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People Won't Just Stop Doing Things Because Democrats Tell Them To

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The war on drugs taught us a lot as a society, but the foremost lesson we learned was that making something illegal is a surefire way to accomplish little more than making citizens subject to fines and prison sentences. Our society is littered with examples just like this too.

When was the last time you consciously went over the speed limit? It was probably just a minute ago.

Democrats have something of an addiction to authoritarianism, and that authoritarianism comes with an almost insatiable itch to create laws that range from the superfluous to draconian. Sometimes they make a bit of sense, other times they’re so restrictive that Americans have to remind them that the constitution is a thing that exists.

The only time they seem to realize that making something illegal won’t stop people from doing it is when it comes to abortion. Suddenly, the most illiberal people in the room become staunch libertarians.

People won’t just stop doing something because you told them to stop. In fact, for some, it’s reason enough to keep doing it. Moreover, when you tell someone to stop doing something but have zero desire to back your order up, people will keep on keeping on.

Case in point, our own VP Kamala Harris told the Guatemalan people “don’t come” in reference to the border crisis currently flooded with illegal immigrants.

Rivers are going to flow whether you order rivers to stop flowing or not, and really the only way to stop the flow of a river is to build a dam, but Harris and that old guy she hangs out with put a stop to the building of said dam on day one. This was after they told the river that it can flood into America without trouble while on the campaign trail.

It was Florida Senator Marco Rubio that pointed out the very obvious point during an interview, as first highlighted by The Daily Wire:

“But I think it’s unfortunate; they campaigned for months on they’re going to be totally different from Trump, and no matter what she says and they say now the perception is out there in much of Central America that the United States under Joe Biden is very lax,” he added. “And that’s an incentive for people to take this journey. It’s a dangerous journey; they shouldn’t do it, but they’re not going to listen to Kamala Harris when she says, ‘Don’t come.’ They’ve got a year and a half of her running for president saying we’re not going to turn anyone away.”

These immigrants that Harris is telling not to come are the same people who were told back in 2019 that if they did make their way to America, they wouldn’t be deported. The person who told them that…was Kamala Harris:

In 2015, while serving as California’s Attorney General, Harris told KCBS-TV, “An undocumented immigrant is not a criminal. … I’m a career prosecutor. I’ve personally prosecuted everything from low-level offenses to homicides. Unfortunately, I know what crime looks like. I know what a criminal looks like who’s committing a crime. An undocumented immigrant is not a criminal,” as Newsweek reported. Newsweek added, “During the 2019 Democratic primary debate, Harris was asked if an immigrant should be deported if their only offense is being undocumented, to which she responded by saying, ‘No, they should not be deported.’”

We’re currently approaching 90 days since the moment that Harris was put in charge of dealing with the border crisis. As Texas Gov. Greg Abbott pointed out, Harris hasn’t called him once and no one has attempted to help him deal with the problem affecting his state. Protecting the country is one of the federal government’s primary jobs and they are refusing to do it, so Abbott is taking matters into his own hands.

So is Trump.

At this point, Harris’s entire strategy has been to tell potential immigrants not to make their way into our country illegally, and the only thing I can think is that they’ve become so full of themselves, and their elitism so ingrained, that they believe this will somehow stop the crisis.

But as I noted before, telling someone not to do something, even making it illegal, doesn’t stop anything. It just makes the thing punishable.

Thing is, if you’re not punishing people and you’re incentivizing them to come, then why should they stop? Why would they stop?