When Donald J. Trump gave the State of the Union speech on Tuesday, he did so as the president of the United States of America, following instructions in the American Constitution which require him “from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”
Yet, the State of the Union contained one word that the American Civil Liberties Union didn’t like very much: “America.”
Apparently, according to the ACLU, the president can’t use that word if he enforces federal immigration law, which is an interesting construct to this writer.
“Tonight, President Trump said the word ‘America’ more than 80 times in his speech,” ACLU President Faiz Shakir said in a written response to the State of the Union.
“Yet, after a divisive first year, we hear and feel how exclusionary that ‘America’ is, with policies that have harmed so many vulnerable American communities. The ACLU stands ready to protect these communities, both in the courts and at the polls.
“In particular, the immigration plan put forth by Trump would hold Dreamers hostage to his demands for a harmful border wall and an even larger mass deportation force,” he continued.
“We are at this crossroads because of the President’s deeply destructive ideas fomented by his nativist allies and divisive rhetoric. We will continue to stand up for these young immigrants and ensure they continue to contribute to our country. We cannot let America’s Dreamers be deported.”
Mr. Shakir’s speech checked off all the liberal boxes.
Trump is “divisive,” mostly because he wants to enforce immigration law and build a border wall.
This idea is “deeply destructive” and anyone who thinks immigration law ought to be enforced is a “nativist” who is afraid of these “young immigrants” on a xenophobic level and clearly not interested in the costs and externalities of illegal immigration.
Therefore, they can’t say “America,” because that’s deeply offensive. Unless you’re part of the American Civil Liberties Union or another suitable group. Then it’s OK.
This criticism of immigration law barely even makes sense unless you consider that it comes from a place of outrage, not thought. It’s outrage at the president, outrage at anyone who supports them, and outrage at anything they support. And if they’re for America, well, then, America can’t be good. They’re the real Americans.
This is patently ridiculous, if not anti-American. But what should we expect from the ACLU?
This is an organization that thinks enforcing American law is a bad thing. It’s hard to be surprised under those circumstances. And yet, they’re far from the only ones who believe this.
If there was ever proof needed that the left has, at the very least, a tortured relationship with the very idea of America, there you go. This is your American left, ladies and gentlemen.
No wonder the Democrats couldn’t stand up during the State of the Union. It’s not just that they don’t want Trump to succeed. They’re conflicted about whether they even want America to be successful at enforcing its own laws.
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