How Low Can Senator Kelly Sink? Lower Than You Suspect.

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”:

person who flees for refuge or safety, especially to a foreign country, as in time of political upheaval, war, etc.

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

  1. 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? 
  2. 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. 

4 thoughts on “How Low Can Senator Kelly Sink? Lower Than You Suspect.

  1. WC
    At your concluding passages regarding Pres. Obama, Chan. Merkel, and the various parliaments, you neglected to add Papa Francisco himself. Remember that he has called for each parish–worldwide–to take on one Syrian family–he did NOT limit it to “christian” Syrians–as part of his call for caring for “refugees”.
    Perhaps that would be well worth remembering the next time Sen. Pete Kelly waxes religious as the basis for taking some action that he prefers to push his political agenda. If catholic parishes worldwide follow the pope’s request, that will go a long way toward caring for all the refugees. (not to mention other churches and charities joining in the effort) Imagine the senator having to tip toe past catholic churches for fear of the invading horde being cared for inside. Who knows? Maybe he’ll abandon religion altogether since it has come to this–actually caring for human beings who are destitute. Who ever came up with such a notion?

    Speaking of WC loving hyperbole as much as Sen. Pete, this passage was a bit too much to take, and I’m by no means a fan of W/Cheney: “Who read little kids’ stories while jets flew into the Twin Towers…” C’mon, WC, that is unfair. Yes, he happened to be in the midst of a classroom visit when he got the news, and he concluded that visit rather than abandon it because he had insufficient information and he didn’t want to give undue alarm in response to what might have been inaccurate reports.

    Paul Eaglin

    p.s. as for those parliaments, check what you say about Norway; I believe it may be the one that has resolved to close its borders, so I’m not sure you’re accurate about the Norwegian welcome mat.

  2. Pete Kelly, a criminal and a shameless hateful little man to begin with. A total coward that’s always afraid to talk to his constituents is now playing politics with lives, how charming. I guess “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me” no longer means anything in this country. We should all be ashamed for the way our leaders behave and even MORE ashamed for electing them.

  3. Kelly who? Bernie Sanders just kicked butt today in his speech on Democratic Socialism at Georgetown University reaffirming what a REAL public servant looks like. With free or nearly free tuition at public universities, and leashes on lobbyists coming soon, it will be easier to clean our closets of the imposters.

  4. As a good fundamentalist “Christian” he is too worried about people dancing and other sin to concern himself with facts or logic. Cut the poor man a break, and don’t expect so much out of him. He clearly doesn’t have time to think before he opens his mouth to spew vitriol.

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