“President Obama’s action is personal for me,” the subject of a Monday White House distribution list email signed by “Astrid Silva, DREAMer,” declares. “President Obama’s action on immigration offered me the chance to give back — to do right by the law, and contribute to this country that has given me so much. And his actions last week will give that opportunity to so many people who are Americans in their hearts, but not on paper.”
“Scripture tells us that we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heart of a stranger –- we were strangers once, too,” the president sermonized from Exodus in last week’s announcement on executive actions in which he “granted” special privileges to criminal aliens not available to legal immigrants who follow the rules, spending time and money to do things lawfully. When you’re a “progressive” with the self-anointed power to bypass the representatives of the people, the “wall of separation” only blocks infidels.
The administration’s “legitimate news media” partners were quick to pick up on all the right talking points to help spread the word. International Business Times talked about Silva’s “inspiring life story” and how Harry Reid was moved by her “heartfelt letters.” MSNBC did a sympathetic and supportive profile on the “passionate activist for immigration reform.” The Washington Post told readers how “A number of people [from Silva’s Dream Big Vegas activist group] burst into tears after the president mentioned her.”
Makes you feel like joining them, doesn’t it? Assuming anecdotes and emotional manipulation by a cynical politician and seasoned propagandists are all we need know about “the heart of a stranger”?
Is there a way to learn more?
Not from Silva’s Twitter account, unfortunately. Her Tweets are protected. For someone the nation is supposed to adopt and embrace with feel-good liberalism and tear-welling, sob sister sympathy, a lot of direct information about her seems to be “protected” as well, meaning we need to make inferences based on the company she keeps.
Problematically, the dreambigvegas.org link she posts doesn’t work. But fortunately, now that USA Today (a Gannett publication!) has given Astrid a chance to come out of the journalistic shadows, we learn she is also “the immigrant organizer for the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada.”
Now we’re getting somewhere. And talk about the company they keep. It’s almost like the Community Organizer in Chief had an imperial agenda besides bringing us all together in Kumbaya harmony.
Case in point, look at PLAN’s goal, and the reason Astrid is such a valuable asset to all concerned:
We would be nowhere without all the PLANistas who fight everyday for reform and will continue to fight until there is a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million. We are ready for this fight.
You don’t say.
And what do the Reconqui… uh… PLANistas think about gun rights?
They’re stumping for so-called “background checks,” that is, for the billionaire-funded confiscation-enabling registration fraud. Even gun owners in their ranks are all for more mandates and controls, like “Left-leaning political activist Launce Rake,” who opposes Constitutional carry.
That last story evidently took place at Clark County Shooting Park, the locale that prompted NRA’s Wayne LaPierre to call earmarked pork-bringer Harry Reid “a true champion of the Second Amendment.” And speaking of that tie-in, we can return to another of Astrid’s passions, Dream Big Vegas, or at least to their Twitter feed, which while not updated for a while does have a most curious post, at least as far as this column is concerned.
@NCLR: Wisconsin Gov. Walker endorses path to citizenship http://wrtnews.co/1b6ZdD0 #UniteUSA” @GovSandoval take public lead! #HomeMeansNevada
A-rated and endorsed Scott Walker, huh?
I predict a bright future for Astrid. While she won’t be the trailblazer, if “amnesty” favored by the ruling elites of both parties — and to which NRA beltway players have been deliberately indifferent — comes to pass, she will be the shape of things to come.
Does anyone seriously maintain this is not an issue that affects gun rights? Besides Wayne LaPierre and those who work for him? Are there reasons –besides ignorance, laziness and apathy – that Gun Owners of America stands alone among organizations warning firearms advocates of a danger that will undo legislative and judicial gains once the Democrats, with their documented anti-gun party platform, become the major “pathway” political beneficiaries?
President Obama’s action is personal for me, too, Astrid. And somehow, I doubt it was done because of his deep personal humanitarian concerns. But being a committed “progressive” activist, you no doubt know that.