Monday I joined my parents in the living room to watch the Republican National Convention. Mostly I was tuning it out – as I made a conscious decision when I left the U.S. two years ago not to involve myself in American politics anymore- even at the level of discussing it with family or reading about it in the paper.
It was a total eye roll topic for me as the consequences of the current immigration system had left me in a Catch 22 when applying for jobs in the US- essentially forcing me to go back to Mexico for work despite living here LEGALLY since the age of 3 on student (and later part time work) visas.
Indifference was an easier pill to swallow. However, in watching the RNC and hearing the eloquence and rationality of the entire Trump family (putting aside the small part of Melania’s speech), I could no longer ignore how necessary it is for the U.S. to turn its unemployment, overall work mentality, national security, and foreign policy around. Regardless of where we live and what we do for a living, we will all be impacted by the election more than ever. The United States is an undeniable Super Power- we should all care.
I’ve always considered myself a conservative/Republican. I did grow up in Texas, after all. It stemmed from my belief in the American Dream- that this is a country of opportunity where you get what you work for. Democrats will argue that is contradictory since they view the Republican tax policies as allowing the wealthy to hoard more money at the expense of the poor, hence leaving the less fortunate without those opportunities for success. This could not be further from the truth.
My American Dream was simple: get good grades, go to college, get employed after college, and move up in my career based on my work ethic.
I’m not writing to talk about the obstacle in my trajectory- that has been covered extensively in previous posts. In summary- you need experience to justify a work visa no matter how many years you’ve resided legally in this country on student visas. But how can you get the experience when you’re entry level? Exactly. It’s not a personal complaint either, as I’ve truthfully said, I’m thrilled at where life has led me and very happy to be living my adult life in Mexico.
What I grew up loving most about the United States was that you could indeed come from a broken, underprivileged family, attend a phenomenal public school, and be it via academic or athletic merit, EARN your way into even an Ivy League University, and pave your own road to success.
These educational, athletic, health, and other social opportunities, are available through our tax system. A leftist government however, will yield a negative snowball effect when what those in power pledge to give, with a treasure cat smile, only promotes a sense of entitlement- resulting in expected handouts and overall laziness. This is happening today- whether we want to admit it or not.
Many friends and family in Mexico are anti- Trump. Ever since he uttered the idea of building a wall (and having Mexico pay for it, to boot!), and tied the word rapists, gangsters, etc to Mexicans and other immigrants, their minds shut off and he immediately meant a disaster for the country, and for international politics. The sad reality is many (note: not all!) immigrants are indeed criminals that are coming in from every direction and killing innocent civilians.
I’m not writing this to change anyone’s mind, especially not theirs since they can’t even vote in November. My only intention is to express my views and opinions, and state some facts so that those who immediately point anti-Trump/Republican fingers (wherever they may reside, and whatever their socioeconomic level is), without knowing any better, will have a more complete platform on which to base their own opinions. As well, many of the people in my circle, legitimately ask me questions about the current state of affairs because they are aware that they only “know” what the media feeds them- and as is readily evident, the media is predominantly left wing.
Shocking as it may sound, I support “the wall”. As someone in favor of ethics, and following the law, I support LEGAL immigration, as does Mr. Trump. I do not support a blatant violation of the law, and one that has spun so out of control.
It is important to note that the amnesty which democrats favor and have already commenced does not cover those who followed the legal system. Also, one of its key purposes is to turn all of those illegal immigrants into democratic voters.
Even though the work ethic of many illegal immigrants (I’m going to strictly touch on Mexico for the obvious) cannot be argued against, and they are indeed doing many jobs that the majority of Americans would never do (so long as they can keep collecting welfare or disability checks), they belong in Mexico doing those jobs, and it is MEXICO’s task to be able to employ and rightfully compensate its people in order for them not to desperately be crossing the border!
I want nothing more than to see Mexico rise above the corruption, social abuse, and static level of poverty it has faced for generations.
I hope that if Mexican workers are forced back and, largely, kept in Mexico, that its country’s leaders will finally step up to the plate and take care of THEIR citizens, as is their responsibility.
It is greed, laziness, and an abandonment of its own people by those in power, to rely on another country to feed its poorest men, women, and children.
We can all agree that without these immigrants performing such jobs for such (relatively) low wages here in the US, those service and agricultural (to name a few) businesses would suffer in the short term.
But wouldn't it be wonderful to actually see the long term effects: that these businesses would be forced to employ American workers, albeit an increase in wages, and that these Americans, previously against doing these jobs, would be lining up left and right (no pun intended) because their government free-bees are now limited to those that are legitimately unemployable due to age/disability?!
I have immense respect for and desire to help the less fortunate. It pains me every time I witness it in countries such as Mexico- where the homeless, and the kids begging in the street are really that; with no, and I mean zero, opportunity to climb out of poverty. However, I have a really hard time feeling any sympathy for beggars in the US. As an example, the other day I saw a man with Oakley’s, a just washed and ironed t-shirt, khakis, and decent tennis shoes, with a sign that read, “three kids, no job, anything helps”. He was not disabled, and could very well be at the restaurant literally 50 steps away waiting tables.
A few years ago, my mom, brother, and I went to a homeless shelter in Texas to give out Thanksgiving lunch/dinner. I never did it again. The people coming to these shelters were not starved- most of them were obese! They did not lack clothing, and definitely not food, what they lacked was gratitude. I’ve worked at a restaurant and had never been treated with such disrespect and from such a sense of entitlement. These were society’s “victims”?! Wow. (I’d like to note the people receiving the meals were U.S. citizens- white or African American. None were Hispanic/Mexican illegals or such).
This is the problem. This is not solved with taxing the wealthy for more government programs for the poor. How about providing incentives and motivation for those less fortunate to get a job when they very well can?!
As unfair as it is for low income families not to have opportunities, the same goes for those that have earned their success and then are stripped nearly 40% in taxes, and if you add estate taxes, upon death their family will only keep approximately a quarter of their life long earnings! It is ludicrous.
The media, the current administration, and the democratic campaign of 2016 is out to keep the public with their blinders on and simply feed them what they want to hear: more taxes for the rich, more government presents for the poor paid for by those that actually got to work (or hey, maybe they were born rich! Who cares? Tough luck, life isn’t fair. Get out there and get your success!). The blindness much of the public is kept in is highly detrimental.
Socialism is the not so far extreme of what we are seeing with the policies of the Obama Administration, and the same if not worse, will continue if Hillary Clinton is elected. The corruption is so great now that she, as Secretary of State, received a pass on a federal crime that threatened the nation’s security. The community crime rate has increased dramatically, ISIS is bigger and stronger than ever, and law enforcement officials continue to be killed. As Trump said, the U.S. needs law and order, and I do believe he will provide that.
The current corporate tax rate is the third highest in the world at 39% and if Trump were elected and finally get that percentage to dip even into the lower 20’s, we would finally see all of those companies that have been forced to outsource and feed other economies, return to the U.S, to continue to grow and help “Make America Great Again”.
On that note, I’d love to delve into foreign issues, but I want to keep this as brief and simple as possible.
For now, I’ll close by addressing the incredible idea that a politician is more apt to serve as President than a businessman. It is a great paradox. A politician, by nature, says what the public wants to hear, is vying for position and power (we would hope to serve the greater public good), and is generally admired for his social and negotiating skills. A businessman as successful as Mr. Trump checks off all those boxes, except one: he’s not saying what the public wants to hear- rather what it needs to.
Trump will run a country better, because he actually knows the inner workings of international economics, business to business negotiations, and he tells the crude reality and what is needed to fix it, even if it might mean tough times in the short run. Less talk, more actions.
He has turned his construction business into an empire, and revitalized entire communities. As a feminist, I am embarrassed by Hillary and see her as representing the complete opposite of a moral leader. Trump has employed women for jobs that did not have mainstream gender equality, men and women get paid equally, and as Ivanka Trump stated last night, there are more female than male executives in his company. His business culture is team oriented and he will run the country as such- considering everyone.
One of my favorite quotes is “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” because everything does come at a price. The free lunch that the Democratic Party offers comes at the hefty price of not only America’s future, but also the world’s.