Bat­tling se­man­tics at the bor­der

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - BY CHARLES HURT

Call it, as Pres­i­dent Trump does, a “wall.” Lately, he’s been say­ing, “steel slats.” Or call it, as Democrats did in 2006, a “fence.” Back then, be­fore the Demo­cratic Party got hi­jacked by this crazy left-wing fringe, Democrats joined Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush and Repub­li­cans in Congress to erect a phys­i­cal bar­rier to halt il­le­gal aliens from stream­ing across the bor­der il­le­gally.

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama voted for it. As did his vice pres­i­dent, Joseph R. Bi­den. Even Amer­ica’s peren­nial “next pres­i­dent,” Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton, voted for the “Se­cure Fence Act of 2006.”

As did Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader Charles E. Schumer and Sen. Dianne Fe­in­stein, Demo­crat of the kooky state of Cal­i­for­nia. Even honorary Demo­crat, Sen. John McCain of Ari­zona, voted for the “Se­cure Fence Act of 2006.”

Now, they tell us, it is im­moral to con­struct a phys­i­cal bar­rier along the bor­der. It kills chil­dren, they claim, who have been dragged through the dan­ger­ous desert by ir­re­spon­si­ble adults to cross the bor­der il­le­gally.

Sen. Tim Kaine, who will for­ever go down in po­lit­i­cal his­tory as Amer­ica’s “next vice pres­i­dent,” took the oc­ca­sion of Christ­mas­time to use the bor­der cri­sis to politi­cize the Chris­tian hol­i­day while at the same time drag­ging re­li­gion into pol­i­tics.

Mr. Kaine an­nounced that no less than Joseph and Mary — and even Je­sus, Him­self — are stranded at the bor­der to­day.

“To­day we think about the en­dur­ing mes­sage of a young cou­ple turned away be­cause there was no room, only to give birth to a child in a hum­ble stable,” Mr. Kaine preached over Twit­ter on Christ­mas Day. “The world is filled with mil­lions seek­ing refuge, and we are all like innkeep­ers — let us choose wisely in how we treat them.”

Per­haps all the “refugees” at the bor­der can go live with Mr. Kaine and his fam­ily and he can take care of them all. And since he failed so spec­tac­u­larly at the whole “next vice pres­i­dent” thing, maybe he can go into preach­ing full time and make enough money to sup­port all the mil­lions of “refugees” liv­ing in his base­ment.

There is an­other Christ­mas story about the bor­der this year.

His name is Cpl. Ronil Singh, a Cal­i­for­nia po­lice of­fi­cer who im­mi­grated legally from Fiji and was liv­ing the Amer­i­can Dream and serv­ing his com­mu­nity. The day af­ter Christ­mas this year, Cpl. Singh was shot and killed, al­legedly, by an il­le­gal alien, who was part of a vi­o­lent street gang.

Cpl. Singh left be­hind a griev­ing wife and a 5-month-old son.

This is what hap­pens in so­ci­ety when a na­tion of laws de­volves into law­less­ness. So­cial “jus­tice” trumps “equal jus­tice un­der law” and be­comes a mock­ery.

This is the party that Democrats have turned into. They stand with “sanc­tu­ary cities” and abol­ish­ing Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment over laws and equal jus­tice.

It is true that they are play­ing word games to­day. But their silly sopho­moric se­man­tics are not over words like “wall” or “fence” or “slats” or “bar­rier.”

There is only one word that they are hav­ing fits over to­day. That word is “Trump.”

Democrats would rather shut down the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, sacri­fice jus­tice and slay the law in the name of “sanc­tu­ary” for il­le­gal aliens. It has be­come their lat­est re­li­gion. Any­thing to keep from stand­ing be­side Pres­i­dent Trump on the side of equal jus­tice un­der law.

Mr. Kaine an­nounced that no less than Joseph and Mary — and even Je­sus, Him­self — are stranded at the bor­der to­day.

Con­tact Charles Hurt at [email protected]­ing­ton­times.com or on Twit­ter @charleshurt.

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