Governor Charlie Baker’s decision to not allow Syrian refugees into Massachusetts is an embarrassment to the state and panders to a vocal minority that has embarrassed the state in the past by presuming to represent the Bay State as a state of bigots.
He betrayed the people he governs to please his bosses in DC, the Tea Party conservatives who are not only ruining the country by bad politics, but by making us a mean and hateful nation in the eyes of the world.
When it comes to Syrian refugees, Jeb Bush said,
“There should be really thorough screening, and we should focus on creating safe havens for refugees in Syria rather than bringing them all the way across to the United States. But I do think there is a special important need to make sure that Christians from Syria are being protected because they are being slaughtered in the country and but for us who? Who would take care of the number of Christians that right now are completely displaced?”
Of course, when he was asked how a person would be able to tell a Christian apart from anyone else, his response was that you just could.
A reporter asked Jeb, “Well you’re a Christian. You can prove you’re a Christian?”
When the reporter insisted on his explaining how you could determine someone was a Christian, Jeb responded,
“I think you can prove it — if you can’t prove it then, you know, you err on the side of caution.”
Ted Cruz believes:
“President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s idea that we should bring tens of thousands of Syrian Muslim refugees to America—it is nothing less than lunacy. On the other hand, Christians who are being targeted for genocide, for persecution, Christians who are being beheaded or crucified, we should be providing safe haven to them. But President Obama refuses to do that.”
Mike Huckabee feels the best way to sort out the Christians who should be let in the country from non-Christians would be to have them recite Biblical verses, the same sort of test Al Qaeda and ISIS use when they shoot people who can’t recite verses of the Quran and letting those who can go free.
Besides our laws that do not allow people to be denied things based on religion, it will be interesting to see what religious test people like Bush and Cruz decide on.
You would think that with all the posts on Facebook accompanied by profile pictures of people in camo with menacing grimaces holding rifles, American flags, and any variation on patriotic symbols that espouse America’s getting tougher and more involved in going after terrorists, and demanding we go right in and drop a little “merca” on them, with plenty of tough words and jingoistic pronouncements, besides walking on streets carrying weapons, and walking into restaurants and Walmarts while swaggering and attempting to sound like John Wayne, freely overusing the pronoun “we”, there would be lines of people outside recruitment centers signing up to be those tough “mercans”.
But it is a lot easier to talk tough than act.
And Facebook can be used to sound tough while remaining inactive.
I guess it meets a need to present an image while it will be others who will have to do the work while those who sent them, but did not join them, will thank the troops for their service, clap for them at airports, and feel so supportive when, during the upcoming holiday season, every news cast will end with a video of a member of the military jumping out of a wrapped box to surprise a child.
Instead of the bravado, I would suggest enlistment.
Or just knock it off.
The present situation is not for your therapy.