President Trump challenged the Left on his address to the nation Tuesday evening, January 8, 2019. The actual words were addressed to the American people and Democrats in Congress, but the challenge is directed to the Left.
Trump’s challenge is twofold. A challenge to recognize the danger and respond to the crisis at the border.
How was this spoken to the Left? The Democratic party is now completely subservient to the Leftist agenda swept in by the 2018 mid-term elections.
Recognize the Danger of Illegal Entry
The southern border of the United States has been a conduit for dangerous activity for many decades. This danger comes in various forms from the threat of terrorists crossing to human trafficking to the deadly drugs heroin and fentanyl.
The President highlighted these dangers in his speech including the stories of people such as California Patrol Officer Ronil Singh. He was shot and killed by an illegal alien, Gustavo Perez Arriaga.
A tragic irony of this case was that Singh was a legal immigrant who had recently become a citizen. The Stanislaus County Sheriff noted that he believed strongly this could have been prevented.
As for whether Singh’s death was preventable, Christianson noted that had law enforcement previously been able to report the suspect to Immigration and Customs Enforcement because of his criminal record, the loss of life might never have occurred. …under SB54 in California, based on two arrests for DUI and some other active warrants that this criminal has out there, law enforcement would’ve been prevented, prohibited from sharing any information with ICE about this criminal gang member. Ladies and gentlemen, this is not how you protect a community.”
Sheriff Christianson is right. President Trump took to the airwaves to inform the public about the need for border security that includes a physical barrier.
Moreover, he sought to open the hearts and minds of his opponents in Congress. He noted the hypocrisy of the Democratic leadership who had voted to fund a wall in the recent past but now opposed it simply because it was this president proposing it.
He pled with them to do the right thing, to respond with the best interest and safety of the American people first, as it should be. They should not only recognize the danger but work to respond to this crisis in defense of this nation they are sworn to protect.
Respond to the Immigration Crisis
President Trump’s response has been clear from day one. He wants a real physical barrier at the border as well as more border agents and any technological means available to solve the crisis at the southern border.
As he showed in his statement, the president is willing to treat the situation as a true crisis that threatens national security. So much so that the government “shutdown” will continue until this threat is handled adequately.
The president called on the Congressional Democrats to join him is addressing the border crisis. The sad truth is that the Democrats are not interested in either recognizing or responding to the reality.
The only responses given so far are verbal nonsense combined with insults toward both Trump and his supporters. However, this has not always been the case.
As the president mentioned, a large majority of Democrats voted to provide funding for physical barriers in 2006. The Secure Fence Act became law then, however, it has yet to be fully funded.
The Democrat response to the speech is being almost universally mocked on social media. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and minority leader Senator Chuck Schumer produced a response so bad that former Clinton advisor James Carville said,
They could have given the Gettysburg Address and it wouldn’t have mattered.
However, one phrase used by Schumer has gained some attention. He called the situation at the border, “a manufactured crisis.”
The implication is that President Trump created a crisis which didn’t exist. While this is what the Left wants to hear and repeat, it is untrue.
Yet, in one way, Schumer is correct. The crisis today is real and growing, but it was also ‘manufactured.’
The manufacture of this crisis began in 1986 when the Left hoodwinked President Ronald Reagan. He agreed to a limited amnesty for illegals in exchange for real border security.
I think there’s a lot of blame to go around and spread around for decades,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director for the conservative Center For Immigration Studies. “There isn’t one person responsible.” Instead, he said, the problem lies in how the Immigration Control and Reform Act of 1986 was implemented. He described the passage of the bill as something of a “con-job” that allowed millions of immigrants in the country illegally to have legal status with a promise of workplace enforcement and other measures to curb future illegal immigration. But that didn’t happen, he said. And there was little incentive to follow through on promises of strict workplace enforcement, he said, once millions of people were legalized.
Thus began the illegal immigration woes we have today. As has been the case with every measure since the amnesty gets granted but enforcement of measures to curb illegal entry never happens.
The Left Controls the Democrats
The new rising star of the Democrats universe is New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She is a committed Socialist whose left-wing radicalism is being embraced by the party.
Her position on the southern border crisis in the recent past has been to call for abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement altogether. She believes the only immigration ‘crisis’ is that America doesn’t let everyone into the country, that is, she favors open borders.
Moreover, AOC went even further when she was interviewed on MSNBC. She advocated the abolishment of Border Patrol and that the Trump administration should get no funding for border security because it had committed human rights violations.
Yet those were not the most outrageous of her statements. She also claimed that illegal migrants were more of an American than legal citizens.
In the actual address, there was falsehood after falsehood and we have to make sure that we get our facts straight. Everyday immigrants commit crimes at a far lower rate than native-born Americans …the women and children on the border seeking refuge and opportunity in the U.S. with nothing but the shirt on their backs are acting more American than any person who seeks to keep them out ever will be.
Notice that AOC conflated illegal and legal immigrants in her statement, as leftists routinely do. It was false to claim that Trump said “immigrants” when he specifically stressed the illegality of their status.
It was inaccurate, idiotic, and insulting for her to claim illegals were somehow more American than citizens. Moreover, did AOC realize she was also disparaging legal immigrants who have become citizens with her words?
The Left’s message to the legal immigrant seems to be “we have no concern for you who obey the law and respect the mantle of ‘American citizen.’ ”
That is the view representing the Socialist wing of the Democratic party, and they are in the ascendency. AOC herself has been hailed as the future of the party, and she is as Leftist as they get.
She finds a home in Congress alongside Democrats “Mad” Maxine Waters, Kamala Harris, and Cory “Spartacus” Booker. Moreover, they only represent a much larger number which grew in 2018.
The one proposal of “Medicare for all” would be the second most expensive program ever attempted by the United States. The only one more costly would be the “Green New Deal” program championed by, you guessed it, AOC herself.
As an aside, AOC’s claim that the president’s speech was riddled with falsehoods is itself false. Much like the other leftist outlets so-called “fact-checks” of Trump’s speech.
Make no mistake, the Left is the controlling influence among Democrats today. Trump’s challenge is aimed directly at them and we can be thankful for that.
This speech will continue to force the Left to reveal their Socialist agenda to America at large. Open borders advances that agenda with a steady stream of people dependant on the welfare state.
The increase of illegal aliens along with the push to give them voting rights combine to provide a ready-made voting block for the Left. While this may help leftist Democrats gain a stranglehold on political power, it ignores the demonstrable damage Socialism would inflect upon America.
Trump’s challenge to the Left also presents an opportunity for conservatives to stand with him and against the virulent Left. Perhaps even a chance to finally see a secure border and the beginning of the end of a true national crisis.
Wisdom calls out in the street, she shouts loudly in the plazas; at the head of the noisy streets she calls, in the entrances of the gates in the city she utters her words: “How long will you simpletons love naivete? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?” Proverbs 1:20-22 NET
Sources: NET Bible, Biblical Studies Press, copyright 1996-2016
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Originally published in TIL Journal
I am a retired pastor and freelance writer. I have been married to my bride, Linda, for 34 amazing years. We have two children, a son Thomas, and a daughter Rebecca. I strive to be the best husband, father, writer and servant of my LORD Jesus possible.
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