Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the Gospel of envy. Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery…Winston Churchill
Yesterday, that bastion of hard news, Yahoo.com, applauded the comedian John Stewart. Stewart, following his normal course of action, had just delivered one of his diatribes regarding the “children” streaming across our southern border from Guatemala via Mexico. Stewart said, “If you are listening to me right now and you are one of those people who wants to send these kids back, first of all…what the (epithet) is wrong with you?”
Stewart’s point of course was that it is inhumane and immoral to send these children back into a violent and poverty stricken country. Liberals like Stewart, and the entirety of the Democratic Party in Washington DC, love to harangue others about abstractions like empathy and compassion when it suits their political purposes. I would posit to you that none of these would-be tutors of the rest of us has opened, or will open, their homes to these aliens. More likely, they will remain safely and comfortably inside their gated communities whilst they espouse to the rest of us what our moral duty is.
None of this is to say that those refugees that are in fact children don’t deserve the utmost sympathy and even assistance. Those of us who feel they cannot be allowed to stay would indeed be something worse than villains if we weren’t moved to tears by their plight. I even find my heart stirred and inspired by their bravery to strike out on such a desperate and difficult journey.
All that being true however, the actions we take as a nation in these next week’s regarding this influx will have far reaching ramifications. As this column has already alluded to, only a small percentage of these illegals are children. I have seen estimates of between 10 and 20%. Most are 17 and older, many bear gang tattoos, per the border patrol, a significant number are not even Hispanic but are actually Syrians. These Syrians have holed up in Central America waiting for an opportunity to enter the US in order to do who knows what. A larger number sport the gang tattoos of the hyper-violent MS-13.
It certainly appears that these poor children are being exploited and used by the cartels and the gangs to provide a public relations shield. That way our enemies of all sorts can be ignored by the few television cameras allowed in the processing centers. I personally question the motives of a Nancy Pelosi or a Harry Reid or Chuck Schumer for wanting to let these illegal entrants remain here. However, since I have no evidence of ill intent and can’t truly know their reasoning, let’s assume their motives are pure for a moment.
So the argument is that the United States, because we are a blessed and prosperous land, has a moral obligation to allow these recent Central American aliens to stay (and yes this number includes some children). If that is the stance of John Stewart and others, then let us follow that out to its logical conclusion. If we are not allowed by morality to turn these back, then what third world aliens can we turn back? Certainly God’s Word implores us to care for the least of these, and because of that the United States has been the most generous superpower in history. But nowhere does he command us to completely surrender our own sovereignty. If these who have clearly violated our laws and who turn themselves in to Border Patrol so that they can go to centers to be fed and housed must be accepted, then the entirety of the third world must be accepted. Ludicrous you say? Not at all. On what principle would we ever turn any immigrant away if these are not? Why shouldn’t we take in the victims of the horrible violence in the Congo or the Sudan as well? And if that is the principal then we cannot just absorb some of the victims, but all of them.
I once traveled to Africa to do mission work. My son just returned from Haiti. Many in our community have recently returned from Guatemala. I am all for aiding these oppressed people. More than that, I am perfectly happy to contribute to the development of their economy in the capitalist model and aiding them in improving their infrastructure as we have in this country. In so doing not just these children can improve their lives but generations to follow can as well.
However, we must be honest with ourselves and acknowledge that we do not have an infinite ability to absorb these people and the economic and health burdens that they unfortunately bring, into our society. The talking heads love to spout that “we are a nation of immigrants”. To some degree that is true, but we are a nation of naturalized immigrants. Our ancestors came here to become Americans, not to extend their culture and language to this land. What’s more only 12 million people total went through Ellis Island from 1892 to 1954. Thousands were turned back because they carried communicable disease or for political reasons. We have already had over 350,000 Central American and Mexican illegals trek across our border in this year alone!
I chose the Churchill quote above for a reason. The solution offered by John Stewart and Liberalism in general is merely a spreading of misery, not an uplifting of the downtrodden. Hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, are watching and waiting to see our national response to this. If we refuse to make the difficult decision and turn these back, hordes will follow, all seeking similar treatment. Do we really think this fragile economy can take that kind of a blow right now? If by such choices we drive ourselves from recession to economic depression, who will help these children then? If the US fails where is the hope for the Western Hemisphere, not just for today, but for a generation?