We thought it meant a fear or dislike of people from other countries. Particularly when said refugees are involved in terrorist attacks on France, blow up Russian airliners, and like to kill Christians.
But, as defined by U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, xenophobia means engaging in a discussion over U.S. policy on admitting refugees from nations that are state sponsors of terrorism.
— Rep. Diana DeGette (@RepDianaDeGette) November 17, 2015
If xenophobia means questioning our government’s ability to read the mind of refugees to ensure they don’t kill us, then the label fits. Especially if it’s the same government that assured us only hours before the Paris attack that ISIS was under control.
However, DeGette should take a page from the liberal Mother Ship, also known as Mother Jones magazine, and reconsider her use of the word “xenophobia.”
“… It doesn’t seem xenophobic or crazy to call for an end to accepting Syrian refugees. It seems like simple common sense. After all, things changed after Paris.”
“Mocking Republicans over this—as liberals spent much of yesterday doing on my Twitter stream—seems absurdly out of touch to a lot of people.”
“The liberal response to this should be far more measured … Mocking it is the worst thing we could do. It validates all the worst stereotypes about liberals that we put political correctness ahead of national security. It doesn’t matter if that’s right or wrong. Ordinary people see the refugees as a common sense thing to be concerned about. We shouldn’t respond by essentially calling them idiots. That way lies electoral disaster.”
Out of 50 states, only six governors have reacted to the terrorist attack with extreme political correctness, opening their borders to Syrians without the slightest clue as to how the venting process works — Colorado, California, Washington state, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Kentucky.