In his Talking Points segment tonight, Bill O’Reilly tossed aside Judeo-Christian tenets and announced we just can’t afford to feed and care for the 50,000 immigrant children who have overwhelmed U.S. border resources. Kirsten Powers pushed back magnificently. “There was no ‘but’ in the Bible,” she said. And “I never heard you say we can’t afford to invade Iraq.”
O’Reilly didn’t come right out and say he thinks the kids should starve, go without medical and other attention but he painted them as representing “all the world’s poor” and suggested that if we treat them with Judeo-Christian kindness, we’ll be subjected to "all the world’s poor" streaming into the U.S. and draining his poor, over-taxed multi-million dollar coffers.
Accepting people fleeing chaotic governments is how America came of age. And compassion for the downtrodden is a hallmark of Judeo-Christian philosophy. But the harsh reality is we cannot support all the world’s poor. It’s impossible. And since the Obama administration cannot control the southern border, the U.S.A. is now facing a crisis.
…Look, most of these kids and their parents can’t speak English, have little education and few skills. How are they going to compete in our competitive marketplace here? How?
To O’Reilly, these kids are just not worth it. He continued:
The answer is, they’re not gonna compete. And it will take decades for most of them to be self-sufficient. So we are creating an underclass of people totally dependent on American taxpayers who are already under siege from every direction.
The immigration crisis could very well damage the entire infrastructure of America. There’s no question about it. Now, because I just laid that all out for you? I’m going to be attacked by the left. I’m going to be called all kinds of names. …But I’m telling you the truth.
In our Judeo-Christian tradition, we are compelled to help the poor. We are. But we cannot destroy the fabric of the nation granting refugee status to everyone who wants it. There are simply too many in this world who are oppressed.
Check out Powers’ terrific response!
@newshounds regulars: the guys and gals who give me hope that America will eventually return to the values that made it great, by that I mean the values that made it exceptional.
@trolls: your lot makes me sick to my stomach but I can’t yet decide why… your hypocrisy in betraying the best that is America all in the name of America, ditto for Christianity; the depth of your selfishness, or the heights of your fear.
Probably all three.
And please be sure to let me know what I have to do to earn an opinion on Iraq, the Midterms, the Benghazi suspect, school policies, the gun control issue, and all the other issues of the day. Other than have your exact views on the matter, which are not only inhuman, but show a clear lack of understanding on what’s going on.
Of course, in their world, it’s also OK to take away poor people’s homes, health insurance, and assistance, while outsourcing their job, and telling them they can leave the country if they don’t like it. While claiming ti be humanitarian.
It’s also OK in their world to tell people who didn’t like Bush that they’ll buy them a one-way ticket to another country and force them to take it if “they don’t like it here,” then turn around and say that it’s “Patriotic,” and “our 1st Amendment Right” to talk about killing Obama. in fact, they pull the same “one way” ticket shit for people who call them out. Because that’s not free speech hypocrisy at ALL.
These people aren’t “too stupid to learn,” as some of you suggested. They’re too callous to care about anything but their gun in their hand, and their guy in the white house.
One of these days, I’ll simply have to memorise the sentence carved in stone on the base of the Statue of Liberty. If I’m not wrong, it says something about the USA being a welcoming country. I guess that value has gone the way of so many other Christian values (upper case “C” intended).
And, bottom line, the borders are now much more secure than they were under GWB. But, of course, as a Foxophile you would be ignorant of that fact…..as well as many others.
$5 a day to feed a hungry child. Outrageous.
$1 trillion to destroy Iraq over non-existent WMDs. Worth every penny.
How pitiful that these cretins are deluded enough to label themselves Good Christian American Patriots, when they themselves are what is wrong with this country.
Here’s an alternative theory that involves putting oneself in their shoes for a moment.
Imagine for a moment that you are living in dire misery, unable to give the kids anything to eat for days on end and having to scavenge for food in the local garbage dump. That’s where you get your clothes and shoes, too. There’s no future for you or for your kids. Nothing.
Now, imagine that you’ve heard about a wonderful land to the north where the people are followers of Christ (just as you are) and where nobody goes hungry. That’s the story you hear. Things are so bad at home that you decide to try to get there. You eat even less because you know the “coyotes” at the border will want cash. When you think you have enough, you round up the kids and start off. There are garbage dumps along the way, although you will have to compete with the locals.
Despite everything you’ve done to protect the kids and give them a better future, something goes badly wrong. Two scenarios by way of example
a) you may actually croak (die), perhaps because you’ve been giving the kids all the food and water that you had. The kids are on their own and you can do nothing more to help them.
b) you may lose sight of one of the kids, just for a moment while all of you are scavenging. Any parent who’s had a kid wander off in a shopping mall knows how that feels. Out in the desert, there are no loudspeakers to tell you where to look for them and they’re unable to tell anybody how they got to where they were found.
Leave that stone on the pile so that it can be used to build something positive instead of criticising others.
PS: Your link between refusing ever again to vote democrat seems to be based on a rejection of any effort to help these kids. Weird but it does confirm my own conviction that it’s the Democrats who are more likely to think and behave like true Christians (capital “C” intended).
Anyway, the current troll-under-three-names is a perfect example of what Bill O’Reilly represents: a “have-got-mine” who is totally unwilling to give others a chance. Sooooooooooo un-Christian by my book.
I once had a cat who would splay herself over the food dish to keep her siblings away while she scoffed down as much as she could hold (only to barf immediately afterwards). Appropriately, I called her “Glutton”. Every time I hear the typically un-Christian bleatings of Bill O’Reilly and his like, I cannot but remember Glutton.
The likes of Bill O’Reilly, Phil, Alex and Cheryl often have a reserved front pew and some sort of prestigious position in the local pseudo-christian place of worship. They’re so typical of the self-righteously selfish element of the Christian faith.
It always amazes me to realise how totally unaware they are that they are actually not following the path of Christ. It boggles the mind to see them so far off that path.
For once I actually agree with Bill, but only where he admits that his words would not pass the Judeo-Christian test. To my mind, that admission does not get him off the hook as he clearly thinks it does.
Today’s equivalence of the money-changers in the temple and the blatantly pious Pharisees are well represented on Fox and on this thread. All we need, now, is for Jesus to come back (and for me to be a fly on the wall to watch before writing the Book of Bemused in the New New Testament).
Just Imagine that FoxNoise was operating in the late 1840s and boatloads of “immigrants” coming from Ireland were swamping the New York City harbor, fleeing their island home which had been plagued by starvation as a key food crop failed for years on end. Nativists (as opposed to “Native Americans”) weren’t keen on all these “wretches” washing up on the shores of “God’s Own Country,” especially as they were miserable Papists (ie, Roman Catholics), and everyone knew that the United States was intended to be a Protestant nation. What do you think the opinion of FoxNoise (Model 1845) would’ve felt about all these wretches coming to the USA?
(In case you missed that period of US history—and I’m pretty certain the modern-era hosts of FoxNoise skipped it in their history classes—following this wave of immigration, New York City suddenly saw signs reading “No Irish Need Apply” on stores and businesses throughout the city. After all, those stinking Irishmen were only after the jobs of hard-working American citizens, and too many of them were willing to work for a mere pittance of a wage—far lower than American men needed to get by to feed and house and clothe their own good American families. Oh, and they were filthy Catholics, to boot, who had the audacity to insist on praying the wrong way and believing the Pope was infallible and having way too many children.)