Our favorite freshman Representative, the Socialist Socialite, recently compared the detention centers for illegal immigrants along our Southern border as “concentration camps.” Since then, she’s explained, re-explained, spun, lied, and continued to double down on her comments, no matter how silly and insane the initial comment was.
The situation at our shared border with Mexico is as inconsistent as Joe Biden’s campaign strategy. The ones calling the detention centers “concentration camps” show photos, news reports, and eyewitness accounts, all of which make people think it’s Auschwitz on the Rio Grande. Those defending the detention centers point out how bad things were, show photos of current centers, and downplay what’s going on by saying President Donald Trump is trying to address the problem with a wall and more money for better conditions.
And somewhere in between is the truth, provided people commenting on the border issue still care about it.
The hyperbole flying around on the border issue makes Mothra look like a gnat, and much of it comes from the side that has the most to gain politically, the Left. To give you the Reader’s Digest condensed version, Leftists use illegal immigration to pump up their voter base, using an intricate system of bribery, rhetoric, and, oh yeah, lying. In order to keep that influx of voters flowing, the Left needs America to have borders more porous than a giant sponge dropped in the middle of a gang shoot-out.
This is where things get weird. The “concentration camps” are horrible places, according to Leftists, so it begs the question of why so many people would try to cross the border illegally to get here if they know they’re heading into a nightmare (as the Leftists claim). After all, wouldn’t that knowledge be a deterrent? It makes no sense in the context of Leftist policy on border security…until you realize it’s part of a larger plan. Remember, the same folks who are getting up in arms over the detention centers now are the same ones who a) looked the other way when former President Barack Obama took similar if not the same actions, b) want to treat illegal immigrants like citizens, and c) want to abolish ICE. Leftists like the Socialist Socialite have a plan to make the illegal immigration issue into a hot button issue in 2020.
And they do it through misinformation, like calling the detention centers “concentration camps.”
The Left has chosen this phrase carefully because it invokes the specter of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. The phrasing is intended to reinforce the rhetoric of the past 2+ years that President Trump is Hitler, ICE is Trump’s Gestapo, and we are living in a fascist society under Trump. (Just ignore the fact fascist leaders tend to kill off the opposition instead of letting them make fools of themselves on the daily. Thanks, Twitter!) If enough people believe Trump is a fascist, it creates a problem for Trump’s reelection efforts, which is exactly what the Left is banking on right now.
So, are the detention centers as horrible as the Left makes them out to be? Some of them are, and some of them aren’t. Granted, the detention centers could be Club Med and the Left would still complain, but let’s be honest here. We can and should do better than we are.
The best way to overcome Leftist propaganda is to think ahead and offer actual solutions. If a detention center makes New York City in “Escape From New York” look like a church picnic, fix the damn thing! It won’t stop Leftists from shrieking and lying, but at least it will be a step in the right direction. If a detention center is providing basics to illegal immigrants, make sure those are the model for all the others. Root out the bad apples and bring in people who care about helping instead of impeding the progress we need to make.
That means Leftists like the Socialist Socialite should shut their pieholes unless they want to get their hands dirty and fix the situation. Of course, they won’t because reasons, but it might be a way for them to come to the table with solutions.
And, no, building a wall isn’t a solution. Building on a commitment to America being the Land of Opportunity while also being the Land That Doesn’t Just Let Anybody Come In Without A Reservation is.