EMMA LAZARUS, YOU’RE FIRED!
by Burt Prelutsky
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Not too surprisingly, Emma Lazarus, who penned the words that were engraved at the base of the Statue of Liberty, that stuff about huddled masses yearning to breathe free, was a Jewish socialist. She may also have been a very nice person. I can’t say. But what I do know is that she wasn’t an elected official, and I’m getting awfully tired of people pretending she was establishing national policy or that it’s our diversity that makes ours such a wonderful nation.

At the time of our nation’s creation, when we had the Founding Fathers, men of the caliber of Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Mason and Franklin, acting as midwives at the birth of the United States, there was hardly any diversity. English was their common language; they were all of the same race, sex and religion; and only fools would argue that the nation has ever been in better hands.

I’m not against legal immigration, and I certainly profited from the fact that two sets of Russian grandparents decided to bring their offspring to the New World, but I think the advantages brought about through diversity are widely exaggerated.

It wasn’t always this way, of course. For decades, people risked everything, including their lives, to get here because they believed there was nothing better than being an American. Most of them understood that the streets weren’t actually paved with gold. It was the promise that was golden. The promise was that if you learned the common language, obeyed the laws and worked hard, you would succeed to the extent that your abilities would allow; and, what’s more, your American children would be free to pursue and perhaps even achieve their wildest dreams.

That was then. Today, millions of immigrants, including some who make it here legally, assume they don’t have to learn English or assimilate to our culture and values, but, rather, that we accommodate theirs. Moreover, they believe they are entitled to collect welfare, get free health services and even vote in our elections.

It’s not entirely their fault, either. After all, that’s what a great many important people tell them; people like college professors, newspaper publishers, owners of cable TV stations, Hollywood celebrities and, worst of all, members of Congress.

As hokey as Emma Lazarus’s words are, people named clown-Schumer, dinky-Warren, Pulosi, scum-Durbin, Fein-stein, Warner, commie-Sanders and Blumenthal, would like to add one additional line that asked that we be sent those yearning to vote for Democrats.

In a closely related matter, Chicago’s potty-mouthed mayor, Rahm Emanuel, whose popularity among the city’s blacks has descended to levels unseen since the heyday of George Wallace and Bull Connor, is so desperate to be re-elected, he has come up with a city card which would give Chicago’s illegal aliens the right to vote.

First, the schmuck turned my birth city into a sanctuary swamp and he has now taken one more giant step in his attempt to turn it into Ciudad Chicago, Mexico’s northern-most municipality.

Naturally, the always dependable ACLU is fighting for illegal aliens to have the right to vote in presidential elections.

A group that is nearly as abominable, the Southern Poverty Law Center, managed to convince Google to authorize it to identify hate groups and individuals in America. As you would guess of an organization that receives much of its funding from former Nazi-collaborator and all-around nogootnik, George scum-Soros, the SPLC has determined that Antifa, a gang of masked, pipe-swinging, savages, passes muster, but Jeanine Pirro, Dr. Ben Carson and Laura Ingraham, are hate merchants.

⦿  Not too surprisingly, Barbra Streisand, whose nose has always been bigger than her brain, has blamed the Parkland massacre on President Trump, and liar-Hillary’s loss on Russia’s control of voting machines in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. It makes me wonder if James Brolin still believes it was a good career move to hitch his wagon to this batty old nag.

⦿  Amazon, the most successful company in the world, made $5.6 billion in profits in 2017 and paid no federal income taxes. On a single day recently, its head honcho, the uberliberal Jeff Bezos, increased what is already the world’s largest fortune by a billion dollars. But Mr. Bezos still opposes tax cuts for the rest of us peons.

⦿  As if the FBI doesn’t have enough to answer for, over the past three years, the Inspector General of the Justice Department has disciplined at least 14 FBI agents for a range of sexual offenses, most of them occurring during James Comey’s tenure.

But, at least now we have a clue what those guys were doing when they should have been disarming Nikolas Cruz and giving him a lift to the nearest loony bin.

⦿  During an address at M.I.T., Barack liar-nObama announced there had been no scandals during his eight years in office. Perhaps an advantage of being black is that nobody can spot the telltale blush when you tell an obvious whopper. And because it was a college setting, you can safely assume that nobody in the audience brought up Solyndra; Operation Fast & Furious; Mrs. liar-Clinton’s private server or the bribes she accepted from foreign nations; liar-nObama’s lies about the Affordable Care Act; the targeting by the IRS and the NSA of his political opponents; his race-based opposition to law enforcement; his pussy-footing away from the line in the Syrian sand; his capitulating to Russia when it came to providing Ukraine and the Czech Republic with missile defense systems; sending $150 billion in cash to the mullahs in Iran; his promise to Putin to be “more flexible” after winning a second term; his ignoring the Constitution by attempting to grant amnesty to six million illegal aliens; and, oh yes, his illegal surveillance of the Trump campaign team.

To be fair, he couldn’t and didn’t do all of this on his own. So, let’s ask that Mrs. liar-Clinton, Lois Lerner, Susan Rice, Huma Abedin, scum-Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, James Clapper and hanoi-John Kerry, all come on stage and take a well-deserved bow.

⦿  Someone has undertaken the task of quantifying the 10 worst colleges in respect to free speech. Atop the list was the institution that once prided itself on being the incubator of the Free Speech Movement, Cal Berkeley. The others are Drexel University, Harvard, the L.A. Community College District, Texas State University, Fordham, Evergreen State College, Northwestern, Albion College and some place called Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

But as with all such lists, I’m certain that there are hundreds of other colleges and universities tied for 11th place.

⦿  In the wake of cutting ties with the NRA and denying discounts to its five million members, Delta Airlines declared they only wanted to remain neutral in the ongoing controversy over gun rights. One, if they wanted to be neutral, they’d simply do away with discounts instead of penalizing conservatives. Two, did they deny discounts to members of AARP, the group that vigorously campaigned on behalf of the equally controversial Affordable Care Act? Of course not.

Even as a business decision, it struck me as pig-headed. Whereas I can see NRA members and their friends spurning Delta if there’s an optional carrier available, does Delta seriously believe that millions or even dozens of liberals are now going to insist on flying on the airline in admiration of their corporate cowardice?

⦿  Being an optimist at heart, I can even see a silver lining to the endless carnage in Syria. I’ll remind you that the earlier pipedream involving world peace, the League of Nations, finally gasped its last breath when people saw that the organization lacked the will to do anything about Mussolini’s Air Force strafing native spear-chuckers in Ethiopia.

Perhaps in the wake of the U.N.’s failing to do anything about Bashar al-Assad, in league with Russia and Iran, gassing his own people, it will finally be enough to drive the final nail into the glass coffin on the East River. One can only hope, as we optimists are always telling ourselves in lieu of slitting our wrists.

⦿  I am always surprised when people mention that I have used words that have driven them to the dictionary. It’s not intentional on my part, though I believe it was entirely intentional when that Ivy League smarty pants, William F. Buckley, did it.

In fact, I actually try to adopt a conversational tone in my work. Still, I grant it’s a conversation in which I get to do all the talking. Which proves, you don’t always have to die in order to experience something like Heaven here on earth. 
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ALERT ALERT

Schumer Refusing To Help Border Kids
Wants To Hurt Trump Instead

The controversy over how underage illegal aliens are handled at the border is heating up — but Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer just rejected a good-faith proposal to fix the problem.

A growing number of people on both sides of the political aisle have expressed concern for border separations, which occur when migrants are caught breaking the law along the border while they have children with them, or when the often exploitative relationship between adults and minors at the border cannot be established.

A vast amount of mis-information and outright lying about the situation has muddied the water, making it tough to understand the situation in its entirety.

Both liberals and conservatives, however, have voiced their support for a better system that results in fewer family separations, and even President Donald Trump has indicated that he is willing to stand with Congress if they change the law.

Shockingly, however, it looks like one of the most well-known faces of the Democratic party isn’t willing to take action, and is instead playing politics in order to attack Trump.

On Tuesday, Schumer openly rejected a Republican proposal to fix the immigrant separation problem at the legislative level, and instead whined about the president.

“There are so many obstacles to legislation and when the president can do it with his own pen, it makes no sense,” Schumer stated, according to The Hill.

“Legislation is not the way to go here when it’s so easy for the president to sign it,” he complained.

Democrats Reject Bill To Keep Families Together At Border – Schumer Says He “Wants To Keep Focus On Trump”

Think about that for a second: The president’s job is to execute existing laws. The legislature’s job is to change or enact new laws when needed.

A senator elected to the legislature for exactly that purpose is now refusing to do his job and pass legislation, while simultaneously blaming the president for enforcing the existing laws, as he is sworn to do.

If there was any doubt that Schumer and the Democrats are playing politics instead of trying to actually help migrant families, the senator made his intentions clear: Obstruct and point fingers at Trump.

“Asked if that meant Democrats would not support a bill backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to keep immigrant families together while seeking asylum on the U.S. border, Schumer said they want to keep the focus on Trump,” The Hill explained.

Make no mistake: The Democrats dragging their feet and refusing to back legislation already drafted by Republicans will prolong the problems at the border.

“Schumer’s opposition to a legislative fix means there likely won’t be a quick end to the emotional images of immigrant children being separated from their families unless Trump backs down,” The Hill reported.

“Democrats want to keep the pressure on Trump instead of having Congress assume responsibility for the growing crisis,” the news outlet continued.

Again: There’s a solution ready to go, with Republicans including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ready to support it. Yet Democrats like Schumer apparently believe that scoring political points against Trump is more important than helping broken families on the border, even as their own liberal voters demand action.

“Congress alone can fix it,” stated Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Monday.

“I support, and all of the senators of the Republican conference support, a plan that keeps families together,” McConnell agreed.

“We need to fix the problem and it requires a legislative solution,” he said.

Yet Democrats refuse to budge.

This “do nothing but blame Trump” response from the left should prove beyond a doubt that all the tears and hand-wringing from liberals are disingenuous. They’re for show. If it was truly about helping innocent kids at the border, Schumer and his fellow Democrats could act right now.

If their priority was actually to solve the problem and help broken families, scoring points against Trump shouldn’t even be a concern. Even if they believed he was being stubborn on the issue, they could take the high road by doing their jobs and supporting bipartisan legislation.

They don’t, because solving the problem was never their goal. They are playing political games and using devastated children as pawns, while pretending that the president is the monster.

That’s sick… and the American people need to see exactly who is doing the obstruction.

SLAVEHOLDER??

Washington Post Compares
Jeff Sessions To Slaveholder’

The Washington Post compared Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “slaveholders” after he quoted the Bible on Thursday while discussing his department’s policy of prosecuting all illegal immigrants who cross the border.

Sessions made the statement during a speech to law enforcement officers in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

WaPo ran a story entitled “Sessions cites Bible passage used to defend slavery in defense of separating immigrant families” by general assignment editor Keith McMillan and religion reporter Julie Zauzmer on Friday.

Rather than detailing the statistics Sessions cited in the speech that explain the immigration policy, the story quoted John Fea, a history professor at Messiah College in Pennsylvania.

“This is the same argument that Southern slaveholders and the advocates of a Southern way of life made,” Fea said.

Sessions spent much of the speech discussing the numbers behind current immigration policy, including separating families at the Southwest border.

“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes,” Sessions said.

“Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves. Consistent and fair application of the law is in itself a good and moral thing, and that protects the weak and protects the lawful.”

“The previous administration wouldn’t prosecute aliens if they came with children,” Sessions said.

“It was de-facto open borders if you came with children. The results were unsurprising. More and more illegal aliens started showing up at the border with children.”

Sessions laid out the numbers in the speech.

“In 2013, fewer than 15,000 family units were apprehended crossing our border illegally between ports of entry in dangerous areas of the country,” he said.

“Five years later, it was more than 75,000, a five-fold increase in five years. It didn’t even have to be their child that was brought, it could be anyone. You can imagine that this created a lot of danger.”

The U.S. has the “opportunity” to fix its broken immigration system now, Sessions said.

“I believe that’s it’s moral, right, just and decent that we have a lawful system of immigration,” he said. “The American people have been asking for it.”

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