Op-Ed: Americans Have Justified Concern over Syrian Refugees
Last week, RNRF published an Op-Ed by our Liberal Contributor, Victoria Sidlauskas, on the issue of allowing 10,000 Syrian Refugees into the United States. As promised, RNRF now brings you an opposing perspective on the Syrian Refugee crisis, by our Conservative Contributor, Jason Marshall.
Op-Ed: By Jason Marshall
The far left faction of the political spectrum, is becoming unhinged. How do I know this? Because when the race card and prejudice are the nucleus of an argument for condemnation of the Republican Party, this shows that they’re losing their grip on our society. You wouldn’t think that would be the case, given the fundamental transformation of America that President Obama pledged to bring 7 years ago, and has heretofore successfully accomplished; but apparently, this is the case.
If the GOP is a racist, bigoted party, why would a black man be running neck-and-neck with Donald Trump for the nomination? The answer, Ben Carson wouldn’t be “near” the top if we Republicans were racists. As a former Herman Cain campaign operative, I find it insulting to be labeled as a racist or a bigot. As a Jewish Republican, I find it doubly offensive. We have railed against Obama since the day he was elected, because many of us knew what we were getting. If you didn’t do the research on his history, that’s not our fault.
I’m actually going to have to dissent against most of my fellow conservatives on the refugee situation; but, with a caveat. Yes, we should be open to letting a persecuted people come here for protection against the Assad regime. Yes, we have a moral obligation as a world leader to right the wrongs of a dictator. However, to say that we have allowed refugees to come here without incident would be to ignore the facts. More than 5 dozen people have been arrested, just in the last 18 months for plotting terror attacks – some of those were refugees, according to the U.K. Publication, Dailymail.
The United States House of Representatives, just this week, voted 289-137 for extra measures to be taken in screening all refugees that come to America – including 47 Democrats. This is a bipartisan effort to protect us from being infiltrated by our enemies. So, how is it that “Republicans” are bigots and racists? President Obama threatened to veto this legislation, so where are his priorities? Protecting Americans, or leaving the door open to just anyone?
We may be the wealthiest nation on earth, but our deficit is at record highs, with no end in sight. We have unemployment through the roof (unless you believe the numbers the government tells you, which have already been proven to have been fudged by the Labor Department), wages stagnating, millions in poverty, record numbers of people on food stamps, and the lowest labor participation rate in 40 years. Medicare and Social Security are also in serious trouble.
I am completely sympathetic for folks who are more concerned with domestic troubles, than Syrians. I don’t completely agree with them, but I have sympathy for that.
Blanket-labeling people as racists, bigots and xenophobic for being concerned about letting the wrong people in, does nothing to advance a national discussion that we need to be having right now. Yes, there is real suffering going on. My people were turned away by the boatload, during the 1930s, attempting to escape certain death at the hands of Adolf Hitler. FDR said no. I carry that on my mind when I say that yes, we should help.
But, we need to be responsible about it, we need to be careful about it, and we need to know who these people are. President Obama has shown his hand, and we on the right, are justifiably concerned about that.
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