Americanus speaks to Arizona's immigration crisis and to all of us
By Steve Farrell
As the illegal immigration crisisS proceeds a pace, and an American President has so far removed himself from his duty (and his wits) that he has ordered his Justice Department to sue an American state (Arizona) for doing its duty and for having its wits about it in defense of its citizens and their property — a little wit and wisdom from Benjamin Franklin might be useful. At least we can hope so.
On August 13, 1751, Ben Franklin was placed on a committee in the Pennsylvania Assembly to draft a bill dealing with the exclusion of criminals from the province, which a certain class of immigrants were in high proportion to all the rest.
Franklin was the perfect man for the job for it was a matter he had already addressed quite incisively in a delightful little parable he had written in the "Gazette" for 9 May 1751. Addressing himself as "Americanus," he aimed a bitter arrow at the British government, which insisted on exporting felons to the colonies, no matter how the colonies protested. It was, the mother country said, for the "improvement and well peopling" of America. Such parental concern, Americanus thought, called for some kind of filial acknowledgment, and at least the offer of repayment. Americanus had a plan. (1)
Wit and wisdom? Yes – for all immigration plans, all "free" market ploys, all protection plans for the so-called inalienable right to move where-ever one pleases whenever one pleases, especially the sort that invite our neighbor's worst to move in on us illegally, to feed off the fat of the land, and otherwise housebreak, shoplift, rob, rape, beat, corrupt, debauch, and pox, and then hand us the bill, an enormous bill at that … are not equal, nor, frankly, seem to aim at the "improvement and well peopling of America."
Maybe we should return the favor and let Mexico, and Cuba, and the nations of the Middle East, and all the other nations benefit from the lessons they may learn, that they ought to learn by having to tolerate, no, embrace and exalt the "legally challenged" who come to us so generously from them. And every American elitist and economic theorist too; let them relocate to America's border towns and be set up in a permanent settlement to be educated and benefited and forever blessed from their infinite wisdom and love of liberty without bounds.
At least that's how I see it … and how I think Ben would see it too.
1. Orden, Carl Van. Benjamin Franklin, 1939, p. 201.
Steve Farrell is one of the original pundits at Silver Eddy Award Winner, NewsMax.com (1999–2008), associate professor of political economy at George Wythe University, the author of the highly praised inspirational novel "Dark Rose," and editor in chief of The Moral Liberal.