“That’s all I can stands, cuz I can’t stands no more!”
—Popeye, before downing a can of spinach and beating the crap out of someone who richly deserves it.
Readers often accuse me of being angry. I’m almost never angry about the stories I write; I just write that way. In this case, however, I am angry.
Paul Krugman, a nasty, smug, narrow-minded New York Times pundit who epitomizes the infuriatingly common progressive mindset of condescending to anyone who disagrees with his various, so often biased and ignorant positions on a plethora of issues he knows little about and understands less, used today’s op-ed column to call me a racist. Not just me, of course: all the various constitutional scholars and lawyers, elected officials—and Hillary Clinton, once upon a time—who don’t believe that the United States should be obligated to allow illegal aliens to stay in the United States however they got here, or who don’t believe Presidents should use edicts instead of the legal process described by the Constitution to pass laws, or who don’t believe it is responsible or sensible to create incentives for individuals to break our laws so their children will benefit. For they are all racists according to Krugman. And of course,the President is a racist. Krugman writes,
To yank the rug out from under the Dreamers … is a cruel betrayal. And it’s self-evidently driven by racial hostility. Does anyone believe this would be happening if the typical Dreamer had been born in, say, Norway rather than Mexico?
“Rug”: what rug? There was never a rug, just an incompetent President who wrongly sent the false message that the United States wouldn’t enforce its sovereignty. What the “dreamers” had was a contrived loophole, and loopholes have a way of closing.
“Cruel” : enforcing a law isn’t cruel unless the law itself is cruel. A nation cannot permit illegal immigration, nor can it tolerate illegal border-crossers inflicting sentiment-inducing problems for the nation in which they have no justification for invading. Thus the law isn’t cruel.
“Betrayal” implies that someone has breached a duty on which another had a reason to rely. The United States has a duty to its citizens to enforce its laws. It owes no duty to law breakers, in this case illegal immigrants whatsoever. If they relied on misrepresentations by cynical and self-serving politicians and activists, it is their own responsibility.
“Self-evidently driven by racial hostility.” When the progressive collective—you know, like Star Trek’s Borg—have no fair, substantive arguments left, crying racism (sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia…) is so routinely the default tactic that I’m amazed they can keep doing it without covering all their mirrors with towels. This is how low they have sunk: “If you don’t see it our way, you are an evil bigot.” That’s it. That’s all they have, when they run out of rhetorical bullets.
If Norwegians were sneaking into the country, using our resources, hanging around in parking lots waiting to be hired to clean attics, mow lawns and pick fruit, while ducking law enforcement, voting illegally, forging documents, and some of them now and then raping and killing Americans after being depoter multiple times, yes, Paul, you race-baiting demagogue, this would still be happening.
Krugman’s fallback argument is that the “dreamers” are good for the economy. At least he’s somewhere near his area of expertise here, after all, he did get a Nobel Prize in Economics. This is still, even if you accept it, an “the ends justify the means” argument, and it’s not nearly good enough. Yes, I know the growing ethic on the Left is that trashing the Constitution is just fine if it serves The Greater Good, hence we should muzzle articulate critics of the Nanny State and Mega-government, imprison those who doubt Al Gore’s climate change jeremiads, and impeach President Trump because he dared to win and is a pig, kind of like Bill Clinton but not nearly so charming and puckish about it, and, of course, not a Democrat. If illegal alien children are so wonderful for us all, then let’s give bonuses to their illegal parents who smuggle them in. Let’s pass laws that encourage even more “dreamers.”
See, Paul, if a current law doesn’t work, you change the law, like with a bill that passed both Houses and that a President signs. That’s what you do if these ex-kids are such a boon. I know you didn’t get a Nobel in law or the Constitution, so it’s understandable that you’re confused (though not understandable why a major newspaper allows you to write such lazy, insulting, ignorant columns.) If you can’t get enough votes to pass your new law, well, until you get the benign dictator you progressives crave, or start winning elections, you just have to accept the way democracy works.
I know: saying this makes me a racist, because that’s about the only rebuttal you have lately
By the way, the tactic of calling anyone who doesn’t bow down to The World According To Krugman, Blow, Colbert, Warren, Schumer, Pelosi and Perez a racist (sexist, xeno..well, you know them by heart) is one of the reasons you have Trump as President. If you don’t learn to stop demonizing those who disagree with you and make persuasive policy arguments based on facts, law, logic and ethics rather than emotional blackmail and empty knee-jerk cant, you’ll get him again in four years.
I’ll be tempted to vote for him next time just to keep people like you as far from a position of influence as possible.