“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Obama Deporting Veterans
Federal law requires everyone who enlists or re-enlists in the Armed Forces of the United States to take the enlistment oath. This oath is a permanent oath of allegiance to the United States of America very much like the oath taken by my best friend Fely on the Fourth of July, 2008 to become an American citizen.
The U.S. Army strengthened efforts to recruit more skilled soldiers by offering a fast track to U.S. citizenship if immigrants enlist. Currently there are 30,000 non-citizens serving in the US Army alone. My own father was a Philippine national who became a US Citizen by serving in the US Navy in the 60s and 70s. "When your tour ends," Obama said to those now serving, "when you touch our soil, you will be home in America that is forever here for you, just as you've been there for us. That is my promise."
According to the Cato Institute, immigrants account for more than 20% of recipients of Congressional Medals of Honor, the country's highest award for battlefield valor, equating to more than 700 immigrants who served the U.S. in wars with heroism "beyond the call of duty,"
Few of us can imagine the horror of combat, the physical and mental injuries sustained by our troops in war. Many of our troops find it difficult to adjust when they rotate back to the "world" and some of these get in trouble with the law. Almost half of the Vietnam veterans with PTSD have been arrested or jailed.
Approximately 3,000 military veterans from wars in Vietnam, Grenada, Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan are currently deported or imprisoned awaiting deportation. Most of their cases involve misdemeanors and felonies. Some combat Veterans are being deported after serving time in jail, and some without any jail time at all.
I'm all in favor of law and order, but I'm also about keeping our promises.