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Di Leo: Who We Are – And Who the American People Are Not




By John F. Di Leo - 

With a new administration comes, for once, a new clarity. 

President Trump is attempting to bring some sanity to our immigration programs – requiring vetting before admission of refugees, for example, so that we don’t suffer the horrific outbreaks of criminality – car fires, riots, gang rapes, honor killings, and the like – that Europe has suffered for years, at the hands of these very same so-called “refugees.”

And before the ink was dry on his Executive Order (almost word for word an executive order issued by his predecessors, with nothing radical about it at all), the George Soros –funded rent-a-thugs descended upon federal buildings, town centers, and college campuses to wreak the havoc that only lawless goons can wreak.

The Left screams that rational limitations on the endless hordes of non-Americans who want to come here are not “Who We Are”… as if George Soros had any say in our identity… as if the un-American Left were, in any way whatsoever, representative of who real Americans are.

So perhaps we need to explain what the events of November 2016 really meant… and how, after eight years of treasonous behavior by a corrupt Democratic president and his acolytes, the American people have reclaimed the right to speak for ourselves in declaring Who We Are.

We are not the Left – a party and movement that twists the unemployment statistics to claim that unemployment is only at 5%, so they can pretend there’s no problem. 

We are the Right, the middle, the populists, the real Americans.  We are the movement that recognizes the fact that when 95 million people are outside the workforce, that’s NOT a five percent unemployment rate, no matter WHAT the book-cookers may say.  We proclaim the truth, and demand a solution, by returning the nation to the free market growth engine that America was intended to be.

We are not the Left – a party and movement that looks at a factory and sees only smoke and hard labor, and immediately tries to shut it down, or drive it across the seas, out of some fear that the smoke will hurt a fragile planet or that the labor will be too hard for a fragile populace.

No, we are the Right, a party and movement that looks at a factory and sees vigor… and jobs… and careers… and opportunities.  When we see a factory, we see dozens, or hundreds, or thousands of people getting a start, then building careers, even building wealth, even gaining the experience to branch out on their own and start their own companies, creating that many more opportunities for still more thousands.

We recognize the value of that factory, and we try to ease its government burdens so that it can grow and flourish.  We appreciate those factories, and we want to see many more!

We are not the Left – a party and movement that sees criminals under arrest and pities the criminals, that sees muggers being jailed and feels sorry for the muggers, that sees girls being raped and pities the rapist.

No, we are the Right, a party and movement that looks at crime and rightly aims our compassion toward the victim.  We side with the victims, both past and potential, and demand that the streets be cleared of the muggers, drug dealers, gang recruiters and killers whom the Democrats would set free in pursuit of their votes. 

We side with the victims, and call for more stringent sentencing, and for the death penalty when appropriate, because the Chicagoan walking home from work IS more important to society, more valuable in the eyes of his or her fellow man, than the mugger, rapist, gang member or addict who would attack him or her if given the chance.  We demand a crackdown on the crime that’s destroying our cities.  We side with the victims.

We are not the Left – a party and movement that sees the violence in the Middle East and imagines some moral equivalence… that sides with the terrorist truck driver against the American  army base… that sides with the terrorist bomber against the innocent tourists in the café or pizzeria… that sides with the monstrous jihadists against the peaceful and free state of Israel.

No, we are the Right, a party and movement that can tell the difference between good and evil, and therefore sides with our troops, our friends, and our allies.  We take the side of the innocent tourists, the innocent schoolchildren, the innocent shopkeepers.  We call for the eradication of the islamofascist terrorists, whatever it takes.

We are not the Left – a party and movement that sees hospitals and communities bankrupted by the influx of illegal aliens and their drug addiction, stabbings and shootings, maternities, and other costly healthcare needs… and just passes a bill – call it Obamacare – to make everyone else pay for it, no matter the cost.

No, we are the Right, a party and movement that knows how to deal with this problem, as with all problems: with law enforcement, and border enforcement, and the free market.  We are the movement that will free this country from the chains of Obamacare, a program that caused millions to be unemployed, that bankrupted millions and destroyed thousands of businesses, just to pay for healthcare for the indigent and criminal.  We are the movement that understands capitalism, and will therefore return the nation to the wisdom of the Invisible Hand.

We are not the Left – a party and movement that sees people weak or poor or unwanted in foreign countries, and invites them all here, in unbearable numbers, to dilute our heritage and change our culture until we are no different from the third-world hellholes they flee, all in pursuit of their votes.

No, we are the Right, a party and movement that wishes the best for all good people, but which recognizes that we owe our first duty to American citizens.  We recognize that sacrificing our economy for the sake of foreign indigents is no real help to either group, for the United States is the growth engine of the world, and if we allow that engine to die, the whole world suffers anyway.

We therefore call for a return to rational immigration policy, and a halt to the unrestricted open door of years past.  We call for Borders, and the Rule of Law, after much too long without respect for either.  We must put our own house in order before we can again welcome guests.

We are not the Left – a party and movement that has spent decades attacking churches, chapels, and synagogues, by trying to deny people of faith the freedom to participate in American politics and to educate our children in the Lord’s path… even to the point of literally booing God’s name at their national conventions!

No, we are the Right, a party and movement that knows and respects the Lord, and understands that the Constitutional freedom of religion was written in the assumption that of course America is – and must be – a Judeo-Christian nation, but one in which the government can never choose your denomination for you.  

We are therefore the side that knows our history, and refuses to deny or twist it.  We remember President John Adams’ famous words on this subject:  “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”  We are the side that will find a way to properly restore the balance in America, so that this nation can again aspire to be One Nation, Under God, as we were meant to be.

On issue after issue, policy after policy, the un-American Left has spent a century undermining this nation, turning away from the great design of our Founding Fathers.   The Left took a nation that was designed to respect and protect the individual, and gradually twisted our very institutions – from the far-off central bureaucracy to our local schools – to attack the individual and to collectivize everything they could.

In November, 2016, by a razor thin margin, perhaps, but still a margin in state after state, from sea to shining sea, this country finally took a few steps in the right direction: toward a future of liberty, in full respect for the heritage of a distant and noble past, when 55 delegates in Philadelphia defined this nation as one in which its national government would be severely limited, and its people would be truly free.

So, in case you ever wondered… That is who we are.

Copyright 2017 John F. Di Leo

John F. Di Leo is a Chicagoland-based international trade lecturer, writer, actor and family man… he has been a Chicagoland precinct captain and Milwaukee County Republican party chairman, but has now been a recovering politician for nearly twenty years. His columns are found weekly in Illinois Review.

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    We did not need a massive overhaul of the United States Code. We needed an executive who would enforce the existing laws faithfully rather than ignoring the same laws and forbidding the laws to be applied. A mere handful of bad laws needed to be scrapped, but overall the needed laws were already on the books.