In a recent interview, Ann Coulter was giving her views on what she considers lax immigration policies in the US. She was bothered by some judge administering the oath of citizenship in Spanish, rather than English. She went on to mock:
“How about the wheelchair-only section? How about the section for the blind? Look, wish these people well but we’re not running an international charity here. It’s insane for any country not to be using its immigration policies to bring in people better than us, not people who are instantly going to need taxpayer assistance. We have our own poor people. . . It’s people who live in America we should be taking care of and not bringing in people we have to help.”
She has a point. If America will use its many advantages to attract and keep the best from each country, we will grow even better. The other countries, of course, will be harmed but that’s their problem, not ours.
That’s exactly the kind of reasoning conservatives are using these days to justify their calls for deregulation of corporations and banks. Free them to trample more effectively on everyone else.
I am utterly baffled how Christians can add their voices to such heartlessness. And just as baffled that the people who think this way also tend to boast about America as “exceptional.” What makes them think unmitigated greed is exceptional and boast-worthy? Don’t they know that sin is common around the world? Greed, wherever it may be found, is ugly, unChristian, and non-biblical. Period. It makes for rotten souls and rotten nations. Period.
Jesus said in Luke 14:13-14, “When you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
I’ll follow Jesus rather than Ann Coulter and I would love to live in a nation that does the same.