The statists and collectivists have always taken the High Road of Caring More Than You and Me. It is key to the left’s appeal, in fact. How else can all the spending, all the programs, and all the debt be justified, if it is not to help the poor? The children? The uneducated? The old? The unemployed? The small businessman? The undocumented? Ad nauseum, ad infinitum.
Maybe not so much. Maybe the agenda is actually more important, after all.
The blogger at Refugee Resettlement Watch provides the link to an interesting article indeed. It is about the heartrending story of Cambodian refugee Mout Iv. He was to be deported after finishing his jail time (assault), but he has been on “supervised release” since 1998. He owns a barbershop. He is a family man. Now that he is a productive, fully rooted member of our society, ICE is finally getting around to deporting him.
So the current administration is all about the illegal immigrants who are just trying to better their lives . . . except for in poor Iv’s case, because screwing him may advance the agenda. After all, the end justifies the means.
Funny, I just read something about that phrase: “the end justifies the means:”
“The principle that the end justifies the means is in individualistic ethics regarded as the denial of all morals. In collectivist ethics it becomes necessarily the supreme rule; there is literally nothing which the consistent collectivist must not be prepared to do if it serves ‘the good of the whole,’ because the ‘good of the whole’ is to him the only criterion of what ought to be done.”
The Road to Serfdom, F.A. Hayek, p. 166 (2007 ed. Univ. of Chicago Press) (emphasis mine).
For those unfamiliar, this book was originally published in 1944.
It’s 2010 now, and the sheep’s clothing is gettin’ kinda tattered.
Refugee Resettlement Watch has good stuff regularly, by the way. I recommend subscribing.