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One of the primary duties of the federal government, at least according to our Constitution, is to protect the states from invasion. Check out Article IV, Section 4 just to satisfy yourself.

Now, we all know that since Barack Hussein Obama was inaugurated, the federal government has undertaken many things that are not authorized in that document such as takeovers of the auto and banking industry, passing legislation that interferes with industry while imposing questionable taxes based on carbon emissions, and passing a law that will eventually take over the health care industry.

You can add to that list appointing a host of unelected czars who are not subject to confirmation by the Senate.

It appears our federal government is bent on governing against the will of the American people and with little or no regard to the limitations imposed upon it by the Constitution.

I have always been strongly opposed to using the U.S. military as a law enforcement tool. Besides, such action is forbidden by the Posse Comitatus Act passed on June 18, 1878, after the end of Reconstruction.

Its intent (along with the Insurrection Act of 1807) was to substantially limit the powers of the federal government to use the military for law enforcement.

The Act prohibits most members of the federal uniformed services from exercising law enforcement, police, or peace officer powers in order to maintain "law and order" on non-federal property (states and their counties and municipal divisions).

Indeed it appears our federal government is quite adept at governing in contravention of our Constitution.

What it’s not doing at all is fulfilling its obligation under the aforementioned Article IV, Section 4.

We are facing an invasion.

From the south, across our borders by well-armed drug and human smugglers crossing our border with apparent impunity, killing our citizens while suffering little or no consequences.

What is the federal government’s response?

Well, as far as Arizona is concerned, to file suit against a state that’s only trying to protect its citizens.

Then, in addition, the government has posted signs along a major interstate highway, more than 100 miles north of the U.S. – Mexico border, warning travelers the area is unsafe because of drug and alien smugglers.

In response, a local sheriff says Mexican drug cartels now control some parts of the state.

I find that absolutely, positively incredible.

Unthinkable only a number of years ago.

Those signs, warning travelers they are entering an "active drug and human smuggling area" and that they "may encounter armed criminals and smuggling vehicles traveling at high rates of speed," were posted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) along a 60-mile stretch of Interstate 8 between Gila Bend and Casa Grande.

This is a major link between Tucson and Phoenix and San Diego.

A local sheriff admitted that "Mexican drug cartels literally do control parts of Arizona."

He said he asked the Obama administration for 3,000 National Guard soldiers to patrol the border, but what he got were those 15 signs.

In a recent campaign video posted to YouTube Arizona Governor Jan Brewer – standing in front of one of the BLM signs – called them an "outrage" and told the administration to "Do your job. Secure our borders."

The federal government’s unwillingness to secure our borders and protect the states from invasion is painfully evident when requests for assistance are fulfilled by a federal agency setting up warning signs.

American citizens should not have to fear for their lives or property on American soil.

The Obama administration should indeed do its job, secure our borders, protect us from invasion, and enforce current immigration laws rather than trying to find ways to grant amnesty to those already living illegally in our country.

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Nelson Propane

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