A very special book came out last week, Power To The People by Laura Ingraham. Laura, a nationally syndicated talk show host is one of the brightest people behind a microphone in America today. With many other hosts, one finds oneself agreeing or disagreeing, with Laura, one learns!
I have extracted several fascinating quotes from her new book. But they barely scratch the surface of what Laura has to teach us all in her well written volume. Please, do yourself a favor and buy it. (You can click on the book jacket or the link below to get it from Amazon if you like).
Illegal Immigration – the Fence Works
"Operation Gatekeeper was an effort to stem the flow of illegals across this fourteen mile stretch [in San Diego] where 45 percent of all illegal crossings into the U.S. had taken place. The number of border agents doubled, special high tech lighting was installed, and new barriers with sophisticated monitoring devices were built."
"it should have surprised no one that enforcement actually worked. More than ten years later the economy of Imperial Beach is booming. Fewer illegals are found on a nightly basis sleeping under cars, trashing the environment, damaging property, and frightening residents."
War on Terror vs the War in Iraq
"America's foreign policy and military strategy should be focused on one thing – protecting America and her allies. When we fight, we must fight to win...If the GOP doesn't catch on to this soon, the people will move to the more conservative members of the Democratic Party such as Virginia's freshman senator (and former Reagan Republican) James Webb...a decorated Marine Corps combat veteran and former Secretary of the Navy, [he] criticize the Iraq war [because he said it has] taken ‘our energy and attention away from the larger war against terrorism.'"
The Imperial Judiciary
"[Federal judges] think they are smarter than the rest of us. They think they are more clever than Congress, more prudent than the president, more intelligent than state or local governments and certainly wiser than those chumps who wrote the Constitution hundreds of years ago."
"If this incumbent dominance [of Congress] were due to popular satisfaction...we would have nothing to complain about, but it's clear that Americans are...dissatisfied with Congress' performance. So why do we keep the bums in office? [Part of the answer is] redistricting – usually a bipartisan affair that allows both parties to keep their incumbents protected. A classic example of incumbent-protection redistricting came in Virginia in 2002.
Republican congressman Frank Wolf's district bordered on the district of Democrat Jim Moran. The state legislature redrew the lines, giving Wolf some of Moran's Republicans and Moran some of Wolf's Democrats – leaving both candidates safer. This goes on all over the country."
Terrorists at Guantanamo
In commenting on the Supreme Court's decision in Hamden v Rumsfeld she blasts the Court for giving terrorists apprehended abroad who are not American residents or citizens the right of habeas corpus. "The Hamdan decision was not only wrong, it was even illegal for the Court to be making it. In 2005, Congress passed a law explicitly stating that "no court, justice, or judge" could consider a Guantanamo Bay detainee's petition for habeas corpus or motion that he is being detained illegally. Honest people can disagree as to whether suspending habeas corpus for theses men was the right thing to do (as they did when President Lincoln suspended habeas corpus during the Civil War), but the Constitution makes it clear that such a decision rests squarely with Congress whenever "in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it."
Kids and Medication
"Science has even taken the place of child-rearing. Is your kid too wild? Is he a boy? Then drug him. An estimated one million school children in Texas alone have been prescribed Ritalin. Why wait until he's six to redesign your child with drugs?
...And lots, lots more.