Last week President Trump referred to illegal immigrants as “animals.” That is not actually true, but if you follow media outlets like the Associated Press and C-SPAN you would believe it is. What really happened is the President referred to MS-13 gang members as “animals,” during a meeting of law enforcement officials complaining about California’s so-called sanctuary state law that helps shield MS-13 gang members. The media then selectively edited his comments to make it appear as though he was referring to all illegal immigrants. The Associated Press has corrected their initial report via Twitter, but the horse is already out of the barn. But even the correction is not enough for people like MSNBC host Chris Hayes and Slate. They believe the President was talking about all immigrants without actually proving it.
What is worse, however, is that many on the left are essentially defending MS-13 members by claiming it is wrong to dehumanize a person as an animal. After all, members in MS-13 are simply trying to survive in a racist world which does not understand the struggles of black and brown individuals. For the left, it is the Rousseauian notion that man is not evil, but it is civilization, and its hierarchical structures, that made him evil. This line of thinking inspired Marx and eventually the modern left intelligencia. Rousseau, however, believed civilization would always be with us, and the best man could do was to protect his individual liberties against a tyrannical civilization that forced conformity.
For Marx and the modern left, that was not enough. Individual liberties give rise to private property, freedom of speech, religion, equal protection under the law, and ultimately a border, which helps secure those liberties against foreign powers. They do not want individual liberties, as those freedoms protect oppressor and oppressed alike. For them, the whole system must be upended to bring about a society where good and evil do not exist, but a stateless people with no hierarchy akin to Rousseau’s “Noble Savage." But that utopia is false from a historical and biological perspective. Wolves, baboons, and even chickens have natural hierarchies, and we too are wired for it. That is not to say every hierarchy is good or moral. The hierarchies found in Nazi Germany and the Indian caste system were clearly immoral. However the demolishing of all hierarchies is part of the modern left’s ideology, which is why we are seeing the left argue MS-13 members shouldn’t be called “animals.”
For the left, MS-13 did not cross the border, because borders should not exist. It is not MS-13’s fault that members are incarcerated for drug trafficking, because that is the fault of white America’s racist and outmoded drug laws. MS-13 members should not be labeled as “animals,” because ultimately every human is equal and deserving of respect. These notions are both wrong and dangerous.
Each man is responsible for themselves, and children know at a very young age what is right and wrong. The vast majority of children know not to hurt others. Many young kids I befriended growing up in the ghetto knew how to act properly, and all of them knew they should not harm individuals. Over time, some of those friends joined gangs, and each one of them knew they were doing the wrong thing. For the left, it is the patriarchy that is at fault for modern social ills and the hypermasculinity that causes gangs. In reality, those young boys who joined a gang often did so because there was a lack of masculinity in the home. Boys need the love, attention, and correction of a father. If they do not have some form of male hierarchy within their lives, they will seek it out to help them become men and for security. But for every one hundred fathers absent from their boy’s lives, there's at least one disgusting psychopath who’s more than willing to take their place. That is MS-13 at its core, a fatherless, patriarchal structure designed to create soulless animals for financial gain.
MS-13 has initiation rituals which often involve the brutal killing of a human being. Before he is inducted into that organization, however, he often runs around the periphery of MS-13’s sphere of influence. Boys, and now reportedly girls, will act as lookouts or help run drugs. Each time, their humanity is shaved away. Each act becoming more heinous than the last, until the induction ritual is nothing more than a formality. By that time, they are no longer human because they have stripped away all that it means to be so. That little boy or girl is gone. Their innocence, hopes, and dreams gone. They are not human. They are animals, and you’ll rarely find one that snaps out of that mode because their humanity has been destroyed.
Anyone who claims MS-13 should not labeled as “animals” because every human deserves some modicum of respect, is a disgusting apologist for their inhuman brutality. Not every human being deserves respect because there are a lot of bad people in the world who deserve nothing but contempt. So what would you call beings that contribute to an organization that actively recruits adolescents and turns them into soldiers, traffics drugs and humans, extorts, robs, kills, kidnaps, preys upon the most vulnerable humans, and pimps out children!? For me, the word “animal” is not enough. They are monsters.
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