Governor Pete Ricketts joined a growing group of Governors — including Iowa Governor Terry Branstad — in making an effort to stop Syrian refugees from settling in Nebraska until a clear plan for weeding out potential terrorists is enacted.
It makes basic sense: You have a people from a specific country with a very real terrorist threat who want to enter the U.S. And it looks like that threat actually took place in France. So is it really that unreasonable to say the U.S. isn’t just going to open their doors to any and everyone?
Well some of the usual suspects are raising a stink.
For instance, the OWH reports that the ACLU of Nebraska and Iowa chimed in:
The ACLU of Iowa called Branstad’s decision “morally and legally wrong.” And the ACLU of Nebraska said the governors’ “efforts to block refugee resettlement in their states blames refugees for the very terror they are fleeing.”
So, a few things…
First, isn’t the ACLU supposed to be fighting for the rights of AMERICANS? Last time I checked, the people of Syria are specifically NOT that. And why are they even involved in an issue of whether or not a certain group can enter the U.S?
And while they may be correct that the Governors are not legally correct in their bid to thwart the Federal government, that’s the Obama Administration’s fight — not the ACLU’s.
And while we’re at it, where do they get off declaring what is and what is not morally correct? According to whose morals? Theirs? They are supposed to be about upholding the Constitution of the United States. Now they’ve slid off to declaring Governors immoral for not wanting un-reviewed Syrians in their state.
Thanks for butting out ACLU.
Hour of Power
Kevin Williamson of National Review (one of my favorite NR writers — very straight forward, clever, intelligent and generally cuts through the crap) wrote an article today about the future of the Republican party — particularly regarding the GOP Presidential candidates. Aside from the two leaders, Trump and Carson, Williamson is very optimistic.
(I guess we will have to re-gauge his optimism if either of the leaders makes it through…)
But before even getting to the Prez candidates, Williamson notes that he was at the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program’s Fifth Annual Conference on “The Future of Free Speech” at Yale University on November 6th.
Giving the keynote address at the program was Yale grad, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse.
A Yale student wrote up Sasse’s speech, noting…
Sasse is particularly concerned about the future of American higher education, which he says is becoming increasingly bureaucratized as young people are indiscriminately advised to pursue a college degree. Meanwhile, 18- to 22-year-olds are unprepared to do meaningful work and stay at a single firm for more than a few years.
“I believe that what we’re doing is very accidentally creating and extending adolescence into an age of dependency,” Sasse explains, “that creates a kind of sheltered young adults that don’t understand very much at all about the world and that probably come and protest like you heard today.”
You may note that this speech was given after the Halloween Costume Email events that took place at Yale recently.
I was looking for a version of Sasse’s speech — wondering why it hadn’t gone up earlier.
It could have been because Sasse’s speech is…63 minuutes long!
Holy crap! That’s Bill Clinton territory.
Well, here is what Williamson, a little more seasoned that the Yale student, had to say:
Senator Sasse is in possession of a living mind open to original thought, and he has spent part of his first year in the Senate thinking seriously about what the Senate really is, what it does, and what it should do. That sounds like the sort of thing that everybody in Washington ought to be doing, and maybe it is, but there isn’t to my knowledge anybody in elected office doing it with the intelligence and rigor that Senator Sasse applies to his job.
So if you have an hour to kill, here is Senator Sasse’s FULL speech at Yale earlier in the month.
If you watch the whole thing, give your thoughts.
Guess it’s a good thing he’s not on “Intelligence”
A-member how dumb Dan Quayle was because he read a notecard that put an “e” on the end of potato.
And remember how every time former Republican Rep. Lee Terry crossed the street, there was a reporter nearby to record what he may or may not have said.
Well, then you’ve no doubt seen Democrat Rep. Brad Ashford attempting to spell the name of one of the most important committees in Congress, right?
Well, here you go:
I’m fairly sure that had this been Lee Terry, it would have been a 3-week story, with a side-investigation and a call for impeachment.
But there you go.