This is a perfect example of how so many people on the left become so misguided and so easily manipulated.
My new roommate is a Progressive. She is also heavily into politics. She is a top member of the state's Civic League, and she spends all morning on the internet reading and posting about political stuff. She travels to the Capitol 2 times per week for meetings, etc. After that, she spends most of the rest of the day and night watching mostly MSNBC(70%) and CNN(30%).
She doesnt work, as her Mom left her money years before she died, and gave her a home. So she spends FAR, FAR more time learning about politics than any of us 'working people' do.
But.......she is clueless and misguided due to the sources she gets her info from. I already spoke of MSNBC and CNN, but while online in the AM, she gets that info from Mother Jones, Daily Kos, and also gets Tweets from other left-wing sources.
Now we've all heard of "Sanctuary Cities" right? Well, as I said this topic is about why Progressives are so misguided. I mentioned sanctuary cites today during a conversation with her, and I described what they are, and that they are created primarily by Liberal Dems. She quickly challenged me, and asked "what is this sanctuary cities stuff you are talking about?" She looked puzzled! She had absolutely no idea what a sanctuary city even is! She had never heard of it. So I described how these cities are used by Liberal Dems to ignore federal law by refusing to deport ANYONE here illegally, and refusing to EVER ask for proof of citizenship. They also refuse to deport criminal, felon illegal immigrants, which is directly in violation of US law, and it puts everyone in those communities at risk, because most of these ex prisoners WILL re-offend! That makes us all victims, but the dems do it to play to the Latino community. Philadelphia became another sanctuary city just about 2 years ago, when the Democrat mayor said he'd no longer deport criminal illegals after being released from prison.
After I told my roommate about all that stuff, she shook her head and said "that would be against federal law and the Democrats wouldnt do that!" I asked "Are you kidding me?" The federal govt under Obama has cut back on workplace enforcement(raids) by about 95%. She denied the existence of sanctuary cities, and said she'd have to look into it!
The truth is, her left wing sources have never told her, or other liberals about the existence of sanctuary cities. Thats why she doesnt know about it.
She then started blaming 100% of illegal immigration on Republicans. I agreed that they shouldve done more, but I pointed out that Bush increased border funds 300% and increased border guard workers 200% in about 2006. She knew nothing about that either of course. She then said "Bush lost in 2004 due to his weakness on controlling illegal immigration." I then pointed out that Bush actually won in 2004! To that she said "Oh, ah.. yeah...well, I meant to say, he lost momentum in 2004."
So I told her of more facts and statistics, to that she said "Dont give me these facts and stats, I know what I'm talking about because I've read about it over and over! The Republicans are almost entirely to blame for illegal immigration, and the Dems dont support illegal immigration!" Again, the problem is.....her left wing sources, who manipulate her 24-7.
I tried to point out the ridiculous clauses put into the Dream act by the Dems, which is why it was defeated. She said "The Dream act is only designed to allow young illegal immigrant kids to stay and go to school, and get citizenship!" So gullible! Who here considers a 36 year old illegal immigrant to be a "kid?" It also allowed the entire extended families of illegals under the dream act to be able to to come here and be guaranteed citizenship, which would mean millions, and millions of more illegals, who arent kids! She knew nothing about that either and denied it! "The Dems wouldnt do that!"
Every time I walk by her TV, I hear MSNBC or CNN, and its ALWAYS about the terrible, corrupt Republicans and their war on women, and how they want to steal from the poor, how they want to do away with ALL government benefits to the poor, and all sorts of other assorted nonsense, but absolutely NO criticism of the Democrats or Obama of course!
To be honest, even though the left routinely demonize Fox News, if you've watched it pretty much any time for the last year, they've been somewhat balanced(except for Hannity). They still have guests on every show with liberal opinions as well as conservative opinions. That pretty much DOES NOT EXIST on MSNBC, and barely on CNN. Same on every other news network.
Thats why so many Liberals are so misguided!!