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I love this country with every ounce of my breath. I was blessed to be born an American and nothing can change my pride in living in the greatest country that has ever existed. But, right now, I think that the rest of the world must be laughing at the current state of our affairs.

We are literally letting illegal immigrants dictate our national policy to the point of even determining whether or not we will pay our bills. If that is not enough to make us laughing stocks, then I don't know what it is.

Some who are reading this right now are probably accusing me of racism and insensitivity. Such is the ploy of the left when they do not have a rational defense for their nonsensical stand on addressing immigration.

The national Democratic Party, led by Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, are sacrificing the fiscal wellbeing of this nation in order to do what and why? To give legal status to people who broke our laws, entered our country illegally and are now demanding their rights. What rights? They are illegal and what part of that makes sense?

What would happen if I snuck into any country in this world (besides the U.S.) and presented my kids on the first day of school and said, "Here we are; educate them without asking questions"? What would happen if I managed to stay in the country illegally for a certain amount of time and then started demanding the same rights and benefits as citizens? And, if denied, then started screaming discrimination and racism.

I don't think you really have to think about those questions for very long. They are simple questions. The answer is that we would most likely be arrested and booted out of the country. And rightly so.

But, not in America. We are told that we should be glad that people want to be here and that it is our responsibility to give them sanctuary and to provide them the benefits that citizens get -- even though they are not citizens and are here illegally. Sound like a rational response? Of course, it's not but such is the way of the left in America.

We even have pregnant Russian women booking extended vacations to this country so that when they give birth, their babies (in American hospitals) are automatically granted full citizenship as Americans. Does that make any rational sense?

Many will think that I am insensitive to the plight of the kids brought here by their parents and know nothing beyond this country, and those people would be wrong. I truly feel for them and think that we do need to do something to address that issue. But, in good conscience, we cannot address that situation without also addressing the larger issue of illegal immigration and protecting our national borders.

Isn't it interesting that Chuck Schumer is willing to talk about a border wall while he is in negotiations with the president and then, when pressed by his leftist base, walks back on the agreement after the negotiations are over? What changed other than political pressure?

There is an old adage that says that "what is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right." I will add to that and say that "what is politically correct is not always right and what is right is not always politically correct."

So again, why is the national Democratic Party so committed to protecting illegal immigration? If you listen to speeches delivered by Presidents Clinton and Obama, you will hear them talk about the need to address illegal immigration, but now the Party doesn't seem to want to talk about border protection, only illegal protection.

Do you think that it is possibly in a long-range plan by the national Democratic Party to be the champion of the illegals and build a broader political base for the future? Of course, I will most likely be accused of being a conspiracy theorist and told they would never do something like that. Oh well, think what you want, but I know there is something bigger going on in this picture.

The one thing I want liberals to not do is to play the "Christian card" and say that taking in illegals is the moral thing to do. Don't go down that path unless you are willing to take everything that goes with it. And, I don't think they are willing to do that.

I do know that my ramblings will not fix the problem, but I'm also pretty sure Washington won't either. It appears that politics once again will take precedence over common sense.

Kevin Wilson is a former State Representative who was born in Goodman and now lives in Neosho. Opinions expressed are those of the author.

Editorial on 02/01/2018

Print Headline: We Are Laughing Stocks

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