A Free Country or a ‘Free’ Country

Written by Nathan Clark on May 2, 2013

Congress and the president are on the verge of approving what is tantamount to amnesty for approximately 33 million illegal aliens. Free. This is a demeaning slap in the face to all the valued legal immigrants who have come, worked, paid and endured the process for the privilege to become US citizens. And yes, I said privilege. It is not the world’s “right” to become US citizens, Eric Holder be damned.

As columnist Darlene Superville put it recently in an Associated Press article on Obama’s speech, the “President dismissed the focus on a ‘border security first’ approach, saying the system is too big to be fixed ‘only with fences and border patrols.’ He advocated a comprehensive approach that would call on the government, businesses and illegal immigrants themselves to live up to their responsibilities within the law.”

Haven’t they ALREADY proved that they won’t? Only the president could be so rhetorically conflicted. Does he expect us to believe that he believes the rubbish coming out of his own mouth?

Why would he think he can depend on the integrity of someone who has committed a crime to then dig into their reservoir of internal goodness and do the right thing, at a cost to themselves? This mythic belief in the inherent unselfish goodness of man has no basis in human history writ large. Liberals’ insistence on believing in unicorns and shaping public policy around their feeding and care is a consuming pox on the rest of responsible society who work and pay bills and strive to secure the basic comfort and health of their own families.

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This country was made strong and delightfully varied by legal immigration. Dedicated people with a dream of a better life saw an opportunity here, and gave up their own national allegiances through expatriation to become melded into American society. They were willing to pay a price for that distinction.

Message to the rest of the world: the United States of America is a sovereign nation. It does not belong to you. You have no claim on its resources, markets, revenue or peoples. We are not some public park where everyone can come free of charge, stay as long as they want, trash the place and exhaust its resources, and then call it your own after a certain period of being squatters.

The Land of the Free is not the Land Free for the Taking.

Getting back to the American Dream, one person’s “free stuff” is another person’s freedom revoked. That’s what compulsory income redistribution constitutes. Before any of us supports more of these great-sounding ideas or the idiots who propagate them, please pause a moment to remember the “no free lunch” truth.

Image: Originally posted to Flickr as free ‘sweet’ hugs; author: Jesslee Cuizon; Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

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Nathan Clark is a conservative commentator who resides with his wife in New Hampshire. He is passionate about preserving the vision of our nation's Founders and advancing those tried and true principles deep into America's future. His interests range broadly from flyfishing, cooking and shooting to pro sports, gardening, live music and fine-scale modeling.