Lock Amer­ica’s Doors And Knock Po­litely

Escalon Times - - PERSPECTIVE - By DR. GLENN MOLLETTE Guest Colum­nist Glenn Mollette is a syn­di­cated colum­nist and au­thor of 11 books. He is read in all 50 states. Visit www.glen­n­mol­lette.com. The opin­ions ex­pressed are those of the au­thor and not nec­es­sar­ily those of this news­pa­per or

I was about four or five years old when I re­mem­ber my mother lock­ing the front door. She said some­thing to my dad about peo­ple “out and about” on the road we lived on in the coun­try. Our com­mu­nity was very safe but oc­ca­sion­ally we heard about some­body wan­der­ing around that sounded creepy. She and dad de­ter­mined it was time to lock the doors of our house.

To­day, many Amer­i­cans lock their doors even in the day­time. No one wants to be sur­prised by some­one sud­denly ap­pear­ing in the house. If some­one comes by our res­i­dence they can call ahead and make an ap­point­ment or po­litely knock as re­spect­ing, hu­mane peo­ple do.

Peo­ple who de­sire to en­ter Amer­ica must come re­spect­fully and legally. We don’t owe peo­ple from other coun­tries en­trance into Amer­ica. Peo­ple do not have a God granted right to en­ter our coun­try to be housed, ed­u­cated and fed. I re­al­ize that the work of churches and non­prof­its is help­ing and heal­ing the hurts of hu­man­ity but Amer­ica is not a church. We used to be a Chris­tian nation but about half of Amer­ica no longer wants that la­bel.

Peo­ple from any coun­try must come with pass­ports, visas and fill out all the re­quired doc­u­men­ta­tion when en­ter­ing our coun­try. Be pre­pared to an­swer ques­tions. It’s a dif­fer­ent world and we need to know as much about them as pos­si­ble.

Al­most ev­ery day or week brings more and more peo­ple to our coun­try who want to im­me­di­ately have ev­ery­thing that Amer­i­cans have. That’s not pos­si­ble. Peo­ple from Syria and other war torn, rav­aged lands can­not come here and ex­pect to im­me­di­ately have ev­ery­thing that Amer­i­cans have worked 30 years or more to achieve. Amer­ica is not re­spon­si­ble for grant­ing to the rest of the world the Amer­i­can dream sta­tus as soon as they pa­rade into our nation. Our fore­fa­thers came legally and worked hard to achieve the Amer­i­can dream. It took time.

Most of us are happy to wel­come peo­ple from the world if they knock on our doors, iden­tify who they are and fill out the re­quired doc­u­men­ta­tion. We don’t want peo­ple who hate, re­sent and want to hurt us. We have to be hon­est and know that a lot of the world hated Amer­ica long be­fore Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. Se­cur­ing our bor­ders, ask­ing ques­tions of those who want to en­ter in or­der to be safer is the right thing to do.

Thou­sands have been flood­ing our coun­try. It’s only smart to lock the doors. It’s tough on some peo­ple. It will be much tougher if we make a mis­take that leads to some­one en­ter­ing our coun­try and in­flict­ing car­nage on our peo­ple. Ob­vi­ously, we have peo­ple al­ready liv­ing here who are ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing out some­thing hor­ren­dous. Some­one can be born and raised here and still hurt peo­ple. How­ever, tak­ing some pre­cau­tions to try to head off any more po­ten­tial prob­lems is pru­dent.

May God give our Pres­i­dent wis­dom and may we as Amer­i­cans please try to calm down and work to­gether dur­ing th­ese dif­fi­cult times. Fur­ther­more, never en­ter my house with­out me open­ing the door and invit­ing you.

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