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OPINION: We Don't Need 'Open Borders,' We Need to Export Freedom
This morning I read an article from The Atlantic which suggested we do away with borders entirely. Their reasoning? This: No defensible moral framework regards foreigners as less deserving of rights than people born in the right place at the right time. Before your throw your hands up in the air and scream in frustration about illegal immigration and how neither America nor Europe should just open their doors to everyone like a never ending clown car, stop for a second and read that sentence just once more.
No defensible moral framework regards foreigners as less deserving of rights than people born in the right place at the right time.
Now think back to grade school (if you're older than thirty) or use the search engine of your choice to find the Declaration of Independence, which contains this oft quoted sentence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Both The Atlantic's byline and our Declaration of Independence speak the same message: people have natural rights. Our founding document differs from The Atlantic's in where these rights derive, but we can assume since The Atlantic used "right place at the right time," that they believe certain rights are universal. But here's the catch: America was founded on freedom, but America cannot blindly accept foreigners, for...well, pick your reason. Fairness, feelings, or flamingo fantasies. Going for alliteration on that one. Donald Trump is right on this issue, "A country without borders is no country at all."
And that's usually where the argument ends. Borders. Walls. Or the opposite: no borders, no walls, America should take in everyone. Europe should take in everyone. From the Pope to the President, there seems to be a consensus of political talking heads and leaders that the so-called "moral right" thing to do is give up American sovereignty and let foreigners come in, kick back, pop open a nice cold Miller Lite and reap the welfare benefits of the United States, or if in Europe, the democracies of the EU. There's a giant pink elephant in this storage under the stairs. It's such an obvious question that everyone is choosing to just ignore it and pretend it isn't even there...
If America is where everyone wants to be, why not export the ideas America was founded upon? Why not export liberty, freedom and capitalism? Heck, all these foreign countries where people are fleeing, they can use the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution. We're not really using them.
Isn't it funny how leftists talk down America (we're looking at you, Barack Obama) to foreign leaders, but then have no problemo throwing open the doors and inviting anyone in, saying no one should be stopped from coming to America or any democratic or represenative republic? Kinda contradictory. Either America is the bees knees or it isn't. Have you also noticed that these same people (ahem, Obama again), who are loathe to suggest we to other countries where these people are fleeing, that maybe they should adopt more freedom for their people? Of course not. To suggest a more democratic, free system of government would be "subjecting our ideas and our way of life on these countries," and that's oppressive. "It's not our place." To these open-border leftists, it is not America's job to advocate American ideals on other countries. But it is our place to take the citizens of these countries because they love our ideas? Mansplain that one to me, I'm confused.
As long as America is the land of the free and home of the brave, and other countries are bastions of misery, dictatorship, oppressive theocracies, or socialist/communist gulags where everyone is equally poor and destitute, anyone with two brain cells and a beating heart will want to live in a free society. But if we want the world to be a place where everyone has freedom, why limit it to just America or to just certain European countries?
It isn't time to open our borders. It isn't time for us to disintegrate our sovereignty or to erase our borders entirely for the sake of fairness. It's time we take our own ideas of freedom, liberty and personal prosperity and teach it to the rest of the world. Heck, we need a refresher course here anyway.
~Written by Courtney Kirchoff