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American Moment Coming With Presidential Veto Over Refugees

November 18, 2015


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.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 20, 2015 10:35 AM

    Conservatives have embarrassed America and are the laughing stock–Steven Colbert made the point for the nation last night on Late Night. You can live in fear and try to peddle it but it is simply un-American and also not a moral stand. At least try to pretend you have some respect for your Pope.

    Now as to the statement by Obama he was speaking about the expansion of the new land being taken over by Daesh and he is accurate about that. The statement he made in that regard followed the results of Kurds and others retaking some territory. .

  2. November 20, 2015 7:49 AM

    It was not my side that said Isis was contained and then saw 129 people killed hours later now was it. So please tell me again who actually embarrassed America?

  3. November 19, 2015 1:43 PM

    So sayeth, pk, the great sage of Green Bay.

    What you fail to state is the House bill was only placed up for a vote at breakneck speed to make red-meat conservatives squeal with delight. The vetting process now works. There nothing needed to be added–only the partisan spin which makes the rest of us laugh.

    In case you did not notice before let me state again the fact your side can not dismiss. Over 750,000 refugees since 9/11 which were vetted–and the same system will be used for Syrians—and things proved to run smoothly and national security was not in any short-changed.

    Your side has created one of the most embarrassing weeks to be an American that I can remember. That is all you can claim–a national embarrassment. For the bulk of us who use our brains prior to forming an opinion let me say as plain as I can. I live a life of compassion rather than a life filled with hate and fear as do most Americans.

  4. November 19, 2015 1:27 PM

    Nice to see that 47 Democrats understand the risk of a weak president and the American people deserve better in security. While we cannot just turn our backs on the Syrians we also MUST put the American people first and make sure what we are doing is whats in the BEST interest of America.

    The U.S. House approved a GOP bill to strengthen the vetting process of Syrian and Iraqi refugees on Thursday, ignoring a veto threat from President Barack Obama.

    The bill was reportedly passed 289-137, giving the legislation a veto-proof majority vote. A total of 47 Democrats voted with Republicans to pass the bill.

  5. November 18, 2015 11:50 PM

    We actually agree on part of what you wrote.

    I too think the White House has to better communicate on the matter of why the vetting system is able to the job–as it has been doing for all these years. I think there has been a miss on connecting with the real angst that people are having about the news that has been all too horrible over the recent days.

    But I also think there has to be end to the fear-baiting and attempts from those on the GOP side who use this episode for their own purposes. Playing to the lowest common denominator is never a way to lead.

  6. tom permalink
    November 18, 2015 10:50 PM

    Vetoes do not end bigotry. The President needs to step up and address the nation and explain to the people why this bill would be a bad idea, why current screening measures (which can take up two years to clear a Syrian) are sufficient, and to address the nation’s real anxiety regarding terrorism.

    Leadership is hard work. Perhaps Obama should roll up his sleeves for once.

    I know, All these comments are racist and bigoted.

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