Split Decision

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In Arizona, where I live, the battle over immigration law has become hysterical. People are flinging charges like “racist” at one another in the way orangutans at the zoo fling dung. When society is in “scream” mode, we pretty much scream at everything. But if words like “racist” are devalued to the point where they lose their meaning, can we be said to have abolished racism as a fact?

How can a country with no standards for citizenship survive? Are immigrants not coming here for a reason? If we destroy the very reasons for which they come, why should they bother? And if refugees from tyranny and corruption can’t come to America anymore, where can they go? Are we really even asking these questions?

Not everyone, of course, comes for the same reason. Those who retain faith in the human individual recognize this, and suggest withdrawing all the freebies, now given at taxpayer expense, and letting people come as long as they’re here to work hard and contribute. For that, the Left thinks we’re “mean,” and the Right calls us “soft.” But why not consider this option?

Two mothers came to Solomon to settle a dispute. One’s baby was dead, the other’s was still alive — and of course, both wanted the living baby, so each claimed it for her own. Solomon called for a sword, and ordered the living child cut in half, with one half given to each woman. The one to whom this solution seemed good showed she was not the baby’s mother, whereas the real mother — whose primary concern was for the well-being of her offspring — agreed to let her rival have him so that he could live.

Those who care about this country’s wellbeing want it healthy and whole. Those who don’t are perfectly willing to see it pillaged by freeloaders, or starved of fresh and eager workers. Libertarians need to call for the proverbial sword. Those content with one half of a dead baby must be revealed for what they are.

As in the story of Solomon, the solution stands ready at hand. By all means, the baby must survive. This is the only way that our sad soap opera can be transformed into a story from which future generations can draw wisdom for the centuries to come.

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