Letter: Chris Manthos, Leesburg

Editor:  Randy Ihara’s recent blanket condemnation of enforcing federal law on our borders is predictable. Mr. Ihara rarely fails to be interesting.

Strangely, Ihara pretends to not know that when you are arrested and incarcerated anywhere in America, your children do not go to jail with you.  That’s as true in Loudoun County as it is in NYC, Los Angeles, Seattle, Burlington, Miami, Kansas City and even Jackson, Wyoming.  When an adult breaks the law, your kids don’t get the top bunk in your cell. It’s no different at the border.

Every year in America, tens of thousands of children are placed in foster care or with relatives because their parents made drastically poor decisions. That’s reality. I find the sudden outrage of the left concerning these policies as genuine as their lack of concern about these exact same polices practiced during the prior democrat administration. Its hypocrisy defined.

Yet, I couldn’t agree more with Ihara’s account of a horrendous chapter of our history with the Japanese internment camps. Just 76 years after our bloody Civil War, it’s staggering to believe it could have happened. We knew better, but it happened anyway. Ihara is correct that these generational American citizens were guilty of no more than sharing ancestry with the Empire of Japan. Just as Democrat politicians today wholeheartedly support stripping Americans of their due process, Democrat President Roosevelt ruthlessly denied these American citizens their due process protections. The mob of migrants rushing our border receive due process. The differences couldn’t be clearer.

Ihara’s disappointing attempt to equate the Japanese interment with the issues on our border is as regrettable as his reliance on self-styled evangelical historian David Barton.  More baffling, Ihara claims Americans elected three KKK members as presidents between 1916 and 1924. In reality, only two presidents were elected in this time frame: The racist eugenicist democrat Woodrow Wilson served from 1912 to 1921, followed by Republican Warren Harding in 1921 who died in office in 1923. Wilson’s views were as well-known then as they are now. Harding—anything is possible, as it was the high tide of the largely democrat Klan in the early ’20s.

While Ihara brashly accuses America of being some secret klan, nazi, racist cabal, he asks an open question: Who are we as Americans?

America is the most generous nation that has ever existed in history, spending tens of billions of dollars a year on foreign aid, not counting private aid or remittances sent home by foreign nationals. As President Obama correctly stated in 2016, we are living in the most peaceful era in history, due mostly to America and our willingness to spend enormous treasure and the lives of our sons and daughters to defend freedom, economic progress, enlightenment, and keep the world’s scumbags at bay.

Using DHS numbers from 2017, America gave 1.13 million people lawful permanent resident status. We admitted 54,000 legal refugees and 703,000 people became brand new U.S. citizens. No other country on the planet takes in more people and better cares for them than America. In America, you can be anything, say anything, pray to anything and with effort, obtain whatever you want. Perhaps that’s why, self-loathing Americans aside, America is the go to destination on our little rock.

It’s standard practice for folks like Mr. Ihara to blame America for every perceived problem in the world. Not surprisingly, not a single one of the people who condemn their fellow Americans with ‘moral guilt, global condemnation, evilness,” and my favorite ’crimes against humanity’ ever seem to leave America. If America is so evil, why would anyone want to stay in their comfortable South Riding home? Why not move to a hip “progressive” country such as Venezuela or Cuba? Both have great national weight-loss programs and free health care (just bring your own meds and bed linens). They’re so environmentally conscious that private cars are a rarity and they collapsed their energy sectors. All of that excessive consumerism is null and void because there’s nothing on the shelves, and they’re saving the forest by giving up toilet paper. It’s leftist heaven.

We are not responsible for the poor choices of foreigners trying to sneak over our borders. Reasonable people prefer those wanting to enter America to come to the front door and introduce themselves – not break in through our basement window.  America has plenty to do taking care of our own in poverty and despair. Don’t poor Americans deserve better than having the democrat party recklessly ignore them in favor of coddling foreigners who violate our laws and generosity?

Chris Manthos, Leesburg

9 thoughts on “Letter: Chris Manthos, Leesburg

  • 2018-07-06 at 5:17 am
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    I’ll remind myself not to get on the bad side of Chris. Destroys Ihara with reason and Randy’s defense is to be unreasonable!

  • 2018-07-06 at 10:05 am
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    I’d like to get a beer with Mr. Manthos. I have nothing to add!

  • 2018-07-07 at 12:06 pm
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    Mr Manthos is also predictable as he claims Randy Ihara is, and I also enjoy his way with words. I really do appreciate what he said about our country being very generous and until recently open to Refugees. I also feel that the real need is for a COMPREHENSIVE Immigration plan such as the one that Republican Senator Mc Cain tried to get passed. But in the meantime we should follow the law which requires due process (and not a blanket “ship ’em back”) and we should not be separating children from their families without a plan for re-uniting them. Some argue that the young people who come in with adults may not be their children at all. According to a report from Homeland Security , in 2017 less than one percent of all those who were allowed into the country turned out to not to be the offspring of the adults they were with. Now our current POTUS has demonized anyone from Central America along with Muslims and Mexicans while denigrating the work of Angela Merkel, our Ally in Germany who took in REFUGEES and labeling our Canadian neighbor to the North as a threat to our National Defense. So I happen to agree with my friend Randy Ihara when he wrote “The response by the president to the eruption of outrage (at his Zero Tolerance policy) is consistent with his usual infantile denial of responsibility for the cruelty inflicted on children as young as 14 months. The U.S. attorney general, who announced the “zero tolerance” policy more than six weeks ago, laid the blame on the parents who are fleeing. According to him, if the parents are going to flee for their lives, they could avoid the loss of the children by leaving them behind. It is a shocking display by the nation’s chief lawyer of a level of morally bankrupt reasoning that leaves one in awe of the depth of its sheer venality. Even his church elders have now condemned him, in effect, for moral turpitude.”

    Of course we need to be able to control our borders and I do not support dis-solving I.C.E., but we also need to be supportive of Refugees (people who are fleeing their country because they fear for their lives(gangs, abusive homes). As I noted earlier, we also need a COMPREHENSIVE Immigration policy. Since our AG brought up the bible to support his actions in support of Zero Tolerance , I feel compelled to quote the bible (Beatitudes) now ” Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy”.

    • 2018-07-13 at 9:27 pm
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      Germany has opened its borders and if I am not mistaken they are having problems with assimilation and safety for their citizens. Aren’t they starting to decrease the amount of refugees entering the country? We are a compassionate country. A strong country stands and survives when their borders and laws are respected. There are different ways to help others. As citizens and groups we can and should help others. The government is not the ‘savior’. We should be mindful of the roles we are called to and not rely on the government for the best solution.

  • 2018-07-09 at 12:57 pm
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    So many straw men, so little time.

    Mathos’s musings are a perfect example of how well constructed sentences of dubious cherry picked statistics mixed with a dose of dog whistles for the racists pass as intelligent discourse for the David Dickersons of the world.

    Move to Cuba or Venezuela? GFY dude.

    …and it the Democratic party Holmes. But you knew that.

  • 2018-07-09 at 2:39 pm
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    Convince us how wrong you believe me to be AFF, rather than retreat to the wore out yelps of racism when the facts don’t go your way. Come ‘on – you’re better than just flipping the bird to neighbors who disagree with you, aren’t you?

    At least you’re wise enough to recognize the absolute human disasters resulting from left-wing/communist/socialist run countries AFF: People starving, critical thinking oppressed by group think at gunpoint, and always, always, people dying unnecessarily due to policies instituted by control freaks who enrich themselves at the expense of the masses. To Wit: Castro, according to Forbes was worth about $900 million when he checked out. Hugo Chavez; a billion plus… not a bad take for just about ten years in control. Putin — Billions. And poor ole’ Danny Ortega of Nicaragua… just 50 million. Little wonder he’s been shooting his people in the streets recently. He has to catch up with the big boys.

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