You always have to be on the lookout for backdoor schemes by Washington D.C. politicians as they pander for votes while dismissing the plight of the American people.
My dad, who served in World War II, taught me that it is a distinct privilege to don the uniform of this nation and serve in its Armed Forces. He began a tradition that has now spanned four generations in the West family, including my older brother, myself, and now my nephew.
But something quite disturbing is happening on Capitol Hill regarding wearing the uniform of our nation – disturbing, because history has proven it to have fateful consequences.
As reported by Fox News, “The Pentagon is weighing allowing some immigrants brought illegally to the country as youths to serve in the military, a unilateral step by the Obama administration as immigration legislation remains stalled in the Republican-led House.” I stress the word “unilateral.”
The Pentagon consideration would apply to immigrants who arrived illegally as kids but already have received work permits and relief from deportation under a program President Barack Obama announced two years ago, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.
In essence, President Obama has decided the legislative process is simply below him and enacted immigration policy by executive order fiat — and I’m quite sure the progressive socialists will respond by saying, “what difference at this point does it make?”
Well, it makes a whole lot of difference because we still are a Constitutional Republic, a nation under the rule of law. We have a system of coequal branches of government, checks and balances, and a defined legislative process by which bills are passed — and signed into law by the Executive branch, which is sworn to uphold the law — and that means all laws equally applicable across the country, not by selective enforcement.
Serving in our American military is not something to be brokered — for many it is a time-honored tradition for those born here in America, or for those who respected our laws and are now legal immigrants. It was such for my father-in-law who was born in Jamaica, served two tours in Vietnam with the 23rd Americal Division, and retired honorably as a US Army Master Sergeant.
It seems Obama wants to “outsource” our military to illegals as a means of pandering for a demographic vote. There is a legal means by which you can earn American citizenship — which may not have adverse effects upon our national security.
Is it just that important to the “fundamental transformation” of our country to redefine service to our nation in uniform as nothing more than a ticket-punching pursuit — with the ramifications being our national security?
And shall we then mandate that in order to facilitate illegal immigrants, the U.S. military will accept other languages?
History shows the folly of this approach. When the Roman legions became less comprised of Roman citizens and more of those from anywhere within the Empire, the commitment to Roma Victor lessened. How can we decide to accept an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution from those who have already disregarded this basic law of the land?
Now I know there will be many who call this point of view insensitive and uncaring. But I will not sit idly by and watch the Army and military that I love become some political tool. The purpose of serving our nation should not be about earning citizenship. It should be about being a guardian of the Republic.
And how can you be a guardian of something you disregarded?
Perhaps there’s something more nefarious at play here emanating from the Obama administration. Maybe the purpose behind the decimation of our military and the poor treatment of our veterans is to discourage Americans from wanting to serve — thereby opening the door for illegal immigrants.
Then, where will their loyalties lie? Will their oath be to the Constitution or to the group that traded distinguished and honorable service for a political gimmick and a special privilege: the honorable title of American.
I will not support this measure and will speak out against anyone supporting this, Republican or Democrat. It’s called the U.S. Military, not the U.S. Illegal Immigrant Citizenship Granting Program!