Leftists have a habit of distracting conservatives with irrelevant arguments that obscure the fact that, on the important issues, conservatives should win.
It’s happened to all of us. We approach someone with a legitimate grievance — say, for example, reminding someone that he promised not to drink directly from the milk cartoon anymore — and suddenly we find ourselves arguing about whether human mouths or dogs mouths have more bacteria. The latter debate becomes all-encompassing and effectively distracts from the fact that the other person broke a promise not to do something that spreads bacteria, whether from a human or a dog mouth. Too often, we conservatives find ourselves suckered into the same type of meaningless, vaguely related arguments, without realizing that we hold the high ground on the main issue.
Take for example the endless debate about whether illegal aliens are more likely to commit crimes than legal aliens or actual citizens. It’s a very hot debate now, with data from various states pouring in to prove things one way or another. John Lott is at the center of a battle over which numbers to use. (I side with Lott, who follows the numbers where they lead, whether then doing the Leftist thing of leading the numbers where he wants them to go.)
But whether I side with John Lott is irrelevant, because we’re all missing the fundamental point: Illegal aliens are not supposed to be here. Every single crime they commit is one crime too many.
We all know that there is going to be a criminal element within any society, but we accept it because it comes from within the society. But illegal aliens were never meant to be here. If life were a Star Trek episode, their presence is messing with the time-space continuum. So the only acceptable number for crimes committed by illegal aliens is zero. Kick ’em out and keep ’em out and the time-space-crime continuum returns to normal.
Another example of this argument about things that don’t matter is the whole push, whether from Bob “the Gossip” Woodward or the whiny, cowardly Anonymous, to claim that Trump runs a chaotic White House and is rude to his employees, making him unfit to be president. Therefore we have a battle about what constitutes good management style or whether Trump is a nice boss.
Again, I say “so what?” I don’t care if Trump thrives in chaos, yells at people, or even spends his days watching the Gorilla Channel. (Joke, people. Joke.) The only thing that matters — and the only thing we should be paying attention to as we go into November and decide whether to give him a Congress that will work with him versus one trying to destroy him — is the results flowing from that White House.
According to the media, No-Drama Obama ran a White House that was a sea of tranquility and graciousness. Okay. Fine. I’ll accept that narrative. But what came out of that White House? [Read more…]