I’m Proud to Be A Child of Legal Immigrants

I know I say this a lot, but words can’t describe how incredibly proud I am to be a child of immigrants. My parents sacrificed so much to come here from the former Soviet Union nearly 29 years ago. They learned English, started their own business, and instilled their love of freedom in us–all the while preserving their Lithuanian traditions. They are the best immigrants my sister and I know. Though the process to become U.S. citizens was arduous, they successfully completed it and are grateful for being bestowed opportunities unseen elsewhere in the world.

Our politicians need to stop treating immigrants as pawns for political expediency. In the past, immigrating to America was highly revered and treated with dignity. Today, bureaucrats dangle welfare and taxpayer money in front of people’s faces to lure them into paternalistic government. Additionally, they perpetuate racial division and accuse amnesty opponents of being “xenophobic” if we suggest the need to reform legal immigration and discourage illegal immigration. Additionally, some will accuse us of being anti-free market if we desire to secure the border and want to stop emboldening entitlement spending. (What?) Government is already too gargantuan…

“But but but, immigration is broken!” Immigration is only broken because government bureaucrats and crony capitalists have manipulated the system to line their pockets at our expense. If immigrating to the U.S. was truly grotesque and inhumane as some suggest, what explains millions of people flocking here year after year to enjoy a better life? Please spare us your faulty emotional arguments.

Talk to any legal immigrant from any background and creed–whether from Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, etc. They abhor amnesty and will tell you how deleterious it is for people like them who don’t cheat the system. They will tell you how much they love this country and how hard they worked to get citizenship. Isn’t it ridiculous that 4.4 million people who are taking the right path to citizenship have to wait years, while those who come here illegally are appeased to and easily accommodated? Want to talk compassion for immigrants? Be compassionate to immigrants who don’t admonish our laws.

How do we go forward despite a president with a penchant for unconstitutional authority? Reduce the size and scope of government while adhering to our laws.

Obama to Gamble Away U.S. Sovereignty This Friday in Las Vegas

Emperor…er, President Obama will be gambling away our country’s sovereignty on Friday in Las Vegas, where he’s expected to issue an executive order on amnesty to five million illegals. He’ll be circumventing Congress by acting alone. (Nothing new.)

 

For those of you who are curious, amnesty is a big government scheme. You might be thinking, “What?” “Isn’t that xenophobic?” Quite the contrary. We have laws in this country, and propping people up according to racial lines and buying their votes with the promise of citizenship (and welfare) is a cheap political move. Also, amnesty will hurt small business owners the most. (Look at you, Chamber of Commerce.) Politicians in both parties and their crony capitalist friends have no shame.

Our politicians continue to claim that our immigration system is broken–that our immigration process is inhumane. The only things that are broken about immigration are illegal immigration and bureaucratic bloat that makes it difficult for people to immigrate to the U.S. legally. My parents and other relatives came to this country legally almost 29 years ago after facing political prosecution in the USSR. They came as political refugees and worked diligently to get their citizenship. They learned English, assimilated to the American way of life, became productive members of society, and still retained their heritage/culture! Imagine that? If they did it, so can anyone else. Their quest for citizenship, like that of millions before them and many after them, is the type of immigration we have historically celebrated and should continue to celebrate.

Anytime big government policies are attached to anything, it will lead to chaos, more spending, and greater uncertainly. Amnesty is no exception. ‪#‎StopAmnesty‬

Originally posted on Facebook.

Gun Control is Not the Solution After Navy Yard Shooting

Today marks the one year anniversary of the tragic Washington Navy Yard shooting. This event left our metro area down and distressed. The unspeakable horror surrounding this event brought so much pain to those personally afflicted by it. Anyone who commits a senseless act like a killing rampage should be condemned and properly brought to justice.

How did this president commemorate this day? By calling for more expanded background checks, a revival of the “assault weapons” ban, and more restrictions on magazines. Same old, same old.

One, universal background checks NEVER work. In order to purchase a gun in your respective state, you have to undergo a background check. There are already laws in the books. Stop creating more government oversight on our Second Amendment rights. The Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis got government clearance, had a history of weird behavior, and could have been stopped. This administration did NOTHING to stop him. No redundant background check would have prevented him from committing his awful actions.

Two, “assault weapons” don’t exist. Banning guns like the AR-15 because you find them scary when all they have are certain unique features is unnecessary and foolish. Hell, even the New York Times recently published an article admitting that “assault weapons” are in themselves a myth. Semi-automatic firearms are NOT the same as fully-automatic firearms. Drop this imaginary crusade once and for all.

Third, restricting magazine capacity puts one in more danger than you think. If you’re met with a moment where your life is on the line and you don’t have enough bullets to defend yourself as a last resort-key word is last resort-you are making yourself more vulnerable to attack or worse–death. 10-round or 15-round magazines offer extra cushion for range time and, inevitably, for self-defense.

Gun control measures never reduce or eliminate the threat of violence. Instead, they bolster and enable tyranny. What’s the solution? Gun-free zones should be eliminated so tragedies like the Navy Yard Shooting never happen again.

Irony in Estonia

There is no greater irony than an American president with Marxist beliefs who already brokered a deal with Russia telling the nations of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania that he has their backs.

Here are some gems from his speech in Estonia today: “People want more control of their lives, not less.”; “Our commitment to your security is rock solid!”; and “I should have called the Estonians when we were setting up our healthcare website.”

Really? If he says he loves freedom, why are his policies here rooted in control and more government involvement? Why did he okay START II with Russia if he has the Baltics’ backs? Why should he and his administration be trusted if their foreign policy strategy is out of whack? Why would Estonia want to touch something like Healthcare.gov when that country, like many other formerly occupied countries under the USSR, already suffered under the wrath of socialized healthcare? It’s quite pathetic.

Here’s why you should be skeptical about the Obama administration backing the Baltics: During a 2004 trip to Ukraine, he and former U.S. Senator Dick Lugar told Ukrainian officials that their country should be disarmed of military weapons–at minimum, weakened militarily (meaning they are more vulnerable to Russian attack). Additionally, Obama essentially gave Putin via Medvedev the okay to do whatever that country wants in the name of “flexibility” in that infamous hot mic scandal before the 2012 election.

I have a vested interest in Baltic affairs because I have many family members back in Lithuania and friends in several of the Baltic states. (My mom is in Lithuania as we speak.) Given how the Obama administration has handled things domestically and foreign policy-wise, he’s not to be trusted. The Baltics need to take matters into their own hands and have the moral support of fellow freedom-lovers at their disposal.

Obama Administration is Not to Be Trusted on Ukraine

Here’s a lengthy Facebook post I wrote this morning about the situation brewing in Eastern Europe:

I’ve never been more infuriated by a sitting American president and his administration than I am right now. Not only has he weakened us domestically with high taxes, nationalized healthcare, bailouts, wiretapping, and targeting of political opponents, his policies have weakened us aboard by making us a global laughing stock.

The Obama administration is not to be trusted in its handling of foreign relations, particularly with the brewing Russia-Ukraine situation. Here’s the back story on what this administration (and Obama) did to complicate the situation:

As a U.S. Senator, Obama went to Ukraine with former Senator Dick Lugar (ugh) and “called for the immediate destruction of 15,000 tons of ammunition, 400,000 small arms and light weapons, and 1,000 man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) or shoulder missile launchers that are often sought by terrorists. Lugar and Obama toured the Donetsk State Chemical Production Plant, a conventional weapons destruction facility where the U.S. has taken the lead in a three-year NATO program to destroy the weapons. Another 117,000 tons of ammunition and 1.1 million small arms and light weapons are slated for destruction within 12 years.” [Link here.]

In March 2009, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented former Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a gift-wrapped red button bearing the word “Reset” in English and “Peregruzka” in Russian. “Peregruzka” doesn’t translate to “reset” in English. It translates to “overcharged” or “overloaded” to English.

START II Treaty, the arms control treaty passed by the Senate in 2010, called on the U.S. to reduce a certain number of its strategic offensive arms in return for a reciprocal obligation by the Russian Federation to reduce its offensive strategic arms. Russia hasn’t retreated at all. Our politicians were duped into supporting this. [More on New START Treaty here.]

In a hot mic incident right before the 2012 election, President Obama told Russian President Dimitri Medvedev to back off on missile defense until after the election and said “I’ll have more flexibility after the election.” Russian puppet Medvedev then famously replied, “I will transmit this message to Vladimir.” Enter 2014: Russia threatens to go into countries with Russian-speaking populations and reclaim them for Mother Russia. (See Crimea, Eastern Ukraine, and threats towards Baltics.)

With tensions escalating in Eastern Europe and possible warships entering the Baltic Sea, Americans shouldn’t turn a blind eye to the situation. What can we do? Not go to war would be smart. Imposing sanctions on Russia may do. Passing the Magnitsky Act could work. [Investors are already pulling out of Russian stock and the ruble is suffering, so Russia can possibly implode on its own.]

Why am I concerned about this? I have family back in Lithuania and friends in Europe who’ll be targeted by Russia. George Santayana said it best: “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” We could use real leadership right now…

#HandsOffUkraine Rally in Washington, D.C.

Yesterday my parents and I ventured to DuPont Circle in Washington, D.C., to join other Americans from Eastern Europe – including Estonians, Latvians, Lithuanians, Georgians, Poles, Ukrainians, Russians – to protest Russia’s illegal invasion into Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.

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The protest was organized by Joint Baltic Americans National Committee (JBANC). Lithuanian Ambassador Žygimantas Pavilionis and Ukrainian Ambassador Oleksandr Motsyk gave brief remarks at the event.

I’m pictured with some diplomats from the Lithuanian Embassy. [ Lithuania is my ancestral homeland, for those of you wondering.]

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With my new friends Rolandas Kacinskas (L) and Lithuanian Ambassador to the U.S. Zygimantas Pavilionis (R) at the #StopRussianOccupation rally in support of Ukraine. The ambassador’s sign reads, “Obama Beware! One day Putin might come “rescue” Russians in Brighton Beach, NY!”

Amb. Motsyk of Ukraine gave brief remarks at the protest.

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Amb. Pavilionis of Lithuania addressed the protest.

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Lithuanian Ambassador to the U.S. and Mexico Žygimantas Pavilionis

Pictured below is the Lithuanian National Flag alongside the Lithuanian State Flag with Vytis.

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A sign cautioning against Russian “liberation” of Crimea/Ukraine is shown below.

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LTU World covered the protest, as with Daily Caller.

I’ll have a column in Townhall.com later this week about the situation in Eastern Europe. As Americans, we should encourage means other than war to punish Russia for its behavior.

Stay tuned…

Join Rand Paul’s Class Action Lawsuit Against President Obama and the NSA

Yesterday, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) announced that he’s suing President Obama and the NSA in a class action lawsuit .

In December, a federal judge ruled NSA’s domestic phone data mining as unconstitutional.

If you’re concerned about the lack of transparency from our government and this clear violation of Fourth Amendment rights, then sign this petition in support of Paul’s class action lawsuit. Sign it and then share it with your family and friends!