In the last few days, I have been involved on FB and on blogs about the idea of allowing in Syrian refugees. To be fair, can any of you say you see this as anything but just what's happening in Europe- hundreds of thousands of economic parasites trying to make a better life in lands they hate? It is a real cluster over there, and I can't believe that anyone in their right mind wants to see that here. I use that qualifier because seemingly even the most intelligent have been reduced to a meme battle- and I call out specifically one liberal blogger who is wasting his proven intellect by engaging in such fear baiting as "conservative xenophobes" and "Christian hypocrites". But he is far from alone, as the distinction between refugee and immigrant has also been contested as a result of a meme that (not quite correctly) labelled the Chattanooga shooter as a refugee.
Enter a link written by a man named Scott Hicks, who names himself an immigration lawyer. His piece was a detailed, step by step description of what he says is the current refugee vetting process. Mind you, I am not disputing him at all, and if the story is true, then we should be looking at our leaders fighting resettlement and saying, "What is your problem?" (You can read his full story here.)
But here's the thing. IF this story is true, then President Obama (or any candidate that wants to make the anti-refugee crowd look like idiots) could shut down this whole thing by going on national TV and saying, "I understand your fears. Here is how the law protects you. And I pledge to follow the letter of the law." At that point, the argument against refugees loses all teeth.
But he hasn't, and neither has anyone else. Instead, he uses the same fear-baiting you see on social media, "The GOP is afraid of women and children." THIS DOES NOT ADD UP, now does it? The inaction of the President, though it is yet another example of his unwillingness to lead a united people, makes no real sense. To me, one can reach only one of three possible conclusions:
1- The story isn't true, and he knows it. I tend not to agree with this conclusion, because Hicks' article seems too well put together. However, if it IS true, this leads to the next conclusion:
2- President Obama is a big jackass, playing partisan politics to the detriment of both refugees and the Nation he is supposedly leading. However, the fact that so many other assumedly intelligent men are following right along with him tends to shift one back towards conclusion #1. And while I have no problem in seeing Obama as helplessly clueless, the sheer volume of lemmings pouring over the stupidity cliff with him leads to:
3- President Obama has in mind to skirt the law like he does so many others and "fast track " refugees in, casting caution to the wind to give himself a greater legacy and let Hillary deal with the repercussions. Thus, it would not serve his best interests to point out the law he'll soon be ignoring. This would be the most logical thought, save for that same trail of lemmings still going over the cliff.
-a) This could mean that there is absolutely no intelligent life in Washington, DC;
-b) This could mean that the conspiracy theorists are right and both parties are working for the Illuminati or the NWO or whatever the flavor of the week is. (Keep in mind that believing this scenario may also require believing that Sandy Hook and last weekend in Paris never really happened and the US government flew planes into the Twin Towers);
-c) This could mean that both parties and their minions are so blinded by ideological BS and hate that common sense is a virtue they can no longer afford.
To me, I kinda think 3 (c) covers it nicely. So in closing, I have NO PROBLEM with Syrian immigrants under the system Scott Hicks outlined. I have BIG PROBLEM with any Euro style open door policy, any "fast track" approvals, and the level of gameplaying going on one way or the other. I'm sure that most combatants in the battle will now name me a xenophobe racist hypocrite or a communist collaborator, but I don't really care. If you were listening to anything but your own soundbites, you'd see I'm at last making sense. Thanks to my wonderful FB friend for steering me to Hicks' article, thanks to Mr Hicks for a well-written explanation. And Mr. President? If you are done insulting me, I think an explanation is in order...