Letters and Op-Eds

Welcome to the OFIR Letters and Op-Eds section.  Here you can read Letters to the Editor and Op-Eds that have been published in various newspapers and news sources.

Harper Reeves
The World

Ted Hunt's letter (Dems should rein in Obama, Dec. 8) is utter nonsense.

Ted wants Republicans to hand their election win back to the Democrats and act as if it never happened. Good luck on that, Ted.

Ted says in his letter (concerning illegal immigration) that "the Republicans should ignore the situation and let the Democrats rein in this president, disavow his actions, and restore the balance of power between the legislative and executive branches." To borrow your letter's next line, Ted, why on Earth would the Democrats do this?

Mr. Hunt, you are either a Democrat or a dangerously naive Republican. If it is the latter, go to your computer and find Wikipedia. Once there, type into the search box "Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965." After reading the Wiki write-up on this legislation, you will understand exactly why Republicans cannot leave immigration to the Democrats. Democrats want America's whites to go the way of the dinosaurs, and they are using immigration, both legal and illegal, to do it. Read the piece and see if you don't agree.

Gayle Alexander

The president has insulted the intelligence of “we the people” once more with the signing of his very controversial immigration changes. Many of us do not believe he actually has the authority to do any of what he has been doing without congressional approval.

His claim that the legal lawmakers are not doing their jobs is ridiculous. The way our Constitution was written, they are doing exactly what was intended. The president wants them to blindly rubber stamp the dumb and unfair things he wants.

Most Democrats seem to be totally willing to act like his sheep. Some have proved many times they should never have been in any position of power or control. One female in particular shows how stupid she is almost every time she opens her mouth.

I am so hopeful of changes coming in the new year. I am only one of many who voted for this president the first time. We were wooed with his campaign promises, but we were not dumb enough to vote for him twice. Many of us wonder why he hasn’t been impeached long before now.

Only time will tell if we have the people in place to follow through with doing what needs to be done and undo as much as possible of the wrong this administration has done. If they can’t or don’t, may God help us.

One more thought: I question just who “the American people” are that the president says want what he wants. Are any of them among those who have to pay the price for his wants?


Paul Tush

Dear Mr. Wyden,

As an Oregonian living abroad in Russia for the last 20+ years, I have been able to look at our state and our country from the outside looking in...

Unfortunately, it appears there are interests within our government that want to restructure things in a way that was not intended by our founding fathers and the Constitution they so wisely planned out. Our system was built on fairness, trust and honesty by God-fearing, wise people.

President Obama, in his efforts to single-handedly create an amnesty program for illegal immigrants, has appeared to overstep his powers and authority by not working with Congress to agree on an approach...

...Circumstance, emotions or any other excuse as to why a person is illegally present in the US (or any other country for that matter) do not justify breaking the law. If you sneak under the fence in Russia, they deport you and you don't get to come back - ever. Not much discussion on that front. So why should we in the US allow the rules to be bent or overlooked as we do now?

If we collectively want to change immigration law or policy for a given reason, that should be left up to the people via our representatives and senators..

As a constituent, I respectfully ask you to stand up for what is just and right in terms of the way President Obama is addressing immigration...
I appreciate your time and consideration.

God bless,

Paul Tush

D.A. King
The Marietta Journal

Recently in this space, I included a view about the possibility of the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives passing a hybrid “Cromnibus” budget bill that would involve funding of the federal government until next October while still allowing Congress to defund Obama’s executive amnesty early next year.

Scratch that premise. I was very, very wrong.

The only immediate way to stop Obama — and Establishment Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner — is to send a short term “Continuing Resolution” funding bill to the Democrat–controlled Senate this week. The House should also send language attached to the bill that forbids use of any funds to go to any action that issues work permits, Social Security Numbers and quasi-legal presence to a single illegal alien.

Without a huge and immediate expression of vocal public outrage, the Republicans in the House who are in league with the Chamber-of-Commerce- controlled-Speaker have no intention of using their inherent power to stop Obama — or to preserve the Constitution.

How bad is it? When asked about the defunding, Boehner said he would not commit to bringing up a bill in 2015 to strip critical funding to the Department of Homeland Security when Republicans have control of both houses of Congress.

Little over a month since the election in which Republicans ran and won as pro-enforcement conservatives, the Republican chairman of the powerful House Rules committee, Pete Sessions of Texas, revealed last week that House Republican leaders intend to give permanent legal status to most illegal aliens in the country.

Sessions said that we may soon see GOP legislation ensuring that “not one person” who is in the country illegally and has not committed a violent crime is “thrown out.” Got that? No? Let me help: He means that immigration laws only apply to people who have already crossed our borders illegally or overstayed a visa and then killed, robbed or raped someone. Otherwise … “Y’all come. We have plenty of jobs and our schools, welfare systems and common language are doing just great. And we need more low-income Democrat voters!”

Thanks to Breitbart News, we know that Sessions also made it clear that House Republican leaders want to have a “well understood agreement about what the law should be and how we as communities, and farm communities, and tech communities, create circumstances where we can have people be in this country and work, and where not one person is quote ‘thrown out’ or ‘deported’ — where we do keep families together, but what we do is we do so under a rule of law of an understanding.”

The Republican leadership plan, according to Sessions: “even in our wildest dream, would not be to remove any person that might be here unless they were dangerous to this country and committed a crime ... that was never even in a plan that I thought about.” Got it now?

On subverting the Constitution and starting the illegal executive amnesty ball rolling down a path to open borders, these Republican congressional leaders could easily be labeled “Obama-Republicans.” The vote on whether to fund Obama’s amnesty with a $1 trillion omnibus funding bill is going to happen this week. I am urging my Rep to vote “HELL NO.”

No matter their email alerts, recent posturing and their bombast, by close of business Friday, we will all know which side our own congressman is really on.

Something that must be repeated over and over until it is as important to and as well understood by the average American as ‘Dancing with the Stars:’ Once Obama issues a work permit and Social Security Number to an illegal alien, that process will likely never be undone. No “victim of borders” is ever going to see the process reversed. The Establishment Republicans and the liberal media would not allow it to happen. Honest.

Obama has already rented taxpayer-funded offices in Virginia and started the hiring process for federal workers to process his amnesty.

The time to stop this pathway to eventually swelling the Democrat voting rolls and a one-party America is today.

I would write more, but I need to call my congressman’s office.

D.A. King of Marietta is president of the Dustin Inman Society Twitter: @DAKDIS

Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal - Establishment House GOPers set on amnesty

Alan Olsen

It is so sad that the News-Register editorial board wrote the editorial titled “President produces a reasonable response” — sad because you demonstrate that you don’t know or care that the president has created a constitutional crisis with his unlawful executive order regarding illegal immigrants. Executive orders are administrative tools for the functioning of the executive branch, not a license for the president to decree law. With very little research you can find Obama saying the same thing in the past. It is true that other presidents have abused the executive privilege, but none to this extent.

For the record, Article I of the Constitution gives Congress, not the president, the power to “establish a uniform rule of naturalization.”

Your sympathies are all with the illegal immigrants who flout the rule of law that made this country a place where they want to come. Why not consider all the people who want to come here who are spending thousands of dollars, waiting in line and trying to respect our rule of law to come here legally? Obama has just shown those people the finger.

Jeani West

Today, Emperor Barack Hussein Obama will sign a decree giving five million illegal migrants the right to stay in America and giving them work permits. This will add another 5 million to the democrat voting base. Smooth move dude.

I am assuming that he has jobs for all of these immigrants.

Maybe next week he will issue a decree the deportation for the ninety one million Americans that are standing on the side lines looking for work.

You know, just to be fair and balance things out so the unemployment rates don't get any higher.

Mike Nearman
Oregon Catalyst

You can thank President Obama and Oregon Democratic officials who pick and choose when to follow laws and the Oregon Constitution

by Mike Nearman

The will of the people is poised to take another beating.

You’ll recall that in 2013 the Oregon State Legislature passed a bill to give driver cards to people who “could not prove legal residence.” In a May Day ceremony, the Governor signed the bill. However, thanks to a provision in the Oregon Constitution that gives the people the right to second-guess their legislature, the citizens of Oregon got out the clipboards and referred the Act to the people.

Before it could even go to the ballot, a bill was floated in the legislature to rewrite the ballot title, sidestepping the ballot title process which includes review by the Secretary of State, the Attorney General and the Supreme Court. So much for the will of the people. Happily, for the people of Oregon, this ballot title rewrite bill failed to pass.

On November 4th, despite overwhelming negative press and being outspent more than ten to one, the referendum went to the voters and the Act was struck down by a nearly two to one margin. 35 of Oregon’s 36 counties voted against it. Only in Multnomah County did it receive a majority. The “No” vote total on Measure 88 was greater than any other measure and far greater than what the governor received. In defiance of the legislature, nearly a million people voted to deny driver cards to illegal aliens. For a short time, it seemed like a triumph for the will of the voters.

But, hang on. We’re not done yet.

Now, in the wake of President Obama’s amnesty announcement, the DMV is consulting with the Oregon Attorney General and the Governor’s office to see if the approximately 64,000 illegal aliens living in Oregon – and eligible for the president’s new amnesty – might meet the requirements for “lawful presence” and be issued drivers’ licenses.

What do you suppose the chances are that the Oregon Attorney General will respect the will of the people and opine that this matter is settled by your Measure 88 vote? This is the same Attorney General who recently not only refused to defend the Oregon Constitution in court, but denied all others a chance to do so.

So, get ready. All you who signed the petition to put Measure 88 on the ballot, all you who voted no on Measure 88, the will of the voters is about to take another beating.

Mike Nearman was recently elected to the State Legislature from House District 23 and proudly voted no on Measure 88. He can be reached at Nearman4Oregon@yahoo.com.

NOTE:  Mike Nearman also serves on the Oregonians for Immigration Reform Board

Robert Aldridge
Statesman Journal

The U.S. House of Representatives has not passed comprehensive immigration reform, possibly because they knew Harry Reid would block it in the Senate.

After all, they have passed hundreds of bills on other topics which never make it to the Senate floor. Although the Senate passed a bill, that does not mandate that the House approve it. After all, that is exactly why we have two chambers.

While the president should try to work with Congress, he doesn't have the right to make up his own rules if they fail to pass the laws which he prefers. Clearly, the president's announcements on immigration are meant to change policy before the Republicans take control of the Senate in January and would finally be able to get legislation passed by both chambers.

If immigration reform were such a crisis, why did he wait six months from his earlier announcement until after the election?

Having waited the six months, what is the problem with waiting two months more? Such an action brings to mind a recent declaration from Jonathan Gruber.

Lyneil Vandermolen

Obama and immigration: The Oregonian editorial board apparently doesn't recognize the irony of writing that Republicans are "miffed" about illegal immigration. Every Oregon county but Multnomah just voted...not to give driver's cards to illegal aliens — ...most Democrats are "miffed," too.

Leave it to ideologues like Obama and the editorial board to defend lawless "mobocracy...

Anti-American bias is going out of style even as The Oregonian editorial board tries to shame citizens into funding their own marginalization.

Leland Stuart

The Oregonian editorial board ("Obama gets the substance right but not the process," Nov. 24) should begin by recognizing that we now have two branches of government...

Ask yourself not only, "What will happen now that President Obama may have stretched the limits of his executive authority?"...

What is the constitutional recourse for the executive in the event the legislative branch ceases to function — or even publicly defines its function solely as opposition to executive department proposals?

That's the question a president would have to ask. The answer cannot possibly be, "Do nothing" can it? You now have President Obama's answer: He will establish priorities and do as much as can be done.

Do you have a different answer?