The mean-spirited war of words that started after the White House ended TPS for Hondurans ignores the fact that this temporary program has dragged on for 20 years. This isn’t mass deportation despite the disinformation from Democrats. Two decades is long enough and changing the reason Hondurans need sanctuary in the U.S. is not an excuse to keep them here in perpetuity.
It’s not normal and not OK to threaten the American people with war in the Middle East, but that’s the path Democrats have chosen. Every signal coming from Kim Jong-un and North Korea tells us that appeasement is a losing strategy and that credible threats can yield a positive outcome. Sure, this is old school foreign policy that’s out of place in the age of get along no matter the cost, but it works.
Preparing for the Illinois 200 Bicentennial, Governor Rauner cited our economic, academic, and political achievements. I’m sure if we look hard enough we can scrape up something to be proud of, but Illinois at 200 is a debt-ridden embarrassment that forces kids to compete with public worker retirements. Our political contributions are inertia, reckless spending, abusive government, and forcing taxpayers to support our politicians even after they are out of office and sit in prison. None of this is anything to be proud of, but we might feel some sense of pride when we finally summon the courage to leave this state.
ICE’s detention center budget last year was close to $3 billion. Immigration court costs reached $440 million. That’s a lot of money for taxpayers to pay to hear about an unfair, abusive, inhumane system that we wouldn’t need without policies that give immigrants a great excuse to cross our scantily protected border. Instead of questioning the ethics of the detention system we should question why we lure people here only to lock them up because they never got permission. That's a Democratic Party problem and it’s not going to go away any time soon.
A boycott of our most recognized chain of coffee shops creates division based on an agitator’s dream of a racially intolerant, divided country. In the extremely unlikely event that shunning Starbucks succeeds and hits the company’s bottom line it will hurt the very same people activists seek to defend when they protest economic injustice. That’s why promoting a coffee shop boycott is so fundamentally wrong. It’s a strategy that’s not meant to fix a problem, but to encourage much larger divisions in our society.