The Boston terrorists brought Americans together. The shootings in Newtown drove us apart. What was the difference? The Newtown tragedy was pushed aside so members of Congress could focus on controlling guns with a polarizing bill that, ironically, brought a surge of Second Amendment patriotism.
The Boston attacks raised old questions about the sort of open-armed immigration policies that make life in America accessible to immigrants but less safe for citizens. Will a new patriotism created by illegals, terrorism, and a too open society finally push us to clamp down on Washington? When lawmakers tell us that illegals have lived among us for years and deserve to stay, does a terrorist who lived secretly in Boston prove their point, or confirm that their rhetoric is based on lies?
Patriotism is a Muslim terrorist unfit to be buried in America.
Judging a body too foul to be buried here may be a first for American patriotism. If the GOP was on top of its game House members would have come up with a bill making it a crime to bury a terrorist in U.S. soil (see: Republican Voters Deserve Honest American Nationalism). Would there have been objections from Democrats on the grounds of religious tolerance?
Terrorists + illegals = patriotism.
Despite constant reminders from Washington that we should change our immigration system for the benefit of illegals who think they deserve their piece of an American dream we pay for, don’t think for a moment that many Americans don’t detest the idea. Many of us find it as offensive as the failed push to control guns from a government that can’t keep track of dangerous foreigners who enter our borders.
Pro-amnesty gibberish seeks to confuse and draws little distinction between legal immigrants and illegals, so the difference may be lost on many Americans. What we can all see is a visa system that endangers our security and fails like most things bureaucratic. Are we gullible enough to believe that issuing more visas will make it easier to keep track of the bad guys and the overstays?
The GOP may have bought into the argument that the visa system needs to be overhauled because foreigners will bring us jobs, but our hit and miss approach to detecting terrorists and troublemakers screams at us to focus our attention elsewhere. Obama’s economic failures should not be used as an excuse to make a malfunctioning legal immigration system and failure of intelligence worse.
Terrorists do us a favor by destroying this reason to welcome illegals.
Illegals aren’t just like us. They may live and work alongside us, but that doesn’t legitimize their presence any more than granting citizenship to one of the Boston terrorists made him an American. Successfully exploiting our country for years does not mean that you belong here or deserve to be accepted. Would we apply the same argument to the perpetrator in the Cleveland abductions because he got away with his crime for a decade? The length of time that someone evades the law is a bad reason to pass out favors.
Can patriotism shut down Congress?
How do we turn patriotism on Washington so we can shut down the demands of politicians who insist we open our gates but know we will never be able to keep track of those we let in, even when intelligence warns us to look out? How do we shut down demands to let illegals stay as legal residents when we know there will be minimal, if any effort to verify what they have done since they came to America? We may have a hard time changing ideas that Americans have been told they must accept. Terrorists and illegals bring us our best arguments yet for rejecting what we hear from Washington.
True to form, Congress is doing it again. We have the tragic Boston bombing and our politicians are right in there wondering how the process failed in preventing the bombing. Then there is the Newtown shooting and they are again attacking gun control. The out of control immigrant problem and what to do with all the illegals is a constant issue. Congress is not equipped to deal with all this. There is no way Congress will be able to keep a record of what immigrants, legal or illegal, are up to when they come here. The system has failed for years and all the debate and passing of new laws is not going to do it. Congress can’t keep up with the fraud in the Social Security and Medicare /Medicaid programs so what makes anyone think they can set up a program to screen and keep track of everyone coming into this country. As far as gun control, all the laws in the world are not going to keep guns out of the hands of a person who intends to do harm. Congress is just spinning it’s wheels pretending to do something even if they end up doing nothing, as usual.
Civil Candor says
Agreed, Helen. Telling people what to do is a lot easier than doing it. If Congress ever had to do the work to enforce the unworkable laws they pass, they would quit their jobs on the first day. Maybe not such a bad idea …