic enemies working with the enemies abroad?

And that, for short.

Input anyone? Opinions welcome.

HOW Right you are !! .. and 1/2 of this Country are like ostriches with their heads in the sand ..

Wake up folks .. things can change but it has to be done by pressure from us .. VOTE, and Write to your Congress persons ..

I HAVE SAID FOR OVER A YR ART IV SECT 4 IS THE ANS.  GOVT IS SUPPOSED TO SEND HELP WHEN OUR STATES ARE BEING INVADED.    

TIME TO MAKE THE GOVT PAY VOTE EVERY DEM OUT OF OFFICE

and it will  get worst.

Seriously, which planet are these gentlemen living on? Or better yet, was it Harvard, Columbia or the Jane Fonda School of Strategy that taught them to react to global and domestic challenges with such consistently sophomoric absurdities? - - - - Most Deffinately NOT this 'The Real World'

Everyone out there , please walk with me for a moment , if you will;....

1. Borders are not secured......Yes?....or....NO?

2. Not only drug cartel elements are crossing borders but Islamic-muslim jihadist terrorirsts faction as well ..... al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Hammas (among others ) are right now 'planted' in Mejico.......YES?....or....no?

3. A fissionable material can be carry inside a container as small as a Coca-Cola cam , enough to level a city the size of Chicago.......YES?....or....no?

4.Transported of such material could be here already , allocated secretly in certain specific key-points (cities,... near defense places,... industrial complex,.... schools/universities/colleges, Christians churches,...communication systems (radio and tv stations),.....water supply,.....agricultural areas,.....just think of the targets.......YES?....or....no?

5. When the time 'is right'....all, everything, simultaneously, will go off.....and we do not know when is that......Yes?....or....NO?

Questions; -

Are we prepared for this? NO!

Do we have effective national security under this current administration? NO!

Are we openly exposed to our enemies? YES!

Do we have domestic enemies working with the enemies abroad? YES!

John,

Most impressive ;...thanks for the support.

It is clear that you are a very focus observer, and so understand reality as it is,...we, both and many others out there, should and must continue sharing our writing with others...perhaps that will play well at the end...the galaxy only knows.

GOD BLESS THE GOOD PEOPLE OF OUR GREAT COUNTRY !

Sincerely, and respectfully, Daniel

Any Time - - Any Where - - Any How We can get the 'word-out' will help . . . .

A plan is needed.

When Obumo was in Texas raising  $$$$$ , he said he did not have to go to the border because his people had been there.   A little note..***even tho Obumo's "people" were at the border ,  they never talked to anyone.  Perry is sending Natl Guard.   So now Obumo will send his people to the border to give him an assessment of whether it is necessary to send the Natl guard.   But does not need an assessment to say he will start sending planes to Central America to bring their slums to the US.   Obumo spent more $$$$$$$ on the use of Air Force One this last month on fundraisers,  than he /Dems want to spend on border patrol.   OUT OF TOUCH.  OUT OF CONTROL.  SEEMS MORE INTENT  ON HELPING TERRORISTS,  ENEMIES OF THIS COUNTRY AND THOSE WHO WANT TO DESTROY IT.   I GET THE FEELING HE LOOKS AT THE DISTRUCTION HE HAS CAUSED THIS COUNTRY AND THE WORLD AS A GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT.     Exactly   why  Geo Soros bought him.

sr williams,  We need to get Soros out of our country.  He is a wanted man in other countries plus he is wanted for war crimes in Germany.  He is an ex nazi.  Seems they all fled to this nation.

Borders do matter!  They are very important to a soverign country.  You can't let every tom, dick, and harry in. They must be investigated for crime, and if they are able to financialy take care of themselves after becoming a citizen and LEARNING ENGLISH, until they can find a job.  No welfare, or government handouts.  That's been the way for a long time, what and when did this change? 

To Everyone on this discussion...

"We the People..." are becoming an extinct species, the fight against the Constitution is in full battle and the Combatants are our supposed leaders!  Fighting to contain all of our  so called freedoms with their illegal Legislation, Liberal Ideals, Partisan Hatreds.  We can fight and win this War in one of two ways, 1 through the Constitution itself or 2 through all out Revolt.   The latter will cause "Martial Law" for certain, then the Constitution will not matter and it will depend on the outcome of the Bloodshed and Blood Letting.  We must somehow get our forces together, work on our Legislators both State and Federal to get back on the Constitutional front and depend on Article v of the Constitution itself.  A "Constitutional Convention"

A Convention to propose amendments to the United States Constitution, also called an Article V Convention, or Amendments Convention, is one of two procedures for proposing amendments to the United States Constitution described in Article Five of the Constitution. The other method is a vote by two-thirds of each house of Congress.

In recent years some constitutional scholars have argued that state governments should call for such a convention. They include Lawrence Lessig, Sanford Levinson, Larry Sabato, Jonathan Turley, and Mark Levin.As of 2014, there is an active nationwide effort to call an Article V Convention. Citizens for Self-Governance, through a project called Convention of the States, is promoting Article V legislation in all 50 states. In March 2014, Georgia became the first state to pass the group's Convention of States application.Alaska and Florida followed suit in April 2014. Similarly, the group Wolf-PAC chose this method to promote its cause. Their resolution passed first in Vermont[11] in May 2014 and a month later in California; as of late June 2014, Wolf-PAC's resolution is still pending in eight other states.

According to Article V, Congress must call for an amendment-proposing convention, “on the application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States," meaning 34 state legislatures would have to submit applications. Once an Article V Convention has proposed an amendment or amendments, then the amendment or amendments would have to be ratified by three-fourths of the states (38 states) in order to become part of the Constitution.

Congress has the power to choose between two methods of ratification: ratification by the state legislatures, or instead ratification by state conventions called for that purpose. In contrast to those separate state ratification conventions, a convention to propose amendments to the United States Constitution would be a single federal convention. While there have been calls for a second federal convention based on a single issue such as the Balanced Budget Convention, it is not clear whether a convention summoned in this way would be legally bound to limit discussion to a single issue; law professor Michael Stokes Paulsen has suggested that such a convention would have the "power to propose anything it sees fit". All 27 amendments to the Constitution have happened in a procedural sense by going through Congress and not through proposal by state legislatures. (this is From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Our Political Mechanism in the Federal Sense have become the Masters of the Country and believe they are above the law, damn the laws... The Constitution is a most complicatedly simplistic resolution for our Dilemma, Obumba is an expert on how to cut corners, cheat and whittle away at the Articles that he don't like, but if he ever is impeached and tried for treason, it is most certain the split-tongued reptile will "Plead the 5th".  The Tea Party must become one and not many, too many split factions using this name are out there trying to change things.  One force is the mighty force and we must unite to create this force...

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Trump National Diversity Coalition's Bruce LeVell: President’s Support Among Blacks, Hispanics Will ‘More Than Double’ In 2020

Bruce LeVell, the National Diversity Coalition for Trump executive director, said on Sunday evening he predicts President Donald Trump will win even higher levels of support in the black and Hispanic communities in 2020 than he did in 2016.

“Pastor Darrell Scott is the CEO, we started this back in 2015,” LeVell said on Breitbart News Sunday on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel on Sunday evening about the National Diversity Coalition for Trump. “It is the largest diversity coalition platform in history for a Republican candidate, not to mention a sitting president, and there are millions of guests that sign on and sign up that are part of this. If you look on the website, you see African Americans for Trump, Haitian Americans for Trump, Korean Americans for Trump, Chinese Americans for Trump, Hispanic Americans for Trump–all very large. They all stand in one agreement that they believe in this great president and that he is here for all and wants everyone to be successful. It’s pretty flattering, honestly, to be a part of this. It just totally debunks everything that they try to make him out to be–a racist, which he’s not. The numbers prove that he’s not. You can see where he’s rising in terms of the Hispanic vote, and the African American vote. It’s just really going to be mind-boggling on the next go-around. I guarantee it. It’s going to more than double because people are happy; they’re working.”

LeVell, when asked for his rationale on why he thinks Trump’s support in 2020 among blacks and Hispanics will more than double, attributed it to the results President Trump has gotten for those communities.

“Sometimes you have to speak things into existence,” LeVell said. “The president said, ‘What do you have to lose?’ That challenge, especially in the underserved communities, well, yeah, what do we have to lose? We tried it this way for 30 or 40 years. Some of these cities and municipalities were under Democrat rule, as you might say, for many years, and then you say, ‘You know what? Let’s make the ask.’ You know, the president made the ask. Sometimes, you just have to ask, ‘Hey, what do you got to lose? Try this.’ Let’s try one of the biggest, strongest bills that he’s signed, that was so beneficial, called the Opportunity Zones. This bill right here alone is bringing a lifeline to some of these underserved communities and is projected to bring in over hundreds of billions of dollars in these underserved communities, which are predominantly African American communities. For example, in Atlanta, there are minority business contractors teaming up with other business contractors building a hotel in an Opportunity Zone. This community has just been blighted for God knows how long. These are the things that people are starting to see–the light at the end of the tunnel. Here’s a businessman that understands what I call a balance sheet, a P & L sheet of profit and loss. The president wants to see the country profitable, not losses. So that’s what he does. He says, ‘Okay, where can we improve? What can we do?’”

He continued, “Like I said earlier, I think the Opportunity Zones is a sleeper; it has so many moving parts to it where you can sell a piece of property for $2 million and instead of paying that very high capital gains [tax] you can identify those funds over the zone, and then, you can build another little hotel or a shopping center for economic empowerment for that community. So there’s so many initiatives out there for people of color, like myself, who see opportunities. You know, how about this? You live in a black community under the Trump administration, you walk down the street and say, ‘Wow, 98 percent who live in the community are African American,’ and you say, ‘Why don’t you build that grocery store? Why don’t you build that gas station?’ Wow, you’re right. I can. The programs that are out there, like in the Small Business Administration, you get as little as five or ten percent down, and they can maturize it to 30 years, and if you’re a veteran, they waive the fees. There are so many tools out there, and you saw the president when he adjusted Dodd-Frank last year; that was a terrible, terrible deal they did in 2009 and 2010 that literally almost just choked and killed the business community because of the Dodd-Frank, going in there and regulating these small community banks, which were life support for these small communities especially in the African American community, where he readjusted that last year and made it work. These are the things this president understands that as a businessman he can bring his lifelong talents to the White House and can help America. The biggest thing about this is, remember, the president is not beholden to any special interest group; this is a very key part of this conversation right here because he can go in there and govern without having to worry about paying back favors.”

According to NBC News analysis in the immediate aftermath of the 2016 election, Trump actually outperformed now-Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT)–then the former governor of Massachusetts–in the 2012 election when it came to both the black and Hispanic communities.

“Trump claimed 29 percent of the Hispanic vote on Tuesday, compared to Romney’s 27 percent in 2012,” NBC News wrote. “With blacks, exit polls show Trump claimed 8 percent of the vote to the previous Republican nominee’s 6 percent.”

If Trump is able to double support in the black and Hispanic communities in 2020, as LeVell predicts he will, no Democrat will stand even close to a chance of defeating him; the margins they would need for victories in a number of states would be significantly eroded. Perhaps that is why the Democrats are now attempting to paint Trump as a racist amid his battle with the so-called “Squad” of socialist Reps. Alexandria Ocasi0-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). The new faces of the Democrat Party, the “Squad,” in other words, is worried they may lose the election in 2020 if LeVell and other Trump backers are right. But the scurrilous accusations of racism for quick political gains, which have also been leveled at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Vice President Joe Biden in recent weeks, LeVell warns, may undermine the ability to stand up to actual racism where it exists.

“At first, it was kind of bizarre,” LeVell, who knows Trump well and has known him prior to his run for president, said of the false racism accusations. “Now, it’s just plainly un-American. It’s so anti-patriotic. You know, the interesting thing about it for me as a black conservative or Republican–I like to define myself as a Frederick Douglass Republican–most of the name-calling comes from people who actually look like me, 90 percent of it. It’s bizarre, and it’s because our thinking process is not lining up with theirs. It’s the only playbook they have, like I said earlier, which is, ‘Let’s just use the race card.’

LeVell went on to say, “Getting back to the president, I’ve been around him–I was just with him at the rally–in very intimate settings, behind the scenes at the rally, and you’re right: I’ve traveled with him, been on the plane with him. I’ve been in private meetings with him. I’ve talked with him, and you know–let me tell you something: I’m 55 years old, I’ve lived my whole life in the South, and I’m world-traveled. Let me tell you: I know racism when I see it. This man is nowhere near being a racist. It’s so sad because it does such a disservice to this great nation that they would throw that name and throw those words around. I mean, you have people calling Biden racist. They’re calling Pelosi racist. They’re calling the dog-catcher racist because he impounded the black dog instead of the white dog. Come on. What’s next? You know, it’s kind of sad because it’s pretty much watered down things that are legitimate, to where people are just going to get so numb with it, and people are just being like, ‘Wow, are you serious?’”

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