A principle benefit of living in a free society governed by laws is the expectation that one should be able to live day to day without fear. By creating such a government, and by granting that government the authority and responsibility of law enforcement, we should be able to live with a substantially reduced fear of property loss, bodily harm, or violent death.
In fact, that expectation is the bottom-line reason for government. Absent the accomplishment of this mission, there is no sane reason individuals should agree to become subservient to a government. It is the give we expect, in the give and take which exists between the governed and the government.
There is a criminal offense, extortion, which is defined as follows:
The use, or the express or implicit threat of the use, of violence or other criminal means to cause harm to person, reputation, or property as a means to obtain property from someone else with his consent. USC 18
The Hobbs Act defines "extortion" as "the obtaining of property from another, with his consent, induced by wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence, or fear, or under color of official right." 18 U.S.C. S 1951(b)(2).
Those who practice this criminal method attempt to get something of value from victims by threatening that core sense of security. The message comes in many forms, but in essence, it is always... “if you don’t do this, we will do this to you, or we will allow this to happen to you.”
President Obama has signaled this threat. He and his administration want something, in this case a liberal change in immigration policy. To get what he wants the President has signaled to Border States, Arizona in particular, that he will not take sufficient additional steps to seal the border with Mexico until his political demands are satisfied.
The evidence is clear that the result of the unsealed border allows countless numbers of violent people, thieves, sex offenders, drug traffickers, and even foreign terrorists to enter on a daily basis. They are so emboldened now, that not only do they threaten citizens, but they threaten our civilian law enforcement personnel directly.
Many illegal border crossers are simply looking for what they perceive to be a better life, but allowing them to enter this country illegally makes them criminals nevertheless. Their ever growing presence does in fact cause loss of property and liberty for citizens, because they require government resources on a scale that threatens to bankrupt cities and states that are bound to protect them and educate their children. Those who arrive in this country through legal means assimilate into the society that serves them, and they participate directly to support that society.
The federal government has the natural and mandated responsibility to maintain the integrity of this country’s borders. Clearly, the job of securing the border and preventing the crime of illegal entry is in a state of failure, not withstanding the fact that the border patrol is working hard to do so. The job is far larger than their ability to accomplish it, and that failure will continue until the federal government takes direct steps to correct the mismatch.
President Obama has said (paraphrased) If I secure the border, my political opponents will have no desire to give me what I want in immigration reform.”
That clearly says to those concerned that he will allow the threat of bodily injury, death, and criminal activity against citizens to continue unless he gets what he wants. Such is common practice in the world of organized crime and perhaps for Barack Obama, the fact that he comes out of the criminally incestuous world of Chicago politics has blurred his better judgment.
There should be no holds barred in our effort to tell Barack Obama that Extortion is Extortion, and that we as citizens will not stand for it. To allow citizens of this nation to suffer under criminal threat for the purpose of political or any other gain is criminal and immoral.
©2010 by Phil Harris