Sep 25, 201511:14 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Pope Francis promotes Republican values: life and opportunity
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“The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development.” — Pope Francis before the joint session of Congress.
On my television screen Thursday morning, the Pope’s pure white garments glowed from the dark-hued chambers of the House of Representatives.
Other visual takeaways: Speaker John Boehner welling up during the speech, searching for his hanky, and outright blubbering when the holy man addressed the crowd outside (he may have been thinking of his tea party rebels, but still); the papal FIAT, a tiny vehicle amidst the security of all those honking big American SUVs, as if to underscore the man’s humility (a little red 500c is the staff car here at the Stately Manor); and eschewing the congressional dinner to break bread among the homeless (all right, the First Lady of the Stately Manor remarked on the large numbers of cell phones among the homeless, but still).
The CNN commentary dwelt on global warming; fair enough, but Republicans want a clean environment. They just doubt that cap and trade are going to make one Fahrenheit degree of difference while creating a regulatory monster.
“On this continent … thousands of persons are led to travel north in search of a better life for themselves and for their loved ones, in search of greater opportunities. Is this not what we want for our own children? We must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation. Let us remember the Golden Rule: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’
“We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners.”
There is something unseemly about Republicans — the party of life, champions of opportunity — vying with each other for who can build the most forbidding wall, the thickest, tallest, most electrified wall. Yes, enforce our immigration laws. Withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities. But America cannot withstand massive round-ups, relocation camps, and deportations like something out of the diary of Anne Frank.
Moreover, immigrants — legal or otherwise — are workers, people of faith, and family oriented. The milking parlors on Wisconsin’s dairy farms would be empty without them, as would half our restaurant kitchens.
Again, yes, a path to citizenship. Marco Rubio, do not apologize.
That is where my man Scott Walker fell on the always-slippery campaign trail. He tried to trump Donald Trump on immigration and that cannot be done. Walker took every side of immigration and birth citizenship (there really is a good argument against it) and thereby betrayed the constancy that was his appeal. It wasn’t who he is — a champion of the opportunity society, of economic growth, not of rolling up the sidewalks.
Walker allowed himself to become intimidated. The electorate could see his wetted finger in the air. Americans respect someone who takes a principled stand — if it is principled. It is what won Walker a recall election.