UNLIMITED COMPASSION IS NOT SUSTAINABLE
— MORATORIUM NOW!
Americans, Canadians, and Western Europeans have been urged by religious and ethnic leaders and some politicians and environmentalists, to show compassion for the millions of "refugees" from North Africa, the Middle East and Latin America pouring into Europe, Canada and the USA.
But what those urging compassion fail to realize—or flat out deny—is that “compassion” has environmental and other limits. Indeed we live in a world of limited resources, limited carrying capacity, limited budgets, limited topsoil, limited wilderness, and limited solitude.
And the fact that the world's population is increasing by some 80 million/year, makes many of our choices an "either/or" proposition. For example, either we can provide opportunities for our own working poor, and unemployed, or for the 1.5 million legal and hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants the USA admits every year, but NOT for all of these.
For those with the courage and honesty to acknowledge them, environmental limits are especially evident. We reiterate that for every person added to the U.S. population, one acre of farmland or wildlife habitat is converted to developed uses (Pimentel et. al. Cornell).
Indeed, unlimited compassion which results in unlimited immigration-generated population growth is NOT environmentally sustainable, as Canadian anti-Mass immigration activist and BALANCE Board Member, Tim Murray, asserts in the following essay “Unlimited Compassion is Not Sustainable”.
Unlimited Compassion Is Not Sustainable
Has a Green Party leader in any country in the world ever met an asylum-seeker, refugee or migrant that he or she wouldn't accept? Or one who shouldn't be waved in without sufficient screening?
Is there a Green Party somewhere out there that doesn't want their nation to be a welcome wagon for untold millions or tens of millions?
Is there a Green Party alive today whose primary focus is not "social justice" dressed up in trendy shibboleths about 'renewable' energy and 'sustainability', a word they have helped to debase and render meaningless?
Is there a Green Party in some distant galaxy that realizes that there is no social justice on a dead planet and that nature is indifferent to our social and political arrangements?
Is there a Green Party that understands that first and foremost migration must be treated as an ecological issue and not one of 'human rights'? Or that the rights of people indigenous to a nation trump the 'rights' of migrants who aspire to reach it?
Do Greens—in any country—understand limits? Financial limits? Population limits? Limits to our cultural, economic and ecological carrying capacity? Limits to growth? Limits to the number of euphemisms they use to re-brand economic growth as 'smart' growth, 'managed' growth, "sustainable' growth, or 'sustainable development', a phrase that Garrett Hardin said merely allowed us a moratorium on thinking'? Euphemisms which have yet to fool Mother Nature? Is there any limit to their ignorance about the Laws of Sustainability? These people scare the pants off me.
There are some unmentionable (to the Politically Correct) questions beneath all of this. Questions that would strike at the premise of all the hand-wringing and moral one-up-man-ship about 'boat people', 'asylum-seekers' or 'refugees', as we call them here. Those questions are, "Why do we have a moral obligation to accept them?" And "What of our moral obligations to our own people and our own land?"
Before purchasing a car or a television set or a sofa or a house, the prudent consumer conducts an audit of his financial resources. And if he must rely on a loan, the bank will certainly conduct one. So why are we—Canadians, Australians, Americans, French, British, Europeans—even talking about accepting more asylum-seekers when we haven't even determined what our carrying capacity is or developed a Population Plan for our country?
There are lots of dogs that I would like to adopt from the local SPCA---dogs that need and deserve a good home---but I can't accommodate them or pay for their upkeep. To retain the capability to remain compassionate and caring to my own animals, I must remain callous to the plight of those poor animals who languish in the animal shelter. Yes, refugees are human beings. But so are the people here who depend on food banks, who are homeless and unemployed. So are the roughly 35,000 Canadian orphans who wait in vain for placement in good homes. So are the 20% of Canadian kids living below the poverty line. So are the aboriginal youth who suffer an unemployment rate of 75-80% on the reserves. Yet refugee claimants in Canada get better medical treatment than many Canadians (e.g., vision and dental care) and receive affordable housing. We find the money for them, but we haven't got it for the Canadians I mention. What kind of "compassion" is this?
The backbone of the pro-refugee lobby here consists of Christian denominations. They should check out 1st Timothy 5:8 in their own Bible. "He who does not first attend to the needs of his own family is no better than a heathen." Ironically, the leader of Canada's Green Party, Elizabeth May, aspires to be an ordained Minister of the United Church of Canada. Obviously she is as ignorant of scripture as the rest of the human rights coalition, which includes "No One Is Illegal", a Marxist group that attempts to shout down any politician who would propose limits to refugee and immigrant intakes and services. It is puzzling that a political party that was formed to make "the environment" its focus, should attempt—the world over—to duplicate the role of centre-left parties, whose commitment to the environment is mere window-dressing. The word "Green" is the biggest marketing scam yet contrived. Slap that label on any product on a supermarket shelf and it is purchased without scrutiny. If it says its "Green" it must be Green. If a political party says that it is "Green", then it must be Green. Who reads the fine print anyway?
Too often we have yielded the ethical "high-ground" to our opponents without a fight. We have not challenged their assumptions and assertions. The truth is, they do not occupy the moral high-ground. Their concept of "compassion" is based on the assumption of persistent abundance. For them, there are no opportunity costs, no trade-offs or hard choices to be made. Instead, we must "fight the cuts". The concept that austerity can be ultimately imposed by geological constraints is beyond their understanding. Their core belief is that there is enough to go around, if only we would "share" our bounty equitably. A bounty, as we know, that is based on a one-time bonanza of fossil fuels, metals and minerals that are finite and whose full exploitation would propel us into a Venusian nightmare—if not cut short by nuclear, biological and chemical war occasioned by resource conflicts.
Compassion is a luxury of surplus. Scarcity makes it a zero-sum game. "Looking after one's own first" is a bedrock moral imperative, an ethical principle that we see at work in times of tribulation, like war. My uncle served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the war, and "Lifeboat Ethics" was built right into their action protocol. When men jumped from their burning merchant ships, the corvettes had only minutes to recover them, because the priority was to find and destroy the U-Boats that would sink other ships and cause greater losses. And if they themselves were hit, the bulkhead hatches remained closed, even though there were men trapped behind them as the sea water rose up to drown them. As my uncle told me, for the sake of the ship, "You listened to their screams and you did nothing."
Those are ethics of scarcity. Triage ethics. Lifeboat ethics---where the survival of the ship is more important than the survival of the passengers or crew. Ethics which the likes of Pope Francis or would-be United Church Minister Elizabeth May will not acknowledge or entertain. Her slogan, the slogan of the newly minted "Leap Manifesto", is that we must "Care for the Earth and Care for Each Other". All 7.3 billion of us, apparently. All 35 million Canadians too, even though one could name several prominent Canadian scientists who have argued that Canada is in population overshoot by at least a factor of two. Oh, I forgot, we can accommodate zillions if only we lived simply and cut back our per capita "footprint". Just imagine, a Canada of 350 million Lilliputians living carbon-free, with the gate left wide open to those tens of millions who would join us. But then, if drove our per capita consumption down far enough, none would want to join us. In other words, we can put an end to 'Failed State Colonization' by becoming another 'Failed State'. Is that the end game? Sure looks like it, doesn't it?
When are we going to close the hatches on HMCS Canada, HMAS Australia, HMS United Kingdom, USS America, and the listing ship “Europe”? When our population, already in overshoot, doubles? How do we know that the people we are now taking on board will not meet a fate not too unlike the one they escaped from? How do we know that they will not be straw that broke the camel's back here?
Humanitarian policies that are bought with an ecological or economic credit card are not sustainable.
Putting aside the fact that many “refugees” are actually economic migrants, consider that each and every “refugee” USA accepts becomes instantly entitled to all benefits of a similarly situated American including Social Security, welfare, food stamps, cash grants, and taxpayer-supported housing. Thus “refugees” are hugely expensive to Taxpayers.
Over 90% of Middle Eastern “refugees” are on welfare. President Obama has already said he would admit 200,000 "refugees" in the next two years, and has threatened to admit many more.
- Refugees can be resettled in any community in the USA according to the dictates of the Refugee Resettlement Agency and no community can refuse to take them.
- Neither refugees nor other illegal aliens are properly ‘vetted’, or vetted at all thus making us vulnerable to violent extremists who seek to harm us [by the way, over 50% of the “refugees” moving into Austria and Germany are young single mostly Muslim males!]
- A large majority of all the “Refugees” and Asylees are from Muslim countries as were the Boston Bombers (whose families received Taxpayer support) Mass Immigration is NOT "just about the Numbers".
- Couple the foregoing with the fact that many Illegal Aliens head for “Sanctuary Cities” as did the Alleged Killer of Kate Steinle, a five-time Felon with Multiple Deportations, who admitted he went to San Francisco because it was a Sanctuary City
- And many, many more examples of “Refugee”/ Illegal Alien Crime are not reported by the Main Stream Media.
- And there is the Budgetary Burden — 51% of all immigrant-headed households are on some form of Welfare Program with Immigrant Hispanics being three times as likely to be on welfare as native-born Americans (cis.org). Claims that Mass Immigration helps the economy are a Myth. Mass Immigration MAY increase aggregate GDP, but almost always DECREASES PER CAPITA GDP.
And mass Illegal and legal Immigration greatly depresses native-born Americans incomes and job opportunities…. 2014 Real median household income FELL 2.3% for the Native-Born, and ROSE 4.3% for foreign born! (U.S. Census 9/16/15 Poverty Report—see shadowstats.com for a complete analysis)
Of course, this massive population increase creates an increasing strain on the Environment.
For example, Does California have the ADDITIONAL Million-Acre-Feet of Water (10 California Reservoirs worth as of May, 2015 — See BALANCE June Alert) needed to accommodate the additional 400,000 legal and illegal Immigrants added each year (U.S. Census Bureau) to California’s population?
And for those concerned about the worldwide population explosion, remember that allowing Mass Immigration from over-populated countries drives up fertility rates in those sending Countries (Ann Brittain, et al).
And above all, do we not have a moral obligation to provide better opportunities and safety net care for our own working poor, unemployed and underemployed before admitting more refugees or immigrants?! A Women’s Shelter in Marin County recently refused to admit a woman and her children who were being abused by an ex-boyfriend because, they were told, the Shelter was only admitting refugees.
Bottom line: The USA will be under increasing pressure to admit ever-more legal and illegal immigrants. So NOW is the time to just say STOP and help us push our Victory Initiative:
Only BALANCE's Victory Initiative Does that.
ACT NOW to STOP the worsening Crisis! Ask your Representatives to support
1) A Zero-Net All-Inclusive, i.e., including “Refugees” and “Aslyees”, Moratorium on Legal Immigration—this would still allow 100,000 to 150,000 thousand Immigrants to obtain legal residence annually. That number—still large—compares with an estimated 1.5 million legal aliens admitted to the USA annually. A Zero-Net Moratorium is Essential not only because of the extraordinary costs to Taxpayers saddled with providing Billions of Dollars’ worth of "Free" Medical Care, Education, and other services to majority of the Legal immigrants and illegal aliens, but also to protect our Natural Environment from Degradation and unsustainable resource use.
NASA/Caltech Scientist, Familighietti, warned recently that California's Reservoirs would likely run out of water within a year. So, what of the 400,000 ADDITIONAL Legal Immigrants and Illegal Aliens [at least] that California receives each year (U.S Census Bureau). They will consume an ADDITIONAL Million Acre-Feet of Water each year. But should Californians share their limited and shrinking water supplies? Already some Californians are required to resort to using "From Toilet to Tap" reprocessed Sewage water. And California's Worsening Water Crisis will increasingly threaten Food Supplies and Increase Prices since California provides 50% to 90% of many Essential Foods for our Entire Nation.
Indeed, are we not compelled to conclude that:
"The only thing that stands between America and oblivion is a total immigration moratorium. No other fix will work...”
Ann Coulter, ¡Adios America! The Left's Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole, 2015
Indeed, the USA, Canada, and Western Europe are in Great Danger of Creating the Great Immigration Crisis of which Jean Raspail prophetically warned in his 1974 Classic Novel "The Camp of the Saints"!
Thus the Reps. Brat (R-VA) and Hice (R-GA) Bill, H.R. 604, which would end Chain Migration and enhance Enforcement, is definitely a step in the Right Direction, but we really do need a Moratorium!
2) No More Amnesties or Sanctuary Cities—Amnesties reward Illegal Behavior with increasingly Tragic Consequences. "Sanctuary City" laws are de facto Amnesties and should be defunded and outlawed. Support "Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Act", HR 3002 – Rep. Barletta (R-PA) and "Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act", HR 3309 – Rep. Hunter (R-CA) and HR 1148 – Gowdy (R-SC) which would empower local law enforcement to enforce Federal Immigration laws, as well as companion bills in the Senate.
Support the “Resettlement Accountability National Security Act” (H.R. 3314) (Babin, R. TX) which would immediately suspend all Refugee processing until the GAO completes a full study of the Cost to Federal, State and Local Government as well as National Security issues.
While this is an excellent Bill, worthy of support, it is limited in its scope, it does not address the massive problems which are intensified with ongoing mass legal and illegal Immigration.
Were it not for Sanctuary City laws and Open Borders policies, those many victims murdered or injured by Illegal Aliens in San Francisco, San Antonio, Las Vegas, New Jersey, Arizona, and Laredo, Texas RECENTLY might be alive and well today.
For those who say it is already "too late" to save America, we respond that, unless we act NOW, the Situation will become Worse, MUCH WORSE. UNLESS WE ACT NOW! IF we do not succeed, a "Third World Hell Hole" is surely in our Future.
3) Enforce Immigration Laws—Secure the Borders: Existing laws relating to Legal Immigration and Border Security are not being enforced, primarily because of the Obama Administration's Unconstitutional Executive Orders including tying the hands of our Border Patrol.
4) No Citizenship for Illegal Aliens’ or Visitors’ Offspring: "Birth Tourism" has become a flourishing Industry in the USA, and, understandably so, since babies born in the USA are deemed (based on a judicial misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment) to be Citizens. As Citizens, they can bring their parents and other relatives into the USA as permanent legal residents—on average, seventeen relatives per Anchor Baby—eligible for Citizenship, as well as Billions in "free" Medical Care, Education, Welfare payments, Food Stamps and other taxpayer funded benefits.
The Solution to keeping the Mass Immigration-generated Crises from getting much, much worse is to push the Administration and Congress to enact a zero-net MORATORIUM on Legal Immigration and seal the Borders to stop Illegal Immigration. Eisenhower Administration policies showed that many illegal aliens self-deport when authorities get tougher as President Eisenhower did when he deported over One Million Illegals in the 1950s. And we must push NOW so that we can generate increasing support for Bills to be enacted ASAP, but realistically no later than when a New President is in office in the Spring, 2017
From a Political-Strategic Perspective, pushing a zero-net Moratorium is Essential to delegitimize the whole Policy of Mass Immigration. (Again, isn’t our First Obligation to our own Millions of Unemployed and Underemployed?) Also, pushing a Moratorium is Essential to maximize Political Pressure to get some Reductions at least. BALANCE’s Moratorium Push MAXIMIZES Political Pressure NOW and thus is the most efficient use of our Activists’ time and money.
Refusing to push a Moratorium (as certain Inside-the-Beltway and other Mass Immigration [de facto ] Management Groups do), is a Recipe for Failure as the past three decades have shown, since that is merely Defensive.
Such a Refusal is, indeed, Counterproductive—merely pushing for “immigration reform,” legitimizes the continuation of Mass Immigration because it sends the message that Mass Immigration is OK if we just tweak it a little bit. And it is even worse to push for "Controlled Immigration for the National Interest" because that sends the message that Mass Immigration IS in the National Interest. As well, being merely Defensive increases the chances of passage of Bad Bills, e.g., Illegal Alien Amnesties, and the Issuance of Unconstitutional Executive Orders.
Having a zero-net Moratorium goal is key as an objective because it is reasonable and Essential for long-term Environmental Protection and for providing Sufficient Resources, INCLUDING WATER and FOOD and Money, for survival. Today, we are in the process of exceeding our long-term Carrying Capacity. We must Reverse Course NOW!
A zero-net Moratorium is The Necessary Condition for achieving U.S. Population Stabilization, long term Environmental Protection, Budgetary Solvency in State and Local Government (especially for our Health Care and Educational Institutions), Tax Reduction, Unemployment Reduction, Social Cohesion and Personal Safety … and for protection of our Food and Water Supplies!
WE ARE FACING A MANY-MONTHS-LONG SERIES OF BATTLES ON THESE ISSUES, extending well past 2016.
So PLEASE Help BALANCE Intensify our push for a zero-net Moratorium and the other Victory Initiative Positions!
Certain Well-Funded Cheap Labor Advocates on the Right, and Ethnic Power and Government Benefits Recipients on the Left, are pushing hard for further implementation of President Obama's Mass Illegal Alien Amnesty, AND FOR MASSIVE INCREASES IN LEGAL IMMIGRATION, including Refugees and Asylees!
Only our Massive Grassroots Effort can stop them! Phone Calls or Office Visits followed by Snail Mail letters are most effective (emails are often ignored and fax machines can be turned off).
And please consider that BALANCE is greatly outspent by the Cheap Labor Lobby and various Ethnic Power Lobbies.
So Please Help BALANCE Intensify our push for the aforementioned ASAP! Coalition Initiative, TODAY, NOW!
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