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My Response to Rascovar’s Outrageous Screed and Subsequent Controversy By James Simpson

Posted: August 3, 2014 at 11:46 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Dan Bongino responded vigorously to a truly objectionable screed about the illegal alien issue by Barry Rascovar, posted at Maryland Reporter yesterday, and demanded it be taken down. Maryland Reporter Editor Len Lazarick responded today, saying that wouldn’t happen. I receive Maryland Reporter’s daily emails. Unaware of other objections, I had sent Len an email response of my own, asking why he would “allow such fraudulent hit pieces on Maryland Reporter.” The publication usually sticks to the facts and goes out of its way to remain moderate in tone. I felt the post to be entirely out of character and beneath Maryland Reporter’s standards.

Editors are free to pick and choose what to publish. But what they do publish reflects what they view as acceptable public discourse, regardless of whether they agree or disagree with it. When someone chooses to publish a post like Rascovar’s, it reflects seriously bad judgment, not because of Rascovar’s views on illegal aliens, but because his was a blatantly fraudulent hit piece. (Note there is no link to the piece as it is not worthy of the attention.)

He started by calling Republicans “narrow-minded bigots,” imputing to the GOP a mindless bit of graffiti sprayed on a Carroll County building that spelled “illegals” as “illeagles.” Who did that? Do we even know? No we don’t. Such actions frequently turn out to have been the work of
leftist activists.

The Left engages in these shenanigans all the time. CarrollCounty leftists are well-versed in Alinsky tactics, so defacing the former Army Reserve warehouse was likely a hoax they perpetrated. In their case, however, they may well not know the correct spelling of “illegals.”

In any event, Mr. Rascovar is willing to condemn the entire GOP. Guilty before proven innocent. He described a history of supposed GOP “near-hysterical hostility” toward Irish Catholics, Germans and Chinese. “Keeping ‘them’ out of the U.S. of A.” he says, “has morphed into today’s sweeping condemnation of 57,000 children from non-English-speaking, heavily Catholic nations in Central America who have crossed the border.”

Conspicuously overlooked is the GOP’s actual historical record. He has heard of Abraham Lincoln, surely. If he is really going to go there, he should note that it was the GOP, decidedly not Democrats, who freed the slaves, paying dearly in lives and treasure. It was the GOP who pushed civil rights legislation through Congress, not Democrats, while both Kennedy and Johnson cynically strategized how to move blacks into their voting column by creating a new form of slavery: welfare. As Lyndon Johnson so sarcastically said, “I’ll have them niggers voting Democratic for two hundred years.”

Rascovar then went on to call Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, one of the most principled, dedicated law enforcement officers in Maryland, “FrederickCounty’s arch-enemy of immigrants.” Is Mr. Rascovar, a veteran journalist, unfamiliar with the English language?

According to Webster’s dictionary, “immigrant” is defined as “a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence.” An “alien,” on the other hand, whether legal or illegal, is a person “relating, belonging, or owing allegiance to another country or government.” A resident alien can be considered an immigrant because the term describes a person who has established legal residency. An illegal alien by definition cannot be an immigrant because he/she is breaking the law and thus cannot confidently claim residency.

But to promote their fraudulent agenda, the Left conflates the two. Sheriff Jenkins is not anti-immigrant. Sheriff Jenkins is a law enforcement officer, and illegal aliens throughout Maryland are breaking the law, both simply by being here and also committing extensive crimes. Are not the criminal activities of legal Marylanders enough for law enforcement to deal with? Governor O’Malley inflicts an additional $2 billion in annual costs on Maryland taxpayers by laying down the welcoming mat to illegals. Don’t we have enough troubles without that added burden? I praise God for people like Sheriff Jenkins. I only wish more Maryland law enforcers would follow his dedicated example.

Republicans who care about the rule-of-law could care less if the illegal alien is from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, or if he is a lily-white Englishman who just walked off the set of Downton Abbey. They are breaking the law, and if you want law to have meaning, it must be enforced.

Rascovar ridiculed Jenkins’ assertion that illegals are drug smugglers, human traffickers and so forth. He must not have read anything but his own lousy columns. Unaccompanied children represent less than 1/5 of the approximately 290,000 aliens who have been apprehended at the border this year by the Border Patrol. And many of those “children” are in fact MS-13 gang members, or youths of gang age that MS-13 and other gangs are actively recruiting.

Mr. Rascovar, at least get your facts straight!

But that would ruin the narrative, and his phony narrative is what Mr. Rascovar wants. It has been the Left’s never ending political strategy to cast anyone who disagrees with their radical, destructive plans as “racist,” “sexist,” “homophobe,” “xenophobe,” etc. This has been the Left’s mantra since Lenin and Co began their offensive against the West 100 years ago. Mr. Rascovar is merely carrying on the tradition.

Anyone who allows such a message to go forward is in essence promoting radical leftist propaganda. It is designed specifically to demonize anyone who disagrees with them and polarize society. The facts of this controversy are not in the same universe. Conservatives believe in the rule-of-law because, guess what, that is what RUNS OUR NATION. It is what has given America freedom and prosperity unmatched in the history of the world. It is what legal immigrants are inspired to come here for, while illegals cheat both them and American citizens of the opportunities. Without the rule-of-law we have anarchy, and that is exactly what the Left is demanding!

They are deliberately setting out to wreck our country. A few of them are even willing to acknowledge that (try Bill Ayers for example, or Obama’s inspiration, the infamous Cloward and Piven, who laid it out in black and white). They do not have a shred of legitimacy in their argument, and calling names as Rascovar does – it is ALL he does – is intellectually unprincipled, lazy and dishonest.

Obama and Co. have illegally encouraged this mass migration for the conspicuously self-serving purpose of packing the rolls with future Democratic voters, while creating chaos in our nation and hoping to lay it all at the GOPs feet for the 2014 elections. It was a desperation move borne of the recognition that Democrats are going to lose big time in November given Obama’s endless scandals and disastrous policies. This is a distraction, a deception move, and unworthy of a sitting President. Children are being raped, beaten, robbed, kidnapped and murdered because this president sent Central America a message: “I will take care of you.” That is what these illegal kids are telling the Border Patrol. All so the Democrats can cobble together some more votes! It is a national disgrace.

A publication that allows such utter tripe as Rascovar’s screed spreads misinformation and hatred, polarizing and discrediting the only people standing up against this monstrous agenda. Meanwhile it legitimizes what is nothing more than a base political tactic that has defined the Left since Saul Alinsky first codified it in his 1971 pamphlet “Rules for Radicals.” Publish such tripe if you will, but it is a terrible discredit to your usually informative publication.

James Simpson is an economist, former White House budget analyst, businessman and investigative journalist. His articles have been published at American Thinker, Accuracy in Media, Breitbart, Washington Times, WorldNetDaily, and others. His regular column is DC Independent Examiner. Follow Jim on Twitter & Facebook