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By Nancy Thorner – 

Having found Illinois’ Governor Bruce Rauner to be a cliche-ridden, ineffective communicator, his interview by Bret Baier at Chicago’s Fox News studios on Friday, August 11 for Baier’s daily nationally-televised TV show gave credence to my negative evaluation of Rauner.

Friends from California, whose own governor (Jerry Brown) is running the state into the ground through his ineptness and outlandish policies, viewed for themselves the Rauner interview, and appropriately labeled Rauner “extremely incompetent.”

 

My own response was one of disbelief at Rauner’s responses to questions posed by Mr. Baier. I felt ashamed and embarrassed to have Governor Rauner representing me as the governor of Illinois. After all, Rauner did run as a reform candidate in 2014, with an emphasis on growing jobs, delivering value for taxpayers, giving every child access to world-class schools, and enacting term limits to reform the political system.  As was stated in the Illinois Review: “The interview created a national discussion firestorm, frustrating the state’s political Right and Left, who said Rauner’s responses created more questions than answers for the people of Illinois.”

Responding to Rauner’s money quote in the transcript of Fox News’ interview with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner   “We make illegal immigration easy and we make legal immigration almost impossible.”

I say, “No, Governor Rauner, we have at least 1.5 million legal immigrants a year when you count the H1-B and other work visas.”

By signing SB31, Rauner will create the leading sanctuary state in the country by abetting illegal immigration. The bill (SB31), referred to as “the Trust Act”, is waiting for Governor Rauner’s signature.  SB31 was introduced by Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) and is intended to curtail all federal immigration powers to detain and deport illegal aliens even in the event that they are convicted of a crime.

Democratic Party Originated as Party of Slavery

Hasn’t the Democrat Party been associated with the party of slavery from early on in this nation’s history? After a lifetime of luxury from the labor of slaves, a founder of the Democrat Party, Thomas Jefferson, refused to free his slaves even upon his death, although admirers offered to buy them from him.

Andrew Jackson, who became the seventh president of the United States, was a wealthy slave owner and infamous Indian killer, gaining the nickname ‘Sharp Knife’ from the Cherokee, because of his brutal military campaigns against Indians.  Andrew Jackson was not only a genocidal maniac against the Indigenous Peoples of the southwest, he was also racist against African peoples.

From Jim Crow, to the oppressed immigrants in the big cities, to the Great Society and forced unionization, the Democrats have always loved to boss people around, while living like overlords from their labor and taxes. This is the reason Democrats fight so hard against medical and education vouchers.  They don’t really care about the people they claim to serve; they only want to keep their power over them.

About Modern Day Slavery?

Nothing describes modern day slavery better than that of illegal immigration.  Although I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, I do remember hearing about the old South when blacks had to step out of the way of whites on sidewalks and where blacks couldn’t drink from the same water fountains or be served at counter in restaurants.

Today illegal immigrants are exploited by criminals, landlords, the police, and their employers, but most of all by the Democrat Party. Through wide-spread illegal immigrant voting, Democrats have become recipients of more electoral votes and an increased number of legislative districts.  Most of all, Illegal immigrants have broken down the rule of law in this country.  When close to 10% of our population is openly flouting the law, why should we be surprised when many feel it unnecessary to obey any law?

The solution to the illegal immigration problem is not what was foolishly granted in 1986, amnesty.  Reagan’s greatest mistake led to a mushrooming of illegal immigration and the destruction of the Republican Party in states like California, where low skilled, functionally illiterate immigrants were encouraged by Democrats to vote for more welfare, rather than to achieve dignity and self-worth by working hard, saving, and getting educated, as immigrants were required to do in the past to get ahead.

Amnesty Creates Problems

The greatest problem, by far, with amnesty is with the countries that send us illegal immigrants.  Back in 1953, South Korea was a wrecked country that barely had enough to eat.  In contrast, Mexico was well off in 1953 compared to the rest of the world.  Today South Korea, despite spending far more on defense than Mexico, is a rich, well-educated country, while Mexico has turned into a third world sewer of corruption, violence and economic despair, with an education system near the bottom.  Socialism has killed Mexico, but it hobbles along as its workers send money home, subsidized by American taxpayers through all sorts of welfare programs.

Accordingly, illegal immigration has done more to ruin Mexico than anything this nation has ever done. Mexican illegals would be far better off if half of them went home and the other half had legal rights as temporary guest workers with no right of citizenship.  Mexico would then be forced to reform.  By so doing so our economy would be liberated, which would also aid in pulling Mexico’s economy out of the rut.  Brought to an end would be the constant cycle of exploitative immigration that does neither country any good.

Europe has a similar problem where illegal immigrants are failing to become assimilated.  By sending their welfare money home, more “refugees” and immigrant are being lured into Europe who are likewise unable to fit in. Their home countries get further and further behind, because essential cultural problems never get solved.

We don’t need immigrants to change our country into their image.  It would be better to send “missionaries” to serve in other countries to change them to our ways.  This happened with Japan and South Korea.

Klan Members Become Role Models in Democratic Party

It was easy for the late Robert Byrd to go from being a Kleagle and Exalted Cyclops of the Klan to a “role model” for the Clintons and all the other socialists of the Democrat Party.  But to really care about the people of the world, a Lincoln-like figure is mandated to fight those who exploit others and then claim it is good for society and for those they exploit.

Instead of fighting back against the media and those who are exploiting cheap labor, Governor Rauner and other establishment Republicans have decided to pander to the media and those exploiting cheap labor.  But as Trump proved and Lincoln before him, it’s possible to be right on the issue and still win at the ballot box.

It’s time we end all illegal immigration and cut back our legal immigration to those who can speak English and benefit our economy, just as is done in Canada and Australia.

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By Nancy Thorner – 

Culturally, this nation seems to be in the midst of a transgender craze, which is resulting in an increase of child abuse among parents who think that ideological agenda is a way of life for their small children,  It was only four years ago when the Supreme Court paved the way for gay marriage. Having won this big fight, the mainstream media began to question what would be next for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement.

Wilson Cruz, an LGBT activist, told CNN at the time:  “I really do believe [the Supreme Court ruling] is the domino that is going to tip over the rest of the dominoes.  Do not get in the way of this train, because it will run you over.”

Billionaire George Soros, to ensure things ran full-steam ahead dedicated at least $2.7 million to the cause that year, according to his tax returns, through his Foundation to Promote Open Society.

The breakdown of American social norms is advancing at a lightning pace. The transgender lobby is out to drastically alter our society.  If a person shows even the slightest hesitation to embrace their cause, they are called a hateful bigot.  Not only are adults being told this, but school children are being taught the same.

Parents are likewise receiving guidance from Planned Parenthood and other liberal bastions on how to talk to preschoolers about transgenderism and masturbation, as if at the tender age of three a child needs to know about transgenderism and masturbation.

Following is some advice from the guidelines of Planned Parenthood as reported in the Daily Wire:

“Be mindful of how you talk around your kid, too. Talking to (or in front of) your daughter about growing up and having boyfriends or marrying a man (and vice versa) sends the message that girls are supposed to like boys, and boys are supposed to like girls, and that anything else is wrong or not normal. While kids this young don’t know their sexual orientation yet, assuming they’re straight could make them scared to come to you or feel bad about themselves later. This can lead to mental health issues, unhealthy relationships, and taking more health risks when they reach their teenage years.”

Planned Parenthood also provides a litmus test for determining whether or not your child is transgender.  If your child is “Consistent, Insistent and Persistent” with the idea that he or she was born the wrong gender, you have no choice but to run with it.

Transgender propaganda impacting society

Michelle Cretella, M.D., president of the American College of Pediatricians, a national organization of pediatricians and other health care professionals dedicated to the health and well-being of children, wrote an article for The Daily Signal  in which she explained the effects of the transgender mania on children and the impact on her career.  As stated in Dr. Cretella’s article:

“Parents are agreeing to have their children receive medication that could sterilize them for the rest of their lives, and some of these children are not even ten years old.  Parents are brainwashing their malleable children with transgender propaganda until they eventually believe it. Once they believe it, the parents are free to convince the child of participating in self-destructive behavior such as the use of puberty blockers.”

As to why doctors are bowing to transgender demands: The Left will stand outside clinics holding signs inferring that doctors who don’t support their views are “transphobic”. Fearful of losing their jobs if clinics are closed down, doctors are not fighting back.

Over the span of twelve years, nine years as a member of the board of the American College of Pediatricians and the last three years as its president, Dr. Cretella has witnessed what has now become the new normal.

  • Pediatric “gender clinics” are considered elite centers for affirming children who are distressed by their biological sex. This distressful condition, once dubbed gender identity disorder, was renamed “gender dysphoria” in 2013.
  • In 2014, there were 24 of these gender clinics, clustered chiefly along the east coast and in California. One year later, there were 40 across the nation.
  • With 215 pediatric residency programs now training future pediatricians in a transition-affirming protocol and treating gender-dysphoric children accordingly, gender clinics are bound to proliferate further.
  • Last summer, the federal government stated that it would not require Medicare and Medicaid to cover transition-affirming procedures for children or adults, because medical experts at the Department of Health and Human Services found the risks were often too high and the benefits too unclear.  Undeterred by these findings, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health has pressed ahead, claiming—without any evidence—that these procedures are “safe.”
  • Two leading pediatric associations—the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pediatric Endocrine Society—have followed in lockstep, endorsing the transition affirmation approach even as the latter organization concedes within its own guidelines that the transition-affirming protocol is based on low evidence.”

According to the transition-affirming protocol, parents are told to treat their children as the gender they desire and to place them on puberty blockers around age 11 or 12 if gender dysphoric. By age 16 if children still insist they are trapped in the wrong body, they are to be place on cross-sex hormones and biological girls may obtain a double mastectomy.

Scientific research and facts disprove transgender narrative

The transgender movement has gained legs in the medical community and in our culture by offering a deeply flawed narrative.  According to  Dr. Cretalla, scientific research and facts tell a different story.

1. Twin studies prove no one is born “trapped in the body of the wrong sex.”

2. Gender identity is malleable, especially in young children.

3. Puberty blockers for gender dysphoria have not been proven safe.

4. There are no cases in the scientific literature of gender-dysphoric children discontinuing blockers.

5. Cross-sex hormones are associated with dangerous health risks.

6. Neuroscience shows that adolescents lack the adult capacity needed for risk assessment

7. There is no proof that affirmation prevents suicide in children.

8. Transition-affirming protocol has not solved the problem of transgender suicide.

Walt Heyer, an accomplished author and public speaker with a passion for mentoring individuals whose lives have been torn apart by unnecessary gender-change surgery, writes how children are encouraged, affirmed and assisted in “coming out” by their parents and the LGBTQ lobby as transgendered without one word about the consequences of the dangerous game of “gender make-believe.”   Such parental affirmation gives young people false hope that they can really become a different gender, a lie even if told with compassionate motives.

According to Mr. Heyer:

For a vulnerable young person, pursuing a dream that is physically impossible to achieve can lead to depression and suicide. The prevalence of suicide attempts among transgender or gender non-conforming youth is 45 percent, according to a 2014 report by the Williams Institute, University of California at Los Angeles School of Law and the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.  Moreover, doctors themselves admit they cannot tell who the “real” long-term gender dysphoric children are, whether a gender dysphoric child will feel the same way years later

Transgenderism is not a civil right

As Linda Harvey, speaker and author and founder of Mission America (www.missionamerica.com), a Christian pro-family organization tracking current cultural issues, noted in her article of July 19, 2017, Dirty 2 Dozen GOP Reps Bow to “Trans’ Demands, “Peddling  sexual deviance to children and calling it a “civil right” is a gross distortion of American liberty and amounts to child corruption.”

Harvey continues:
“It is true that a few courts have interpreted existing law to give a green light to schoolgirls who want entry to boys’ restrooms, but this is an exception.  There is no “Federal law requires you to call boys who wear skirts by girl pronouns.”
Meanwhile, in July of this year New Jersey Gov. Chris Christiesigned a bill directing public schools to allow transgender students to use the restrooms and other facilities which correspond to their gender identity, which has many people wondering why the Republican Christie signed the Democrat-sponsored bill.
This fall. the Minnesota Department of Education will be providing schools, public and charter, with the “tools” to support transgender and gender-nonconforming students.
Does danger loom ahead?
Trump’s Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, balked several months ago when asked to rescind Obama’s unlawful 2016 Title IX bathroom order that boys had a right to shower with girls at school.  DeVos had to be ordered by Trump and Jeff Sessions to cooperate.
Secretary DeVos, who has become known as an avid supporter of homosexual/gender rebellion lifestyles, should be removed. She also hired Candice Jackson, an open lesbian, to head the DOE’s Office of Civil Rights. A memorandum recently written by Candice Jackson indicates that schools must look out for the “rights” of transgender students and go along with the chosen pronouns of a gender-confused student or else face a possible federal investigation.
There is some good news. Congress is considering a bill to limit the rush to redefine gender in federal law. Recently introduced, H.R. 2796 would continue to define “male” to mean biological male, and females likewise, under existing law.  Contact your congressional representative to support H.R. 2796.
As Dr. Cretella recently explained about medical outcomes that will result from our culture’s rush to embrace transgender change as normal.
“Today’s institutions that promote transition affirmation are pushing children to impersonate the opposite sex, sending many of them down the path of puberty blockers, sterilization, the removal of healthy body parts, and untold psychological damage. These harms constitute nothing less than institutionalized child abuse.”

Part 1 published Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017:

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Thorner/O’Neil: Immigration: An Issue of Importance to all Americans (Part 2)

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By Nancy Thorner & Bonnie O’Neil –

Disagreements regarding Immigration issues have always existed; however, they have become particularly divisive recently. It is therefore wise to review our national history on the subject for more clarity as to what our wise forefathers thought on the subject.   America’s Founding Fathers did not encourage unlimited immigration, but neither did they prevent or discourage it by any federal legislation.  They believed most decisions should be left to individual states to regulate.
George Washington indicated that immigration should be limited to “useful mechanics and some particular descriptions of men or professions.”  Thomas Jefferson saw the new government as a unique combination of the freest elements of English law and political custom. He was concerned that unrestricted immigration of people from foreign lands unacquainted with the principle of representative government might undo the careful work of our Founding Fathers. “Yet,” he said prophetically, “from such we are to expect the greatest number of immigrants.”
Our ancestors wisely decided that this new “nation under God with liberty and justice for all,” would have no king and no privileged class. Their ideals, in spite of human frailty, allowed the United States of America to become a nation unparalleled by any other.  America had its challenges, such as the Civil War, but each trial seemed to strengthen
instead of harm us. America’s culture, customs, language, and laws were considered basically untouchable, but there is concern each is under assault today from foreigners who come to America for different purposes than in the past.  Many Immigrants today come out of necessity to escape poverty and terrorism; others to enjoy our prosperity, but many among them have no intention of adapting to the American way of life.  They keep their own cultures, languages, and religion.  Some even have the audacity to put pressure upon us to adopt to their ways.  This new immigrant has become a danger to America.   Therefore, it has become imperative that all Americans review our heritage to understand the reasons it must be preserved.  We the People must demand our leaders adhere to our established immigration laws, and thus avoid self-destructing through ethnic strife.

 Immigration Act of 1917

There was a need to make a change in the original law due to a surge in immigrants during 1880 to 1920, when 23,465,000 immigrants arrived,  thus doubling the total for the previous fifty years.   Concerned with this increase, Congress was prompted to pass the Immigration Act of 1917,  followed in 1921 with the nation’s first immigration law based on national quotas. A few years later, March,1924, the New York Times published an editorial which stated:

”The country has a right to say who shall and who shall not come in . .. the basis of restriction must be chosen with a view not to the interest of any group or groups in this country, . . . but rather with a view to the country’s best interests as a whole.”

Notice that the primary consideration by this Court and which was reiterated in the N.Y. Times was that immigrants were to benefit our Country, not a burden or detriment.  Immigration officials were tasked with vetting applicants based on their job skills and ability to sustain themselves in our Country.   That wise policy has gradually diminished and the once hard-fast requirements gradually began to favor the immigrant instead.  Possibly our leaders forgot how quickly once thriving nations can cease to be prosperous due to ill-thought-out changes, and that there can be unintentional consequences when we do not put Country over compassion.

A Warning to America

Consider that at the end of President Obama’s term, which allowed an unprecedented surge of unvetted immigrants, America was left with a $20 Trillion dollar debt.  How generous can our nation afford to be?  We provide for these immigrants, when most are not even willing to assimilate with our customs or people?   We are a generous nation, but there are inevitable consequences for not following reasonable laws and procedures.  Our citizens end up being the losers.

President Trump, a non-politician, became a surprise winner of our 2016 election.  How did that happen?  Voters responded to his campaign message that emphasized correcting our immigration problems and restoring our historic (Conservative) values.  He talked about putting America first. The people resonated with this message.

America’s demographics can be changed forever with little or no opportunity to reverse its course, if we continue to ignore established immigration laws.  This has never been more important because the average immigrant family produces more children than natural born American citizens. Three times as many children were born to immigrant moms in 2014 as in 1970.   In that same period, the number of children to American born moms dropped 11%.  This must be considered if we want our Country to have the same ethnic identification of our forefathers.

There were 1.8 billion Muslims in the world as of 2015 – roughly 24% of the global population – according to a Pew Research Center estimate.   However, while Islam is currently the world’s second-largest religion (after Christianity), it is the fastest-growing major religion, due to birthing far more children than Christians today. Indeed, if current demographic trends continue, the number of Muslims is expected to exceed the number of Christians by the end of this century.  Without a change in immigration procedures, there is a very real danger America will not only lose its current ethnic identity but our Christian identification as well.

European Countries Reaping Serious Consequences from Immigration Policies

Consider European countries like Germany and Sweden, both examples of accepting unprecedented numbers of immigrants, mostly Muslims.  They are already reaping serious consequences.  It has been reported that Swedes no longer feel safe in their own country.  An article written by Judith Bergman, published on July 21, 2017, went even further to question if Sweden was a failed State.

It is hard to argue with facts explaining that in 2015 only 14% of all crimes in Sweden were solved.  By 2016, 80% of police officers were allegedly considering quitting the force.  Nevertheless, Prime Minister Stefa Lofven still refuses to call this a crisis, even though Sweden now has the second highest number of rapes in the World after Lesotho in Africa.

Co-author Bonnie O’Neil spoke with three Swedish male golfers recently.  When asked their opinion about the reported rape of Swedish women by Muslim men, their comment was shocking. They lamented the dirty secret the Swedish government does not want revealed, and which the media refuses to make a priority, is that Swedish men who dare to date Muslim women are being murdered by Muslim male immigrants. Swedish officials and media sources are less than forthright in providing facts.  Apparently they are unwilling or unable to admit their generosity toward immigrants has turned out badly for their own citizens.

Although ethnic Swedish citizens have been offering information about these immigrant-related happenings, authorities ignore and even deny the problems, further announcing they are preparing for another 140,000 migrants to arrive this year, 27,000 of them underage and most of them male. A growing number of Swedes are questioning what their leaders are thinking?   This single issue has divided the Swedish population like nothing before.

Unfortunately, many of our immigration and federal officials have allowed a steady flow of unvetted immigrants into our Country, without concern that this annual tidal wave of legal and illegal immigrants endanger our way of life. A majority of today’s immigrants are (consciously or unconsciously) undermining our customs, our culture, our language, and our institutions.

It is interesting to consider Middle Eastern immigrants have neighbors who share their customs, beliefs, language, and religion, but these neighbors have not opened their doors to them.  Perhaps the reason is that unlike European countries that need replacements for their declining populations, Saudi Arabia does not; in fact these immigrants would be a burden to their people.  This might also explain why specific European countries welcomed them.  They are experiencing plunging birthrates across Europe and an aging population makes replacement migration a good option.  A U.N. document — “Replacement Migration: Is It a Solution to Declining and Aging Populations?” — set forth the idea of “replacement migration” in 2000.

Demographic Changes and Decline in Christianity 

The United States is experiencing demographic changes as well.  We also have a lower birthrate, largely due to the legalization of abortion on demand and women choosing careers over becoming mothers.   A 2016 seven year study showed that like Europe, America’s Christian church is also declining. The percentage of people dedicated to Christianity has changed significantly in the last 50 years, causing the religion to lose much of its influence in our everyday lives.  A Gallup survey found that 21 percent of Americans have no religious identity — up from the 15 percent of respondents who said the same in 2008. According to Christian Post, “Gallup also found that church and other religious attendance has been declining. While 73 percent of respondents said in 1937 that they were a member of a church, only 56 percent said the same in 2016.  Additionally, 72 percent of those surveyed in 2016 said that religion is losing its influence on American life.”

Perhaps this is not a good time to introduce an unprecedented number of immigrants whose religion dictates most every area of their lives and many of those dictates oppose the culture and even laws of our Country.

Although there is agreement that Europe has been badly harmed because of its out-of-control immigration, there is still time in our nation to rely on the wisdom of our forefathers, those who provided us with our established Immigration policies and laws.  It is essential we begin again to strictly enforce them.  The consequences of not doing so opens America to the possibility of suffering the same consequences we see in Europe; empty churches, cultural changes, and terrorist attacks by those who interpret the Koran as a mandate for jihad.

Abraham Lincoln was asked if he believed that God was on the union’s side during the Civil War.  His response is as appropriate today as it was then:

“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”

President Trump’s rousing Warsaw speech on July 6, 2017 appropriately called for a return to our Christian roots:

“Only if the West returns to God, and only if the West chooses to defend its heritage, and traditions, and the dignity of every human life — only then can the enemies at the gates be beaten back.”   

These are great quotes but until “we the people” stand up and demand our Immigration laws be strictly enforced and our Christian heritage protected, we cannot expect our leaders to know our firm commitment to keep America the Country our forefathers wisely provided for us.