Watcher’s Council members and their friends are at it again, writing insightful, entertaining posts about the situation at home and abroad.
Over at WOW! Magazine, you’ll find a stellar collection of informed, thoughtful posts about all of today’s headline topics.
I had planned to put up more than one original post today, and I might still try to do so tonight, but the day quickly spun out of my control. Thankfully, my fellow Watcher’s Council members have been quite busy looking at the world and putting up fascinating and thoughtful posts. I think you’ll enjoy whichever of their posts you read:
I can never remind you often enough that, if you’re looking for insightful analysis about today’s political, social, and economic trends, you can’t do better than to check out WOW! Magazine, the online home of the Watcher’s Council (and their friends). Here are just some of the things you can find there today: [Read more…]
The news is ever more complicated and, thanks to the hysterical media, filled with lies. Let the Watcher’s Council you help interpret what’s happening.
If you haven’t checked out WOW! Magazine, the Watcher’s Council hangout, you’re missing a lot of interesting and fun conservative information.
Do you remember, back in the day, that Simon & Garfunkel did a really cute little song called It’s All Happening At The Zoo? That charming song popped into my head today and it seemed appropriate to a discussion about what the Watchers of Weasels have been up to lately: [Read more…]
You have to act fast to keep up with the trending topics and new articles at WOW! Magazine, home of the Watchers’ Council. As you’ve come to expect from Council members, they pay attention to the latest news and are extremely good at analyzing and synthesizing important political trends.
The following list, which was complied yesterday (but I was delayed in publishing until today) has articles you’ll definitely want to read. Once you’re at the site, though, be sure to check out the most recent articles Council members have submitted:
Don’t forget that the Watchers’ Council has transmuted into Wow! Magazine, an online magazine with articles you won’t want to miss. Here’s the latest.
I think it’s fair to say, having looked over the WOW! Magazine forum in which Watcher’s Council members and their friends grade how Donald Trump has performed as president to date, that the Council members are happy to very happy with what he’s done. Yes, execution in his first two weeks has been imperfect (especially because the outgoing president went out of his way to make things difficult), but the personnel, goals, promises are all good.
Anyway, check it out and see if you agree with what council members have to say about Donald Trump. Oh, and while you’re there, be sure to check out the other WOW! Magazine content (some of which is mine and which you may already have read here). Given that this is a collaborative effort from your favorite Watcher’s Council writers, I’m betting that you’ll like what you see. That’s ’cause you’ll see things like this:
The Watcher asked “Do you consider Illegal migration to America a problem, and if so, what would you do about the estimated 11 million illegal aliens already here?” Not only did some of the Council members have an opinion on this one (or, given all of our busy lives, manage to meet the deadline), a few special guests responded too.
Here’s what I had to say, but I very much urge you to read the other responses, most of which make mine look pretty shallow:
The problem isn’t the number of illegal aliens — or, at least, the main problem isn’t the number of illegal aliens. The problem arises when our federal government boldly countenances and supports illegal activity. Ours has always been a nation of laws. Laws provide reliability, stability, justice, and equal opportunities. This is the covenant between the people and the government as explained in the Declaration of Independence and made manifest in the Constitution. Betraying this trust bespeaks a fundamental failure in the relationship between our federal government, which is responsible for using the people’s representatives to enact the laws and the people’s executive to enforce them. The free flow of illegal aliens across the borders — regardless of whether they’re people searching for a better life for their families, helpless young children, or hardened criminals — is a gaping hole in the existential fabric of a constitutional democracy.
So yes, I do consider illegal migration to America to be a problem. As to what to do with the estimated 11 million illegal aliens already here, that’s a more vexing practical problem. Ethically, I’d like to deport all of them, but I know that’s almost impossible to do and (yes, even a conservative gets this) that doing so is a humane problem. I would draw an admittedly arbitrary bright line (because there are no non-arbitrary lines) in the sand and say that those who have been here more than five years will get a temporary green card and must immediately put themselves on the waiting list (no priority) to become a legal resident. Those staying under the green card would then have all the legal rights and responsibilities of any other green card residents — and no greater rights. Those who have been here less than five years would get deported, but without prejudice to put themselves on the waiting list.
As for that waiting list, if the U.S. really needs the cheap labor illegal immigrants provide, then the laws should be changed ASAP to admit more legal immigrants. If we’ve been lying about the necessity of cheap labor, we need to be honest about that with the American public. Incidentally, lowering taxes, especially employment taxes, might reveal that the only virtue of illegal labor has been the ability to pay illegal immigrants under the table.
When it comes to hard work, the illegal immigrant population is, for the most part, an admirable one. I hope I make it clear that my concern about illegal immigrants has to do with the integrity of the American social, economic, and political contract, and not with any animus towards those Hispanics who come here. As I’ve argued before, they’re reasonable to leave their often dysfunctional economies. I’ve also argued that, by countenancing illegal immigration, we immorally provide a safety valve to those dysfunctional, usually corrupt, countries from which they come.
The results are in for the last round of voting at the Watcher’s Council, and the first place winners in both the Council and non-Council categories were entirely predictable because they were that good. Second place winners weren’t so bad either. So, here are the results of the votes:
|4||Who Cares About Israel, Anyway?
|2||Party Like It’s 1980 All Over Again
Right Wing Nut House
|1 2/3||Obama As Marley
|2/3||Are You Ready To Be a Democrat?
|2/3||I Have a Nightmare
|2/3||Death and the Madam
Done With Mirrors
|1/3||Fatal Energy Policies
Cheat Seeking Missiles
The Glittering Eye
|4 2/3||Losing Our Spines to Save Our Necks
The Huffington Post
|1 1/3||Iraqis Begin to ‘Despise’ the Mahdi Army in Baghdad’s Rusafa District
The Long War Journal
|1 1/3||Escape From A Brooklyn Mosque
|1||The Liberal Imagination of Frederick Douglass
The American Scholar
|2/3||Another Gaza Media Moment
|2/3||Turning the Juggernaut Round
|1/3||Israel’s 60-Year Test
The Wall Street Journal
|1/3||Rough Time for the Left in the US
|1/3||If I Didn’t Like Hillary Before… [UPDATED]
|1/3||Outlawing the Pig