Perhaps Kevin Drum should explain this to Mr. Obama, who has shown quite a bit of emotion demonizing Republicans as he performs on foreign stages (which always used to be a no no in American politics), emotion he failed to show when speaking of the actual Paris attacks and ISIS. He treats fellow countrymen like enemies, while Islamic terrorists are just an afterthought for him
Here’s the thing: to the average person, it seems perfectly reasonable to be suspicious of admitting Syrian refugees to the country. We know that ISIS would like to attack the US. We know that ISIS probably has the wherewithal to infiltrate a few of its people into the flood of refugees. And most voters have no idea how easy it is to get past US screening. They probably figure it’s pretty easy.
So to them it doesn’t seem xenophobic or crazy to call for an end to accepting Syrian refugees. It seems like simple common sense. After all, things changed after Paris.
Mocking Republicans over this—as liberals spent much of yesterday doing on my Twitter stream—seems absurdly out of touch to a lot of people. Not just wingnut tea partiers, either, but plenty of ordinary centrists too. It makes them wonder if Democrats seriously see no problem here. Do they care at all about national security? Are they really that detached from reality?
The liberal response to this should be far more measured. We should support tight screening. Never mind that screening is already pretty tight. We should highlight the fact that we’re accepting a pretty modest number of refugees. In general, we should act like this is a legitimate thing to be concerned about and then work from there.
Let’s break that down: Drum, taking a look at polls, understands that there is a serious concern among the American people regarding the refugees, who aren’t just from Syria, but all over the Muslim world (one has to wonder why these refugees aren’t going to other Muslim nations), so, liberals should pretend they actual care about that concern, when they really, really don’t. ISIS has stated that they will sneak people in. Supposedly, according to an ISIS member, they’ve managed to infiltrate 4,000 into Europe. Does anyone think that won’t happen here?
Just 7% agree with Obama's plan to allow 100,000+ Syrian refugees into U.S. http://t.co/WemxJ9FrZd
— WilliamTeach (@WilliamTeach) September 23, 2015
That was September. Does anyone think the numbers have gotten better?
NJ.com is running a web poll in which 75% say “No. They could pose a threat to our security, not to mention stretching our resources” and 22% say “Yes. If they make it through our vetting process, there’s no problem” in regards to letting them in to New Jersey. I wonder if it would make a difference if it was explained that the vetting process essentially comes down to taking the refugees word that they aren’t an extremist? How about if we place these refugees in the same neighborhoods as liberal supporters?
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