It's the epithet heard around the world. President Trump suggested, in a meeting on the subject of immigration, that some of the source countries for immigration to the USA -- countries like Haiti, whole continents like Africa -- are "shitholes". Maybe he didn't use that exact word, or maybe he did, but whatever he said has the liberal establishment, not just in America but around the world, rending its garments and hollering "racist, racist, racist!" In fact the Democrats in Congress are all set to introduce a motion of censure "to punish President Trump for his ignorant, racist words without resorting to impeachment." And yet...
And yet... all the President of the United States did was to ask, in tough terms, the question that millions of Americans (and Australians and Brits and Canadians and Germans and Swedes etc etc etc) ask every day, the question our leaders refuse to even discuss, let alone answer. It's the question I used for the headline of yesterday's post: "Why should USA accept immigrants from "shithole" countries?"
Well??? Why??? Let's be honest. [You expect honesty from liberal politicians and the (((controlled media)))? Ed.] There are certain countries, entire continents, even, which are wretched and dangerous. Haiti is one of them. The so-called Democratic Republic of the Congo is another. Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria are three more. Why are we importing "refugees" and asylum-seekers and illiterate chancers from those shitholes -- there, I said it too! -- when we could have our pick of educated, motivated migrants from traditional source countries like... well, Norway? (Big shoutout to the folks in Lake Wobegon!)
Tucker Carlson picks up that theme in this short (4:32) video. Give a listen.
Meanwhile, from out of Africa come a few voices like that of Mamady Traore, a 30-year-old sociologist in the west African nation of Guinea, who told AP, "President Donald Trump is absolutely right. When you have heads of state who mess with the constitutions to perpetuate their power. When you have rebel factions that kill children, disembowel women as saints, who mutilate innocent civilians."
Breitbart News, who published that quote, reached another African source who said that Trump had only said what many Africans say behind closed doors -- at least about the continent's most troubled nations. "The Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe are 'shitholes' run by assholes," said the unnamed source.
Ah yes, Zimbabwe. Assiduous readers will know that, having lived in that failing state for some years, I had it in mind when I wrote yesterday "I thought 'shithole' was just the right word to describe places like Haiti, Somalia, Nigeria... the list goes on. If you don't believe me, go and see for yourself."
Further reading: "The Value of Calling a Shithole a 'Shithole'", by Frances Martel, Breitbart News, 13/1/18. Conclusion: "Dismissing places where human rights abuses, hunger, and disease are rampant as 'shitholes' without offering a viable alternative for running their governments is unproductive. But silencing anyone who dares speak the truth about these places – and what that says about their ruling ideologies – is even worse."