Wednesday, February 7, 2018

America is Circling the Drain!

By Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, February 7, 2018

I am at a loss to understand how America has gotten to the point that few people in power seem to understand the difference between right and wrong. They all seem so fixated on the differences between Democrat and Republican, Liberal and Conservative and the lack of difference between following the law and BREAKING the law.

We are either a law abiding country or we are not.  This Nugget is NOT about Sanctuary Cities but they to me represent the symbolism of becoming and being a lawless country.  Numerous Governors and Mayors of states and cities across America seem to be thumbing their collective noses at the Federal Government when it comes to enforcing the laws that are ALREADY on the books.  In this case I do not know of one Republican Governor or Mayor that has done so, it appears to be all Democratic Governors and Mayors that have. Why?

We had a Presidential Election and like it or not, Donald Trump won.  Just like Barrack Obama won (twice) over the 8 years preceding Trump. George Bush before Obama.  The point is that if we follow the Constitution of the United States, “We The People” elect our President and thousands of other people running for office.  When I entered the U. S. Military in 1965 I took an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States.  I am pretty sure that every elected official within the United States took a very similar oath INCLUDING the Governors and Mayors of Sanctuary States/Cities. 

The term “Sanctuary Cities” has become a metaphor to me for someone ignoring the law.  First we have elected politicians ignoring Federal laws.  Then we have illegal aliens with the key word being illegal, ignoring the law because they understand that if they can get to America ILLEGALLY, they can find safe haven in the many states and cities that will harbor them.

The number of crimes they commit, many of them violent crimes including brutal murders, deaths due to drunk driving, rapes, and the like, have been increasing at rates far greater than those committed by U. S. Citizens or LEGAL immigrants trying to become U. S. Citizens.

Recently a National Football League linebacker was killed by an ILLEGAL alien driving without a license and driving drunk. I purposely left out the players name because I hate when people seem to focus ONLY on crimes involving celebrities.  There was also an Uber Driver killed in the same accident by the same drunken ILLEGAL alien driver.  The news media still focuses its attention on the football player and refers to the “other victim” as an “Uber driver” and not by name or photo as they have the football player.

If Governor Jerry Brown, D-California does not like the current laws on the books of the Federal Government he should do as EVERY OTHER American has to do to change the law – solicit the help of your Congressman/woman and/or your Senators.  When enough people do so, sometimes the laws change because of the grass root effort as the Founders of this great country envisioned.  I doubt you and I have the national platform or spotlight that a Governor Brown has but he has it and in my opinion he has seriously abused that responsibility AND his OATH that he took as if the oath was totally meaningless. 

Let me put this into perspective.  I served 20 years in the U. S. Coast Guard.  Can you imagine being in the waters of the North Atlantic on the verge of drowning and as you are taking your last breath before you expire beneath the cold and very heavy seas, you see a Coast Guard Cutter approaching.  They have put their spotlight on you and you are about to be rescued.  Before they put a small boat into the water or throw you a life line, they ask, “Are you a Democrat or a Republican or Legal or Illegal?”  How would you answer?  If you say Democrat, the Commanding Officer and Crew might all be Republicans.  If you say Republican, well, you get the idea.  Political party affiliation should NOT matter when it comes to abiding by the law or fulfilling your responsibilities but it does.

I can find numerous examples where ignoring the law or your responsibilities can cost people their lives such as the Uber Driver and NFL Player.  Kate Steinle has all but been forgotten already.  She was murdered by an ILLEGAL alien that had been deported 6 times.  Shockingly he was found innocent.  It really doesn’t matter to me HOW Steinle was murdered because she would NOT have been murdered, at least by this ILLEGAL alien, if America, California and San Francisco just enforced the law.  They should have put the Governor of California and the Mayor of San Francisco on trial for the Steinle murder because they were the ones that were actually responsible for the crime for simply NOT FOLLOWING THE LAW and just as importantly, THEIR OATH OF OFFICE.

There can be only one reason that this is happening in America – POLITICS!  To me politics has become THE “four letter word” of 2017/18. 

But here’s the rub, so to speak.  Do you think Jerry Brown really wants California to be a Sanctuary State or do you think he has done so because he does not like President Trump?  Do you think the NFL players are truly concerned about “police brutality” as they claim or do you think it they also dislike President Trump?  Do you think people like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and others in the Democratic Party did not like the lowest unemployment rate in history or was it because they too do not like President Trump? 

When you see a politician from either party obviously break a law and members of that person’s party fails to acknowledge that they committed a crime, do you think they remain silent because of their belief in the person’s innocence or because the person is a member of THEIR political party?  To better explain, I handled classified material while serving in the military.  I fully understood what would happen to me if I mishandled it or worse removed it from where it was supposed to have been secured without specific authority to remove it.  Yet that is what Hillary Clinton did and that is not an opinion, it is a verifiable fact.  So where were ALL of the Democrats that took an oath to defend the Constitution who want to see actual criminals prosecuted?  They were silent.  If Hillary Clinton had been a Republican, the Republicans would all take her side because that is what Politicians do – they ignore the laws they passed that would apply to you and me but apparently do not apply to any of them.

I only use the Clinton issue because it has been the most obvious.  Now we have people who have been entrusted to enforce our laws, senior members of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) who seemingly have broken the laws with the intent of influencing the outcome of our last Presidential Election or if that failed, the removal of the winning candidate, Donald Trump from office by nefarious and criminal means.  Government officials are thumbing their nose at the law and the citizens of this country.  Just look at the discussions involving the current attacks on President Trump – they fall along party lines.  If members of the DOJ and/or FBI broke the law, you would think that there would be as many Democrats outraged as Republicans but it doesn’t seem to work that way.  Instead, the Democrats defend them, the Republicans attack them.

Last night I watched a fascinating interview conducted by FOX News Commentator Martha Macullum and Representative Trey Gowdy.  It was truly enlightening.  We see one Congressional hearing after another where the Party Lines are vividly on display where one side asks questions one way and the other party asks questions in a different direction.  But here is the problem – NONE OF IT MATTERS – according to Congressman Gowdy because Congress cannot press charges or put anyone in jail.  So why are we doing these hearings?  Who can press charges against someone breaking the law?  Of course it is the DOJ so who believes that the DOJ is going to press charges against itself?  Certainly not me.

Therein, if you have read this far, you have the REAL reason America in 2017/18 is circling the drain.  NO POLITICAN OR GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE IS BEING HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS!  Break the law?  No problem.  Lie to Congress?  No problem.  Make millions of dollars beneath the table because of your elected position?  No problem.  Tell a lie?  No problem.  Tell the truth?  Wait, what?  The truth?  Again, no problem but who cares besides the millions of American who can clearly see the obvious.

Our government is NOT working to create a law abiding country.  They have created a law avoidance government bureaucracy. Why do so many Federal politicians remain in office for decades?  To me it is to become millionaires on salaries that seemingly would not enable them to become such.  How is that possible?  You tell me.  I think I already know the answer but I’m certainly willing to listen to yours.

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