Look, put yourself in another person's shoes, which if you're in elected office, that's what you kind of have to do that almost every single day. The job we have—and what we do is we take different people's perspectives. The gentleman from India who's waiting for his green card. The DREAMer who is waiting. We take all these different perspectives. We process it through our values and our morals and our principles. And then we come up with the answer to try and solve this problem. That's basically what we do in our jobs.Paul Ryan: Job of U.S. Lawmaker Is to Put Yourself in Shoes of Foreign Citizens, Breitbart, October 20, 2015As Julia Hahn pointed out in her Breitbart.com commentary when this video came to light, a great many of us think that the job of a U.S. Congressman ought to be to put himself in the shoes of the citizens who elected him, giving their needs and wishes greater priority than the desires of someone in a foreign country. President Obama lines up precisely with Speaker Ryan on this. (What, you thought we had two different political parties in this country?)On November 18th the President tweeted thus:
And then, wait for it. All together now, you know the tune:
Slamming the door in the face of refugees would betray our deepest values. That's not who we are. And it's not what we're going to do.— President Obama (@POTUS44) November 18, 2015
… [Chorus] That's not who we are.According to the Gallup polling organization, sixty percent of Americans oppose the President's plan to take in 10,000 so-called Syrian so-called refugees, versus 37 percent who approve. That's very nearly two to one.[Americans Again Opposed to Taking In Refugees,by Jeffrey M. Jones, November 23, 2015]On the matter of these so-called Syrian so-called refugees, you might say that's who we are.You'd think, wouldn't you? that the President of the United States and the Speaker of the House of our representatives would take a break from, to use the Speaker's diction, from "processing" the desires and dilemmas of Indians, Arabs, and Guatemalans to attend to the wishes of Americans—the people who vote for them and pay their salaries.Alas, no. That's not who they are.John Derbyshire [email him] writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him. ) He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other books. He's had two books published by VDARE.com: FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle) and From the Dissident Right II: Essays 2013. For years he's been podcasting at Radio Derb, now available at VDARE.com for no charge. His writings are archived at JohnDerbyshire.com.Readers who wish to donate (tax deductible) funds specifically earmarked for John Derbyshire`s writings at VDARE.com can do so here.