Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Monday, February 19, 2024

What Is the Best Way to Stop the Business of Illegal Immigration?

My VIP for this week is Brent Orrin Hatch, a son of former-Senator Orrin Hatch as well as an attorney and a candidate for the United States Senate from Utah. He wrote the following about the hordes of illegal immigrants crossing the borders in his article titled “Brent Orrin Hatch: Biden needs to shut southern border.” 

Hatch explained that he tells his clients to obey the law because it is his job. He also stated that the job of judges is to enforce the law, and the job of our elected leaders is to implement the law. However, some judges and the Biden administration are not doing their job. He stated, “What seems to be lost on the president is why everyone is upset and how unfair the situation is.” Then he explained as follows:

First, caring people realize how wrong the present policies are to the immigrants themselves. There is nothing charitable or Christian about recklessly allowing masses of people to come here after a perilous journey only to sleep in airports (Boston), schools (New York) or the streets, public parks and other facilities (everywhere) without the capacity to provide even the basics of shelter and care. Legal immigration is measured and never exceeds the resources available.

Second, allowing more immigrants into the country than we can reasonably assimilate is unfair to American citizens. Our cities and resources are being overrun, seemingly with no concern for the impact and cost on our citizens. The Biden policy is inhumane both to those coming here and to the American people whose lives are being upended by it.

Third, giving precedence to immigrants entering the country illegally at the expense of the homeless is not right. The homeless are citizens and many are veterans who have protected our homeland. Allowing non-citizens into our country before we can adequately take care of our own is more than unfair, it’s irresponsible. The Biden policies are simply straining our charitable organizations and government resources to the breaking point.

Fourth, it is unfair to our children because billions of dollars are being spent to support immigrants who entered the country illegally, thus putting pressure on our already sky-high $34 trillion national debt. Sadly, money that could be spent on reducing the deficit is actually being spent on increasing illegal immigration. A new report on the border and immigration shows how the Biden administration is paying the United Nations and nongovernmental organizations to facilitate the invasion. There are reportedly 57 international organizations and 132 national NGOs and civil service organizations designated to hand out $343 million in aid for 2024 to help more migrants invade America.

Fifth, not securing our borders threatens our national security needlessly and increases risk to our citizenry. Numerous terrorists have been caught trying to cross the border, but many more have evaded capture. It is troubling that many of these migrants appearing at our southern border are military age men from China, Africa and the Middle East. Drug cartels have used our open borders to flood our streets with Mexican- and Chinese-made fentanyl and use the same routes and connections into America for human trafficking and funneling terrorists across the border. If and when an attack on the homeland comes, it is highly likely their entry will have been through our porous southern border.

Hatch explained that the House Homeland Committee reported that “last year marked the worst in U.S. history for people entering our country without authorization. The impact of these misguided efforts is self-evident.” He continued his explanation: “The strain on schools and city budgets in many parts of the country is overwhelming.” He declared, “The current system has become an illegal immigration industrial complex. He added that “The president does not need a ‘deal’ or new laws to enforce our border.” He obviously believes that Americans will express their views in November on the job that Biden and his administration are actually not doing. 

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Why Should Joe Biden Be Impeached?

The topic of discussion for this Constitution Monday concerns a possible impeachment of Joe Biden. Fred Lucas published an article in The Daily Signal titled “Come: ’30 Million Reasons’ Biden Impeachment Probe Will Continue Despite Indictment of Informant.” 

President Joe Biden called Friday for the House to shut down its impeachment inquiry into alleged influence peddling after the indictment of an FBI informant who said Biden might have accepted $5 million in bribes while vice president.


Special counsel David Weiss, appointed to investigate the financial activities of the president’s son, Huner Biden, secured a grand jury indictment against Alexander Smirnov, alleging that he lied to the FBI. Smirnov faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.


A reporter asked Biden about the indictment at a press conference Friday, and whether the House should drop its impeachment inquiry.


“He is lying and it should be dropped, and it’s just been an outrageous effort from the beginning,” Biden said of Smirnov and the impeachment probe.


But House Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., who is in charge of the inquiry, said the impeachment investigation doesn’t rely on Smirnov’s allegation of a bribe made in an FBI form known as a FD-1023. Comer said the evidence shows that millions of dollars in foreign cash went to Hunter Biden and other members of the Biden family.


Business associates of the Biden family have said that Joe Biden, mostly while vice president, was “the brand” in doing business in foreign countries.


“We have over $30 million reasons to continue this investigation and not one of those reasons relies on the corrupt FBI or an informant,” Comer said in a written statement, adding:


Bank records don’t lie. Bank records and witness testimony reveal Joe Biden knew about and participated in his family’s business schemes, and he has repeatedly lied to the American people about these facts. The American people demand the truth and accountability for any wrongdoing. We will continue to follow the facts to propose legislation to reform federal ethics laws and to determine whether articles of impeachment are warranted….


In July, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, released the bribery allegation against Biden in a four-page FBI document, called an FD-1023, that he obtained through a Justice Department whistleblower. FBI special agents use the FD-1023 form to record raw, unverified information obtained from confidential human sources. Such forms don’t reflect the conclusion of an investigation.


“It costs 5 (million) to pay one Biden, and 5 (million) to another Biden,” the unclassified FD-1023 form quotes then-Burisma CEO Mykola Zlochevsky saying at the 2016 meeting, a reference to the then-vice president and his son, a Burisma board member.

Lucas and other members of the committee investigating claim that there are reasons to impeach Biden. If they can prove corruption on the part of Biden, they should show the evidence. The committee has shown some bank recorders showing corruption. They have no personal reasons for lying, while Biden has lots of reasons to lie about being corrupt.

  

Saturday, February 17, 2024

How Can We Live in Happiness?

My Come Follow Me studies for this week took me to 2 Nephi 3-5 in a lesson titled “We Lived after the Manner of Happiness.” The lesson was introduced with the following information. 

Reading 1 Nephi, you might get the impression that Nephi was somehow larger than life. “Large in stature” both physically and spiritually (1 Nephi 2:16), he seemed unshaken by the trials he faced. Or at least that is what we might assume. While Nephi’s faith was remarkable, his tender words in 2 Nephi 4 reveal that even faithful people sometimes feel “wretched” and “easily beset” by temptations. Here we see someone who is trying, who wants to be joyful, but whose “heart groaneth because of [his] sins.” We can relate to this ad to the hopeful determination that follows: “Nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted” (see 2 Nephi 4:15-19).

While Nephi and his people learned to live “after the manner of happiness”

(2 Nephi 5:27), they also learned that happiness does not come easily or without periods of sorrow. It ultimately comes from trusting the Lord, “the rock of [our] righteousness” (2 Nephi 4:35).

The principle for this discussion comes from 2 Nephi 3:6-24: “Joseph Smith was chosen by God to restore the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Lehi shared with his son Joseph a prophecy given by Joseph of Egypt. The prophecy was about a future “choice seer,” Joseph Smith. Verses 6-24 tell of many things that Joseph Smith would do to bless God’s people.

For Joseph truly testified, saying: A seer shall the Lord my God raise up, who shall be a choice seer unto the fruit of my loins.


Yea, Joseph truly said: Thus saith the Lord unto me: A choice seer will I raise out of the fruit of thy loins; and he shall be esteemed highly among the fruit of thy loins. And unto him will I give commandment that he shall do a work for the fruit of thy loins, his brethren, which shall be of great worth unto them, even to the bringing of them to the knowledge of the covenants which I have made with thy fathers.


And I will give unto him a commandment that he shall do none other work, save the work which I shall command him. And I will make him great in mine eyes; for he shall do my work.


And he shall be great like unto Moses, whom I have said I would raise up unto you, to deliver my people, O house of Israel.


10 And Moses will I raise up, to deliver thy people out of the land of Egypt.


11 But a seer will I raise up out of the fruit of thy loins; and unto him will I give power to bring forth my word unto the seed of thy loins—and not to the bringing forth my word only, saith the Lord, but to the convincing them of my word, which shall have already gone forth among them.


12 Wherefore, the fruit of thy loins shall write; and the fruit of the loins of Judah shall write; and that which shall be written by the fruit of thy loins, and also that which shall be written by the fruit of the loins of Judah, shall grow together, unto the confounding of false doctrines and laying down of contentions, and establishing peace among the fruit of thy loins, and bringing them to the knowledge of their fathers in the latter days, and also to the knowledge of my covenants, saith the Lord.


13 And out of weakness he shall be made strong, in that day when my work shall commence among all my people, unto the restoring thee, O house of Israel, saith the Lord.


14 And thus prophesied Joseph, saying: Behold, that seer will the Lord bless; and they that seek to destroy him shall be confounded; for this promise, which I have obtained of the Lord, of the fruit of my loins, shall be fulfilled. Behold, I am sure of the fulfilling of this promise;


15 And his name shall be called after me; and it shall be after the name of his father. And he shall be like unto me; for the thing, which the Lord shall bring forth by his hand, by the power of the Lord shall bring my people unto salvation.


16 Yea, thus prophesied Joseph: I am sure of this thing, even as I am sure of the promise of Moses; for the Lord hath said unto me, I will preserve thy seed forever.


17 And the Lord hath said: I will raise up a Moses; and I will give power unto him in a rod; and I will give judgment unto him in writing. Yet I will not loose his tongue, that he shall speak much, for I will not make him mighty in speaking. But I will write unto him my law, by the finger of mine own hand; and I will make a spokesman for him.


18 And the Lord said unto me also: I will raise up unto the fruit of thy loins; and I will make for him a spokesman. And I, behold, I will give unto him that he shall write the writing of the fruit of thy loins, unto the fruit of thy loins; and the spokesman of thy loins shall declare it.


19 And the words which he shall write shall be the words which are expedient in my wisdom should go forth unto the fruit of thy loins. And it shall be as if the fruit of thy loins had cried unto them from the dust; for I know their faith.


20 And they shall cry from the dust; yea, even repentance unto their brethren, even after many generations have gone by them. And it shall come to pass that their cry shall go, even according to the simpleness of their words.


21 Because of their faith their words shall proceed forth out of my mouth unto their brethren who are the fruit of thy loins; and the weakness of their words will I make strong in their faith, unto the remembering of my covenant which I made unto thy fathers.


22 And now, behold, my son Joseph, after this manner did my father of old prophesy.


23 Wherefore, because of this covenant thou art blessed; for thy seed shall not be destroyed, for they shall hearken unto the words of the book.


24 And there shall rise up one mighty among them, who shall do much good, both in word and in deed, being an instrument in the hands of God, with exceeding faith, to work mighty wonders, and do that thing which is great in the sight of God, unto the bringing to pass much restoration unto the house of Israel, and unto the seed of thy brethren.

Joseph Smith’s work has been “of great worth” to me, and it can be of great worth to you. From his work, I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are two separate Beings of flesh and bone. From his work, I know that families can live together for eternity. One important part of Joseph Smith’s mission was to bring forth the Book of Mormon – Another Testament of Jesus Christ. I have studied the Book of Mormon and prayed to God to know if it is true. I received a witness that the Book of Mormon is true and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God’s church on earth today.

 

Friday, February 16, 2024

Why Is Marriage the Key to Happiness?

The strongest families begin with the parents being married, and communities, states, and nations are soundest when a father and a mother head the vast majority of families. Lois M. Collins published an article titled “The case for marriage: Science says it’s the key to happiness.” A subtitle to her article states: “A variety of studies show a good marriage is something worth working for.” 

Brad Wilcox has an urgent message, just in time for Valentine’s Day: “Get Married.”

It’s the title of his new book and one of the subjects of his life’s work as a sociologist at the University of Virginia, home to the National Marriage Project, which he directs.

It’s also a heartfelt belief that he backs with reams of science.


Asked five reasons why people should marry, Wilcox emails this list: More sex. Less loneliness. More meaning. Better-adjusted kids. And a lot more happiness. “Nothing matters more than a good marriage for happiness today,” he told Deseret News. “Not money, education, job satisfaction, sexual frequency or even religious attendance.”

He said that a healthy marriage and good family environment “are more reliable pathways to a meaningful and happy life than even a good job.”


Wilcox is not alone in the belief that a good marriage brings meaning, companionship, more resources and greater life satisfaction to life. A long look at Gallup poll results shows it. Published studies in well-known journals show it. Reports like one just released by BYU’s Wheatley Institute called “The Soulmate Trap” show the benefits of a happy union.

The article by Collins has much more information about why social scientists encourage Americans to marry and to create happy marriages. Among reasons for why marriage brings greater happiness, Collins listed the following facts provided by Wilcox and other experts.

·         When Wilcox looked at the 2022 General Social Survey while researching his latest book, he said it showed a very small share of couples are not happy in their marriage. And if they’re not happy in their marriage, they’re not happy generally. They are certainly less happy than their single peers, he said.

·         Other experts, too, have noted the importance of the word “good” or healthy” in singing marriage’s praises. Kids do better when their parents have a good partnership.

·         Melissa Kearney … noted a few months ago, simple math plays a role in that. Two parents in the home have more resources – whether time or tangible things – to offer kids. And commitment to the kids and each other means everything.

·         Having two parents who are working together with the goal of kids who flourish is more likely in married-parent households, experts across the political aisle have told Deseret News.

·         “It’s still the case that there’s no group of Americans that are happier than married parents, on average,” Wilcox noted. “The reality is that for all of its difficulties, marriage is a major source of meaning and happiness for ordinary people, both men and women.”

·         Jonathan Rothwell, principal economist at Gallup, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a visiting scholar at George Washington University, used a different data set and came to largely the same conclusion about marriage’s benefits. [He wrote]: “This does not mean that marriage – as an institution or relationship – is necessarily the cause of happiness, though that certainly may be true. People who are persistently happier – or have attributes that tend to generate and sustain happiness, such as character traits like agreeableness, emotional stability and conscientiousness – may be more likely to seek out marriage and may be more likely to receive marriage proposals. Marital status is not randomly assigned.”

Again, I encourage you to read the article by Collins because there is much more evidence about the importance of marriage. If you want a strong community, state, and nation, then do your part and create a happy marriage and strong family.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Why Was Mayorkas Impeached?

History was made tonight when the House of Representatives voted to impeach Alejandro Mayorkas, Homeland Security Secretary with a vote of 214-213. He is the first cabinet secretary to be impeached since War Secretary William Belnap was impeached in 1876.

Mayorkas survived the first impeachment vote last week, but the impeachment articles were impeached today. All Republicans voted to impeach except three who voted with the Democrats – the same three that voted no last week. Suzanne Bates at The Deseret News reported the following information. 

Republicans have blamed Mayorkas for the border crisis, and in the impeachment articles, Mayorkas is accused of violating “laws enacted by Congress regarding immigration and border security. In large part because of his unlawful conduct, millions of aliens have illegally entered the United States on an annual basis with many unlawfully remaining in the United States.”

Of course, President Joe Biden and other Democrats blasted the Republicans for “staging political stunts.” It almost seems like they do not remember the two times that they impeached former President Donald Trump without any constitutional reasons. In his statement, Biden said the following:

“History will not look kindly on House Republicans for their blatant act of unconstitutional partisanship that has targeted an honorable public servant in order to play petty political games,” the statement said. “Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas, a Cuban immigrant who came to the United States with his family as political refugees, has spent more than two decades serving America with integrity in a decorated career in law enforcement and public service.”


In fiscal year 2023, more than 3.2 million migrants were encountered at the border, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Then in December, the agency saw more than 300,000 encounters at the southern border, a record number. (Emphasis added.)

If Mayorkas had not been so arrogant in declaring that “the border is secure,” he might have had more supporters. However, any border that is crossed by 3.2 million migrants within one fiscal year is definitely NOT secure! In my opinion, Mayorkas lied repeatedly to Congress whenever he went before them.

Some people estimate that the number of illegal crossings at the border have passed 10 million since Biden was inaugurated. If he gets reelected, the numbers could double, triple, or more because our systems are being overwhelmed. The only way to save America from total destruction is to remove Democrats from power and then keep them out.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Do You Still Feel Safe from Another Terrorist Account?

Jennie Taer reported that a Pakistani man who illegally crossed our southern border was caught and released by federal immigration authorities. He was released even though his name is on a terror watchlist. 

The Pakistani national entered the U.S. illegally Nov. 9 and was nabbed by the Border Patrol the next day in Tecate, California, according to the memo [from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] which was received from two different sources in the Department of Homeland Security, parent agency to both ICE and the Border Patrol.


While the Pakistani was in Border Patrol custody Nov. 22, the Terrorism Screening Center confirmed that he was a positive match on the terror watchlist, according to the memo.


Despite this, the memo says, the terror suspect was released Jan. 23 from the custody of ICE’s San Diego office after the agency served him with an Order of Release on Recognizance with tracking technology through a program called Alternatives to Detention.


Border agents served the Pakistani with an expedited removal order Nov 11, after which he said that he had a credible fear of going back to Pakistan, according to the memo.

On Jan. 24, however, the ICE office in San Diego informed the agency’s office in Los Angeles of the man’s presence on the terror watchlist, along with his “mandatory detention requirement,” and had him report on his own to the Alternatives to Detention check-in office. ICE in Los Angeles was able to arrest him when he showed up for the check-in….


The Border Patrol caught 172 individuals on the terrorist watchlist attempting to enter the United States illegally in fiscal year 2023, which ended Sept. 30. From October through December, the Border Patrol recorded 50 encounters with individuals on the terrorist watchlist, according to federal data.


Border Patrol agents also recorded 98 encounters with individuals on the terror watchlist in fiscal year 2022 and 16 in fiscal year 2021, according to the data.

Those figures add up to more than 325 people named on the terror watchlist who have been caught. How many other such people have not been caught? Do you remember the damage done to our nation by 18 terrorists on airliners on September 11, 2001. How much more damage can hundreds of terrorists do?

 

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Are Democrat Senators Laying Groundwork for Third Trump Impeachment?

According to Fred Lucas at The Daily Signal, President Joe Biden and Democrat Senators – along with help from some Republicans – are attempting to pass a bill to continue funding the war in Ukraine. Senator JD Vance (R-Ohio) argued on X that the bill is “a predicate to impeach Donald Trump should he win a second term.” Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah), Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), and others joined in the discussion. 

Lucas reported that 18 Republicans joined the Democrat majority to close the bill to debate and to move to a vote. The bill is for $95 billion dollars with $61 billion going to Ukraine and $14 going to Israel to eradicate Hamas after its October 7, 2023, terrorist attacks.

“There is actually a very good argument that the exact same legal justification for the impeachment of 2019 would hold with this legislation,” Vance said of Trump’s impeachment by a Democrat-run House over his phone call to Ukraine’s president.

Vance referenced a recent Washington Post story that said: “Not incidentally, a U.S. official said, the hope is that the long-term promise – again assuming congressional buy-in – will also ‘future-proof’ aid for Ukraine against the possibility that former President Donald Trump wins his reelection bid.”


“The funding for Ukraine doesn’t just extend into 2024, it extends into 2025 and arguably even 2026,” Vance said of the bill. “By the admission of administration officials, it would explicitly tie the hands of the next president of the United States and force that president to continue funneling weapons and resources for Ukraine instead of negotiating a settlement.” …


As president, Biden supports continued funding for Ukraine – arguing that Russia must be prevented from further aggression. By contrast, Trump has said that if elected, he would negotiate a peaceful resolution between Ukraine and Russia.


“He will have a diplomatic agenda that would be directly thwarted by this legislation,” Vance said of Trump. “If he didn’t send the money to Ukraine – as is currently required by this legislation – it would establish a predicate that is exactly the same as the predicate in the 2019 articles of impeachment.”

“Other senators made other arguments about sending U.S. aid to Ukraine with little accountability. Senator Lee said, “The fact that we would do this without putting an inspector general in place specifically for this and adopting all sorts of other transparency, auditability provisions turns a blind eye to corruption,” Lee said.

Lee argued against funding Ukraine because they use the U.S. aid --  $8 billion – “to pay their civil servants, their bureaucracy, and you don’t put any restrictions on their ability to use it for salaries, or to use it for backing up the Ukrainian welfare system, or to sue it for handouts to favored companies like clothing stores and sellers of concert tickets, you know that it’s going to continue.”

Senator Johnson’s argument was that the Biden administration has no clear strategy for the war in Ukraine besides funding the war for Ukraine. “One of the depraved justifications for all the spending is that it’s really not going over to Ukraine, it’s helping to build our industrial base, an so it’s creating jobs in your state.”