President Barack Obama gave his Thanksgiving Day lecture yesterday, giving us some insight into how the Commander-in-Chief views the shortcomings of the citizenry of the United States.
A few weeks ago, the president announced his intention to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees for resettlement in the U.S., to the great joy of no one. There is a hot debate in the country about immigration, particularly illegal immigration, and general unease on the topic of Islamic terrorism. For once, the public, the courts, Congress, and the governors are generally aligned in their wish to approach these topics cautiously.
The president is on a different wavelength. and after his executive order allowing five million illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. was blocked by a federal court a week ago, his angry reaction was uncontrolled.
After the brutal attacks in Paris, concern about Obama’s plan to accept thousands of refugees increased substantially. The administration has been embarrassed by President Obama’s repeated errors in judgement concerning ISIS, but that has in no way impaired his confidence. Obama said the refugees are coming and that’s all there is to it. Actually, Congress may have a veto-proof majority, but the president hasn’t acknowledged that.
To the president’s intense irritation, two proposals surfaced: 1) increase screenings before allowing refugees in 2) stop them from coming altogether. At each stop on his trip abroad last week, he bitterly mocked his political foes, accusing them of being afraid of widows and orphans. He didn’t say the name Republican, he spat it. (There was no mention of the 47 Democrats who agreed with putting the brakes on the Syrian refugees.) Ted Cruz earned an extra verbal grenade, thanks to his suggestion the U.S. limit the refugees to Christians. “That’s not American,” the president snapped.
But why was the president so angry? At the root of Obama’s angst is a belief that there are only two reasons to disagree with him and neither is legitimate. On the charitable side, you could just be poorly informed. But if you have the information and persist in disagreeing, you can only be motivated by malevolence. It isn’t possible for a good person with a clear understanding to disagree with the plan to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees here.