Liberals will never get tired of cloaking themselves in compassion and this is true of liberals from both sides of the aisle. It remains one of the oldest canards in the book; that conservatives are heartless social Darwinists who only care about themselves. This threadbare chestnut hinges on an ignorant assumption that all conservatives are rich and all rich people are Ebenezer Scrooge (R). The reality is that many of the wealthiest individuals in the country are dyed-in-the-wool liberal progressives, such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffet, Oprah Winfrey, Larry Ellison, Larry Page, and George Soros to name a few. It is also true that we have an inordinate amount of generous, rich people in America.
So the assumption falls apart on multiple levels, but it’s been pervasive enough to establish itself as an actionable political tool, available to be tapped by Democrats and liberal Republicans alike. It allows liberals to skirt the fundamental facts of an issue and frame their position through the lens of emotion. Whether they are discussing government hand-out programs, gun control, abortion, so-called gay marriage, or illegal immigration, they rely on the tugging of heartstrings, along with the complete cessation of all intellectual activity, to garner support for their position.
This is why over the past week, we’ve been treated to more socio-theological gems from Nancy Pelosi. Last Tuesday, Nancy suggested we should embrace thousands of illegal aliens swarming over our borders because the Lord Jesus was an immigrant who fled violence in His home country. It goes without saying that Nancy’s favorite word is The Word, but she seems to have forgotten that the Lord returned to His home country after a period of time. Then last Friday, Nancy compared her illegal buddies to Moses, conveniently overlooking the fact that Moses was born in Egypt.
We also got to hear squishy conservative George Will suggest that we should welcome these illegals to our communities because “the idea that we can’t assimilate these 8-year-old criminals with their teddy bears is preposterous.” George must not have had the chance to read the Pew Research Report, which used FOIA requests to determine that of the 60,000 children who had been apprehended since last October, 84% of them were teenagers. Do you know many 8-year old teenagers with teddy bears, George?
The problem is that no one is questioning their moral assumption. Is offering amnesty to illegal aliens really compassionate? If so, compassionate to whom? It’s certainly not compassionate to the towns where the Feds are dumping these illegals. Local officials aren’t being given a choice in the matter (or even notification about it happening). It’s not compassionate to the citizens of these areas who will be forced to pick up the tab for the provision of these people. In addition to greater fiscal strain, these citizens will be forced to deal with larger class sizes in public schools, reduced access to medical care, increased demand for low-income housing without any additional housing facilities being built, and a huge influx of low-skill workers at a time when the current supply of low-income jobs is dwindling, thanks to Obama’s stagnant economy and minimum wage mandates.
It’s also not compassionate to the home countries from which the illegal aliens have journeyed. Our adoption of their teeming masses allows them to outsource their sick and impoverished while alleviating the economic burden of caring for them (or at least the emotional strain of pretending to care for them while embezzling funds which could have been used for that purpose). It also removes the primary threat to the status quo in these countries by getting rid of their most unsatisfied citizens. As a result, it’s less likely that their political systems will be reformed to address the root causes of elevated poverty and sickness, leading to additional deprivation for citizens down the road.
It’s not compassionate to the illegal immigrants either, for the same reason that the welfare system in this country isn’t compassionate to our poor. A close examination of the long-term effects associated with government handouts demonstrates that taking instead of earning is dehumanizing and demoralizing. Just as our welfare system encourages choices and behavior which are detrimental to the recipient, Obama’s open-borders-anarchy encourages the same thing for the thousands flocking to our southern border. Under the Welfare system, a single mother receives more money for kicking the father of her child out of the house than for encouraging him to stay. Obamnesty encourages people to put themselves at risk by exposing their vulnerability to unscrupulous social predators, traveling through inhabitable areas with proper supplies, and coming in contact with a variety of contagious diseases.
It should be pretty obvious to anyone with two brain cells to rub together that liberals aren’t encouraging this massive influx because of compassion. If they were, they would be offering the services of their home districts to accommodate their newfound Refugee Riders. Publicly. No, they are orchestrating this influx in order to distill the conservative vote even further. Democrats already have a stranglehold on the urban vote as a result of their manifold hand-out programs. By settling these aliens in smaller communities, it will allow them to eradicate the voting muscle of small-town America, which has traditionally trended conservative.
As for the liberal Republicans, they’re beholden to cronies at the Chamber of Commerce who are slathering over the prospect of a massive injection of low-cost labor.
Charity, required at the barrel of a gun, is not charity at all. Americans don’t need to be forced to show compassion. We have been embracing and welcoming legal immigrants since the inception of this nation; but the rule of law is fundamental to the fabric of America and we will not tolerate wolves, draped in the robes of false, self-centered compassion, here to lecture us. The truly compassionate thing to do is to ship these folks back to their home countries with the instructions to “get back in line” behind those aspiring Americans who are attempting to immigrate the right way. The legal way.
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