I’ve got these questions for my liberal/progressive friends:
- Does any person living outside of the United States who is the victim of oppression, enslavement, violence, or any other in the parade of horribles, have a right to enter this country?
- Does the United States have an obligation to allow entry to any person living outside of the United States who is the victim of oppression, enslavement, violence or any other in the parade of horribles?
- If not an obligation, should the United States still lend whatever aid it can to any person living outside of the United States who is the victim of oppression, enslavement, violence, or any other in the parade of horribles?
If you believe the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” you are part of the problem. If you believe the answer to any of these questions is “no,” and you are screaming about children being separated from their parents, without supporting a real solution to the problem, you are part of the problem.
No country and no society can survive if you believe the answer to any of these questions is “yes” or if you are unwilling to support a solution to the problem.
The separation of children from their parents is horrendous and an outrage. Particularly if it is true that families that present themselves at ports of entry and request asylum are put in family detention centers, but those that don’t and enter the country illegally are separated. If we have the ability to provide family detention centers, we should provide them.
But, at the same time, there have to be limits on who and how many can enter this country and there absolutely have to be consequences for those who do so illegally. There have to be … if you don’t get that, then you are a part of the problem.
I am just about done with the endless outrage that exists as political “debate” in this country. Twitter is filled with people liking and retweeting messages that never stop screaming, but nobody offers a solution. It is all the other side’s fault, but don’t, do not, absolutely never, ask me for a solution to the problem. The right wing are Nazis and the left wing favors illegal immigration. Neither one of those are true, but it is impossible to conclude otherwise if you read Twitter, and most other forms of social media.
I don’t expect better from the extremists on the right wing. I do expect better from my side of the debate. I expect more honesty, more reality, more willingness to understand and accept the nuances and propose real solutions. And I ain’t seeing it. Instead, far too many of my friends on the left are sinking to the level of the right-wing extremists. We are becoming them. We should not be.
Please, people … think with your head, not your heart.