The adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” certainly applies here. Those recognizing the national crisis at our southern border will understand the allegory of artist Jon McNaughton’s painting “National Emergency.”
In the portrait, thousands of illegal immigrants, off in the distance, approach the U.S. border. In the right forefront stands a solemn President Donald Trump, hands clasped, his eyes locked on a doll on the ground discarded by a child, perhaps one whom illegals kidnapped seeking their free ticket to remain in America.
In contrast, to the portrait’s left forefront stands a jubilant group of Democratic Party leaders. Several hold, as McNaughton explains, “the different flags that represent the countries they are more aligned with in terms of protecting their interests but not the American people’s interest.”
Most telling is what Democrats are standing upon – a large, trampled American flag. Perhaps with a final stroke of his brush, McNaughton conveyed one last hidden message: the skies above are filled with dark, ominous storm clouds.
The portrait captured McNaughton’s intention, explaining: “It truly is a national emergency what is happening on our border. And I wanted to make that very clear in this painting, who our enemies truly are. …(They) are trying to stop President Trump from doing the right thing: to protect the American people.”
McNaughton’s portrait is timely. Soon after its release, we saw far-left protestors tear down the U.S. flag at an ICE facility in Aurora, Colorado, replacing it with a Mexican one. Yet Democratic leaders have been unwilling to condemn the act.
In 1995, President Bill Clinton beat the illegal immigration war drum, causing leading Democratic Party leaders to echo his concerns. He was applauded in his State of the Union Address for stating:
“We are a nation of immigrants … but we are a nation of laws. Our nation is rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. … It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws that has occurred in the last few years … and we must do more to stop it.”
But the flow of illegals across our border never stopped!
Between 2005 and 2015 the Democratic leadership of Barack Obama, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Hillary Clinton all opposed illegal immigration saying it was bad for America.
As late as 2015, Hillary Clinton noted: “I voted numerous times when I was a senator to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in. And I do think you have to control your borders.”
Why the flip now to embracing open borders in a step moving us closer to socialism? The singular conclusion is a flip of the party’s illegal immigration ideology has occurred, triggered simply by political hatred for President Trump.
It drives Democrats to trample the U.S. flag and our national interests while promoting the national interests of other countries, as McNaughton suggests. Sadly ignored too by Democrats is the massive financial impact illegal immigration has on taxpayers.
The border crisis is a cancer. Trump has sought to minimize it with a body of options, such as sending troops, building a wall and threatening Mexico with tariffs for not helping. Meanwhile, Democrats are a tumor – their actions only feed the cancer.
When it was popular to oppose illegal immigration, Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) observed in 1994:
“I think we should enforce our borders. To have a situation where 40 percent of the babies born on Medicaid in California today are born of illegal immigrants, creates a very real problem for the state. To have 17 percent of our prison population be illegal immigrants who come here and commit felonies? That’s not what this nation is all about.”
Despite Democrats playing the race card (i.e., claiming Trump seeks to keep America white, promoting “a brown menace”), the issue is not racial. The issue is the burden – financial, human (crime, transmittable diseases, etc.) and the humanitarian crises we now face.
Satan knows his time is short and America is standing in his way and he won’t stop at anything to weaken the USA. Pray for President Trump as he seeks to protect Americans and Make America Great Again!