December 20, 2010

The attempt to defy the laws of physics, or the laws of the land, always ends in failure.

The Dream Act is offensive exactly because it shakes off the bonds of rules and laws to which the rest of us are bound.

A recent trip over the mountains from the Western Slope of Colorado to Denver in the pith of a winter storm  reminded me of how indefensible we humans are against the laws of physics. On that day we appraised the aftermath of at least 9 major traffic accidents before reaching the Eisenhower tunnel.  And with the obligatory, “wow, I hope those people are all right,” and, “maybe now is a good time to slow down a little,” we rubber-necked the shrapnel and automotive slag that had once been someone’s portage on the highway.  All were sobered with the realization that the laws that govern acceleration, deceleration, and inertia, in combination with slick-as-snot roads can leave one upside down, accordioned, jack knifed or in pieces, as it had those poor others before us.

Human interaction, indeed all of creation itself,  is constrained by certain irrevocable laws under which all things operate within a framework that derives from nature; the natural world which includes physical laws, so graphically displayed on I-70, as well as the true and eternal nature of thingsas designed by Divine commission.  We are a rule-bound species, existing in a sphere of action and reaction; whether it be human will or corporeal forces.  And there are always repercussions when one tries to defy those laws, or commandments if you are a believer; repercussions such as imprisonment, suffering and debasement if you break the laws of the land, or the punishment of being suddenly accelerated  through a windshield should you defy the laws of physics by driving too fast over Vail Pass in a snowstorm.  Some call this “natural law”, some refer to is as “God’s laws”, and some just say “cest la vie.” But they compose the nexus of truth and consequences to which we are all affixed.

That quirky little concept known as Political Correctness, or PC, is an attempt to circumvent natural law in order to replace it with something which has a perceived value of compassion, but in reality eschews God’s laws and the natural conditions which propel human activity and growth, natural cycles, and literally make the world go round.   The recent attempt by the Democrat leaders in the U.S. Congress and Senate to pass the Dream Act is an example of legislative PC engineered to  favor a segment of the population who is incorrigibly criminal by definition; illegal aliens, their illegal children and relatives.  And to bestow on them, unworthily, the path to citizenship, well lubricated with duplicity, deception, and statutes and policies acutely unfair to citizens and legal immigrants.  The Dream Act was offensive (and thank goodness it was laid to rest in the Senate last week) exactly because it shakes off the bonds of rules and laws to which the rest of us are stuck.  It, and other such attempts at amnesty, absolve people who are in this country illegally of any accountability, punishment or recompense.  PC efforts to remove accountability from a pet class or group of people in order to appease some vague sense of guilt goes beyond the mere healing of past wounds and giving grace to a distressed populace.  It constitutes an effort to supersede the natural laws and commandments of God as well as the law of the land, and to impose a system of arbitrary values based on coddling, excusing, and supporting the worst aspects of selfish, gluttonous, and criminal intent in man.  The natural consequence of the fashionable, PC veneration for  those “who just want a better life for themselves and their children,” is a decreased respect for the statutes of the United States as a sovereign nation, as well as the moral maxims which define a land of liberty governed by the rule of law.  It is unAmerican at its core.

“Amnesty” used to be defined as a form of grace in jurisprudence by which those who were imprisoned or punished beyond the scope and measure of their crimes were given early release from jail.  Amnesty was also employed to describe a type of forgiveness to one who had been a past criminal or sinner, but who’s conduct of late revealed a true rehabilitation of heart and attitude.  The type of Amnesty extended by the Dream Act (although the term “amnesty” is never used in the language of the bill) is a pass to those who use and abuse our country in a criminal pattern of illegal entry, illegal employment, non-assimilation, and undisguised contempt for the laws and moral foundation of the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.   PC is not a system of ethics which dictate public behavior; it is a systematic fostering of illegal and immoral behavior whose purpose is to undermine religion, self-reliance, general good behavior and other moral precepts fostered by the Constitution of the United States.  If you doubt the Dream Act is a travesty, read this link.

Ten things you need to know about the Dream Act

Illegal immigration is not a victimless crime, and the cultural effects of having millions of illegals invade the towns and cities of our country reach into virtually every aspect of American life.  The percentage of illegal aliens in our federal prisons is around 33 percent.  The state of California is heavily impacted by illegal immigration with each household paying nearly 2 thousand dollars per year to support illegal activities which include social services, legal costs and imprisonment, births of illegal immigrant babies in public hospitals, medicaid and medicare which goes to illegals, and the price of education for illegal immigrant children.  Estimates are that  between 20 and 30 billion dollars of the California state budget go to supporting illegals.  This hurts citizens who would benefit from those state funds, such as medicaid.  And the public school systems in California communities that have a high population of unassimilated illegals is dismal, driven not by academic excellence, but by multiculturalism which does little more than reinforce the notion that the immigrant culture is superior to that of America.  I was a substitute teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District for a few years and I have seen first hand how the children of illegal immigrants are held to a lesser standard of academic achievement and behavior.  I was once reprimanded by my administrators for giving Fs to several gang members who rarely showed up to class and who, when they did show up, spent the time tagging desks, disrupting the class, and spewing overt threats to me of physical harm.  But it was politically incorrect to hold these guys accountable so I was rebuked and forced, with the threat of losing my job at my throat, to change their grades to Ds.

So my question is ‘why are illegals given a pass, with the legislative attempts to grant amnesty and the policies of the LAUSD, for example, when it comes to living  the standards and laws to which the rest of us are expected to abide?’  And most perplexing of all to me is why churches, who generally expect their congregants to concede to the commandments of God and thereby strive to live a good and lawful lives, will countenance the unlawful conduct of illegal aliens, and even go to so far as to foster and support their illegal status by lavishing their families with gifts of food, toys, cash, legal representation, and sanctuary. The rationale often used by Christian churches who practice this selective accountability is that Jesus Christ would not discriminate against these “hardworking, family-oriented” people, and that his love and salvation are available to all.  I strongly disagree with clergy who attempt to duck the hard truths about illegal immigration by appeasing their ecumenical consciences through wanton handouts and service projects targeted at illegal immigrant communities.  The bigger question for government and church alike is ‘what is the net spiritual effect on a culture which allows sin and illegal conduct on the part of certain immigrant groups, to go unchecked, with no expectation of correction, compensation or repentance?’  I think the answer is simple.  Just ask one of the unlucky motorists on the mountain roads who hit a patch of black ice going a few MPH too fast.  The laws of physics, nature, and yes, of God, kick in at some point with their inevitable effects.  They cannot be defied, even in the name of misplaced compassion, without at some point resulting in a painful and devastating collision.  The nation that obliges illegal immigrants and the inherent lawlessness which comes with them, will suffer economic, cultural and spiritual decline.  Illegality cankers the souls of those who persist in the lifestyle, and they come to hate the weakened country which “turns the other cheek” while they enjoy an entitled status for which the only price they pay is to remain illegal, work within a criminal economy, and never assimilate into the liberating culture of true Americanism.

PC is misplaced compassion, and it is too bad that some politicians, clergy and many citizens are so embarrassed by the success and prosperity of American that they feel they must take generous portions of her wealth and impart it freely to a criminal population of illegal immigrants, who care to neither abide the laws of the land nor take upon themselves the name or language of their nursing mother, America.  But the prisons, states, communities, indeed the southern border of America, that are living with the consequences of decades of illegality and unenforced immigration laws, are being accelerated, irreversibly, toward a snowy cliff and the sudden deceleration that will meet them at its base, where the cultural and economic slag of what was once the greatest nation on the face of the earth will lie.

Americans, especially Christian Americans, need to rethink their idea of “compassion.”  It is never compassionate to give evil a pass since the innocent will necessarily suffer along with the guilty.  The culture, economy and moral authority of the permissive state are discredited and weakened.  And Jesus Christ, to my knowledge, never said that you could receive salvation; temporal in the case of physical sustenance, or spiritual through his atoning sacrifice, while living a life of lawlessness.  Mercy is extended to the broken-hearted and repentant, not to the incorrigibly criminal. The laws of physics and of God will, in the end, will have their way.



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