Thursday, November 19, 2015

That Makes 2 Of Us, Anyway. Another Republican Combat Vet Stands With Me On Accepting Syrian Refugees

                                                                                                                         
Congressman Russell
He Commanded An Army Infantry Battalion In Iraq
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klahoma's 5th Congressional District U.S. Representative, Republican Steve Russell, has a thing or two to say about accepting Syrian refugees.   From the floor of the House of Representatives he notes that turning away Syrian refugees makes us like ISIS.  I guess there's something about the willingness to stop bullets in defense of this country that keeps somebody like Russell from being particularly paranoid about giving a welcome assist to some of the most miserable human beings on the face of the earth.  The C-Span link is 4 minutes long, well worth the time.
     
     

9 comments:

  1. If France is going to continue to take them, why shouldn't we? Except that the chicken hawks seem to have taken over the House...

    Seriously, closing borders to Syrian refugees is only going to help ISIS - see? those Westerners hate you, and now we can do anything we want to you - not to mention let them know that we really are just chicken hawks. Easily frightened, ready to drop our principles at the mere mention of potential risk... Sigh...

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    1. And so many of these folks are quick to invoke "American exceptionalism." This is American pedestrianism at its worst.

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  2. In so many ways, America is a country of immigrants, especially those fleeing religious persecution. Not accepting Syrian immigrants fleeing ISIS seems very un-American to me.

    And whether or not you think America is a Christian country, Christ did say, "whatever you do to the least of these, you also do unto me." So, refusing to accept Syrian immigrants is akin to refusing to accept Jesus Christ.

    Take a good long chew on that, governors of states that don't want Syrian immigrants.

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  3. Finally, one GOP congressman with gonads enough to buck the party position!!!!

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  4. Unfortunately, it is reported that the gentleman from OK joined his colleagues in the Republican caucus and voted for the Syrian exclusion bill.

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    1. Russell sees the bill as a springboard for more discussion. I don't take it as a repudiation of his eloquent remarks because those are on the record, and as a practical political matter, the bill has no real chance of passage. Here's the statement he released explaining his vote: “Today’s vote was an especially hard one for me to take. It is difficult not to help all in need, especially running from a humanitarian crisis like we see in Syria and Iraq. We must continue to find a way to save those who run from savagery and barbarity. This bill should only be used as a vehicle for discussion with both chambers so that we may protect our country, but more importantly, find a way to protect the liberties that make us who we are as a people. This bill will hopefully start that discussion. Let us continue to pray for all who have been harmed by ISIS.”

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  5. Another Vet here for accepting Syrian Refugees

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