The following letter was submitted by a Gazette reader, and was originally published online at www.boblonsberry.com.
‘The Caravan of Crap’
Where do they s***?
The Hondurans in the caravan, the 7,000 people walking north to America, where do they go to the bathroom?
And eat and sleep and store their clothes?
And how is it that after a week on the road they are clean and their hair and clothes are well kept?
How is any of this possible?
And why do these people, supposedly fleeing intolerable conditions in their homeland, carry little flags from their homeland and break into its national anthem when the TV cameras show up?
And speaking of which, for oppressed people, they all seem to be pretty well fed, well groomed and well dressed. Their hair is neat and newly cut, their clothes are clean and in good repair, and they are built like people who have had ample nutrition all their lives, being well developed and, many of them, overweight.
And none of them look dirty or unkempt, like they had been sleeping on the ground for the last week.
There’s just nothing in any of this that makes sense.
Supposedly, these several thousand people spontaneously decided to leave Honduras, walking north in a group, hoping to trek the length of gang-plagued Mexico and present themselves as refugees and prospective Democrats at the American border.
Which, again, makes no sense whatsoever.
And leaves a lot of big questions unanswered, and ignored by the press. Such as, who organized this? Who is paying for it? How have they covered 500 miles in a week?
Seriously. Any number of American “reporters” have walked beside a sympathetic walker and talked about how this particular woman and her children had trekked half a thousand miles over the last week or so.
That’s 71 miles a day.
The best soldiers through history have been able to march 25 miles a day.
How have 7,000 people been fed and watered? And how have they gone to the bathroom? If the average person across the world produces about a pound of solid waste a day, that means that these folks are somehow disposing of more than three tons of feces each day.
That’s a heck of a lot of crap, even for a Central American roadway.
Provisioning such an army of people – the equivalent of 10 combat battalions in most of the world’s militaries – is a large task. Transporting and distributing the food and water necessary to keep those people moving is a massive chore which the press says nothing about.
The entire enterprise, as a spontaneous ad hoc event, is implausible.
As an orchestrated international attempt to influence an American election, it starts to make sense.
And ought to alarm us.
Unless it’s only Russians we don’t want screwing with our democracy.
Unfortunately, none of this has made the evening news. It’s almost as if the press, in whatever scheme is afoot, gladly accepts its role as propagandists to the American people.
Every story is sympathetic, as if an attempt to enlist viewers and readers in this caravan and the politics it symbolizes.
And so the story is not about an orchestrated attempt to manipulate electoral opinion and violate the borders and laws of the United States, it is about compassion and Trump and xenophobia and racism. It is the October surprise, it is the Blue Wave.
And it is all nonsense.
Because all of these people, if legitimate, have the ability to apply for American asylum in their own country – as do the residents of most nations of the world. We have consulates and embassies for a reason, and this is one of those reasons.
We also have laws and an oath of office for a reason.
Laws, so that “we the people” through our elected representatives clearly and systematically govern our society. Law is the means by which the people express and exercise their sovereignty. Disobedience to law is disobedience to the will of the people, it is the subverting of their sovereignty and franchise.
Breaking the law is denying you the vote. Your vote elects representatives – lets you pick the country’s direction – and the representatives write the law. If that law is ignored, your representation becomes meaningless.
You get screwed.
And the oath of office?
Members of Congress – even Democrats – swear an oath to “bear true faith and allegiance” to the Constitution, which establishes our system of laws and specifically charges the Congress with making the rules of naturalization and immigration.
Who comes across the border and under what conditions they can stay is a constitutional responsibility of the Congress. That is to be determined by a congressional vote, not by a Honduran mob.
Failure to insist on that – even for Democrats – is a violation of your congressman’s oath of office.
So there is not a Democrat or Republican response to this travelling army of invaders – there is only an American response.
And that is: Turn around and go home.
Because the law of the United States does not allow a mass entry like this. The law does not declare the borders open.
If Democrats and progressives don’t like that, they can try to change the law. If America’s progressives want open borders and believe all the world’s people have a right to live in the United States – as they say they do – then they should adjust immigration law accordingly.
But until then, if they are to keep their oaths of office, they must stand for the law and the border.
And they must tell their surrogates to turn around and go home.
Because this caravan is nothing more than a bunch of political s***.
By Bob Lonsberry © 2018, boblonsberry.com
There is an old adage that great minds think alike. Therefore, it is not surprising that I concur with publisher Doug Sutton in his recommendation of Jason Gibbs and Timben Boydston for election to the city council .
I have known Jason Gibbs for several years. Jason is a smart young candidate who can be counted on to be a financial conservative and strong advocate for public safety. Jason is supported by Bob Kellar who will continue to mentor Jason after he is elected.
Timben Boydston is a known quantity having already served on the city council as an appointed and elected member.
Timben distinguished himself as the people’s councilman. If you call or email, Timben will personally respond to your concern.
Timben led the effort to stop digital billboards from being placed in the gateways to Santa Clarita.
Importantly, Timben is not afraid to question the city manager and staff on important issues. He will never be a rubber stamp. Timben wants the council’s business to be conducted in public.
On November 6, I urge you to vote for change on the city council. Join me in voting for Jason Gibbs and Timben Boydston.
I moved to the Santa Clarita Valley (SCV) when I was 6 years old, and was lucky enough to attend all new schools, beginning at Pinetree Elementary in Canyon Country and graduating from Valencia High School in 2001. While I do not currently live in the SCV, I maintain strong ties to the community; my parents still live in Sand Canyon, and my company will be relocating to Valencia next year. The SCV remains near and dear to me.
Santa Clarita is a great place to raise a family, but it is not the same town of Frontier Days, the Saugus Speedway and a pint-sized mall. To continue to grow smartly, the next council must walk a tight-rope between affordable and market rate housing, open space preservation and new development, and attracting new industry without adversely impacting traffic patterns and city services. The city must do this all while maintaining its strong AA+ S&P lease revenue bond rating.
Of all the individuals running for City Council this year, there are two newbies have the right stuff. Jason Gibbs is one, Sean Weber is the other. I grew up with Sean. I’ve known him since the 6th grade. He has come a long way, indeed all of us from that generation have; I’m talking about those who grew up along with the City, became entrepreneurs, business people, or raised children of their own. Our generation that is so much a part of the City’s growth should have a voice in local government; an opportunity to ensure that the city continues to thrive.
Sure, there are other candidates that claim to represent my generation, but only Sean has a track record of success as an entrepreneur. Specializing in the areas of strategy, entrepreneurship, and process implementation related to information technology and digital marketing, Sean has the skills and intellect to be a great councilmember. To be successful, he has shown that he can listen well to gain the input of others, and maintain flexibility and an open mind to new ideas, all attributes of good civic leaders.
On one occasion, he built an analytical process that combined legal client data from multiple databases and accounting systems that provided paralegals and attorneys a more efficient way to manage over 10,000 cases. As a result, the law firm was able to provide higher quality service to lower litigation costs, while minimizing expenses.
The city needs tech savvy, real world business leaders with substance behind them. Please join me in supporting Sean Weber for City Council.
City of Ventura and Canyon Country Native