Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Jim Babka and Perry Willis Promised This Follow-Up...

(This web site doesn't know which parts of their e-mails were composed by Jim Babka and which by Perry Willis. We have a "Label," a useful little piece of software, for Jim Babka and will use it to incorporate contributions that, like this one are signed by Perry Willis, unless and until we figure out how to change the entire "Label" to "Downsize DC," which would have been the proper label for their organization...except that so many correspondents are active in different organizations that we've tracked correspondence by individual correspondents' names. Anyway, the headline at their site identifies the Syrian refugee "crisis" as an Opportunity to Grow a Backbone.

Meh. Members of this web site have lived/bunked with Arab-type people before but we'd still prefer to make sure any prospective housemates are sane, clean, sober, reasonably respectable members of their own communities, and generally not inclined to muck about with explosives or deadly weapons while staying with us. That's why the "allowing citizens and charities to sponsor" refugees is crucial. There are countries that currently seem to be at lower risk from ISIS goons disguised as refugees than the U.S. is, and some of them may even have more opportunities for the kind of unskilled labor jobs some of these bachelor "refugees" look qualified to do...let those countries open their floodgates to the masses of single men.)

Syrian refugees: Are we still the home of the brave? Retweet
  • U.S. politicians (and voters) created the Syrian refugee crisis
  • Those who caused the crisis have a moral obligation to give sanctuary to the people they victimized -- "You broke it, you bought it."
  • No tax funding should be used for this purpose. Instead...
  • Congress should throw open the doors to voluntary contributions, allowing American citizens and charities to sponsor Syrian individuals and families.
We call this policy “Sanctuary yes, tax-funding no.” Today we’ll address two questions related to this policy. First...
Will taking in Syrian refugees increase the risk of terrorism?
A lot of people seem to think so, but this fear doesn’t stand up to close scrutiny. Practically speaking...
  • No refugee has ever committed a terrorist attack in America (the Tsarnaev brothers, for instance, did not come through refugee program).
  • All previous attacks were committed by U.S. citizens or by people who came here with legal visas.
  • Keeping out refugees won’t keep out terrorists, anymore than walls and bars keep drugs out of our prisons.
Here’s the moral argument...
  • We wouldn’t imprison or deport you because someone on your block committed a crime. We wouldn't even take your guns due to a gun crime. The same principle applies to the Syrian refugees. We don’t punish innocent people because of what bad people do.
  • All human rights are pre-constitutional and inalienable. Rights do NOT come from governments. Rights pre-exist governments. Rights stem from our humanity. This means that the Syrian refugees have the same right to the presumption of innocence that you do.
Basically, we need to choose principles over special pleading.
Here’s where the moral and the practical converge...
Denying sanctuary to people you victimized breeds resentment that promotes terrorism. ISIS uses this in their propaganda. Our government, in our name, has already done far too many things to help Muslim extremists promote terrorism. It’s time to stop.
What about screening?
Refugees are screened. The process takes 18 to 24 months. It’s a game of “pretend.” Think about it...
Will Assad give us his files about the people fleeing his rule? Of course not. So there can be no background checks for these refugees. It’s absurd to think otherwise.
But even if screening could work, would-be terrorists would simply bypass the process and enter the country by other means. Again, think about it...
Someone who’s willing to die in a terrorist attack isn’t going to worry about being arrested for travelling without papers.
Screening is pointless. It's a fairy tale that just wastes money and holds innocent people against their will. But here’s something that could work...
If we treat immigrants with respect they may inform on the bad people in their community. But this is unlikely to happen as long we treat all Muslims like terrorists and innocent people as if they were guilty.
A final point...
Many Americans sneer at the French. They call them cowards and “surrender monkeys.” Remember "freedom fries?" Yet France is taking in 30,000 Syrian refugees while the U.S. is taking in none (so far). That’s embarrassing. We call ourselves the “home of the brave.” That’s just empty bragging. Americans tremble before the slightest risk. How do we know?
  • You should see the letters we get, telling us we're not scared enough.
  • There's even a news network completely devoted to being crazy with fear. They wouldn't do this if it wasn't getting ratings. It’s time to grow a backbone.
If you agree, please tell Congress to....
  • Accept Syrian refugees, but instead of using tax money to support them...
  • Create a path for Americans to sponsor Syrian individuals and families
Take these actions...
  1. Send your instructions to Congress using Downsize DC’s Educate the Powerful System.
  2. Forward this message to friends. Ask them to send a letter, just like you did.
  3. Consider making a contribution or starting a monthly pledge to further our work
We hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving,
Perry Willis
Vice President, Downsize DC 

P.S.: Fellow Americans, the U.N. has set up a funding site where we can donate money to help transport, feed, clothe, and shelter masses of "Syrian refugees" in camps that are being set up outside the U.S. I say "meh," again...I don't know where these places are or who's running them or how or why or anything. If you trust the U.N. to oversee this, here's a link you can use to contribute: