Friday, June 24, 2016
Obama's Broken Dreams--Immigration, Assimilation and Annihilation
In a one-sentence opinion issued yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States broke the dreams of Barack Obama---and likely those of his father.
A tie vote by the Court left in place the ruling of a lower court, that has ruled President Obama does not have the authority to shield 4 million illegal aliens from deportation.
A New York Post story reveals that the president was as clueless about 9-11 as he appears to be about ISIS.
The New York Times gives us a look at some of Obama senior's dreams in newly discovered letters written by the president's father back in the 1960s.
And drawing from the wisdom of biblical Joshua, some thoughts about immigration, assimilation, and annihilation.
Yesterday, President Obama admitted defeat in response to a decision by the deadlocked Supreme Court that blocked his executive actions on illegal immigration.
In his live press conference, he said the fact that the "Supreme Court was unable to issue a decision doesn't just set the system back further, it takes us further from the country that we aspire to be."
He called the Republican's plan---specifically Trump's plan---to deport millions of illegal aliens and build a wall on the border, "a fantasy."
The president reached out to those he calls "Dreamers"---children of illegal parents telling them, "You can have confidence that you are not going to be deported but, it does not resolve your ultimate status."
On its face, the dreams of our president seem to be in sync with biblical teaching, and if someone doubts it, the religious Left---Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo, and other leaders in the so-called Christian social justice movement say "amen" while standing in pulpits of churches who also have misplaced, misinformed dreams.
The New York Post has noted, "In 2004, Obama released an update on his 1995 memoir 'Dreams from My Father' with a little-noticed new preface about the attacks."
The new preface reads, "On September 11, 2001, history returned with a vengeance; in fact, as Faulkner reminds us, the past is never dead and buried---it isn't even past."
Does that suggest that maybe we deserved what we got on 9-11?
President Obama continued in "Dreams from My Father", "This collective history, this past, directly touches on my own. Not merely because, as a consequence of 9/11, my name is an irresistible target of mocking websites from overzealous Republican operatives. But also because the underlying struggle between worlds of plenty and worlds of want...is the struggle set forth, on a miniature scale, in this book," which at its core is an indictment against Western imperialism, racism, and colonialism.
He goes on to say, "I know, I've seen the desperation and disorder of the powerless" and how they can "easily slip into violence and despair."
A glance at his writing is a window to his thinking. Particularly how he views America.
Obama says he's seen the disorder of the powerless; how it twists the lives of children on the streets of Jakarta or Nairobi in much the same way as it does the lives of children on Chicago's South Side"...and, he writes, "I know that the response of the powerful to this disorder---alternating as it does between a full complacency and, when the disorder spills out of proscribed confines, a steady, unthinking application of force, of longer prison sentences and more sophisticated military hardware---is inadequate to the task."
In the mind of our president, those who commit violent acts of murder, and yes, "terrorism" are themselves the victims more than those whom they kill and wound.
He sums up the section on 9/11 by saying that, "I know that the hardening of the lines, the embrace of fundamentalism and tribe, dooms us all."
And he suggests that the "embrace of a fundamentalism" that burns Christians to death or beheads them is somehow equivalent to the "hardening of lines" that reflects a resistance with punishing law breakers and "more sophisticated military hardware."
This clarifies why he has consistently held the US in scorn, apologizing for our past, and working to remake our nation, calling his actions an attempt at creating a "more perfect union."
Interestingly, the New York Times has published an article revealing a number of letters recently found, written by his father. In the letters, Barack Obama Sr., shares some of his own dreams.
In his press conference yesterday, he was understandably angry, because in his mind an attempt to protect our borders and our culture and our sovereignty is an extension of our "history of colonialism"---a "hardening of the lines" and our misguided notion of exceptionalism.
While all this matches up with the social agenda of secular progressives and the religious Left---and frankly, the beliefs of his former pastor of 20 years, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, it doesn't square with biblical teaching.
Wallace Henley, a former newspaper journalist, White House aide to President Nixon and now a teaching pastor at Second Baptist Church in Houston, wrote yesterday that the shooting in Orlando, San Bernardino and elsewhere proves that "Immigration without Assimilation is Annihilation."
Many among the religious Left are now urging our nation to unite as we did following 9/11.
But unite around what? The secular progressive vision of Barack Obama and the religious Left? America has already tried that experiment by electing President Obama---twice.
Ethnicity? The US is not a one race nation, nor was it founded in relation to race as many countries have been.
Religion? This nation was founded out of a profound desire for religious freedom.
God grants us free will, so how could that work without state-mandated compulsory religious beliefs?
Harvard Professor Samuel Huntington, in his book, "Who Are we?" talks about the "American Creed," which he says holds the nation together if properly followed.
The Founders understood that and we too must understand it if we are to continue to be free and prosperous, he says.
He says the American Creed is the "common belief in democracy, freedom, equality, individual rights and other exceptional features."
Dr. Huntington says this creed is the unique creation of a dissenting Protestant culture that founded America, and while it is not a religious creed---a theocracy---it is a secular credo of a nation with the soul of a church.
A nation that allows, because of this credo, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Protestants, and Catholics and even atheists to live out their religious beliefs.
Atheists should thank the deity they do not believe in, because only in America could they have attacked so many Christians and Christian institutions without reprisal from the state.
If we united around this creed, as our Founders did, Henley says we would not have home grown terrorists.
For generations, immigrants have come and have assimilated into our culture because of the unifying believe in freedom.
While retaining a fondness for their mother country, they have made a conscious decision to forswear other national identities, and adhere through belief and action to the principles of the American Creed.
Before the age of Political Correctness, that decision was called American Patriotism.
This problem is not new to America, it reaches back to antiquity.
Henley has written in his book, "Revival! Revolution! Rebirth!" that the nation of Israel became an exceptional nation in its time because they adhered to a common creed---a common belief---the 10 Commandments.
This made Israel attractive to foreigners, so the Torah had to address the issue of foreigners coming to live among the Hebrew people.
Exodus 23:9 says, "You shall not oppress a stranger, since you yourself know the feelings of a stranger, for you also were strangers in the land of Egypt."
Requiring them to obey the laws of the land is not "oppressing" them in God's eyes.
After the conquest of Ai, Joshua assembled all the people, "the stranger as well as the native" and read "all the words of the law" not missing anything "Moses had commanded" to the whole mass of people, including "the strangers who were living among them" (Joshua 8:33-35).
Joshua understood the "creed" that made Israel a great and appealing nation and wanted to make sure everyone ratified it and understood it, including immigrants.
As Europe speeds down the path of annihilation, America stands at the proverbial fork in the road.
However, President Obama, wallowing in his broken dreams of something that never was, "America" continues the push toward annihilation of the greatest nation in the history of the world.
Whether he is simply naive, terribly misinformed or otherwise motivated, we will probably really never know.
One thing is certain immigration without assimilation is annihilation.
God help us.