August 31, 2015
The Real Problems with Illegal Immigration
One of the key factors that made America a superpower is its history of being a "nation of immigrants." People came here with their skills and ambition and created wealth. In the days when Ellis Island was a functioning gateway, we were very selective about who we let into the country. If someone had a criminal record or some type of infectious disease, he or she would likely be sent back to their country of origin.
Today, our borders are almost nonexistent. For decades, wave after wave of illegal immigrants have been flooding into America. There are now around 20 million illegal aliens in our nation; with 1.7 million coming in just since 2014. One-fifth of the one-time citizens of El Salvador are now living in the United States.
In the area of immigration we have a complete breakdown of the rule of law. I'm constantly reading about the absurdity of people being caught and deported as many as a dozen times. Nearly half the people who come to the U.S. on visas overstay their time limit.
Politicians like President Obama openly support illegal immigration. He and his liberal cronies see these immigrants as a way to gain political power. Since most of the new arrivals will vote for the Democratic Party, liberals welcome the invasion. Our porous southern border allows them to import their voter base.
Anyone who protests this policy is asked, "What are we going to do, round them all up?" Since they are breaking our laws, that would be the appropriate thing to do. If a massive number of people were cheating on their taxes, would they also say, "What are we going to do, round them all up?"
This unchecked immigration comes with a very high cost. In 2010, the average unlawful immigrant household received around $24,721 in government benefits and services while paying some $10,334 in taxes. This generated an average annual fiscal deficit (benefits received minus taxes paid) of around $14,387 per household. The annual costs of illegal immigration at the federal, state and local level is about $113 billion; nearly $29 billion at the federal level and $84 billion at the state and local level.
The greatest problem with illegal immigration is the erosion of our society. Liberals think they are making the country better by adding to our diversity. What they are really doing is undermining our nation's main culture by helping to create subcultures hostile or non-cooperative to the national interest. To have unity, people who come here need to assimilate to the American culture.
Since 46 percent of legal immigrants and approximately 75 percent of illegal migrants are Hispanic, they ignore traditional U.S. institutions in favor of alternative Spanish-language ones. They frequent websites, radio stations, and TV networks that are in Spanish. The development of this subculture is what has allowed Spanish-language network Univision to top all other stations (including the "Big Four," ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox) in the ratings.
My hometown is Storm Lake, Iowa. It is the perfect example to explain the balkanization process. The population went from zero to 36 percent Hispanic. You wouldn't know it by going into many of the long-existing local businesses. The immigrants have their own grocery stores, restaurants, and even their own radio station. In a town of 10,000 people, there are two separate cultures.
Europe has made a huge mistake by allowing in ten million Muslims. Most followers of the Koran see their religion as being superior to the citizenship requirements of their adopted nation. In one poll, over half of the Muslims living in Europe said they would support a forced effort to make Islamic law the rule of the land.
Not even the rash of mass murders in France has not caused the country to highlight the immense cultural conflict. It would be bad enough to have Muslims motivated by some major grievance, but many of the attacks are carried out by Islamists that decide out of the blue that they want to kill all infidels.
We get into demonic madness when it comes to crimes committed by immigrants. The liberal media have an embargo on criminal acts by illegal aliens. While they represent just 3.5% of the U.S. population, undocumented immigrants represent 7% of federal prison sentences following convictions on charges of sexual abuse, 9% of murders, 12% of assaults and 30% of kidnappings. These numbers are brushed aside because they don't fit in with the media's agenda on immigration.
My greatest fear is that our broken borders are going to play right into the hands of a right-wing reactionary party. The lawlessness created by liberal policies is the perfect setting for a Hitler-like figure to come along and promise he will restore order.
"As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be at the coming of the Son of Man" (Matthew 24:37).
Month of Destiny
September of 2015, a month that has received attention from Bible prophecy students like only two other I can remember, is upon us. The others were December of 1999 and December of 2012.
December, 1999 brought much speculation and not a little fearfulness that Y2K--the turn of the millennium--would be accompanied by world-rending upheaval. December of 2012, came after many months, even years of built-up hoopla involving the "prophecies" of the Mayan Calendar, which predicted global cataclysm, according to some.
Both of those scythe-wielding, Grim Reaper speculations came and went without incident for the most part. Some argue that there were some major problems when the calendar rolled over to 2000, and there would have been disaster, had billions of dollars not been used to fix the problem ahead of time. Fact is, despite the dire predictions, there were no disasters.
So, with somewhat of a history upon which to call in the case of such anticipated date-oriented calamities, what are we to make of this September specter before us?
For those who view my tone to this point as flippant or laced with sarcasm, I assure that isn't my frame of mind as I consider with you these much-agonized over speculations. I simply want to remind that predictions that engender similar level of worry have approached then dissipated within the relatively recent past.
Although these impending prospects for significant prophetic impact are thought by many to be unprecedented in their seeming supernatural arrangement, specific prophetic manifestation might not necessarily result--i.e., all of the dates and other ingredients that are within the mix of anticipation that something spectacular will come of it all this month might not come to fruition.
Even if this turns out to be the case, faith that the Lord is beginning to move within these times so near the end of the Church Age should be fortified and strengthened, not weakened. As He has told us:
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
God's foreknowledge is perfect, thus His timing is flawless. Although pundits of every sort, those biblically prophetic as well as secular, have framed the many strange September 2015 dates and their various, ominous possibilities into a coalition of likely probabilities, these might well not eventuate.
No matter how many presumably prophetic elements seem in alignment for triggering judgment-like occurrence, it is good to pause, catch our collective breath, and consider the following. Circumstance does not control God; God controls circumstance. I believe we are witnesses to this providential control in the arena of national and global economies at this time.
For months the wizards of finance have, through violating every known rubric of economic theory, printed money with nothing to back it. They have thus thrown trillions of dollars at the building national debt through "quantitative easing," as it has been creatively termed. The Federal Reserve (Fed) has kept interest rates at artificial lows to prevent the U.S. economy from imploding.
Early in the week, following a steep fall in stock market numbers the previous Friday, the economic pontificaters were out in force. One I heard said that there is "concern," but the world isn't at an end. He said that although the high-tech stocks had been "smashed," they would rebound. He offered that China wasn't totally coming apart economically like many feared, but that the Chinese were experiencing an eye-opening correction. The expert said that things that were happening at the moment were nothing at all like the collapse in 2007-2008. This week's activity, he said, was a change of "attitude." The 2007-2008 collapse was a change of "direction." (No, I don't know the difference--just telling you what the "expert" said.)
Even with the unprecedented chicanery practiced by those who are supposed to promote the general welfare of the nation, most in the know say the financial system of America--and the world, for that matter--should have long ago collapsed. Nothing like what has been happening has ever been the case, as I, in my admittedly low I.Q. in these matters--understand. The U.S. economy is in uncharted, economic waters and the country is on the precipice of collapse.
But, it hasn't collapsed, and that is no thanks to the ineptitude of those throwing everything but the proverbial kitchen sink at a massive problem no one can even understand, much less make go away. The "experts" are baffled. There seems no explanation for why the bubble keeps building. All they know is that there is coming a collapse of monumental destructiveness. It will be world-changing, and it will be almost instantaneous.
They don't know how close to right they are. We will explore this later in a subsequent article.
While all of this hand-wringing is going on within the pantheon of high finance (privately, of course, where mainstream media is concerned) the world wags on, oblivious to impending cataclysm.
The spiritual seismometers of those who believe that this generation is at the end of the Age of Grace (Church Age) sense something big is about to shake the world. Many who study Bible prophecy believe that all of the things pointing toward September as a month of prophetic destiny will coalesce to bring God's judgment on America and possibly all the world.
At the same time, most within the Church (born-again members of God's eternal family) are as oblivious to anything that might be seriously wrong as are those in the general population. There is a sense of uneasiness over ongoing stock market volatility and what it all might mean to personal financial portfolios. There is growing angst because of the evil of ISIS and occasional acts of evil by other bad actors. But, overall, it is business as usual in the pulpits and pews of America's churches--including the evangelical ones.
Where once God's people, such as Jerry Falwell and the Moral Majority would have fought with all within their power against same-sex marriage and the absolute evil of things Planned Parenthood was exposed to have perpetrated against babies in the womb (and out of the womb in some cases), the preachers and their congregations are now, in fact, a silent minority. I must commend Glenn Beck, who, although a Mormon, thus not a person with full knowledge of Biblical Truth, is a patriot and common-sense man who is leading in protest against the evil within the likes of Planned Parenthood.
There remain courageous pastors and churches that speak out strongly against such abominable things. John Hagee of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio and Dr. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church of Dallas come to mind as two such pastors. But, most are silent, and many have signed on to the anti-Israel movement, taking the side of those who want to divide that Jewish nation, thus to establish a Palestinian state.
For these reasons, and because of the calendar of events they see as in alignment, many who view Bible prophecy believe that God's judgment is about to fall upon America. That judgment, many are convinced, will begin the month of September 2015.
However, remember that circumstance does not control God; God controls circumstance.
Lord willing, next week we will further delve into what this long-fretted over month might hold. One thing sure, we have only a very few days to find out!