Did Justice Ginsburg Just Agree with Trump?
by LT. COLONEL JAMES G. ZUMWALT, USMC (RET)
February 24, 2017
Earlier this month, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, speaking in Hawaii, expressed concerns over rising anti-immigrant sentiment. Noting America is "a place that welcomes people from abroad who want to work and who are yearning to be free," she was disheartened some people "don't agree with that view. ... But it's not the first time in U.S. history that has happened."
While Ginsburg nicely summed up what America is all about, her observation lends itself - obviously unintentionally - to support an immigration ban based on today's circumstances, independent of President Donald Trump's terrorist concerns.
Interestingly, our last six presidents - half of whom Ginsburg's term overlapped - used the authority of their office on occasion to restrict immigration when threatening circumstances dictated; however, they never triggered similar concerns by her.
One of Rome's greatest statesmen and lawyers, Marcus Tulles Cicero, coined a phrase used today as an ethical standard for professionals involved in public service. That standard is, "the safety of the public shall be the highest law." It recognizes potential threats, like those seeking to take advantage of our open borders, sometimes need to be kept at bay.
For more than two centuries, America has benefited from immigrant influxes. Many, like the Western Europeans, were motivated to begin a new life in a country of great opportunity; some, such as the Irish, fled famines; others, like the Eastern Europeans and Asians, were escaping wars or tyranny. But we always benefited by opening our borders to them.
America became stronger because legal immigrants assimilated. Appropriately, many retained pride in their own cultures, but accepted the need to blend in as part of ours.
Ginsburg is absolutely correct that we welcome immigrants "who want to work" and yearn "to be free" - but therein lies the problem today.
We welcome immigrants based on mutual respect. We value their lives and recognize they contribute to a stronger America; they value ours and the opportunity we give them for a better life. They come here, yearning to be free of the intolerances left behind, to build a new life for them and their families through their own sweat and toil.
Assimilation is a natural evolution of this mutual respect for life and liberty. Remove such respect and this evolution ends, giving rise to outposts of foreign influence. And, if such outposts nurture an ideology of supremacy and self-rule, they breed anti-democracy cancer cells.
We are seeing such cells evolve all over Europe today in the form of Muslim "no go" zones - i.e., separate Islamic societies where local law enforcement dare not go. In France, the entire town of Trappes now has been lost to such foreign influence where unchallenged Islamists and jihadists rule. Yvelines, where Trappes is located, has become a cradle for Islamic radicalism.
Immigrants to America have always been allowed to practice their own religion and customs. They knew we respected their right to do this just as they respected their obligation not to impose them upon us by seeking special status. However, this changed after Muslim immigrants began arriving.
Earlier waves of immigrants to the U.S., grateful for welfare received upon arrival, bootstrapped themselves into becoming responsible working citizens. This is not so with Muslim immigrants entering the U.S. today. In fact, statistics show that five years after arriving, they not only have failed to assimilate but to work as well. And, with some having multiple wives, the drain on welfare is substantial.
We learn, too, of efforts by some immigrants to further milk the welfare system. In Austria, Afghan parents, with nine children between the ages of 5-20, refused work while receiving the equivalent of $6,400 in monthly payments. They then sought additional compensation for the 44-year-old wife to become pregnant again through in-vitro fertilization.
In 2015, according to statistics on Middle East refugees in the U.S., more than 90 percent were on food stamps and almost 70 percent on cash welfare.
Denmark, once a most liberal country concerning immigration and welfare, changed in the late 20th century. It adopted stricter policies after discovering Muslims, composing only 5 percent of the population, were consuming 40 percent of the benefits, while refusing to assimilate.
Capturing foreign lands by mass immigration and non-assimilation, known as "hijra," is mandated by Islam. It teaches followers their religious superiority imbues them with the obligation to remain pure by not assimilating.
In 2011, then Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan famously made this point speaking to Turkish immigrants in Germany, saying, "Integrate into German society, but don't assimilate."
Fourteen years earlier, Erdogan had reminded his fellow Turks of their responsibility to impose Islam globally, quoting a famous Turkish poem: "The mosques are our barracks, the domes are our helmets, the minarets are our swords and the faithful are our army." This clearly gives a sinister spin to a religion that supposedly is peaceful!
Ginsburg suggests immigrants yearn for freedom. Not so for most Muslim Americans. They have openly declared their preference for Shariah-mandated intolerance over U.S. Constitution-mandated tolerance.
Ironically, the positives Ginsburg cites about immigrants - their work ethic and a yearning for freedom - simply are not embraced by most Muslim immigrants.
Ginsburg's naive idealism must yield to today's realism. We must, as President Trump declared, limit access inside our borders only to those who "love our country" and share our values. Otherwise, America will discover - as has France - it nurtures a petrie dish culturing anti-democracy cancer cells to metastasize throughout the national corpus.
A version of this piece also appeared on http://www.wnd.com/
Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt, USMC (Ret.), is a retired Marine infantry officer who served in the Vietnam war, the U.S. invasion of Panama and the first Gulf war. He is the author of "Bare Feet, Iron Will--Stories from the Other Side of Vietnam's Battlefields," "Living the Juche Lie: North Korea's Kim Dynasty" and "Doomsday: Iran--The Clock is Ticking." He frequently writes on foreign policy and defense issues.