Veterans’ Tales by Vassar Bushmills
We began this conversation a couple of weeks ago, when we pointed out that 90% of Americans have invested none of their own skin in this game that is called “Keeping America Alive.” Even my generation, the last to know the military draft, which was never natural to the American scheme of warfare anyway, and which accounts for about half of the “skin in the game” citizenry today, are now in our 60s and 70s, and will soon pass away.
Most college-aged kids, unless there’s an uncle or aunt in there somewhere who’re veterans, have never even met a veteran.
So do the math.
First Principle: With every passing generation, that 90% percentage is likely to get larger, only not because our military manpower needs may diminish, but rather because most Americans for the past 50 years have never been raised, and certainly not educated, to think of America (the-Idea) as anything special, as a thing worth clinging to or passing onto their children.
It’s not that we’ve lost our sense of gratitude–well, a little—we feel more entitled today than 50 years ago—we’re just no longer taught to appreciate the wellspring of that gratitude. American kids are no longer taught to look at any everyday product, from a cell phone to a hamburger, and connect the dots that put that phone or burger in their hand, or the money in their pocket to buy it. Money equals phone. Ever kid knows that equation. Job equals money equals phone however requires an extra dot, and many can’t connect it. Way too many Americans never have had to, as I reported only last week, in describing the growth of the trust fund babies since the 60s.
Just understand that much of what they now don’t know is purposefully denied them.
Still, it is those simple things, connecting a treasure in their lives to a foundational source, is what has always bound Americans.
In that story, above, about the ’68 Chicago Democratic Party Convention riots, I noted that there were tens of thousands of students from affluent families who had never worked, nor would ever have to, unless they could land a cush job at a non-profit, of which, today, there are thousands more than there were in ’68.
So today the size of that army of ne’er-do-wells who have to do no work numbers in the millions, and there are entire university and college departments dedicated to keeping them away from any meaningful relationship with their native country and its origins.
Moreover, if you’ve ever walked where they had been recently, at an outdoor function, a march or camp-in, you’ll also learn that they don’t treat the earth too kindly, despite what they say about protecting it; 21-year olds in their own private pigpen[…]
Long story, short – Japanese businesses in Japan are hiring.
Immigration is a sensitive issue everywhere and especially in Japan, where many citizens fear foreigners will bring crime and disorder. So why did Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a nationalist, right-of-center leader, decide last week to admit 500,000 blue-collar guest workers by 2025?
In a word, demographics. Japan’s persistently low fertility rate, 1.43 last year, caused the work force to shrink by 13% since 2000. Companies are screaming for workers, with an average of 1.59 jobs available for each applicant. The unemployment rate was 2.5% in April, the lowest among G-7 nations.
The labor shortage is one reason Mr. Abe’s program of economic reform hasn’t revived animal spirits, with GDP contracting 0.2% in the first quarter. The lack of hotel staff is holding back a boom in tourism. The average age of the Japanese farmer is 67. The lack of workers is hampering construction projects for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020[…]
Breitbart by Stephen K. Bannon & Alexander Marlow
Last night during the CNBC primary debate, Donald Trump, who to this point in the campaign had been the Republican candidate most closely aligned with the conservative grassroots on immigration policy, seemed to have altered his message in several significant ways….
Trump, who leads many national 2016 polls, granted Breitbart News an interview on the subject. Full questions and responses below:
BNN: The media has been filled with stories about companies flying in low-wage H-1B workers to replace American workers in tech jobs. Adding insult to injury, these American workers have been forced to train their replacements. If you were President, would you put a stop to this practice?
DT: Day one. This is why I got into this race. Because the everyday working person in this country is getting screwed. Lobbyists write the rules to benefit the rich and powerful. They buy off Senators like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) to help them get rich at the expense of working Americans by using H-1B visas–so called “high tech” visas–to replace American workers in all sorts of solid middle class jobs….
For the record, it should be noted that the majority of the Communist imbeciles in Hollywood, Washington, DC, mainstream media, etc. are elitists who hire illegals as landscapers, construction workers, maids, nannies, cooks and that’s not to mention the Chamber of Commerce and large corporations shoving illegals down the throats of Americans whose jobs they are taking.
On Wednesday September 23, 2015, Donald Trump, 2016 Republican Party primary presidential candidate spoke before a gathering at the Greater Charleston Business Alliance and the South Carolina African American Chamber of Commerce 2015 Annual Meeting.
Washington Examiner, Sean Higgins
The federal government has signed agreements with three foreign countries — Mexico, Ecuador and the Philippines — to establish outreach programs to teach immigrants their rights to engage in labor organizing in the U.S. The agreements do not distinguish between those who entered legally or illegally…..
The five-member board is the agency that enforces the National Labor Relations Act, the main federal law covering unions. In 2013, Lafe Solomon, the board’s then-acting general counsel, signed a “memorandum of understanding” with Mexico’s U.S. ambassador. The current general counsel, Richard Griffin, signed additional agreements with the ambassadors of Ecuador and the Philippines last year….
Outraged yet? You should be America. The law’s protections are extended to illegal immigrants, employed and engaging in union organizing while not legally authorized to work in the USA. American businesses can be sanctioned for terminating the illegal if the NLRB ordains that he or she was terminated for “activism.”
ALL ABOUT POLITICS AND THE VOTE:
SEIU recently launched a website where illegal immigrants can learn how to take advantage of the Obama amnesty order. The website, iAmerica.org, also includes a voter registration widget, powered by Rock the Vote on its ‘Citizens’ page, but stipulates,’If you are a U.S. citizen and over the age of 18 you have the right to have a say in how our country is governed. Register to vote and make your voice heard….’
Other labor groups like the AFL-CIO are training organizers to recruit illegal immigrants; the United Food and Commercial Workers is planning workshops and enlisting churches and community groups to locate illegal workers….
Again, I ask…Are you outraged yet?