Here’s the complete text of Senator Pete Kelly’s Facebook post on November 17:
Please contact our governor and explain to him the need to take a strong stand against importing Syrians into Alaska. I will not call them refugees – they are not. Europe is under invasion and Paris is the first city to fall under full attack. We in the US are next and the Quisling who has opened wide our gates to the invading horde is our very own president.
Governor Walker: Obviously, we cannot rely on Obama to defend this country, but you governor, are the leader of this state. It has fallen to you to do the uncomfortable. Contact the president. Tell him it is unacceptable to transplant the invaders of Europe to our country.
No amount of romanticizing will turn these people into “huddled masses yearning to be free.” They are the vanguard of sharia law and they are dangerous. In an interview you said you hadn’t given the idea of standing against the transplant much thought. That’s OK. Things are moving quickly and who would have thought a US president would put you in this position. But now you know. Get your bearings and make a stand.
Honestly, WC has dealt with sacks of dog turds that weren’t as offensive as Senator Kelly’s little jeremiad. Let’s parse a few of his claims to determine if WC is offending perfectly innocent dog turds.1
“I will not call them refugees – they are not.”
Let’s see, their country is the battleground for a civil war and a proxy war among Sunnis, Shiites, ISIS, Russians and Americans. Hundreds of thousands have been killed. Millions have been displaced. Their own government is setting off barrel bombs in residential areas. Their choices are to die or to leave. Many who try to leave are killed; others die en route. They leave Syria with little or nothing of their property. Those who survive have endured unimaginably bad conditions. Some 150,000 are so desperate they have fled to Iraq, another country the U.S. helped to trash.
The dictionary definition of “refugee”:
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees explains:
Migrants, especially economic migrants, choose to move in order to improve the future prospects of themselves and their families. Refugees have to move if they are to save their lives or preserve their freedom. They have no protection from their own state – indeed it is often their own government that is threatening to persecute them. If other countries do not let them in, and do not help them once they are in, then they may be condemning them to death – or to an intolerable life in the shadows, without sustenance and without rights.
So, yeah, Senator Kelly, despite what you may think, they are refugees. If the Senator disagrees, WC invites him to spend a week in Aleppo to reconsider his position.
“Europe is under invasion and Paris is the first city to fall under full attack.”
Senator Kelly intentionally conflates a lot of refugees with an invading army. The U.S. invaded Kuwait. And Afghanistan. And Iraq. That’s just since 1990. Even Senator Kelly should be able to understand the difference between an invasion and the miserable exodus of starving, terrorized people from Syria. He should be able to understand the difference between tens of thousands of heavily armed soldiers, backed by the most advanced munitions on the planet, from starving refugees, arriving by raft, scummy ships and worse, with nothing but the shirts on their backs. Half of those refugees are children; a majority are female.
A handful of terrorists, one of whom may have been from Syria, inflicted a terrorist attack on downtown Paris. It was a despicable and horrific act. But if one terrorist out hundreds of thousands of refugees committed those terrible crimes, why does the Senator tar the hundreds of thousands who are innocent with the same brush? You are a documented liar. Does that make the other 59 members of the Alaska Legislature liars, too? We don’t practice attainder in the United States.
Nor did Paris “fall.” Did New York “fall” on 9/11? Did Oklahoma City “fall” to our homegrown terrorist, Timothy McVeigh? WC enjoys hyperbole as much as the next person, but its really inappropriate when Parisians haven’t finished burying their dead.
“We in the US are next and the Quisling who has opened wide our gates to the invading horde is our very own president.”
You really have been drinking Rush Limbaugh’s Koolaid™, haven’t you? 10,000 carefully, painstakingly screened refugees are an “invading horde”? How long has the Senator suffered from this xenophobia? Greece has nearly a half a million refugees. Any terrorism there? Turkey has even more. Any terorrism there? Other than by our erstwhile allies?
And he is mis-using the word “quisling.” It means is a person who collaborates with an enemy occupying force. The last time WC checked we weren’t occupied by any Islamic horde. And if you want to call the President names, you better have hard proof. Right now you have thinly disguised racism. At several levels.
“Obviously, we cannot rely on Obama to defend this country”
WC admires how the Senator can leap to such a strong conclusion without any intervening steps. Or logic. Or evidence. President Obama – note WC uses his title, because the office deserves respect; WC even uses your title, the utter absence of a reason to give respect – has deported more illegal immigrants than any president in history. It as the Obama administration that whacked Osama Bin Laden. It was the curent President that used drones, rightly or wrongly, to whack the most dangerous dudes. WC suggests there is ample evidence that Americans can trust the President. Certainly more reason than there was to trust the previous President. Who read little kid stories while jets flew into the Twin Towers, and lied through his teeth to get us into a land war in Asia.
“No amount of romanticizing will turn these people into ‘huddled masses yearning to be free.'”
If you spent more time reading history and less listening the Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, you’d understand that your spiritual brothers have said the same thing about Hispanics, Cubans, the Japanese, Southern Europeans, Chinese, Swedes, Germans, Catholics and, yes, the Irish, over the course of the United States’ sordid racist history. Not much romanticism to be found there; just despicable prejudice. Just the same, tired xenophobia against anyone who wasn’t white, Christian and anglo. Of course, all of those racists were proven wrong. But Senator Kelly trots out the same, tired prejudices.
“They are the vanguard of sharia law”
Oh, please. The Senator is suggesting 10,000 Syrian immigrants are going to impose Sharia on a nation of 319 million? How, exactly? If the Senator is going to make absurd claims, he needs to back them up with facts. This kind of ridiculous claims smacks of “I Can’t Stand Pat” Buchanan’s claims that Hispanics are out to reconquer the U.S. Southwest.
“It is unacceptable to transplant the invaders of Europe to our country”
We’ve dealt with the “invaders” canard already. And if Senator Kelly is calling President Obama a fool, then he must be calling German Prime Minister Angela Merkel a fool as well. And the parliaments of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and most of our other allies fools as well. Because they are taking a lot more than 10,000 carefully screen Syrian refugees in to their countries.
Maybe, just maybe, all those other European leaders are smarter than Senator Kelly. Maybe President Obama is a whole lot smarter than Senator Kelly. On the evidence, that wouldn’t take a lot of smarts. Maybe they can properly assess a risk, and Senator Kelly is just a racist, xenophobic idiot. That would be the smart bet, wouldn’t it?2
- Borough Assemblymember and serial theocrat Lance Roberts endorsed Senator Kelly’s Facebook post. That’s like one of the seven cancer warning signs, don’t you think? ↩
- Here’s a better suggestion. Contact Governor Walker and tell him he should follow Washington Governor Jay Inslee, who says he welcomes Syrian immigrants, and understands the lessons of hisotry. ↩