A call for bipartisanship is rejected in favor of spite
One thing I can say about Steve Bailey’s diatribe in response to my guest comment of July 11 is that I now stand corrected on every issue. His insight into my narrow view of the world and his enlightening pointby-point reflections related to my grandmother were refreshing.
Sadly, Mr. Bailey, like so many Democrats, really only wants to pick a fight. There are two sides to every story or issue, especially in today’s complicated world. My main premise was to say that there are stark differences between the ways immigrants gained entry into our country 75 to 150 years ago as opposed to now. My grandmother did have to be sponsored by a U.S. citizen and she did have to have a job waiting, much like Ireland today. It was never the intention of the state to foot the bill for so many immigrants, or in the case that Mr. Bailey references, refugees.
This country is being strangled financially by its own blind generosity and/ or liberal ideology. We can’t feed or house or provide health care for the people that are already here. Why should we continue to add to the problem before we come together as a nation and propose some common sense solutions?
I mentioned that we have some hard questions to speak to related to many problems confronting our nation’s immigration system. I also mentioned that I support a nation who welcomes all with open arms. Mr. Bailey only found opposition to my comments, no common ground.
One point of concern, which many are afraid to confront, and I heard Ben Carson speak of this long before I heard President Trump reference it, is that we as a nation were built on Judeo-Christian values. We guarantee separation of church and state, and freedom of religion. We have welcomed all faiths, for over two centuries, Islam included. However, it was never the Jews, Hindus or Buddhists who interpreted their religions in such a manner to call for jihad against our president, and our way of life. That’s not the case for radicalized Islam and we need to come together and address this before we can regain the appropriate level of security we once enjoyed, when my grandmother immigrated in 1930.
My main concern is our rush and fervor to promote any and all immigration, especially where a people’s ideological or religious teachings promote hatred of the United States and puts our citizenry at risk. People like Linda Sarsour want to take all of the good from our society and inflict as much pain as possible. When will these calls for Islamic jihad be condemned by the left? Mr. Bailey my letter was a call for bipartisan participation, cooperation and compromise. You saw it as an opportunity to bag a Republican. Funny how your party operates.
Craig Willis writes from St. Michaels.