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Deportations And The National Debt: These Inevitable Days Of Reckoning

Updated on December 14, 2017

Day Of Reckoning

We knew when we came.

We hadn't done it the way

we should have to stay.

The day of reckoning always comes around.

"Red in the morning, sailors take warning."
"Red in the morning, sailors take warning." | Source

Who was responsible for today?

I want to raise this question: who is really responsible that tolerance of illegal aliens has come to an end?
And I want to suggest this answer: past Congresses and executives that legalized previous illegal entries, thus encouraging more illegals to believe that once in America (by whatever means) they would eventually be legalized by another Congress, and another, endlessly.
Everyone knew that at some point it would end. Now that sad "day of reckoning" is here, and there is no question it is sad.
To patrol a border, catch and deport illegal aliens, only to have those who eluded enforcement be rewarded with acceptance, was a mockery made legal, over and over again.
Now it is ending with deep sadness for individuals, friends, families, and co-workers who knew the deportees as the good people so many of them are, except for one thing: they counted on breaking the law they were evading, and being rewarded with a life they hoped for, but knew they were not legally entitled to.
Their sadness is a sadness so many of us share.
But it isn't just the police and federal authorities who are knocking on those doors. It is long delayed reality.
The porous borders that allowed so many foreigners to slip into the United States undetected, still to this day allow them to do so, irregardless of their intent.
Americans do not want, nor will they tolerate a "police state". But neither can they remain free in this country they love, if they have no real way to govern who is here and why they are here.
America's immigration laws were designed to do just that. Lax enforcement coupled with a repeated lack of political will, has led to this point in time, this day of reckoning for America's past and the pasts of those being sent to their home countries.

As for the special program for immigrants brought here illegally as children (DACA), I prefer a DACA that protects children brought here at such a young age that they had no memory of their home country and its language and customs, so that America is the only land they ever loved. Those that knew their native language, their native customs, and knew enough to know they were coming here illegally should be deported with their parents. Those that stay should not be allowed to sponsor family members that do not stand in line with others who have applied to come legally.

Another Case Of A Lack of Political Will, And Every Day Is A Day Of Reckoning Called Interest

At $48,000.00 per minute, the interest on America's national debt is crippling and growing.

Now valid social programs are on the cutting block, defense and education are handicapped not because America is failing, but because the debt and the interest are rising and burdensome.

Each zero means ten times the number before it.

That's 13 times the National Debt has become ten times larger.  Isn't the debt "fiscal terrorism" of our own doing?
That's 13 times the National Debt has become ten times larger. Isn't the debt "fiscal terrorism" of our own doing? | Source

Paying The Piper

American politicians past and present, and American citizens past and present, know a good thing when they see it, and they spend it!

Not only is the national debt of America a burden, Americans' personal debt is a burden, so much so that America's social programs are, for so many Americans, the only retirement program they will have when they retire.

America has spent, and spent, and spent.

Congresses never saw a vote getting program they didn't vote for, regardless of the fiscal impact.

Facing budget deficits to pay for all of them, rather than trimming them back and face popular criticism, recent Congresses and presidents have failed to submit balanced budgets.

Now, faced with overseas adventures and terrorists, and a domestic infrastructure that is decayed, fiscal policy (such as it exists) has become a race between finding jobs, raising income and tax revenues, and preserving the American way of life, or paying the piper.

A lack of political will and reasoned fiscal restraint has led America down this path. The way back is uphill, demanding, and filled with obstacles not the least of which is convincing demanding citizens that they can't have their cake and eat it too.

Sacrifice will be a harder sell than the so called "freebies" were.

Americans have reached the edge of the fiscal cliff. They don't like what they see over the edge, but they don't relish the tiresome and painful climb back up the mountain of debt the "good times" spent for.

America doesn't need Conservatives and Liberals now. America needs realists, and they are in short supply.

© 2017 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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      Yves 12 months ago

      Pixabay has free pictures, which HP does not object to. Either way, your hub is still good. I would make it a bit longer, but that's just me...since you asked. ;)

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      Demas W Jasper 12 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Good suggestions one and all. Thanks.

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      Yves 12 months ago

      Demas....I would change the first picture (it seems vague), perhaps add a poll, a graph with statistics and a map where the border is most needed. Just put more stuff in there to garner greater interest.

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      Demas W Jasper 12 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      So far, this Hub has had 15 Views and 3 Commenters other than the author, making the work/results ratio not very satisfying. Any suggestions?

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      Demas W Jasper 12 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      savvydating - The problem with putting such an article here on HP is the limited audience it receives. I hesitated to put it here for that very reason. Other publishers want to have articles such as this "unpublished" and after the rating system went away, and articles became relegated to their initial appearance by checking "Feed". the only thing that keeps them "in circulation" are the title's keywords, or Hubbers' comments.

      Thanks for commenting and supporting this one.

      Then there is also "Share" but we cross our fingers on those happenings, along with anything else we do to keep our HP articles "alive."

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      Yves 12 months ago

      Well said. It's high time we paid the piper. It's either that or become Greece. Anyway, who would bail us out? As the most powerful nation in the world, we have to mind our fiscal business once and for all. And you are right, Demas. The hardest part is convincing Americans that we have to make the trek up the mountain.

      A fine piece you've written here.

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      Demas W Jasper 12 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      cherylone - I could add to the Hub that, just as in divorce, it is the children who are most deeply affected by the failures of the parents. And so it is in this case, the illegal, alien parents made choices that now affect the children the most.

      As to the national debt, the leaders "elders of our American family" have also made poor choices that now affect us all, and will for generations to come.

      It is a disturbing pattern of failed democracies, that they fail when the people realize that all they have to do to get what they want is to vote for it.

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      Cheryl Simonds 12 months ago from Connecticut

      True, sadly all true.

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      Demas W Jasper 12 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Eric - These two problems of today becamse combined in this one Hub because I see them as both being caused from the same political failing by Congress and the Executive.

      Illegal immigration should have been nipped in the bud years ago rather than being encouraged by inaction.

      The National Debt only reached its current level because spending and the "freebies" were more attractive than fiscal control and sound budgets.

      Social Security's problems and the sequester are the result of Congresses and presidents wanting reelection more than good governance.

      The result of these character flaws in the national fabric are the deportation and debt problems we face today.

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      Eric Dierker 12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Interesting take on this issue. But it seems like you are making it solely a fiscal issue. I know you addressed how tragic it is, but it seems like that tragedy may be just as valid as the fiscal. Important for all of us to think about. thanks