The tragic violence that overtook Paris last week has led to some ugly events happening in America.
One of those events is how Syrian refugees are being treated after the terrorist attacks.
Before the attacks, America was welcoming refugees trying to escape non-stop violence in Syria. America was living up to the symbol of the Statue Of Liberty being “The Mother Of Exiles.” After the attacks, America reverted back to her frightened 9/12 mindset, in which she relegated herself to be fearful of “the other.”
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder joined other Republican governors in denying space for Syrian refugees. Snyder announced that he wanted a pause to ensure the safety of his citizens, which is unlike President Obama, who wants chaos and catastrophe?
The fear, of course, is that one of these refugees could belong to ISIS. Opponents of allowing Syrian refugees here in the states argue that since ISIS resides in parts of Syria, then it’s possible some of the refugees are ISIS, too!
There’s no evidence of that, but let’s deny the refugees, anyway, even though they’re trying to escape the years of violence.
Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz’s brilliant idea is to allow only Christian Syrian refugees since they can be trusted, or something like that. Nothing like a religious test to show how America stands on principle!
It’s not a shock that Michigan, along with 30 other states, has reacted this way. Most of these governors are Republican, and they have to feed the tired narrative that President Obama doesn’t want to keep this nation safe, or something like that.
(Is now a bad time to mention of the 9/11 attacks happened under a Republican president, and not a Democratic one? It’s funny how the oft-used narrative that President Bush “kept us safe” is used by President Obama’s critics, despite the fact that, you know, a 9/11 type of attack hasn’t occurred on his watch.)
These governors, including Rick Snyder, are cowering for political cover due to fear. They fear backlash from their base, and give into the worse angels of our nature.
Michigan Radio’s Jack Lessenberry calls-out Snyder for doing the wrong thing:
Whether you call them ISIS, or ISIL, or “Daesh,” these extremists want the world separated into two halves, Muslims and everyone else.
They hate anything that works for peaceful coexistence and assimilation.
What our governor did reinforced the view that all Muslims are the “other” — not to be trusted — possibly infiltrating murderers — cruel-eyed men with Kalashnikov rifles who we know nothing about.
Lessenberry notes how the State Department is already utilizing an intense monitoring system, in which refugees stay in camps for “five-to-seven years” before arriving in the U.S.
But why pay attention to facts? These governors have collective fear they can use at their political disposal to appease their base.
Now, don’t ask them if we should also shut the door on French or Belgian nationals. I mean, some of the Paris terrorist were from France and Belgium, but let’s ignore that pesky fact.