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In My Opinion ... by Ron Phillips
In May 8 Issue
Russell County News

Do we want Leaders or Wimps?

A wimp by definition is a cowardly or unadventurous individual.

“In My Opinion” we are ready to elect leaders that are willing to make tough and unpopular decisions like Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. Every candidate that campaigned during the 2008 Presidential Election promised to get tough on border security, including our President.

The new Arizona immigration law recently signed by the Governor Brewer isn’t really new at all.

It only reinforces the federal laws that have been in effect for decades, but not fully enforced.

This law gives Arizona State and local law enforcement the authority to enforce the federal statutes.

Here in Kentucky, a Judge is not legally permitted to ask someone standing before their court for their legal status of citizenship. Go figure!

The influx of Spanish speaking persons here in Kentucky has already made it necessary for the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) to provide interpreters for each county court when requested.

I feel certain that some people who are reading this column assume that I take issue with immigrants being here. My critics would be correct if those immigrants are here illegally.

It is already being proposed by several members of congress to grant amnesty to all of the illegal immigrants that are here in this country already, but experts are pointing out that we as a nation cannot financially afford to absorb 10-20 million people into our already overloaded system of “free” entitlements. The majority of these immigrants would qualify for federal and state assistance programs.

People are going to have to realize that our country is nearing economic collapse and the liberal progressives want to keep adding more to the boat.

The worst civilian maritime disaster in US history helps to make my point.

On April 27th 1865, the steamboat Sultana was overloaded with more than 2,200 passengers of whom 2,100 were paroled prisoners. The boat was registered to hold 376 people.

Being extremely top heavy, the boat finally sank causing over 1,700 people to lose their lives.

The leaders that we elect to replace these misguided idiots are going to have to be willing to make hard and unpopular decisions.

The policies and decisions that they will be forced to make, just might cost them re-election, but their replacements will have to continue making those unpopular decisions for us to recover from the economic mess that we are all facing.

Texas State Rep. Debbie Riddle of Tomball, Texas intends to introduce legislation in January that mirrors the recent controversial Immigration laws passed by the Arizona Legislature, and signed into law by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.

“The first priority for any elected official is to make sure that the safety and security of Texans is well-established,” said Riddle, who introduced a similar measure in 2009 that didn’t get out of committee.

“If our federal government did their job, then Arizona wouldn’t have to take this action, and neither would Texas.”

As Americans, we must support what the Arizona Governor and Legislature has decided and encourage our own state legislators to follow suit.

There are laws already in place that are meant to protect the citizens of this great country.

Let’s give our law enforcement officials the tools and support they need to enforce those laws.

Freedom is not “free”, just ask a Veteran.

May God bless…

Ron Phillips

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