Exclusive for VSA by Steve Deace
There is a romanticized notion of immigration from many folks on the Left and some on the Right that I wish was true, but alas it is not. And the longer we continue to engage in such magical thinking, the more likely we’re endangering our national security.
Our error in judgment goes something like this: Immigration today is the same as it was at the turn of the 20th century, when Europe sent us waves of its tired, its poor, and its huddle masses yearning to breathe free. It’s also the same as it was in the 1960s and 1970s, when scores of immigrants from Latin America came to the United States to escape communism. Since all cultures are the same, and no culture can claim to be superior to any other, it therefore doesn’t matter where today’s immigrants come from. Nor does it matter what cultural baggage they bring here with them, because they’ll be eager to instantly discard those traditions and assimilate into our rainbow-colored progressive collective just the same.
So when you point out things like at least 1.6 million Muslims have immigrated to America since 9/11, the purveyors of political correctness either respond dismissively or by judging you while calling you judgmental.
“Are you an Islamophobe?” they’ll ask.
What I am is someone who thinks a government entrusted with protecting our God-given rights should be giving immigration priority status to those possessing the same ideals and values as most Americans. And a new poll recently shared by Fox News provides some startling numbers about our failure to do so:
- One third of American Muslims agreed with the statement “Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to Shariah Law (instead of the U.S. Constitution).” The means since 9/11 we have imported a half a million people who don’t want to follow the Constitution but the brutal law of the Q’uran instead. To put that number in perspective, there isn’t a single city in my home state of Iowa with that many people.
- One fourth of American Muslims agreed with the statement “violence against Americans here in the United States can be justified as part of the global Jihad.” Stop and think about that one for a second. We have imported 400,000 people since 9/11 who sympathize with those who committed that atrocity. That’s like saying everyone who lives in Minneapolis – population approximately 400,000 – is a potential Jihadist.
- Almost one third of American Muslims agreed with the statement “I believe that violence against those that insult the prophet Muhammad, the Q’uran, or the Islamic faith is sometimes acceptable.” Which means since 9/11 we have taken in more potential killers than the population of Kansas City.
I’m sure these trends have nothing to do with more than 150 Americans being caught trying to join ISIS, could they? Of course, those responsible for this irresponsibility will immediately try to shame those of us concerned about hundreds of thousands of Jihadist sympathizers coming to America by comparing us to the Jim Crow South. But don’t these polling results pretty much speak for themselves?
This is the point in the column when I’m supposed to install some sort of disclaimer that says I don’t think all Muslims think like this. Or that Islam is a religion of peace sadly hijacked by a few crazies. Yet I keep tripping over the fact there are more people coming to our country believing it’s okay to kill me for disobeying Allah than there are fans rooting for LeBron James in Cleveland.
Apparently they didn’t get that diversity memo.
There’s a reason non-violent Muslims are safer living here, inside the borders of the “the great Satan” United States, than anywhere else in the world—and that includes countries dominated by Islam. It’s because American Exceptionalism is better than a culture dominated by the Q’uran, and therefore ours is a culture worthy of protecting and defending. Yet it’s harder to do that when we import hundreds of thousands of people who prefer the “law” laid down by a man who married a 9-year old girl over the Declaration of Independence.
Of course, those currently running the country and making these naively dangerous decisions have no regard for American Exceptionalism, either. I’m sure that’s just a coincidence, too.
(Steve Deace is a nationally-syndicated talk show host and also the author of the new book “Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again.” You can “like” him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @SteveDeaceShow.)