Is Mass Civil Disobedience Our Future?
Perhaps the greatest manifestation of civil disobedience today is the illegal presence of between 12 million and 20 million immigrants who broke into our country or are breaking the law by being here after their visas expired. PAT BUCHANAN
Thousands of aspiring illegal aliens have marched their way up through Central America and Mexico and are closing in on the U.S./Mexican border. Some of these individuals have reportedly split off from the caravan and have managed to enter the United States without inspection.
They have been encouraged to participate in this massive caravan by our own political “leaders” from both parties. Think about how frequently politicians from both particles have stated that since we cannot deport the millions of illegal aliens who are present in the United States, all we can do is to find a way to “get them out of the shadows” and provide them with lawful status. The Democrats insist on providing millions of illegal aliens with U.S. citizenship while the supposedly “tough” Republicans state that they will “only” provide them with lawful status and permission to work.
So now the debate is over whether or not to provide illegal aliens with citizenship! That is one hell of an example of “bait and switch” foisted on America by the Democrats and the Republicans who are colluding with each other.
Meanwhile a growing list of “Sanctuary Cities” and “Sanctuary States” promise to harbor and shield them from detection by ICE and even permit them to get driver’s licenses while illegal alien students are being offered incentives such as in-state tuition.
Furthermore, as President Trump has stated, not all of them are citizens of Central American countries.
Caravans of trucks and other vehicles have been brought in to facilitate the movement of thousands of people heading towards the United States, yet precious little information appears available to determine who is actually behind any of this. But clearly this is a carefully organized and orchestrated effort and the list of potential co-conspirators has to include the drug cartels and, as I have noted in recent articles, Iran and its client terrorist organization, Hezbollah that now works hand-in-glove with those cartels.
As I wrote in a recent article, the President of Guatemala has stated that his government has recently arrested and deported members of ISIS back to their home countries in the Middle East. He has also stated that he has information that cash-strapped Venezuela has helped to bankroll this invasion-in-the-making. My concern is that Iran and other adversaries of the United States may have a hand in all of this, and that the caravan may actually be a Trojan Horse, a possibility that has been all but ignored by the mainstream media.
What has also been ignored is that if this caravan of “migrants,” actually aspiring illegal aliens, succeeds in entering the United States by the ploy of filing spurious claims for asylum, this will come to be looked upon as the day that such caravans become the “new normal” and the day America forfeited its sovereignty and its security.
Most of the aliens who make applications for asylum disappear after they are paroled into the United States, ostensibly to pursue their asylum applications.
Advocates for a borderless United States and immigration anarchy have come to describe the tactic of massive numbers of aliens showing up at ports of entry along the U.S./Mexican border and claiming “credible fear” to seek asylum as abiding by our immigration laws.
Let’s be crystal clear. Immigration fraud is not only illegal, but it is the proven tactic of choice of international terrorists, criminals and fugitives who seek to enter the United States for nefarious purposes. That was the predication for my article, "Immigration Fraud- Lies That Kill."
Aliens who seek to enter the United States are required to apply for and receive visas prior to applying for admission as a U.S. port of entry. The only exception to this rule are aliens who are citizens of countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program. That program incidentally should have been terminated the morning after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. Back then 26 countries participated in that wrong-headed program; today 38 countries are participants. I addressed this issue in my article, "It’s Time To End The Visa Waiver Program." The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) is one of many examples of corruption of our government that has yielded its authority and responsibilities, even where national security is concerned, to those who bribe our politicians through “campaign contributions.”
Neither political party has “clean hands.”
Today even as the “lame duck” session of Congress begins, efforts by the outgoing Republicans to supposedly “fix” our immigration system are not willing to hire additional ICE agents. Laws and regulations mean nothing unless an adequate number of law enforcement agents can conduct investigation and enforce the laws.
As I wrote in my article, "Sanctuary Country - Immigration failures by design," while the Democrats have been transparent in their ultimate goals of eradicating America’s borders and terminating the enforcement of our immigration laws that even include the deportation of murderers and drug traffickers, the Republicans have done precious little to support meaningful immigration law enforcement.
This is how my article began:
The idea of writing about how America has become a “Sanctuary Country” came to me less than two months before demonstrators and, incredibly, leaders of the Democratic Party began demanding that ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) be completely disbanded and terminate the enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws.
My consternation led me to think back to a Congressional hearing at which I participated in 2005 and at which Rep. John Hostettler, then Chairman of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, expressed frustration over how the very structure of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the inclusion of a divided immigration law enforcement program had come to be created, hobbling border security and immigration law enforcement. Rep. Hostettler warned that immigration enforcement must not take a “back seat to customs or agriculture” and that it should be shielded from political pressures. He observed that the structure of DHS itself violated the Homeland Security Act which was enacted in 2002 roughly one year after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. This was the enabling legislation that created the DHS, which was supposed to address the myriad of vulnerabilities that the 9/11 terrorists had exploited, enabling them to enter the United States and carry out their deadly attacks.
Let’s not forget that the “C” in ICE stands for “Customs,” an area of law that has nothing to do with immigration. In fact, before the creation of the DHS the U.S. Customs Service operated under the auspices of the Treasury Department while the former INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) was an element of the Justice Department.
As we consider the extreme politicization of immigration law enforcement, consider these opening remarks by Chairman Hostettler from that hearing well over a decade ago:
“The 9/11 terrorists all came to the U.S. with-out weapons or contraband—Added customs enforcement would not have stopped 9/11 from happening. What might have foiled al Qaeda’s plan was additional immigration focus, vetting, and enforcement. And so what is needed is recognition that, one, immigration is a very important national security issue that cannot take a back seat to customs or agriculture. Two, immigration is a very complex issue, and immigration enforcement agencies need experts in immigration enforcement. And three, the leadership of our immigration agencies should be shielded from political pressures to act in a way which could compromise the Nation’s security.”
Even in the wake of the terror attacks of 9/11 the administration of George W. Bush made certain to stymie immigration law enforcement and border security. This was incomprehensible, especially considering that it had became immediately apparent that multiple failures of the immigration system enabled the terrorists to enter the United States, embed themselves and then carry out the most horrific terror attack, actually a mass murder where the death count continues to climb as more people, primarily first responders, succumb to illness directly attributable to the toxins they ingested when the World Trade Center Complex collapsed into a tangled mess of rubble containing the pulverized remains of innocent victims. Some of those first responders who, even with their bare hands, searched frantically for survivors and human remains, continued to sift through the “pile” as the towering wreckage at “Ground Zero” came to be known.
Today there are approximately six thousand ICE agents to enforce not only the immigration laws but a laundry list of other laws throughout the United States. By being given the responsibility to enforce those other laws, ICE agents are kept from enforcing the immigration laws.
Even beyond the issues of national security and public safety, flooding the United States with huge numbers of foreign workers provides unfair competition for American and lawful immigrant workers, stretches our limited resources and infrastructure to the breaking point and overwhelms our schools and hospitals.
For unscrupulous politicians, however, the immigration system has become a “delivery system” which meets the demands of the campaign contributors that delivers an unlimited supply of cheap exploitable labor, foreign tourists, foreign students and, for the immigration lawyers, an unlimited supply of clients.
Finally, let’s remember that many politicians are lawyers and they are eager to see ever more “clients” entering the United States. MEX MURDERS MOTHER IN PELOSI, FEINSTEIN, KAMALA HARRIS, GAVIN NEWSOM'S ! SANCTUARY ! CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO!
Steinle’s murderer, Jose Zarate and been deported 5xs!
"While walking with her father on a pier in San Francisco in 2015, Steinle was shot by the illegal alien. Steinle pleaded with her father to not let her die, but she soon passed in her father’s arms."
DEMOCRAT PARTY CORRUPTION
"This is how they will destroy America from within. The leftist billionaires who orchestrate these plans are wealthy. Those tasked with representing us in Congress will never be exposed to the cost of the invasion of millions of migrants. They have nothing but contempt for those of us who must endure the consequences of our communities being intruded upon by gang members, drug dealers and human traffickers. These people have no intention of becoming Americans; like the Democrats who welcome them, they have contempt for us." PATRICIA McCARTHY
Congressional Democrats are apparently fine with catch-and-release policies because they see the likely electoral benefits. According to Customs and Border Protection (CPB), of the 94,285 Central American family units apprehended last year, 99 percent of them remain in the country today. CPB also reports that 98 percent of the 31,754 unaccompanied minors from the Northern Triangle of Central America remain in the country. CAL THOMAS
Report: New Jersey Jail Refused 92 Detainer Requests for Criminal Illegal Aliens
A New Jersey county jail refused 92 immigration detainer requests for criminal illegal aliens to be deported, according to a report released Friday by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI).
The report cited U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) records on law enforcement agencies which failed to acknowledge ICE detainers and revealed that the Middlesex County Jail in New Jersey did not honor a total of 92 immigration retainers.
Of the 92 immigration retainers denied by the jail, 52 of them were for serious crimes — classified by ICE as Level 1 and 2 offenses— such as homicide, sexual assault, and fraud.
One of the illegal alien inmates, Luis Rodrigo Perez, 23, was released from the Middlesex County Jail in February after being arrested on domestic violence charges because the jail refused to honor ICE’s immigration detainer on Perez.
Several months later, Perez was accused of fatally shooting two men and wounding two other people in Missouri.
Perez had also been a recipient of the DACA program between 2012 and 2014.
ICE has had a long history of slamming Middlesex County for its “sanctuary” policies, especially after the federal immigration agency arrested 37 criminal illegal aliens in the area in July.
When ICE officials conducted the five-day sweep of the area, they found 16 of the criminal illegal aliens they arrested had been released from the Middlesex County Jail.
Democrat Corruption is a Clear and Present Danger to America
On November 6, it seemed the Republicans might hold their majority in the Senate and in the House. Sadly, they lost their majority in the House. The mystery is why so many Democrat candidates who are so obviously ethically challenged won in races that should not have even been close.
How and why do Democrats continue to vote for unqualified, dishonest candidates? Elizabeth Warren is a proven liar, a cheat who claimed Native American heritage in order to get a job at Harvard. Her baby, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, was her plan to wield control over all bank and non-bank institutions without Congressional interference. In short, she is a hard-left socialist who means to control how Americans earn, spend and borrow money, how they use their savings. Warren is a blight on the Constitution and the guaranteed freedoms of US citizens. She is an advance operative for the socialist America the left envisions.
Andrew Gillum, the left's choice to be Governor of Florida, is the failed mayor of Tallahassee. He remains under FBI investigation for corruption. Given the information about that investigation that has been released, he appears yet another greedy and corrupt Democrat pol in the Hillary Clinton mold. The stability of Tallahassee declined catastrophically under his leadership; crime and murder rose drastically.
Gillum sold out his city for money, and cries racism when confronted with his crimes. He should never have been the candidate for the Governor of Florida but the left cares only about race and power, not ethics or honor. For progressives, race trumps everything else, even character. If Gillum wins after the cheating Broward County is infamous for, Florida will suffer the slings and arrows that are inevitable under politicians like Gillum. Why was this race even close? Have half the nation's voters scuttled any semblance of traditional values in order to win? Yes.
Then there is Robert Menendez, the credibly accused pedophile senator of New Jersey. He should be in prison but was saved by one juror in his corruption trial with whom he partied after his win on November 6. Who votes for a man like this? There is plenty of proof that he took bribes from a wealthy client for numerous favors, trips to the Dominican Republic for sex with underage girls being one of them. But New Jersey just re-elected this man. They too have lost all sense of right vs. wrong.
Stacey Abrams, the still grasping gubernatorial contender in Georgia, is a hard-left, anti-capitalist, anti-Second Amendment candidate. She owes about $200K in credit card debt and wants to run Georgia? She too is corrupt and incompetent. She is also willing to cheat to win. Are Georgians ignorant of her many, many negatives? If they are, they voted for her anyway. Again, skin color trumps everything.
The left ignores fine men like John James, who ran for the House in Michigan against Debbie Stabenow. The left ignored Eddie Edwards who ran in New Hampshire. Both men are conservative African Americans. The American left today pretends such candidates do not exist. They have ignored fine people like James and Edwards as they have always ignored brilliant men like Thomas Sowell, Shelby Steele, Walter Williams, Jason Riley, and Larry Elder. They revile the brilliant Clarence Thomas. They don't like to be reminded of men like Frederick Douglass or Booker T. Washington. Neither of them, like Sowell, Steele, Williams and Elder ever promoted the idea that African Americans were or would be perennial victims. Each of them advocated for quite the opposite, for self-reliance and independence.
This notion of personal responsibility is anathema to today's left; they need and promote subservience and dependency among their flock of reliable but uninformed voters. This is why they encourage the immigration of so many millions of illegal migrants. They assume they will be able to win for them the right to vote. Judging by the number of them who likely voted in the midterms, their plan is succeeding.
This is how they will destroy America from within. The leftist billionaires who orchestrate these plans are extravagantly wealthy. Those tasked with representing us in Congress will never be exposed to the downside of the invasion of millions of migrants, the crime or the financial burden. They have nothing but contempt for those of us who must endure the consequences of our communities being intruded upon by gang members, drug dealers and human traffickers. These people have no intention of becoming Americans; like the Democrats who welcome them, they have contempt for us.
Then there is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the thoroughly-ignorant-of-everything candidate who won her district by 80%! This young woman knows nothing about how any government works, let alone ours. She is hopelessly uniformed; she knows even less about US history or the Constitution. She is clueless about the economy. When asked how she would pay for all the give-away programs she touts, she replied that that was a "puzzling question"! "You just pay for it" she answers. She has no idea; no idea about anything. She thinks she will be "inaugurated" to the House! Most fourth graders know more than she does about US history. And yet she is already thinking about running for President! This is a wholesale indictment of our politicized, dumbed-down system of education. Many of her constituents are immigrants; we are obviously not educating them at all. They voted for all the free stuff -- college, medical care, basic income, housing, that Ocasio-Cortez has promised to deliver. This is what socialist Democrats dream about: perpetual power over a populace too ignorant to rebel. American as founded is at grave risk.
In addition to ODasio-Cortez, Gillum, Ilhan Omar, Abrams, Sinema, who very likely cheated to take the Arizona Senate seat, there is Linda Sanchez. Kirsten Gillibrand is a Hillary clone; she only cares about her own political power. She speaks like a small child but is also considering a run for the presidency. She was best pals with Bill Clinton and Harvey Weinstein until they were politically inconvenient. Amy Klobuchar, who embraced the vicious and obviously false allegations against Judge Kavanagh, was re-elected! Like every other Democrat member of the judiciary committee, she knew those accusations were false, without a shred of corroboration, but her constituents re-elected her! Who are these voters? How do they reconcile voting for people willing to destroy a fine man for political purposes? She is exactly who every Democrat member of that committee is, who every member of the Democrat Party is: nothing more than power-hungry political operatives out to ruin any and all opponents by any means necessary. They are a clear and present danger to American as founded.
Young people are no longer taught the truth of American history. They are not taught the truth of the Holocaust. Anti-Semitism is acceptable, even promoted, by the Democrats. They embrace Linda Sarsour and Louis Farrakhan without shame. Young people don't know that communism killed over a hundred million people in the twentieth century. Their calculated-by-leftists ignorance is destroying our country. They try to sell the idea that gender is not a factor of biology! They attempt to convince young people that climate change is man-made (a travesty) and that global warming causes wild fires (a lie). Having control over academia, they have willfully brainwashed students for nearly two generations. Unless your children are a strong-willed, independent thinkers, do not send them to college!
How and why the American left has devolved into the kind of party one finds in a banana republic is a mystery. That our media is so anxious to promote their corrupt candidates and the low-brow tactics they employ is a tragedy. Do they do it because they can no longer win by promulgating their Orwellian vision of a socialist state, mandated equality of outcome? Perhaps. They will never sell socialism to enough sentient Americans to win. They need millions of uninformed voters to succeed.
We must not let them cheat their way to power over the rest of us. Their ongoing vote fraud must be stopped and the Democrats need to take a look at themselves and at what they have become. It's not a pretty picture. What they have become threatens to destroy the greatest nation on the planet and they are doing it on purpose. They have nothing but contempt for the US as founded and for those of us who love this country.
DEMOCRACY DIES IN A LEFTIST COUP
The best midterms that San Francisco donors could buy.
Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.
After President Trump took office, the Washington Post announced its new motto, “Democracy dies in darkness.” But it was the Washington Post, not Trump, that was guilty of undermining democracy.
President Trump had been legitimately elected by a majority of states. The Washington Post was an establishment paper in a government city owned by a dot com robber baron. There’s nothing more undemocratic than a paper owned by the richest man in the world working to overturn an election.
There was just as little democracy to the midterm elections in which wealthy donors from blue states and districts poured money into local races in red and purple states and districts. San Francisco and New York billionaires buying elections in Pennsylvania and Nevada is not democracy. It’s oligarchy.
American elected officials were meant to be elected by local communities to serve their needs. Instead the Left has nationalized local races by exploiting its cultural power. And when that didn’t produce the immediate results that it wanted, began overwhelming local elections with huge piles of outside cash.
The midterm elections were the best elections that San Francisco donors could buy.
Senate Democrats picked up $220 million in out-of-state donations these midterms. That huge pile of cash also amounted to sixty percent of their haul. The majority of Dem Senate cash came from donors who weren’t living in the states they were running in, but who were trying to buy elections for them.
That’s the Washington Post brand of democracy.
It’s not just Senate races being bought up by out-of-state donors. 45% of House Dem money came from out-of-state donors. And when they didn’t succeed in buying a local election the first time, they just kept on pouring in more money into a district until they got their way.
Last year, Democrats poured in $22.5 million into a special election in Georgia’s 6th congressional district. 95% of the donations came from out-of-state donors. Democrat Jon Ossoff received more donations from California than Georgia. Ossoff still lost to Rep. Karen Handel, even though her donations amounted to only a fraction of his ActBlue bucks.
But the same donors just waited a year and bought the seat for Lucy McBath in the midterms.
In October, Lucy McBath was appearing at the Writers Guild Theater in Los Angeles hosted by Hollywood royalty like Katzenberg, Tony Goldwyn and Cameron Crowe for a $500 a head fundraiser.
A large chunk of outside money behind McBath came from Michael Bloomberg. McBath touted his gun control positions and the New York billionaire’s front groups put $4.5 million behind his lackey.
There’s nothing democratic about Bloomberg buying the 6th the way he once bought Gracie Mansion.
In Illinois' 13th Congressional District, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan pulled in $1.7 million to Rep. Rodney Davis' $700K in a three month period. And then outside groups poured in nearly as much again in support of Londrigan. $300K of that money came from California.
In Nevada, out-of-state donors bought Jacky Rosen a senate seat. 85% of the radical lefty candidate’s donations came from outside the state. Of her 5 top donor zip codes, two were in New York, two in California, including Palo Alto, and the odd zip code out was in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
The media frequently airs complaints about how little political power New York and California have per capita compared to a handful of small states. These complaints are not only cynically specious, they ignore the fact that between the media’s messaging force multipliers and the bicoastal wealth being used to buy elections, political power has become as concentrated as economic and cultural power.
And that’s the opposite of democracy.
The midterms weren’t a populist wave. They were an angry tantrum by wealthy blue state donors who used their money to buy local elections as payback for having their views ignored in 2016. Instead of listening to the rest of the country, they set out to buy it, lock, stock and barrel. They found experts, consultants, strategists, programmers and organizers who would buy them other people’s elections.
Much of their money was wasted. Just ask Beto O’Rourke and his $70 million war chest. But their hysterical frenzy of spending made an undeniable impact. If you throw enough mud or money at an election, eventually it sticks. The Democrat raised nearly $1 billion to take the House.
And they took it.
$166.8 million was pumped into 30 House Democrat candidates. That’s compared to $90.7 million for the Republican candidates in those races.
The most expensive midterm elections in history paid off for Democrats. And there’s nothing democratic about that.
Democracy doesn’t die in darkness. It dies in the glare of lefty media, lefty money and lefty power which strip away local issues and local agency in Arizona, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Florida. Big blue state donors bought the midterm elections to send a message to President Trump. Many had been convinced by frenzied media hit pieces in papers like the Washington Post that action was desperately urgent.
When the Washington Post, the rest of the media and their long tail of ActBlue donors intervene in local elections, it doesn’t uphold democracy. It drowns it in the bright actinic glare of flashes and floodlights.
The media postures as a defender of democracy, but corporate media is more naturally a defender of establishments, of the nostrums and platitudes of the elites whom it serves and coddles. When it interferes in elections, it doesn’t do so for the sake of the people, but for the sake of its people.
Political elites mistrust the people and use the media to manipulate popular elections into endorsing their unpopular agendas. The mainstream media is an inherently undemocratic institution that amplifies elite voices at the expense of local communities. It claims to be democratic only because it reinterprets democracy to mean the political agendas of the Democrats rather than those of the people.
Lefties often misuse democracy to mean a set of values while actual democracy, the vox populi, is tarred as populism. But democracy isn’t a set of social issues. It’s the power shift between the voters and elected officials. Big media and blue state billionaires have shifted that balance away from local voters by buying local elections and seeking new voters when the old won’t vote their way.
If a few million in attack ads won’t influence local voters, you register new ones. If that doesn’t work, then you legalize felons. And if that won’t do it, there are the illegal aliens, and voter and ballot fraud. Buy a few secretary of state races. Set up housing for out-of-state college students. Sign up aliens to vote. And then even if the local voters don’t vote your way, it won’t matter. They’ll have been outvoted.
This isn’t democracy. But it is how Democrats have won some local races.
The shift away from local voters to a national political infrastructure is undemocratic. But it neatly fits into the larger leftist cause of centralizing all of politics (and all other areas of life) in elitist strongholds. The partnerships between elitist leaders and their local crony stakeholders act as a fig leaf for the dismantling of local autonomy with performative diversity replacing representational democracy.
The Democrats have waged an undemocratic war on democracy in the name of democracy. The midterms were the latest leftist coup against democracy. And democracy lost to the Left.
“Open border advocates, such as Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, claim illegal aliens are a net benefit to California with little evidence to support such an assertion. As the CIS has documented, the vast majority of illegals are poor, uneducated, and with few skills. How does accepting millions of illegal aliens and then granting them access to dozens of welfare programs benefit California’s economy? If illegals were contributing to the economy in any meaningful way, CA, with its 2.6 million illegals, would be booming.” STEVE BALDWIN – AMERICAN SPECTATOR
AS WALL STREET PLUNDERS: A Nation of One Million Homeless and Overrun By Mexico’s Export of “cheap labor”!
Over many decades, the American Left, the Democratic Party and their mutual propaganda arm, the self-styled “mainstream media,” have successfully portrayed conservatives and the Republican Party as a coalition of the wealthy and intolerant. Further, the Democrats and the left have claimed that they are the true champions of the working or middle class as they unceasingly fight to defeat and marginalize this evil menace.
The reality, however, is that this cabal has virtually no interest in defending or aiding the working class as they are, in fact, the party of a bifurcated constituency: the wealthy and those dependent on the largess of the government.
Of the fifty wealthiest congressional districts throughout the country, the Democrats now represent forty-one. Of the remaining nine represented by Republicans, three are in Texas, the only red state on the list of fifty districts. Not coincidentally the residents of these same fifty districts are supposedly among the most well-educated and sophisticated. This transformative process is not a recent phenomenon as the trend began in the 1980’s and accelerated rapidly in the early 2000’s.
America’s elites, now overwhelmingly represented by the Democratic Party, have a single overriding interest: their self-indulgent lifestyle. This is manifested in their mistaken belief that conservatives (i.e. the “right”) are hell bent on enforcing their version of morality on the nation, thus potentially calling into question the lifestyles of the rich and solipsistic.
The veracity of this claim is immaterial as it would require an element of deliberation not emotion -- a trait in extremely short supply among the nation’s privileged class, nearly all of whom have difficulty in generating an original thought due to the ill-education rampant in America’s universities. Thus, the mindless accusations of racism, misogyny and Fascism directed at the conservative rubes in middle America are acceptable, and in far too many instances believed, particularly as many had the temerity to vote for Donald Trump – who, although wealthy and Ivy League educated, is considered the ultimate unsophisticated rube.
As conservatives are the dominant force in the Republican Party and this nation cannot function politically with more than two major political parties, the alternative is the Democratic Party. An entity dominated by the American Left, an assemblage whose core philosophy is antithetical to the interests of the wealthy and privileged. Yet, determined to protect their lifestyles and vilify conservatives, they willingly ally with the left and overwhelmingly support virtually any Democratic candidate. In the recent 2018 mid-terms, Democratic House candidates outspent their Republican opponents by a two to one margin thanks primarily to this wealthy but myopic assemblage.
Their colleagues in the Democratic Party, and the preponderance of the membership, are those dependent on the largess of the federal and state governments. On the other hand, the growing segment of the citizenry who are working and self-sufficient are increasingly joining those who believe in limited government in migrating to the Republican Party-- a process that is accelerating with the policies and tactics of Donald Trump in combating the entrenched left and their determination to culturally and economically transform the nation. The Republican Party will inevitably become the party of the working or middle class. As such, they could potentially dominate the political agenda for the foreseeable future.
The left and the Democratic Party, in order to offset this possibility, must aggressively seek to increase the number of dependents by promoting the legalization and ultimate citizenship for untold millions of illegal immigrants and promising all Americans cradle to grave economic security. In order to enact this strategy to defeat the Republicans, the left must have the active participation and financial support of the nation’s wealthy-- which they have.
The Democratic Party has evolved into essentially an incompatible two-tier class-driven entity encompassing the nation’s wealthiest and the nation’s poorest. Nonetheless, it is at present a convenient home for the elites to hold off the imaginary horde of conservatives outside their gilded doors.
However, the voting numbers within the party are overwhelmingly with those who generally support the leftist philosophies of redistribution (e.g. socialized medicine and guaranteed incomes) and curtailing of freedom (e.g. speech, assembly and religion). While it may not manifest itself to the affluent who have cast their lot with the Democrats, the redistribution of wealth must, by necessity, come from the wealthy, as that is where the bulk of the nation’s wealth resides. It is also this same small-in-numbers group that benefits the most from freedom of speech and assembly.
Once fully embroiled in this marriage of convenience, a divorce will be impossible as the co-inhabitant of the Democratic Party, the dependent class, must continue grow in order to electorally defeat the Republicans and protect the left’s agenda. Further, the oversold expectations promulgated by the left will never be satisfied regardless of how many promises are made or token redistributive programs are enacted by the current ruling class. Only a complete transformation of this nation into a failed socialist state will satiate the left, their acolytes and their attendant army of dependency. A goal more in reach than ever thanks to the inability of the nation’s elites to give a damn about the future of the country.
There is not a more short-sighted and self-absorbed group of citizens in this nation than the white, wealthy well-educated urban and suburban voters. They are willing to rend the fabric of this nation in order to protect their privilege and lifestyle. While the vast majority of Americans will ultimately pay the price, the current ruling class and their progeny will have far more to lose.
Dan Golvach, father of Spencer Golvach, at his son's grave in Houston
Tuesday, October 20, 2015.
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HOUSTON — Julie Golvach remembers that something felt “off” the
night she lost her only child.
It was exactly one year ago today, a few minutes before 1 a.m. Standing in the
driveway of her Houston home, waving goodbye to her sister under a clear winter
sky, something didn't feel right. The stars didn’t look the same.
Golvach tossed and turned in bed for a while but was sound asleep when a knock
on the door came at 6 a.m.
“I jumped up and I knew,” she said.
She stopped by her son’s boyhood bedroom, the one with the window looking out
onto the driveway. He’d slept there a week earlier, the evening they went to
see "American Sniper" together. She slipped past the picture of him
and his best childhood friend on the wall, skirting the bed with the stuffed
toy lamb — a baby shower relic — lying on top.
Out the window, Golvach saw three people — two uniformed police officers and a
woman wearing a shirt that read “chaplain.” Her chest pounded as she made her
way to the front door and opened it.
“Is it Spencer?” she asked.
The second those words tumbled out of her mouth, she knew the answer, just as
she had known when she uttered that exact phrase the day he was born, before
anyone told her if the baby was a boy or a girl. She just knew.
It was Spencer. One night off
Spencer Golvach grew up in the sprawl of northwest Houston, surrounded by
guitars and destined for a career in music, his father’s passion.
When he turned 16 in 2005 and got his driver’s license, the easygoing musician
started working at a local guitar store in a strip mall not far from Jersey
Village High School, where he excelled in shop class and anything he could do
with his hands.
He had always fiddled with his dad’s guitars, and he developed a knack for fixing
and rebuilding them at the store. A few years later, when the shop owner
announced his retirement, Spencer decided to buy the Cy-Fair area business.
Spencer Golvach, at the age of three, pictured with a guitar.
Authorities say Golvach was killed by Victor Reyes, an undocumented immigrant,
during a random shooting spree in January 2015.
With nine employees and a soft economy, life as an entrepreneur
proved tough sledding. He struggled to turn a profit, and he took a second
full-time job as a receiving lead and forklift operator at a local warehouse.
Even that wasn’t enough to cover the bills. By early 2015, Spencer was
preparing to move into a smaller — and cheaper — space in the same shopping
mall. He could hardly wait for Saturday, Jan. 31 to arrive, the day the
slimmed-down version of Spencer’s Guitar Shop was set to open. Between giving
guitar lessons, working an 8-to-5 day job, building out the new store and
playing bass in his band — The Dead Revolt — Spencer needed a break.
“The guy was burning the candle at both ends for a long time,” recalled Dan
Golvach, his father. “He takes one night off, to go take his girlfriend out for
her birthday. That was Jan. 30. And he drops her off ... and 15 minutes later
he pulls up to that red light.”
Less than a mile from his apartment, Spencer steered into the left turn lane at
18th Street and Mangum Road and waited for the green light. The details of what
happened next are captured in the records of two police agencies, more than a
dozen news articles and the unceasing nightmares of Spencer’s parents and loved
An undocumented Mexican national named Victor Reyes, a native of Reynosa along
the Texas-Mexico border, pulled up next to Spencer's beloved white Toyota
pickup. He pointed a pistol at Spencer’s head and pulled the trigger.
The bullet went through the passenger side window and into Spencer’s skull, at
the top of his right ear.
“I choose to believe it killed him instantly,” his father said in an interview
months later. “I think he was just there and then it’s like someone turned the
lights off. I don’t think he suffered.”
But the Golvach family’s suffering — compounded by the feeling that Spencer’s
death could have been prevented — was just beginning.
Houston police, their report indicates, found 25-year-old Spencer dead in his
truck at 12:56 a.m. — right around the moment Julie Golvach, waving goodbye to
her sister, couldn't shake the feeling that something was off.
A few hours later, she was phoning her ex-husband to break the news.
“I couldn’t make out what she was
saying and I finally just said, ‘is my son dead?’”— Dan Golvach
“She was just inconsolable,” he recalled. “I couldn’t make out
what she was saying and I finally just said, ‘is my son dead?’ She said, ‘yes.’
Then of course I started. I joined the chorus.”
More than a thousand people attended Spencer’s memorial service, a tribute to
his fun-loving nature and penchant for making friends across generational,
ethnic and gender lines.
Those who knew Spencer universally describe him as fun-loving and strikingly
calm. After he died, a family friend ordered up a batch of commemorative rubber
bracelets emblazoned with his laid-back motto: “Chill Don’t Freeze."
A bloody rampage
More than once since the funeral, Julie Golvach has found herself wishing that
her son’s attacker had gotten to know Spencer. She’s convinced he never would
have pulled the trigger. But the official evidence of the crime, while scant,
suggests Spencer was chosen randomly. And he wasn’t the only victim.
Police say Reyes shot a man in the face, wounding him, in the suburban city of
Jersey Village minutes before killing Spencer, and they connected him to at
least two more random shootings shortly thereafter. All told, Reyes shot two
dead and wounded three others before a Harris County Sheriff’s deputy took him
down after a violent shootout, officials say.
John Weston, 67, says he’s lucky to be alive after encountering Reyes on the
Hempstead Highway near Pinemont, about 10 minutes north of where Spencer had
just been killed. He remembers seeing a big, dark truck driving aggressively
behind him. When he got to the stoplight, it pulled up alongside him.
“All of a sudden I hear this ungodly noise,” Weston recalled. “I don’t know if
you can imagine how fast your mind works, but I saw a shattered window and I
saw a bullet hole in my window. My mind is thinking, ‘Oh my goodness,
somebody’s shooting at me and this guy at this light.’”
He pressed his foot to the accelerator to get out of the line of fire, but not
soon enough. He heard the second shot, and its impact felt like someone “hauled
off and hit you upside the head,” he said.
Weston realized the truck's driver was the gunman. “I saw blood everywhere,” he
said. His hands were covered in it, so he could only manage to re-dial on his
cell phone. He finally reached his wife, who told him to go to the nearest toll
booth. An ambulance was called. Doctors found that a bullet had entered his
left cheek and stuck in the other side of his mouth.
A year later, after reconstructive surgery to replace a badly shattered jaw,
his mouth remains completely numb below the tongue. With his health woes and
lost time at work, he’s struggling to keep his printing business afloat.
“Everything I do now is a little more difficult, but considering I’m here
talking, I’m blessed to be here,” Weston said. “It’s scarred me forever. I
don’t break down and cry, but I think about it all the time.”
Had Reyes been a homegrown criminal, the story might have ended in the empty
field where the deputy shot him — chalked up as another random act of violence
in a city and nation all too used to them.
But as word spread about Reyes’ long criminal record and multiple deportations,
the case was thrust into the volatile debate over illegal immigration and
control of the southern border: first in local news stories, then at the
Capitol in Austin and most recently on the presidential campaign trail — on
a stage in mid-November with GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump in Beaumont,
where Dan Golvach spoke out and held up a poster of Spencer along with others
killed by undocumented immigrants. Gunman's long record According to the Houston office of Immigration and Customs
Enforcement, Reyes had been removed from the country four times between 2003
and 2010, but little is publicly known about what he was doing in Houston prior
to terrorizing its northwest environs — or why he did it. His criminal and illegal entry records stretch back at least to
2002 when, at age 18, he was convicted of burglarizing a building in Hidalgo
County, across the border from Reynosa, which he told police was his place of
birth. He spent a month and a half in jail before a state court sentenced him
to three years' probation, ordered him to pay an $850 fine and mandated 120
hours of community service.
shown in 2001 jail mug shot from Hidalgo County. Authorities say Reyes, an
undocumented immigrant, went on a January 2015 shooting spree in Harris County
that killed two and wounded three.
A year later, he was back in the Hidalgo County Jail for breaking
a beer bottle over a man’s head at the Tejano Saloon in Pharr. He was sent back
to Mexico after serving about a month in the local jail, but he came back. By
then, his previous probation had been revoked, and he served several months in
a state jail in Raymondville. Deported again on Jan. 20, 2004, Reyes was caught trying to cross
the border the next day, triggering a 90-day sentence in federal prison and yet
another deportation — his third. A few months later, on Aug. 10, he was caught again, in McAllen,
and received a one-year federal prison sentence for his fourth known illegal
re-entry. His crimes didn’t end there. A few weeks before his prison release
date, Reyes beat up a fellow inmate — described by his lawyer as a rival gang
member — cutting and fracturing his face, according to federal court records. Two new assault charges made Reyes eligible for 20 years behind
bars. Despite his history of violence, burglary and repeat illegal crossings,
federal prosecutors offered Reyes a deal: In exchange for a guilty plea on one
of the counts, and in recognition of his “truthful testimony” and “acceptance of
responsibility,” they promised to give him a sentence “at the lowest end of the
applicable guidelines” on a single charge, court papers show. Under the plea
bargain, Reyes' sentence was 63 months, a quarter of the maximum he faced under
the two counts. That’s a few more spoonfuls of salt in the wound for Dan and Julie
Golvach. Had Reyes been given even half of his possible sentence on the two
assault counts, he would have been in prison instead of at that traffic light
killing their son. “The people who agreed to this deal need to be held accountable,”
Julie Golvach said. “The result was the horrific murder of my son.”
The prosecutor who signed the plea agreement, Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim
Hammer, declined to talk about the case, referring questions to U.S. Justice
Department spokeswoman Angela Dodge in Houston.
Dodge sent The Texas Tribune a boilerplate description of plea deals, saying
they “ensure a resolution of the case and that someone is convicted of the
crime(s) we believe they committed without going through the time and expense
of a trial,” while providing “justice for all.” She declined to say whether
prosecutors took Reyes' previous crimes into account, or if they frequently
offer plea deals to convicted criminals who commit additional crimes behind
It’s another official secret in a case with no shortage of them. Family still seeking answers
The Houston Police Department, using its own discretion under the Public
Information Act, blocked release of all but a few details on the Golvach and
Weston shootings. The department cited a provision allowing it to withhold
criminal records absent a final disposition, such as a conviction or deferred
adjudication. Since Reyes is dead and the city’s case is otherwise closed, that
means Houston police likely can withhold the information indefinitely.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office declined to release its investigative files,
but for an entirely different reason: After every officer-involved shooting —
in this case, a deputy ended Reyes’ deadly rampage — the Harris County district
attorney’s office presents the case to a grand jury even if no one complains.
That happened last week, just days before the one-year anniversary of the
The federal government holds onto its files with a tight grip, too, citing
the 1974 U.S. Privacy Act. The act covers only U.S. citizens and lawful
permanent residents, but Immigration and Customs Enforcement has decreed that
its protections apply to federal immigration detention records, even those
related to undocumented immigrants convicted of horrific crimes. The agency
voluntarily released a narrative of its multiple encounters with Reyes, but the
Tribune has not yet heard back from ICE or U.S. Citizenship & Immigration
Services on its written request for his entire immigration file.
The secrecy across local and federal agencies that came into contact with Reyes
confounded and frustrated the people touched by his violence. Weston said his
wife became “very disillusioned” about their quest for even the simplest
Dan Golvach, father of Spencer Golvach, in Houston Tuesday,
October 20, 2015 at the intersection where his son was killed by an
undocumented immigrant in January.
“I mean, we asked them, ‘Who was the guy?’” Weston said. “We had
to fill out paperwork and all that kind of stuff, but we never got any
satisfactory answer. It was almost like it was top secret information.”
Hoping to break through the bureaucratic walls and get some answers about who
killed their son and why, the Golvaches eventually hired a former investigative
reporter, ex-KTRK-TV newsman Wayne Dolcefino. In a letter last year to
then-Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, Dolcefino said the sheriff’s office
was “doing a disservice to this crime victim by not responding to this request
in a proper manner.” The local investigative files remained sealed as of late
last week, but the Harris County Sheriff's Office asked the Tribune to resubmit
its request for the records and promised a quick turnaround.
Even with new information beginning to trickle out, the victims and their
families still don't know where Reyes lived or if he had a job, who owned the
truck he was driving that night or — least of all — the motive for his deadly
According to Harris County Assistant District Attorney Heyward Carter, some
elements of the senseless crime may never be known.
Carter, who handled a single aspect of the case — the officer-involved shooting
— was able to speak about the case for the first time last week. He revealed
that Reyes was "extremely intoxicated" and had a "significant
amount of cocaine" in his system. He also identified the weapon, a .380
caliber pistol, that he said was legally purchased at one point, but
authorities haven't determined how a convicted felon and undocumented
immigrant, barred from buying or possessing firearms, obtained it.
“We live in an age of mass shootings,
and even though this one didn’t get a whole lot of publicity, that’s what this
— Heyward Carter, Harris County Assistant District Attorney
Carter also provided details about the actions of the Harris
County deputy sheriff, Javier Rojas, who finally put an end to the deadly
rampage. By chance, Rojas was patrolling the area and heard shots being fired.
He saw the truck of Reyes' final victim, identified by police as Juan Garcia,
in obvious distress, weaving randomly at an intersection. Garcia later died
from his wounds, and a woman in the car with him was slightly injured from the
Rojas chased after Reyes, who crashed his truck through a barrier at the end of
a dead end street and went another 200 yards or so into an empty field. Rojas
continued the pursuit on foot and found Reyes crouching behind the truck. He
ordered the suspect to drop his weapon but Reyes stood and fired at the officer
instead. Rojas returned fire and struck him in the chest. When authorities
photographed the body his hand was still gripping the pistol "with his
finger on the trigger," Carter said.
In terms of a motive, authorities can only speculate based on a conversation
Reyes had with a supposed girlfriend about three hours before the shooting
spree began. He wanted her to go out to a bar or nightclub with him, and she
turned him down. Authorities speculate he may have been taking out his rage on
couples: It's possible he saw Spencer Golvach dropping off his girlfriend
shortly before shooting him at the red light and then targeted Garcia after
seeing he had a woman in his vehicle.
But it's just a theory.
“We live in an age of mass shootings, and even though this one didn’t get a
whole lot of publicity, that’s what this is," Carter said. "I don’t
understand why he was doing it.”
Carter did confirm what the families had learned from detectives in the
immediate aftermath of the shootings: Reyes still had plenty of ammunition left
in his truck — suggesting that he was planning a more extensive shooting spree.
There were at least 20 live rounds left in the vehicle, and he appeared to be
reloading while driving near the scene of his final attack.
“Had this officer not been there just coincidentally ... there were plenty of
roads for him to go down. He had plenty of ammo, and it didn't seem like he was
stopping, that's for sure," Carter said. "As horrible as this
situation was, it could have been way worse.”
After the facts were presented to grand jury last Wednesday, the panel decided
not to proceed with any further action related to the incident. The Golvach
family calls Rojas' response heroic. "Why was he allowed to be here?"
Julie Golvach burst out into tears again last week after hearing for the first
time some of the details of the crime that took her son's life.
“I really feel I deserve to know what brought them together at that point in
time, what caused him to shoot my son,” she said. “I think we deserve to know
why he was even here — why he was allowed to be here.”
It’s a common refrain among those who have been victimized by people in the
country illegally. They weren’t supposed to be here in the first place, and the
government's inability to keep them from crossing the southern border after
they’ve been deported — and prevent them from committing crimes — provokes a unique
brand of helplessness and outrage.
Even Weston, a lifelong Democrat who attended both of Barack Obama’s
inaugurations and favors allowing otherwise law-abiding immigrants into the
United States to work and seek a better life, said he had to fight the urge to
call Donald Trump and tell him he was “dead-on” with his focus on foreigners
who commit crimes here.
“Somebody’s got to do something about it,” he said. In the same breath, Weston
emphasized that he doesn’t support Trump for president and said keeping
dangerous felons from crossing the border or entering the vast illegal
workforce defied simplistic solutions.
“If there’s some way to filter out the ones that intend to harm people, I would
be in support of that,” he said. “It may prevent something like this from
happening to somebody else.”
Dan Golvach is more blunt and outspoken. A few weeks after his son’s murder, he
was at the state Capitol testifying in favor of 2015 state legislation —
ultimately doomed — that would have prohibited local law enforcement
authorities in Texas from adopting “sanctuary” policies that keep police out of
Then late last year, he appeared with Trump at a campaign rally in Beaumont,
saying his son died as “the result of politically correct politics” — namely,
bipartisan policies that he believes go too easy on undocumented immigrants and
the people who hire them.
“When you lose the thing you love the most, you’re not that worried about being
PC,” Golvach said in an interview. “If you’re going to come here, you need to
do it legally on our terms, not your terms.”
Golvach readily admits that anger over his son’s killing sometimes hits “toxic”
levels. He says he’s still haunted by the image of Spencer in a hastily chosen
coffin, still upset he was killed right next to the stadium where he used to
watch baseball as a kid, still mad as hell that the government won’t cough up
the records they have on his son’s killer.
It would be worse without all the good memories of his son, and without the
certainty that if Spencer were alive today he would say to him: “chill don’t
“He’d tell me, ‘Don’t have a heart attack. You know, clear your mind and keep
it cool,'” he said. “He would tell me not to hate anybody.”
Concrete Evidence of the Continuing Plunge in Both Civil and
Criminal Immigration Enforcement
By Dan Cadman
CIS Immigration Blog, January 23, 2016
Two recent reports from Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access
Clearinghouse (TRAC) reflect the continued erosion of immigration enforcement
under the Obama administration.
On January 20, TRAC reported that criminal prosecution for immigration offenses
fell 22.3 percent from November 2014 to November 2015, and more than 36 percent
over the course of five years, excluding magistrate court (which deals
exclusively with petty offenses).
The following day, TRAC announced that "ICE [Immigration and Customs
Enforcement] Detainer Use Stabilizes Under Priority Enforcement Program".
The Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) is the replacement to the Secure Communities
Program mandated by Homeland Security Security Jeh Johnson as a part of the
president's "executive actions" on immigration. It significantly
restricts the ability of immigration agents to file detainers against aliens
arrested by police on criminal charges.
I have no idea what TRAC means by "stabilizes". A quick look at
Figure 1a of their report shows a more accurate state of affairs, if one
considers the number of detainers being filed over the course of five years,
from a high in April 2011, when Secure Communities became fully effective
nationwide and kicked into high gear, versus October 2015. I would use other
phrases: "plummeted" or "Dropped like a stone". Or, as my
colleague Jessica Vaughan has noted, particularly in relation to detainers filed
at county jails, where the lion's share of criminals of any stripes are held
after being booked for offenses small and large: "a stunning free