As the subtitle of my blog points out, I write from my perspective as a normal, God-fearing American woman. I don't have access to any more information than the average citizen. Perhaps I pay a little more attention to domestic and world events, but there are lots smarter people than me among our nation's inhabitants.
That's why this whole issue of immigration is so darn distressing. I live on a border state and I see the effects of an unenforced immigration policy. The drug cartels are becoming an increasingly dangerous aspect of our everyday lives. Crime is on the rise; my health insurance premiums are skyrocketing to cover the healthcare costs of non-citizens; and it's not just Mexicans who are crossing our borders indiscriminately.
Instead we see all the lame and bi-partisan bickering among those who are elected to serve the American people. I am getting pretty sick and tired of the pandering by both parties to try and figure out how to secure their power for the next generation. I am disheartened to hear that "amnesty" should take precedence over securing the border. I'm all for encouraging hard-working immigrants to join our ranks and become an American; we are a boiling pot of different cultures, and we are made a better and stronger nation when new groups assimilate their talents, virtues and moral codes with our unparalleled American values. But none of that will happen if the evil that is traversing our borders continues to have free access and is allowed to gain a foothold. I fear the consequences of what one group of men could do to an American city.
It's a sad fact that I don't trust any of our leaders --- from either party --- to do what is best for the American citizen. Every day we hear of back room meetings and closed door summits, and I sincerely doubt they are discussing how to protect the tax-paying, legal residents of this country. Is there a solution that will please everyone? That will allow immigrants to become legal citizens and guarantee that our government will protect the borders and sovereignty of this nation? To be honest, I'm not sure there is. And I guess the thing I resent the most is that everyone seems to be trying so darned hard to figure out how to make the millions of illegal residents legitimate voters. What about my vote? It obviously doesn't count for much and I'm not part of any voting bloc that they are courting. And so I don't have much hope that the decisions being made in the halls of Congress this week will benefit me. Because I am realizing that it is no longer about me, the normal, God-fearing American citizen. There is a new concept of America on the horizon, and one I worry that I will no longer recognize. I sense a rush to make the most of an opportunity, regardless of whether it is best for the country or not. I can't help but think of that old adage, the devil takes a hand in what is done in haste.
Proverbs 11:14 "For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers."