Originally posted at The Clash Daily
Bank robbers, kidnappers, and rapists rejoice! There’s a new definition for criminal behavior, and it’s called an “act of love”. Ergo, robbing a bank is an “act of love” for someone else’s money. Kidnapping a child? Don’t fret; it’s just an “act of love” for someone else’s child. As for rape, why not dumb it down to an “act of love” for someone else’s body? If you burglarize a house or carjack someone, why, that’s just an “act of love” for other people’s stuff.
This new definition has been provided compliments of former Florida governor and present member of the Bush Dynasty, Jeb Bush, who said that the illegal immigrants who sneak into our sovereign nation, build underground railroads, throw rocks at and try to out-race border agents to bust into the United States and then proceed to misuse and abuse the system, only do these things as an “act of love”.
At an event celebrating the 25th anniversary of his father’s presidency at the George H.W. Bush Library and museum, Jeb thought he’d share some deep insights. First he said, “There are means by which we can control our border better than we have. And there should be penalties for breaking the law,” although currently, for all intents and purposes, there are not.
Family advocate and potential 2016 presidential hopeful Jeb Bush argued:
But the way I look at this … is someone who comes to our country because they couldn’t come legally, they come to our country because their families — the dad who loved their children — was worried that their children didn’t have food on the table. And they wanted to make sure their family was intact, and they crossed the border because they had no other means to work to be able to provide for their family.
The rationale behind that statement seems to be that Mom and the kids sneak over the border and Dad stays behind in, let’s say, Mexico, and then when Mom and the kids get here and start to bilk the system, Dad suddenly gets worried and sneaks over too to make sure the family has enough to eat.
So according to Jeb Bush, concern over hungry children and intact families justifies illegal behavior, and the excuse of “no other means to work to be able to provide for [a] family” now justifies breaking the law. If that’s true then if a man has “no other means to…be able to provide for [his] family,” armed robbery shouldn’t be a punishable crime.
Moreover, maybe some of the illegal immigrants, who comprise 30% of the federal, state, and local prison populations and cost the American taxpayer more than $1.6 billion annually, are just fathers concerned about the welfare of their families.
Either way, sounding like a moral relativist on steroids, Jeb then said:
Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family. I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime that there should be a price paid, but it shouldn’t rile people up that people are actually coming to this country to provide for their families.
If Jeb, God forbid, should make it to the White House, judging from that statement criminal mischief and misdemeanors will no longer be considered criminal behavior – only felonies, and even then only some felonies. And apparently those felonies will be separated, categorized, and penalized based on how Bush III ‘”feels about things”.
For instance, people overstaying visas get the polite Bush Boot, because according to Jeb, “A great country ought to know where those folks are and politely ask them to leave.”
Mr. Bush is of the persuasion that pursuing criminals, er… I mean folks who overstay visas “would restore people’s confidence” in the nation’s immigration system, even though 30 million are still here and 7,000 are crossing over the border every day. Let’s face it – that number, which is likely a conservative figure, is a whole heck of a lot of concerned fathers seeking out their familia.
In other words, apply for a visa, overstay the visa, and you’re outta here. Sneak in, and you can stay indefinitely!
So to sum up, if a person from another country wants to come to America and gets caught after coming here illegally and defrauding US taxpayers for years, let’s hope Jeb Bush is president. Then, to avoid prosecution, be allowed to stay, and get rewarded with a lifetime of free benefits, all you have to say (in very broken English, of course) is: “I am a concerned padre. I love my niños. I want to make sure there is comida on their tabla. Is my familia ‘intacto‘? I come here proveer para my children.”
And you’re good to go!