QUOTE & OBSERVATION: All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing. — Edmund Burke

by Michael Josephson on June 28, 2014

in Quotes, Observations

Irish and English statesman Edmund Burke said, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.”

This is true of major evils like the unabated rise of Nazism in the 30s and 40s and the toleration of, or indifference to, the outrageous ideas and actions of the KKK in the 50s and 60s. But it also applies to all sorts of fundamentally unfair or irrational practices and mindsets that are silently accepted because they have become systemic.

We can’t be expected to engage in battle against every single injustice we face — we must choose the hills we’re willing to die on — but I believe we have a moral duty to stand up and speak out at least occasionally.

Motives matter, and although any effort to fight negative forces and oppose malicious, callous and abusive people is, overall, a good thing, on the ladder of virtue, these efforts are less good when the motives are self-aggrandizement, glory or revenge.

Character is doing the right thing even when it costs more than we want to pay. The good news is that when we show good character, we’re often the one who gets paid — in self-esteem, the respect of worthy people and the knowledge that we did our best to make the world (even the smaller world of one’s workplace or family) a better place.

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Brandon June 27, 2014 at 4:49 pm

I have in the past challenged WhatWillMatter on the issue of unchallenged U.S. immigration policies that undermine the well-being of the greater population and U.S. workforce. Thinking of Edmond Burke’s words, does WhatWillMatter not wonder about the evil visited upon our population and immigrant alike in unabated immigration? To know, one must first examine the facts. To keep it simple, let’s look at historical legal immigration and population as factors affecting employment and jobs.

A review of historic average yearly immigration shows:

• 1880-1924 Great Wave/Industrial Revolution was 584,000.
• 1925-1965 rise of the middle class legal immigration was only 178,000.
• 1966-1989 the Waves of Chain Migration, authorized by congress reached 507,000.
• 1990- Immigration skyrocketed to over 1,000,000, plus an additional 500,000 guestworkers.

Since 1990 U.S. population has exploded in the Biggest U.S. Population Boom Ever. Eighty percent of U.S. population growth comes from the tidal wave of immigrants. Over the past 24 years population has skyrocketed going from:

• 249.5 million in 1990 to 275 million 2000 and then to 317 million by 2014.
• By 2050 U.S. population is projected to reach 436 million— a 127 million (41 %) increase;
• California will explode 30% from 21M in 2009 to 30M in the state’s five largest counties.

Historical immigration levels and population growth are important in more than any rhetorical sense. Numerous academic journals and government agencies report historically-high Mass legal immigration and astronomical increases in guest worker programs have resulted in disastrous consequences displacing American talent with foreign labor and widening income disparity which are squeezing of the middle class.

Businesses and other groups advocating for increasing immigration created the oft-repeated mantra that immigrants only “take jobs American’s won’t do” and in the process redefined construction, manufacturing, service jobs and even agriculture as “work Americans won’t do.” That is a myth belied by data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showing that in all occupational fields, the vast majority of workers are American; a sad fact the mainstream fourth-estate fails to report.

The 500% increase in unmitigated mass immigration starting in the mid-1960’s, 78% legally, has played an integral part in turning once middle-class occupations into minimum-wage jobs with low skilled foreign workers flooding American job markets. From June 2009 – June 2010, foreign-born workers gained 656,000 jobs while native-born workers lost 1.2 million.

Immigration labor has a disproportionate impact on our teens, minorities and the less educated; population segments whose unemployment rates are many multiples of the general rate. College graduates are feeling the pinch too. Of the 73% of 2014 graduates actively seeking work 83% hadn’t landed a job as of last month; for business majors it was 85.1%. It’s the same in Information Technology (IT) where businesses attempt to characterize U.S. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) workers as “lacking skills, talent and as unqualified.” In fact a staggering two-thirds of all the 166,000 new college-educated IT job holders under the age of 30 are H-1B guestworkers; while at the same time 50 percent of native born STEM graduates [1-in-2] can’t find a job in IT. All the while STEM/IT companies continue laying off thousands then demand Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) for ever increasing levels of new foreign labor. Insane!

And, what about the one percent (1%) who are our veterans? The American Legion Magazine (February 2014) reports that one-in-two service members transitioning from the military in the past five years is now an unemployed veteran. The USA Today reported that finding work is toughest on those who served on the front lines: infantry.

While estimates vary organizations such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Congress and the 2014 National Veteran Employment Summit report the numbers of veterans looking for work today in new careers range from 599,000 to 722,000 (533,000 men; 81,000 women).

Veterans’ unemployment rates have averaged up to 9 percent higher than the national average over the last five-to-six years. In fact the article goes on to claim 200,000 post 9/11 veterans are unemployed and the jobless rate is over 21% for veterans ages 18-24. On top of those veterans already looking for work, the DOD projects reductions in force over the next five years of 1.5 million service members; more veterans seeking work; competing with ever increasing foreign labor.

National security is at risk too. The Department of Defense (DOD) relies on private sector research and development, manufacturing, engineering, and sourcing to realize many of its advanced projects. In almost every facet of the development chain (from university R&D through engineering and manufacturing) one can find foreign nationals, including students, working on defense or cyber-security projects. Kenneth Palinkas, the union President for Citizenship and Immigration Services agents, warns that his agency forces adjudicators to rubber-stamp applications, which is a threat to national security. He says USCIS has become a visa clearinghouse for the world, rather than the first line of defense for a secure immigration system, and is not equipped to handle a vastly expanded workload under so-called comprehensive immigration reform, and the Obama Administration’s selective enforcement of immigration laws.

Americans have a constitutional obligation to first provide security. More than that, Americans have a moral obligation to provide opportunities to our fellow citizens including our own working poor, homeless, unemployed, and our struggling middle class, all of which include a large number of veterans. American have a further obligation to protect infrastructure, natural resources, social services, education, health care, law enforcement and the U.S. treasury from impacts of mass immigration. The immigration implications in each of these is enormous in their respective impacts; not a one of them being a positive.

WhatWillMatter if the nations ‘leaders’ fail to adopt immigration reform policies controlling the border security, or fail to hold accountable employers who knowingly hire alien workers displacing native born Americans. I strongly urge WhatWillMatter to study current academic reports as well as the findings of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform (1990-1997), which conducted the most extensive study ever of the impacts of high levels of legal immigration on our society. I urge WhatWillMatter to assess this issue in the light of ethics that hold politicians and employers accountable for reducing legal immigration levels back to historic annual norms.

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.

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Paul Ahearn June 28, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Brandon’s treatise is tremendous and quite reasonable. We do not see this presentation so well done very often; hence my gratitude to Brandon :):)

Our nation of immigrants must always receive our shining and many times brilliant “New Americans”; yet the millions of influx in recent years is definitely TOO MUCH and simply just too, too many people. The policies and politics that allow this phenomena MUST change to enforce our great nation’s borders !! No matter where one is regarding the different positions on the entire immigration question; enforcing and protecting our borders is critical to our national defense and much more as “Brandon” above so eloquently states the case :):)

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Brenda July 2, 2014 at 8:13 pm

I agree with both, though I must be honest that I did not read entirely what Brandon wrote. But I’m surprised that neither started off the subject of immigration mentioning the abuse of sending children to cross over to a foreign country by paid agents. It is horrific and sad to see innocent children alone, scared and it has to stop.

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Brandon July 3, 2014 at 8:03 am

Brenda, consider reading my entire comment. It included other myriad implications of unmitigated immigration: “More than that, Americans have a moral obligation to provide opportunities to our fellow citizens including our own working poor, homeless, unemployed, and our struggling middle class, all of which include a large number of veterans. American have a further obligation to protect infrastructure, natural resources, social services, education, health care, law enforcement and the U.S. treasury from impacts of mass immigration. The immigration implications in each of these is enormous in their respective impacts; not a one of them being a positive.”

As to the children being shipped like cattle, it is an outrage. But for the explicit invitation by our President to come one, come all this wouldn’t be happening. That was an outrage. The fix is for the President to use his pen and his phone to charter trains, planes and buses to immediately return all who cross. The churches and other organizations could step up to the plate providing chaperones to churches and social organizations in their countries of origin where the children can be cared for until returned to their families.

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Ken R. July 11, 2014 at 1:14 pm

What is the definition of good people, people with character and faith?

Who defines it?

How do we recognize it? and

Do good people always stay good?

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