Iago and Immigration — a Wrong is but a Wrong

Obamaby Deana Chadwell 11/22/14
Thursday night Obama kicked every American citizen in the shins – not just conservative Americans, but all Americans. We voted and we said with our votes, “Don’t do this.” And he stuck his middle finger in our faces and did it anyway.

He just destroyed the last vestige of value in United States citizenship. Those whose ancestors risked everything to come here legally to build a free and prosperous life, all those who came here themselves legally and went through the proper and challenging process of becoming a citizen, and all those who are here illegally, but don’t fit the criteria in Obama’s amnesty plan, all have been spat upon.

This is not just political; it’s moral – and we’re in this pickle because we’ve forgotten a pivotal ethical issue; the method and motivation to accomplish a task is as important as the task itself:

  • A right thing done in a right way is right. If my neighbors are in difficulty it is right and ethical for me to bring them meals, run errands, offer to babysit. I’ve been on the receiving end of well-done kindness and it was a blessing, an encouragement. I’ve also been on the giving side and that has also been a blessing. To be helpful and charitable is right and proper as long as we don’t use the good deeds to plump up our egos, or to make those we help beholden to us. We can do good deeds without hurting anyone else, without coercing anyone else, and without breaking any laws. We don’t have to infringe on anyone’s rights.
  • A right thing done in a wrong way is wrong. The end does not justify the means; a bad method invalidates a good intention. It is a right thing to give to the poor. But to give to the poor money that is not yours is wrong, because you’ve just impoverished someone else to do it. We want to help those who need help – that’s a valid intention, but if we tax citizens – rich or middle class – in order to do that, then we’ve committed a crime; we’ve taken money that’s not ours, in fact we’ve penalized the prosperous for being prosperous and we’ve not even given them a fair trial.

If we want to be helpful we must also do it in a way that does not make them dependent, that does not rob them of their pride, their drive, their futures. Once the government gets involved in charity this necessity of truly helpful giving is lost – power crushes everything.

  • A wrong thing done in a right way is wrong. It is right for Congress to draft and pass laws; this is the way our government was designed. But what happens if Congress passes confiscatory tax increases? What if Congress unanimously votes to ignore the Constitution? What if they vote to take away your access to your doctor? Oh. Right – they did: the “Affordable” Care Act was duly passed by both houses; it was signed by the President; validated by the Supreme Court. The methodology went according to law – if one stretches that concept more than a little – and most Americans are sure it was a wrong thing.
  • A wrong thing done in a wrong way is WRONG. This is what we are facing with Obama’s papal bull. I’m not saying here that immigration law doesn’t need tweaking, but any rational thinker can see that before we can deal with those who have in the past crept across our border, we have to stop those who continue to come. There is no point in mopping the wet floor until we fix the leak in the roof. That’s just common sense. It’s wrong to get this cart before our horse. To do so will raise false expectations for those not yet here. It will put our American poor in any even more precarious situation. It will nullify any value in American citizenship. It’s wrong for a president, who swore to protect American laws, to break that vow.

Then to add insult to injury he’s done this in a wrong way. According to the Constitution laws must originate in Congress. The President can either veto or sign those laws, but he cannot, according to our founding documents, just give an order that goes contrary to existing law. The immigration reform bill that began in the Democratic Senate, fell on hard times when it got to the Republican House, so Obama’s solution is to just issue an edict – an impeachable offense. It is             WRONG.

Now the question is whether or not Congress will fight back. Will they do the right thing in the right way? Will they impeach Obama? Will they sue him over this? Will they withhold funding? Any of those would be legally right, but might be politically risky. Which bring up another question – are we now in such a place where the expediency of an act has to outweigh it’s rightness? The question brings to mind the Stonewall Jackson quote, “Duty is mine; the consequences belong to God.”

Almost no one thinks like that anymore; we take polls and bow to whatever they tell us. We pay rapt attention to the opinions of our enemies – “Why do they hate us?” We rarely function on principle, because we no longer have any on which to operate. Last night Geraldo Rivera said quite clearly that he didn’t care whether the president’s actions were constitutional or not; that he didn’t care what the law was. Those were his words, “I don’t care…” He, among many others, is willing to do, or have someone else do for him, dangerous and despicable things perpetrated in dastardly ways for no other reason than to feel all cozy and warm about them selves.

In Shakespeare’s play Othello, in Act V, just before Othello comes to kill his Desdemona – a wrong thing he was about to do in a wrong way – she and her maid Emilia are discussing right and wrong. Othello has just accused Desdemona of adultery and she asks Emilia:

Wouldst thou do such a deed for all the world?

Emilia – ever pragmatic – answers:

The world’s a huge thing: it is a great price.
For a small vice.

Desdemona – ever naïve – replies:

Beshrew me, if I would do such a wrong
For the whole world.

It is then that Emilia, who has spent her adult years married to Iago, the most evil character in literature, utters her jaded philosophy:

Why the wrong is but a wrong i’ the world: and
having the world for your labour, tis a wrong in your
own world, and you might quickly make it right.

I am sure that our national Iago is thinking the same way. He doesn’t care what’s right or what’s legal – soon it will be his nation and then he can declare the moral standards. So what are we going to do about it? Whatever it is, it better be soon or tomorrow he’ll confiscate guns and declare the Internet off limits. Then he can order his crown.

Deana Chadwell blogs at ASingleWindow.com.
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Deana Chadwell

About Deana Chadwell

I have spent my life teaching young people how to read and write and appreciate the wonder of words. I have worked with high school students and currently teach writing at Pacific Bible College in southern Oregon. I have spent more than forty years studying the Bible, theology, and apologetics and that finds its way into my writing whether I'm blogging about my experiences or my opinions. I have two and a half moldering novels, stacks of essays, hundreds of poems, some which have won state and national prizes. All that writing -- and more keeps popping up -- needs a home with a big plate glass window; it needs air; it needs a conversation. I am also an artist who works with cloth, yarn, beads, gourds, polymer clay, paint, and photography. And I make soap.
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17 Responses to Iago and Immigration — a Wrong is but a Wrong

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    If you want to know what’s wrong with this culture, go see “Guardians of the Galaxy.” It’s not that it is that bad. It’s that it is that vacant.

    Or, one can take the libertarian/Objectivist route and just say that it’s not Obama’s job to protect us from his own actions. And I suppose in a way, it is not.

    But when you reduce the male (or female) mind down to the level of the amoral, where all that matters is stimulation, novelty, and shared conceits, you have the culture we are riding along in. It’d difficult to “fix” the situation if people see nothing wrong…or, in the case of John Roberts, see a hidden benefit in anarchy and lawlessness.

    • Anniel says:

      Emptiness seems the right description. We’ve all been trying to understand vacant minds. Understanding is impossible.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        You bet, Annie. And part of the value of spelunking in the cultural mire of movies, books, and what-not, is that it gives you some feel for what is going on. Oh, surely, many of these themes are timeless. Vulgar, mindless, and vacant forms of entertainment are likely not unknown to any age.

        But what is especially telling about many modern movies is that the special effects (the visual) tends to be superb. And in “Guardians of the Galaxy” they were again. But there is no story. The characters are vacant. The plot isn’t even up to pulp fiction standards (which, frankly, are often extremely engaging). It’s all style, no substance (which intersects with Obama being elected president, although I admit to his very noxious Marxist substance that is hidden by the special effects…Styrofoam Greek columns, for example).

        This is not a rant against “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man” movies. Such movies are camp, but even camp can have a rhythm and a beat.

        Our culture is becoming increasingly tone deaf. Even our kitsch is moronic and shows the preponderance of the stunted juvenile. And our politics are also become B-movies, if that.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          One might note that the original classic horror movies of the ’30s each had a point. One (especially explicit in The Wolfman) is that bad things can happen to good people who don’t deserve (e.g., Larry Talbot kills a werewolf trying to rescue his victim — and becomes a werewolf himself).

          • Tom Riehl TRiehl says:

            I just came back from seeing the latest Hunger Games movie, which is wonderful. But the previews and pre-movie junk is abysmal. My wife and I just looked at each other as the endless vacuity unfolded. Vapid, amoral, meaningless tripe. The fact that some economically large enough segment of the population gobbles this up scares me.

            • David Ray says:

              Yuri asked me about politics and I turned him into a staunch conservative.
              As such, when that ass-wipe movie “Milk” came out with Sean Penn, I assured Yuri it would be guaranteed an Oscar win. Hollywood would make damn sure of it, and naturally, Penn used his Oscar speech to push queer marriage.
              Only movie that induces more nausea is “Fair Game” in which Penn plays blowhard liar Ambassador Joe Wilson. (Obviously both movies bombed at the box office.)

  2. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    And what should not left unsaid is that what drives Obama’s decision is not love for law-breakers but his animus toward white people and America. The only other consideration is gaining more Democrat voters.

    Until people can grasp this, there is no turning back the Obama types. They will perpetually be fooled by their words of “good intentions.” And given that illegal aliens have been turned into some kind of lucky love charm by the Left, it is now mostly a narcissistic reflexive response to be “compassionate” toward illegal aliens. It’s more cheap self-flattery, and who cares if Rome is burning? I get to show how damn “compassionate” I am!

    Most people do not see how this will affect them, any more than they saw how the election of an America-hating Marxist would affect them. But it has, and it will continue to.

    • ronlsb says:

      You hit the nail on the head with Obama’s intentions, Brad, but I would add one more that is so sinister as to be unbelievable to the average American. His desire is that we all end up on the government tit (save for the bureaucrats who will run our lives and set the rules and the rich donors who give to the democrat party). Only when we’ve lost all our libertiess will he and the statist be happy, for then they will in fact have absolute power. Oh, the one thing I forgot. Somewhere along the line, they will have to get our guns. Since that is an impossibility legislatively, a cooked up national emergency of some sort will be used to justify that. Perhaps, mass demonstrations nation-wide over an acquittal of officer Wilson. Just guessing but be alert for just such a possibility.

  3. Timothy Lane says:

    Actually, Barry Screwtape Obama isn’t Iago; the latter was a conniver who incited others (mostly Othello, at least in the play) to act wrongly. (Iago is Spanish for James, so I refer to James Carville as Iago. I have personal reasons for detesting him more than most such vermin.)

    Those who actually oppose Big Brother Barry’s latest act of America-hating despotism need to point out its effects on workers (including the racial minorities — blacks and Hispanics — about whom the Psychopath-in-Chief affects such great concern even as he supports the teachers’ unions in their campaign to destroy any escape from bad public schools for poor children) as well as for legal immigrants. (The 2012 small amnesty tripled the time it takes for legal immigrants to get their paperwork dealt with by the bureaucracy. This will make it even worse. The fact that the Enemy Within prioritizes illegal over legal immigrants is, in and of itself, sufficient reason for regarding him as utterly demonic.

    As for Geraldo Rivera, he forfeited any respect from Americans when he aped Luis Gutierrez in stating that his only concern (in Gutierrez’s case, his only loyalty) was to the illegal immigrants. American citizens, and even legal immigrants (many of them just as Hispanic as Geraldo and the illegals) can go hang as far as liberals are concerned.

  4. GHG says:

    Our GOP leaders, with the endorsement of the establishment GOP, are either cowards or they don’t disagree with Obama’s executive action. Either way, McConnell, Boehner, and their leadership teams are not men of moral courage and integrity, and in fact are only marginally preferred over the progressives. The true constitutional conservatives don’t have the clout to wrest control from the traitorous GOP, nor the ability to reach the citizenry with the truth. GOP establishment has been no different than the Democrats at marginalizing the Tea Party as extremists and so the GOP leadership has effectively told the conservative wing to get in the back of the line and do what you’re told. What that means is the GOP establishment has told conservative citizens that our views will not be heard, much less influence political decisions.

    The ship of state of our constitutional republic has weighed anchor and is turning out to sea. It may sound like hyperbole, but I truly believe only a miracle can save our country from being fundamentally transformed into a progressive hell.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      We must remember that no one could act until His Demonic Majesty King Barry the Lawless issued his ukase, and until the new Congress takes office they have no real power to do anything. Perhaps they’ll only pretend to act, or perhaps they’ll really do something. Only time will tell. I can understand not being optimistic, but there are certainly some nice ideas out there (such as not confirming any further judicial nominees from the Psychopath-in-Chief).


        Good points, Tim. Republicans do have the Senate (starting in Jan.), so their power is greater than before if they have the will to use it. Some articles have of course been written on what they might do, and perhaps we’ll even see one here on ST, so there is hope. There are of course signs the Establishment wants to cave in yet again, but the rumor is the Conservatives in the House are quite restive.

    • Rosalys says:

      “…the GOP leadership has effectively told the conservative wing to get in the back of the line and do what you’re told.”

      Conservatives are to the GOP what blacks are to the Democratic Party. This is why I feel guilty even going to the polls on election day – though I have yet to deliver on my threat to stay home. I feel used and abused!

      What is wrong with the USA is the loss of our moral compass. We are a post Christian nation. There was an old saying, “When Germany loses it’s Christianity, God help the rest of the world!” Who said it I have no idea; but might we not be able to substitute the United States for Germany?

      • Timothy Lane says:

        Yes, but there are some genuine conservatives in the GOP, whereas there seem to be no black Democrats who are willing to put their constituents above the Party regarding immigration.

  5. Rosalys says:

    The thumbnail picture at the head of this article – I call it the Mussolini pose – is my very favorite portrait of Dear Leader.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      He looks so disdainful of everyone. The liberals either don’t realize or don’t care that he’s just as disdainful of them.

  6. David Ray says:

    I wonder if the Lunch-Money-Victim-in-Chief will extend the amnesty to the Romeikes?
    I imagine he won’t since he already sent the human feces Eric Holder over to deny them asylum. Even though they have the famed “anchor baby”, Holder wants them gone because they’re evil white Europeans with a protestant Christianity and wish to home-school their children . . . not a quality that B. Hussein finds endearing. (He prefers deserters like Bowe Bergdahl.)

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