Letter: Skip Cranshaw, Aldie

Editor: While bemused by Mr. Ihara’s letter to the editor, I am sad that people of his ilk can so casually ignore the facts laid out before them.

Much to Mr. Ihara’s distress, I’m sure, we are in total agreement with Attorney General Sessions’ assessment of the Mexican border situation.  It is the parents and relatives of these children who are hazarding them —not President Trump, not Vice President Pence, not AG Sessions, not the GOP, not conservatives and not the federal government of the United States of America.  These people were not invited to come here, although they may have been lured here by liberal propaganda.  It is a poor decision to commit a crime; it is an inexcusably poor decision to bring your children along as participants in the commission of the crime. Entering this country illegally is just that – a crime.  President Trump is being condemned by the Left for enforcing the law. What a shocking surprise that is, eh?  An American citizen who is caught doing this would be charged with child endangerment, convicted and imprisoned. These non-citizens, however, are being rewarded for their crime by having a safe place to sleep and three squares a day. Yeah, that’s inhumane, alright.

We are quite sick of hearing about how the Japanese nationals, the Issei and the Nisei were treated during the Second World War. It was Japan that brought this country into that war, and it was Japan that invaded Manchuria in 1931—10 years before Pearl Harbor—and it was Japan that redoubled its war aims in 1937 when it invaded Central and Southern China, triggering the Second Sino-Japanese War.  If Mr. Ihara wants to recite examples of brutality, cruelty and inhumanity towards children, let’s take a closer look at what his ancestors were doing in the 1930s and early 1940s. Imprisoning Japanese nationals and citizens of Japanese descent in 1942 was a prudent thing to do, based on Japan’s activities in Asia over the previous 11 years and the treachery of Pearl Harbor. What’s going on at the Mexican border is nothing in comparison. Facts are damned inconvenient, aren’t they?

Skip Cranshaw, Aldie

2 thoughts on “Letter: Skip Cranshaw, Aldie

  • 2018-06-29 at 4:52 pm
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    A stellar example of the moral bankruptcy I found so disturbing. What I find so remarkable is your willingness to flaunt–with no sense of shame–the depth of your sheer ignorance for all to see. You express your sickness hearing about “how the Japanese nationals, the Issei and the Nisei were treated during the Second World War.” You seem totally unaware that more than 60%, like my family, were American citizens. If you find nothing wrong with our government stripping citizens of their Constitutional rights, imprisoning men, women, and children, you’re not only morally obtuse, but dangerously ignorant of the Constitution of the United States, and the meaning and responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy.

    Initially, I was offended by your response. Now I can only muster pity for someone so clearly bereft of empathy and charity that I imagine your life must be depressingly barren, lonely, and miserable.

  • 2018-07-02 at 10:23 pm
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    While I wholeheartedly disagree with what the federal government did to the Japanese, why must some continue to compare that situation with what is happening today? It’s apples and oranges. Innocent people of Japanese decent were herded up and detained.

    But people caught illegally crossing the border between points of entry aren’t exactly innocent. Yes, they are innocent until proven guilty, that is true regardless of the accused crime. It’s rather difficult to defend ones actions in this case. Those caught are arrested and if they have children with them the children are given to HHS, this is no different than how the law is applied to everyone in the US.

    We learned from our past mistakes and current laws reflect that. Children cannot be detained with their parents or longer than 20 days. It’s quite sad to see families separated but it happens every single day to both documented and undocumented families.
    What I never hear is what people think should be done, Instead people just use the opportunity to selfishly grandstand. If this was truly about the children and families they would put them first and bring forth ideas that create a healthy dialogue and debate instead of riding in on their high horse. Otherwise this holier than thou approach is not only tiring and not achieving anything meaningful, people are going to start thinking many want open borders, but for whatever reason can’t bring themselves to admit it because they know the majority of people are against the idea.
    I honestly don’t know what the answers to the border issues are but I do know all the finger pointing and ugliness from both sides of this issue isn’t helping to find any.

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