Oracle of Reason

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Rob Portman Pulls a Dick Cheney

Ohio Republican U.S. Senator Robert Portman has just announced that he now supports gay marriage. As it turns out, his son revealed he was gay prompting Portman to do a role reversal.

Good for him! The first politician to openly support gay marriage nationally is former Vice President Dick Cheney. After learning his daughter Lynne is a lesbian he announced his support while serving as Vice President of the United States during the second term of the Bush Administration. Despite my disagreement with his preference to leave marriage to the states, Cheney makes a very good, principled case for gay marriage. He stated:

I think, you know, freedom means freedom for everyone, Cheney said during a speech at a 2004 National Press Club appearance. I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish, any kind of arrangement they wish.

“Iranium” Review

The film Argo winning Best Picture at the Academy Awards brings to the forefront as to what the United States should do regarding Iran. I am particularly concerned about the potential for Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon much less nuclear technology. However, there are very few people who are demanding the United States do anything about it. Back in 2011, a little known but very well made documentary was released that makes the case why Iran should not be allowed to have nuclear technology and in meticulously outlines why Iran is the greatest threat to the civilized world.

The movie Iranium reveals the underlying premise of the Iranian regime. Outlining not only the country’s constitution but also the Iranian theocracy’s founding ideology. It quotes from Ayatollah Khomeini where he clearly points out his desire to make Iran into a pure Islamic state and his desire for global domination. Through the interviews featuring many foreign policy experts it methodically lays out not only why Iran pursues it’s course with such religious fervor but also how it goes about doing so. Nearly from the outset, Iran’s regime sought to utilize terrorism as means to it’s ends establishing groups like Hezbollah while it’s intelligence agents conducted numerous assassinations worldwide.

Iranium lays out in a clear, concise manner how the Iranian dictatorship not only attempts to spread it’s ideology by terrorist proxies but also makes life a living hell for the Iranian people. One woman interviewed states that women are stoned to death for the crime of being raped. Two women are featured being stoned by a crowd for committing adultery and then we see the frail body of Neda Agha-Soltham who was shot by Iranian government assassins because she protested the fraudulent 2009 Presidential election.

The truths that are laid out in Iranium are undeniable. As articulated by numerous experts and academics (like John Bolton, Bernard Lewis, and Frank Gaffney) any attempt to deal with the Iranian regime diplomatically is futile at best and attempts to do so will be seen as weak which will encourage Iran’s leaders to continue their efforts. The most hard hitting of points raised in the movie is when the IAEA ambassador states: No matter how many resolutions are passed, the Islamic Republic of Iran will not stop its enrichment activities.

No matter who watches Iranium and what their views are on Iran, you will get a better picture of the Iranian regime’s motivations and why action must be taken to prevent their attempts at obtaining nuclear technology. While military force maybe unattractive, doing nothing is worse since the risks of not acting are higher than the risks of doing something. The devil, however, is in the details as to what should be done. Stronger sanctions are an option as well as supporting pro-Democracy elements inside the country. If they do not have the effect of perpetuating the collapse of Iran’s dictatorship then a military solution becomes all but inevitable.

The movie shows footage of little kids being indoctrinated chanting on camera chanting Death to America. The overall content packed into Iranium is impressive for a movie that only lasts a little over an hour and gives stark proof that Western countries should back destroying Iran’s regime by any means available and necessary. It is a very important, well made film and definitely worth watching and suggesting to family and friends.

I Cannot Stand with Rand Paul

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and the Senate Republican caucus has just ended a thirteen hour filibuster of a drone usage policy recently undertaken by President Obama. On the issue of drone usage he is wrong. While I am not a fan of President Obama, remember before being killed by a drone strike, Muslim imam Anwar Awlaki inspired, gave moral as well as material support to terrorists. Due to Awlaki’s influence (that continues even to this day), Nidal Malik Hasan conducted a mass shooting in the name of his god. The drone policy is crafted to prevent the taking of innocent American lives and I highly doubt it will be used carelessly and without any objective analysis before an order is given to use them against a target.

Paul is grandstanding and if he was successful in his attempts to halt using drones here it would have cost innocent American lives since his actions could have stripped the very government that exists to protect our rights from being able to exercise its ability to do so either by drones or otherwise. During 2010, Faisal Shazad nearly bombed Times Square in New York City in which he was a secular Muslim who was radicalized within a few months of reading the writings of Anwar Awlaki on the internet.

Shortly after he became a jihadist, Shazad contacted the Pakistani Taliban, flew to his native home making his way to the areas of Pakistan where the Taliban operated. Shazad got material and financial support from the Taliban along with training in bomb making in order to carry out his act. The people in Times Square at the time were lucky that his bomb was so poorly constructed that it did not go off and a bystander saw the bomb in Shazad’s vehicle prompting them to call police. Like all other terrorists, Shazad has declared war on the US in one way or another. This being the case, terrorists (Muslim and non-Muslim) should be treated like enemy combatants and killed on sight by using drones or any other means necessary.

Another Speculative, Derivative Bubble

Former Reagan Budget director David Stockman made the case that it is beginning to look a lot like 2006 again. He warned during a recent interview that not only is the U.S. not in a stable economic recovery but the economy is in the midst of a housing bubble … again. This, unfortunately, is one of the side effects of not only having an unstable currency (which is backed by nothing) but that the Federal Reserve in tandem with banks can create money out of thin air.

As Dr. Hans Sennholz correctly pointed out, citing works such as Professor Edward R. Tufte’s 1978 work Political Control of the Economy, The Fed acts like a re-election campaign committee to pump money into the economy in support of the present White House administration, in this case President Barack Obama. Before it started its printing presses, The Fed bought billions of dollars worth of securities from the U.S. Treasury to initiate credit creation with the help of its member banks.

Since then The Fed has tried to stave off the effects of the turbulent, recession that resulted under the direction of Alan Greenspan which lead to the stock market and the housing bubble tat took place under the Bush Administration. Ultimately, The Fed controls the timing and depth of a recession by controlling the timing and amount of money it creates. However, one thing The Federal Reserve cannot do is stop a recession without the pains of economic readjustment in the form of recessions or, in this case, depressions. This is usually due to a shrinking of the money supply which is the result of The Fed refraining from printing more money commonly associated with raising interest rates.

With the economic fortunes reaped from The Fed’s actions, and because of the popularity he received as a result of September 11th, the Republicans rode President Bush’s coattails in 2004 to regain control of Congress. But they had their electoral fortunes dashed in 2006 due to the economic woes people are experiencing even today that associated with the President but are really the result of The Fed’s policies.

What is happening now and back in 2000 is a prime example of the Austrian theory of the business cycle. Due to artificially low interest rates, credit creation encouraged by the U.S.’s central bank the Fed’s easy money policy contributed to malinvestments, if not outright distortions, in sectors of the economy resulting in massive amounts of consumption (mainly geared towards housing) which, unfortunately, require recessions to correct. With its continuous interventions to pump even more liquidity into markets (like The Fed’s underwriting a loan for JP Morgan Chase Bank to acquire Bear Stearns) the end result is even longer readjustment periods.

When Herbert Hoover and F.D.R. enacted their economic policies, the period known as The Great Depression was extended far further thanks to constant government interventions then like we are seeing now. Such as immigration controls, propping up unsound businesses; imposing new banking rules; inflating credit; expanding public works; enacting new entitlements; and forcing up wage rates.

Rather than let the market go about its business of adjustment (which would have pulled us out of The Great Depression and the recession we are in sooner) it was intervention after intervention that The Fed and politicians used to try to fix the messes they created in the first place that made the situation worse. Now they are repeating the same mistakes of the 1930’s and those that contributed to the economic stagnation that occured during the 1970’s. Leave it to politicians and bureaucrats to hinder the risks and rewards of voluntary exchange and market processes while not taking into account the lessons of history. Here we go again.

Politicizing the Oscars

A conspiracy theory articulated by conservatives is that Hollywood is a town dominated by liberals and that the entertainment industry is friendlier to Democrats than Republicans. It is assumed by many on the Right that actors like Clint Eastwood and Bruce Willis are afforded more freedom and success because they make Hollywood studios money. As a rule, (the theory goes) Hollywood looks down on members of the GOP. Actor Scott Baio who played Chachi in the Happy Days television sitcom articulated this point in an internet chat room not too long ago.

Author Scott Holleran sums up what many on the Right perceive voicing his objections to Michelle Obama’s appearance during last night’s Academy Awards:

The moment cemented what most already know: that Hollywood is dominated by left-wing dogma. No one could seriously claim that such a presentation by a right-wing president’s wife would have been possible.

He goes on to observe:

The best Oscar being granted by a politician’s wife in Washington, DC, made a mockery of everything the movies can and ought to be, especially when the politician and wife are New Left radicals intent on destroying the nation that made making movies possible.

What disappointed me while watching the Academy Awards last night was when Michelle Obama made a special appearance from the White House to announce the winner of the Best Picture award. In light of this segment of the Oscars, I can see where Holleran is coming from and agree with the latter part of his blog post but not the former. Suspicion of any public institution is warranted, however, I do not think that the entertainment industry discriminates against people because of their political affiliation. I did at one point subscribe to the idea and it is possible at one point Hollywood may have been a largely liberal town. If so, I would imagine it was due to backlash against the efforts of Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy during the Red Scare of the 1950’s when he and the House un-American Activities Committee conducted their investigations against Communists in all areas of American life including the motion picture industry.

Clint Eastwood states that there are a lot of conservatives in Hollywood and entrepreneur Harry Sloan dismisses such claims as having experienced almost all facets of the entertainment industry. A documentary was broadcast in 2005 on American Movie Classics cable channel examining if Hollywood has a liberal bias. However, discrimination against conservatives is blatantly apparent in academia and in some segments of the news media. It is in those areas that the bulk of criticism (if any) should be directed. Fortunately, if Republicans did experience discrimination in the entertainment industry it is coming to an end. For that I think we have the Obamas to thank.

My Favorite Film of the Last Year

With the Academy Awards upon us, I thought I would give my thoughts as to what I consider to be the best movie of 2012. The list of films is impressive and most came out toward the latter part of 2012 or early part of 2013. My criteria is that movie has to be released before the Oscars. I rate my films based on a criteria that the movie must have individualistic, pro-liberty themes including movies whose characters utilize logic and reason. The time period for which I rate movies runs for the 12 month period between the time the Academy Awards are held.

I loved Act of Valor which is a film about the efforts of U.S. Navy Seals to stop a terrorist plot that will result in mass killings. Hunger Games was also excellent and another good addition to the dystopic genre while The Avengers was an entertaining and wonderful romp about a group of superheros who join forces to stop an alien invasion of Earth headed by Thor’s demented brother Loki. I also liked the new Spiderman movie since it is about an intelligent high school student who uses his mind and superpowers to achieve and exact justice. The Dark Knight Rises was fantastic too with pro-Western themes and was a great way to wrap up the Batman trilogy.

Other films of note are The Master which reveals the early days about Scientology and the truth about it’s twisted founder; Taken 2 for it’s clever and intelligent plot about a father escaping the clutches of a terrorist ring; Argo for it’s in depth telling of how a single CIA agent takes it upon himself to save the lives of American embassy employees holed up in Iran; Lincoln for it’s wonderful portrayal of Abraham Lincoln and his efforts to pass the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution; Skyfall for it’s back-to-basics approach to James Bond; Les Miserables which is a testament to the storytelling of Victor Hugo; Zero Dark Thirty for it’s meticulous detail on how the CIA found and killed Osama bin Laden; and Django Unchained that not only pays homage to Spaghetti Westerns but demonstrates the evil of slavery with a Promethean character that not only seeks justice but ventures to rescue his true love.

And with all of that said, the best film of 2012 is … The Dark Knight Rises!

The Dark Knight Rises is right on so many levels that it easily is the best movie of the year. The entire Batman movie trilogy is based on Frank Miller’s comic book mini-series Batman: Year One. However, in The Dark Knight Rises, elements of Miller’s award winning Batman trilogy The Dark Knight Returns. Specifically, the central concept of Batman returning to Gotham City of fight crime.

We can see from the elements of this latest installment in the Batman trilogy that it’s producer Christopher Nolan is pro-Western Civilization. The film’s central villain, Bane, and his cohorts in The League of Shadows demonstrate the nihilistic destruction resulting from collectivism symbolized by the group’s proto-communistic policies. Nolan symbolically and openly condemns the ideas behind Occupy Wall Street symbolized when Bane et. all take over an island in Gotham City. The group allows a quasi-Reign of Terror which results in the confiscation of private property in the name of dispensing Marxist justice by deposing property owners of their homes coupled with a kangaroo court headed by Dr. Johnathan Crane (aka Scarecrow).

Bruce Wayne is a wealthy individual who at first gives up on the city he loves but his conscience gets to him so he comes back to Gotham’s defense. Like he does in the first two movies, Wayne demonstrates uncompromising bravery and integrity. He not only returns to fight crime but his reappearance results in being an inspiration for others. This is seen with what happened with Selina Kyle (Catwoman) who dumps her life of crime to help Batman defeat Bane and his cohorts. It isn’t just Selina who is inspired by Wayne but many others (like police officer Robin John Blake) take it upon themselves to stand up to their adversity rather than grovel or retreat.

The overall message of The Dark Knight Rises isn’t just the rejection and condemnation of the Left’s nihilistic, destructive nature but is a wake up call for people to rise from their ashes like Phoenixes and embrace values that affirm life. While some say that the lights of the West maybe going out, The Dark Knight Rises shows that even though the light of reason may go out, we can and must turn them on again and live.

For Love and Justice: An Essay on Socialized Medicine

Since Michael Moore uses the medium of film to call for socialized medicine, I think people should know about alternate methods that demonstrate the evils of socialized medicine. While there are the Free Market Cure film shorts one can see for free on the internet and Logan Darrow Clements’ excellent movie SICK and SICKER, a brilliant literary work is Gen LaGreca’s book, Noble Vision, that was published in 2005.

The book takes place in the near future in New York City where surgeon Doctor David Lang takes a liking for ballet dancer Nicole Hudson. Lang takes time out of his busy schedule to see Nicole perform so Lang can escape his stressful job and the trappings of his marriage that is on the rocks. The ballet Lang sees her perform in the book is entitled Triumph which is a retelling of the myths of Prometheus and Pandora. In Greek mythology, Prometheus brings fire to man in defiance of Zeus’s will and for his disobedience Zeus punishes Prometheus by having him chained him to a rock in Caucasus where he is regularly attacked by an eagle.

In an effort to punish Man, Zeus also gives Pandora a golden box which, as you may know, she opens and releases the evils of mankind. However, the ballet is further revised where Pandora frees Prometheus and together they drive back the evils released from the box while at the same time endure the wrath of Zeus. In a not so subtle effort this ballet sets the tone for the book’s basic plot.

Lang goes so far as to send flowers to Nicole in which he is known to her as The Phantom. Yet, as it turns out, Nicole gets seriously injured during a ballet performance and ends up losing her eye sight. Lang decides to treat her with an experimental surgery he has developed which is deemed illegal by CareFree, New York State’s socialized medicine program. In the book, La Greca points to the onerous rules and regulations doctors (especially surgeons) have to submit to while the system itself penalizes honest, dedicated doctors as means of trying to control costs. All of these consequences LaGreca outlines are based on her extensive research on countries with socialized medicine.

CareFree punishes doctors with heavy fines and even jail time for disobedience. To obtain treatments for patients doctors must plead with bureaucrats for approval for even the most minor procedures. The fees are set by the state so even if a doctor performs twelve hours of surgery, CareFree will only pay for six. Noble Vision is also a novel of how humans struggle to survive under the iron grip of collectivism. LaGreca seems to draw mainly from The Fountainhead with elements of Atlas Shrugged thrown in for good measure, respectfully.

David Lang reminds me of my favorite of Ayn Rand’s charaters, Hank Rearden, than Howard Roark mainly due to Lang’s wife, Marie, being strikingly similar to Lillian Rearden. Marie states that she would rather David had a mistress, than for him to be that passionate about his work so that he doesn’t come home at night. Rather than love him because of his passion for his work, Marie Lang really wants to destroy David since she believes in following the rules unquestionably. For Marie Lang, and several of Noble Vision‘s characters, right and wrong is not determined by one’s sense of life and integrity, but by rules set by others or society itself.

Furthermore, the main element in The Fountainhead that tried to damn Howard Roark was social opinion, as opposed Hank Rearden and David Lang who both end up freeing themselves from outside influences while breaking directives and laws in order to do their jobs and reassert their individuality. Lang is the successful and intelligent entrepreneur driven by his convictions and love of not only his profession but also for his love of Nicole Lang. I am sure if Ayn Rand were alive she would have kind words for Noble Vision and its author.

If you want a look at the reality of socialized medicine and want an excellent, well-written novel that is as much a love story as it is a book on philosophy read Noble Vision and tell others you know who support socialized medicine about it. You will be glad you did.

Why is James Hansen Still Employed?

NASA physicist Dr. James Hansen has a long and colorful record. He was born and raised in Dennison, Iowa in which he received all three of his degrees at the University of Iowa. According to the biography on his website, while attending school Hansen took an interest in the science and research done at James Van Allen’s space program. Upon graduating he studied Astrophysics and Astronomy in Japan and when he returned to the U.S. in 1967 he gained employment with the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) which he now heads.

In addition to a well credentialed background in climate science, Hansen is also an adviser to former Vice President Al Gore in which he consulted on the science for the movie An Inconvenient Truth. Hansen is not only a scientist, consultant, and bureaucrat, he is also a hardcore environmental activist. He has been arrested on multiple occasions for activities related to environmental issues. The first time was in 2009 with actress Darryl Hannah when the two protested with environmentalist groups over a mountaintop removal mining in West Virginia. He was arrested in front of the White House for the same issue in 2010. Hansen was arrested in 2011 and six days ago in front of the White House again this time protesting the Keystone Pipeline.

Worst of all he has defended environmentalists who have conducted acts of sabotage. In 2008, Hansen flew to Great Britain to testify at a jury trial on behalf of Greenpeace activists who were on trial for vandalizing a coal plant arguing that its emissions had contributed to rising sea levels and the extinction of 400 species. Thanks to his testimony all six defendants were acquitted. What should be of further concern is not only Hansen’s activism on the taxpayer dime and defense of vandalism but how he is willing to resort to manipulating science to achieve his goal of eliminating not only fossil fuels but all forms of industrialization. In 2011 most of GISS’s thermometers located in Canada used to measure world global temperatures have had their data tampered with giving the impression that the world is warming more than cooling.

During August of last year, Hansen was quoted by the Canadian Broadcast Company that there is increasing amounts of drought that is related to global warming. However, a response by former Virginia State Climatologist Dr. Patrick Michaels tells a different story:

Hansen claims that global warming is associated with increased drought in the US. This is a testable hypothesis which he chose not to test, and, because PNAS isn’t truly peer-reviewed for Members like him, no one tested it for him.

I have [examined] drought data [that] are from NCDC, and the temperature record is Hansen’s own. His hypothesis is a complete and abject failure.

This in addition to a number of other instances where James Hansen has misrepresented the facts regarding global warming coupled with his anti-industrial activism Hansen’s statements should be give pause to anyone regardless of their views. For example, a few years ago he equated the shipping of coal by train to how Jews were shipped to concentration camps in Nazi Germany. Consider other comments he made in 2009 about coal making comments modified comparing the shipment of coals on trains to the Jewish Holocaust:

Coal is the single greatest threat to civilization and all life on our planet … the dirtiest trick that governments play on their citizens is that they are working for ‘clean coal’. The trains carrying coal to power plants are death trains. Coal-fired power plants are factories of death.

Hansen has also advocated putting oil company executives on trial for crimes against humanity and nature for spreading (in his view) doubts about global warming and climate change. In an interview with the UK Guardian he in 2008 said:

When you are in that kind of position, as the CEO of one the primary players who have been putting out misinformation even via [organizations] that affect what gets into school textbooks, then I think that’s a crime.

As a result of all of Hansen’s recent high profile activities, a group called the American Tradition Institute (ATI) is seeking documentation related to his receiving $1.6 million in outside, direct cash related to his activism. The group also alleges that Hansen has broken numerous policies related to the agency’s code of conduct and the Hatch Act. More specifically, through the FOIA request ATI is looking to resolve litigation the group initiated due to NASA’s initial refusal to comply with a public inquiry for financial documents related to Hansen’s activities.

Regardless if Hansen’s activism has gone so far as to draw the ire of his colleagues. In 2009 James Hansen’s former boss at GISS Dr. John S Theon stated Hansen embarrassed NASA with his claims on climate changes and (despite his statements to the contrary) was never censured:

Hansen was never muzzled even though he violated NASA’s official agency position on climate forecasting (i.e., we did not know enough to forecast climate change or mankind’s effect on it). Hansen thus embarrassed NASA by coming out with his claims of global warming in 1988 in his testimony before Congress…

I suppose it makes sense that James Hansen has become more vocal in recent years since President Barack Obama’s election. One indication that the President will refuse to prosecute causes the Left supports is when Attorney General Eric Holder refusal to prosecute New Black Panthers after they publicly announced their putting a bounty on the head of George Zimmerman. An activity that, to his credit, even Jesse Jackson condemned.

James Hansen’s activism not only demonstrates his hatred of civilization but also his willingness to lie and manipulate the truth in order to achieve his goal(s). I resent my tax dollars paying for his activities especially since he is obviously using his title and office as a means of promoting his anti-human crusade. The underpinnings of environmentalism romanticize peasant life and that is the level of living Hansen and groups like Greenpeace wish to reduce mankind to a caveman like existence. In 2008 one NASA administrator stated he felt it was time for Hansen to go citing numerous instances of him flagrantly disregarding federal employment policies. Because of his activities, his ignoring his employer’s policies, and regardless if Obama is protecting him Van Jones’s termination after a public campaign sponsored by Glenn Beck to sack him makes it clear no one is immune from public pressure. I plan on contacting NASA and calling for Hansen’s termination. I ask you do the same.

Climate Depot Refutes Obama’s Warmophobia

Climate Depot offers a refutation of Obama’s climate hysteria in his Stat(ist) of the Union speech.

President Obama: But for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change….

MIT’s Dr. Lindzen: Future generations will wonder in bemused amazement that the early 21st century’s developed world went into hysterical panic over a globally averaged temperature increase of a few tenths of a degree, and, on the basis of gross exaggerations of highly uncertain computer projections combined into implausible chains of inference, proceeded to contemplate a roll-back of the industrial age.

President Obama: Yes, it’s true that no single event makes a trend. But the fact is, the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15

Climate Depot Response: Obama is ignoring the climate elephant in the room. Global temperatures have essentially been flat lining for 16 years now. The halt in global temperatures has shown up in multiple data sets and peer-reviewed literature.

President Obama: Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods – all are now more frequent and intense….

Climate Depot Response: Sorry Mr. President, you are not entitled to your own set of facts. See: Meteorologist Dr. Ryan Maue: ‘Are climate scientists bothered that President’s speech on ‘extreme weather’ climate change doesn’t jive with the last IPCC SREX report?’

Read the full article here.

The Facts About SB 1070

There is unrest in Tucson, Arizona after arrests were conducted by local authorities which have been related to SB 1070. I do not subscribe to the views of the round ’em up, kick ’em out nativist crowd and initially had concerns with Arizona’s controversial new immigration law SB 1070.

However, I decided to do some research to see if much of what SB 1070’s critics charge would occur under Arizona’s new state statute. After careful consideration of the points for and against it and looking into this matter further, I have come to the conclusion that the new law will not result in many of the things opponents of SB 1070 claim. Including some libertarian’s bizarre claim that the new law is part of a conspiracy to a clandestinely implement a national I.D. card. The new law is based soley on documentation, written to apply to everyone equally and, despite opponent’s claims, and there is no requirement in SB 1070 that people in Arizona have to carry any identification.

Also, while working its way through the Arizona legislature SB 1070 was amended to prohibit racial profiling and race cannot be used as a determining factor when police stop someone. According to the Cato Institute, most of the undocumented immigrant population are Hispanics and, unfortunately, it is Latinos that are hit hardest by the U.S.’s bureaucratic immigration process. The Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution and much of the case law surrounding these two Amendments is very strong in protecting personal privacy and unreasonable searches and seizures.

Under SB 1070 Arizona police do not have a blank check to stop people for any reason as there are numerous legal hurdles still in place and even enhanced protections implemented under this new law to prevent much of what SB 1070 opponents fear. Under the law police officers don’t have any more authority to stop or arrest someone than they had before it was implemented. If they abuse their power, the agencies or officer who acted fraudulently can be held legally and criminally responsible.

For example, in the course of their investigation, under SB 1070, police officers are not required to check someone’s immigration status if doing so interferes with their ability to conduct an investigation. Police will only have to make a reasonable attempt (when practicable) to check someone’s immigration status if they stop someone involved in the commission of a crime. It was discovered by one journalist that undocumented immigrants with clean records would be eligible for temporary guest worker cards until they are assigned a hearing before an immigration judge.

Immigration courts that handle deportations are backlogged and detention centers that hold undocumented immigrants are full. As a result, many detainees could be the recipients of guest work papers. Recipients, in turn, would be able to travel anywhere in the country to find work until their court date which could be up to 5 years or more. When this fact came to light, SB 1070’s sponsor Russell Pearce didn’t call for this practice to be stopped. According to Phoenix’s Fox News station his reaction was:

It will save us hundreds of millions of dollars. That’s good for the taxpayer. The benefits so outweigh [the work permits].

With all of these points in mind, one has to ask who is really the target of SB 1070? One explanation comes from a news story out of Atlanta, Georgia. As it turns out, while many of the undocumented immigrants caught at Arizona’s border are from Central and Latin America, hundreds are coming from countries you may or may not have expected:

Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran.

With the threat of terrorism inspired by proponents of Islamic jihad, many terrorists who subscribe to fundamentalist Islamic theology will look for any way to sneak into the United States and make their way to terrorist sleeper cells. This is not to say that everyone from the four above mentioned countries or someone from somewhere else who attempts to sneak into the U.S. are terrorists. It is very possible that the migrants from middle eastern countries attempting to enter the U.S. from Mexico are refugees.

However, the vast majority of terrorists do hail from the Middle East and all of the countries listed above are known to harbor terrorists. One country (Iran) helps arm and train them. Therefore, legal measures, like SB 1070 to help counter the ability of terrorists and violent criminals to enter and live in the U.S. while maintaining standards to preserve individual liberties are warranted since terrorists and violent criminals pose a threat to an individual’s right to life.

The fact is Russell Pearce proposed SB 1070 in reaction to discussions he had with ranchers in southern Arizona expressing their concern to him about the death of Rob Krentz who was murdered by an immigrant or drug smuggler back in March on his ranch located in Cochise County. Krentz was a decent, honest, hardworking man known to help undocumented immigrants crossing Arizona’s desert.

Cochise County is one of many counties in Arizona near the U.S. – Mexico border that has experienced increased violence due to the smuggling of illegal drugs and undocumented immigrants. Most undocumented immigrants are honest, hardworking people who took a chance to come to the U.S. in search of a better life and should be able to apply for papers to legally work in the U.S. The result of SB 1070 could enables them to do just that.

In addition to undocumented immigrants who have clean records being able to obtain work cards, at the very least, President Obama should work with Congress to repeal the cap on H1-B visas so employers can hire more people and would simulataneously enable the legal importation of more skilled labor.

With the high likelihood of more domestic terrorist attacks along with the elevated violence in Arizona counties along the U.S.-Mexico border makes it abundantly clear that it is the violence and death resulting from illegal drug and undocumented immigrant trades, and the potential influx of terrorists that Pearce’s law is designed to curb. Short of halting the hiring of undocumented immigrants for working and living here (which I disgree with), Senator Pearce never sought to overturn appropriate legal protections geared to prevent abuse by police officers directed towards people nor stop the flow of immigrants to the United States. With these points in mind, one has to wonder whose side opponents of SB 1070 are really on?