Entire leftist media fails to remember that Jimmy Carter banned Iranians from entering the country in 1980
J. D. Heyes
The political Left works hard to change and/or control narratives and memory-hole history, the latter of which is done sometimes so no one will remember what they used to believe and think was okay to do.
Case in point: GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump‘s recent call to ban those from some Muslim countries from entering the U.S. until the government can develop a better way of vetting them, over concerns that ISIS or other terrorist organizations may attempt to infiltrate, as they have promised they would do. That caused liberal heads to explode – all the way to the White House.
In a near-unprecedented manner, White House spokesman Josh Earnest injected President Obama into the presidential race by declaring Trump disqualified for making such a policy recommendation:
The fact is the first thing a president does when he or she takes the oath of office is to swear an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. And the fact is that what Donald Trump said yesterday disqualifies him from serving as president.
Do a Web search, Josh
There are all sorts of things wrong with Earnest’s statement. First, Obama regularly disregards the Constitution through the expansion of Executive power beyond what the nation’s founding document proscribes for the office, mostly because feckless congressional Republicans refuse to do anything to rein him in. Secondly, as contained in the Constitution, Congress and presidents most certainly do have the authority to make immigration law. And third, in times of war or other national emergency, the president, as commander-in-chief, does indeed have the constitutional authority to scrutinize or even ban certain people from entering the country.
How do we know this? Because liberal darling President Jimmy Carter did the same thing in 1980, when – in the throes of the Iran Hostage Crisis, he banned Iranians from entering the United States. To liberals, truth doesn’t really matter much when there is an agenda to pursue at all costs – namely, that Republicans are evil, maniacal bigots, even when their policies mimic those of Democrats.
Maybe Earnest has never heard of the Internet and “search engines,” for it didn’t take long to find historical documentation of Carter’s then-historical action. From The Harvard Crimson, April 8, 1980:
President Carter announced yesterday that the United States is breaking diplomatic relations with Iran and that all Iranian diplomats and officials will be ordered to leave the country by midnight tonight. …
Carter also cut off virtually all remaining trade between the two countries, prohibiting further exports to Iran, with the exception of food and drugs.
The U.S. will also invalidate all visas issued for future arrival to Iranians, issuing new ones or renewing old ones only in unusual circumstances. …
“The steps I have ordered today are those that are necessary now,” Carter announced in yesterday’s nationwide television broadcast, adding, “Other actions may become necessary if these steps do not produce the prompt release of the hostages.”
Carter is Hitler is Trump?
Other liberal Democrats of the time criticized Carter for not doing what he did sooner. One of them was U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, who was campaigning for the Democrat presidential nomination that year.
“There’s a legitimate question whether we could have made other diplomatic progress before we found ourselves where we are at the present time,” Kennedy said.
As FrontPage Magazine noted, this idea of Trump’s, then, is not new at all:
While Iran was a nation, it was targeted because it was overrun by Shiite Islamists who were engaging in terrorism against America. Sunni Islamists like ISIS have a big footprint in far more countries than Iran did so a visa ban targeting them needs to be much broader in scope than going after one country.
And Iran remains even more of an enemy today than it was in 1980, but not as much of an enemy as jihadists associated with ISIS.
“Apparently barring people from a terrorist country is not against ‘our values’ after all. It may even be ‘who we are.’ Either that or Carter was a racist monster just like Trump,” FrontPage Magazine noted.
Convenient lack of memory the Left has, isn’t it?