I’ve written on immigration a few times since Arizona stirred the melting pot (or was that a hornet’s nest?) not so long ago. Usually I tend to focus on guys like Seth Macfarlane running to his drug-smugglerless mansion after essentially branding advocates of reform Nazi skinheads, or Kanye “I’m dating The Ultimate Gold Digger: Liberalism” West teaming up with guys who want his mansion taken over by Neo-Aztlán warriors, who see Zach de la Rocha as their John Conner.
The federal government shouldn’t model itself after Jack Nicholson’s Joker, calling everyone in for the entitlement goodies (“Hubba, hubba, hubba, who do you trust?… Me? I’m giving out free money!”). It would only end badly for the country. And the idea that anyone who opposes that route is somehow racist or “anti-immigrant” is a red herring. Yes, conservatives want to take away the Joker’s Entitlement Balloons, because when they pop or leak…it all goes to hell in a hand basket.
“Have you ever danced with the Devil by the pale moonlight?” I don’t suggest it.
With that said, I also have another suggestion for the idiot who runs across professional baseball fields during play with Mexico’s flag fluttering in his wake: it’s not helpful to your cause, buddy. Americans don’t mind immigration, provided it’s an orderly process and that those who come here want to be Americans. Do I know what message this guy was trying to get across by prancing around with his Mexican flag? No. But I know that perception can often be reality, and if the majority of the people at that ballpark went home feeling as though his antics were an affront to American principles and American Heritage, then he did his cause a great disservice.
“Why So Serious?”, you ask? Because it’s a serious matter. Period. Liberals are trying to create the impression that we have to choose between being “pro-immigrant” and “anti-immigrant” when that simply isn’t the case. Many conservatives get so caught up in the politics of it all that they fail to realize how possible it is to transcend politics and speak directly to the people when change is needed (something Reagan understood). We need to keep our head on straight and artfully articulate how true immigration reform allows others from around the world to become part of our country, while simultaneously ensuring that the bedrock foundations of freedom and liberty are passed on to future generations.