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Giuliani the Xenophobe

August 14th, 2007

The man just gets scarier and scarier. First it was energy independence, now its illegal immigration.

“We can end illegal immigration. I promise you, we can end illegal immigration,” [Rudy Giuliani,] former New York mayor said at a community center — the first of the day’s two stops in this early voting state.

You see, you’re either with the xenophobes, the closeted bigots, or you’re not. And if you’re with them, then you’re anti-freedom. If you’re not already an American, you must be an enemy – no matter how badly you’d like to become an American, or work for Americans, or buy from Americans. Then again, Rudy gave us this charmer, too:

“What we don’t see is that freedom is not a concept in which people can do anything they want, be anything they can be. Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do.”

Ah, yes. Freedom through slavery…

Giuliani is certainly not the first person who thinks he can eradicate a concept. But he certainly won’t be the first person to win such a war. We can’t win the war on drugs, on obesity, on crime, on poverty or on racism – no matter how many confiscated tax dollars we pile on the problems. Hell, we can’t even win a war against a bunch of backwards, cave-dwelling, third-world militants who actively want to destroy our way of life. There is no way we can win a war against people who want to contribute to it.

And this – this is without even mentioning the liberal arguments in favor of open borders, in favor of human freedom, in favor of allowing people to leave shit-hole countries if they can muster up the strength and temerity to do so. To work long, unappreciated hours at backbreaking labor so that one day your children can have a better life than you did. Set aside the fact that there are demonstrably bigger threats to America than illegal immigration – not to mention the serious economic consequences of prohibiting immigration, and the perverse incentives that prohibition always has, whether we’re dealing with marijuana, or Mexicans.

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