Raving, Howling Moonbat!
John A. Quayle
blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET
Tue May 29 16:51:25 MDT 2007
>Immigration Policy Reveals What We Are
>Richman, May 25, 2007
>The new compromise immigration bill is drawing
>lots of flak, not least from conservatives who
>object to granting amnesty to millions of
>so-called illegal aliens in the country. (I
>prefer to think of them as independent
>migrants.) Here I have to agree with the
>conservatives. The illegals shouldn't be granted
>amnesty. Amnesty connotes forgiveness for doing
>something wrong and they have done nothing
>wrong. Indeed, the government should be asking forgiveness from them.
>But they broke the law to get into the country.
>Did they? They weren't under the jurisdiction of
>the U.S. government until after they entered the
>country. Its amusing that conservatives think
>illegals are covered by the law but not by the
>Constitution. Talk about having it both ways.
>The Constitution and Bill of Rights do not
>distinguish between citizens and noncitizens.
>Besides, there is no obligation to obey an immoral law.
>But they came into our country without
>permission, conservative talker Tucker Carlson
>and his ilk say incessantly. Without whose
>permission? The whole population of the United
>States? The federal government? Why the
>assumption that either of those aggregates can
>have the right to give or withhold permission
>for someone to relocate here? This is a country,
>not a country club, and rights are natural not
>national. If someone wants to come here and can
>do so without trespassing on private property,
>thats his right and his own business.
>Which bring us to something that conservatives
>need to explain. Why do they applaud tough
>sanctions against employers who hire illegals?
>Aren't they advocates of free enterprise?
>(Not that pseudo-libertarian Neal Boortz! -Doc)
>It turns out they are as enthusiastic for social
>engineering as any state socialist. They are
>willing to curtail economic freedom when it
>clashes with their cherished goal of planning
>the composition of the U.S. population. With
>friends like these, free enterprise hardly needs
>enemies. Their demand for tamper-proof
>identification doesnt flatter them either.
>If conservatives dont like the guest-worker
>aspect of the immigration bill, I'm with them.
>But my reasons are different. How degrading such
>a program is. Mr. and Ms. Immigrant, we dont
>want you to move here as a free person to live
>and work as you wish. But we are happy to bring
>you here for a few years to do some heavy
>lifting, after which we will send you back. Dash that.
>The nativists cant quite make up their minds
>whether their chief fear about immigrants is
>jobs and wages or welfare. No need to lose sleep
>over either. Immigrants are consumers as well as
>workers, so they help expand the market and
>summon more production into existence. The fear
>about wages is misplaced, since the small effect
>is quickly offset by the demand immigrants add
>to the market and the increased investment they make possible.
>As for welfare, conservatives really ought to be
>ashamed of themselves. Even if immigrants wanted
>to live off the taxpayers (they dont seem to),
>why would conservatives try to save the welfare
>state from such strains? There is no better way
>to convince the American people to dump the
>welfare state than to show them it is financially unsustainable.
>(Preach it, brother! -Doc)
>As for the stresses on schools and hospitals,
>its been said once but apparently needs to be
>said again: only government services abhor an
>increase in the number of customers. Private
>retailers dont lobby against letting more consumers into the country.
>Border security is an issue for demagogues.
>Timothy McVeigh crossed state borders to commit
>terrorism in Oklahoma City, but you didn't hear
>the secure the border mob call for internal
>passports and walls along state lines. Leave
>crime to the normal law-enforcement institutions.
>Immigration is an emblematic issue. What kind of
>country are we if we refuse to recognize such a
>basic right as the right to move?
>Sheldon Richman is senior fellow at The Future
>of Freedom Foundation, author of Tethered
>Citizens: Time to Repeal the Welfare State, and
> Freeman magazine. Visit his blog Free
>Send him <mailto:sheldon at sheldonrichman.com>email.
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