The devious manipulation of language employed by the political class.
Frontpage, by Michael Cutler, Nov. 6, 2015:
George Orwell, the author of the prescient novel, “1984” was an extremely sage and insightful writer and thinker. Many of Orwell’s quotes are thought-provoking and worth remembering. One of my favorites is, “Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”
Now that the campaign for the presidential election of 2016 is ramping up and debates are being conducted by various supposed “news organizations” I decided that it would be worthwhile to take a hard look at what is arguably the greatest challenge and threat confronting our nation and our citizens: immigration.
Immigration is, as I have frequently noted, not a single issue but rather a singular issue that profoundly impacts such major issues as national security, public safety, the economy, unemployment, education, healthcare and public health, the environment and the critical infrastructure of our towns and cities across our great nation.
President Jimmy Carter mandated that INS employees use the ridiculous term “undocumented immigrant” to describe illegal aliens. This was done to blur the distinction between aliens who are legally present in the United States and those aliens whose presence represents a violation of our borders and our immigration laws. The term alien, as defined as by the Immigration and Nationality Act, is simply, “Any person not a citizen or national of the United States.” There is no insult in that term or its definition, only clarity. Con artists fear clarity because it impedes or flat-out prevents them from being able to swindle their intended victims.
Many folks claim that use of the term “alien” is being castigated because of the demand that we be “politically correct.” This is not an accurate statement. Terms of bigotry should be shunned to comply with the concept of being politically correct. Since, as we have seen, there is no insult in the term “alien,” the real reason that the open borders anarchists are demanding that the term “alien” stop being used to describe foreign nationals is to comply with their version of Newspeak to obfuscate the issue.
By insisting that illegal aliens be referred to as “immigrants” we wind up with the outrageous claim that anyone who wants our borders secured against illegal entry and our immigration laws enforced to protect innocent lives and American jobs is being “anti-immigrant.”
In point of fact, the demand that our laws be enforced is not anti-immigrant but “Pro-Enforcement.”
Hillary Clinton has gone so far as to wail about Republicans not wanting to provide immigrants with citizenship. Of course this was a disgusting bald-faced lie. She knows damned well that no one has ever even suggested that lawful immigrants not be permitted to naturalize, provided, of course they meet the requirements as established by our immigration laws. She was actually referring to bestowing United States citizenship upon illegal aliens.
Journalists, politicians, pundits and pollsters often link immigration to the mythical “Latino vote.” Our immigration laws are utterly and completely blind as to race, religion and ethnicity. The concept of ethnic voting blocks constitutes racial profiling and is diametrically opposed to our motto of E Pluribus Unum.
I addressed this lunacy in my July 2, 2015 FrontPage Magazine article, “Immigration and Political Racial ‘Profiling: The stereotyping of ‘Latino voters’ and what it distracts us from.”
The term “spin” has come to be routinely substituted for the term “propaganda.” The Oxford Dictionary defines propaganda as:
chiefly derogatory information, esp. of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.
The point to the use of propaganda is to to not only deceive the masses but to vilify anyone who would dare provide an opposing perspective.
To provide you with a few more such terms used by the open-borders anarchists- they refer to anyone who believes our immigration laws should be effectively enforced and our borders secured against smuggling of people or contraband as being “anti-immigrant.” The truth is that securing our borders against the smuggling of people or contraband is the mission of CBP (Customs and Border Protection) a component agency of the DHS (Department of Homeland Security). In my October 20, 2015 article for FrontPage Magazine, “Immigration Law Enforcement: Why Bother?– The crucial issues at stake for American citizens” I included the mission statement of CBP as it appears in the Performance and Accountability Report / Fiscal Year 2014:
We are the guardians of our Nation’s borders. We are America’s frontline. We safeguard the American homeland at and between our borders.
We protect the American public against terrorists and the instruments of terror.
We steadfastly enforce the laws of the United States while fostering our Nation’s economic security through lawful international trade and travel.
We serve the American public with vigilance, integrity, and professionalism.
CBP’s approximate 60,000 employees manage, control, and protect the Nation’s borders at and between 328 ports of entry. CBP is responsible for protecting more than 5,000 miles of border with Canada, 1,900 miles of border with Mexico, and 95,000 miles of shoreline.
While CBP’s missions are complex and diverse, the principal operational requirements can be summarized in three distinct and mutually supporting themes:
Protect the American people;
Protect the national economy; and
Safeguard and manage the U.S. air, land, and maritime borders.
The men and women of CBP pursue these mission themes every day as they safeguard America at its borders with vigilance, selfless service, and unyielding integrity.
For FY 2014 CBP was provided with a budget of 13.9 billion dollars. How on earth could the President of the United States, high ranking members of his administration and members of Congress, from both political parties minimize the importance of a law enforcement effort that provides America’s first line of defense and last line of defense against international terrorists, enemy combatants and members of transnational criminal organizations?
Significantly, the CBP mission statement notes that the in addition to the 1,900 miles of border that is supposed to separate the United States from Mexico, the United States has 328 ports of entry, that the U.S./Canadian border runs more than 5,000 miles and that our nation has approximately 95,000 miles of coastline.
Why then are all of the politicians who seek to reform the immigration system insisting that first we must secure the U.S./Mexican border? Why do they never discuss the other ways that aliens enter the United States and that none of the 9/11 terrorists ran the U.S./Mexican border but entered our country through ports of entry?
In case you missed it:
A startling look at how U.S. immigration will add 300 million people to the country this century if immigration policies are not changed. This dramatic presentation of the latest Census data raises serious immigration questions about the ability of the country to achieve environmental sustainability and to meet the quality-of-life infrastructure needs of the national community considering current immigration policy.
Keep up to date on immigration issues with the following websites:
U.S. Seals Another Deal to Protect Illegal Aliens’ “Workplace Rights” (judicialwatch.org)