Let Louisiana Lead the Way

Jeff Landry has taken the office of governor in Louisiana and now has the opportunity to let Louisiana lead the way in restoring the state and the country to the biblical and Constitutional principles on which we as a nation were founded, and which elevated it to the most peaceful, prosperous, and protected country in modern history. However, there are those, especially in Washington, that oppose returning to such a blessed status. They would rather have the country destroyed through Church-lessness, family-lessness, unconstitutionality, open borders, perversion, and other forms of godlessness which we witness occurring day by day as we buy our food, fuel our vehicles, go to libraries, drive the highways and streets, and in just about every other facet of our culture. What description fits such people who prefer death, chaos, and ruin instead of peace, prosperity, and protection except the word evil?

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12) Such wickedness is manifested in our world, so our conflict is not ultimately with democrats, liberals, or leftists, but it is a conflict of good versus evil. Since we have for years been in decline as a nation at an ever-increasing rate, it is obvious that for good to triumph over evil, we must change our strategy. Jeff Landry has the platform, the responsibility, and the authority to say no to the federal government’s evil, leftist policies, and to say yes to Louisiana policies that can be a catalyst that steers the state and the country back on course to our former status.

Cutting the federal government apron strings is the key to reducing federal power over the state. When federal handouts are received by the states, the federal government has grounds to include those handouts in its “budget” (as if Washington has a budget). https://www.taxpolicycenter.org/briefing-book/what-are-sources-revenue-state-governments

Another key to stem the overreach of Washington is to exercise state authority. While federal powers are listed and limited, state powers and the powers of the People are not. Border security is the responsibility of state governors when the federal government fails to provide that security, and Governor Abbott of Texas, along with governors of other states including Louisiana, are acting upon that responsibility.

Article 4, Section 4 of the U S Constitution mandates that the federal government provide every state protection against invasion:

The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.

In case the federal government does not provide this protection, the responsibility belongs to the states under Article 1, Section 10, paragraph 3:

No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.

The states are late to the game, since we have been under invasion for several years now. It is much easier to keep invaders out than to remove them once they are in, but that is the task ahead of us. Leftists will attempt to keep illegal aliens in the country, dole out work permits, and will attempt to give them citizenship, but this cannot be allowed.

Louisiana can lead the way by beginning the deportation process, starting with the sheriff of each parish enforcing the law concerning illegal entry into the country and therefore illegal entry into the state and parish. Then each state can do the same until the country’s population consists of only legal residents. The costs incurred can be recouped through a surcharge on all money wired from the United States to anywhere outside the United States. Statistics show that this amount would cover a significant portion, if not all, of the cost.

According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the United States loses $150 billion per year in money sent abroad. This figure is from 2015 and is likely much higher now since illegal entry into the country has ballooned under the Biden Administration. The money saved through the removal of illegal aliens from every state would more than pay for deportation costs. In 2023, the nationwide cost for non-citizen education, medical, law enforcement, and welfare programs in federal dollars was $150 billion. This doesn’t include state costs, the harm caused by violent crimes of illegals, drug smuggling, terrorists and U S enemy border crossings, and the erosion of American ideals. With nearly 21 million illegals in the country in 2021, this comes to over $7,000 per deportation. In Louisiana alone, the same expenditures were $604 million in 2023. With roughly 150,000 in Louisiana illegally, over $4,000 is available to the state for each deportation.

There is plenty of money for deportations and border security through walls, personnel, and technology. The land of the free and the home of the brave is fast becoming the land of lost liberty and lawlessness, and the home of the helpless. A country that doesn’t guard all its borders is not a country at all, but only a place where power brokers squander other peoples’ money and resources until there is no more. Louisiana and the rest of the states must not let this happen.

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