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Guest Column: Eric Holder’s problematic reasoning

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Richard D. Brinkley

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 4:00 am

“Creating a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million unauthorized immigrants in this country is essential. The way we treat our friends and neighbors who are undocumented – by creating a mechanism for them to earn citizenship and move out of the shadows – transcends the issue of immigration status. This is a matter of civil and human rights. It is about who we are as a nation. And it goes to the core of our treasured American principle of equal opportunity.” Eric Holder, Attorney General (4/24/2013)

There are six major errors in reasoning and judgment by the Attorney General in the preceding paragraph. Let’s focus only on the most obvious.

Let’s start at the beginning. There are natural rights and there are civil rights.  Natural rights antedate the introduction of government because they arose and were provided by our creator, who provided the essence of human liberty.  Natural rights cannot be taken away; they are unalienable.

Civil rights are those rights created by our legislative bodies with the consent of the governed. These rights can be created and taken away by the same legislative body with the consent of the governed.

So-called “human rights,” on the other hand, is a political misnomer, an inaccurate and misleading term.  The term “human rights” was fabricated by those at war with the unalienable nature of natural rights, by those who wanted to reverse the restrictions against government that protect the people from the tyranny of corrupt power, and by those who do not believe in Divine Providence and despise those that do. 

Point 1 - Mr. Holder:  There are natural and civil rights. The former are unalienable. The latter exist through the consent of the governed. The term “human rights” is an empty political construct.

The Attorney General also claims to create a pathway for 11 million illegal aliens. If these people are here illegally, i.e., they committed crimes to enter into the United States illegally, how can any of them earn citizenship?  To earn is to deserve.  How do illegal aliens, who steal their way into this country, feloniously use other people’s identification, fail to pay taxes and commit further crimes against American citizens and fellow illegal aliens deserve citizenship?

The Attorney general claimed that, “The way we treat our friends and neighbors who are undocumented – by creating a mechanism for them to earn citizenship and move out of the shadows – transcends the issue of immigration status.”  

Our friends and neighbors obey the law.  As a consequence, they are not undocumented. 

Further, a mechanism for applying for citizenship so applicants do not have to move into the shadows has been in existence for years. My mother took advantage of it. My wife took advantage of it. The pathway resides within the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. 

Those illegal aliens that have violated the laws of this country need not be treated as Mr. Holder’s personal guests with an escort to the head of the line while honest applicants for citizenship are treated disgracefully. Mr. Holder’s illegals, whose number is closer to 33 million, neither earned nor deserved special treatment. Citizenship is a privilege not a right.

Point 2 - Mr. Holder:  Even Hillary Clinton agreed that citizenship is a privilege not a right (5/8/2010).

I conclude with amusement on Holder’s choice of “equal opportunity” as a treasured American principle.  Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson destroyed, long ago, any political pretense of equal opportunity as an American value.  The extremists controlling the Democratic Party can only hold out their outstretched arms in salute of “equal outcomes,” a goal, by definition that can never be achieved.  

Point 3 - Mr. Holder: The exceptionalism of the United States was built on “equal opportunity” to be the best or do the best an individual can. “Equal outcomes” is simply the failed Karl Marx communist philosophy of “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” 

Mr. Holder, we now know you so much better.

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1 comment:

  • John Flanagan posted at 9:32 am on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    John Flanagan Posts: 347

    Eric Holder's views and his general ineptness for the office he serves has been given little concern by the mainstream media outlets because they have made it a point to support this administration. Also, the desire to keep Obama's reputation unscathed are prevailing strategies.
    Eric Holder is unable to transcend his radical progressive nature, and in order to advance his ideas, he must change existing definitions of legal citizenship, and other kinds of accepted and established terminology must also go. When Holder, an Obama leftist, helps construct the narrative of this administration, it becomes essential to transform the terminology and the conversation. This is a tried and true old fashioned tactic, very useful to the old line Bolsheviks of the Soviet Union. Language is changed to conform to new meanings and new meanings support new policies. Change the meanings, change the dialogue, secure the desired progressive outcome. The victim of this technique is truth. Except for those who will challenge Holder, the sheepish media elites, already committed to this administration, will not require an explanation. It is up to the free thinkers, Internet bloggers, right wing pundits, and ordinary Americans still politically astute and thoughtful, to see what Mr Holder's agenda is designed to do for America.


     

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