Archive for December, 2018

Years ago we were told we had to accept the new normal of low wages, high unemployment, a loss of manufacturing jobs and civic unrest.  That doesn’t appear to have been true.

Today we are told that addiction is a constant pushed by our people’s demand for drugs, and that we can’t do anything about it.  I don’t believe that either.

Some people are willing to do anything about a problem but solve it.  They will talk about it.  They will hold vigils and lock arms.   They will donate money to drug treatment and drug prevention programs.  They will appropriate public funds for the same reasons.  All of these by themselves are good.  All of these by themselves are ineffective.  Why do I say that?  Just look around you. We have holes in our immigration system.  Our strategy should be “find a hole, plug a hole.”  Instead we just “palaver a hole”.

We need to begin at the beginning. We need to stop the flow of drugs into the country.  Addiction brings demand.  The ready availability of drugs, our unique biochemistry and the recklessness, insecurity and invincibility of youth makes us susceptible to addiction. We need to stop the flow of drugs immediately.  This is a national emergency.

In the past week a young client of mine died from an overdose.  He was a good person with a bad addiction. Another young man known to my family also died in the last two days from a drug overdose.  He also was a good person with a bad addiction.

The addiction strangled them.  It held them hostage. It foreclosed their options.  It made the possible improbable.   It made them unworthy in their own eyes.  It took the joy out of their lives.  It made sobriety a bridge too far.  It killed them.  And in some ways it killed all who loved them.

We know that most of the drugs savaging our nation are coming through our southern border.  We know that fentynal is manufactured in China.   We know that heroin laced with fentanyl is coming through Mexico into the United States.

Last year— in one year — more people died from drug overdoses in America than were killed in combat during the 17 years of the Vietnam War.  Imagine the Vietnam War memorial in Washington, DC – that interminable, congested wall of gallant mortality and lost opportunity.  Imagine a similar wall – name after name after name etched in stone — of those fallen to drug addiction.  Where is the recognition of pain and loss?  Where is the urgency?  This is a national disgrace.

The deception and the legalistic and “humanistic” arguments that have allowed this slaughter to continue unabated for decades is as enraging as it is intellectually dishonest.  This is one of those times in history when national security, national sovereignty, drug policy and immigration policy all dictate immediate concerted action.

We have to defend our borders.  We have to control the flow of people into our country.  We have to block the flow of the drugs into our country.

Why do the drug cartels get to kill 60,000 Americans a year without military reprisal?

Those who oppose the building of the wall at the border, favor the option of accepting continuing casualties without remedy.  Put differently, those who oppose building the wall favor building a drug pipeline to every city, town and state in America.  Why do I say that?  Because that’s what’s happening and that’s what’s been happening for decades.

The cost of building the wall is estimated at $25-30 billion dollars. It is a bargain at that price.  Considering the alternative, it is a bargain at any price.  It will more than pay for itself in 2 years.  The social and economic costs associated with illegal immigration would substantially abate as a result and allow a more effective deployment of human, technical and tactical assets to secure our border and interdict drug shipments and human trafficking.  The annual cost savings derived from a more effective border security policy would dwarf the cost of construction of the wall.   Some economists estimate the annual costs of illegal immigration to be many times the cost of construction.  Left to its own devices, illegal immigration will bend the curve of our economy toward insolvency and socialism.  Like night follows day, one follows the other.

Aside from the money, consider the human misery resulting from drug addiction.  Consider the angst and anger and helplessness in families across the nation as drug addiction continues to escalate with no solution in sight.  Consider the sleepless nights, the wondering, the waiting, the worrying about whether those they love are in harm’s way.

Consider the unsafe streets.  The bullets of the drug distribution teams searing the flesh of innocents.  The needs for more police, more EMTs, more facilities, more judges, more public defenders, more jails, more social workers, more probation and parole officers, and, importantly, adequate access to more effective drug treatment programs.  The cost of a month in a private inpatient drug treatment program can easily exceed $25,000 – $30,000 per month.  And where are those beds when you need them?  The window for the addict to seek treatment is narrow and fleeting.  Telling him, “You’re on a list and we’ll get to you as soon as a bed opens” is more responsive to economics than it is to addiction treatment psychology.

Consider the impact on medical care, hospital and equipment capacity, the construction of new facilities, and the impact on state Medicaid and public assistance budgets.

Consider the increased costs of education, the building of new schools, of bi-lingual education programs, of more teachers, more administrators, more counselors, more in-class aids, more kitchen workers, more buses and more supplies.  All of these mean more taxes and more debt. You have to pick a lot of low wage peaches to offset the cost of construction of a single $30 million school.

Consider the cost of apprehension, conviction and detention of criminal illegal aliens.  The costs of holding a person in prison is more than $30,000 per year.  I have seen recent estimates that nearly 30 percent of all inmates in federal prison are illegal immigrants.  The numbers routinely range between 20 – 40 percent.

A recent Yale University study estimated the number of illegal immigrants in America to range from 22-30 million.  The dimension of that number gives you some indication of the sheer magnitude of the cost of illegal immigration to the American public. If the Yale study is correct, that means that nearly 1 in 10 people in America are here illegally.

The brazenness of this series of caravans defiantly approaching our borders and insisting on access to the United States and its public support systems is mind-boggling.  More disturbing is the level of public support for the proposition that they should be admitted without question and without detention.  There are even those who believe that such people should be allowed to vote and participate prominently in the development of American public policy.   The magnitude of these caravans approaches the size of a small city.  As a nation, we simply can’t accept this trespass.  The precedent would implode our sovereignty.

We need to build the wall.  It is a statement.  A symbol.  A strategy.  A fact. It is the cornerstone of a coherent and comprehensive immigration policy. There is nothing wrong with putting America First.  It’s common sense.  It’s a biological imperative. There is nothing wrong with putting yourself first.  Once we have secured ourselves, our Judeo-Christian ethic – our immersion is western civilization — then insists that we voluntarily act responsibly to help others in need.

We need to prioritize.  Life is a series of concentric circles.  We and those we love along with our core values and beliefs are at the center.  The primacy of the self is a biological fact.  In healthy individuals, it matures into a complementary concern for the well-being of others and an appreciation of enlightened self-interest.  Like a pebble thrown into a pond, the circles widen to the shore but they never displace the original compass.

The progression is from the “I” to the “Other” in order of importance.  The nihilism inherent in globalism insists not on a balance between “I” and “Thou” but on an abdication and repudiation of the “I” in favor of the “Other”.   Until recently, the failure properly to prioritize in life was recognized as a sign of mental defect and bad judgment. You can’t be an effective human or an effective country if you are always negating your own interests and reflexively doing what’s second, first.

Don’t let the drug cartels and the globalists diminish American sovereignty.  Don’t let them pull at your heartstrings to plead for open borders.  Open borders means social disorder.  Challenge me?  Where is that not the case.  England? France?  Germany?  Sweden?

Don’t allow yourself to participate in the destruction of American culture, American confidence, and American pride. We are a generous nation.  We are a great nation teeming with good people, people willing to wash their plate and at least one more.

To be genuine, generosity and charity must be the product of a free will, not compelled by government action.   It involves the transfer of knowledge, time and property valued and owned by the donor to the donee out of a concern for his well-being.  Real charity goes on a mission to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador and says to the people, “I value this.  This is mine.  I want you to have it.”  Collectivism and Fascism invites them here and says, “You want this. This is theirs.  I want you to have it.”

If we stay strong, economically and socially, if we insist on truth, we can help others and do it without unduly and unreasonably imperiling ourselves.  Why put the goose that laid the golden egg at risk by housing it with a multitude of wolves of contrary and uncertain mind?  If we do not stay strong, we will not be able to help ourselves or anyone else.

Build the wall.  Stop the drugs.  Stop the killing.  Heal the country.

Keep these thoughts in mind when you go to vote tomorrow.


Dennis Bruce Phifer, Esquire


Dated: 11/05/18


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