Posted: 11/19/15 16:08
by Dave Mindeman
Nolan. Walz. Peterson.
These are Democratic Congressmen in Minnesota. And they all voted with the GOP on the Syrian refugee bill.
I am very disappointed at the lack of political courage in this country. I expect it from the Republicans - for all of their tough talk, they have no spine. But Democrats! Please! Why would you buy into this stupidity?
Is your Congressional job so important that you are willing to throw people in desperate need under the bus? We are not even talking about a likely threat in this instance. Syrians will be vetted extensively, but even the idea that an ISIL militant might somehow get through the system, seems to be enough to send our representatives into a state of hand wringing.
The premise is that you believe you are keeping our country safe. The fact of the matter is that you are acting on one possibility in a haystack of a thousand possibilities. There is no method of eliminating all the threats that can besiege us in this day and age.
We are more likely to get attacked by a deranged gunman with legally obtained guns than be subject to a terrorist attack. Yet, our idea of safety seems to be to deny safety for others.
These Syrian people have withstood unimaginable horror. They have seen their homes bombed while we worry about an increase in our cable bill. They have had relatives gunned down in front of them, while we curse the dead battery in our car. They have put their children in boats to cross the Mediterranean Sea, while we consider which pontoon to buy. And they have seen their dead children wash up on a foreign shore, while we get angry at our teenager for staying out later than planned.
We have a lot of talk about this terrorist war, but we have not felt it in any real way. We spend billions of dollars to keep the terrorists away from us. Paris could not do it - and we cannot realistically do it either...not completely.
So, we should be standing with those who live with this war. The innocent people who are victimized yet again because we are fearful.
There is risk. There is risk in everything. But at some point, we have to define ourselves. What does "give me your tired and poor" really mean to us? If ISIL can simply threaten us and achieve their goals, then we are losing.
I am disappointed in our Congress. Very disappointed. But I am even more disappointed in Nolan...Walz....and Peterson.