Let’s be clear illegals are criminals
"The beginning of wisdom is calling things by their right name." Chinese Proverb
"'The question is,' said Alice , 'whether you can make words mean so many different things'" Lewis Carroll
Words matter because the power of meaning is within words. This is true because words symbolize and communicate a meaning; meaning refers to the idea conveyed or is the message that is intended or expressed or signified.
Moral clarity is conveyed by words. Words, therefore, convey and denote specific meaning as referred to the idea conveyed by something.
America cannot succeed in necessary immigration reform in the absence of moral clarity, of which words are a vital and critical part of this national debate.
For example, take the words "illegals" and "criminal." Some would describe illegal immigrants as criminals, while others demand they are not criminals. Whose definition is correct about the "illegals", are they "criminals" or not?
Something "illegal" is prohibited by law. To be a "criminal" means to be guilty of a crime, i.e., criminals are law-breakers; one who disobeys the law; a criminal.
Therefore, "illegals" are in point in fact "criminals," having broken numerous U.S. immigrations laws.
This is not semantics. Calling illegals what they are, criminals, an accurate description to begin with, would offer the American public a clear idea of what is actually going on. It will further the debate of immigration reform, not hinder it. And that, in turn, would bolster public attitudes towards immigration reform; a win-win for all.
Words and ideas matter. Instead of clouding the issue and shifting away from reality by making the specious argument, "Illegals Aren't Criminals", as Cardinal McCarrick would have us believe, Cardinal McCarrick ought to call it like it is, "Illegal are criminals." Claiming "illegals" are "not criminals" is a most despicable misuse of terminology, a moral inversion!
Such language games not only evade truth, but intentionally cloud truth and cause harm to understanding and communicating between the parties by confusing the issue unnecessarily to malicious effect. These intellectual sandcastles need to be blow away by the refreshing simplicity of the waves of correct words which meanings call things as they really are, past, present and future.
Anyone who cares about success in our struggle to reform immigration laws and policies to the betterment of America-or upholds principles of moral clarity and lucid thought-should combat such Orwellian distortions of our language.
Would the Cardinal likewise want to deconstruct the meaning of "right" or "wrong" or "sin" or "priest" or "truth" or "God" or "Mary" because it is politically correct to be intellectual nihilistic and a moral imbecile?
You can't cure anything until it is distinguished or identified (a disease, for example) by diagnosis. A false diagnosis can be fatal to the patient.
Likewise, claiming "illegals are not criminals" is blatantly false, and the patient America and her family ( U.S. Citizens) deserve the truth about what "illegals" are and what they are not; they are criminals. Be that as it may, the question remains, "OK, now what?" But in our discourse of this important topic, let us have the courage and decency to speak the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help us God!
No, Cardinal McCarrick, there is no difference between being illegal and being criminal; the terms are synonymous.
Illegals are in point of fact, criminals.
"Changing how the public labels categories changes the associations those labels invoke in people's minds, which in turn changes their affective attitudes toward what is being described." David Green,
Illegals Aren't Criminals, Cardinal McCarrick Says By Nathan Burchfiel CNSNews.com Correspondent April 11, 2006
(CNSNews.com) – The head of the Washington, D.C., Archdiocese on Monday criticized immigration reform legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives because it would hinder the Catholic Church's ability to help the needy, he said.
"The difficulty was that it made all these people who are illegal, criminals," Cardinal Theodore McCarrick told Cybercast News Service at a protest on the National Mall in Washington. "There's a big difference between being illegal and being criminal."