Memorial Day is the symbolic start of the summer season, but most of us understand that this holiday associated with cookouts and weekend getaways is meant for something other than our enjoyment. On Memorial Day we honor Americans who died in service, and reflect on sacrifices made and lives lost for the sake of people not only in this country, but in countries throughout the world.
Arizona’s SB 1070 is quickly leading to a standoff with the Federal Government over illegal immigration. The stakes are very high, and will give the nation an opportunity see whether the Obama administration will defend our border states, or rubber stamp the demands of illegal immigrants. Given the gravity of the issues involved, including states’ rights and the legal status of illegal aliens, we should expect a strong response from Republican leaders to what Democrats obviously anticipate will be a major victory.
Los Angeles jumped on the Arizona-bashing bandwagon last week, electing to boycott the state that has become a national pariah for having the courage to say “no” to illegal immigration. On the other side of the country, New Jersey’s Senator Robert Menendez urged Major League Baseball to boycott the Phoenix 2011 All-Star Game. In Illinois, Highland Park High School brought the controversy to children by refusing to allow their girls’ basketball team to travel to a tournament sponsored in the border state.
President Obama deserves accolades for persistence. Encouraged by easy victories enabled by his Congressional majority, the president continues on his quest to force unwanted, damaging regulation on states, localities, and the private sector. Amidst revelations that overpaid SEC employees surfed porn while the country sank into recession, the president repeated his mantra that banks put taxpayers on the hook, ignoring the fact that it was the federal government that made the decision to hand over our money for bonuses.
With the exception of the old line about death and taxes, there are very few dependable truisms. It would be a safe bet that most any politician would broker his or her mother’s soul for a better spot in the Labor Day parade, but overall the more we know, the less reliable life becomes. Concepts accepted as unassailable fact can surprise and disappoint us when they prove to have unforeseen exceptions.
Located fourteen miles southwest of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the city of New Berlin has appeared on national “best places to live” lists, a status attested to by the serene golf course scene depicted on the city’s website.
BuySeasons, Inc. is headquartered in New Berlin. Halloween is probably a very busy time of year for BuySeasons and its online costume store, Buycostumes.com.
When good behavior comes from a place where you least expect it, that good behavior should be reinforced in hopes that it will become something other than an aberration. We slighted our government by not commending it for something it did correctly last year. Frankly, there are very few instances where we can point to our public officials and say “Nice job.” This was one of those instances, and not only did we drop the ball by not giving credit where it was surely due, but we condemned the incident and our officials in favor of defending individuals who entered our country unbidden and broke our laws.
My commute to the office each morning is brief, allowing just enough time to listen to the headlines. I am largely unacquainted with talk radio, a media genre popular with those who are stuck in their vehicles for hours on end, so when Michael Savage was mentioned in a recent news article, I did not know who he was.