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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Refugees and Fake Tocqueville

At the Huffington Post, Massachusetts state representative Paul Heroux uses a fake Tocqueville quotation to make a point about refugees.
Recognizing all of the legitimate concerns about an ISIS terrorist trying to come into the US or Europe under the guise of a Syrian refugee, I believe that the US extends a helping hand to people in dire need. We have a history of this. It makes no sense to recognize that ISIS is a violent organization that seeks to kill anyone else who does not share their Salafi jihadi ideology but then to turn our backs on those fleeing from them. We have not turned away refugees in the seventy years since WWII. It is one of the things that makes us great. The French political philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville said:

America is great because she is good. When she ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.
These words are truer than ever.
The sentiment may be good, but the quotation is bogus.  As I have written many, many times, Tocqueville never wrote any such thing.