Thursday, September 20, 2012

Barack Obama Values Citizenship?

I just about fell out of my chair when I heard Barack Obama pontificate on the values of citizenship during his DNC acceptance speech in Charlotte, NC.  It was without a doubt the most laughable moment in convention history.  Here is an excerpt from that speech:

We, the people — (cheers) — recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which asks only, what's in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense. (Cheers, applause.)

As citizens, we understand that America is not about what can be done for us. It's about what can be done by us, together — (cheers, applause) — through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government. That's what we believe.

Citizenship used to mean something in this country.  Now, it’s just a word that trips off of a politician’s tongue like so many lies.  The assault on American citizenship has been going for decades.  But the Obama administration has relished in this denigration.  We would have to go back to the time of Reconstruction to find anything comparable.  Northern carpetbaggers became governors.  They had federally approved private armies that harassed, humiliated, stole, and at times murdered the Southern populace.  They ruled like conquerors and they made damn sure the plebeians knew it.

Yesteryears carpetbagger armies have been replaced by the Department of Justice and Homeland Security.  The bayonet has been replaced by lawsuits.  States can’t clean up their voter registration rolls, or require an ID at the polls without the heavy breath of a DOJ dog on their necks.  Immigration laws aren’t being enforced.  If a sheriff detains an illegal alien, the Obama administration sends its hell hounds to investigate and harass local law enforcement.  We all know what happened to Sheriff Joe Arpaio.  Well, we have the same thing happening in Alamance County, North Carolina:

RALEIGH (AP) – A two-year investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice has found that a North Carolina sheriff and his deputies routinely discriminated against Latinos by making unwarranted arrests with the intent of maximizing deportations.

In an 11-page report issued Tuesday, the federal agency said Alamance County Sheriff Terry S. Johnson and his deputies violated the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens and legal residents by illegally targeting, stopping, detaining and arresting Latinos without probable cause.

The agency also said that Johnson obstructed the federal investigation launched in 2010 by withholding requested documents and falsifying records. Federal investigators say members of the department also feared retaliation if they cooperated.

The report recommends a list of steps to end discrimination by the department, including remedial training, new internal procedures for recognizing and investigating civil rights violations and community outreach. If the county fails to reach a negotiated settlement, the Justice Department could take the county to federal court.

The DOJ refused to comment if criminal charges will be filed.  But they sure as hell will sue the shit out of the county.  Oh, and of course they’re receiving the same treatment Arizona is getting:

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Barbara Gonzalez said Wednesday the agency’s 287(g) contract with Alamance County had been terminated, effective immediately. The two-year contract had been set to expire in October.

Federal authorities will now check the immigration status of those booked at the county jail, with an emphasis on deporting only those accused of serious crimes.

“ICE will utilize federal resources for the purpose of identifying and detaining those individuals who meet ICE immigration enforcement priorities,” Gonzalez said. “The department will continue to enforce federal immigration laws in Alamance County in smart, effective ways that focus our resources on criminal aliens, recent border crossers, repeat and egregious immigration law violators and employers who knowingly hire illegal labor.”

In an 11-page report issued Tuesday, the Justice Department said Johnson abused his authority granted under 287(g), ordering his deputies to arrest motorists who appeared Latino — even for minor traffic infractions — while letting white drivers off with warnings.

Are these the actions of an administration that values citizenship?  I would say they’re more like a northern carpetbagger, who has a disdain for a conquered people.

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