Steve Scroggins is a volunteer contributor to the Georgia
Heritage Council who lives in Macon.
The New Slave Traders - Commentary by Steve Scroggins
What do modern politicians have in common with New England shipping magnates of the
17th and 18th centuries? Both are willing to exploit people and enable other exploiters for their own personal
gain regardless of the impact and consequences to their society and culture. The New England shipping magnates
learned from their British cousins that trafficking in human cargo was very lucrative, in fact, enormous fortunes
were made by the New England slave traders.
More on this later.
Likewise, many 21st century politicians use their power and influence to thwart and discourage
enforcement of U.S. immigration laws in order to gain a cheap labor source for the purpose of enriching their
patrons and supporters who in turn give the politicians money which they use to hold onto power.
Thus, the New 21st Century Slave Traders are all American Presidents since 1986 in
collusion with the U.S. Congress who have used various political tricks including budget deprivation, executive orders, ineffective
rules of engagement and regulatory ham-stringing in order to thwart and render ineffective efforts to enforce
U.S. immigration laws.
Terence P. Jeffrey's column entitled,
"Yes, Immigration Is About Culture,"
once again hammered home for me the idea that selfish elitists seek to line their pockets at any cost (to others), and they could care less about the
destruction it wreaks on America.
Jeffrey concludes his essay with the following observation...
Balkanization, fostered by the multiculturalist mindset, is a threat to American culture, but there is a greater
threat behind the current drive to amnesty all illegal aliens and maintain a flow of new, exploitable, unskilled foreign laborers.
This is the ideology that wants to write into law -- in this nation founded on the principle that God
created all men equal -- that there shall be a resident subclass of laborers constrained by government to work for wages so low no
American would accept them. This ideology is a form of materialism that puts the pursuit of profit above all else. It is the
inordinate love of money.
It would dissolve what is best about America in a culture of greed.
In others words, these New Slave Traders are importing new slaves to enhance their patron's bottom lines, and if that hurts
American middle class workers, or undermines American security, creates social chaos...well, tough toenails. They don't care as long as they can
throw out a smokescreen of lies to cover their complicity (fool the voters). Somehow or other,
they manage to justify it in their own minds...or perhaps some are sociopaths without conscience.
Let's review the opposing forces in this moral struggle. These New 21st Century Slave Traders want to, in effect, legalize
past illegal immigration with "amnesty" which will encourage more illegal immigration in the future...the proposed amnesty plan prevents
the forced deportation or arrest of the criminal illegals
but makes it highly unlikely the immigrants will jump through the hoops and pay the fines to become legal citizens....thus, they become the
permanent non-citizen underclass. The Republican Slave Traders want to supply the cheap labor slaves to keep their financial backers happy, but
would prefer those slaves didn't vote. More on this later.
Opponents of Amnesty
Those citizens who oppose amnesty and illegal immigration are for the most part
motivated by enlightened self-interest. They want to protect their own security and property, their society, their livelihoods, their standard of
living and their American way of life. They have the God-given right to defend themselves and their property against invasion, theft and destruction.
Those who oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants have a solid foundation of principle. Our country has laws and we refuse
to believe it's wise to allow anyone, regardless of their motives, to violate our laws without consequences. We believe that our laws should be
enforced. We are outraged that our president and legislators are willing to look the other way and not enforce our laws on a selective basis.
U.S. Constitution, Article IV, Section 4 guarantees that each State will be protected against invasion by the full force of the federal government.
When that force and support is not forthcoming, then citizen groups like the Minute-Men have the God-given right to defend against the invasion for themselves,
despite President Bush's efforts to paint them as "vigilantes" and to impugn their motives.
With regard to illegal immigration, it's simple. Most Americans oppose ALL activities that are "illegal." We
are outraged that illegal immigrants threaten the
the public health, the criminal justice system, the already dysfunctional education system and
the economic solvency of local governments, law enforcement, hospitals, and on and on, just to benefit the greedy people who benefit from illegal
immigration and the cheap labor it provides.
These additional costs imposed on the taxpayers and healthcare payers (the insured) can fairly be called a "tax"
imposed by the New Slave Traders. The "Crime Tax" is the taxpayer cost in terms of property losses (theft and vandalism) and enforcement
and incarceration of illegals convicted of crimes. The "Health Tax" is the cost of treating illegals who have no insurance and who present with
illnesses, imminent childbirths and injuries at Emergency Rooms in the U.S. Add to the Health Tax the re-introduction of diseases that were previously
almost irradicated in the U.S. The "Education Tax" is....well, you get the idea.
According to a Heritage Foundation study, the net cost (benefits received
less taxes paid) to taxpayers for EACH low-skilled immigrant household is $22,000 per year. As
Heritage Foundations's Robert Rector puts it, that's like having
the taxpayers buy every low-skilled immigrant family (legal or illegal) a brand-new Mustang convertible every year! Heritage estimates that total cost to reach one trillion
(with a 'T') dollars over the next ten years. Columnist William Rusher poses the right question,
Can we afford more low-skilled immigrants?
Furthermore, most Americans oppose the destruction of our English-speaking American culture, our American heritage of liberty and our
national sovereignty for the benefit of greedy corporate elitists. We resent foreigners, legal or illegal, who refuse to assimilate to American
culture and values and adopt our language. We resent the guilt-trips and name-calling suggesting that we are bigots, xenophobes and
racists simply because we oppose the destruction of America as we know it. The Federal courts try to force local governments, public schools, and private
businesses to accomodate foreign languages.
Finally, Americans are justifiably alarmed that our so-called "conservative" leaders in the executive branch want Americans to
surrender precious liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights (the Founders warned us NEVER to surrender these liberties!!) in order to make
America "safer" during the world-wide War on Terror. When President Bush (sworn to "Preserve, Protect and Defend the Constitution") refers to
the same Constitution as "just a G--Damned piece of paper," we are reminded
of the first Republican president, the tyrant Lincoln, who trampled the Constitution while invoking "wartime necessity" in pursuit of immoral
military conquest inspired by greed. HOW is anyone to take the "War on Terror" seriously when our President and the Congress refuse
to secure our borders and even actively try to erase those borders? Shouldn't the priority mission of
"Homeland Security" be securing our homeland, which by definition requires borders?
Now for the flip side.
Proponents of Amnesty
Proponents of amnesty generally favor open borders; they want to erase them and welcome anyone who wants to
stroll in or swim over to U.S. territory. Some even want to do away with our national identity and just become part of a North American Union or a one-world government.
There are some squeamish Milquetoast types who don't favor open borders per se or one-world government, they just don't
feel "comfortable" resuming "Operation Wetback"
--- President Eisenhower's program to roundup and deport all illegal Mexicans. They've been browbeat
and guilt-tripped and indoctrinated into submission. They don't believe
we can or should round up and expel illegals (estimated 12-20 million already here)..."because they're hard-working nice people who just want to make a living."
Many of the 21st Century slave users are multi-national corporate elitists. They represent all
the businesses who need cheap labor to compete with similar or equivalent foreign export goods or commodities. On the small business
scale, the construction and landscaping businesses are being overwhelmed with foreign laborers....displacing American laborers who
won't work as cheaply. Agriculture has long employed foreign migrant workers but many of those jobs are very temporary and primarily involve
the harvest (such as peaches and onions in Georgia).
We must separate the New Slave Users from the New Slave Traders, that is the politicians
who are their suppliers and enablers. The politicians are the ones who are telling us that the current Amnesty bill in the U.S. Senate is really immigration "reform"
and not Amnesty. Their current proposal
grants the amnesty immediately then offers empty promises to follow up with immigration enforcement later.
The Immigration "Reform" legislation of 1986 did the same thing and what were the results? The answer is, a deluge, an unprecedented flood of more
illegal immigration. Where's the Enforcement? Legislation passed last year to fund and build a fence on the southern border. Now, the
question is finally being asked,
WHERE IS THE FENCE?
The New Slave Traders and the New Slave users don't want to accept the expressed will of the majority of
Americans on this issue, which can be expressed simply as
NO AMNESTY!!! ENFORCEMENT FIRST.... ENFORCEMENT ONLY. We can debate and deal with removing the existing
12-20 million illegals (incentivizing their exit) over time (next week would be a good start date). Call your Senate Slave Trader and
tell them to drop the smoke screen. Talk slowly so they can understand and give them your simple message:
NO AMNESTY!!! ENFORCEMENT FIRST.... ENFORCEMENT ONLY.
Support for the Slave Trader Analogy
To further validate the Slave Trader analogy, let's review the historical Slave Trader in more detail.
The original Slave Traders in North America were the English. The
English planters (and their corporate trading companies) saw that they could not compete in the European market
for sugar, tobacco, and other staples with Spain, Portugal and France, who were using African slaves
purchased in slave markets on the west coast of Africa. In order to compete economically and meet the demand for sugar and tobacco, they had
to import laborers as cheaply as possible. The Africans had plenty of slaves for sale. The African slaves were perceived as a relatively primitive
people (OK, in less PC times they called them "savages.") of pagan religions, so the English tried to ease their guilt by justifying
it to themselves...that they were helping to civilize those poor folk and bring them to Christian culture. Yes, Christian cultures always
wrestled with guilt over chattel slavery.
Eventually, the native New Englanders (English
subjects native to American colonies) took over the Slave Trader function. The infamous slave trade ships from New England
(Providence, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, New Haven, New London, et al) traded molasses for rum in the Caribbean, then rum for slaves in Africa,
then they brought their human cargo back to New England. Mighty financial empires were built on the
profitable New England slave trade.
The hypocrisy of these New England Slave Traders reached its height in the 19th Century after their states had banned
slavery. The New England Slave Traders continued importing slaves----despite Britain's best efforts to ban the Atlantic Slave Trade after 1850. It was
just too lucrative. There were documented deliveries by New England slave trader ships as late as 1861. Keep in mind that the Confederate States Constitution
(essentially the U.S. Constitution with a few improvements) [Article 1, Section 9 ] had specically banned the Slave Trade and the importation of any slaves from anywhere
outside the existing States of the U.S. and C.S.
In 1861, the U.S. Congress appropriated $2 million to stamp out the slave trade...but that was more
for show with spectators Britain and Europe (to prevent their aid and recognition of the Confederate government). In August 1860, the U.S. navy
steamer Mohican captured a Maine slave trade ship, the Erie, off the west coast of Africa loaded with 900 slaves. The captain
of the Erie, notorious Maine slave trader Nathanial Gordon, was executed in February 1862. Again, that was for show to impress the Brits
that the U.S. government was serious about stopping the slave traders (they had signed an earlier treaty to help ban it).
Source: Harper's Weekly
and a book entitled "The War Between the States: America's Uncivil War", by John J.Dwyer, p. 119, Denton, TX, 2005, Bluebonnet Press.
While the New England state legislatures postured against slavery in the first half of the 19th century, their
people were continuing to make money on the
Slave Trade and enjoying the fortunes they amassed trading in slaves for over two centuries.
When they went to war to invade the Southern States, their
real purpose was to eliminate an economic threat to their shipping trade and ports posed by the lower tariffs in the Confederate ports of Charleston,
Savannah, Mobile and New Orleans. Numerous editorials from Northern newspapers document their concern. The abolition
of slavery was but a false and transparent justification for war they unveiled over a year after the
hostilities began. The war was about enforcing federal revenue laws and protecting New England shipping interests and protecting markets for
Northern manufactured goods. These arguments are advanced in more detail
Suffice it say
that the New England shipping interests
were greedy opportunists and hyprocrites. They were not above trading in human flesh nor were they above invading, looting and burning the South
in order to protect their financial interests.
"The Northern onslaught upon slavery was no more than a piece of specious humbug designed to conceal its desire for economic control
of the Southern states." --Charles Dickens, 1862
"The Union government liberates the enemy's slaves as it would the enemy's cattle, simply to weaken them in the conflict. The principle
is not that a human being cannot justly own another, but that he cannot own him unless he is loyal to the United States." --The
London Spectator on the Emancipation Proclamation
Keep in mind that slavery was a world-wide phenomenon and that only five percent of the Africans brought out of Africa were
brought to what is now the United States. The rest were taken to British, Spanish and Portuguese holdings in South America and the Caribbean.
See Joseph Sobran's essay, Slavery In Perspective, for an overview.
For more detail, see Hugh Thomas's book,
The SLAVE TRADE: THE STORY OF THE ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE: 1440 - 1870.
I point out the world-wide nature of the slave trade because it's ultimately about world-wide economic competition.
Comparing the Old and the New
The New 21st Century slave traders are now doing essentially the same thing the original slave traders did. True, they
are not importing slaves involuntarily in ships. They are using their power and influence to thwart and hinder law enforcement, then allowing the new slaves to migrate to the
labor market on their own. The New Slave employers are getting a better deal than slave owners of old because they don't have to feed, clothe
and house the New Slaves for life (and part of the costs are shifted to taxpayers). The
New Slave Traders are attempting to arrange by law (the proposed Amnesty bill) to bring in a larger resident labor pool to exploit, so the New Slave Users can pay
them wages below what legal Americans would accept. As Jeffrey describes them, "a resident subclass of laborers constrained by government
to work for wages so low no American would accept them."
There are varying levels of involvement now just as there was with the original slave traders. Noted authors such as
John Locke and Voltaire, who denounced the slave trade for years, actually drew income from it. The elites have
always been able to invest through third parties
to draw income from various less savory enterprises and yet keep their hands and perhaps their consciences
clean. Others, like the operators of
the slave ships, knew all the dirty details about transporting human beings like livestock cargo. It was a nasty and horrendous business.
Today's equivalent is the contractor who hires a Spanish-speaking foreman to hire and manage illegal laborers. These laborers are often uninsured
and if they get injured performing dangerous work, the taxpayer often ends up with the tab. The Contractor's customers get the job a little
cheaper (than competing bidders with legal laborers) and he pockets much more profit which represents the lost wages differential to an
American worker. This contractor is hands-on involved.
The less hands-on but equally guilty version of New Slave User includes 99% of us. We go to Walmart and buy
cheap foreign-made goods formerly manufactured in the U.S. (it's not entirely by choice...American made goods are getting hard to find!).
See Joe Smith's American Job Search to get the picture more clearly.
Illegal Immigration is just the domestic 'onshore' version of "Outsourcing," "offshoring," "globalization" and "free trade"...
whatever euphemism you prefer; we are, in effect, hiring slaves
and displacing American workers at alarming rates. High tech as well as blue collar jobs are being "outsourced" to foreign countries; the New
Slave Traders are enabling the sale of American jobs by way of Expensive Trade Agreements (e.g., NAFTA, CAFTA, FTAA, etc.). Economists
and politicians (Slave Traders) call them "Free Trade" agreements. Mike Crane is a leading Georgia writer on
Just like the original slave traders, the elitist New Slave Users are driven by greed, their worship of Mammon, their
materialism that puts the pursuit of profit above all else. The New Slave Traders are driven by their lust for power; selling their influence---though
technically unethical and illegal----is the generally expected and almost universally practiced standard of their profession. The New
Slave Traders and Elitist Users don't care that massive immigration is destroying American culture. They view the American populace as nothing more
than a "labor pool" and one that is too pricey for their tastes. Most Americans want a decent wage with government's minimum wage as
the floor. The New Slave Trader elitists want to eliminate the American middle class and put all of us on the wage level with the new imported slaves.
Some New Slave users are competing in a world market and they need slave labor rates to compete with China, Indonesia,
India and the third world labor markets. Walmart is leading the way in selling goods manufactured in China, Korea, India, and elsewhere
in the third world. The low pricing of goods is driving American manufacturers out of business. Their only way to compete
on price is to import slave labor that will work as cheaply as the Chinese.
The only thing obstructing the New Slave Trader's plan to reduce the American middle class to a slave labor force is the millions
of Americans who oppose amnesty and open borders. Will those Americans stand up and prevent the sellout? Will those Americans allow the New
Slave Traders to sell their jobs down the river and convert them to slaves ?
Bush and the Senate slave traders of both parties are out in public attempting to sell the scamnesty on behalf of the New Slave
users. Those pesky American conservatives started making noise, getting rowdy and resisting. Dang it! They were supposed to go
along with Bush because he's a Republican and the prevailing myth is that 'Republican' means 'conservative' and trustworthy. Ha!
All the rhetoric, guilt-tripping, innuendo and outright name-calling reached a crescendo last week when President Bush
decided to attack all conservatives who oppose illegal immigration on principle. He basically called all of us who oppose illegal immigration "bigots"
and "racists" among other choice words and then he questioned our motives and patriotism. That was a boneheaded political move, and I think it
really opened a lot of eyes---awakening conservatives who have heretofore supported Bush despite his
non-conservative behaviors (extravagant spending, growth in government, encroachments on the Bill of Rights, et al).
Conservatives can now
clearly see (those who refused to see it before) that Bush and the GOP leadership have abandoned
conservative principle long ago. Follow the money. Look at their behavior and ignore their words.
and many others have been abuzz since Bush gave conservatives and all amnesty opponents "the finger."
The Democrat Slave Traders, of course, want open borders in order to import millions more potential Democrats, a downtrodden
and oppressed slave labor class who they imagine they can demagogue and recruit to vote for and empower the Democrat slave traders. By one method or another,
they plan to get drivers licenses for illegals and eventually the vote depite their non-citizen status. And of course, their children born in the U.S.
will become defacto U.S. citizens unless we repeal part of the
14th Amendment. Social Security benefits are
already in the bag for illegals granted amnesty;
when they start raiding the "fund"
in large numbers, it will go bankrupt far sooner than projected. See the NumbersUSA video,
Immigration by the Numbers for more details.
The more government dependents the better in
the Democrat's way of thinking. Since the New Slave Traders want to eliminate the American Middle Class, the Democrats view that as a political win-win for them since
they view themselves as the champions of the poor (they are champion exploiters!), whose votes they can buy with promises of more government benefits.
So the question remains, will legal Americans allow our politicians, the New Slave Traders, to sell
America down the river in chains? America as we know it is on the proverbial auction block.
Steve Scroggins lives in Macon and contributes most of GHC's parody
and political cartoons and graphics.
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Illegal immigrants raid on Social Security - Jim Dean
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Illegal Immigrants are Criminals - Frank Gillispie
The Third American Revolution - Frank Conner
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America's Worst Scandal: the 14th Amendment - J.A. Davis
Immigration Trojan Horse Inside the Gates - Jim Dean
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More Photos from the Mexica Movement - March 2006
Gimme, Gimme, Gimme what I cry for; I'm in the minority now - Joan Hough
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Open Borders advocates use racist smear tool - Jim Dean
Editorials from Northern Newspapers
Many newspapers favored allowing the southern states to peacefully leave as the one below by Greeley.
But later in February and March of 1861, the sentiments changed...
"If the Declaration of Independence justified the secession of 3,000,000 colonists in 1776, I do not see why the Constitution ratified by the same
men should not justify the secession of 5,000,000 of the Southerners from the Federal Union in 1861...
We have repeatedly said, and we once more insist that the great principle embodied by Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence that government
derives its power from the consent of the governed is sound and just, then if the Cotton States, the Gulf States or any other States choose to form
an independent nation they have a clear right to do it...
The right to secede may be a revolutionary one, but it exists nevertheless; and we do not see how one party can have a right to do what another
party has a right to prevent. We must ever resist the asserted right of any State to remain in the Union and nullify or defy the laws thereof;
to withdraw from the Union is another matter. And when a section of our Union resolves to go out, we shall resist any coercive acts to keep
it in. We hope never to live in a Republic where one section is pinned to the other section by bayonets ." --Horace Greeley, New York Tribune
[ full editorial 12/17/1860 ]
"The predicament in which both the Government and the commerce of the country are placed, through the non-enforcement of our revenue laws,
is now thoroughly understood the world over....If the manufacturer at Manchester [England] can send his goods into the Western States
through New Orleans at less cost than through New York, he is a fool for not availing himself of his advantage...If the importations of
the counrty are made through Southern ports, its exports will go through the same channel. The produce of the West, instead of coming to
our own port by millions of tons, to be transported abroad by the same ships through which we received our importations, will seek other
routes and other outlets. With the lost of our foreign trade, what is to become of our public works, conducted at the cost of many huindred
millions of dollars, to turn into our harbor the products of the interior? They share in the common ruin. So do our manufacturers...Once
at New Orleans, goods may be distributed over the whole country duty-free. The process is perfectly simple... The commercial bearing of
the question has acted upon the North...We now see clearly whither we are tending, and the policy we must adopt. With us it is no longer
an abstract question---one of Constitutional construction, or of the reserved or delegated powers of the State or Federal government, but
of material existence and moral position both at home and abroad.....We were divided and confused till our pockets were touched."
---New York Times March 30, 1861
"The Southern Confederacy will not employ our ships or buy our goods. What is our shipping without it? Literally nothing....It is very
clear that the South gains by this process, and we lose. No---we MUST NOT "let the South go." "
----Union Democrat , Manchester, NH, February 19, 1861
From a story entitled: "What shall be done for a revenue?"
"That either revenue from duties must be collected in the ports of the rebel states, or the ports must be closed to importations from abroad....
If neither of these things be done, our revenue laws are substantially repealed; the sources which supply our treasury will be dried up; we
shall have no money to carry on the government; the nation will become bankrupt before the next crop of corn is ripe.....Allow rail road iron
to be entered at Savannah with the low duty of ten per cent, which is all that the Southern Confederacy think of laying on imported goods, and
not an ounce more would be imported at New York; the railroads would be supplied from the southern ports.
---New York Evening Post March 12, 1861, recorded in Northern Editorials on Secession, Howard C. Perkins, ed., 1965, pp. 598-599.
Excerpt on New England Slave Traders
"In November 1861, a Yankee slave trader was captured on the high seas with a boat load of slaves bound for
the West Indies. Trading
slaves had been illegal for many years, although New England slave ships had been carrying on clandestine slave trading with considerable
success for Cuba and Brazil but not the South, which was not interested. It is commonly but erroneously assumed that slave trading was
a Southern occupation, but in fact almost all slave trading, when it was legal and later illegal, was from ships of New England registry
with Northern crews."
From Charles Adams' book entitled "When in the Course of Human Events", page 209.
Joe Smith's Search for an American Job
The Joys of Free Trade Agreements and Globalization
Joe Smith started the day early, having set his alarm clock ( MADE IN JAPAN ) for 6am.
While his coffeepot ( MADE IN CHINA ) was perking, he shaved with his electric razor ( MADE IN HONG KONG ).
He put on a dress shirt ( MADE IN SRI LANKA ), designer jeans ( MADE IN SINGAPORE ) and tennis shoes ( MADE IN KOREA ).
After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet ( MADE IN INDIA ), he sat down with his calculator
( MADE IN MEXICO ) to see how much he could spend today.
After setting his watch ( MADE IN TAIWAN ) to the radio ( MADE IN INDIA ), he got in his car ( MADE IN KOREA )
filled it with GAS ( from Saudi Arabia ) and continued his search for a good paying AMERICAN JOB
At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day, Joe checked his Computer ( Made In Malaysia )
then decided to relax for a while.
He put on his sandals ( MADE IN BRAZIL ), poured himself a glass of wine ( MADE IN FRANCE ), turned on
his TV ( MADE IN INDONESIA ) -- and then just sat there wondering why, with his advanced degrees and field specialization, he can't
find a good paying job in the U S A!!!! Where have all the jobs gone???
Source: This illustration is found in a large variety of versions on hundreds of websites and it circulated
by email for some years now.
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