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