Thoughts, essays, and writings on Liberty. Written by the heirs of Patrick Henry.

November 29, 2007

The Real Immigration Problem

The New York Times had an editorial this morning about the real problem with immigration in this country. The fact that many people who want to become Americans are forced to suffer with long delays before getting naturalized and residence visas. The agency, Citizenship and Immigration Services, is telling legal immigrants that applications for citizenship […]

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November 27, 2007

Lou Dobbs Is Winning

David Brooks argues in the New York Times that the nativist, anti-free trade, anti-immigrant message of Lou Dobbs is winning the battle for hearts and minds: Once there was a majority in favor of liberal immigration policies, but apparently that’s not true anymore, at least if you judge by campaign rhetoric. Once there was a […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 3:02 pm || Permalink || Comments (26) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Free Trade,Immigration,Politics
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November 26, 2007

Liberty and Racial Discrimination: Responding to David Duke

However, Mr. Duke, you are right in claiming that your views are far more closely aligned with those of the founding fathers than mine. Some, like Benjamin Franklin, were even more hardcore than you, with his opposition to permitting “ruddy-complexioned” Germans from immigrating to the U.S. This is not to their or your credit. Where the principles of the Declaration of Independence were betrayed, the motivation was generally a racist one. In past generations, white Americans were quite willing to betray or give up the freedoms hard-won by their ancestors rather than extend them to black people, Chinese people, Mexicans or Filipinos.

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November 13, 2007

Tancredo sinks to a new low

Tom Tancredo has taken his xenophobic and alarmist message to an all new level with this ad. This is the same moron that wants to incite more hatred in the Middle East by bombing Mecca and Medina. The good news is he isn’t running for re-election.

Posted By: Jason Pye @ 1:31 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Election '08,Immigration
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October 23, 2007

Is Immigration The GOP’s New Wedge Issue ?

According to a Washington Post report, the Republican Party may have found an issue it can ride to electoral success: When Republican Jim Ogonowski launched his long-shot bid for Congress, he prepared for an upbeat campaign in his Democratic, working-class district of Massachusetts, based on a winning r¿sum¿: affable hay farmer, former Air Force lieutenant […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 6:18 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Immigration,Politics
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October 5, 2007

The Jack Booted Immigration Police

The New York Times has the story of an American citizen who saw her home raided by police and ICE twice looking for an illegal immigrant who wasn’t there: Peggy Delarosa-Delgado, a United States citizen, Long Island homeowner and mother of three, was fast asleep when someone banged at the door before 6 a.m. last […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 2:17 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Immigration
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October 2, 2007

Open Thread: Should There be a Statute of Limitations for Nazi War Criminals?

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) Federal authorities have begun deportation proceedings against an 85-year-old suburban Atlanta man who they say served as a Nazi guard and trained and handled attack dogs at the Dachau and Buchenwald concentration camps. The Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security allege Paul Henss, a German citizen who lives in Lawrenceville, […]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 9:59 am || Permalink || Comments (61) || TrackBack URI || Categories: History,Immigration,Legal,Open Thread
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August 14, 2007

Lou Dobbs Is A Fool

He’s also a xenophobe and a idiot, but his understanding of economics is so atrocious he makes Karl Marx seem intelligent.

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:26 pm || Permalink || Comments (46) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Immigration
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July 26, 2007

Federal Judge Strikes Down Anti-Immigration Law

A U.S. District Court Judge in Pennsylvania has struck down a City of Hazleton ordinance targeting illegal immigrants: HAZLETON, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday struck down Hazleton’s tough anti-illegal immigration law, ruling unconstitutional a measure that has been copied around the country. The city’s Illegal Immigration Relief Act sought to impose fines […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:52 pm || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Immigration
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July 6, 2007

The Allure Of Exclusion

I got an interesting perspective on sociology this week. I was up at Lake Arrowhead in the mountains north of San Bernardino, California with my family. My brother-in-law has a boat, so he managed to get it into the lake to watch the fireworks on the 4th. Lake Arrowhead is a popular lake due to […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 1:21 am || Permalink || Comments (17) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Regulation,Immigration
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June 25, 2007

Diane Feinstein vs. The First Amendment

California Senator Diane Feinstein indicated yesterday that she might consider reviving the so-called fairness doctrine: Feinstein, speaking on “Fox News Sunday” with Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., said talk radio in particular has presented a one-sided view of immigration reform legislation being considered by the Senate. U.S. talk radio is dominated by conservative voices. “This is […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 11:30 am || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Free Speech,Immigration,Individual Rights
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June 24, 2007

A wonderful first step – a person is arrested for voting

I’ve long agreed with Lysander Spooner who wrote: IX. The Secret Ballot What is the motive behind the secret ballot? This, and only this: Like other confederates in crime, those who use it are not friends, but enemies, and they are afraid to be known, and to have their individual doings known, even to each […]

Posted By: tarran @ 11:16 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Immigration
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June 21, 2007

Immigration Is Good For The Economy

Contrary to the argument made by most immigration opponents, it seems that immigration actually raises wages for workers as a whole: Immigration has a positive impact on the U.S. economy and boosts wages for the vast majority of native workers, though there are “small negative effects” on the earnings of the least-skilled Americans, according to […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 1:45 pm || Permalink || Comments (34) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Immigration
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June 12, 2007

Demography Is Destiny

“Demography is Destiny”… It’s been a common quote on the political landscape throughout the post war era; often credited (with no primary sources to back it unfortunately) to French mathematician and social scientist/philosopher (and totalitarian socialist to boot – what a combo) Auguste Comte. Comte, charmingly, also penned “Love as a principle and order as […]

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June 1, 2007

The Woman Who Refuses to Submit

Cross-posted here at Fearless Philosophy for Free Minds Ayaan Hirsi Ali is one brave woman who refuses to submit to Islam. Ali grew up in a devout Muslim home in Somalia and witnessed the brutal treatment of women first hand. When her father arranged a marriage to a complete stranger to whom she would be […]

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May 21, 2007

Quote of the Day

“Maybe I should wait a couple weeks and see if it changes. Maybe he can get out his small varmint gun and drive those Guatemalans off his yard.” Sen. John McCain on Mitt Romney’s latest immigration flip-flop in the NY Sun’s Latest Politics blog, 5/31/2007

Posted By: Kevin Boyd @ 2:10 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Immigration,Quote of the Day
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May 16, 2007

Fred Thompson Responds to the Fat Ass from Flint

Fox News: WASHINGTON — TV star and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson declined Tuesday to meet with Michael Moore, suggesting the filmmaker instead might want to check himself into a mental hospital after Moore challenged Thompson to a one-on-one debate on health care. I’m really disappointed that Fred Thompson couldn’t schedule a debate (I wonder […]

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April 9, 2007

We’re All Criminals Now

For those of you who have never found The Dilbert Blog, I highly recommend it. Scott Adams is one of of the few people in this world who looks around and asks “why?” at just about everything. He further has the talent (unlike me) to make the questions hilarious. On Saturday, he asked “Is Copyright […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 5:43 pm || Permalink || Comments (8) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Regulation,Immigration,Legal,Theory and Ideas
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April 5, 2007

US Reaches H1-B Visa Limit On First Day

Each year, we’ve reached the cap of H1-B visa applications earlier and earlier. This year, we have met (and nearly doubled) the cap on the very first day the application process is open. US reaches visa cap, skilled workers out of luck Technology companies may face a shortage of skilled workers later this year after […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:32 am || Permalink || Comments (41) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Free Trade,Government Regulation,Immigration,Technology
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March 28, 2007

Somebody’s Gotta Say It (Book Review)

(Cross posted here at Fearless Philosophy for Free Minds) As a regular listener of The Neal Boortz Show, I find this book every bit as hard-hitting, insensitive, informative, and entertaining as his show. The High Priest of the Painful Truth pulls no punches in his assault on ignorance whether from the Right, the Left, or […]

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