Lately there has been a rash of American victimhood groups demanding that others stop hating them. I wondered how a strategy that would never be tried within a family (“if your brother hates you for breaking his LEGO, just tell him to stop hating you”) could work on a national scale. See “OC Jewish Leaders Speak Out Against Antisemitism After Rise in Hate Crimes”, for example:
Jewish community leaders across the U.S. are speaking out against what they say has been a recent surge in antisemitic attacks. … A Thursday virtual rally saw a host of national Jewish advocacy groups, like the Anti-Defamation League talking about the issue and demanding Congress curb the threat of antisemitism through meaningful policy.
Now it seems that our next president is working this strategy on a global scale… “Harris tells migrants: ‘Do not come, do not come'” (The Hill):
Vice President Harris on Monday pleaded with migrants from Central American countries to stay home in a speech in Guatemala during her first foreign trip.
The vice president was blunt in her message to Central Americans, repeating the line, “Do not come.”
“I want to emphasize that the goal of our work is to help Guatemalans find hope at home. At the same time I want to be clear to folks in this region who are thinking about making that dangerous trek to the United States Mexico border: Do not come, do not come,” Harris said.
She said that the U.S. would invest in agricultural businesses and affordable housing and help support entrepreneurs in Guatemala. The White House said that it plans to invest $48 million over four years to boost economic opportunity in Guatemala, according to a fact sheet.
(the country that has an affordable housing shortage of 7 million units will teach the Guatemalans how it is done!)
Given that a migrant is entitled to free housing (“means-tested” public housing), free health care for life (Medicaid), free food (SNAP/EBT), and a free smartphone (Obamaphone), President Harris’s statement could be compared to a party disinvitation of the following form:
Don’t come to our party
Sting is performing by the pool
We ordered a mountain of “essential” marijuana from the finest dispensary in Massachusetts
We also ordered a briefcase full of cocaine, which we expect to similarly transition from “illegal” to “essential” soon.
There will be Château Margaux to drink, mostly 1995 and 2003 vintages
Robert Downey, Jr. and Will Smith should be here by 9:30
We’re not checking for invitations at the door, which will be wide open
But definitely don’t come