It’s not about politics, it’s about principles

(Don’t miss the video – scroll down to see it)

No matter what your political position may be, there are fundamental principles at the root of it all.  The challenge is in identifying the principle.  But once it is identified, the correct position (which aligns you with universal law) becomes more clear.

One position believes in the unlimited human potential – that no matter what causes a person to struggle, that person has within him or herself the power to rise above it, and through the struggle, that person can and will become stronger and better.

The other position believes that humanity at large is NOT made up of people smart enough to solve their own problems, and that it’s NOT okay to let people suffer the consequences of natural law when it is within a person’s or a nation’s power to give them an escape.  It’s a position that says it is inhumane to allow anyone to feel the pain that naturally accompanies the violation of principle, and that it is not charitable or Christian to do so.

It’s an honorable concern. But the principle upon which the whole conflict rests runs deeper than many good-hearted philanthropists realize.

For the fundamental principle that guides all of my political views, read my previous post: “Voting for Broccoli

Now, about the Immigration issue in America… Mexico’s president Calderon addressed Congress and while his comments seemed to be popular among the leftists, this response from Tom McClintock embodies the principles of prosperity and personal freedom, no matter what country you’re from.  My response to his response follows. Watch the video first, and then read on:

People forget that there are fundamental principles that promote freedom and liberty. All the people of the world want freedom, but until they recognize, acknowledge, and abide by the correct principles that lay the foundation for their freedom, it will continue to elude them.

I don’t want to hear from someone who has not proven his political theories. Show me what it is about Mexico that should cause me to adopt Calderon’s philosophies? If Mexico were a thriving economic place where people wanted to live, then I’d listen to what he has to say about how to create a great nation. I think it would do HIM well to read the constitution and find out the principles upon which this nation was founded, and why his people want to run across our borders.

Don’t get me wrong; I welcome ALL who want to adopt the principles that make our country great. Adopt the principles if you physically come to America, or adopt the principles in your own country.  Either way, they hold the key to personal freedom no matter where you live.  If a person is determined to come, let them respect the principles that promote and protect freedom.

I should also add here that not all Americans live up to their claim to freedom. Whether a person lives free or not depends on how aligned that person’s life is with the universal principles of freedom.

No matter what country a person lives in, personal freedom begins with a shift toward adopting true principles. Just because a person makes it across the borders without getting caught does not mean they will live a life of freedom. I’m talking about true freedom.

For example, few people will ever know the true freedom that Victor Frankl discovered when he sat in a German concentration camp. He realized that no matter what anyone did to him, they could never control his thoughts. That was the one last freedom that could never be taken from him.

That’s where it begins. It begins in the mind. First, become the master of your thoughts and learn to respond to your conditions rather than react, and in time, life as you know it can no longer contain you, and ways open up for you to find better conditions.

Don’t cheat the process. Commit to principle and allow God to lead the way. Either the way opens up that brings you to America, or you discover that what you really want can be created right where you are.

Anything is possible – it’s THAT very belief that defines the American dream. As soon as people of other countries who want to live in America start believing it seriously enough, they’ll find that the principle is true universally, not not just within our borders.

It’s not about politics, it’s about principles.

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67 thoughts on “It’s not about politics, it’s about principles

  1. WHY was it allowed to get this bad anyway?

    Those who previously “tolerated” illegal entry into this country took advantage of CHEAP labor. WHY was this allowed to go on for soooo long?

    I don’t have the answers because it is not as simply as some think!

    Enforce laws on the books … Arizona called attention to itself by passing new law instead of simply enforcing laws on the books.

    Simple solutions to complex problems help no one.

    In general I agree with the position taken here, but I need to ask everyone to think about the complexity of the problem at this point in time. There simply are too many people here illegally to simply try to send them all back … IF it were so simple, it would already have been done.

  2. Thank you Congressman Tom McClintock!!!! You should have had a standing ovation for your thoughtful comments.
    I am especially sorry that Barack Obama is trying to plot the demise of the United States of America by burying us in insurmountable debt, of which we have nothing good to show for.

  3. Here’s the problem…who will find the people who come in saying “No, really I want to work here, live here, be a good citizen,” when they turn out to be wolves in sheeps clothing. I love my illegal friends as much as I love my American friends. I have been to Mexico, seen their options there, it is a hash reality. How does that make it less available for them than it did for Leslie when she reported a stolen broom stick. I have lived in neighborhoods that were less than desirable and to get out you have to want to.

    Not all gangs are made up of illegals, not all people can afford to become a citizen…unless they really want to. One of my friends stayed in America for over 17 years married to a citizen who mistreated her and eventually left her, but in the mean time she made the choice to become a citizen and get citizenship for her son. Would she have been any happier in Mexico, I don’t know, but I know she worked hard everyday to be an American. And so she is.

    We don’t have a way of saving the world, we don’t have a way to make people think a certain way, but we do have the power to change the laws we think are unfair. If you really think that other nations belong here get on the phone with your senator. But once you get them here are you going to babysit them and make sure they truly are what they claim to be?

    I was driving down the street one winter day, snow on the ground, when I see this young girl in a long tee-shirt, no pants, broken sandals on her feet. I turned around got out of my car and saw that she had been beaten. She couldn’t communicate with me, because she didn’t speak English. I finally got her to get in my car and drove her to a friend of mine who could translate. She was refusing to go to the police for help because she would be deported. She had come to America hoping to eventually get enough money to get her kids here. How bad was her life in Mexico?…how bad is life for a kid in the worst neighborhood in America? Bad. Now ask yourself are we really supposed to take laws and throw them out and take little boys and girls from a family in the worst neighborhood because life will be hard for them??? Can we take illegal immigrants and hope that they are the good, law abiding type without any way of tracking them once they get here? Sure they are supposed to report but all do not.

    There is a price for freedom sometimes it comes in dollars and cents and sometimes it comes from the blood of an American soldier. If you think the laws are too tough maybe you should look at opening up that door for someone who couldn’t otherwise afford it. I mean cable television and cell phone bills could go to that fund. Too many times we look for the word impossible to describe what could be possible. Look at micro financing. If your the one who says people can be trusted, they live a hard life, you finance them. If you believe they can’t do it for themselves you be the fairy godmother. But for those of us who believe that where there’s a will there’s a way, for those of us that believe good things come to those who wait and those who work for their own benefit, we still think if a member of another country loves America like we do they will find a way. As so many others did.

    And may they do it legally.

    And as far as Iraq goes we wish we didn’t have to be there, we also wish that it were safe to hope the governments of other countries would not be letting their citizens plot for the end of America.

    God bless those who serve!

  4. Three weeks ago, a gang banger ended my nephews life (an apparent illegal alien) when he cut through a park to retrieve his bike and skateboard to go home. My nephew lived in Santa Cruz, CA and worked at a surf shop and spent his free time with his girlfriend and surfing. He was not involved in gangs and did not provoke this attack in anyway. In fact the police believe that it was a gang initiation killing. We have to find a way to change what is happening.

    I am saddened when I read someone write that they choose not to act to change anything in politics. Using all of the universal laws we can make a difference to anything, but those laws also indicate that action is required. We cannot just sit at home and wish for something better. No mother deserves like my sister to hear that her son was just murdered for no reason or justification. He was her only child.

    In his memory we are starting a non-profit to help get laws passed and to make the changes come about that will bring us safer neighborhoods and streets. His friends created a facebook fan page – I encourage you all to join us at R.I.P. Carl Tom Reimer and support the non profit that she is starting. We just had his service this past weekend and they have some great photos of the paddle out in the ocean to spread his ashes. The information will be posted there are soon as she can get it started. It will be Mother Grizzlies Against Gangs.

    Should you have any ideas on helping us get the non profit started; pitfalls to avoid; how to obtain donations, anything at all please contact me at sksilbaugh@gmail.com. We have never tried to do anything like this before and it is a little daunting, but this is our chance to put meaning to Carl’s death, please help us.

  5. Leslie –

    I want to thank you for NOT divorcing the political from the metaphysical.

    I do agree with Arizona’s law – actually with several passed there in recent years (particularly its stand against the NAIS program). Anyway, I do wonder, though, if this issue is more of a symptom than the root problem.

    When we talk about the principle of obeying the law, how can we expect anyone from another country to do what the majority of our citizens – and even our own Congress and President won’t?

    Drug laws are a perfect example, albeit another emotional one for many people:

    In the United States, it is perfectly legal for an individual to possess any narcotic on the list – PROVIDED – that they hold the official tax stamp required to do so. Congress set it up this way to avoid conflict with the repeal of Prohibition. Anyway – while they did indeed create this ephemeral “tax stamp” – they never issued one. The other catch 22 is that in order for your application to be approved, you must first show possession. Clever? Yes. Legal? Barely.

    How many of us, by the same token, never ever drive over the speed limit, etc etc.

    I think the problem goes a lot farther than the idea of breaking the law despite principle. Just as an individual must look inside, learn what is there and come to accept it before they can change what they’ve attracted for the future, so must a family, town or nation.

    Our’s is a nation which has sought to cover, hide and even re-write our history practically since the beginning.

    We still have a hard time with the idea that our country was built on, and is still to a large extent maintained on the back of the institution of slavery.

    When Ronald Reagan granted the first mass amnesty package for illegal immigrants nearly 30 years ago, there were a lot of us who warned that it would create another underground slave culture in this country. It has. Once done, always expected.

    Though illegal immigrants have more than their fair share of far worse criminals than their initial entry method – many truly do wish to be here.

    We must look carefully and thoroughly at our history to understand the full implications – certain historical facts are quite relevant, especially when understood from original documentation and not the revisionist excrement we get in public school education. (Not to knock it, because that is my background, but public school leaves a LOT to be desired in many areas.)

    Between the lies and propaganda the Mexican government has used for the past century and a half to encourage as many of its citizens as possible (and to them, preferably the lower echelon) to head north is phenomenal. It began before we went down there the first time in the 1840’s, and practically became open policy after their second loss. So, Calderon’s attitude, though rude and incredibly arrogant, is not surprising in the least.

    All do respect to the Congress, the man was on US soil, and so could say whatever he wanted, to whomever, wherever etc etc. We don’t legislate on diplomacy, propriety, respect or manners yet, and protocol went out the window several months ago in London.

    Many of today’s illegal immigrants – Mexican or otherwise – live little better than indentured servants did from the mid 18th Century through nearly to World War II.

    To say that it stands on principle is to further deny our own complicity in attracting – even setting up – the situation, and our responsibility is to own the truth before we can hope to solve the problem.

    Refraining from a detailed history lesson (that most would find horribly boring!) We can’t even own that Lincoln never freed a single slave (Emancipation Proclamation ONLY freed slaves in the 13 states of the Confederacy – which was already foreign country where he had no authority) or that our founding fathers committed treason in order to create this country in the first place (over what amounts to TODAY a 2 cent tax on tea through the Stamp Act).

    We have created a new slave class in our nation, one with a dangling carrot in the form of amnesty packages talked about by Congress every 10 or 15 years. It keeps them coming, and we ALL enjoy the benefits of the cheap labor.

    If we were to stop allowing it in the first place, first of all we’d be in an uproar over prices on everything from tires to food, and we’d have to find others to fill the gap.

    Only in a full fledged depression are most willing to do the work these people do for the price they charge to do it. Not one of us would want the 24/7 fear, not only of deportation but also the constant temptation and threat of the gang and drug culture that many turn to for a way out.

    I agree, amnesty and allowing them to stay are not the right idea. If hearts were honestly bleeding for these people then those persons concerned would be helping them fill out the papers, learn the language and get the education and citizenship papers required by law instead of crying that we should give them a free ride. Help them get the visa, the job. Don’t leave them pile 15 high in a two room apartment because with 15 jobs between them they can’t afford anything better –

    I have no problem with helping someone who honestly wants to be here, and who honestly needs the help. Some, who did indeed come here illegally, and used to work with my husband, we helped get to the right agencies, and got them work visas and help to being the process. Those who don’t really want anything from us but what they can take are free to go back home. Most cities even provide a certain amount of their petty cash for bus fair. Let those who WANT to be here come, and I will help.

    Amnesty is a slap in the face to EVERYONE that comes here – including the illegals themselves. After all – we are telling them that they are worth little more than low wages and squalor, that they are too stupid or too lazy to do things the right way, and that no one but those who have a guilt complex gives a rat’s you-know-what about them.

    I don’t believe we, as a nation, can afford to “stand on principle” on this one. We have done more than our fair share to set it up this way in the first place, and we have NEVER wanted to own our own history, let alone make peace with it. Until both of those things happen, we will continue down this path until all of our soil is owned by foreign nationals, and we are the servants to them.

    Lastly, though we tend to “pick” at Mexican illegal immigrants because people lie Calderon and certain factions of the immigrant community are loud and get in our face, they are far from the largest offenders when it comes to illegal immigration. The skilled workers overstaying their visas from India, Viet Nam and China are just as bad, and probably similar in number. They are also not prevented, even though supposedly here only temporarily, from purchasing land and businesses, which in turn allow them a few extra perks when applying for extensions.

    Having spent the last 10 years working in the circuit court for Cook County, IL, I also know for a fact that many, though they state openly they will never become citizens (they don’t like taxes, but they love government jobs) – through the wonderful invention of “motor voter” laws in many states – some of these people VOTE. (Of course…. we ARE talking about Chicago, lol)

    THAT has to stop.

  6. Well stated. A fellow patriot. People want the truth, but can’t handle it when they get it. They are distracted by their emotions. Facts are facts. Some opinions are based on facts and some based on emotions. Immigration like anything, is ok in moderation aka legally controlled.

  7. I’d agree that the law’s the law, but I think rights are something that everybody has or should have.

    And I’m surprised that an advocate of Abundance and the Law of Attraction should be so attatched to scarcity thinking (they’re stealing our resources=there’s not enough for everyone, eh?)

    I hope that you feel better soon.

    1. Hi Catherine, let’s be careful to keep track of which comments came from which person and not put words in anyone’s (my) mouth. 😉 Perhaps you skipped around a bit and didn’t notice that my thoughts are, in fact, based in abundance – that there most definitely is more than enough for everyone in the Universe, and no matter what politicians may do, or how the Americans vote, each person inside and outside of America can use the same universal principles of prosperity to obtain all they need to fulfill their life’s mission.

      I wonder if those who oppose the establishment and enforcement of immigration laws see the need for any government at all… perhaps they feel that with Universal Law in place, there’s no need for man made laws, no human leaders. If that’s the case, it would explain some of the opinions expressed, and I can respect that and any other person’s point of view.

      I would like to mention that a few of my readers have sent me personal email messages and respectfully shared their point of view in very intelligent ways, with information that has helped me see some things in a different light. While my position has not changed, I have gone back through my post and reworked parts where my meaning had been unclear, misunderstood, or outright ignorant.

      Thank you all for being a part of this community – people who love truth when they find it, and who are understanding, patient, and considerate of people with varying points of view.

      It makes me think of the story of the blind men, all trying to describe an elephant, based on which part of the elephant they were touching. They all were describing different aspects of the same animal but were in complete disagreement with each other.

      I believe there will come a day when we discover that we are all talking about the same big “truth”, just from different points of view.

  8. I have to totally agree with everything you stated Leslie. You can obey the Laws of the Universe wherever you are and gain freedom. If you are determined to break laws to be free, you are breaking laws to begin with, so how can you prosper? If you are breaking laws, you are breaking laws. Eventually you pay the piper.

    Thanks for all you do.

    Glen Fitch

  9. Hi Leslie and everybody,
    I highly respect your opinion and I like your courage to speak out even if it could mean you can become “unpopular” with some. One should always stand by one’s priciples. But let me first say that I am not American nor live in America or ever want to be an American becuase as someone said earlier I love my country very much just like you do yours and wouldn’t change it for the world.
    You are certainly entitled to adopt all the laws you see will protect you and yours, but there is a problem here, and to me it’s a BIG problem. It works both ways, Leslie. What you expect from others, others expect it from you too.

    You said and I quote “At least if a person comes the legal way, they are saying that they intend to adopt the principles that promote and protect freedom.” and I ask you do you think you came “the legal way” into Iraq? Have you promoted, protected the freedom AND principles of the Iraqi people?

    You may think this is not related to the issue you’re discussing in this blog, but it is. The “illegal immigrants” from your country have reaked havoc in Iraq. Iraq is now a million years backwards because of the actions of those “illegal immigrants” from your country.
    Freedom is a right for all! Nobody on earth has the right to impose their “principles” on anybody. What is right for you may be not right for me, and the opposite is true too.
    I wish all Americans and all the people in our beautiful planet, all the happiness, prosperity and freedom they so rightly deserve, and I stress the word “all”!
    Thank you and God Bless you Leslie,

    Nazmia

  10. We all have an origin and when the founding fathers began this great nation this was one of their declarations which I believe agrees with universal law.

    United States Declaration of Independence

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    Some philosophers and political scientists make a distinction between natural rights and legal rights.

    Legal rights (sometimes also called civil rights or statutory rights) are rights conveyed by a particular polity, codified into legal statutes by some form of legislature (or unenumerated but implied from enumerated rights), and as such are contingent upon local laws, customs, or beliefs.

    In contrast, natural rights (also called moral rights or inalienable rights) are rights which are not contingent upon the laws, customs, or beliefs of a particular society or polity. Natural rights are thus necessarily universal, whereas legal rights are culturally and politically relative.

    Thank you Leslie for the chance to reflect on this topic.

  11. As you said Leslie, Great discussion. I live in Australia and we are having the same issues here with many refugees attempting to come here.

    Personally I don’t believe there should be any restriction as to where anyone wishes to live. We all live in the one world and everyone should be entitled to pursue where they wish to live, as long as they abide by the laws of that country. It is only when we choose to exclude others that division is created and we then start operating from a platform of competition and fear instead of creativity and love. Exclusion is a sign of insecurity. A fear that others will take what one considers to be exclusively their own. That by someone else getting some of the pie there will be less for them when in fact all they do is enlarge the pie.

    Most illegal immigrants are pursuing opportunity and leaving where there is none; and it’s no argument to say that they can create it where they are because in most cases they can’t. If you find yourself in a dessert it’s foolish to try to change it to what it can’t be. Instead you get the hell out of there before you die. Those entering illegally do so because they have no other way of doing it.

    But for those that do wish to remain and become citizens they MUST assimilate. I partially agree with Nick from Canada. Multiculturalism does not work and it is lazy political parties and candidates that pander to cultural groups to attract their vote that tear the fabric of the nation.

    What is needed is just better simpler man made laws based on Universal Laws. Issue limited time working permits for those who want to work only. Issue residency permits for those considering becoming citizens and finally citizenship for those who want to stay. With each permit there should be requirements and benefits according to the level chosen. All non citizens MUST abide with all laws and way of life. Those that don’t and who prefer to continue with their own culture should have their right to live there revoked and deported. In Australia as in the USA our country is divided into States and each is sovereign in its own right. Some are more prosperous than others but there is no restriction on anyone moving from one to the other according to where people feel they would have a better opportunity to prosper. It hasn’t broken Australia nor the USA.

    Lets all stop working from a platform of fear and competition and move towards love and creativity. Only then will we end poverty and secure prosperity for all mankind.

    John

  12. Leslie,

    You are free to express yourself and I respect it. But you know something, nobody can talk properly about an issue until you experience it.

    From my point of view, there are a lot of mistakes made by our nation that have created karma with its neighbors.

    Talking about ONE HUMANITY without Boundaries , it is not about Principles it about JUSTICE and Fraternity.

    Love and Light!

  13. Good Day!

    All points very well said. I have a simple solution, though a bit more militant. If an illegal immigrant (male or female) is caught in our country, they should be asked if they wish to become a US Citizen. If so, they should be willing to defend it’s principles and laws. They should be equipped and sent immediately to Afghanistan and/or Iraq for a five year period, to learn what freedom and responsibility is about. Once their five year tour is complete, they should be welcomed as citizens.

  14. Excellent Blog… I just wanted to comment about those that oppose this point of view and how vacuous their points are compared to those that support you in your point. One writer in particular points to not wanting to make a judgment on those that cross over illegal… In the same breath the writer makes a judgment on law enforcement and invites you to hear his personal stories at a later time. The writer also has to say that he is black..as if that really matters. Oh wait it does matter to liberal American. The color of the skin is all too important to the left. Without that their coffers would be as empty as all their arguments.
    S

  15. This man’s speech should be publicized nationwide. My grand-parents came here from Europe 100 yrs ago, and did exactly what he said, assimilate, learn English, and become American citizens; they weren’t Greek Americans, or Polish Americans; they were proud to be called Americans.

  16. And if he spent as much time concerned about the welfare of his citizens and provided jobs that pay a decent wage and health care, people would not feel forced to come here to survive. He needs to shine the light on his own negligence to his people and fix the drug problems and life style deficiencies that I am sure he does not suffer from.

  17. I do not agree with the way the issue is being handled in Arizona, but I was OUTRAGED that the Mexican president would dare to come to our nation and insult our state in Congress. I welcome everyone to our nation but I feel that illegal entry into any nation is dangerous. Not because of hard working potential citizens but because of the criminal element that will seek to elude detection.

  18. Thank you Leslie, I agree completely. However, the problem doesn’t lie with the Mexicans that come here. They are just trying to get what they can out of life. The problem lies with us as Americans. Too many of us have slipped from the true American way of life to where we look to the government to provide everything for us. If our government will provide everything for us and we can have our ‘freedom’ without responsibility, then why should we hold the illegal mexicans to a higher standard? Our government needs to wise up and give back the responsibility for our lives and prosperity and freedom to us as people and then turn and hold the illegal mexicans to that same standard. Freedom can never come from a government. It has to come from the people who then institute government based on those true principles. Our government can give us our freedom and responsibility back simply by returning to the Constitutional principles it was founded on. To me, that is why we need more people like you that are teaching true principles, so people can know that they don’t need to depend on the government. They can truly create prosperity without government intervention.

    1. THANK YOU, Ken! Very well said! By the way, folks, meet Ken. He’s one of our Official ThoughtsAlive Mentors – and I love the way he put this.

  19. I agree wholeheartedly with Leslie. Here in Canada we have adopted a ‘multicultural’ society in which the theory is that the newcomers will become Canadian citizens and adopt our customs, language and morals. This has not happened. Vancouver which has now become predominately Asian is a case in point. The Asians did not assimilate. They come here, try to get their own elected, have their own television station that broadcasts in Cantonese, (also the same with the Hindus)’clog up our universities, pressure our Politicians to be ‘politically correct’ which means that anything that the newcomers don’t like they then claim to be persecuted. Now our politicians are even afraid to send out Christmas cards that actually say ‘Merry Christmas’ for fear of offending the immigrants? What a joke! Instead of one single national language we have two so-called official languages, French and English all to pacify one province in out entire country! We even have a politcal party the ‘bloc Quebecois’ whose sole purpose is to try to get Quebec special treatment from taxpayers and secede from the rest of Canada. Sounds unbelieveable doesn’t it? We have natives who believe that they own the entire landmass of Canada and that they deserve their own laws and government but they still demand handouts from the taxpayers of this country. Don’t let the US become another Canada. Multiculturalism doesn’t work – it just destroys nations. All you bleeding heart liberals out there will spell the destruction of your own culture – but you don’t see that as you are too stupid.

  20. Wow! Great discussion.

    Well, friends, no matter how much this debate drifts into less relevant topics, it always comes down to the fundamental truth that no matter what happens to a person, he or she is free to choose how to respond.

    That’s really the only freedom that life will ever guarantee, no matter what laws are passed, or what laws are passed and enforced. Where will YOU be in ten years? It depends on how you see yourself today and how you relate to the world around you.

  21. Amy, if an immigrant’s only experience with American people is that they’ve been treated as a criminal, maybe they should ask themselves why they are attracting that. Looks like both groups support each other in their own perceptions about life.

  22. Leslie, the idea that it should be difficult and expensive to become a citizen because someone died for this country is wrong. The suffering of one should not necessitate the suffering of many. By that logic it should be expensive and difficult for women to vote. It should be expensive and difficult to get a copy of the Bible. It should be expensive and difficult to practice my religion. It doesn’t make sense.

    Lara, to say that all illegal immigrants are “breaking in” simply isn’t accurate. Many of them have been invited into “your house” by the way you want to live your life. Did you know that food processors advertise jobs in Mexican newspapers? Did you know that US food subsidies (paying US farmers to overproduce corn so that it can be sold to food processors here and abroad for less than what it costs to produce it) have put millions of Mexican farmers out of business? When the US can dump excess corn into the world market for less than a foreign farmer can produce we kill not only their livelihood but potentially their family. If food policy in the US changed I have no doubt that immigration would change as well. Look at the cause – not just the effect. Every time you choose industrial raised meat, processed or fast food you are calling over the border for those “aliens” to come in.

    If your experience with immigrants is that they are criminals and have no intention of contributing to life here you should ask yourself, why am I attracting this? This certainly hasn’t been my experience. In fact many of your “requirements” highlight problems with our social systems within our government and have nothing to do with immigration.

    We live with a mythology that our ancestors came over for very highly moral reasons and committed to God and constitution. History doesn’t bear this out. First generation immigrants were rarely integrated, kept allegiance to their home country and spoke little, if any, English. It is the second and third generation where integration of American values occurs, historically.

    1. Amy, that’s interesting. Did you actually say that not ALL illegal immigrants are “breaking in”? Since when does a Mexican newspaper advertisement constitute legislation? Perhaps carrying the newspaper with them can help them prove proof of citizenship.

      No question the federal government has a LOT of problems that need fixing. That point calls for no argument whatsoever. Thank heavens there are those few who take a stand to shake things up (ie. Gov. Brewer). The problems you cited won’t ever change unless the feds have to make sense out of their own contradictory policies.

      Read “Economic Alchemy” by Paul Zane Pilzer and then tell me that Mexican farmers who are run out of business by flawed American policies are stuck for good. They may not immediately know what their options really are (and by the way they choose to think about it, they may never discover an alternative solution), but the unlimited supply of ideas is accessible to all people who align with the fundamental principles of success.

      People are pushed out of business all over the world and use the setback to launch themselves into doing something even better for themselves and humanity at large. That’s a UNIVERSAL principle at play – something available to all people of all nations, no matter how much CORN America pumps into the marketplace.

  23. I’d like to respond to Amy with an excerpt from something that was emailed to me last week (modified a bit to bring in the Universal law point):

    Let’s say I break into your house. Let’s say that when you discover me in your house, you insist that I leave. But I say, ‘No! I like it here. It’s better than my house. I’ve made all the beds and washed the dishes and did the laundry and swept the floors. I’ve done all the things you don’t like to do. I’m hard-working and honest (except for when I broke into your house).

    According to the protesters:

    You are Required to let me stay in your house
    You are Required to feed me
    You are Required to add me to your family’s insurance plan
    You are Required to Educate my kids
    You are Required to Provide other benefits to me & to my family (my husband will do all of your yard work because he is also hard-working and honest, except for that breaking in part).

    If you try to call the police or force me out, I will call my friends who will picket your house carrying signs that proclaim my RIGHT to be there.

    It’s only fair, after all, because you have a nicer house than I do, and I’m just trying to better myself. I’m a hard-working and honest, person, except for well, you know, I did break into your house and what a deal it is for me!!!

    I live in your house, contributing only a fraction of the cost of my keep, and there is nothing you can do about it without being accused of cold, uncaring, selfish, prejudiced, and bigoted behavior.

    _____

    Now, I recognize that the homeowner may want the intruder out because of a sense of fear and scarcity. After all, Universal law would say that there’s enough for everyone in your house, right?

    But that’s not what the Universal law states. It states that there’s more than enough in the Universe for everyone, and that if the resources ever truly ran out, more would be created from the same original substance from which all things are made.

    So people must create their ideal life in their own space right where they are.

    They should build their own house instead of breaking into your house. If they prefer to join you in your house, they should knock on the door and behave as a guest until they’ve pulled their weight, earned your trust, learned your house rules, and waited patiently and respectfully until you’ve invited them to stay as part of your family.

  24. Well stated..

    I have spent time in Central America and saw first hand that those who found that happiness comes from within and “discovered that what you really want can be created right where you are.” became truly happy and chose to stay and make their countries better.

    Unfortunately I also observed those whose desired a quick fix always thought that if they could just get to the United States all of their problems would go away.

    The most fascinating part to me was how quick the “quick fixers” were to criticize and condemn those who found happiness from within. And how often the “quick fixers” undermined and made very difficult the work of those who had a vision for a better tomorrow by applying correct principles and universal laws.

    If only the “quick fixers” could come to realize that “Freedom” like you stated “Begins in the mind. First, become the master of your thoughts and learn to respond to your conditions rather than react, and in time, life as you know it can no longer contain you, and ways open up for you to find better conditions.”

  25. I wonder, what would have happened to the first Europeans that tried to inhabit this continent of North America, if they had to go through an immigration system set up by the Native Americans that the Europeans could not afford to pay for because the price was too high? With that struggle, do you think they would go back to their oppressed land? They would do exactly what they did and take over the land and kill all thoses that stand in their way (Which happened without an immigration system by the way).

    I am from another country and doubt that I would ever become an American citizen because I LOVE MY COUNTRY TOO MUCH. I believe that America may not be perfect but it is the best country on planet earth ;-). I have recently became a legal permanant residant and I am excited to add to this country. But during the process of becoming legal and watching this immigration issue in AZ, I realize that unlike my home country, I can easily save my money to become a legal citizen if I wanted to, not everyone can do that in every country.

    My real question, as I eluded to in the begining, is that if the Mexicans are doing the same thing as the “original Americans”, in my opinion are they not like the first Americans that so many praise today???

  26. Just because something is legal doesn’t mean it is moral or based on true principles.

    Many laws have been on the books and are legal but immoral. What about the extermination order against the Mormons in Missouri. It was legal to kill a Mormon so people should have done it? I guess the Mormons attracted that. Lynching was legal in the south along with a multitude of Jim Crow laws. I guess the blacks should have simply obeyed the law rather than break it by sitting in the front of a bus.

    Before we declare that people must uphold the law we should ask if it is a good law. Our current immigration system is neither good law nor based on correct principles. It is based on scarcity and fear.

  27. Another comment I would like to make is that MANY people are in agreement with the Arizona Law. Mainstream media and the Obama administration would like us to “think” that most of the country is against it. However, that is NOT the case if one does their research. The majority is in favor of it.

    And the big idea that is being touted by the media is that it is just wrong to ask someone for their “papers” and is reticent of Nazi Germany. But consider this: If I get stopped by a police officer for a traffic violation, the first thing he says to me is, “License and registration, please”. That is “asking me for my papers”.

    Also, if one does their research they will find that the Federal Immigration Law is even stricter than the Arizona Law!! If people would take the time to read it, they would find that in the Federal Law a person can be stopped “without cause” and asked to present their papers. The Arizona Law require that there be a “cause” for someone to be stopped, like a traffic violation, or a tail-light out, or brake lights that don’t work, speeding, or drunk driving.

    People should educate themselves rather than be “blown about by every wind of doctrine”.

    Thanks again,

    Lynn

  28. Thank you, Leslie, for speaking out so boldly. I have talked to several people in the last couple of weeks who don’t want to discuss the issue with me until they find out that I actually applaud the Arizona law and encourage other states to do the same. We are speaking up as a nation to take our country back. And I believe the elections in November will show that.

    So thank you for your post.

    Lynn

  29. I’m not sure how I feel about illegal immigration, but I know that I definitely do not agree with racial profiling. If we are going to secure our borders, then we should secure ALL of our borders. It seems that many people are focused on Mexico but have forgotten about our Northern borders. I am located in the Northeast and there are more illegal immigrants here from Asia, Italy, Russia, Poland, and France. They are very open about it and ICE has never bothered to target them.

    I think ALL illegal immigrants should be treated the same. I don’t believe there should be disparate treatment based on skin color or country of origin. Besides, if the Native Americans had closed the borders to everyone, where would we be? When I think about our treatment of Native Americans both in the past and present (and no, I am not a native), I wonder about this country’s origins. It almost seems hypocritical in a way to say we’ll only let some in but not others or we’ll allow some to stay illegally but not others. If everyone is treated the same way, I don’t think people would have as much of a problem with Arizona’s new law. The issue seems to be that not everyone has been or will be treated the same way.

    I just don’t want this to be a situation where there are detention centers within our borders filled with innocent people who look a certain way like in the 1940s. I read recently that even American citizens are being held in these detention centers for no other reason than racial profiling. It takes months to go through the process to verify citizenship. I couldn’t imagine having to be in jail knowing that I did nothing wrong and waiting for a day in court that could take months to come just to prove something that I already know to be true. What would happen to my family during that time if I were the sole provider?

    I don’t believe the Arizona law is in line with universal principles. But, then again, there are many man-made laws that I feel the same way about. I think God created our world without “borders” for all of us to freely enjoy and live to our fullest potential. It seems that when we as humans created these borders for power and financial pursuits and not true freedom, we ruined it for ourselves. As for illegal immigration, I do hope that the situation is resolved peacefully and those who are undocumented will just apply for the documents that they need to become visa holders, permanent residents or US citizens.

  30. Dear Leslie and all,
    Unfortunately I could not watch the video as my bandwith is too narrow but I would like to put a clear understanding of the whole issue.
    1) President of Mexico is telling the Congress something about illigal immigrants and one Senator is responding…
    2) A lot of people are talking about principles… american principles or universal principles?
    3) We need to define where the principles come from… We tend to forget that Texas was a mexican region not so long ago.
    4) We feel to tell everyone in the world how to live (american way) and if they do not agree well they are enemies.
    5) We have not learned anything from Vietnam? or that also is a distant past?
    6) we have learned anything from Iraq? or that is a sore point?
    7) I believe that in every action is a reaction equal and contrary if I allied force to it (see Dr. Hawkins from Arizona in Power vs Force).
    For sure everyone that wish to live in a community need to follow the rules of that community and if they do not UNDERSTAND the rules we have to teach them not with force but with education.
    Best regards.

  31. Every Mexican illegal border invader should be jailed. If he/she is being employed by USA company, it should be heavily fined and ordered to pay for the upkeep of the jailed border invader and eventual repatriation. If that border invader is employed by a US citizen in any capacity – he/she should also be jailed and ordered to pay the costs of repatriation.
    If there was no employment or means of sustenance in the USA – Mexicans would stay in Mexico.
    Maybe an interim measure would be to close the border to both USA citizens and Mexicans. Institute a 24hr curfew – the breaking of which would be to invite a bullet.

  32. Thank you Leslie for your comments and presentation of this topic. I appreciate this because so often we go through our lives thinking that we are alone in our opinions. When we are seperated from other like minded people we think we are weak and that we might be the only one that feels a certain way. By your expressions we are allowed to see the unification of all of us that are normally silent. This is important and vital to this great country we legally live in. Thank you for speaking out and helping us become aware.

  33. While I agree with the principles in the Arizona law and think that anyone who comes here illegal risks being deported back to his native land, I do not agree with our immigration laws. They are laws of man and not based on natural law. I encourage anyone who sees the issue as, come legal or stay out, to read the immigration laws of this country. Most people from Mexico would never qualify to enter this country because they do not have a family member who could petition for them or the amount of education required for a specialized worker visa. That is why they come illegal. There is no other way. How do I know this? While I am a native American I am married to an immigrant. He came to the United States legally 15 years ago and is now an American Citizen. Since marrying him I have lived next to, attended church with, and associated with many illegal aliens. Many of them are law abiding citizens. They pay taxes, work hard, and blend in. They would gladly become legal American citizens and do what Pres. Roosevelt asked if only given the chance.

  34. Tom McClintock is ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. Arizona should be applauded and copied, not attacked. If the federal government was meeting it’s responsibility regarding protecting our borders, the state would not have to.

    I worked with an illegal from Guatemala who passed through Mexico on his way to the USA. They traveled through Mexico hidden in the back of a truck, literally getting what drinking water they could from puddles in the road whenever the truck would stopped. He informed me that Mexico is much harsher on illegal immigrants than is the US.

    Like Mr. McClintock says, Mexico wants to lecture us, but has a different standard for itself.

    The US – like any other country – has the right to decide who immigrates. Anyone who want to retain allegiance to Mexico or any other country, or comes here to commit crime, need not apply.

  35. Luciano, I wasn’t entirely clear whether you were saying that you, as a law of attraction teacher, do not get involved in this kind of dialogue, or whether you were suggesting that I, as a law of attraction teacher should not get involved…

    One thing I will say is that a long time ago, one of my mentors advised me to stay neutral on such issues so as not to offend a potential customer. I followed that advice for quite a while, mostly because I genuinely wanted to reach the widest audience possible with the true, life-changing principles that changed my life so dramatically in the year 2000.

    There was also a time when I bit my tongue about political issues – and many teachers do, out of concern that they may become unpopular with certain listeners. But personally, I feel it’s more important for me to join the discussion than to worry about whether it will make me unpopular.

    In truth, politics is a perfectly applicable discussion on the theme of principles of prosperity, because there are political principles that promote personal freedom. Citizens in a republic need to voice their opinion, or they have no right to complain about the outcome.

    In this and other great debates, the fundamental principles are often clouded over in the tangle of emotions and personal interests. But regardless of what you or I think, the closer a government comes to adopting a set of laws that support and align with natural universal law, the more prosperous that country will be. The more an individual identifies, lives, and promotes legislation that align with natural universal law, the more they are fulfilling their duty as a citizen of their country. I don’t know if you (Luciano) are a citizen of the United States, but if you are, it is not just your right, but it is your duty to speak your mind – be involved in the voting process – about political issues.

    I believe the Constitution of the United States of America was an inspired document. The founding fathers were in tune with universal principles, and while “people” are not perfect, and governments have their flaws, the Constitution has been the main factor in America’s prosperity over the last 200+ years because of its alignment with natural law. When our leaders have veered from its principles, they’ve steered us toward trouble – leaders on both sides of the party line.

    Anyway, I appreciate everyone’s respectful comments. It’s okay to disagree with each other. But above all, let’s remember this: You can’t break a natural law, you can only break yourself against it.

  36. Greetings, My take is a little different in that I don’t see citizenship as the issue to debate about. To me it’s a no-brainer that people who want to come here should go through the proper channels to do so. The issue is whether or not Arizona should have taken it upon itself to create a new law since it felt that the Government wasn’t doing it’s job to protect Arizona. Again, to me a no-brainer.

    Here in America we don’t get to do what we want whenever we feel the Government isn’t addressing our issues. Just like those people Leslie spoke of earlier, who shouldn’t complain that the process to become a citizen is to expensive or hard. We who already are citizens shouldn’t complain about those things that are not perfect about America either.

    We can go through the necessary channels to get our laws upheld, especially if they are already on the books!!!! We do not have to violate anybody’s rights to make sure this is done. We should never expect more from people outside of our borders than we expect from the people inside. Both sides on the immigration issue can bicker until the cows come home.

    It won’t change the simple fact that we should never consider taking away the freedoms we all enjoy just because there are some who choose to abuse them. We don’t do this for people who commit crimes that are Americans, so why do it for people we suspect are not? This is about us as Americans believing-in and supporting all of the laws as a whole and not just the ones that we agree with.

    Humanity trumps citizenship, especially when you don’t even know that a crime has been committed. To stop people and ask to see their papers is not humane. It resonates of an era long past that I’m sure we all hoped would never appear again. But it’s true that those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it Respect to all. ONE-LOVE, Rasta

  37. It’s unfortunate that the country we all live in and enjoy freedom in are having such a strong conflict on this issue. I have recently moved to Arizona. I believe that if you want to live in the greatest country in the world you should do it legally. I have a son in law who came here illegally. I am happy to say that it was important to him to become a US citizen. He is a US citizen, a business owner now and is proud to me in the US. The state of Arizona and the entire country for that matter can’t withstand the crime, the state funds depletion. Something needs to be done. There are 13 other states that are now considering adding the same law to their state.
    I don’t have sympathy for the people that are here illegally that are afraid of being caught and sent back to Mexico. Some of the people have lived here for years. Why haven’t they become citizens? It’s too bad it has come to this but here we are, let’s fix this problem.

  38. The “horse is out of the barn”: our immigration rules have been ignored for years. Immigrants whether citizens or not have “rights”. The press usually forgets to use the word “ILLEGAL” claiming that “thousands came out in support of immigrants”.

    When working in a medical office I once asked a man who presented a MediCal card if I could see his ID. (supposedly a standard procedure although I guess, most medical secretaries IGNORE the rule, thus encouraging FRAUD.) He said he didn’t understand and I asked him if he drove to the doctor’s. He said yes. I asked if he had a driver’s license. He became furious and left the office. So — illegal or not, ID or not, he had a MediCal card in his possession. Another patient (from India) presented his MediCal card and proudly stated that in India he is a MILLIONAIRE but India would not allow him to take his money out of their banking system. So here on visa, that patient uses MediCal. There are other costs to tax payers that rarely get mentioned: Our own laws REQUIRE about 50 LANGUAGES to be provided in any hospital and I assume hospitals or tax payers must absorb those costs. Meanwhile, Americans born and raised here lose their houses, savings, and assets if they can’t afford insurance. It all feels backwards.

    Thanks for the video of McClintock. I sometimes disagree with him but not on this one. Our own government has failed to uphold our laws and protect our values – the issue of language and assimilation is incredibly important. I have IMMIGRANT FRIENDS who are wonderful citizens and came through LEGALLY, learned ENGLISH and work, pay taxes, etc. For them, I hope we straighten out these problems so that an “Immigrant” is revered and appreciated because they contribute much and teach us so much. Until we have a world without borders the U.S. must take care of it’s own and uphold regulations. How many government employees get pensions after years of not doing their jobs? Could you run a business that way? Where does the buck stop????

  39. Amen! It’s refreshing to finally see someone elected to Congress speaking out for the principles that our country and constitution were established to protect.

  40. Leslie, Dear Leslie: Have you ever investigated your gov. principles? Have you ever gone around diferent countries and check what kind of principles your gov. uses? Granted this is your country, your state, your land, your house; your everything, so you have all the right to hate illegals. But do you know who pushes illegals towards U.S.A.? When you talk about principles, [I’m not against principles]; did you go back when this all started and checked the reasons and principles of the people that started illegal immigration here and abroad? Do you know that if tomorrow would arise the need for more [cheap working forces] illegals, very quietly your government will aloud it; will stop enforcing the laws, even if you don’t like it, even if you protest it; with or without PRINCIPLES! This is a very long and complicated theme. GOD bless you.

  41. Marwan,

    Thank you for your comments. I agree, the process may seem insurmountable to do it legally. That’s why I’ve dedicated my life to helping people accomplish their dreams, no matter how insurmountable they are, no matter how expensive they are, no matter how impossible they seem.

    If a person needs money, they can apply the principles of success to obtain that money. I’m not saying it will happen overnight, because it most probably will not. My husband and I struggled desperately for 7 years to even just get a small piece of the “American dream”. We sacrificed, toiled, studied, worked, invested what little time and what little money we had before we figured it out. We’re still figuring it out. Goal by goal we’re accomplishing our ideal life – and our life’s journey won’t end until we’re 6 feet under.

    One thing I know for sure, because I’ve proven it for myself time and time again, is that a way eventually opens up when a person is absolutely 100% committed to discovering that way.

    I make no apology that the process to become a citizen may be expensive. I honestly think it should be difficult to achieve, if for no other reason than to give due respect for the lives of those who died defending our freedoms. It was expensive for those soldiers who spent their blood to preserve our nation. The mothers, fathers, wives and children of those soldiers also paid dearly for the rights and freedoms that we enjoy.

    The person who comes out at the end of the citizenship-gaining process is someone who has put themselves to the test and proven that they can succeed at whatever they put their mind to. That’s the spirit of America – it’s also the spirit that has died within many American citizens who have given up on their dreams and who have relinquished themselves to a life of mediocrity.

    It’s sad to me when people who want to be a citizen complain that the process is “expensive”, “inconvenient”, or too “hard”. Anyone who truly understands our history and appreciates our freedoms would not dare complain that their journey to be a part of this great nation might be difficult.

    I invite everyone to read The Jackrabbit Factor (FREE) and then tell me it’s impossible for a person to find the money they need to patiently and persistently go through the process of becoming a citizen, if that is their dream.

    As for profiling, I can appreciate your complaint. I was a redhead at my elementary school in the 1970s. There were no other minorities to speak of where I lived at the time, and since kids seem to have a need to pick on SOMEone, in my world, it was the redheads. Also, I was one of very few Caucasians in a region on the other side of the world for 4 years as a ‘tween. I got the catcalls at the market, the looks, the condescending remarks…

    And yet I still assert that no matter what happens to you, YOU are the only person to decide how it will affect you.

  42. I applaud Congressman McClintock’s statement. I too was incensed to hear Pres Calderon make what amounts to disparaging remarks about our immigration laws. They are none of the business of the President of Mexico. I always come back to – “What part of illegal don’t you understand?” As an illegal alien one does not have the rights of a citizen, nor should they. Teddy Roosevelt had the right approach, and answer. Do it our way, or leave. Try honesty, and integrity novel though they may be. It is everyone’s responsibility.

  43. Many people come to our great country for many reasons. Some come to pursue a better life for their family. Others are here because there are not safe living conditions in their native land. One thing is certain, the citizen process can become very expensive. While the methods used may not be politically correct, I will not judge someone since I don’t know what led them here. What would we do if we were placed in the same dire situations. Finally, legally profiling is for the birds. As an African American that is a working professional, I have endured multiple situations from unsavory prejudiced cops. You wouldn’t believe what happened to me. Different day, different story.

  44. Thank you Leslie. The principles of freedom and liberty are laid out so well in our founding documents and as you state “All the people of the world want freedom, but until they recognize, acknowledge, and abide by the correct principles that lay the foundation for their freedom, it will continue to elude them.”

    The fundamental change being wrought in Washington D.C. is based on a different set of principles. I have written out the oaths of office that each senator and representative raised their arms to the square and swore before taking office. I faxed them a copy and asked for a signature as a reminder that they swore to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic.

    That is the principle we rely on them for, to keep their word, know and defend the Constitution which outlines those correct principles. Luciano can disagree and try and keep above it all, but the bottom line is there are absolute truths and true freedom and liberty depend on a commitment to those principles no matter what political party you choose.

  45. What is happening here is what the conspiracy buffs have been saying. I see what they are trying to do. They want a North American Union. Cananda, USA, Mexico all joined together as one nation. The globalists have a world gov in mind and that is why the monetary systems in the world are in trouble. The Bankers who are in control of this shadow gov are bringing this into being. The Bible predicts it. Daniel, Revelation.
    This is why we are having this southeren border illegals problem. Their are other things I am gathering from the chatter off the internet that martial law is being planned by Obama this summer to early fall before the elections. He has 80,000 troops on standby alert. Why? Social unrest concerning the bailouts, stimulas packages, unemployment, mortgage forclosures, food shortages resulting in food riots. The Health care reform bill pushed through congress and passed unconstitutionally. People are angry they are losing everything they worked hard for. People when they lose everything and have nothing left tolose lose they lose it upstairs their minds. Trouble is brewing and Obama is not his own he is a puppet groomed and controlled by
    the shadow gov to carry out ther mandates, their agenda, their orders. James Warburg
    in 1950 in Feb that year before the members of a Senate Subcomittee hearing, we shall have world gov by conquest or by consent whether you like it or not. So you are really wondering just what in the world is happening? Now you have an idea. Want to know more? Alexjonesinforwars.com Alex reports the truth!
    As far as what I stated earlier dont qoute me on that that is what I have heard Obama has done regarding the 80,000 troops, it may or may not happen, however trouble
    is going to break out over the next few months to few yrs this cannot go on indefinately. I encourage you to pray and dont quit this great country of ours is in trouble.
    Paul

  46. Hi Leslie:)

    Thank you for posting your position and the video. Not only do I wholeheartedly agree with every word, its such an important reminder that being a spiritual person, an aware person, a enlightened person, cannot happen if we spend all our time on the mountaintop as it were. We simply cannot afford to collectively allow our emotions to control us and simply be reactionary.

    I applaud your courage and willingness to take a stand for common sense and deeper truths.

  47. Leslie:
    In brief: Amen! It’s nice to see someone in the cyberworld with principles. Thanks for standing up for America. We don’t see that in mainstream media anymore, and it’s time those of us who do believe in the principles this country was founded upon stand up and say so. Diane Carey

  48. Leslie,
    Thank you so much for stepping out and doing this, I will forward this to everyone in my mailbox. I recently moved from Arizona back to Colorado to be closer to my children however I am in the process of moving back to Arizona for I feel it is the safetest place to live where all laws are actually enforced not just some of them.
    Thank you
    Tom

  49. Leslie,

    Well said, girl! Wow! What an amazing video. I shudder to think other American citizens view this and see any incorrectness in it. Was Teddy Roosevelt correct back then but now it’s old fashioned? How long will we continue to cater to others as we watch our constitution unravel because we are afraid to offend anyone who isn’t an American. If I were to go live in any other country, I would learn their language and not ever expect them to cater to me. Instead, I would cater to them and respect their laws and citizens, knowing I am a visitor on their territory that they value and love.

    Thanks for a profound response to a much needed speech by Congressman McClintock!!

    Sincerely,

    Lisa Walker, a very proud American, who was once a Mexican citizen

  50. Leslie,

    Thank You for sharing this. I am an immigrant myself. Being an immigrant and knowing that no where else in the world are the opportunities available as are in United States of America. Not only is the true freedom for every citizen is documented here but is in actuality also available to the citizens of this country. In other countries the freedom may be documented on paper but no one can really live it. Now we might have our own view of the freedom how each government behaves with regards to banks Vs a citizen, I would not go there.
    I have come here legally and through the complete immigration process and it took me 11 years of dedicated work in America to become an American Citizen which I am very proud of. Having said this I value my rights in this country, I value the laws that have created this country to be the place in the whole world where people still want to come, even after what this country has gone through over the last few years.
    I know that when people are given responsibilities, they become responsible for them. When you give someone a valuable opportunity without any responsibility, how are they going to first value that opportunity and on top of that actually take on the responsibility. Not only will they not take the responsibility they do not have any consequences after they misuse the opportunity itself. This is what is happening in whole of United States where illegal immigrants are making use of the freedom and opportunities that were meant to be for the legal residents, but because of our equality for all, we provide services to them at the cost of the residents and the TAX PAYERS!
    I am not against freedom and humanity and I know that deep down coming from my country. I want people to come to this country and experience what real freedom means, but please come in proper and legal way so it is growth and opportunity for all and not take away from others. I support the Arizona changes and hope to see this immigration laws enforced in every other State as well.
    Leslie, I appreciate you posting this as I wanted to share my views long on this topic and you have allowed me and at the same time you yourself are such a great SOUL, I really appreciate for who you are, all the GREAT THINGS you are doing and changing the lives of many in a great and positive manner.
    Thank You,
    Ashwini Jindal

  51. Great, great speech by Senator McClintock. People such as the Senator and those with Common Sense are the ones to whom we should listen. The direction that the country is upon is NOT what the founders desired. This great nation was founded upon proper Biblical principals as well as individual growth. True charity and personal respect have been stolen by political corruption simply for votes and to empower those without integrity and morals.
    Thank you for presenting this video.

  52. WAY TO GO LESLIE for TAKING A STAND!!!!

    AMEN, AMEN, & AMEN!!!

    It is SO hard to believe that ANYONE is arguing with Arizona’s recent decision…
    And to realize that this is about ENFORCING existing our laws…and our OWN PRESIDENT doesn’t even understand what the law says. He has not tried to set the record straight with the public that this has NOTHING to do with taking away anyone’s RIGHTS, and racial discrimination…even when it has been pointed out to him over and over that he is mis-quoting what the bill enforces.

    God Bless You for Speaking out in TRUTH.
    Dana Marks

  53. It is amazing the total disrespect shown to a great state by our elected officials. Mexico giving us a lecture, is like Charles Manson giving travel tips, insane. Until our government respects the wishes of the public we will continue to be in serious trouble.
    Thanks for a great post.

  54. Dear Leslie,
    Thank you for sharing this information! I am in complete agreement.
    Patricia Wilson

  55. Leslie,
    You have succinctly described how I feel as well. As one who (legally) immigrated to this country because of the principles upon which America was founded, and for the opportunity afforded as well as the patriotism and gratitude that exists in the hearts of Americans I can say that this issue is not about denying anyone basic human rights or prejudice. This is about preserving the American way of life and principles. Those wishing to participate lawfully are, and always have been, welcome. However, those sneaking into the country and ignoring the laws by definition are rejecting the principles that you, I and all Americans embrace. Rep. McClintock quotes Roosevelt who eloquently explained who is welcome to come here. Nowhere is is based on race, social status, or anything but a desire to be truly American. We welcome those who want to be a part of our culture and participate in our economy and government. All Americans have paid a high price for the illegal entry of people to this country. Our country has the right to determine that those who come here agree to abide by the laws of our country. Entering illegally by definition disqualifies a person.

  56. Leslie,
    I 100% agree with you and Tom McClintock – following the rules is not asking too much. If you do not possess the mental understanding of the need to follow rules designed to protect people, are you ready for freedom?

    No one has addressed the reason why the president of Mexico is doing nothing to improve the conditions of Mexico for his people. I do not understand why anyone would slam AZ for upholding laws already on the books and yet, allow Mexico to treat the residents of that country so badly that they will risk life and liberty to escape.

    I could go on with suggesting why people are so opposed to law – one being they have not read it, but will stop and thank you for having the courage to speak your mind.

    I also invite every visitor to this site to read the AZ law for themselves and see that it is not the way the media has portrayed it. This link has the complete bill:
    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2010/05/full-text-arizona-illegal-immigration-law-jan-brewer.html

    I also invite very visitor to write to the Mexican president and ask what he is doing to help his people live a satisfying life in Mexico.

    Again, thank you Leslie for having the courage to speak your mind in support of a much needed law.

  57. I have always thought people come here to have children, just because children born here are instantly American citizens. Using this, illegal parents fight to stay with their children. I believe this right should only be extended to children of parents legally in the country. Parents on Visa’s can have American children. Children of illegal parents are by definition themselves illegal and can therefore be returned to the birth country of their parents. We all want to the best for our children, but performing an illegal act is not the answer.

  58. Though I respect your thoughts, as a speaker and Law of Attraction teacher choose never to get involved in politics or religion or racial issues. I care, listen and sometimes ask questions but never ever involve myself. I believe these are simple issues that can be solved once we understand that man made laws can be changed but universal laws are beyond that.

    They are simple issues but because people or the masses even some scholars do not understand universal laws and that is what get us in trouble.

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