Congressman Compares Amnesty to Emancipation Proclamation

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Just when you thought Washington rhetoric couldn’t get any more ridiculous, along comes a Democrat to prove you wrong. Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia raised the bar of liberal absurdity when he drew comparisons between Obama’s planned executive amnesty and Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

Johnson said, “One day there will be movies written about this episode in American history. There will be a president who issues an executive order like the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed 3 to 4 million slaves with the signing of a pen.”

Of course, this isn’t a failure of intelligence on Johnson’s part, but rather explicit language meant to put Democrats on the right side of history. We see this time and again from the left. They take a piece of history that has a well-worn, well-established narrative, and then they try to apply it to whatever the issue of the day might be. In this way, we’ve seen comparisons drawn between the civil rights movement of the 60s and the gay rights movement, Israeli occupation and the Nazis, the women’s suffrage movement and today’s radical feminism. Unfortunately, plenty of people are more than willing to buy into it.

The Amnesty Disaster

It appears that Obama is going to go through with his plans despite the fact that the vast majority of Americans are against them. That’s nothing new. He continues to stand behind Obamacare, a law that enjoys a wide swath of unpopularity itself. But unlike Obamacare, the kind of amnesty the president is talking about can’t be undone. It can’t be un-funded. Once it’s the law, it’s the law. Republicans have enough power to refuse funding for ICE raises, IDs for illegals, and various other programs, but those constraints won’t change the facts.

It may come to be that the only way to enforce this nation’s laws is to bring Obama up on impeachment charges. That could prove to be politically disastrous for the Republican Party, but consider the alternatives! The alternatives include making a show of opposition (lawsuits, budget games, etc.) while Obama’s plans sail right through. As a result, we hoist a sign in full view of the Mexican border: come on in, the water’s fine.

Democrats don’t want to pass amnesty for moral reasons. They want to increase their voting base. They want to increase the number of Americans dependent on them for government welfare. They want to expand the size of the federal government in ways that would have astounded the founding fathers. Barack Obama’s actions will have terrible ramifications in the areas of national security, taxes, crime, culture, and the economy.

In 2010, Hank Johnson famously expressed concern that overpopulation could cause the island of Guam to capsize. His comparing Obama’s amnesty to the Emancipation Proclamation is just as ridiculous and should be viewed in the same light. Of course, liberals rushed to defend him on that one and they’ll do no less this time around.