In a remarkably condescending op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, columnist Robin Abcarian describes her trip to a Donald Trump rally at Selland Arena.
“I waded into the crowd to find Latino supporters,” she writes. “Who were these people, exactly, who could vote for a man who has called Mexicans rapists and murderers, who insulted the Republican Latina governor of New Mexico, who tweeted ‘I love Hispanics’ as he ate a taco bowl at his desk on Cinco de Mayo?”
Hmm, perhaps they are people who know that Trump never called Mexicans rapists and murderers. Perhaps they are people who don’t think a Latina Republican is exempt from criticism simply because she’s a Latina Republican. Perhaps they are people with a sense of humor who don’t start crying every time someone crosses PC boundaries.
Anyway, Abcarian finds her Latino Trump supporters, but she fails to learn anything. She has a ready-made answer for whatever cherry-picked responses she included in the story. For instance, one woman told her that she likes Trump because he supports farmers. To which Abcarian replies (in the column, if not in real life):
“Good luck in a Trump administration to all the lettuce growers in Salinas. They can’t find enough people to pick their crops even now.”
This is a very common argument from the pro-amnesty crowd. It’s basically a variation on that old chestnut: But this is how we’ve always done it! It seems to assume that there is something inherent in hard labor that Americans loathe. We’re too soft. Too pampered. No way are we going to sully ourselves with a long, backbreaking day in the fields.
Americans aren’t avoiding hard work, they’re avoiding unlivable wages. These wages are unlivable because farmers have access to cheap immigrant labor. If there was no such pool, they would be forced to compete in the free marketplace. Wages would rise. Americans would do the work. Tah-dah!
If we justify illegal immigration with arguments like “Who will pick the lettuce?” or “Produce prices will go through the roof,” we can basically justify anything. These same arguments defend companies who pay Mexican and Chinese workers abroad pennies to produce consumer goods. That’s great for the companies. That’s great for retail prices. But it’s disastrous for the American job market.
We need to pay close attention to arguments like these, because they go beyond economic considerations. They go beyond illegal immigration and free trade. These arguments expose the foundation of progressivism. Liberals create personal and systemic dependency with their awful legislation and then defend it by saying: “But what about all of these people who depend on our awful legislation?”
Making America great again doesn’t involve white supremacy or going back to the 1950s or whatever it is that liberals like Abcarian want to believe. It means realizing that if we really want things to change, we have to be willing to change them. If there are people, industries, or even entire countries dependent on America-destroying policies, then we must have the courage to let them fail.
Call it racism, call it nationalism, call it cold-hearted. It’s reality, and reality ain’t always pretty.