American Moment Coming With Presidential Veto Over Refugees
Every now and then in our nation’s history it takes a bold stroke from a leader to underscore who we are as a people. There needs to be at times a reminder of the values that make us American. That does not mean we are better than others around the globe but it is necessary at times to demonstrate even to ourselves that humanity is a precious commodity in our democracy.
What we have witnessed over the past few days from conservative Republicans regarding the potential resettlement of Syrian refugees in our country has produced nothing short of national embarrassment. Some of the most vile and hate-filled remarks and statements have come forth from those who on any other day would be blessing themselves in public and letting all know they are one step away from a pew at any given moment. Just ask any Republican presidential candidate how God talks to them and you might think we were about to elect a national pastor.
Which is why it was so pitiful to watch the display of Republican governors, members of congress, and talking heads who suddenly lost their understanding of the Bible as they went out of their way to demean, slander, and work overtime to shun people in need. The same Republicans who want to lead this nation and be president to all the people have even introduced the topic that only Christians should be allowed to enter our country as refugees.
It is simply appalling.
Now the House of Representative is planning to vote for a bill aimed–as the GOP leadership says–to increase screenings for Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Those who know the bile that is at the root cause of this needless legislation are looking to presidential leadership to stuff it in the trash bin.
And that is exactly what President Obama will do. He announced late today that he will veto the legislation if it reaches his desk.
As noted this week over 750,000 refugees arrived on these shores since 9/11 and for a whole set of reasons from the vetting process to our cultural diversity, and economic engines the transition has been a good one. There is no reason to now allow our international reputation for being fair, decent, and also tough when it comes to the vetting process be marred by nasty, vindictive, and hate-filled members of congress who want to show they have hair on their chest.
This bigoted and offensive crap will end with a veto.