The historical duty of the minority party in any form of representative government is to serve as the voice of opposition: to respectfully question, clarify or confirm the prevailing course of the nation through constructive discourse. Regrettably, I am witnessing no such decorum today. Donald Trump hasn’t even been in office for a single month and organized chaos has rippled throughout our communities and pierced the hearts of our senses. And for the love of God, why? Because he refuses to fund sanctuary cities, those entities that harbor illegal aliens who knowingly broke our immigration laws or committed further crimes while on U.S. soil? Are American citizens provided refuge from not paying taxes, robbery or even murder? Or is violent anarchy now virtuous because President Trump, concerned about the rising death toll from terrorism, temporarily restricted immigration from the most notorious regions of radicalized Islam; prudent actions taken by both Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama during times of tense cultural hostilities?
What we are witnessing is not a revolution of consequence, or even oppression, but a regressive plot to turn the logical into the illogical, a political tantrum into a public tribunal. When grown adults become so detached from reality, exempt from accountability, they seek validation through false perception; such as boycotting shaking the President’s hand or inciting destructive demonstrations. If Donald Trump disbanded legal immigration and deported 15 million illegals (although justifiable) I could understand the outrage. However, he has not. Where was this insatiable disgust when Bill Clinton called illegal immigration our greatest threat and implored Congress to build a border wall, or when the Obama administration – recklessly enabling an unprecedented wave of undocumented migration – spent more per illegal immigrant than the average Social Security recipient or U.S. veteran?
And, if I may, when did “Never Forget” become “yes, please, can we have another” in a matter of a few short years? This is not 1900 where millions sought and respected the opportunity America afforded, rather than being consumed by an ingrained hatred to do her harm. If demanding that all refugees, visa holders or immigrants be thoroughly vetted is a radical concept, no matter what their point of origin, why even have background checks for police officers, educators, or caregivers; none of which were responsible for 9/11, the Orlando shooting or the Boston Marathon bombing? Better yet, when did common sense become a verified security risk?
Winston Churchill once predicted, “When fascism comes to America it will be in the form of anti-fascism.” Few sayings could be more prophetic for progressives are not only waging war against free will, but the institution of reason itself. Without an unconditional respect for our democratic process, to express ourselves free from violence or duress, freedom is but a removable footnote. I don’t want to live in an America where a mother, cradling her baby, is verbally accosted over her last name, where my children are beaten on a campus of higher learning for exercising intellectual diversity, or where celebrities are applauded for suggesting the overthrow of our government or the assassination of a man who hasn’t even been charged with a crime. That is the flag of fascism, fear born from propaganda, for liberty is not a tool of convenience to be yielded or only respected when it suits our desires. I would rather peacefully divide the country I so dearly love, live amicably among conservative and liberal states, than witness a rejection of all civility from the comfort of my home. What we are witnessing is the death of America.