Can the preaching on amnesty get any more hysterical?
According to Google, argumentum ad passiones is “a logical fallacy which uses the manipulation of the recipient’s emotions, rather than valid logic, to win an argument.” This fallacy is also known as “appeal to emotion.” This argumentative tactic is one of the most frequently used by the left. When a liberal finds themselves on the ropes with a hollow argument, they transform the situation into something much more easily manipulated. By weaving an emotional tale, or by making an emotionally charged comparison, they create a compelling narrative that distracts from the actual debate.
For example, when the Hobby Lobby case was decided by the Supreme Court, instead of arguing with facts, and reason, the left decided to incite fear, and anger by claiming that the reason Hobby Lobby didn’t want to pay for their employee’s abortifacient pills was because they hated women’s rights. This “war on women” narrative took the argument outside the bounds of reality by stirring up feelings of anger, fear, and resentment. Suddenly, facts, and logic became irrelevant. The same tactic is being used by proponents of amnesty.
According to Breitbart, Democratic Representative Jim Clyburn told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Friday that amnesty is comparable to the emancipation of black slaves:
“We all know, if only from the movies, the fight that Lincoln had with the Congress on the question of slavery. What a fight we had over the integration of the Armed Services…this issue of immigration is just as important to this country as integrating the armed services was back in the 1940s.“
Just to be clear, in the eyes of Jim Clyburn, amnesty = emancipation. Other than the obvious, and immediate gut reaction that tells you “Wow, this guy is insane,” let’s go over the main differences between amnesty, and emancipation.
- Black slaves weren’t here by choice, but illegal aliens are in the United States precisely because they decided to come here. That alone is a massive dissimilarity, and one that actually defines the difference between enslaved, and not enslaved. Choice.
- Black slaves weren’t breaking the law by living here. Illegal immigrants are by definition, illegal, which means that by coming here, they have broken the law, violating the sovereignty of the United States.
- Black slaves were viewed by slaveholders as less than human. Opponents of amnesty don’t view illegal immigrants as anything less than human, they simply believe in the laws of immigration, which are in place for a number of legitimate reasons.
The comparisons between amnesty, and emancipation are ludicrous at best, and wildly offensive at worst. Comparing the unimaginable struggle of black slaves to illegal immigrants who came here of their own volition is foul. It’s like comparing Jews in a concentration camp to a drug dealer in prison. Imagine this scenario:
A man breaks into your house. Your doors are locked, and it is clear that you are not inviting strangers into your home. This man proceeds to eat your food, and use your electronic devices as if they were his own. You come home to this man sitting on your couch, using your laptop, and eating your cheese puffs. You ask him why he is in your house, and he responds by telling you that your house is nicer, and all he wanted was a better life. You have no idea who this man is, or if he poses a threat to your family. You ask him to leave, but he refuses. Instead, he offers you $100 a month rent. $100 a month is clearly not enough to cover the expenses of a grown man, let alone make up for his unlawful intrusion in your home, but he seems to think it’s fair. You go to your friends, and they all tell you that you’re selfish for denying the man’s request. After all, he just wants a better life.
Does that seem like a ridiculous idea? Did you read that, and think “That’s insane! That would never happen.” Well, it happens every day, but on a much larger scale. Illegal immigration has consequences; it impairs our safety, and hampers our economy—and it has a specific economic impact on the black community.
People like Jim Clyburn know that they’re on the wrong side of the amnesty argument, so they make emotionally charged statements likening it to slavery, and emancipation. They try to create such a cloud of smoke that no one will see illegal immigration for what it really is: lawlessness. If we refuse to enforce such basic laws as those which define our citizenship, what else is up for grabs? What more are we allowed to do?
Amnesty is in no way comparable to emancipation, and anyone who says otherwise is stupid, or a liar.