There are thousands of people crossing the southern border into the United States. Surprisingly, I don’t join in with those haters that want to crucify these people upon a cross of prejudice. Yes, I said that know that I would be view as an Obama loving liberal, which I am not. He is the worst leader in the history of the world.
Yet, I do classify myself in two other categories; Humanitarian and Constitutionalist.
As a humanitarian I believe every person has a right to attempt to better their circumstances. I also believe that each of us has a responsibility to assist each other in that quest, to the extent that we are able. That should be an individual choice with compulsion or judgement.
People seeking to come here to America, for the most part, are people who view greater opportunities here than where they come from. Yes, on the furry edge there are those that want to sneak in to the USA solely to be disruptive. maybe even create mayhem. I choose to believe they are few. We should individually and collectively be guard for them. Yet, there is no need for us all to be consumed with their intents.
I am reminded of a poem I heard some years ago, one phrase says
“He drew a circle that shut me out-
Heretic , rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle and took him In !”
We talk of building wall and fences to shut people out. We should at least talk also of bridges that welcome them in.
Am I so humanitarian that I would advocate open borders? OF COURSE I AM NOT! That has been, is now, and would be disastrous. Only a fool would accuse me of such a premise.
Humanitarian does not mean carte blanche giving gifts and opening doors. Humanitarian means first and foremost providing opportunity. Those opportunities are no better nor any worse for one over another. But, again, that is a choice and should not be a mandate.
Now, I move on to Constitutionalist. This nation is a constitution of fifty states, not 49 nor 51. Each state, despite illogical opposition, is a sovereign unto itself. Each subscribes to a national government. That government was never intended to rule over the states, but rather to provide equal protection to the whole of them. That is what did and should again “constitute” this nation.
I have emphasized that this is 50 states. I have emphasized that we ought not to be seeking to build fences, despite the wisdom of Robert Frost. In that light, and quite different from Jonathan Swift’s ideas, I too have a modest proposal.
The United States provides millions, yea, Billions of dollars annually to buy friends from around the world. (Oh, that international affairs could be more like Facebook where the click of a key, without cost, can make you a “friend.”) In fact one foreign president suggested a donation of a couple more billion to him could solve a problem for us.
Rather than building walls and fences, rather than trucking bullets to the border, perhaps we could simply tell foreign nations to our south an alarming thought. “The people coming here are fleeing from you there. That implies you have an unsolved problem. We have not created it, nor should we fund it. You solve your problem, so that it does not create for us a problem…or all the money stops flowing toward you!”
In my naiveté I believe that shortly our borders would be “flowing with milk and honey” rather than immigrants.
Is that simplistic. Oh, sure it is. But the complex and convoluted ideas coming from the national elected elitist certainly are not working.
That Is The Way I See It.