While Fox News is basically nothing more than the media arm of the Republican party, there are still brief moments where reality (and sanity) do make an appearance. Most commonly I find these instances from Shepard Smith and Chris Wallace, but even Megyn Kelly has her rare moments from time to time.
Well, as the country continues to be divided over what we should do about accepting Syrian refugees following the tragic terrorist attack in Paris on Friday, Smith gave one of the best statements I’ve seen anyone make on the matter as he absolutely crushed “political extremists” for their hateful and unpatriotic rhetoric about the entire situation:
Our shining city on a hill is vulnerable. We’ve always known that. If we change it to accommodate the savages, have they won? And what then would be left to protect? We profess to stand as an example for all the world. Our unique experiment in freedom, tolerance, openness, and equality is our gift to societies and peoples everywhere. Come, join us. Enjoy a chance at the American dream. Today, we mourn, but we cannot allow ourselves to become like those who want to destroy us. We cannot resort to the tactics of the barbarians. We must fight for what we believe in and who we are, guard our freedoms faithfully for the generations to follow. And we must not let the rhetoric of potential and political extremists among us lead us to self-destruction. When there’s panic, we show resolve. When there’s calm for extremism, we resist. We are America. We must lead.
There’s no easy answer to this, but what we shouldn’t be doing is playing politics with the lives of these people. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what many Republicans are doing. It’s why several of them have suggested that we’ll only take the Christians. You know, because they certainly wouldn’t want to turn away Christian refugees and possibly upset the Bible-thumpers who support them.
To not only play this ridiculous political game with people’s lives, but to suggest that we should selectively turn away innocent people based upon a religious test is appalling – and it damn sure isn’t American,
It’s often said we can’t let the terrorists win. But as Smith correctly stated, if we change who we are as a nation in the face of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis because we’re too afraid to help those who are desperately in need – then the terrorists win.
It’s moments like these when the resolve of our nation is tested. When we’re asked to act as the nation we claim to be. Unfortunately, for many cowardly Republicans, they would rather cower to fear and play petty, partisan politics rather than see this country exemplify the values for which we claim to stand.
Watch Smith’s comments below via Fox News: