I found this video to be interesting because it not only brought up how the republicans are far from willing to allow the child refugees to stay in the country but it showed how these beliefs can influence and bully others into not taking a stance against them. This video by The Young Turks brings to light just how much power and influence politics can play on a topic as humane as this one. While a great deal of Americans can see why not allowing child refuges to stay in our country due only to them being “illegal immigrants” as being silly the beliefs of a few take precedence over the majority due to their power and political means.
Maryland is currently facing the dilemma of whether it should house these refuges and this has placed its Governor Martin O’Malley in a rather challenging position. The image above shows the response that some republicans in the state have to this topic and this is influencing O’Malley’s stance; in order for O’Malley to get what he wants politically he can’t come off as too “leftist” or he would be under scorn of the republicans. This demonstrates just how much power, the ability to bring about an intended outcome, even when opposed by others, politics can play on such topics. This power that the republicans are holding over O’Malley is a form of coercion as he can’t come off as differing their views too much or he will lose the republican votes that he is reliant on as a more conservative Democrat.
Ironically O’Malley finds himself caught between trying to be seen as both liberal and conservative. The video talked about how he has come out as being for allowing the kids to stay in the country due to him wanting to be more to the left of Hilary Clinton. However, he doesn’t want them in his state because it would piss off the right and it would draw a line in the sand as to where he stands on the topic. Not only has O’Malley’s quest for power put him in this situation but the influence of the individuals that he hopes to win over has as well. Of course all of this is holding influence on the fate of the child refugees who are unable to find a place to stay in the country due to this very conflict; there are barely any politicians brave enough to take such a strong stance.
Submitted by Cameron Walker