Using kids to get your way is one of the lowest ploys a politician can resort to, but that doesn’t mean that doing something under the guise of saving children to tug at our heartstrings is off the table. Time and again many of us fall for the same old propaganda tricks even if the argument makes no sense.
American Ideals and Values
Having enemies is important. It brings people together. In fact, having the British Empire as an enemy helped create America, one of the world’s most successful experiments in self-government. Can we say that having enemies is a value, even a core American value that constantly shifts with the political landscape? It certainly seemed that way in 2015.
Here’s a quick history lesson: the pilgrims came to America nearly a century and a half before the Declaration of Independence was signed. They intruded on a country that had no central government or laws. The states did not exist. America was a wilderness. The indigenous people didn’t need them and in retrospect would have been better off had they never come.
Maybe the international situation and resulting turmoil here at home are getting too hot for Obama to handle. Yesterday the mantle of the Weekly Address was pushed to Joe Biden, who banged the drum of international togetherness before getting down to the business at hand: creating another political crisis.
Last year it was refugee children from Central America we couldn’t stop.