Glenn Beck, the border crisis, and the Republican Party’s empathy gap

posted at 10:41 am on July 9, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Matt Walsh is a genius.

If you are not familiar with his work, you should be. The proprietor of The Matt Walsh Blog writes on culture and traditional conservative values in a particularly innovative fashion, and he manages with what seems like minimal effort (though that is certainly not the case) to do what conservatives regularly complain their movement so often fails to achieve: The piercing of the bubble which apolitical Americans surround themselves with in order to avoid confronting contentious social issues.

I have experienced Walsh’s reach firsthand. In early June, I was boarding a plane bound for Houston where both Walsh and I would be participating in a panel discussion at the two-day TexasOnline event. While I was waiting to board, my wife who is not political and has very little interest in elections, Beltway squabbles, or right track/wrong track trend lines, forwarded me one of his posts. It was stunningly well-written, compelling, captivating, emotionally challenging, and thought-provoking.

Needless to say, I was excited to participate in this panel discussion – and it was a lively one. While I, too, am discomforted with the way in which liberals seem to devalue Western cultural traditions, I generally fall into “the kids are alright” camp when it comes to social issues. National Review’s Jonah Goldberg sums better than I can why conservatives often fail to see that, no matter how regularly the left professes that it is winning the culture war, there is not much evidence to support that claim. This was the perspective I brought to this panel discussion.

Walsh’s performance was inspired. He articulated his point of view forcefully and in a persuasive fashion, but there was one point on which we disagreed greatly. On many subjects, ranging from divorce, to gay marriage, to abortion rights, Walsh maintained a dogmatic stance and insisted that those who do not hold traditionally conservative positions on the above issues are simply not welcome in the conservative movement.

Not only did this small-tent strategy strike me as counterproductive, it also reminded me of a problem the conservative movement has faced for some time. Generally, conservatism struggles with the perception that it is a purist movement, one which looks down on the life choices of others. Its detractors believe earnestly that conservatives are rigid, ideological, and uncaring. Democrats enjoy the advantage of being perceived as more empathetic and are less likely to alienate prospective voters before they have had a chance to evaluate their party’s policy prescriptions.

This is a measurable phenomenon. According to the 2012 exit polls, President Barack Obama lost to Mitt Romney on virtually every issue of importance to voters. On the economy, the issue voters rated as the most important issue in 2012, Romney was cited by a plurality of voters as more capable. On the candidate who “shares my values,” Romney beat Obama by 13 points. Where Romney was trounced, and I mean brutalized inhumanely, was on voters’ beliefs about which candidate “cares about people like me.” Obama beat Romney by 63 points.

The most frustrating thing about this belief among voters, at least on cultural issues, is that it is fundamentally untrue. Liberals care about “people like me,” so long as they are liberal, too. On issues ranging from same-sex marriage, to abortion, to divorce, to immigration reform, to gun ownership rights; the GOP is a coalition party where widely divergent views on these and other matters are condoned and debate is encouraged. This is not the case on the left. Inflexible, dogmatic, monolithic liberal positions on all of these issues is not only encouraged but policed.

Take, for example, the story of Brandon Ambrosino. This 23-year-old aspiring writer was tapped by Vox.com just prior to its launch for a one-year fellowship – an announcement which resulted in a campaign on the left to force Vox to fire him. Ambrosino’s offense? He is an out gay man who attended Dr. Jerry Fallwell’s Liberty University and not only didn’t experience any discrimination but had the temerity to write about it.

“The world and the people in it are really wonderful with just a smidge of ugliness about them. I think the really vocal anti-gay Christians display this smidge, but I also think the really vocal anti-Christian gays display it as well,” he wrote in The Atlantic.

This experience did not conform to the left’s view of how the world should be; conservatives are bigots, they believe, particularly towards gays. Vox.com founder Ezra Klein was attacked for helping “conservatives seeking to legitimize their homophobia.” To his credit, Klein did not back down, and Ambrosino still writes for his site, but this is just one of the myriad examples of left-wing intolerance.

In just the last few weeks, a pro-choice professor physically attacked a pro-life student for holding a sign which offended her. The women’s-rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali was forced to withdraw as a Brandeis University commencement speaker because she had the gall to criticize Islam, even though she did so from the perspective of a woman who grew up in North Africa and Saudi Arabia and experienced religious repression firsthand. Brendan Eich, the creator of JavaScript and cofounder of Mozilla, was forced out as CEO of that company when one enterprising leftist performed a search on Open Secrets and learned he had donated to Prop 8 – a 2008 ballot measure which prohibited gay marriage and passed the popular vote in California by 52 to 48 percent.

Why are conservatives labeled intolerant when there is not much evidence to support it, but liberals enjoy the benefit of the doubt even though they are constantly on the lookout for the next Trotskyite to purge? Part of it is engrained media bias, but another part is the rhetoric on the right – a movement which, while accommodating, does accurately judge right and wrong and is not afraid to speak out against permissive behavior. The left has exploited this and fostered the impression among millions of voters that the right disapproves of you and your lifestyle.

Even those who regret the choices they’ve made will defend them vigorously if they believe they are being judged.

This leads us to Glenn Beck, who is launching a brilliant campaign aimed at closing the empathy gap on the issue of immigration. “Through no fault of their own,” Beck said on Tuesday of the waves of immigrant women and children fleeing crises in Central America, “they are caught in political crossfire.”

“And while we continue to put pressure on Washington and change its course of lawlessness, we must also help,” he continued. “It is not either, or. It is both. We have to be active in the political game, and we must open our hearts.”

Amid heated talk on the right of deporting children back to strife-ridden failed states, the third world diseases they carry, and the fear of their ability to access protective and preventative medical services on taxpayer dollars, the conservative movement risks expanding the empathy gap among Hispanic and urban voters. Beck aims to close it.

“We’re going to fill some tractor-trailers with food, with water,” Beck said. “The churches have asked us if we could bring teddy bears and soccer balls, so we’ve loaded up a whole tractor-trailer of nothing but teddy bears and soccer balls. And then I’m going to go serve breakfast and lunch, and I’m going to help unload these trucks, hot meals for 3,000. That’s what we’re doing.”

Charity and kindness, asking nothing in return, can go a long way. The left’s solution to the immigration crisis is, as ever, the promise of government programs and a free ticket into a bureaucratic morass — none of which they can deliver for this cascade of Central American refugees. Conservatives can offer something better, something real, and Beck plans on doing just that.

It is a small step, but a welcome one. The conservative movement needs a bigger tent, and addressing the perception that conservatives are hard-hearted will be a step in that direction. The good news is that this condition is merely perceived, not real, and it only takes a few gestures like the one Beck has embraced in order to bury it.


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There is a thing as to much empathy.

sorrowen on July 9, 2014 at 10:44 AM

“Through no fault of their own…”

Horse manure.

rlwo2008 on July 9, 2014 at 10:46 AM

All illegal invasion and amnesty shills, you made this and you own it.

Salem, and you, the new shill, take all of them to your homes.

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2014 at 10:46 AM

They don’t need empathy. They need a rifle held at their backs as they are force marched back across the border.

ConstantineXI on July 9, 2014 at 10:47 AM

I hope you all get scabies and itch into oblivion, you child-abusers and slave-labor shills.

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2014 at 10:47 AM

But Beck does this while slamming the GOP.

Amadeus on July 9, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Maybe Glenn Beck can house some of these kiddies at his house…He’s got plenty of room.

It’s not like Foot & Mouth disease…scabies…TB…Swine Flu should be a worry cause Obamacare or something…

These illegals need quarantined and packed onto buses,trains and planes and shipped back south of the border asap.

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 10:48 AM

There is a thing as to much empathy.

sorrowen on July 9, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Charity is not enabling Cartels in their criminal behavior.

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Retweeted by Allahpundit
Leon Wolf ‏@LeonHWolf 9m

For when you absolutely, without-a-doubt must convey the message: “F*** it. I don’t care anymore.”

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Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 10:49 AM

#bringourgirlshome by Michelle Obama, kept the girls in slavery.

#bringthechildrentotheUSA will bring you TB, scabies, sexual diseases, terrorists, gangs and a lot of egg on your stupid faces.

I hope they destroy all of you and your Utopian bullshit.

The churches, the gov’t and YOU are all guilty of destroying the Land of Laws.

You, the sissy, penisless men, own this now. The Chaos is on YOU, form both sides. Yes, HA, the Salem shill for amnesty, you are as guilty as is Obama and Fox. We know exactly who you are. YOU take care of all of them.

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Illegal Entry into the Country is against the Law!!!!

canopfor on July 9, 2014 at 10:50 AM

On issues ranging from same-sex marriage, to abortion, to divorce, to immigration reform, to gun ownership rights; the GOP is a coalition party where widely divergent views on these and other matters are condoned and debate is encouraged.

Is this satire?

themuppet on July 9, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Pen*sless is a forbidden word in the mill.

Have a set and post my comment.

Allahp is a man with a set of stones, incredibly.

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Generally, conservatism struggles with the perception that it is a purist movement, one which looks down on the life choices of others.

That perception is proven on a daily basis… right here. There seems to be no room for conservatives on HA who have certain differences on social politics.

Which I don’t mind myself, I can read it, understand where someone is coming from and accept or reject their opinion.

But not so much some the folks here, sitting in the same church, but on different sides of the aisle.

Walter L. Newton on July 9, 2014 at 10:51 AM

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canopfor on July 9, 2014 at 10:13 AM

canopfor on July 9, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Seeing the comments above, it’s a real wonder why people think conservatives lack empathy when it comes to immigration.

tneloms on July 9, 2014 at 10:53 AM

You, the pen*sless shills of Salem, you are as guilty as is obama in this drama. YOU take care of what you have sustained.

WE owe you nothing. Quit working and paying taxes for illegality, all of you who have any decency left.

The shills from both sides, for illegal slave labor and child abuse, with your taxes, funneled via your gov’t into churches, and soon forced into your home, are all guilty as hell.

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Well… looking up thread after my comment posted, it appears that I’m quite prophetic.

Walter L. Newton on July 9, 2014 at 10:53 AM

The conservative movement needs a bigger tent, and addressing the perception that conservatives are hard-hearted will be a step in that direction. The good news is that this condition is merely perceived, not real, and it only takes a few gestures like the one Beck has embraced in order to bury it.

These gestures shouldn’t come with political labels. Handing out water and toys to illegal parasites that come with a “gift of the conservative movement” as a politically calculated message is just as offensive as anything the left does.

Happy Nomad on July 9, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Noah, our society and our form of government will not survive without people who are willing to accept personal responsibility for their actions.

The situation with the immigrants crossing our borders has and continues to perpetuate a mindset that encourages a total and complete lack of personal responsibility in displaying respect for the American legal system.

We have a President who is encouraging this behavior, to the detriment and risk of American citizens.

There are situations in life where empathy can be a weakness, not a strength, and this is one of them.

lineholder on July 9, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2014 at 10:51 AM

It will eventually come through on its own. Takes an arbitrary amount of time generally.

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Democrats enjoy the advantage of being perceived as more empathetic and are less likely to alienate prospective voters before they have had a chance to evaluate their party’s policy prescriptions.

Tyrants can always count on stupid people to vote on emotion over reason, every time.

nobar on July 9, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Where is this empathy for our own people? Why do churches have to go to South American countries to do mission trips when there are people hurting right in their own backyard? Why isn’t Beck giving teddy bears and soccer balls or more importantly food – to kids who are starving in America?

I have often been accused of having too big of a heart but come on these people weren’t forced to cross the border – they came here out of their own free will.

gophergirl on July 9, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Seeing the comments above, it’s a real wonder why people think conservatives lack empathy when it comes to immigration.

tneloms on July 9, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Illegal immigration is not immigration.

I don’t have empathy for arsonists or rapists either. Those are crimes.

But I don’t expect people who live in NYC or Minnesota to understand facts.

tetriskid on July 9, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Beck is a fool.

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Can someone play Roy Orbison’s ‘CRYING’.

celtic warrior on July 9, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Empathy gap? Hey Glen you are a multi- multi millionaire. Why don’t you move the little darlings to one of your Estates?

sandee on July 9, 2014 at 10:56 AM

tneloms on July 9, 2014 at 10:53 AM

You are conflating two separate issues.

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 10:56 AM

But I don’t expect people who live in NYC or Minnesota to understand facts.

tetriskid on July 9, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Excuse me?

gophergirl on July 9, 2014 at 10:57 AM

So, when does Matt Walsh start writing here…?

d1carter on July 9, 2014 at 10:57 AM

This is garbage. Empathy is useless without teaching responsibility. Having empathy without reason paralyzes the individual and makes them unable to act.

We are being invaded and our government refuses to do anything about it because of optics. Invasion is an act of war. Reality will intrude upon your life whether you want it to or not.

njrob on July 9, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Seeing the comments above, it’s a real wonder why people think conservatives lack empathy when it comes to immigration.

tneloms on July 9, 2014 at 10:53 AM

This is not immigration. The left are the ones who lack empathy for all those who want to legally immigrate to the United States by overwhelming our system with illegals.

rlwo2008 on July 9, 2014 at 10:57 AM

and the Republican Party’s empathy gap

BE accurate. The R party, YOU, are as guilty as is obama, NO, you are more guilty, because you enable him.

This is on YOU, the DIABLOs, not on us, the ones who want a Land of Laws, not of men.

Noah, you are the biggest shill on HA.

YOU insulted all the law-abiding people who read this site. YOU are an impertinent hack, in the face of good and law-abiding people.

It’s as if the left calls us “racists” for NO reason whatever.

Your soul should Never rest until YOU apologize.

Doing the right thing is not “having and empathy-gap”.

Even Jesus would argue against you, and who are YOU in comparison?

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2014 at 10:57 AM

I know this was mentioned yesterday but the caller to Rush’s show had it spot on. This is a manufactured crises and Obama and his merry bunch of elitist thieves are the worst sort of human traffickers.
I think Beck is an absolute nutcase in most instances but in this case these people came because of the disgusting human traffickers that told them to make the journey.
Yes, they shouldn’t be here and yes they need to go back. Letting them suffer here is not the answer…..except the criminals and cartels. Let them suffer.

ORconservative on July 9, 2014 at 10:58 AM

celtic warrior on July 9, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Sure.

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 10:58 AM

And now begins the evangelical (and evangelical-like, such as Beck) telling us that we must give amnesty to illegals because “they are caught in a political cross-fire”.

So, America, once again, is not allowed to have borders or immigration laws because we must “care” about people whose own gov’t’s are miserable (whose fault is that?) and want to come to America.

I can empathize with people wanting a better life, while still not agreeing to amnesty. the logic these idiots use would mean America is not entitled to any borders. You can parse it however you want, if you make an excuse for this group or that group, you cannot then enforce against the next wave that encourages.

Is everyone on the pro-amnesety side of the debate an absolute dishonest idiot? I must, unfortunately, answer yes. I have never seen an honest statement based on logic from any pro-amnesty individual.

It is always the same straw-man and emotional nonsense. Never an argument that is based on logic and takes into consideration what is good for America and Americans.

I am truly sick of the dishonesty amongst you pro-amnesty hacks. If you have a real argument to make – make it. Otherwise admit you don’t and go away.

Of course, I’ve asked for a real arguemtn for more than 10 years and have yet to see one, so don’t expect one now.

Instead I’ll be told “America was founded by immigrants!!!!!” Of course, that convinces me. Because there were immigrants in America’s past, America is not allowed to have borders or immigration laws. Makes perfect logical sense.

Question thought – why is England, Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Canada, ALL OF SOUTH AMERICA, allowed borders or immigration laws? After all, every one of those nations was founded on immigration too. So, logically, America is not, in fact, special for having had immigration in its youth. Imagine that! Facts??? Who would’ve thunk it?

I’m told “they are just seeking better lives”. And? How does that make it necessary for America to have no borders and no immigration laws?

Etc., etc.

Monkeytoe on July 9, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Beck is a fool.

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 10:56 AM

The whole Blaze thing of his is starting to unravel. He fired the best person he had on there recently, Andrew Wilkow (who is a Mark Levin protege). I think Beck is suffering a mental breakdown.

ConstantineXI on July 9, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Glenn Beck, as a private citizen, can do what he wants. It’s the government that’s the problem.

d1carter on July 9, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Seeing the comments above, it’s a real wonder why people think conservatives lack empathy when it comes to immigration.

tneloms on July 9, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Be fluked, in a very bad way, you louse and moocher of the world. YOU destroy all which was once good. Feed your own, you scum of all scum who enable all this. Take them all to YOUR home.

My conscience is very clear. I have developed and helped more minorities than did obama. YOU suffocate in his azz.

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Should be interesting to hear listsens2glenns take on this latest revelation. Will he continue to listen?

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Matt Walsh is not a genius.

He claims to be libertarian, but spends time telling us how awesome the Swedish system is. He notes that people pay a lot in taxes, but get a lot of great government stuff for it!

Ugh.

LilyBart on July 9, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Beck is full of shit!…that is why I don’t bother with him anymore…he cries more than Bonehead!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 9, 2014 at 11:00 AM

We are being invaded and our government refuses to do anything about it because of optics. Invasion is an act of war. Reality will intrude upon your life whether you want it to or not.

njrob on July 9, 2014 at 10:57 AM

No, not because of optics. It is because they wanted this to happen and facilitated it.

rlwo2008 on July 9, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Amid heated talk on the right of deporting children back to strife-ridden failed states, the third world diseases they carry, and the fear of their ability to access protective and preventative medical services on taxpayer dollars, the conservative movement risks expanding the empathy gap among Hispanic and urban voters.

These are real concerns. We can be empathetic to their plights without giving them carte blance entry into the country.

Bitter Clinger on July 9, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Beck has lost his dadgum mind.

Nobody has answered the question: How did these “underage minors” travel thousands of miles “by themselves” to our Southern Border?
C’mon, y’all. Get real.

kingsjester on July 9, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Charity and kindness, asking nothing in return, can go a long way.

How is it charitable or kind to warehouse these kids?

How is it charitable to lose 4 year olds?

How is it charitable or kind to encourage ignorant parents to hand over their children to Drug Cartel Coyotes to exploit them?

How is it charitable or kind to expose our own citizens and their children to foot and mouth,TB,Swine Flu,scabies, etc… diseases?

These foreign governments must be held accountable for dumping their “best and brightest” over decades in this country and our government must be held accountable for not enforcing our own laws of sovereignty.

We have the resources to transport them all over the US but not the wherewithal to return them to their countries?

Manipulating the Good Will of the American People on this issue smells a lot like the guilt trip that elected this buffoon into the WH twice.

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 11:01 AM

*listens2glenn

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Spare the rod, spoil the child.

Liberals are prototypical spoiled children who were spared the rod of discipline.

Conservatives are, or at least are viewed as being, the responsible parents trying to raise disciplined children. The children, Liberals, don’t want to be disciplined and scream “I hate you” at us as they threaten to run away and never come back.

I always tell my kids that they cannot allow their lives to be determined by how they feel about something because that is very often the wrong choice. Sometimes the non-compassionate action is in fact the best action.

It may seem compassionate to throw open our borders to the world’s poor children but what of the effects of that compassion on those of us who are obliged to pay for it and live with its consequences?

Charlemagne on July 9, 2014 at 11:02 AM

A conservative could give a liberal media lapdog the shirt off his back and the headline would be “Conservatives Support Public Nudity.”

Conservatives already put in more goodwill than liberals in every single facet of society. All we get it return is constant lies about us.

Meanwhile Dan Savage is a radical activist and hatemonger, and generally one of the worst people on the planet, and the worst headline he’ll ever get is “Dan Savage challenges religious hypocrisy.”

50% of the country is willing to lie about the other 50% and have their conscience rest easy. All my empathy for these people has been bled dry. The only thing they understand is defeat.

BKennedy on July 9, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2014 at 10:57 AM

This “empathy” thing is exactly what obama was counting on. You know, those poor Children and those cold hearted Republicans…

sandee on July 9, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Glenn Beck, as a private citizen, can do what he wants. It’s the government that’s the problem.

d1carter on July 9, 2014 at 10:58 AM

He will go to Hell for assuming to be a messiah.

You are right. He can take them in to his home.

The crapweasel preaches against Capitalism and he and his stupid parrot-like sidekicks are all about taking your dough, the fools who sustain him and his. Wake up already. The guy is a mental case, has been for years. He’s all about milking YOU.

Don’t let the fools make you feel guilty for something you’re not guilty of.

Don’t fall for the “racism” and “no-empathy” shit.

If the R party goes under, NO one deserves it more than the R establishment shills.

I hope you all meet the hottest layer because nothing else will be bad enough for what you’ve brung us all.

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Fantastic post, Noah. Beck is absolutely right. There is nothing wrong with being compassionate.

While it is a grave error in judgment and policy that has led to this humanitarian crisis, it is a humanitarian crisis nonetheless.

That said, I think an effort needs to be made for these kids to be sent home. But sending them home with new clothes, a teddy bear, a soccer ball, vaccinations and a full belly is the right thing to do.

There is a special place in hell for people who harm women, children and small animals. Accordingly, there is a special seat in Heaven for those who look to those most in need, smile and provide for those needs.

Conservative Mischief on July 9, 2014 at 11:02 AM

If the issue was empathy, Noah would ask why the Choom Gang would subject both the illegals and Americans to the disease (hoof and mouth seems to be the latest) and increased crime being brought up from Central America.

But that’s being logical.

Why are conservatives labeled intolerant when there is not much evidence to support it, but liberals enjoy the benefit of the doubt even though they are constantly on the lookout for the next Trotskyite to purge? Part of it is engrained media bias, but another part is the rhetoric on the right

You tell a lie often enough, you can get anybody to believe anything –

Josef Goebbels, PhD

formwiz on July 9, 2014 at 11:03 AM

How does one measure the “empathy gap”….? And who does the measuring?

d1carter on July 9, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Beck has lost his dadgum mind.

Nobody has answered the question: How did these “underage minors” travel thousands of miles “by themselves” to our Southern Border?
C’mon, y’all. Get real.

kingsjester on July 9, 2014 at 11:01 AM

At $5,000 – $7,500.00 a head.

This is orchestrated by Obama and targeted primarily at two “enemy states” AZ and TX.

Even CA is balking.

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 11:04 AM

This “empathy” thing is exactly what obama was counting on. You know, those poor Children and those cold hearted Republicans…

sandee on July 9, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Fluke them all. Anyone who falls for it is an utter fool. I’ve told you often that the Rs are way more culpable in destroying America.

In Sept. “Who’s John Galt” will be release. The only way left. Go gulching and let the system fall onto itself. The R fools are more guilty than the Utopian marxists. They lied to you more. I wish them all the worst of all things, scabies and eternal itching.

“Scabies” is just symbolic. I wish them way worse.

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Beck has lost his dadgum mind.

He never had one.

Noah, what a shill!!!

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Senator McCain is now batting on the Hearings:

http://www.c-span.org/live/?channel=c-span-3

canopfor on July 9, 2014 at 11:06 AM

I feel so badly about this, I think I’m gonna shoot some pool….

d1carter on July 9, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Noah Rothman ‏@NoahCRothman 8m

I believe it. RT @Mediaite: Glenn Beck Getting ‘Violent’ Emails Because of His Plans to Aid Migrant Kids http://bit.ly/1oBOVQc (VIDEO)

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Beck is a fool.

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 10:56 AM

The whole Blaze thing of his is starting to unravel. He fired the best person he had on there recently, Andrew Wilkow (who is a Mark Levin protege). I think Beck is suffering a mental breakdown.

ConstantineXI on July 9, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Wouldn’t be the first time.

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Look.

I’ve said this a million times before.

I understand why people from Ecuador, Chili, Brazil, etc. want to come to America. I empathize with them wanting better lives for themselves and their families.

I also understand full well that the majority of people coming into the U.S. illegally aren’t criminals or terrorists and are simply seeking a better life in a better country (but I thought the left claimed there were no ‘better countries’?).

Understanding and empathizing with these peoples’ plights does not equate to believing that amnesty is in the U.S.’s interest. It is not. It never will be.

The answer is to try and improve the countries these people flee from – each one a socialist utopia created entirely by leftism (of course, the left/media never, ever explain that fact to anyone or admit).

Allowing these people to come live in the U.S. at their will (in other words, having no borders or immigration laws) does nothing to solve the problem forcing these people to try and immigrate to America. All it does is burden America with millions of new low-skilled, low-educated, poor people.

Perhaps there are millions of good paying manual labor jobs out there in the U.S.? Is that the case? Do you really believe we can put all these people to work making $15/hour on a manufacturing line somewhere? Or that we can put millions of these people to work making $15/hour doing lawncare?

No? then that means what we are really doing is accepting millions of people to live off the American gov’t.

It is really that simple. Either America has 10 million+ good-paying, good-benefit low-skill manual labor jobs just waiting to be filled or the vast majority of these illegals are going to end up on gov’t entitlement programs (WIC, Section 8, food stamps, welfare, SSI, etc.).

A little honesty in the debate would be nice. But we will never get it from the amnesty shills. Yes, I empathize and understand the motivation for the illegals coming to America. that does not translate into it being in America’s interest – whatsoever – to grant them amnesty. It is in fact contrary to America’s interest to do so. Not only will the burden on the taxpayer of amnesty be huge, amnesty will result in 10 million+ more illegals flooding into America in the next 10 years.

there is quite literally no argument to be made in favor of amnesty, which is why we have never seen a rationale argument in over 10 years of debating this issue.

Monkeytoe on July 9, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Noah Rothman ‏@NoahCRothman 8m

I believe it. RT @Mediaite: Glenn Beck Getting ‘Violent’ Emails Because of His Plans to Aid Migrant Kids http://bit.ly/1oBOVQc (VIDEO)

Sure. Just what Beck wanted…..He’s an egotistical hack…

sandee on July 9, 2014 at 11:08 AM

NO one harms the middle class and the poor more than obama and his shills, from both sides.

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2014 at 11:08 AM

So the HotGas amnesty shills are opening their homes to illegal invaders, correct? Out of empathy, correct? For the children, correct?

Jedditelol on July 9, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Charity and kindness, asking nothing in return, can go a long way.

Who’s denying this for those currently standing on the border?

Seriously, who?

Unfortunately, we’re stuck with a God forsaken, Bush-era law forbidding the feds to immediately turn back anyone other than our northern and southern neighbors. But why should this foreclose an effort to stop those en route? That’s inhumane? Why should this foreclose changing that law immediately? Putting ourselves first is inhumane? Why should this foreclose protests against a government that won’t even tell town when their going to be imposed upon? Why should this foreclose demanding follow-up so that these people simply don’t disappear into the countryside?

We can’t have this chaos in this country? Back when we had virtually no immigration restrictions, we didn’t have people overstaying visas and then flying planes into buildings. What is so damned inhumane about feeding, clothing, and medically caring for these kids; matching them with family members; and then deporting the entire group? We have a legal form of immigration. If they don’t like it, tough.

Charity is supposed to be a temporary measure; not a lifetime or even a long-term entitlement, unless, of course, someone is truly disabled.

Send the illegal immigrants to their homes.

BuckeyeSam on July 9, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Beck is enabling the left. You don’t give a toy to a kid one day and kick him out of the country the next. Turning vast swaths of the US into 3rd world conclaves is not empathetic or compassionate. It makes matters worse for all, including the poor and minorities.

I can’t think of one nation on earth that allows this sort of thing, even those run by supposedly compassionate Socialists. We have the duty to enforce the border, without that citizenship and national sovereignty has no meaning. I have no idea why there are people on the right who constantly side with lawlessness and chaos but here we are.

echosyst on July 9, 2014 at 11:09 AM

…Beck should start drinking again!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 9, 2014 at 11:09 AM

This is the product of Dear Leader and I won’t take the bait. To each, his own.

d1carter on July 9, 2014 at 11:09 AM

The good news is that this condition is merely perceived, not real, and it only takes a few gestures like the one Beck has embraced in order to bury it.

Of course it’s merely perceived and not real. But to think this is going to do anything to change that perception is wrong. And incredibly naive.

Syzygy on July 9, 2014 at 11:11 AM

I have empathy for some of these kids, when I hear them talk about trying to escape being pressured into joining MS-13, being sexually assaulted in their home countries and by the coyotes, but we can’t solve all the world’s problems.

Ward Cleaver on July 9, 2014 at 11:11 AM

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Remember when Ellian was stolen from his uncles/aunts at gunpoint and returned to his father in Cuba?

Yet, now it is imperative that we keep parents away from their families in their native countries.

I guess the difference is that in the Ellian case the left did not want to offend its idol Fidel Castro and wanted to undermine the idea that America was “better” than Cuba and now the left wants to undermine America by letting lots of poor people in.

the motive for the left is always the same. Undermine America.

Monkeytoe on July 9, 2014 at 11:12 AM

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Justice Department says it will re-allocate immigration judges, shift docket priority to southwest border cases – via @Phil_Mattingly
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Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Department of Justice Announces New Priorities to Address Surge of Migrants Crossing into the U.S.

Justice Department Proposes Establishing Legal and Law Enforcement Advisors to Aid in Disrupting and Dismantling Immigrant Smuggling Operations

Deputy Attorney General James Cole announced today that the Justice Department will implement a series of steps to help address the influx of migrants crossing the southern border of the United States. These include refocusing immigration court resources to adjudicate the cases of recent migrants; providing support and training to help address violence in Central America; and redoubling efforts to work with other federal agencies and the Mexican government to investigate and prosecute those who smuggle migrants to the United States.

“Individuals who embark on the perilous journey from Central America to the United States are subject to violent crime, abuse, and extortion as they rely on dangerous human smuggling networks to transport them through Central America and Mexico,” Deputy Attorney General Cole said. “We have an obligation to provide humanitarian care for children and adults with children who are apprehended on our borders, but we also must do whatever we can to stem the tide of this dangerous migration pattern. The efforts we are announcing today are intended to address the challenges of this influx in a humane, efficient and timely way.”

Cole announced that the department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) will refocus its resources to prioritize cases involving migrants who have recently crossed the southwest border and whom DHS has placed into removal proceedings — so that these cases are processed both quickly and fairly to enable prompt removal in appropriate cases, while ensuring the protection of asylum seekers and others.

“This refocusing of resources will allow EOIR to prioritize the adjudication of the cases of those individuals involved in the evolving situation at the southwest border,” said EOIR Director Juan P. Osuna. “Although our case management priorities are shifting, our immigration judges will continue to evaluate and rule upon cases consistent with all substantive and procedural rights and safeguards applicable to immigration proceedings.”

To augment its capacity to adjudicate cases as promptly as possible, EOIR is committed to hiring more immigration judges. EOIR this week will also publish a regulation allowing for the appointment of temporary immigration judges. Further, EOIR plans both to expand its existing legal access programs, and enhance access to legal resources and assistance for persons in removal proceedings.

Cole also announced that the Department is seeking new funding, as a part of the President’s emergency supplemental appropriations request, to assist Central American countries in combatting transnational crime and the threat posed by criminal gangs. This regional strategy for law enforcement capacity building would be aimed at addressing the issues that have been a factor in forcing many migrants to flee Central America for the United States.

The department will also redouble its efforts to work with Mexican authorities to identify and apprehend smugglers who are aiding unaccompanied children in crossing the U.S. border. Later this week, the Deputy Attorney General will also be meeting with the five U.S. Attorneys who represent the southwest border districts to strategize on ways to disrupt and dismantle criminal organizations on the border that are facilitating the transportation of unaccompanied minors and others.

Today, Deputy Attorney General Cole will go to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s McAllen Station and processing facility to see the urgent situation at the border. EOIR Director Osuna will be testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to highlight the Justice Department’s efforts to aid in the administration-wide response to the migrant influx.
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http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/July/14-dag-711.html

canopfor on July 9, 2014 at 11:12 AM

So if we hand out lollipops, all is well then? Good, where can i send a couple dozen bags?

HumpBot Salvation on July 9, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Media, and you are part of it you shills, focus about 10 threads on the fact that you are shut out of taking pictures and seeing the disaster obama, with your enabling, has brung.

It’s like Germany in the late 30s and NO one focuses on the blackout.

It’s the issue of the day, the nazi-like blackout of news and evidence in AMERICA.

Imagine if GWB would have blocked picture-taking at Katrina/NO…a natural disaster which Bush did NOT create.

obama created this disaster and you serve him excusing pap, over and over.

Focus or parish.

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2014 at 11:13 AM

When will Salem go down to the border with truck-loads of icecream?

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Americans and American Christians have been the most charitable people for the longest time. If Noah thinks we’ll make inroads with…..Democrats or independents, or whoever, by helping Democrat propaganda, he’s got another thing coming. So some congressman hands out bottled water and minorities say, “Hey, they’re not so bad. Maybe I’ll vote for him.” Why bother? It’s easier to just vote for Democrats. And when they find out that same person offering the water also wants to eventually send them back or secure the border, forget about it.

Dongemaharu on July 9, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Noah Rothman ‏@NoahCRothman 8m

I believe it. RT @Mediaite: Glenn Beck Getting ‘Violent’ Emails Because of His Plans to Aid Migrant Kids http://bit.ly/1oBOVQc (VIDEO)

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 11:06 AM

I’m surprised severely conservative Noah Rothman didn’t throw a “teabagger” reference in there.

Seriously, what is the purpose of the retweet?

HumpBot Salvation on July 9, 2014 at 11:14 AM

The conservative movement needs a bigger tent, and addressing the perception that conservatives are hard-hearted will be a step in that direction. The good news is that this condition is merely perceived, not real, and it only takes a few gestures like the one Beck has embraced in order to bury it.

These gestures shouldn’t come with political labels. Handing out water and toys to illegal parasites that come with a “gift of the conservative movement” as a politically calculated message is just as offensive as anything the left does.

Happy Nomad on July 9, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Yep!

Right up there with “Jesus was a refugee”

“Jesus was a refugee, and that’s a very good reminder to all of us,” Eskinder Negash, director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), said at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) 2014 Migration Conference in Washington, D.C.

In the case of unaccompanied alien children, U.S. law requires that those who do not come from a contiguous country, i.e. Mexico or Canada, be transferred to the custody of ORR to be reunited with family or placed elsewhere until deportation proceedings can be completed.
“I happen to believe in [the] refugee program, not just because Jesus was a refugee — because I was also myself a refugee,” said Negash, who was named to his post by the Obama administration in 2009…”

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/penny-starr/administration-official-illegal-aliens-jesus-was-refugee

Using children in a cynical attempt to force the political amnesty issue is evil.

Trying to manipulate the American Citizenry to buy into the creation of a permanent underclass of 11-20 million illegals for cheap labor and political gain is treasonous against the Constitution and alien to our american sovereignty and way of life.

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Securing our border and enforcing our immigration laws is the most empathetic thing we can do.

Wigglesworth on July 9, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Even a prostitute gets tired of providing “empathy” every now and then.

And please notice how the subject terms are changing among the presstitutes so as to create the appearance of conservatives, who have legitimate issues with unrestrained migration, as being uncaring, cold, and just plain old assholes.

Take a walk back through history and see how the answer to this question keeps changing: “Why did you come here illegally?”

BobMbx on July 9, 2014 at 11:15 AM

I commend Beck for what he is doing, but the notion that conservatives are going to win hearts and minds is a joke. Anything less than full amnesty is not acceptable to the tards and the conservative beatings in the media will continue. That is just the way it is.

Southernblogger on July 9, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Noah Rothman ‏@NoahCRothman 8m

I believe it. RT @Mediaite: Glenn Beck Getting ‘Violent’ Emails Because of His Plans to Aid Migrant Kids http://bit.ly/1oBOVQc (VIDEO)

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Guess, Noah just “can’t quit” his liberal soulmates over at Mediaite.

HumpBot Salvation on July 9, 2014 at 11:16 AM

principles be damned, big tent assuaging everyones feelings is all that matters…

dmacleo on July 9, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Charity and kindness, asking nothing in return, can go a long way.

It will go absolutely nowhere politically.

ROCnPhilly on July 9, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Here is “my take”:

So, what is the biblical solution to illegal immigration? Simple…don’t do it; obey the laws.

Liberals tend to attempt to set the boundaries and to change the teachings of Jesus Christ to fit with their “political collective” mindset. The turning of a political situation, such as “The Mexican Munchkin Migration”, into a “humanitarian catastrophe” is just the most recent example.

Their claim concerning salvation is framed in similar terms. Liberals, including President Barack Hussein Obama, put forth the opinion that Salvation is a group experience, likening it to a political movement, which could not be further from the truth, couching their political ideology-driven benevolence behind the term “Social Justice”.

I do not believe that Jesus would be a part of the social justice movement. His was and is a soul-saving movement. One that still brings hundreds of thousand of people to salvation on this terrestrial ball every day. A movement that, in fact, was embraced by the Founders of this cherished land.

It is interesting to me, that the “most caring people in the room”, whom, under normal circumstances, want Conservative American Christians to sit down, shuddup, and limit their faith to Sunday mornings from 10 a.m. – Noon, now are lecturing us about how we should support their fallen messiah’s “Illegal Immigrant Initiative”.

I will wrap up this post by quoting Dr. Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary:

Regrettably, there is no shortage of preachers who have traded the Gospel for a platform of political and economic change, most often packaged as a call for social justice…

The church is not to adopt a social reform platform as its message, but the faithful church, wherever it is found, is itself a social reform movement precisely because it is populated by redeemed sinners who are called to faithfulness in following Christ. The Gospel is not a message of social (collective) salvation, but it does have social implications.

Luke 20:25

And he (Jesus) said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar‘s, and unto God the things which be God’s

kingsjester on July 9, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Charity and kindness, asking nothing in return, can go a long way.

Individuals can give charity and kindness. Not gov’ts.

this is a distinction lost on the left and more and more often, lost on the right as well.

When the gov’t takes money from me to give somebody free housing – that is not charity. Charity is when I decide, of my own volition to give money or volunteer.

And, study after study shows that gov’t “charity” does not work. Because the gov’t does not tie any accountability strings to its charity and encourages dependence on gov’t “charity”.

how this is lost on the right is amazing, but then, conservatives keep voting for the GOP despite all evidence that the GOP is anti-conservative.

Monkeytoe on July 9, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Illegal Entry into the Country is against the Law!!!!

canopfor on July 9, 2014 at 10:50 AM

A Canadian of HA, with Canada having and protecting her borders, tells YOU the truth.

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2014 at 11:17 AM

todays young people, including the author, are for the most part f*ing idiots.

dmacleo on July 9, 2014 at 11:17 AM

It was their fault the second they put one foot in front of the other heading for our border.

aniptofar on July 9, 2014 at 11:17 AM

I read the article. I think we should strengthen our borders and send most, if not all, of these people home.

But man, reading the comments above…nope. I will not go with some of you into that dark night. No way.

Grace_is_sufficient on July 9, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Schadenfreude

What do you think we should do? Would you prefer we simply shoot all these illegal immigrants dead? March them into the Mexican desert to die?

Beck isn’t saying “give them amnesty,” he’s saying “relieve their suffering right now, even though they need to be sent back.” And all you can do is shriek with splenetic hatred. You have abandoned your humanity. Also: pretty bad politics. And morality.

Esoteric on July 9, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Romans 13:1-7 This Biblical passage leaves no doubt that God expects us to obey the laws of the government. The only exception to this is when a law of the government is in opposition to one of God’s commands (Acts 5:29).

The current invasion of underage Latin American Minors, bein transported up to our southern Border by the Drug Cartels is an example of Roman 13: 1-7.

Illegal immigration is the breaking of a governmental law. There is no scripture in the Holy Bible that contradicts a nation having immigration laws. Therefore, it is a sin, rebellion against God, to illegally enter into another country.

Illegal immigration is definitely a controversial issue, not only in the United States, but in European countries, as well, as they are being invaded by Muslims who are setting up Sharia Law in countries such as the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Denmark.

The fact of the matter is, Romans 13:1-7 does not give any Christian permission to violate a law just because it is unjust. Again, the issue is not the fairness of a law.

kingsjester on July 9, 2014 at 11:18 AM

RE: These gestures shouldn’t come with political labels. Handing out water and toys to illegal parasites that come with a “gift of the conservative movement” as a politically calculated message is just as offensive effective as anything the left does.

Happy Nomad on July 9, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Von Kleist on July 9, 2014 at 11:18 AM

I hope he’s had his shots. And be prepared to shave your head, Glenn, when the lice jumps across onto you when you give them that soccer ball.

cptacek on July 9, 2014 at 11:18 AM

This leads us to Glenn Beck, who is launching a brilliant campaign aimed at closing the empathy gap on the issue of immigration.

Nice liberal propaganda, Noah.

However, THINKING people understand the difference between LEGAL immigration, and ILLEGAL immigration. I see nothing “brilliant” or “empathetic” about Glenn Beck aiding and abetting obama in his ‘trafficking of illegals for political gain’. In fact, this “brilliant campaign” makes Beck, and all those who support him in this venture, look like a treasonous morons.

I know that the powers-that-be at Hot Air are 100% pro-AMNESTY, pro-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION and pro-OPEN BORDERS, but, it’s still troubling ever time one of these ridiculous leftist propaganda pieces is posted here – it’s sad that HA is no longer interested in what its readers think, or want from this website.

Pork-Chop on July 9, 2014 at 11:18 AM

I’m surprised severely conservative Noah Rothman didn’t throw a “teabagger” reference in there.

Seriously, what is the purpose of the retweet?

HumpBot Salvation on July 9, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Zero empathy for American kids who are exposed to diseases i guess.

Salem seems to only employ liberal writers now.

tetriskid on July 9, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Charity and kindness, asking nothing in return, can go a long way.

Using “Charity” as a means of political manipulation and gain is Cynicism in action…The anti-thesis of Charity.

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Illegals steal resources that should be used for American children.

Flange on July 9, 2014 at 11:20 AM

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