With the recent terrorist attacks in London and the latest threats from Al Qaeda, Americans should finally learn a vital lesson that has been lost on our illustrious leaders in Washington since September 11, 2001. The problem with Islamic terrorism is not security but immigration. Liberal immigration policies for decades by the West have placed our enemies among us and left us open and vulnerable for another deadly attack, one that many predict could be very soon. We are even told, from time to time, that it is not a question of if but when. Yet instead of doing what is right, such as profiling Arabs in our midst, and busting up terror cells and kicking preachers of hate and violence out of the country, we are more concerned with not offending certain groups than we are with actually protecting our people. This is a recipe for disaster.
Restricting immigration is nothing new for the United States. At the turn of the 20th century, America was faced with internal threats from terrorists, namely anarchists from Eastern Europe. On September 6, 1901, nearly 100 years before 9/11, President William McKinley was shot and killed by an immigrant terrorist, Leon Czolgosz. McKinley’s successor, Theodore Roosevelt, never hesitated in demanding that Congress restrict immigration and rigorously punish those who preach hate and violence toward the United States.
In his First Annual Message to Congress three months after McKinley’s death, TR urged the House and Senate to “take into consideration the coming to this country of anarchists or persons professing principles hostile to all government and justifying the murder of those placed in authority. They and those like them should be kept out of this country; and if found here they should be promptly deported to the country whence they came; and far-reaching provisions should be made for the punishment of those who stay. No matter calls more urgently for the wisest thought of the Congress.” And no matter is more urgent for our country today but we need the political will to do it.
Roosevelt and those of his day had the will to do what was both right and necessary. They did not concern themselves with hurting anyone’s feelings and only concerned themselves with what was right for the United States of America . Later in his administration a bill called the Immigration Act was passed that curbed immigration from “problem” nations.
Later, during Woodrow Wilson’s administration, Communists began using bombings and other acts of terrorism to target political leaders and other influential Americans. Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer, along with Deputy J. Edgar Hoover, launched the “Palmer Raids,” which netted thousands of Reds, who were then either incarcerated or deported. All those found to be foreigners were taken to the docks and put on the first boat home! Though many, then and now, criticize the raids as too harsh on civil liberties, Palmer and Hoover acted in defense of our nation and its government against foreign influences that were a serious threat and because of their work the violence stopped.
But today in our era of political correctness, we would never consider doing anything of this sort because we might offend someone! How foolish is this! If this is going to be our attitude, we should change the name of our country to the United States of the Offended. It seems as if most everyone has their feelings on their shoulders, which are very easily knocked off. We should put our feelings aside and act to protect our nation.
Liberals also tell us that we cannot act out against such persons because they have rights in this country too. But they have no right to threaten our very existence as a nation and advocate violence against our people. Those that do have no right to be here. There are such things as treason and sedition!
Our current policy, however, is to infringe on the civil liberties of our citizens, in clear violation of the Bill of Rights, while seemingly protecting the foreigner. Talk about having things upside down and backwards! We are spending billions of dollars on the federal, state, and local level for heightened security and, at the same time, stripping away the freedom and liberty of American citizens. The Patriot Act passed to the delight of many so-called conservatives but is an abomination to Constitution. We get harassed in airports, have our bags searched while getting on the subway, and can even have our library records examined – all in the name of protection and security.
But, ask yourself this question, who is the real threat to America at the present time? Native citizens or immigrant Arabs? The choice is obvious. So why do we have to get harassed and treated like criminals? It’s time we put a stop to the erosion of our rights, freedoms that have been paid for by American blood, and focus on the real problem – immigration. This is not to say all Arabs in this nation are bad but we need to place them under a much stronger microscope because we simply cannot take any more chances. And if our politicians are too afraid to act out against the enemies within because of someone’s feelings, then maybe its time to change leaders and begin to elect those who possess the intestinal fortitude to do what is right.
Let us stop and remember the words of one of our great Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, who warned us that those “ who would give up essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty nor security.”