Cognitive Dissonance

OracleCogDiss-cropDo You Remember singing this song in Sunday School? :
“Jesus loves the little children
All the little children of the world.
Red, Brown, Yellow, Black, or White,
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

I feel sorry for the kids who came here with more “American Dream” in their hearts than any of our walking-brain-dead cell-phone zombie youngsters I see at the mall on any given day. They have become pawns in several horrific games.

I fully understand that folks are pissed off at the President and truly believe it’s HIS fault that Congress has chosen not to work on immigration reform. I know they strongly feel that illegal immigration is the root of all our problems (never mind that immigration had nothing to do with the banking-GREED crisis that wiped out most middle-class wealth). And I have heard it said that the President’s refusal to enforce our laws has created a new optimism in Central America leading to this latest influx of impoverished children, even though housing refugee children as they await hearings IS in accordance with the law. Go figure.

It’s really interesting, and somewhat entertaining (for the humor found in error), to see these two camps battle each other with verbal abuse, all to a tune played by politicians – like a Sherriff who believed his “mole” at ICE and played Paul Revere by crying “the busses are coming!, the busses are coming!”;  or the candidate for Congress who saw “fear and sadness” on the faces of the YMCA campers he thought were refugees. And what a chuckle I got from the counter-protestors who cleverly bussed in a Mariachi Band in Full Costume to play the National Anthem, just to upset the patriots of deportation. And I wonder why ICE said nothing during the week preceeding the Oracle protest as warnings were being voiced in the media. Was it a convenient diversion for their actual plan? Or did the protestors actually dissuade them?

I also wonder why WE, as a nation, can’t see the long-term opportunity that has just been handed us by the Drug Cartels (you KNOW they are behind the sudden influx of children don’t you?) In their effort to create a border diversion of biblical proportion (score one for cartels), they have, perhaps inadvertently, given us the most valuable resource on the planet for ending the cartels’ domination: the hearts and minds of a new generation.

What if we just sucked it up and spent some money “Americanizing” these tens of thousands of children. (Perhaps we could divert some of the money we would normally give Mexico, since their refugee policy is apparently “ship ’em North”.) Give these kids (and, while we’re at it, the thousands of our own American-born impoverished youth we have apparently forgotten) education and opportunities to succeed such that they fall in love with the American dream?  What then might happen if we also instill in them a passion for helping their homelands conquer lawlessness?

But for God’s sake, let’s not take out our frustrations on refugee children coming here with hope of escaping the violence of their homeland.

Think about the possibilities.


Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

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Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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