Borders: rhetoric versus reality

By Paul Ackerman | May 02, 2019

In the decade prior to World War 2, the organization that claimed the international mantle of virtue, The League of Nations, was plainly aware of, yet studiously ignored, the facts of Germany’s rearmament in violation of the terms of the Treaty of Versailles (which ended World War 1).

Winston Churchill warned in the 1930s of what was then the prevalent form of political correctness, an ignorant opposition to patriotism or national loyalty — both in academia and high office, “In this dark time the basest sentiments received acceptance or passed unchallenged by the responsible leaders of the political parties.” Luckily, he never experienced Facebook, BBC or the New York Times of today.

The lesson that should have been learned then, and is very relevant in today’s politically correct, instant media outrage world is that when you pretend a real threat is nonexistent, the whole country -- and even the whole world -- will pay a very high price sooner rather than later. Likewise, the same is true today when a nonexistent threat is claimed to be universal and pervasive. Currently a tactic being utilized to prevent or suppress discussion of some very real threats to stability in America is simply an orchestrated smear campaign against those who raise the factual aspects of these problems.

The easiest, and most often dishonest, smear is to call a person or organization racist, islamophobic, sexist, white privileged, etc.This is the rhetorical currency of the radical left that has infatuated the media and readers/viewers so inclined to believe them. Claiming something is “fear-mongering” is another way to appear to make an opinion less credible.

The abusers of our language now gleefully co-opt any term possible to convey an aura of outright evil on any opponent; sometimes subtle, sometimes not. If a portion of a comment can be taken out of context, edited or twisted to suit the malevolent purposes of the smear artist, it is then done enthusiastically. Think hoaxer Jussie Smollet, or the serial liar/lawyer Michael Avenatti, both of whom used complicit media attention to make claims of outright evil behavior against implied political opponents. This is not new to human behavior, but currently has become a very toxic go-to method for liberals/leftists and their allies.

In 1710 Jonathan Swift wrote “Besides, as the vilest writer has his readers, so the greatest liar has his believers; and it often happens, that if a lie be believ’d only an hour, it has done its work…” Swift would be horrified at how effective Twitter has become at exactly this tactic.

A very good example of this of late is the false argument made regarding border security being a contrived crisis that is somehow being manufactured by President Donald Trump as a divisive campaigning issue. This canard has been repeated enough times by “journalists” that it deserves its own zip code.

It is beyond dishonest to suggest this issue is one to be solved with “better policy.” Just as in the 1930s, “better policy” ignores the evil behind the intentional coordinated efforts being made to drive tens of thousands of people to breach our border.

To cast this as a “moral imperative” is equally dishonest. Do you have locks on your car, house or office? Why? Because the rule of law, which is the foundation of our representative republic, says you have the right to secure your property. How hypocritical is it then to suggest the nation itself not be allowed to control its borders by whatever means is required?

Who is really behind the “caravans” that are supposedly spontaneously occurring groups in the thousands, which are invading the southern border region of America? Make no mistake, it is an invasion, and yes, it is highly planned and orchestrated. You cannot move thousands of people, willing or not, over thousands of miles through several countries in Central America without a lot of money and organized effort behind it. For those who are willing to have their preconceived notions of the caravans ruined, watch this interview with documentary filmmaker Ami Horowitz.

One of the groups highly involved in organizing and publicizing these caravans of supposed asylum seekers is Pueblo Sin Frontera (“People without Borders”). PSF’s primary activist, Rodrigo Abeja, has spearheaded these efforts for years, so this is not new. More on who funds the group in a later article.

Its goal is to undermine U.S. sovereignty by mobbing the southern border repeatedly, which is a leftist tactic developed by 1960s radicals Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven. If the ensuing chaos results in grave political damage and economic depletion to America, the organizers and funders have achieved part of their goals. The Cloward-Piven strategy called for overloading the U.S. welfare system to promote economic and systemic collapse and crisis. What is being forced onto the southern border region is exactly that tactic.

Are these coordinated efforts humanitarian and moral issues? Do not kid yourself. The drug cartels and human traffickers consider this staged distraction a bonus for their evil businesses. Neither they nor the leftists organizing these mobs care about who will be hurt or pay the price (social, cultural and economic) for this invasion.

The preposterous assertion that our immigration system is not fair because we do not allow unregulated migration from anywhere to the U.S. is an insult to the tens of millions of people (my grandfather included) who waited years in line overseas in order to immigrate to America legally.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Ronald Horvath | May 02, 2019 14:26

Could it be, Paul, that trump has no real interest in solving this problem since it is the driving issue in the minds of his core of supporters.  Like abortion, another issue which the right has no interest in actually solving, it pays off politically more by letting it fester at will.



"Yet Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policies have made America’s historically weak anti-smuggling efforts even weaker. Over the past two years, as smuggling networks have thrived, the Department of Homeland Security has shifted money and manpower away from more complex investigations to support the administration’s all-out push to arrest, detain, and deport immigrants here illegally. Hundreds of agents have been temporarily reassigned to low-level enforcement tasks, such as checking businesses for undocumented workers or locating foreigners who overstayed their visas. Some investigators’ travel has been curtailed, officials said; others have lost funds to pay informants.

The Human Smuggling Cell, a special-intelligence unit set up within ICE to support more ambitious migrant-smuggling efforts, has dwindled to less than half the staff it had in 2016.

....  Absent a link to terrorism, the CIA and other intelligence agencies have shown little interest in combating smuggling networks, despite their growing sophistication and links to drug-trafficking organizations.

“The emphasis on low-level enforcement is detracting from the mission of going after the smuggling rings,” a former senior HSI official, John Connolly, said in an interview. “It’s like focusing on drug users and small-time dealers instead of the cartels and the drug lords.”


Meanwhile trump wants to give illegals a free ride into the country and to the sanctuary city of their choice.  Sound just a little contradictory, doesn't it.

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