Are the Woke the New Pharisees?

Are the Woke the New Pharisees? By JERRY NEWCOMBE for The Stream

I remember a 10-year-old girl in school who came home one day proudly wearing a big button that declared, “I’m for sharing.” But when she starting munching on a candy bar, her dad asked her if he could have a bite. She said, “No. It’s mine!” And he said, “Well, then stop wearing a button that says ‘I’m for sharing’ when you really aren’t.”

The left’s reaction to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sending 50 illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard and Gov. Greg Abbott sending many more to Vice President Kamala Harris’ residence in Washington, DC has exposed the hypocrisy of those who advocate for open border policies.

The Island Freak Out

U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL) says the left is having a “collective political meltdown.” A reaction they did not have when illegal immigrants were being sent to various other states — often without prior notice.

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As Ron DeSantis declared: “In Florida, we take what is happening at the southern border seriously. We are not a sanctuary state, and we will gladly facilitate the transport of illegal immigrants to sanctuary jurisdictions.”

There is a sign at Martha’s Vineyard, which declares in part “We stand with IMMIGRANTS, with REFUGEES, withINDIGENOUS PEOPLES….All Are Welcome Here, hate has no business here.” [emphasis in the original]

Is it not hypocrisy to claim to be a “sanctuary” when you really don’t mean it? Many “compassionate” liberals on the island freaked out about the 50 illegals coming there.

Peasants in the Vineyard

The UK Daily Mail observed:

DeSantis accused critics of his move to fly migrants to Martha’s Vineyard of ‘virtue signaling,’ saying their concern for the welfare of the migrants was a ‘fraud.’ He said: ‘The minute even a small fraction of what those border towns deal with every day is brought to their front door, they go berserk, and they’re so upset that this is happening.’

The illegal immigrants were deported within a day of arriving at Martha’s Vineyard. I heard one conservative on the radio mock, “They couldn’t have those ‘peasants’ come into the Vineyard.”

Just For Show

The Oxford Languages on-line dictionary defines “virtue signaling” this way: “The action or practice of publicly expressing opinions or sentiments intended to demonstrate one’s good character or the moral correctness of one’s position on a particular issue.”

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