“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle
Some ideas are radical, and others only seem radical. But why are some ideas considered radical in the first place? Often, they carry negative connotations. So, “radical” is defined by our perceptions of propriety, and social standards. When an idea falls outside of what we, as a society, consider normal, or traditional, it is labeled as extreme. That extreme idea is then assessed, and often slapped with a negative label. But why is extreme generally understood to be negative? Because it’s foreign, and anything outside the norm is viewed with trepidation. That’s our nature as a species.
We are a country of immigrants, and that is not something to be taken away. We are also a melting pot, full of vibrant cultural traditions, and values. But we are also an economy. The economy of the United States does not exist in a vacuum; we are the economy. Our endeavors and purchases drive our economy. More than that, we are a sovereign nation. The first responsibility of any government is to protect its citizens. According to Caroline May of Breitbart:
“Since 2000, Tennessee’s net employment growth has gone to immigrants, despite the fact that native-born Americans accounted for 60 percent of the state’s working-age population growth, a new report from a limited immigration group reveals…the number of working-age immigrants holding a job in Tennessee increased by 94,000 from 2000 to 2014. However, the number of working-age Americans in the state holding a job declined 47,000.”
The report from CIS (Center for Immigration Studies) suggests that all job growth in Tennessee over the last decade, and a half has gone to immigrants. Given that we are in a recession that seems never-ending, the idea that native citizens are being denied jobs in favor of immigrants is absurd. Obviously, legal immigrants contribute to the United States as much as native born Americans do, but allowing people to immigrate here when the economy is in a state of fragility is counterintuitive. I think it’s time we considered a moratorium on all immigration.
The moratorium would continue until the recession ended. Until the United States can once again stand on its own two legs, and give its own people jobs, we shouldn’t be allowing immigrants to come here from other countries. We shouldn’t be bringing people here to take jobs away from Americans. This is not a stand against immigrants, but a temporary action to alleviate the pain of a sputtering economy.
This idea sounds radical. After all, we are a country of immigrants—as we are reminded every day by liberals who want amnesty for illegals. But why is a radical idea a negative idea? In difficult situations, radical ideas have their place, and I think it’s time for this idea to take hold.