As I said in last night's monologue, Barack Obama gave an incredible speech the other day, at a citizenship ceremony for new Americans.
It was his response to the national conversation started by Donald Trump about Muslim migrants, and Trump’s proposal to have a pause, until the problem with Muslim radicals can be properly addressed.
Obama started off by saying how valuable immigrants have been to America in the past. And that’s true, as far as it goes.
But no-one is saying America should not have any immigrants; no-one is even saying America should not have any Muslim immigrants.
Trump simply said Muslim immigration should be paused until the jihadist threat is better addressed. To screen out people coming to kill us, especially since the San Bernardino terrorist attack.
The only mention Obama made to Muslims in his address was shaking a finger at old-stock Americans for their alleged bigotry.
"We must resolve to always speak out against hatred and bigotry in all of its forms -- whether taunts against the child of an immigrant farmworker or threats against a Muslim shopkeeper.”
What "threats against a Muslim shopkeeper"? Why would he talk about an apocryphal hypothetical like that, instead of the very real, deadly result of the San Bernardino terrorists?
Why is he teaching new immigrants that Americans are bigoted by nature, and he needs to give Americans a stern lecture?
But that was the heart of Obama’s speech.
Instead of exhorting new immigrants to embrace American values, and abandon old grievances, he chose to condemn America itself as historically racist, bigoted and mean:
"From the start, Africans were brought here in chains against their will, and then toiled under the whip.”
Yes, that’s true. Every continent in the world has had a history of slavery — including pre-Columbus America, including Europe, Asia and of course Africa itself. But America fought a civil war in part over slavery, and abolished it, and has had blacks in every high office in the land. Why emphasize a negative chapter, except to teach new immigrants to nurse old grievances, and think of themselves as victims?
Here's Obama welcoming newcomers to America, by condemning America in a rant that could have been written by Bill Ayers:
"A century ago, New York City shops displayed those signs, “No Irish Need Apply.” Catholics were targeted, their loyalty questioned -- so much so that as recently as the 1950s and ‘60s, when JFK had to run, he had to convince people that his allegiance wasn’t primarily to the Pope. Chinese immigrants faced persecution and vicious stereotypes, and were, for a time, even banned from entering America. During World War II, German and Italian residents were detained, and in one of the darkest chapters in our history, Japanese immigrants and even Japanese American citizens were forced from their homes and imprisoned in camps. We succumbed to fear. We betrayed not only our fellow Americans, but our deepest values. We betrayed these documents. It’s happened before.”
Now, by the way, there was a huge wave of Jewish immigrants to America about a hundred years ago, too. They weren’t really refugees, though they were fleeing inhospitable places like Czarist Russia.
Some of America’s greatest patriots came from that wave, including my all-time favourite exemplar of what a great immigrant should be, the late Irving Berlin.
He was a Russian Jew who came to America and loved it so much he spent his life writing patriotic songs. He wrote "God Bless America." He wrote "White Christmas" — even though he was a Jew. When World War Two came, he travelled the world entertaining American troops.
That’s the perfect immigrant, in my mind.
But there is only one mention of Jews in Obama’s talk:
"In the Syrian seeking refuge today, we should see the Jewish refugee of World War II.”
Really? So Muslims today are like the Jews of World War Two, are they?
Are Muslims being exterminated by the millions around the world? Is there a modern Hitler, saying he will kill every Muslim, and doing it?
And were the Jews back then killing people in the name of their Jewish Bible? Did Jews come to America and demand that Jewish law supersede American law?
No. Muslims aren’t the new Jews. Jews are the new Jews. Jews are being attacked, whether it’s at the Jewish supermarket in Paris or the ongoing terrorist attacks against Jews in Israel.
This was a special speech Obama chose to give to rebut his fellow citizens' concerns about violent immigration by "refugees" who are coming not coming to be American, but to conquer America.
Obama didn’t say a word against that.
He saved his venom for Americans themselves, lecturing them as bigoted Islamophobes.
And he kept his most vicious barb, as usual, for the Jews.
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