LIBERALS ARE WRONG TO PROTEST LOUISE SLAUGHTER
Louise Slaughter is a liberal.
The ocean is deep, the sky is high, fish got to swim and birds got to fly.
And Louise Slaughter is liberal.
There are certain things in life that just are.
And she just is.
And while I, with every particle of my being, disagree with her philosophy and principles, I can testify, based on more than 25 years of close observation, that she is completely, exclusively, without exception, a liberal.
Dyed in the wool.
It is a matter of personal character, fidelity and integrity with her. For more than a generation, as America’s Left has pushed back the borders of progressivism, Louise Slaughter has been working and organizing and lifting. She is a clan mother of American liberalism.
Among liberals, she ought to be respected, and maybe even revered.
And yet, yesterday, outside her district office in downtown Rochester, some 200 chanters and sign wavers denounced her. They described her as a sellout, claimed she had gone over to the “dark side,” and accused her of xenophobia, racism and religious bigotry.
These weren’t conservatives – who would have good cause to protest Louise Slaughter – these were supposed progressives – who ought to be standing in awe of her.
What was the issue?
Background checks on Syrian refugees coming to the United States. Last week, Louise Slaughter was one of nearly 50 Democrat members of the House of Representatives who voted in favor of a Republican-sponsored bill to enhance security screening of Syrians seeking asylum in the United States.
It is a matter upon which people will differ. The president sees caution as racism, some harkening back to what he refers to as America’s “darkest days.” Chuck Schumer says it’s better to measure twice and cut once, to make the extra effort to protect Americans while also aiding Syrians.
Is caution justified?
The French president thinks so. He said as much yesterday while standing in the East Room of the White House. His nation was attacked by a man who had, just a week before, entered Europe as a Syrian refugee. The French president has described Syria as the biggest source of today’s terrorists.
Further, the director of the FBI has said, in testimony before Congress, that there is no reliable way to screen Syrian refugees – the tatters of their country make checking records and backgrounds impossible.
And before she cast her vote, Louise Slaughter was, like other members of Congress, given a classified, closed-door briefing by the leaders of the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Her vote was not rash.
And her vote was not unreasonable.
It was a judgment call, and she used her judgment.
And perhaps her long years of experience and demonstrated belief in her principles ought to give progressives cause to consider that her judgment might be good. And even if some progressives might disagree with her conclusion, her vote does not make her a heretic.
To denounce Louise Slaughter as a traitor to the liberal cause is somewhere in the region of blasphemy. In fact, I did not see a person outside that federal building who was worthy to question her progressive bona fides.
It’s not that they are purer than she, it is that they are simply ignorant.
If you say Louise Slaughter doesn’t stand up for liberalism, you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.
And if you insinuate that Louise Slaughter is a xenophobe or that she doesn’t care about refugees, you are uttering not opinion, but falsehood. Louise Slaughter has gone to refugee camps on far-flung shores, she has advanced the interests of refugees and other displaced peoples for more years than most of her critics have been alive.
She should be judged by what she has done – not just over the last week, but over the last 50 years. And I defy anyone to review her record, and the passion with which she has taken up liberal causes, and point to anything that shows the slightest tendency to compromise her values or her party’s core beliefs.
Much to my personal disappointment, Louise Slaughter is a progressive all day, every day, and she has been since before most of us were born.
She has been a foot soldier or a field general in all of the progressive causes of the modern era, and I feel sorry for any progressive so ignorant or shortsighted as to not see that and appreciate it.
Young progressives would do well to learn from Louise Slaughter, not denounce her.
But yesterday’s demonstration was a sad reflection of the direction America’s progressive revolution is taking. It is not like the American Revolution – dedicated to a concept like liberty – but more like the French Revolution – driven by vengeance and anger. In a variety of ways, the progressive revolution is about the guillotine, and the call for the next head.
And yesterday, astoundingly, they called for Louise Slaughter’s head.
But their passion was fueled by ignorance and ingratitude. In point of fact, Louise Slaughter is not a betrayer of the liberal cause, she is a bulwark of the liberal cause. And all the sign waving and slogan shouting in the world won’t change that.
Any progressives who can’t see that are an embarrassment to their cause.
- by Bob Lonsberry © 2015