By DR. LARRY MOSES
No one asked me but… California Governor Jerry Brown stated that the federal government has declared war on his state. United States Attorney General Jeff Session has filed a law suit against the State of California challenging three California laws that inhibit federal immigration enforcement in the state. This is the first legal shot fired by the federal government. The Attorney General of California, Xavier Becerra, proudly states he has fired 28 shots in the form of lawsuits against the federal government and its attempt to enforce federal immigration laws within the State of California.
Apparently, the rest of America is lucky that Governor “Moonbeam” Brown has disarmed his state and, therefore, he can only take his fight against the federal government to the courts. While California liberals are appalled at “cowboys” who would oppose federal control over state land, they have no problem ignoring federal laws designed to stem “illegal immigration” and protect the county from foreign gangs and criminals.
When the State of Arizona passed a state law dealing with illegal immigration the Obama administration took the case to the Supreme Court and it was decided that only the federal government could enforce immigration laws. California and other sanctuary states and cities apparently interpreted this to mean that they are justified in their refusal to turn over “illegal immigrant” criminals to ICE agents. However, the federal agents are not asking states or cities to enforce immigration laws, they are merely asking them to turn over “illegal immigrant” criminals to ICE agents so they can enforce the law.
President Trump has threatened to remove all ICE agents from California as well as withhold funds for a wall separating California from Mexico. One might think that Governor “Moonbeam” and his fellow Californians would embrace such action. That is not the case. The Governor has called foul on both issues. While Nancy Pelosi and her Washington gang from California supports the idea of no wall for the rest of the border states, they are diametrically opposed to the cancellation of funds for the construction of a wall between California and Mexico.
Let me state as clearly as I can that this is not an immigration problem; this is the old issue of state’s right versus federal control. It is the question of whether the United States is a confederation of states or a single nation under federal law. This nation took up arms from 1860-1865 to settle that issue. We killed 600,000 American men deciding that this is a country that would be under the rule of a central government. Many in America today still do not like the idea, and that is their right, but federalism is more than an idea; it is a fact.
We see the concept of federal supremacy being challenged with state drug laws. We, here in Nevada, have joined those who oppose federal rule by joining in the movement to legalize the sale and use of marijuana in the state even though it is illegal in the United States. The very people who sanctimoniously lament the fact that a rancher would oppose federal regulations controlling land champion the cause usage, of violating federal drug laws. This is the height of hypocrisy.
No one asked me but… Prostitution is illegal at the federal level as well as in 49 of the states that make up America. Nevada remains the only state in the Union that has legalized prostitution. While state leaders speak platitudes against human trafficking, the state legislature still allows the selling of women throughout the State of Nevada. I understand that the State of Nevada is funded by the rest of the nation’s desire for a place where they can indulge its debauchery. I understand that our schools, roads, and other government services are funded by taxes on acts that are considered illegal in most other states. The understanding of this does not make it right. We have become so brazen about legal prostitution in the state that we actually have a person hoping to represent this community in the State Legislature who makes a living running whorehouses.
With the “Me Too” movement going strong across the United States, this would seem to be an ideal time for the legislature of the State of Nevada to revisit the issue of legal prostitution in the state. I would like to see a candidate for governor take a stand on this issue. When the legislature meets in 2019, one of the first bills they should pass is the ending of legal prostitution in the state. We daily read of the abuse of women in America. We shake our heads and cry shame, but we continue to allow women to be sold in the sex trade industry. This needs to stop and we in this valley should never consider supporting anyone who supports the continuation of this practice.
No one asked me but… President Donald Trump has accepted the offer to meet with North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un better known as “Rocket Man”. Kim Jong Un now states his country has developed a missile that can deliver a war head to the United States. He is, however, now willing to sit down and talk about denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.
There are those who believe America has fought a war with North Korea and state that they wish not to fight another. I would point out to them America has never fought a war with North Korea. America, along with other United Nations countries, participated in a police action fought under the flag of the United Nations. This action was designed to drive the North Koreans back to their side of the 38th parallel and out of South Korea. The police action has not been completed. North and South Korea merely exist under a cease fire agreement, not a treaty of peace.
After World War II, America was left as the sole power in the world. All other nations were trying to recover from the ravages of war or were too small to exert any particular force on other nations. While the United Nations was formed to police the world, what it really meant was the United States would police the world under the flag of the United Nations.
Unfortunately, power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. America has evolved into the very country we revolted against in 1776. It is time to come home and solve the violence in our own society and let the other countries of the world solve their own problems.
Thought of the week…I believe the root of all evil is abuse of power.