The recent forum organized by St. Matthew’s church members was to learn about the Safe Communities Act, S1305, introduced by Acton State Senator James Eldridge. The parish’s ultimate goal is to guarantee the safety of immigrants both legal and illegal as understood by Christian teachings.
Senator Eldridge directed his remarks at the ways in which his Act would ensure that law enforcement and other authorities in Massachusetts would not assist Federal officials doing their job. Outlawed would be honoring ICE detainers and administrative warrants; using State, city or town funds to support ICE; asking anyone about their immigration status; making an arrest or detaining a person for immigration purposes; transporting a person; sharing data. But they must provide and attorney and a translator when needed at our cost.
The Act demands that law enforcement, justice and elected officials ignore the oaths they took. This leads to the obvious conclusion that if government does not abide by the law then no one will. One could say this leads to anarchy. Certainly it leads to disrespect.
The Senator did not speak about improving how the government should or could protect the average citizen from dangerous repeating criminals. The Act does not mention protecting citizens from proven criminals. When questioned about this later in the program Senator Eldridge skirted the issue with calls for due process and the old myth that illegal aliens do not report crime for fear of being identified. He further cautioned that using ICE to enforce the laws of the nation is the start of a Federal Police Force. Oh no! He is forgetting the FBI, the DEA – all armed and all Federal and we are all still free. The senator does not believe that the Constitution protects citizens and not foreigners.
The senator has partial stories about illegal immigrants being arrested and detained by ICE and some deported even though they had never been arrested. These stories were of course tear jerking but lacking in depth and completion. Without facts and data they are just rumors. Just how many of these deportations of totally innocent people are taking place remains uncorroborated. On the other hand we read and hear, quite often and with explicit detail, substantiated reports about the molested child, the raped teenager, the stabbing victim and a man dragged by a pickup truck until dead to know that some of these people should not be allowed back onto the streets of Massachusetts.
Senator Eldridge’s Safe Community Act, S1305, panders to the emotions set up by left leaning media (propaganda). That was evident in his support for the May Day protest at the State House.
Being empathic to the plight of moral and productive people in our country illegally is certainly a noble and worthwhile endeavor. We all should be treated with respect and compassion. But protecting us all from physical harm cannot be put aside for political reasons. Despite how Senator Eldridge feels about our president, his job and the task at hand is to protect citizens. S1305 only addresses keeping illegal aliens safe from federal law and does nothing to keep us safe from physical harm.
Senator Eldridge needs to stop pandering for votes in his well populated districts; take some time to understand the concerns of others and remember that his job is first to represent the interests of citizens.
I urge you to make your feelings known to Senator Eldridge at (617) 722-1120 or at James.Eldridge@MAsenate.gov. You may also wish to notify Governor Charles Baker.
I would have liked to have written about the End of an Error and the beginning of Draining the Swamp; but, I read a piece yesterday on CampusReform.org that I'm still having a hard time coming to grips with: Colleges are offering events and conferences to explore the violent tendencies of manhood.
Locally, the article hits home with: "UMass, Amherst, likewise, has a “Men and Masculinities Center” for students to “interrogate and deconstruct traditional forms of masculinity,” even offering a support group for male students “who violated certain aspects of community standards” that “consists of a series of structured activities and conversations designed to get participants to reflect upon their behavior and the ways in which adherence to masculine norms influenced their choices.”.
Men, it seems, are the new kicking post for the left. I don't know about you, but I see this as a form of passive-aggressive bullying (you are bad but we can help you) and a complete waste of time and money (what are these conferences and events going to cost? What will they accomplish?).
More importantly, what kind of message does this send to our sons who are attending these schools? That they are inherently bad because they are men and need a support group and practice activities to learn how to not be men? That their masculinity is a threat to the population? I keep hearing about the War on Women, let's talk about the War on Men! I'm not an alumni of UMass; but if I were, I know what I would be telling them the next time they rang my phone for a contribution...
Strong Men: May we know them, may we love them, may we raise them!
The Northborough Republican Town Committee was reorganized in 2011 by activists from Northborough who found after trying to help State Legislative candidates, that there was no functional help for GOP candidates in Northborough. Since 2011 we have participated in several campaign schools, even hosting one in Worcester. We have knocked on hundreds of doors for various GOP campaigns, to collect signatures, etc... We advocate for good government locally and on Beacon Hill. We have always been willing to work with any group for the betterment of our candidates and/or families. Some of us even stood with members of the MTA in Worcester to protest Arne Duncan.
We also were aware of the dysfunction at the State Party and have advocated for positive change where we could - organizational based change, better support for RTC/RCCs, more help for candidates. And some of those changes have slowly been made.
We strongly support Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito. We made sure that Northborough sent a full slate of Delegates to our State Convention in 2014 and all voted for Charlie Baker. We helped them with the work they asked us to do for them in Northborough. We continue to support them in the work that they want to do on Beacon Hill.
We DO NOT support their efforts to unseat experienced, effective State Committee Members that are elected by the towns in which they represent. We particularly CANNOT support State Committee Members who have ZERO campaign experiences!
Inexperienced State Committee Members have been recruited to run by the left and the right factions of our Party. We reject all of these candidates - whether recruited by either side. We reject them because their responsibility as a SCM is to be "standing campaigns for GOP candidates". We need campaign experienced State Committee Members for our candidates! This is simple stuff!
I see flyers coming in the mail from one side saying they need help continuing to fight for accountability and lower taxes, so I should support their candidate. NEWSFLASH: These are not State Legislators! Bonnie Johnson did nothing but support them, so what are they implying? That she didn't? Not true.
I see information online from the other side asking to support their inexperienced candidate. Do I look like a hypocrite? No, we won't support any inexperienced State Committee candidate because it would be disastrous for our candidates!
I want both sides understand we are motivated to fight for better governance for our families and our children. We are not interested in being in the middle of an intra-Party battle. We reject the inexperienced candidates recruited by both sides. In Northborough, those inexperienced candidates are Kristina Spillane and Ann Barndt. While I admire their willingness to step up, I cannot support their candidacies based on their inability to effectively support the candidates that we work so hard for.
Have you ever heard the saying that when you make everyone mad, you are doing something right? Well, there it is. Clowns to the left, Jokers to the right, Northborough is stuck in the middle!
I respectfully ask that the voters at Proctor, Lincoln St & Zeh cast a ballot for competence - please re-elect Bonnie Johnson; for voters at Peaslee, - please re-elect Jeanne Kangas!
Kim Shepherd, Chair