“No legacy is so rich as honesty.” – William Shakespeare
We’ve developed into a society in which honesty is the most hated value. Honesty often acts as a knife, paring away deception that’s been carefully layered over the truth. That can be tremendously painful, and as a result, we’ve essentially let go of honesty, and replaced it with lies. We are masterful liars. We lie because it benefits us personally, or it makes the people to whom we’re lying feel better. In the end, however, a lie is damaging to the integrity of any system.
Regarding illegal immigration, the left enjoys setting up traps for stupid Republicans. During a recent event in Iowa, a woman asked Ted Cruz a question that I guarantee was designed by a leftist operative to make Cruz look bad–but I don’t think they expected his answer:
DACA GIRL: “As a DACA holder myself, I worry about, you know, whoever comes next to the presidency and what’s gonna happen to people like us. So, I just think of myself as part of this community, and you know, first day of your presidency, you decide to deport people like myself…it’s just very difficult to process.”
Though she wasn’t seen in the video, the DACA recipient sounded tearful, and timid. This is a tactic in itself. Asking a question in such a way as to sound like a victim sets up an environment in which the person providing a necessarily difficult answer will look like a monster. Regardless of the rightness of what Ted Cruz said, the question was designed as a firebomb, meant to cause maximum damage.
Cruz didn’t take the bait. He didn’t stammer or bumble; he didn’t dance around the question; he hit the nail on the head with a somewhat apologetic, but stern answer. He also used the occasion to hit the Democrats:
CRUZ: “Well listen, I would note that if you’re a DACA recipient, it means that you were brought here illegally, and violating the law has consequences. And one of the problems with our broken immigration system is that it is creating human tragedies. And [there are] human tragedies when people break the law, but I can tell you what the law is in every country on earth. If I illegally emigrate to England, or Germany, or France, or China, or Mexico, and they catch me, they will deport me. That’s what every other country on earth does. And there’s no reason that America’s laws should have less respect than the laws of every other country on earth. We should welcome people who come following the laws, but there are consequences for breaking the laws, and that is part of what makes America the nation that we are.”
We have laws, and they must be followed. The consequences of breaking the law often reach beyond the law-breaker himself, and while that is certainly painful, it cannot, and must not, be avoided if the result of such avoidance is damaging to the system at large. Damage to the American system affects the people living legally within that system, and sets precedents that have long-lasting ramifications. Cruz delivered a painful, but honest answer. More than honest, however, it was truthful. The alternative–what the Democrats want–will result in an ongoing economic and social disaster.
So, gasp and clutch those pearls all you want, Democrats, but your question-bomb was rendered inert by the truth.