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Public Pulse January 24th, 2008

The Editor



American culture should be preserved
By Sam Abed

Some 20 years ago, I immigrated to the United States, motivated by hopes of an American dream, and a passion to live and enjoy great democracy, rich culture and wonderful family values that made America the greatest country in the world.

The America of today is under an unprecedented moral challenge. More than two centuries of legacy and history, built on freedom and strong cultural values, are at stake. We are faced with liberal ideologies, led by the American Civil Liberty Union (ACLU) putting our constitutional principles at risk. The ACLU agenda stops short of embracing a borderless world with no geographical, economical and social boundaries. They have shamefully defended massive illegal immigration and routinely sue the government on civil rights entitlements which are fundamental privileges and immunities afforded to lawful American citizens.

The majority of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants are unwilling to become Americans. Whatever new immigration reforms there are should include educational and cultural standards for naturalized citizens to have the civic and moral obligation to respect the law, speak English, and more importantly, assimilate into our culture. Immigrants can always be proud of their heritage and be loyal to America at the same time.

Liberal judges, supposedly sworn in to protect our constitution are, more then ever, practicing reverse discrimination by granting equal rights to illegal immigrants under the banner of human rights. Some judges have imposed restraining orders on our government's rightful attempts to stop and prosecute employers who hire illegal workforce. These judges are choosing to ignore the spirit of our justice system by allowing their political views to influence their decisions.

Meanwhile, the news media is becoming more sympathetic to liberal political and social values by advocating more tolerance to those who break the law and advancing double accountability standards at the expense of citizens' rights. News reporting has become more aligned with liberal viewpoints on editorial pages and has lost much of the objectivity that has been the foundation of the journalism profession.

More public officials today put political correctness ahead of national sovereignty. For the majority of the U.S. Senate to vote recently against excluding gang members and criminals from the failed amnesty is beyond belief. Liberal legislators, in the name of diversity, are depriving our children from their most precious family values of using words like Mom and Dad at school while exposing them to same-sex marriages, pornography and accepting sexual activities at 12 years of age. Even the "under God" in our Pledge of Allegiance has become controversial. And why the Christian faith is being less tolerated than others?

For America to remain a great nation, we need to protect our fundamental rights entrusted to us by our Founding Fathers. As a naturalized citizen, I never thought in my wildest dreams that I have to defend the very cultural values that attracted me to America. This country is blessed with a bill of rights founded on constitutional and moral principles that need to be preserved, sooner than later.

/s/Sam Abed
Escondido

Editor’s Note: Sam Abed is Mayor ProTem of the City of Escondido

Thanks Given

Editor,

Perhaps it is never too late to say thank you to the residents of the Rancho San Marcos Mobilehome Park, the Palomar East Mobilehome Park and the always helpful VFW Post 3795 for the toys, games, books and stuffed animals donated during the last Christmas toy collection. In addition, the ladies of the VFW Auxiliary knitted and donated 117 caps, scarves and lap robes for the needy young people.

For the past 21 years, the San Marcos Methodist Church has been the recipient of some 6,000 items, each one with the thumbprint of Florence Ferguson. Her enthusiasm and tireless efforts make each early event a success from collection to delivery. It only gets better with time.

Thank you to all who were involved in any way.

Aloha,

Theodore B. Roosvall
USMC Ret
San Marcos, CA

 

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