The Day Lady Liberty Wept

Yesterday, June 15, 2012, Lady Liberty wept as she witnessed this great Republic turning into a dictatorship by the simple stroke of a pen. She has cried many times since her original dedication over 100 years ago. Today the tears are not of joy nor are they tears for those who have died supporting this country. Her tears today are filled with incredible, soul wrenching sorrow for all those millions of souls who passed by her imposing figure as they entered this country legally seeking the great American dream.

My Swedish grandparents were two of those dreaming souls along with their brood of children. Their dream and story is one of mullions shared to their children, grand-children and great grand children.

For over 20 years, my Swedish grandmother worked her plan to achieve her two dreams of having her entire family immigrant to America and having one child born in this country. First she sent her single brother, my Great Uncle Gus, to America. He worked and then purchased his future 40 acre farm in northern Wisconsin. Then Uncle Gus started the path for citizenship. The next step was Uncle Gus started the process of sponsorship for his sister and her family. Finally almost 20 years later, my grandparents left Sweden traveled by steamer to America passed by Lady Liberty, entered Ellis Island and then made their way to northern Wisconsin.

My grandmother shared with me at that moment walking through the gates of Ellis Island she was happy to achieve one dream, but the other dream, of having a child born in this country appeared not to be realized. What she did not know at that time was that she was pregnant with my father. One reason my grandparents wanted to come to America was because America believed in the rule of law. Back in Sweden, the rule of law was basically for the aristocracy and not for the average citizen.

Now their efforts and the efforts of millions of others have been devalued because through an executive order this legal path is no longer necessary. The actions of yesterday by the President have demonstrated:

Executive orders are now the road to a dictatorship. 

No longer are the three (3) branches of U.S. government necessary because a stroke of the pen through an executive order has countermanded the US Constitution, Congress and the will of the people. There are three key elements specific to what happened yesterday that require understanding.

First executive orders are not in the US Constitution. They have been used by many Presidents including George Washington. These are essentially clarifications to manage existing laws or policies and are not intended to violate or overturn existing laws. Any executive order must be listed in the Federal Register.

Second, the President said just less than one year ago:

"Now, I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own," Obama told members of a National Council of La Raza conference who shouted back, "Yes, you can! Yes, you can!" "That's not how our democracy functions," Obama responded. "That's not how our Constitution is written."

The President is returning to the same group, La Raza,  in less than one week and has reversed what he acknowledged to be true then and is still true now.  Anyone who believes this action is not political is simply supporting this Republic to become a dictatorship because using the own words of our President, not to mention others:

"That's not how our Constitution is written."

Third, the President took an oath to uphold the laws of this country,. Yet, this executive order is based upon a proposed immigration law to deal with illegal immigrants, the Dream Act, that was defeated by the Legislative branch of government where laws are written. At that time (according to what I can discern) the Senate had 58 Democratic Senators, 40 Republicans and 2 Independents. Since the vote was 55 in favor and 41 against, the vote did not meet the 60 vote requirement (a rule established by the Senate and not part of the US Constitution). So the Democrats lost and we should not be surprised by the actions of Pelozzi and Durbin who support this unconstitutional action.

Dictatorships are when leaders ignore the law and decide to write their own laws.  Usually, they abolish the existing framework (Constitution) and then write a new framework to justify their illegal actions.

The US has not seen its Constitution abolished. Yet, I never thought I would see this total disregard for the US Constitution, the rule of law and the respect for those legal immigrants who worked the immigration process including my grandparents. 

As to those illegal young people who were brought to this country without their own say so, two wrongs do not make a right. Also this executive order fails to address the essence of the problem that has been ignored by the last several Presidents - Border control. 

Many who have witnessed the continued and almost constant chinking away of the US Constitution through the ongoing restrictions to the freedoms of legal abiding citizens and the continued growth of an over reaching Federal government predicted this would happen. We have one US Supreme Court Justice who does not believe that our US Constitution is the best model for any new government, but believes the Constitution of South Africa is a far better one.

Today along with Lady Liberty, I also weep for my country as a first generation legal immigrant, a parent, an entrepreneur, a legal citizen because unless something drastically changes very quickly, the United States of America will no longer be the greatest country ever envisioned by human beings, but another of those many petty, small dictatorships where a few rule at the expense of their citizens.

The question any reasonable citizen should be asking himself or herself is what or better who will be next to lose their rights as our country moves closer and closer to a dictatorship.

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