Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

During the heady days of the 2016 Presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump promised to build a wall on our southern border and have Mexico pay for it. Leftists and the media (who are pretty much Leftists) scoffed at the idea and dismissed it as folly. Well, they’re not laughing much now because there may be a government shutdown unless Congress authorizes funding for the wall. And, if now-President Trump is to be believed, Mexico is paying for it indirectly.

In either case, what started out as an over-ambitious DIY project has turned into a controversy involving accusations of racism, questioning of the President’s manhood, and the impact of illegal immigration on our country. Not since Pink Floyd has a wall been such a source for symbolism. And, like the aforementioned Floyd film, we might need some drugs to fully appreciate it.

Absent the chemical components, though, you have me. May God have mercy on our souls.

border wall

What the Left thinks it means – a racist structure designed to prevent immigrants from seeking asylum in America, a structure to show off Trump’s manliness to compensate for other areas

What it really means – an idea that sounds good on paper, but has issues that need to be addressed to be effective

That’s right, kids. The wall is a great idea on the surface because it is believed to be a strong statement America is finally ready to defend her borders. The problem is a wall is only as strong as the will of those who want to circumvent it. No matter how high we build a wall, there are still tunnels underneath it that will allow illegal entry into our country. Instead of looking up, our leaders need to be looking down and shoring up the tunnel situation.

Now that we’ve discussed the serious matters surrounding the border wall, it’s time to move into the silly matters, namely the Leftist outrage over it.

Leftists have built a narrative that Trump is a racist, and everything he does (in their eyes) only proves it. That’s what is known as confirmation bias, folks, but I digress. To the Left, building a wall is racist because it prevents Mexicans and other “brown-skinned people” from entering our country. Wellllll…that’s a vast oversimplification of the issues at hand, and the devastation is in the details. First, the wall in and of itself isn’t racist because…now follow me here…it’s an inanimate object with no self-awareness. You know, like Chuck Schumer. You can ascribe racist notions to it, but that doesn’t make it racist. Racism requires the ability to hate another race or deem your race superior.

But is the border wall proof of Trump’s racism? That’s hard to say without knowing what’s in the President’s heart, you know aside from blood and muscles and stuff. Although he’s said and done some questionable things both before and after he became President, I don’t have enough information one way or another, and anyone who claims otherwise is trying to sell you something. In this case, I have to give the President the benefit of the doubt and come down against the wall being a racist idea. If anything, it’s a sign of his lack of racism and desire for all Americans to be seen as Americans first. (Which leads Leftists to scream about him being a racist Nazi, but that’s a blog post for another time.)

Then, there’s the Left’s attempt to whitewash the illegal immigration element of the border wall by turning every illegal immigrant into a monolith. Two tiny problems with that: 1) not all of them are seeking asylum, and 2) not all of them are innocent women and children. Over the past several decades, our political leaders have opened the gates and pussyfooted…sorry, front-hole-footed around the issues that came from our benevolence and compassion. It’s not a coincidence scam artists use both of these to get what they want from their marks, and it’s the same thing with illegal immigration. We have created an incentive-rich environment for people to come here, and that has in turn created an entire underground market for people looking to skirt the law to do just that. Of course, this is the same government that gave us the War on Drugs, so it’s not out of the question for them to apply the same losing strategy to illegal immigration.

Speaking of losing strategies, Leftists also love the point out the wall won’t work, using some of the same ideas I mentioned earlier. Does this mean I’m turning into a Leftist again? Nope. Been there, done that, still smell like patchouli and failure. What they’re missing is the idea that a wall can be effective when enforced vigorously. Look at Israel. They have a fence that makes the Maginot Line look impressive, but they make it work because they care about keeping their country secure from unwanted guests, albeit unwanted guests with bomb vests and death wishes to beat the band. Closer to home, though, take a moment to document how many Leftists are against the border fence. Then, see if they live behind a fence or in a gated community. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say there are enough to render the Left’s “fences don’t work” arguments null and void.

Now, let’s delve into the more puerile element of the Left’s anti-wall sentiments. I’ve seen teenage boys with more restraint than the Left when it comes to sexual matters, and current House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s statement about the wall being a symbol of Trump’s manhood is no exception. Believe it or…well, just believe it, Leftists are obsessed with sex on a level that makes Larry Flynt look like a Puritan. Their ideology is built around who is doing what to whom and how it benefits them in the short term, so it’s not surprising Pelosi would try to turn the border wall into something phallic. Well, soon-to-be-Madame Speaker, to paraphrase Sigmund Freud, “Could you lay off the sex talk for once, please?” Oh well, sometimes a wall is just a wall.

More to the point, Pelosi’s statement and its subsequent repeating within the Left detracts from their message because it makes them look silly and immature. You could have said Trump was a doody-head and at least retained some gravitas, but as it stands you look like you’re not serious about addressing the issues. (You’re not, of course, but that’s not what you need to broadcast right now.) Plus, you gave the President the ability to strike back just as poorly as you did and look like a victim in the process. Brilliant!

The border wall is a lightning rod for controversy, both real and ginned up for publicity, and it won’t do what is promised, nor will it get at the root of the illegal immigration problem. It’s going to be a multi billion dollar Band Aid that we’ll pay for and always feel the pain no matter when it gets pulled off.


Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

Once again, the eyes of Americans are drawn to our southern border as hundreds of people are heading there to try to enter our country. These potential immigrants are currently moving from Central America through Mexico, fleeing their homelands and requesting asylum.

At least, that’s what we’ve been told. The truth, as they say, it much more complicated.

Since both the Left and the Right have mischaracterized the migrant caravan, I can’t let either side slide on this. So, consider this a Bipartisan Lexicon Word of the Week.

migrant caravan

What the Left thinks it means – poor souls who deserve to be let into our country to start better lives

What the Right things it means – poor people who are trying to invade America and take jobs from us

What it really means – poor souls being used as political pawns or trying to use our immigration system to their benefit

Let’s deal with a few facts here. First, the people currently traveling through Mexico are trying to escape conditions that make “Mad Max: Thunder Road” look like “Heidi.” This is not a healthy environment for cockroaches, let alone human beings. Let me put it this way. If moving to Mexico is an upgrade, your home country sucks. End of story.

Second, Mexico has extended asylum to the caravan, and the members have refused it. On top of that, some have been complaining about the charity they’ve gotten from the Mexican people, saying it wasn’t new or good enough for them. It’s gotten to the point even Mexicans are tired of the migrant caravan. One poll I read showed they had a 49% disapproval rating among Mexicans polled. If it goes any hire, Donald Trump might let them in so he can look good by comparison.

Third, not every person in the caravan wants asylum in the traditional sense. The normal process for asylum or amnesty is through official channels, such as an embassy, consulate, or at the border itself, and it must be crystal clear at the time those seeking it arrive at the aforementioned locations. If you rush the border, get knocked back, and then ask for asylum, that’s not the way to do it. However, that’s the way at least some members of the caravan (and their Leftist supporters) want it to happen, and it makes a mockery of the existing process in place that millions of legal immigrants have used to come here. If getting asylum is as easy as throwing rocks at Border Patrol agents, you’re pretty much negating the need for borders. Which, by the way, is an idea in Leftist circles that has gained traction thanks to influence (and tons of money) from your pal and mine, Uncle George Soros.

Fourth, the media aren’t telling us the truth. Yeah, like that’s a shocker! The photos we see are often of women and children crying or otherwise being subjected to what we’re told is horrible conditions under the direction of that mean ole evil super-racist Donald Trump. I mean, he ordered the Border Patrol to shoot tear gas at those poor innocent migrants! That’s practically chemical warfare! And it’s exactly what the previous President, Barack Obama, did at least once a week on average since 2013. Furthermore, the majority of the people in the caravan aren’t women and children. They are…adult men. Hmmm…I seem to remember another group the media told us were totally peaceful women and children and turned out to be mostly men prone to violence. I wish I could remember who they were. Oh well, I’m sure they haven’t caused any trouble since migrating to various countries…

When it comes down to it, neither the Left nor the Right have taken the right approach to the migrant caravan. They aren’t all innocent, as evidenced by members of the caravan throwing rocks at Border Patrol agents, but they’re not all invaders. From what I’ve seen, unless the caravan has heavy artillery coming behind them, they aren’t in a position to invade an open bar, let alone America. We need to take the time to separate the good from the bad and make sure those who are legitimately seeking asylum here are given a chance to get it.

Here is my step-by-step guide to making that happen.

1) If they want asylum, they have to say it from the get-go. No ambiguity, no throw rocks, get knocked back by tear gas, and then say you want asylum. Call it the Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace approach.

2) For those who get past step 1, make sure to have all necessary personnel and logistics in place to process their requests quickly, yet thoroughly. If the asylum seeker’s story checks out, get them in here and under the care of those who will handle the next steps. If the story doesn’t check out, politely decline their request, give them a care package of some sort with food, water, and other supplies, and send them back. And no double-dipping!

3) Respond in kind where appropriate. Yes, I know rocks can be deadly, but for the most part they are non-lethal weapons. Tear gas is a bit much. Try something closer to bean bags or rubber bullets, stuff that won’t cause permanent damage but will be a reminder to behave around the Border Patrol.

4) Stand firm. Leftists are going to make hay out of this issue no matter what happens, so there is a temptation to give in a little bit to keep the heat off. The problem is if you give a Leftist an inch, they will take a light year and complain about it being too short. As long as the position taken can be defended from a policy, logical, and ethical standpoint, stick with it. And, if you want to throw in an extra twist, ask the Leftists to come up with a better plan. They’ll scatter faster than high schoolers at a keg raid.

These are simple short term steps that will hopefully become long term solutions, but they are needed more than ever. The migrant caravan now may turn into a wave of immigrants later, which is exactly what the Left wants because it satisfies two of their main goals: overwhelming the current system to the point it collapses, and a constant stream of voters for Leftist policies. The best way to curtail that is to figure out how to address the problem and stick with it. But until we come up with a solution, let’s not pretend the caravan is squeaky clean or black-hearted until we get more facts. A great man once said, “Trust, but verify.”

And that man…was my Uncle Steve. And now you know the rest of the story. Good day!

Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” – “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus

“Especially if we can get them to vote Democrat.” – the DNC corollary

Just like a Tyler Perry movie, it seems impossible to get away from the topic of illegal immigration. (Editor’s Note: As Tom was writing this, three more Tyler Perry movies have been shot and will be released in the next 9 hours.) However, a new twist to the discussion came out recently, thanks to Leftists. In an attempt to remove the stigma of people illegally coming into America, Leftists have claimed these people were seeking asylum, which makes the alleged separation of children from parents even worse Naziesque. (Editor’s Note: As Tom was writing this, Leftists make 9,348,178,399,298,804,367,316 Trump/Hitler comparisons.)

Maybe it’s time we educate ourselves (and hopefully Leftists) on what asylum actually means.

asylum

What the Left thinks it means – extending America’s protection to the less fortunate, regardless of circumstances

What it really means – extending America’s protection to the less fortunate with certain conditions

Contrary to popular Leftist belief, asylum is a bit more complicated than just showing up with a suitcase and an expectation to be let in. There are forms that have to be completed (because…government) and a process to be followed (also, because…government). Although this tends to go against my inclination to want a smaller government, this is one area I can understand. Abuse of the asylum option means any Juan, Ricardo, and Jorge can claim it even if the real reason they’re fleeing their home country is because they have overdue library books. Then again, being married to a librarian, that might be a federal offense.

And it’s abuse of the asylum option the Left is advocating right now. By turning every illegal immigrant as an asylum seeker, it waters down the spirit of why we have it in the first place. When someone seeks asylum, it’s because he or she are seeking protection from his or her home country. In other words, we are sticking our necks out for these people and allowing them to come here and be protected. That’s one of the reasons we take the steps we do. If we take in a mass murderer because he or she requests asylum, it makes a mockery of asylum and makes us look worse than David Duke on…well, any day.

As bad as the photos from the detention centers are (which seem to be at least faked more than a Stormy Daniels…”performance”), imagine the damage that could be done to us by making asylum as easy to get as the aforementioned Ms. Daniels. Yet, that’s what Leftists want to do because it suits their needs, politically and financially. And when you add money and power to a situation, the Left will do everything in its power to guarantee a result in their favor.

Case in point, the efforts to malign President Donald Trump for what amounts to inheriting a problem previous Administrations left for him. Trump hasn’t been flawless in his approach, but he has made more strides in two weeks than the Presidents from Reagan to Obama did in years. You can argue about the specifics (and believe me I have), but at least we are moving forward instead of just moving a can down the road.

Asylum should be granted to those who can show they have a legitimate concern with retaliation from their home countries, but those who request it have to do it the right way. It shouldn’t be granted to anyone who wants it. Much like citizenship for those who emigrate here, it has to be earned. Leftists want it to be given like water at a marathon.

But I’m willing to meet the Left halfway on this. They can get their expanded asylum on one condition: they have to take responsibility for those granted asylum on everything from providing basics to ensuring they get American citizenship to guaranteeing their new charges don’t break the law.

So, what do you say, Leftists? Do it…for the children.

Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

Since he announced his candidacy, President Donald Trump has made illegal immigration a cornerstone of his rhetoric. Whether it’s his promise to build a wall between the US and Mexico or calling MS13 animals, Trump has been consistent and vocal about this issue.

So, naturally, the Left wants him to shut up about it, or if they can’t shut him up, they will try to make him look like a racist. Just like a port-a-potty teetering on top of a hill, the crap rolls downhill and affects ICE, or Immigration and Customers Enforcement for those of you playing along at home. The Left has called ICE “Trump’s Gestapo” because so much of what it does involves illegal immigration.

But are they as bad as the Left makes them out to be? Glad you asked!

ICE

What the Left thinks it means – a group of unaccountable racists who seek to destroy families of people coming to America to start a new life

What it really means – a law enforcement agency that does more good than harm

One of the things to remember about Leftists is they are experts at hiding their true intentions. (That, and they suck at staying on a budget.) When Leftists try to paint ICE as “Trump’s Gestapo”, it serves four purposes. One, it reinforces their idea Trump is acting just like Adolf Hitler did. Two, it creates a negative image of ICE, which creates fear and distrust of law enforcement in general. Third, it creates a need for Leftists to swoop in and be white knights for the poor oppressed people (that they helped to be poor and oppressed in the first place). Finally, it gives Leftists a steady stream of potential voters who will vote for anyone who will protect them. And, yes, there are illegal immigrants who vote, thanks in part to Leftist initiatives like California’s “Motor Voter” law which makes it possible for people to register to vote when they get drivers licenses. Because when you want to rig elections, you want to make it as convenient as possible, amirite?

Leftists may say they love law enforcement officers, but don’t let them fool you. They hate law enforcement at every level, and ICE is no exception. By doing their jobs, ICE disrupts the Left’s ultimate goal of turning illegal immigrants into a reliable voting bloc. Why, it’s almost as though ICE…wants our immigration laws enforced. Those bastards!

But are they really as bad as the Left makes them out to be? You might be surprised, but the answer is no, and this is coming from a guy who isn’t that keen on the Department of Homeland Security in the first place. ICE performs an important function for this country: trying to keep our immigration laws from becoming as meaningless as the current wall between the US and Mexico. That requires the grit of a soldier with the heart of a saint because every situation ICE gets involved in can go sideways in so many ways and affects entire families. Do I think ICE agents enjoy arresting mothers and fathers for being here illegally? Absolutely not. One would have to be a heartless, soulless monster to derive joy at that kind of pain. But they do have a hard, thankless job, no thanks to Leftists trying to paint them as the aforementioned monsters.

Here’s where things get a bit more complicated for the Left. ICE is actively seeking out and arresting people involved in human trafficking…a cause some Leftists have taken up. And when you consider many of the victims of human trafficking are women, it puts the Left’s hatred of ICE and their effectiveness as women’s advocates into perspective. While self-styled feminists march wearing knitted vagina, ICE is helping vulnerable women out of a horrible situation.

And that’s not all. ICE helps with other functions of law enforcement, including fighting illegal drug smuggling, international gangs, and cybercrime, just to name three. The more you look into ICE, the more you realize these men and women are doing their bests to keep the threads of society together as best they can.

As with all law enforcement agencies, there will be bad actors, but more often than not the good cops outnumber the bad ones, and I have no reason to believe ICE is any different. And I have no reason to believe the Left’s poisonous rhetoric. ICE isn’t the Gestapo for President Trump or anyone else. On a related note, I don’t seem to remember the Left getting their collectivist panties in a bunch when ICE did their jobs under President Obama. Coincidence? I think not! I guess when the “Gestapo” is working for a President you like, it’s perfectly fine to Leftists.

As with the Left’s recent love affair with the FBI (which is about as believable as Bill Cosby offering a woman a pudding pop), the Left’s hatred of ICE is politically motivated. When politics get injected into law enforcement, the results aren’t usually pretty and may actually hurt the latter in the short and long run.

That’s what makes the “ICE is Trump’s Gestapo” rhetoric so dangerous. The Left doesn’t care whether the world goes to Hell faster than Keith Olbermann can get fired from a job as long as their political needs are met. What they don’t realize is the type of criminals ICE is trying to catch don’t care about Leftists as long as their personal needs are met. And, given what we’ve seen from MS13 in recent years, Leftists had better be hitting their knees and praying to whatever deity they believe in that ICE is doing their jobs in spite of Leftists’ best efforts to destroy them.

What’s In a Name?

Now that President Donald Trump has started cracking down on illegal immigration and sanctuary cities, the Left has been working tirelessly to address the problem. And they’ve come up with a great idea.

Rename sanctuary cities to welcoming cities.

And for their next trick, they will cure cancer by renaming it Dick Cheney.

Seriously, though, this is another attempt by the Left to change the language to soften the image of a particular problem, illegal immigration in this case. Illegal immigrant activists have noted the term “sanctuary city” has taken on a negative connotation, which they promptly blame on racism. So, in order to battle the racism of not allowing people who break immigration laws to live without fear, they want to change the name to something more friendly, so the people who break immigration laws can live without fear. And there will be rainbows and lollypops and unicorns farting Skittles!

Meanwhile in the real world, we still have an illegal immigration problem, and putting a new coat of paint on the problem doesn’t solve it.

To me, illegal immigration is a three-tiered problem. The first tier is the illegal immigrants themselves. There are any number of reasons people cross the border into America (freedom, money, premium cable channels), but hopping the border isn’t the way to go about it. There is a process. You may not agree with it, and it may not always be the most convenient, but it’s necessary, if not for us, then for the people who went through the proper channels to get here. There’s a reason there are so many legal immigrants who oppose illegal immigration, and I doubt you want to call them racist for taking the stance they do.

The second tier is a bit more troublesome. We have business owners and companies willing to hire illegal immigrants to do jobs some Americans won’t do (at least for the pay these companies are offering). The prospect of cheap labor means more profits, and that gives business owners and businesses an incentive to bend the law more than Plastic Man on a coke bender. In order to tackle the issue, this incentive must be removed. That can only be done with the help of the third tier, the government.

Before we dive into this part of the equation, I must reiterate I am both a free market and a small government fan, but I am also a believer in the notion capitalism needs a moral core to avoid the pitfalls of the dark side of a free market economy. When business owners can’t or won’t follow the law, government has a role.

When it comes to illegal immigration, however, the government has been slower to react than a sloth on a triple shot of NyQuil. In fact, the previous Administration took a hostile stance against states who dared to follow immigration laws as written. The nerve of some people! With Trump in charge, I see this hostility going away and a new philosophy of trying to secure our borders taking hold. Of course, any action in this direction is going to draw criticism from the Left and from activists.

And I’ll give you three guesses as to which type of activists. If you said “the same bozos wanting to change the name of sanctuary cities to welcoming cities,” you win. If you didn’t, you might need some help.

Illegal immigration is a problem with a lot of moving parts, but painting everyone who opposes it racist or trying to change the name of sanctuary cities isn’t going to work. It may be time to give these activists a visual aid to help them understand.

Move in with them, totally unannounced, and expect them to feed, clothe, and house you. Of course, these folks might call the police and say you’re trespassing, but you can say you were seeking a welcoming home.

Maybe they’ll get the point then, but I’m not holding my breath waiting for confirmation.

Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

In case you missed it, this past Friday was the annual Day Without Immigrants. To supporters of all kinds of immigration, legal or otherwise, it’s a day to remind us how much of the work done everyday is done by immigrants. To the rest of us, it’s usually just another day where little to nothing is different.

Well, this year was different. After some of the people who participated in the Day Without Immigrants failed to show up for work after being warned to be at work, these people found themselves in possession of a fresh new pink slip (and I’m not talking about one from Victoria’s Secret, either). At least they’ll have time to participate in the Days Without a Job marches.

As you might expect, the Left has a vastly different viewpoint on immigration than you or me. Let’s just say that’s not without ideological foundation.

immigration

What the Left believes it means – allowing people from other countries to enter the United States regardless of the way they get here

What it really means – allowing people from other countries to enter the United States as long as it’s done legally

There is a vast difference between the two definitions, and it revolved around legality. Believe it or not, we do have laws concerning immigration into our country. The problem is these laws aren’t enforced as strictly as they could be, mainly due to pressure from the Left. To them, there are no such things as illegal immigrants, just immigrants who come to this country yearning to be free.

Or, in some cases, yearning to live pretty much for free off the largesse of the taxpayers.

That’s where the Left and the rest of us part company. We want anyone who comes into the country to be committed to following the laws on the books. The Left wants anyone who comes into the country to be able to flaunt the law when it suits them and to use the law (and our sympathy) when it suits them.

Take public schools, for example. Illegal immigrants can send their children to school in America to get an education. On the surface, it’s not that big of a deal. When you consider this is being done at the expense of taxpayers, some of whom may have their own children going to those same schools that they would rather have money spent on, the deal becomes a little bigger. And here’s the kicker. These illegal immigrant children are often incapable of speaking English when they enter school. What do the schools do? They hire Spanish-speaking teachers to accommodate the illegal immigrants’ children so they can keep up with their classmates. And guess who gets to pay for that additional manpower.

Spoiler alert: it’s the taxpayers.

It’s not just the public school system where illegal immigrants can get a leg up on the taxpayers. Welfare, federal and state income taxes, and voting are just three areas that come to mind. But the last one, voting, is particularly troublesome except to the Left because they have it all planned out. Say you’re an illegal immigrant trying to stay in the shadows while keeping the benefits the government gives you. When you consider Republicans have no interest letting you flaunt the law, that leaves you with the Democrats, who will not only protect your government goodies, but will let you continue to break the law. All you have to do is vote Democrat.

And people wonder how Nancy Pelosi keeps getting elected.

It’s a persuasive argument combining selfishness, fear, and just a little dishonesty. But it ignores a pretty large contingent of the American population: legal immigrants. You know, the people who want to come here and follow the rules as written? Yeah, they’re not too keen on letting people jump the line in front of them, especially when you consider the hoops legal immigrants have to jump through to get here. The Left doesn’t seem to care too much about these folks, nor what talents they bring to the table. Believe it or not, there are immigration laws on the books that make it more difficult for some people, namely from European countries, to come here. Even if they do manage to win the immigration lottery, these folks have to take tests, swear loyalty to the United States, and go to classes to learn our history and system of laws so they can be productive Americans.

Gee, I wonder why legal immigrants might have a problem with illegal immigrants…

When confronted with their position on illegal immigration, the Left falls back on the notion diversity makes our country stronger. (Except if that diversity doesn’t coincide with their ideology, of course.) To be fair, they have a valid point. Diversity does make our country stronger, but there still needs to be a common thread. Whether you come from Pakistan, Poland, or Puerto Vallarta, you should be free to come to America to experience the freedoms we offer. We welcome your contributions to our melting pot. The only thing we ask is that you follow the rules.

Think of it this way. Let’s say you have a nice house and you’re renting a room. One person goes about the process the right way and fills out an application and submits to a background check. Another person walks in, plops his or her stuff down, and starts eating all your pimento loaf. Granted, you may not like pimento loaf and may be fine with the stranger barging in, but if he or she doesn’t contribute anything to the household income (like, say, rent), you’re going to want that person gone as soon as possible.

Right now, America has a room to rent, and we just want to know who is moving in so we can set the right expectations. Even if we hate pimento loaf, is that too much to ask?