Pardoning a Turkey is Not Like Amnesty


During the White House Turkey pardon this year, President Obama joked that his critics would call his action “amnesty.”

“I know some will call this amnesty,” he said, as the people in the room laughed. “But don’t worry, there is plenty of turkey to go around.”

Obama also joked that his turkey pardon was “an action fully within my legal authority” that was “the same kind of action taken by Democrats and Republican presidents before.”

Presidents can pardon 5 million turkeys if they want as long as it doesn’t cost the owners of those turkeys or tax payers any money.

President Obama has taken every opportunity to argue that his declaration of amnesty for millions of illegal aliens is no big deal, that it’s the humane thing to do.

It’s similar to his rationale for the Affordable Care Act. Forcing businesses to pay for someone else’s insurance is tyranny not justice. If companies decide to pay for their employee’s healthcare, good for them. It’s their money they are spending.

What if someone stole ten thousand dollars from you and some judge took it upon himself to pardon him and not force the thief to pay you back? No matter how compassionate the judge might be, his decision to pardon a thief is neither just nor compassionate. The victim was just victimized.

If the judge took $10,000 out of his bank account and gave it to the victim, that would be compassionate because it was his money, but it would not have been fully just since there is still a thief walking around fully convinced that he had gotten away with something and is now free to victimize others.

Governments can’t be compassionate since they don’t have any money. All money coming into the government coffers is taken from others under threat of punishment for failure to file a return and/or failure to pay all taxes demanded by the government.

Redistributing this confiscated money by the State is not compassion. It’s theft.

This is why “compassionate conservatism” was a moral impossibility. No politician can be compassionate when the money has been taken from people who worked hard to earn it and were forced to pay a percentage of it to people who under any other set of circumstances would not be entitled to it.

Pardoning illegal aliens so that they can feed at the welfare trough is not compassionate for the tax payers who have to pay for the benefits from money that was taken from them in taxes.

Please understand, the illegal aliens (not all of them) are abusing an abusive welfare system that was created, not by illegal aliens but by everyday Americans.

The system is cracked at its foundation. Immigration is not the problem. The welfare state is the problem.

Joel McDurmon at American Vision writes:

“[W]ealth redistribution is, in my opinion, a national sin. Given that these systems are both predicated on wealth redistribution to a large degree, and that they are mainly compulsory, I consider them among the greatest evils in our nation.

“I think it is basically immoral to have a system in which some people are compelled to pay, and their money taken and given to others who did not, or at least did not pay as much as they put in. But if this is a problem for 4 million new immigrants, it is a far greater problem that scores of millions of citizens already doing it. Legal status of the individual does not change the moral nature of a corrupt system.”

There wouldn’t be a need for amnesty if there were no socialism in America. The people wanting to come to America would be coming for the opportunity to make something of themselves and not take advantage of the system.

The real turkey that needs pardoning is America’s welfare state.

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