Patrick Meehan and the Syrian Refugees

Posted: November 20, 2015 in Threat Quality
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So!  As you know, I wrote a letter to my congressman, telling him that I wasn’t afraid of the dangers posed by Syrian refugees, or at the very least that I believe that the threat to human life was so great that it was worth the risk, and I implored him to have the courage to stand up for things like human decency and compassion and all those gooey sorts of things that comprise what we call “humanity”.

And he wrote back!  Get a load of this letter, I want you to see it.  It’s a form letter, obviously — no one really expects a congressman, especially not a congressman like Patrick Meehan — to give a flying fuck about what his constituents think about anything.  But…well…

Here it is:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the refugee crisis in Syria and Europe. I appreciate having the benefit of your views.

I share your concerns over the Obama Administration’s refugee plans. We are a compassionate nation that has a long record of helping oppressed people across the world. Our government also has a responsibility to ensure foreign terrorists do not exploit our refugee programs and threaten us here at home. Federal officials have said repeatedly that our government does not have the tools and resources to properly screen refugees from Syria as the President intends.

ISIS has made its desire to murder Americans clear, and it has shown that it is capable of using the flow of refugees as cover for its operatives. “We’ve got an explicit, unambiguous threat,” as I told the Philadelphia Inquirer this week. “We’ve got to take them at their word.”

You will be pleased to know that I have cosponsored H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015. The bill prevents admission to the United States of any proposed Syrian or Iraqi refugee, or any proposed refugee present in Iraq or Syria at any time on or after March 1st, 2011, until the nation’s top security officials—the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of the FBI, and the Director of National Intelligence— unanimously certify that the individual does not represent a security threat.

With my support, the House of Representatives passed this important piece of legislation on November 19, 2015 with large bipartisan support.

Again, thank you for contacting me regarding this important issue. Feel free to learn more by visiting my website,, where you can sign up for my e-newsletter, and also take a moment to like my Facebook page “Congressman Patrick Meehan” and follow me on Twitter @RepMeehan.

H.R. 4038 of course is a bill that is nothing but the most vile kind of political grandstanding. “The Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of the FBI, and the Director of National Intelligence”? What is this idiot talking about? Thirty thousand people work for the FBI! The head of the FBI doesn’t personally interview refugees, he is too busy running the entire FBI. If his refugee vetting team tells him that a guy is good, you think he’s going to go back and double-check all their work? How, exactly? You think James Comey has got some particular personal experience that he’s going to add to the process? That guy knows fuck all about Syria; he did his senior thesis on Reinhold Neibuhr and then went to law school. He relies — like the heads of all these major agencies do — on experts to provide expert advice when it comes to vetting refugees. The same, experts, incidentally, that were already doing this job.

(This is small government conservativism at its finest, I guess; those guys hate complex bureaucratic nightmares except for when it provides an opportunity for grandstanding.)

Anyway, there’s ordinarily no real sense yelling at Patrick Meehan, a by-the-numbers Republican who keeps his seat because Pennsylvania’s 7th district is gerrymandered as fuck:


Some rich guy paid for his campaign, and no one ever hears from Patrick Meehan except when it comes to vote however his marching orders tell him to.  He’s not even one of the hellfire congressmen that are worth getting worked up about.  He’s just a stooge in a suit, a placeholder for whoever’s running the GOP these days, since they can’t just elect themselves to every seat in congress.

There’s no point in trying to shame a guy like him, because he’s got no fucking shame in the first place, and wouldn’t know a moral principle if the archangel Gabriel delivered it to him while he was tending sheep in the desert.

Ordinarily I wouldn’t bother yelling at Patrick Meehan, stooge of the seventh, except I found myself so profoundly disgusted with his vote today that I went to look him up on twitter, and what was the first thing I saw?

Let me tell you something about William Penn. Philadelphia isn’t called the Cradle of Liberty for no reason; it’s called that because it’s the actual cradle of liberty in the West. William Penn was a pioneer in human rights. The Frame of Government for Pennsylvania set down the founding principles of democracy, of freedom of religion, and of judicial fairness that Americans are always so quick to claim are the greatest in the world — all of that home of the free business, all of that greatest nation in the world business, all of that Shining City on the Hill business? It came from William Penn, right here in Philadelphia.

(The Shining City on the Hill that Reagan quotes was actually from a sermon by John Winthrop, paraphrased from the Sermon on the Mount; the thing that makes the city shine, though? You can thank William Penn for that.)

William Penn founded the province of Pennsylvania to provide a haven for Quakers experiencing religious persecution. THEN he went around Europe to find other people who were suffering religious persecution — Amish, Mennonites, Brethren, Lutherans, Huguenots, Jews — and invited them to live here.

Where toads like Patrick Meehan want to cower behind our borders and leave children to die at the hands of bloodthirsty terrorists, William Penn actually went out to find the oppressed, the threatened, the persecuted, and to bring them to a place that they could call home.

Nothing is more offensive to me than the idea that a sniveling coward like Patrick Meehan has the audacity to even speak the name of William Penn.

  1. braak says:

    Anyway, I don’t think it’s a violation of the state gag order against my participation in political campaigns to note the basic fact of reality that Patrick Meehan is up for re-election in November, and they counted votes based on despite I could probably vote him out all by myself.

    It’s also a simple fact of reality that Dave Naples is running against him, and it is similarly a fact that this is his website:

  2. I just read this and wanted to say how much I appreciate reading something that is so sane and ethical.

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