- The Washington Times - Friday, August 8, 2014

The lawless activist leaves a path of destruction in his wake

Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican, was confronted at a fundraiser this week by two people brought illegally into the United States as children and granted amnesty under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) executive order. Mr. King supports a bill that would repeal the program. “I know you want to get rid of DACA, so I just wanted to give you the opportunity and rip mine,” one of them said to Mr. King, handing him a piece of paper.

The video of the ensuing exchange is supposed to be highly embarrassing for Mr. King and Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, who was sitting at the same table when the scene began, but quickly removed himself. Presumably, he was supposed to sit there and allow himself to be used as a prop in a videotaped political performance.

Mr. King didn’t handle the encounter very smoothly, but the meat of the conversation came when he asked one of the “Dreamers” if her mother’s need to flee an abusive relationship in Mexico justified violating U.S. law. “I’m really sorry that you came from a lawless country,” Mr. King said. “I hope that you can have a happy life. But, please, do not erode the rule of law in America.”

That’s the tough thing about respecting the law: Lots of people can provide very good reasons for violating it. A person fleeing an abusive relationship could also make an excellent logical and moral case for stealing a car, and maybe returning it later. Perhaps a judge and jury would be lenient toward such a car thief at trial. That doesn’t dissolve the rules against theft, though.

Either immigration laws are laws or they’re just guidelines. If they’re merely guidelines, then sure, everyone with a tough life can stroll across the border and make themselves at home. There’s no way to evaluate every single story and decide who gets to come in, right? That would be too much like the immigration system that Democrats and their favorite activists are trying to overthrow. The border can just work on the honor system. Hopefully, seriously bad people have enough honor not to come across. We can’t stop them without the kind of screening and immigration restrictions that would also stop the “Dreamers.”

Why didn’t the mother of the young lady who confronted Mr. King immigrate legally? Did she try, only to be rejected by U.S. authorities? If so, are we allowed to ask why they rejected her? Or did she not even try, figuring her need was greater than that of the poor chumps who fill out all the paperwork and wait for approval? Without a solid body of immigration law and effective enforcement, who gets to decide which people have the “right” to ignore the border?

Didn’t the people who brought us the last round of amnesty giveaways promise there wouldn’t be problems like this? The people behind the current amnesty proposals promise the same thing. How can we prevent another illegal-immigration problem from developing over the next few years unless we have the kind of border security that would keep “Dreamers” and their parents out?

If we’re going to play this game of “government by activist,” where laws are passed based on video clips of representatives getting ambushed at lunch, let’s do it for everything.

Let’s have some people who lost their insurance because of Obamacare confront President Obama while he’s eating, hand him their old policies to rip up, and videotape his reaction. Let’s make liberals deal with small-business owners who have been wiped out by taxes and regulations live, unrehearsed and on camera.

Why not make amnesty proponents go through ambush interviews with people whose loved ones have been killed by illegal-alien criminals? That should be even more fun than watching Mr. King talk to a “Dreamer.”

Laws that govern millions of people can’t be shaped by anecdotes and individual activists. Prosecutorial discretion doesn’t mean waiving the law for tens of thousands of people. The size of our government cannot be determined solely by the demands of people who want something from it.

For small-minded, shortsighted, victim-mentality thinking, and for decades of hard work destroying many lives and businesses, the liberal activist is the Bully of the Week.

Rusty Humphries, a nationally syndicated talk-radio host, is a contributor to The Washington Times.

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