When I had the nerve to suggest that since people from Mexico were bringing a deadly swine flu virus into the United States that it might be a good idea to tell them to stop coming by closing the southern border, it took all of about three minutes for a caller to accuse me of being a racist.
“Alex” from Southern California said he was an Hispanic man whose family came here from Central America. He could barely contain his indignation. “You conservatives are all alike," he fumed. “I'll bet you didn't call for the same thing when we had the bird flu outbreak from Asia during the Bush Administration.”
I tried to be patient. “Alex," I said, “last time I checked, we don't share a border with Asia and since the bird flu was transmitted by birds to humans, not human-to-human (like the swine flu), what should we have done? Stopped birds from migrating?”
He was in no mood to listen. He was already on to another topic. “It's just like the invasion of Iraq...”, he began.
Leave it to an Obama supporter to bring up Iraq in the middle of a conversation about the swine flu pandemic.
And he's not even all that unusual. This week, some of the lefty bloggers were claiming that Republicans were responsible for the swine flu outbreak since some of the stimulus money that supposedly would have gone towards vaccinations was held up by GOP legislators.
It's awfully hard to get into the head of a liberal. Instead of logic and reason, they are drawn to emotions and feelings. That's not to say we conservatives don't emote or feel. It's just that we like to apply a healthy application of common sense to things. If there's a swarm of bees outside an open window, it might be a good idea to close the window, even if a few bees have already flown into the house.
Somehow, Democrats who oppose shutting the border don't see the analogy. Vice-President Joe “I-wouldn't-let-my-family-ride-the-subway-because-of-swine-flu” Biden defended the refusal to seal the border by saying that it's too late, a few people have the flu in the U.S. now anyway, so why bother?
I guess he'd be the one dope who stared open-mouthed at that proverbial swarm of bees and just watched as they all flew into the house, stinging everybody in sight.
No, Democrats know full well that closing the U.S./Mexico border right now makes all the sense in the world. But again, you have to try and get into their heads to see why they won't.
Alex genuinely heard racism when he listened to my perfectly reasonable suggestion. Liberals instinctively cling to racism or bigotry or hate or narrow-mindedness whenever they can.