The United Auto Workers bested servicemen and women in Joe Biden’s Memorial Day weekend address. The vice president boasted of the Obama administration’s role in the resurgence of GM and Chrysler, commending union employees before he took a moment for those who serve our country:
Before I sign off, I just want to mention once again Memorial Day and remember what this holiday’s all about.1
Sacrificing one’s life for country is one thing. Getting reelected is quite another.
Last Memorial Day, Civil Candor asked Are the Sacrifices of Our Veterans Without Value? In the year that followed, President Obama stomped Arizona, circulated the myth that our future is tied to the Hispanic community, and insisted that America will not make it without imported talent. This was a bad twelve months for Americans who believe this country is worth dying for, or for anyone who has memories of those who sacrificed their lives to secure our future. The Obama administration is determined to level the playing field on a global scale, and American values will be leveled along with it.
Public criticism of our country in the presence of foreign leaders has become a trademark of this presidency. During a recent trip to El Salvador, Mr. Obama applauded the two million Salvadorans residing in the U.S.:
They are making extraordinary contributions to our country, even as they support their families and communities here in El Salvador.2
He never mentioned just what these contributions are, but is spot on about immigrants supporting the folks back home. They remove billions from our economy every year. Salvadoran President Funes made no effort to excuse the illegal flow of his citizens into the U.S., and instead demanded to know our solution to the problem:
We have about 25 percent or 30 percent of our population who are living illegally in the United States. So what are your short-term plans, President Obama?3
Our president assured his Salvadoran audience that those who broke our immigration laws will be rewarded with citizenship:
But we also have to make sure that those who are in the United States illegally at this point, but in some cases have been there for a long time, in some cases have children who were born in the United States and are United States citizens, that they have a pathway to get right by the law.4
The same pro-amnesty gibberish spilled from the president’s lips as he fawned over Mexico’s Felipe Calderon in March, suggesting that the U.S. is in part responsible for the violence along the southwest border:
I reiterated that the United States accepts our shared responsibility for the drug violence.5
Mr. Obama apologized for SB 1070 when he met with Calderon last year, referring to Arizona’s immigration law as:
… a misdirected expression of frustration over our broken immigration system, and which has raised concerns in both our countries.6
Empowered by our president’s words, Calderon had the arrogance during his next visit to criticize the efforts of U.S. communities to combat illegal immigration:
I’ve expressed to him my concern for the proliferation of local initiatives that are against the interests or the rights of immigrant communities.7
Barack Obama supports military service as a pathway to amnesty. The White House does not question the morality of asking illegals to trade their lives for citizenship bids. Neither does the president question the motives of those who abandoned their country of origin, broke the laws of their new country, and now expect to serve as equals alongside Americans. There is a big difference between risking your life for your country, and risking your life in the expectation of gain. One is a matter of honor, the other self-interest.
There was a time when military service was the duty of every eligible citizen, and the law still requires eighteen year-olds to register with Selective Service. Our Commander in Chief’s stance on immigration devalues U.S. citizenship, debases American values, and ridicules the sacrifices of the heroes we honor on Memorial Day. In Barack Obama’s America, U.S. citizenship will one day be purchased at airport and border kiosks. As the years pass, Americans will lose the memory of what citizenship in this country means, because being an American will no longer imply a duty. It will be an entitlement.