We, in this country, in this generation, are — by destiny rather than by choice — the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility, that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of “peace on earth, good will toward men.” That must always be our goal, and the righteousness of our cause must always underlie our strength. For as was written long ago: “except the Lord keep the city, the watchmen waketh but in vain.” (President John F. Kennedy, Speech for delivery at Dallas Trade Mart, November 22, 1963).
Mexico appears to be supporting an effort to probe America’s response to an openly orchestrated deployment of the strategy of unarmed invasion. According to the report I read “A caravan of more than 1500 families including men, women, and children are making their way from Central America through Mexico and are expected to arrive at the US Mexico Border in the coming days to request refugee status. The caravan is organized by the so-called immigrant rights group, Pueblo Sin Fronteras, who have been posting updates about the caravan’s journey through Mexico.”
Click the first link given above. Note the date of the article to which it leads. For years I have decried elitist faction leaders, Democrat and Republican, who have been treacherously derelict in their unwillingness to meet the strategic threat posed by allowing people to demand entry into the United States as a matter of right, in defiance of our laws.[O]ur present so-called representatives…in political leadership speak as if the ongoing invasion of the United States, by a force of humanity now numbering in the tens of millions, should be discussed as if it represents no strategic threat to America’s sovereignty and way of life.
At the very least, this bespeaks fatal incompetence. At worst, it gives evidence of studied hostility toward the national existence of the United States. This hostility has become all too commonplace among the educated elites that are now relentlessly maneuvering to become the focus of decisive power in the regime that is displacing America’s constitutional, democratic republic. [To wit, an] administrative tyranny intended to suppress the idea of responsible individual liberty and decentralized self-government that is the heart of the true American dream.
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JFK was right when he called the American people “the watchmen on the walls of world freedom.” If we still understand, as he did, the human hopes entrusted to our care, we must not disappoint those hopes by failing to safeguard, first of all, the lawful ramparts that secure our liberty. But in countries throughout the world, self-serving elitist forces orchestrate the impoverishment of peoples, thereby frustrating their aspirations for self-government. Now some of those elitists are, for warlike purposes, cynically propagandizing the people they deprived of hopeful prospects in their home countries.
With but a small fraction of the billions amassed by doing so, they now cynically goad their victims to abandon the homes elitist forces have thus ruthlessly worked to degrade. To this end, they sow the fertile fallacy that the only escape from their plight is to batter down the rampart of America’s prosperity and force us to compromise and surrender our success as a prospering example of what comes of freedom, rightly employed.
We should not reproach the exploited victims of this deadly elitist strategy for being susceptible to this lie. But neither should we succumb to it. Instead, we must maintain with courage the discipline required to defend what we have achieved as a free people. We must stand fast in defense of the liberty, God-endowed, that makes us free. We must make clear to all that we adamantly reject the notion that the way to remedy the poverty of others is to impoverish ourselves. We must resoundingly defeat the strategy that aims to force desperate people into our midst, on terms that destroy our ability to defend the way of life that makes our nation the object of their aspirations.
It’s sad and may prove tragic, that the government of Mexico sees fit to make itself the tool of a strategy openly intended to attack the sovereignty of both our nations. Though the group being used to test this strategy consists of families from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, there are millions of people in Latin and South America who have reason to long for escape from similar conditions. Once it becomes clear that we can easily be maneuvered into a confrontation with unarmed, civilian invasion forces, what reason is there to believe our elitist adversaries do not mean to organize them into a continual assault.
Do we have the resolve to use force against such unarmed masses? If we find it, can it be deployed without degrading our character as a people, which is already under ruthless moral assault, into something unfit to be called “American’? In social terms this strategy is a WMD, using critical masses of human beings, instead of nuclear materials. The aim is to devastate our moral heart, dissolve the moral premises of our national identity, and impose a post-traumatic winter of bad conscience calculated to freeze our will, and the self-assurance required to defend our union. In this respect, JFK speaks directly to us, and with unerring wisdom, when he reminds us that the righteousness of our cause is the indispensable foundation of our strength.
Our enemies perceive and seek to undermine that source of our strength. They have studied us as Machiavelli studied the Christian faith he sought to disarm and overthrow. But if we act with foresight, resolutely, we can forestall the fate they aim to impose on us. The first step is to make it clear to the government of Mexico, and all the governments it has chosen to represent, that we regard their sponsorship of this invading force as an overt act of war. We should demand that Mexico cease its participation. We should state unequivocally that if it does not do so, we will immediately embargo any and all commerce between the United States and Mexico until they assume responsibility for their actions.
Mexico’s sponsorship of this insidious species of attack against our sovereignty and the physical integrity of our nation must not be allowed to hide behind a mask of specious non-violence. But if the Mexican government is willing to act responsibly, we should respond in the spirit of peaceable friendship that has characterized our relations with the Mexican people for many decades. If they feel the caravan moving toward our border deserves to be heard, let them provide suitable quarters in which for them to pause their approach. The U.S. Government should then instruct our Ambassador to Mexico to meet jointly with people authorized to speak for the families involved, along with representatives of the Mexican government, and the governments of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, from which most of the families reportedly come.
The U.S. government should lay down unalterable conditions for this meeting—That the participants in the caravan must remain in place outside our territory. And that Mexico, and all the other governments involved, understand and accept the fact that U.S. government reserves and means to enforce its sovereign authority to grant or withhold entry into the United States. We will not surrender or compromise it, in any respect.
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