Musings Of An Average Joe: Masses Of Oppressed Blue-State Refugees Continue To Seek Asylum In Red States
The White House recently announced plans to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees in the coming budget year, a significant increase from the initial 1,500 that had been cleared to enter the U.S. since civil war broke out in their native country. The issue of immigration from Latin American countries continues to be a hot topic in American politics as 2016 presidential hopefuls debate how to secure the southern border and what to do with the millions of illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States. But there is another immigration crisis looming in America, one that could prove to be more critical to the future of our nation than all others.
Former Texas governor Rick Perry, who just suspended his 2016 presidential campaign, loves to tell the story of when he looked President Obama in the eyes and said, "Mr. President, if you don't secure the border, Texas will." Perhaps Rick Perry's biggest mistake as governor of Texas was his failure to build an impenetrable wall on his state’s border - its northern border.
According to an analysis of newly released IRS data by Americans for Tax Reform, in 2013, more than 200,000 people on net fled states with Democrat governors for states run by Republicans. "People move away from high tax states to low tax states. Every tax refugee is sending a powerful message to politicians," said ATR president Grover Norquist. "They are voting with their feet. Leaders in Texas and Florida are listening. New York and California are not."
Is Mr. Norquist correct? Are people sending a message and are the politicians listening? Is this mass migration the rejection of left-wing progressive policies and an embrace of conservative philosophy, or will ignorant blue state refugees simply bring their poisonous ideology with them? Do the folks even make the correlation between the politics of their past and current residencies and their economic situation? Years of out-of-control costs of living in liberal bastions compared with fairly solid economies, low taxes and a relatively low cost of living in conservative states must be purely coincidental, right?
It can be argued that migration from blue states helped Barack Obama win Colorado, Florida, and Virginia in 2008 and 2012, giving him the electoral votes necessary to take the White House. According to the New York Times, "Over the last few decades, residents of many traditionally liberal states have moved to states that were once more conservative. And this pattern has played an important role in helping the Democratic Party win the last two presidential elections and four of the last six."
The idea of assimilation is often discussed when referring to immigrants from different countries. Can a nation survive and thrive if it becomes a somewhat tribal society, with pockets of different groups, with different cultures, different values, and different languages? Is multi-culturalism something to celebrate or fear? Assimilation is not only critical for the foreign-born immigrant but the domestic migrant as well. The idea of fleeing one place for more opportunity and a better life somewhere else and then trying to turn the place you fled to into the place you fled from is complete insanity, to say the least.
Ronald Reagan once warned Americans, "If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth." Reagan was referring to the necessity that the U.S. remain a beacon of freedom for the rest of the world but that same philosophy holds true within our own borders. If red states fall victim to Democrat politics, massive tax burdens, crushing regulations, abusive unions and suppression of individual liberty, people will have nowhere to escape to.
Texas has continued to thrive during this period of mass migration. The Lone Star State has poached businesses and workers from California and other states with high taxes and unfriendly business environments. But will this influx of migrants eventually lead to its demise and ultimately, the fall of the United States? As the second-most populous state in the nation, it is difficult to envision a Republican in the White House without the electoral votes provided by the great state of Texas.
When relocating within the United States voluntarily, always remember that there was a reason for your move. What is the point of moving if your mission is to turn your new home into your old one? Any individual who moves from a blue state to a red state and casts one single vote for a Democrat at any point during the remainder of their time on this Earth should have their voting privileges immediately revoked.