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Monday, April 18, 2016

Best Sunday OpEd

For John, BLUFAnywhere.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Writing in Sunday's edition of The [Lowell] Sun, Immigration Rights Lawyer Marisa DeFranco lays out her view on immigrants to America, under the headline "Turn back the barbarians at our gates".

This is not about all immigrants, nor is it about all Muslim immigrants, but it is about the idea that immigrants should be able to dictate to the rest of us how we behave.  It is about our leaders not recognizing that there are cultural patterns that should not be acceptable in the United States.

Asking "How do our leaders get it so wrong?", Ms DeFranco ends her OpEd this way:

The fact that ISIS and al Qaeda dress their cause up in religion matters little to the end game, except in one dangerous way:  It lures our leaders to do exactly what those on the left are doing -- hurling insults against those of us who want to protect America as an existing sovereign nation and an ideal.

As a sovereign nation, our laws dictate against murder and mayhem in the name of religion, not the other way around.

This is what I know about American culture, Mr. Multicultural.  If you want to live in a place where all things such as terrorism, child brides, sex-trafficking, female genital mutilation, sex-selective abortions, rampant anti-Semitism and beheadings of dissenters are respected practices, you have lots of countries from which to choose.

But we will not let America morph into such a place. E pluribus unum isn't just some jargon on our coins. It actually means something:  out of many, one.  One unified culture that respects life, liberty, and the freedom of and from religion.

The barbarians will never be able to change what America stands for.


And remember, this is a woman, a lawyer, who is fighting for the rights of immigrants.  But a person who knows how to make distinctions and draw lines.  And speak frankly.

Regards  —  Cliff

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