Lou Dobbs lucks out as illegal immigration retakes center stage
Some people have all the luck.
Wouldn’t you know that Dobbs is scheduled to lead this week’s annual lobbying push by The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), to return anti-immigration to the front the national debate. The effort has been scheduled for quite awhile but it could not have come at a better time for Dobbs and friends.
When Dobbs -and 46 of his closest conservative radio talk show hosts buddies- begin their effort to reignite the anti-immigration debate via their “town hall of the airwaves” tomorrow, the flames of hatred should dovetail perfectly with the small but smoldering fire lit by Rep. Wilson when he called out Obama on providing health care benefits to illegal immigrants. The result is likely to be a full scale conflagration, sure to be the next conservative diversion designed to keep Americans from actually listening to a rational debate on health care reform. After all, why listen to the real issues when we can indulge our anger, fear and hatred aimed at our neighbors to the south?
I have no doubt that, as I write, Lou is happily recalling the words of the great John “Hannibal” Smith of “A-Team” fame who, when things worked out, would say, “I love it when a plan comes together.”
Lest you doubt that the seeds of hatred remain in a debate that had mercifully gone quiet for a bit, I would invite you to have a look at some of the comments received to my post ”The Truth About Illegal Immigrants and American Health Care.”
While I have always understood the position of those who strongly favor enforcement of our immigration laws, I’ve never quite gotten the whole hatred thing because it simply makes no sense.
I get that our government must prioritize the needs of its own citizens before taking care of foreign nationals, particularly in these difficult economic times. I get that we have immigration laws that should be enforced and we don’t do a particularly good job of doing it. I understand that there are some who feel that they are losing out on jobs being taken by lower paid, undocumented workers who save unscrupulous and law-breaking American employers from having to pay benefits, worker’s compensation, etc.
Here’s what I don’t get.
People don’t sneak into this country from Mexico because they like our weather. They come because they can do much better for their families in America than can do in their home country.
Americans who feel this great negative emotion towards these immigrants will tell you that all they want is to protect the interests of their own families, an argument I completely appreciate. But how do you hate another human being for wanting for their family exactly what you want for your family?
I grant you that those who come looking for a better life should not do so by breaking our laws. But is that a reason to hate them? Sometimes you have to tell people that you are sorry but they are going to have to wait their place in line and follow the rules that exist. But, again, is their desire to do better as soon as they can a hateful act?
Let’s face it people. The only difference between the folks trying to climb the fence and we who are American citizens is nothing but pure luck of the draw. We were lucky enough to be born on this side of the fence – they were not.
Now, to all you anti-illegal immigration advocates ready to pounce, let me say this one more time. I do not support of anyone breaking our laws. I do not employ undocumented workers. I think that anyone who wishes to live in the United States should follow the rules of becoming legal citizens. But there is no way I’m going to hate someone simply for wanting to be one of us and accomplishing for their own families what we are trying to accomplish for ours.
As I reacted to some of this extraordinary depth of negative emotion I was finding in the comments to the above-cited post, one of the more reasonable commenters wrote something quite interesting that I would like to include here. I hope he won’t mind. He goes by the name ‘Misterb’ and this is what he had to say;
Monkeys who perceive an injustice will act against their own interests for revenge on the unfair monkeys. Humans have the same tendency; the behavioral economists have reproduced the result in experiment after experiment. This syndrome infects the “illegal immigrant” discussion. The anti-II crowd are willing to cut off their own noses to spite the face of those they don’t feel have “earned” the right to the benefits of American citizenship. As a result, Rick, I’m afraid your reasoned plea will fall on deaf ears. Those that blame their own problems on illegals want revenge not sound economics.
Very well said, Misterb. Still, I think we can be better than the monkeys.