by Leo Hohmann, LeoHohmann:
There’s an old saying: Be careful what you wish for. It could come back to bite you.
There are many examples of this in history that should give us pause whenever we are faced with a crisis causing fear and confusion, times not unlike our own when the masses are demanding relief from those who populate the hallowed halls of government. Many of our most oppressive laws get enacted this way. Can you think of a few? I can. What about the USA Patriot Act and the creation of the Department of Homeland Security after 9/11? People were begging for, demanding a measure of safety and they were eager to hand over their most basic rights and freedoms to the government in exchange for that promise of safety.
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You see it also with education. Public schools have been utterly destroyed by decades of leftist infiltration, to the point where professional educators actually participate in a devious form of mental trickery in which vulnerable young children as young as 4 and 5 years old are encouraged to question their gender. With those schools safely in the abyss, you can bet they’re coming for the private and home schools next. How will they do this? Through something conservatives have for decades been begging for—school choice or “vouchers,” where the tax dollars follow the student to whatever type of school the parent chooses. On its face, it sounds lovely. School choice. Who wouldn’t be in favor of “choice?”
But he that taketh government funds placeth himself under government rules. School “choice” eventually leads to no choice at all because the government, through its role as administrator over public tax dollars, now owns a monopoly on education — public and private.
Perhaps no other issue today cries out for an analysis through the lens of be careful what you wish for than that of immigration.
It’s currently the biggest story in the news, especially the conservative news. Our government has intentionally created an atmosphere of complete chaos at the border, with tens of thousands of military-age men pouring over the border into the U.S. This is a national security crisis if there ever was one.
Conservatives are getting very upset about this, and understandably so. For years, they have clamored for a wall to be built on the southern border. It sounds like a logical solution.
But walls can be used to keep people in as well as keep them out. Ah, you say, but that only happens in countries run by totalitarian regimes. You assume much, dear reader, by thinking of America as anything but a burgeoning dictatorship.
Then you have something called E-verify, where all employers would be forced to electronically verify that anyone they hire is a legal resident of the country. It sounds wonderful and conservatives want that, too.
There are only a few smart conservatives like Thomas Massie, Republican of Kentucky, who see the writing on the wall when it comes to E-Verify and how it will actually be used. Just like Homeland Security, the Patriot Act, school choice and most gun laws, E-Verify will be turned against law-abiding Americans.
Below is an excerpt from a May 9 article in Reason Magazine:
House Republicans are rallying around the Secure the Border Act of 2023, a sprawling immigration enforcement bill that will be brought up for a vote later this week. It would resume border wall construction and seek to codify the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy, which required migrants to await their U.S. immigration court dates in Mexico.
But the bill wouldn’t just target undocumented immigrants, as Rep. Thomas Massie (R–Ky.) has pointed out. He tweeted that a section requiring employers to use E-Verify systems to verify workers’ citizenship status would be like giving the government “the ultimate on/off switch” for employment.
“I will NOT vote to require EVERY American to get [President Joe] Biden’s permission if they want to work,” Massie continued. “Giving the federal government more power over YOU is a mistake.”