For the past several days, Democrats and the Left have reacted with remarkable yet unsurprising consistency to President Donald Trump’s announcement that his administration will be ending Barack Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty for illegal immigrants brought to the country as minors in six months.
How consistent? As ABC News executive producer Chris Donovan observes (hat tip to Conservative Review):
Democrats on #DACA decision:
Barack Obama: “cruel”
Bill Clinton: “cruel”
Joe Biden: “cruel”
Nancy Pelosi “cruel”
Bernie Sanders: “cruel”
— Chris Donovan (@chrisdonovan) September 6, 2017
Of course, there’s something else about Democrats that should be equally unsurprising by this point: today’s moral abomination is, more often than not, yesterday’s bipartisan common sense.
Let’s roll the clock back to August 19, 2015, when the Huffington Post’s Roque Planas reported that Hillary Clinton — who at the time was a presumptive shoo-in for the next President of the United States, not a national laughingstock the country hated so much they opted to roll the dice on that guy from “The Apprentice” instead — caused a mini-controversy on her own side with some comments that are awfully hard to square with 2017 Hillary Clinton’s moral preening:
Hillary Clinton this week defended her call to deport children from the U.S. who are fleeing violence in Central America.
Speaking at a press conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday, the former secretary of state and candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination said that deporting the children, many of whom are seeking asylum, would send a “responsible message” that would deter Central American families from sending their children to the United States.
“Specifically with respect to children on the border, if you remember, we had an emergency, and it was very important to send a message to families in Central America: Do not let your children take this very dangerous journey,” Clinton said […]
At the height of the border crisis last year — in which some 68,000 unaccompanied minors crossed illegally into the United States, along with a similar number of female-headed family units, upending the national immigration debate in the process — Clinton said in an interview with CNN that the children should be deported.
“It may be safer [for them to stay], but that’s not the answer,” Clinton said then, adding that “they should be sent back.” Clinton also said the U.S. should do more to deal with the violence in Central America so that families won’t feel compelled to send their kids to the United States.
So, to recap: it was just fine to send children back to Central America, but now it’s unthinkable to send predominantly adults back to Mexico.
Of course, immigration hypocrisy runs in the family. In 1995, Hillary’s
business associate husband Bill infamously railed against illegal immigration using positively Trumpian arguments:
“All Americans, not only in the states most heavily affected but in every place in this country, are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country,” Clinton said during the speech. “The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public service they use impose burdens on our taxpayers.”
Illegals need to go because they take our jobs and drain our resources? How “cruel”!
This is what Democrats do on every issue. Remember when one minute Obama had to pretend to oppose same-sex marriage, then almost overnight opposing same-sex marriage became the sole domain of bigots?
No matter how much screaming Democrats try to drown you in, remember one thing: there’s not a scrap of philosophical principle or moral indignation behind any of it.