Last week, Chip and I
saw the Dinesh D’Souza film “America: Imagine the World Without Her”
at the Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers. I hope you will, too.
Some of us may prefer
to watch documentaries on television, but “America” needs a big
screen: The cinematography, from the opening to the best-ever
rendition of the national anthem at the end, is fabulous.
As students of history,
Chip and I thought we knew our country; we were surprised by what we
learned from the film. D’Souza also helped us understand the history
of the new anti-Americanism with his earnest interview style that
encourages his subjects to tell us things that many will consider
shocking. I won’t list the cameos because it was such fun to be
surprised when people I like appear on the screen. But watch for the
little speech from U2’s Bono that brought tears to my eyes.
I will give you one
item that surprised us: Did you know that ours is the only national
anthem that ends with a question? That is basically the theme of the
film: Please don’t miss it. I sent my grandchildren a check for
tickets and popcorn.
As part of my ongoing
quest to save America for them, and Massachusetts for us, I attended
the Lynn Republican City Committee cookout last weekend. Though I’m
an independent, some of my best friends are Republicans; we agree on
the important fiscal issues and on the meaning of America. So, I am
always welcome at Republican Party parties where I can gather
first-hand information about candidates and issues to share with
information from the Saturday event came from the mayor of Lynn,
Judith Kennedy, who welcomed us all and then broke from the cookout
tradition of summertime-optimistic speeches to ask for our help with
her serious problem, the illegal immigrants that have been arriving
in Lynn for two years from Central American countries.
She wants everyone to
know that this is not just a problem for the southern border states,
but for Massachusetts. She said Lynn has had to deal with almost 600
illegals this year alone. They are supposedly children who must be
educated by Lynn taxpayers, but she told us some of them have gray
hair: Lynn can’t require proof of age or vaccinations that are
usually required to enter school. She can’t find out how many have
criminal backgrounds in their home countries.
Mayor Kennedy: I hate
to tell you this, but as I write my column, I hear state Rep.
Shaunna O’Connell on Howie Carr’s radio show giving us a heads-up on
H1414, “An Act relative to special juveniles,” that will forbid
Massachusetts from sending any “juveniles” aged 18 to 20, who are
here illegally, back to their home countries unless the probate and
family court agrees. The court may instead refer them to social
services, where we can support them on welfare forever, or perhaps
deal with them as members of the transnational criminal cartel MS-13
that has already infiltrated Massachusetts. Rep. O’Connell thinks
the vote on the “special juveniles” bill may come this week in the
Richard Tisei spoke
after Mayor Kennedy, saying “I’d love to be helping you and
advocating for the city.” Full disclosure: I am enthusiastically
supporting him, as I did in 2012. You may recall he lost only
because there was a third party candidate who took 16,000 votes.
This fact wasn’t lost on incumbent John Tierney, who was expected to
encourage an “independent” to help him win again this year.
And sure enough, two
young men were collecting signatures at the farmers market in
Marblehead early this month. They denied that they are working for
Tierney, but if you see a signature sheet for someone you’ve never
heard of named Chris Stockwell, be aware that if you sign his
nomination papers, you’ll just be helping to re-elect the incumbent
Of course, the
third-party candidate will have to count on some foolish social
conservatives voting for this suspicious stranger because their own
candidate isn’t perfect. I was appalled Monday morning when
listening to the Kuhner Report on WRKO; Jeff Kuhner was scolding the
Republican Party for having candidates for only three of the nine
congressional seats, demanding to know why more Republicans won’t
run. Then, he launched an attack on one of the three who ARE running
because Rich Tisei is pro-choice and supports gay marriage — thereby
pretty much answering his own question.
This also explains why
I’m an independent. I hate to hang out with those few short-sighted
Republicans who let social issues keep them from voting for their
own candidates, thereby electing a Democrat who agrees with them
even less. The country is falling apart: We are being invaded by the
Third World; these invaders get free medical care while some
veterans die waiting for theirs, the NSA is spying on us, the IRS
uses its power against the president’s political enemies, then lies
to Congress, the national debt and unfunded liabilities have taken
us to the brink of bankruptcy, and yet, some people help defeat
candidates who agree with them only 80 percent of the time.
At recent Republican
events, I have met some new, fresh candidates who haven’t made
enemies in the party yet, the most impressive being Brian Herr, who
is running for U.S. Senate. If our America has any chance for
survival, Republicans will have to take the Senate this November;
this is a young man we could all be proud to have represent us.
Meanwhile, back at the
commonwealth, Karyn Polito and Mark Fisher were in Lynn,
representing the governor’s race. I’ll write more about that later,
and the other constitutional offices, when we get closer to the fall
campaign season. Right now, I just want to urge you to see “America:
Imagine the World Without Her,” and then imagine it.