Newspaper column: In their own words, Nevada delegation addresses refugee issue

Syrian refugees land in Greece. (AP photo)

It is truly a disgusting state of affairs when the leaders of one political party toss aside legitimate concerns about national security and public safety in order to engage in political pandering, mockery and name-calling.

Within days of the bloodbath on the streets of Paris by a band of Islamofascists, President Obama was in the Philippines telling the press that Republicans, who were calling for stringent background checks on the 10,000 Syrian refugees he wants to resettle in the U.S., are “scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America as part of our tradition of compassion. First, they were worried about the press being too tough on them during debates. Now they’re worried about three-year-old orphans. That doesn’t sound very tough to me.”

He seems more concerned about the widows and orphans of foreign lands than those who might become such here due to his lack of due diligence.

Nevada’s Sen. Harry Reid picked up the blame-Republicans rant and spat it out on the floor of the Senate. “I have been disgusted in recent days to see some of my Republican colleagues shun the American tradition of displaying compassion to those in need; of sheltering those fleeing death, torture, rape, and oppression. And frankly, I have been disappointed by Republican fear-mongering and bigotry,” Reid said.

This past week the House passed a bill — dubbed American SAFE Act of 2015 — that would require the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI to more closely screen those seeking to resettle here as refugees from Syria and Iraq to avoid admitting the Islamic State jihadists that ISIS has bragged it is embedding with refugees.

(This is the same DHS whose airport screeners failed to catch weapons and explosives 95 percent of the time during tests.)

Reid promised to filibuster the bill in the Senate and Obama promised to veto it if it gets by Reid.

The House vote was 289-137, with enough Democrats voting aye to overturn a veto. Nevada’s delegation voted along party lines. Republicans Joe Heck, Cresent Hardy and Mark Amodei voting aye and Democrat Dina Titus voting no.

Amodei in particular did not take the tongue lashing from Obama lying down. “While it is not my preference to engage in political wordsmithing, frankly, given his comments over the past few days, it seems the President reserves greater disdain for his political opponents than he does those responsible for the deaths of thousands at home and abroad, the atrocities in Paris, beheadings, burnings, and the enslavement of women and minors,” the northern Nevada Republican answered. “To suggest that Members of Congress and other American citizens who express concern over a legitimate threat are somehow a recruiting tool for ISIS is disgusting and about the least Presidential thing I’ve seen out of an already disappointing, JV Administration.”

Hardy, who represents rural southern Nevada and northern Clark County, got right to the point of the Safe Act. “ISIS has openly bragged about their plans to use the refugee relocation process to gain unprecedented access to Western nations,” he said. “Intelligence reports show at least one of the attackers in Paris used a stolen Syrian passport to travel freely throughout the region. Why should we think the United States would be treated differently by those who seek to harm us?”

Rep. Heck, who is running for Reid’s Senate seat, declared, “Our first responsibility must be to protect Americans. The Islamic State has declared war on the west and settling thousands of new refugees who cannot be properly vetted only increases the chances of a Paris-style attack in the United States. The President may be satisfied with his strategy against ISIL, but it clearly is not working.”

His Democratic opponent, former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, apparently realizing the futility of running on Reid’s foreigners-first stance, parted company with him, saying “we must ensure that our vetting process for accepting Syrian refugees is as thorough as possible.”

Titus toed the party line and called the Safe Act “politically motivated legislation that sends the wrong message to our allies, misdirects critical resources, and abandons our proud tradition of being a safe harbor for the most vulnerable in search of better lives.”

That is what your representatives in D.C. have to say, in their own words.

Public safety should not be a partisan issue, but the Democratic leadership shrugs off the lives of Americans as mere collateral damage as they carpet bomb the political landscape with their venomous rhetoric.

A version of this column appears this week in the Battle Born Media newspapers — The Ely Times, the Mesquite Local News, the Mineral County Independent-News, the Eureka Sentinel, the Lincoln County Record and the Sparks Tribune — and the Elko Daily Free Press.

About 130 were killed and hundreds hospitalized in the Friday the 13th attack in Paris by Islamic State terrorists. (AFP photo)


36 comments on “Newspaper column: In their own words, Nevada delegation addresses refugee issue

  1. Nyp says:

    Didn’t some leaders of the Republican Party say that they would not allow 3 year old orphans to enter the country as refugees and others to say that we should discriminate among refugees on the basis of their religion?

    Sounds just like how people of your ilk treated Jewish refugees in the 1930s

  2. Winston Smith says:

    DARPA, do you think the normal procedure for allowing refugees into the U.S. is perfectly OK for these 10,000 Syrians, when ISIS has said they plan to embed their terrorists? What should we say to the families of the victims of future terrorist attacks if some of these “harmless” Syrian refugees turn on us?

    Of course, this is all just a Globalist political game, albeit one with potential deadly consequences. But then, since the U.S. government has been trying to (unconstitutionally) depose Assad for years using proxy forces, including al-Qaeda and ISIS, it’s not surprising that the ends justify the means and anyone killed in the process, well, too bad for them.

    Just can’t wait for WWIII, which may lurk around the corner, once Russia decides they’ve had enough of the game-playing…

  3. nyp says:

    sounds just like a Liberty Leaguer in 1938.

  4. Steve says:

    Something significant happened in 1939……

  5. Nyp says:

    It certainly did – which is what made the actions of Mr. Mitchell’s ilk all the worse.

  6. Vernon Clayson says:

    1939, liberal hero FDR was president, strange that he didn’t lead the movement to bring in European refugees, remember all the heart rending sorrow about Jews and Gypsies being mistreated coming from his White House? Me neither. Why doesn’t each liberal volunteer to sponsor a Muslim refugee, teach them English, teach them personal hygiene, teach them kindliness to those they call infidels.

  7. A terrorist, OK?

    No matter the motive or the lack thereof.

  8. Steve says:

    The guy is in custody, in a few days they may release official word on the motive. Then we will will know.

    For the nonce, nypatrick wants everyone to jump to conclusions with him.

  9. Nyp says:

    Now three dead

  10. Winston Smith says:

    DARPA, current refugee procedures OK for ferreting out possible embedded ISIS or not?

  11. Patrick says:

    Well done Thomas!

    Now please ask why it is that every “christian” won’t join and condemn his terrorist actions lest they be included as fellow travelers.

  12. Winston Smith says:

    Gee, Patrick, do you want responses from everyone who has ever read a post here, commented on a post, or just the regulars that cross swords with you?

    I’ll consistently condemn every asshole, male or female, that tries to kill innocent people, whether for money, power, control, revenge or entertainment, but not so I can avoid your “fellow traveler” list. Are all those motives automatically defined as terrorism? Not that I can tell…

    BTW, patrick, do you agree with all of the U.S. drone strikes over that last 7 years that have resulted in the injury or death of innocent people in the Middle East who were in the wrong place at the wrong time? Or that were U.S. citizens not given trials?

    Just asking…

  13. Anonymous says:

    total # of terrorist attacks on abortion facilities in US:
    8 murders
    41 bombings
    173 arsons
    619 bomb threats
    1264 incidents of vandalism

  14. The Democrats…putting PARTY over principle, putting PARTY over national and local security, putting PARTY over common sense, prudent cautions, putting PARTY over civility. The real story here is that 47 Democrats in the House…put COUNTRY over party.

  15. nyp says:

    It wasn’t a Syrian orphan who killed a police officer last night.

  16. Patrick says:

    Winston, yes, all those innocent deaths, including American citizens killed by drones, were wrong, unconstitutional, and tragedies, as the case may be.

  17. Patrick says:

    Why does it take a paper from outside this country to call a spade a spade?

    Guess it’s for similar reasons as why we don’t even discuss gun control in this country anymore; there are just some things you can’t mention anymore because the far right wing has seized the conversation and their PC warriors have “won” the battlefield.

  18. Again…as much as the resident progressive leftists would love to hijack another thread to further their faux outrage…I choose to call bull$hit on them.

  19. It seems the resident leftists just can’t help themselves from changing the subject of this thread in order to pounce on the the heinous tragedy of the day to harangue about two of their favorite diversions before the facts are known. Just to be clear:

    “Operation Rescue unequivocally deplores and denounces all violence at abortion clinics and has a long history of working through peaceful channels to advocate on behalf of women and their babies,” said Newman. “We express deep concern for everyone involved and are praying for the safety of those at the Planned Parenthood office and for law enforcement personnel. We pray this tragic situation can be quickly resolved without further injury to anyone.” (Troy Newman)

    “Although we don’t know the reasons for the shooting near the Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs today, the pro-life movement is praying for the safety of all involved and as a movement we have always unequivocally condemned all forms of violence at abortion clinics. We must continually as a nation stand against violence on all levels,” said Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, based in Washington, D.C.

  20. Police identified him as 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear of North Carolina. … Dear spent time at a small cabin in North Carolina with no electricity or running water about a half-mile up a twisty dirt road near Black Mountain, a neighbor said. … “If you talked to him, nothing with him was very cognitive — topics all over place,” said James Russell, who lives a few hundred feet down the mountain.

    Of course, Obama used it as an excuse to call for taking away all guns from all people, sane or otherwise.

  21. Nyp says:

    How shall we keep guns away from people like him?

  22. Patrick says:

    Thomas the president has never, (and I use that word in the most absolute sense of the word) called for taking guns away from everyone and in fact has NEVER, in my knowledge called for taking ALL guns away from ANYONE. But, I’d sure LOVE to hear otherwise.

    And this mealy mouthed, code worded bit of angst from far right wing outfits like Operation Rescure, that have made it their business to encourage terrorist incidents like the latest one in Colorado, without ONCE calling it terrorism, is laughable particularly when anyone with any sense understands that when they use the words “violence at abortion clinics” they are certainly NOT condemning the actions of those they have defended as JUSTIFYABLE, in the past.

    Rather they are merely codifying their attacks on the medical personnel doing that which people want.

    The shanks.

  23. Patrick says:

    Lest anyone think for a moment that I was being hyperbolic about the shanks from “Operation Rescue” (fit to be classified as a terrorist organization in this country:

    “Operation Rescue’s Extreme And Dangerous Anti-Choice Rhetoric

    Operation Rescue Issued Statement Arguing It Was “Judicial Tyranny” That The Killer Of An Abortion Doctor Couldn’t Claim He Engaged In A “Justifiable Defensive Action.” A 2003 press release issued by current Operation Rescue president Troy Newman and Cheryl Sullenger about Paul Jennings Hill, who was executed by lethal injection for murdering abortion doctor John Britton in Pensacola, FL., argued that Hill should have been able to defend himself by classifying the murder as justifiable:”

    And oh so many more:

  24. See what I mean…they just can’t help themselves!

  25. nyp says:

    How shall we keep guns away from such deranged terrorists?

  26. Steve says:

    “How shall we keep guns away from such deranged terrorists?”

    Start by enforcing laws already on the books.

  27. Nyp says:

    “In one statement, made after the suspect was taken in for questioning, Dear said “no more baby parts” in reference to Planned Parenthood, according to two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the case.”

  28. Steve says:

    Press is digging into his history and already found several things involving police and courts.

    Wonder how soon will it be before something is found that should have prevented him possessing that “long gun”….if current law were enforced….

  29. Harry Reid is a horse’s derriere of supreme magnitude…thirteen months and counting ’til this twit is put out to pasture. It can’t come soon enough…

  30. Anonymous says:

    So you want people who work at Planned Parenthood to be arrested for 1st degree murder and to get the death penalty.

    That is precisely why these things happen.

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