CC2009: Day Six RecapSubmitted by someguy on Tue, 11/17/2009 - 05:50
Summary by Richard Church, Wi Delegate and someguy:
First from Richard Church:
My update for today will be a brief one, since I have been working on items for the General Welfare Committee on which I now serve.
We heard two presentations today. First, we heard from President George Washington, portrayed by one of the delegates, who delivered his Farewell Address. The actual topic for the presentation had to do with foreign policy and the general welfare clause. We were reminded of George Washington's admonition to avoid "entangling alliances."
We also looked at the issue of illegal immigration in the second presentation. We heard from John Sampson who introduced the video "Drug Wars: Silver or Lead." The video presented a shocking picture of the situation on our southern border with regard to narco-terrorism. (To be honest, I fell asleep for a few minutes during the video which just demonstrates the long hours that the delegates are putting in here. Of course, the fact that it is currently 3 am and I am still writing this update is probably demonstration enough.)
I listened to our delegates speak on the immigration problem today. What I heard was everyone recognized that there is a big problem with illegal immigration, not our current immigration law. The questions, therefore, are: 1. why do we have illegal immigration? and 2. how do we stop it? The delegates answered by saying Mexicans come here because of greater opportunities (better jobs, free welfare benefits, free schooling, subsidized housing, etc.). If we can, as American Citizens, exclude illegals from the benefits of our society: jobs, schools, health care, housing, transportation, etc., they will have less incentive to travel northward. . Furthermore, by bringing all troops home from foreign lands, they could help protect our way of life through patrolling our borders and rounding up illegals each day for deportation. It is disrespectful to jump to the head of any line. For Mexicans or any foreigners seeking respect via immigration, the law must be honored. A relevant film presentation on the Drug War was also discussed at length. The consensus was to eliminate prohibition of drugs for a safer, healthier, and more prosperous society.
Richard Church again:
This morning we adopted the Second Amendment Comittee Report, including the "open carry" language that I have been writing about. I had the opportunity to speak to the issue. The final vote was close with 26 states voting in favor.
I don't remember adopting any reports this afternoon, but it is possible that my memory fails me due to lack of sleep. I'm told that these adopted documents should become available online soon.
This evening I joined the General Welfare Committee. The agenda
actually specifies that we are to deal with only foreign policy as it relates to the General Welfare Clause, however the other delegates have an expectation that our committee will deal with the issue more broadly. We have decided to develop two reports with one focusing on foreign policy and the other taking up the other aspects. My interest is in working on the second report. We met twice today and will meet again tomorrow morning during the "chat session." (Finally I have a reason not to sit through this pointless exercise and can be involved in some real work instead.)