Saturday, June 04, 2005

Unite to Fight Summit - Las Vegas

Here is an excellent inside story from a Minuteman who attended the Unite to Fight Illegal Immigration Summit in Las Vegas last weekend. Please bookmark his link to the Minuteman Party. It is a new site, still under construction, but you'll need to keep an eye on it.

Viva Las Vegas: The Minuteman Party
By Tim Donnelly
Jun 1, 2005, 22:46

Driving home from the "Unite to Fight Summit" in Las Vegas this past weekend, my friend, Gregg made a comment that summed up the entire weekend:

"They shouldn't be sitting at a table with guys like us," he said, referring to a meal we shared with John and Barbara March, parents of Deputy David March executed by an illegal alien that Mexico refuses to extradite, and Peter Gadial and Joan Molinaro, who both lost a son on 9/11.

"They should be sitting at the President's table, getting daily updates on how he is working to secure the borders and fight for justice for all their sons."

Gregg is a man of few words, but when he speaks, I have learned to listen.

We were honored to sit at the same table with those who, in spite of their staggering loss, still love this country so much, that they refuse to stop fighting.

Gregg is not an activist, but attended the conference largely at the insistence of me, his friend, a minuteman. I have become a reluctant activist simply because I can no longer sit idly by in the face of such a massive threat to the security, economy, and yes, even the very sovereignty of my beloved country, while our leaders do nothing.

I do not understand how President Bush, after hearing the heart-wrenching story of her son's execution, could look Barbara March in the eye and tell her, "We have to get this guy." And then do nothing about it. Of course, that was an election year. I guess America can put a man on the moon, put a missile into a tiny vent 9,000 miles away, put 150,000 soldiers, endless tanks and humvees on foreign shores in less than a month, but we cannot get a single policeman's murderer returned from a "friendly" nation.

It is funny how a Mexican journalist helped me to see what President Bush seems unable to see. While working my first night shift on the Naco border road, what we called Sector 5, on the Minuteman Project, a van pulled up at about 1:30 a.m. Seven journalists were carpooling, including reporters from as far away as the Chicago Tribune and as nearby as Mexico. The Tribune photographer translated for a woman from a small cable news station, whose name I never got. After answering the usual incendiary questions about why I was an armed racist, I asked her a question.

I explained to her that the average American citizen was tired of the "migrants" abusing his generosity. With hospitals closing at record rates due to illegal aliens getting treatment for which they are not required to pay, with schools being overrun, and budgets cut, and programs slashed for citizens in every district in order to have enough money to build more schools, mainly in illegal alien communities, most Americans, especially in border states, have had enough.

After explaining the frustration and suffering of the average American citizen, who watches as his government feeds, clothes, houses, and educates her people at his expense, I asked her if she had any empathy for him.

"No," she said, "I am not American."

There is an entire industry devoted to securing rights for illegal aliens. Over 500 Political Action Committees (PAC's) are lobbying my government on behalf of people who do not even have the right to be here. The American citizen concerned about illegal immigration has maybe 2 or 3 fighting PAC's for his interests - America?s interest.

After the conference ended on the drive home, he was so animated that I feared for our safety. He just reached the point where he could no longer abide tyranny. He has become an activist now and doesn't even know it yet.

He asked me what I thought our founding fathers would think of what has become of our nation.

"Sick to their stomachs," I said, and then added: "What we need are modern day George Washingtons, Thomas Jeffersons, and Ben Franklins."

He responded, "Yes, but all we get are modern-day Benedict Arnolds."

The rallying cry of the original Minutemen was: "Taxation without Representation." The inverse is becoming the rallying cry of the modern day Minutemen: "Representation without taxation."

We used to wonder why, no matter how often we called and wrote, our congressman never seemed to hear us, the citizen. Now we know. The will of the people, once the heart of democracy has been sold to the highest bidder, and right now, that is the open borders lobby. It should be no surprise that I receive a dozen e-mails a day from people wanting to get involved.

The Minuteman Party is an idea that was born out of that night patrol in Naco.

It is an idea whose time has come. We have formed an organization whose main purpose is to advance a single-issue agenda, as laid out by Jim Gilchrist of the Minuteman Project at the Unite to Fight Summit in Las Vegas. This idea is being advanced as the Minuteman Campaign.

Although we are a separate entity, we support it 100% and will work with any willing groups or individuals to see that it is carried out. One of the great things that came out of this weekend?s summit was that small groups springing up all across the nation are linking up and forming a powerful web. The Minuteman Campaign will serve as a single thread to tie the web together.

The idea is to hold every elected official in the country, at every level of government, whether local, state, or federal, from dog catcher to school boards to the President accountable to a simple idea: enforce our immigration laws, all of them, now. Period.

If you find yourself among the 85% of Americans who have been disenfranchised by groups that are the enemies of America, join us. If you are tired of financing the takeover of your country, join us.

If you are, in the words of Barbara March, so committed to fighting to return America to the land of our forefathers, that you are willing to "die trying," we want you.

We are looking for a few good men and women to join our party. There are no membership fees. We seek no donations. Unapologetic love of country is all that is required to join.

Go to Minuteman Party to learn more.


Tim Donnelly
California Minuteman