Thursday, July 12, 2018

Upcoming November elections and the red herring fallacy: ‘sanctuary city’.

First, this is very important. When you hear any politician bring up the topic of “banning” the mythical ‘sanctuary city’ the very first thing you do is laugh at them. Never in the history of Florida has such a thing ever existed. And also on the topic of ‘sanctuary cities’ that red herring should always be used lowercase in print and in public speaking the speaker should always raise both hands in the air, above the shoulders, pause momentarily and wiggle the index and middle fingers of each hand prior to saying the word ‘sanctuary city’.

To learn more about this topic click on this link. For example, take this sentence:

“The City of Lake Worth is a Welcoming City but our City is not and never was [raise hands and wiggle fingers] a ‘sanctuary city’.”

It’s very sad to hear Republicans running for statewide office stooping so low as to bring up that false narrative and cheap political stunt about ‘sanctuary cities’. The Democrats thus far have kept to the high road but that could change. Keep your fingers crossed.

Leading up to the August 28th Primary the illogical and ludicrous topic of ‘sanctuary’ never came up one single time in Palm Beach County. Kudos to all on both sides of the aisle.

There are twenty-two (22) cities, towns, and villages in PBC that had municipal elections last March and in none of those political races was the red herring fallacy ‘sanctuary city’ used as a political tactic which is excellent news. This was a huge leap forward in Palm Beach County politics. But the same can’t be said to those who are now in this County from other parts of Florida cherry-picking for votes. Very sad. They need to keep their dysfunctional and silly politics north of the I-4 Corridor.

This particular red herring, the ‘sanctuary city’ can cross the political spectrum from left to right and is only used to try and gain an advantage politically. The good news is, in the last 5–6 years, it has failed miserably for the most part and those throwing around that nonsense should take note. Let’s all hope this stupidity stops real quick and continue through November and then bury this claptrap for good. Once and for all.

The Town of Jupiter was falsely labeled a ‘sanctuary city’ in the past and so was the City of Lake Worth. Jupiter did not have municipal elections in March but the City of Lake Worth did. Kudos to all the candidates and each campaign in Lake Worth for not introducing that most-false of all political lies about ‘sanctuary’.

There is no legitimate reason to use that red herring UNLESS the intention is to try and divide and confuse the public for political reasons. For those of you unfamiliar with this political topic that once raged in Palm Beach County, please continue reading about. . .

The term ‘sanctuary city’ is one “that was created to divide people and to demonize diverse areas.”

Find out below for the source of the quote above.

This particular red herring. . .

“According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a red herring may be intentional, or unintentional; it does not necessarily mean a conscious intent to mislead.”

What happens is the unsuspecting public hears the term ‘sanctuary city’ in the press, media, or from a politician or candidate and then several things will quickly happen. There will be outrage from some quarters. There will be calls for ‘sanctuary’ from others. But for most of the public, they will be in a state of utter confusion about the entire thing.

And that folks is exactly what this red herring
was designed to do: confuse, anger, and
frighten the public.

The City of Lake Worth was labelled, falsely, a ‘sanctuary city’. And so was the Town of Jupiter. But all the while there were those in positions of responsibility that could have educated the public, e.g., the editors at the Post, who could have helped settle all this nonsense many years ago by just informing the public and elected officials as well that creating a ‘sanctuary’ would be politically and legally impossible in Palm Beach County.

Why? Simply because there has never been any policy created or even a definition of what a ‘sanctuary city’ is. Any attempt to create a ‘sanctuary city’ would end up in the courts for a decade or even longer and even after that the Palm Beach County Commission would not allow it. And neither would PBSO. Because, in the end, it would be left up to PBSO to clean up the entire political ‘sanctuary’ mess.

But in December 2017, in what may have been content good enough for the ‘B’ section made the front page of the ‘A’ section in The Palm Beach Post with this headline: “Boynton Beach won’t be sanctuary city following unruly meeting” with a blaring black and white graphic:


Then came a few more articles about an imaginary ‘sanctuary city’ and later an editorial about the “sanctuary city” once again. Why was so much attention given to all this nonsense? Aren’t there other more pressing immigration issues to deal with than bring up the red herring ‘sanctuary’?

And ask yourself this question: Would a city such as Boynton Beach, with its own police department, be able to manage and control a ‘sanctuary’? Of course not. It would be a huge drain on resources and they would have to ask the County and PBSO for help. There would be no other option. 

But what gets lost in all this nonsense is this: There has never been, ever in the history of Palm Beach County, a so-called ‘sanctuary city’ despite what you may have been led to believe. So. . .

Just to be very clear: The City of Lake Worth
and Town of Jupiter are not, and never
, a ‘sanctuary city’.

The City of Lake Worth and the Town of Jupiter both welcome our immigrant neighbors and are doing everything they can to protect the immigrant population. But first, starting within the immigrant community, reporting of criminal activity needs to be a priority. Staying silent will only make the gang and crime problems worse. This is very important as well:

“Because a city or town has a center to help immigrants, DOTH NOT a ‘sanctuary’ make.”

To learn more about this illogical nonsense (A  +  B  =  C ?), dis- and misinformation and just complete silliness about ‘sanctuary cities’ in Palm Beach County click on this link:

A [Lake Worth/Jupiter]  +  B [the Guatemalan Maya Center/El Sol Resource Center]  ≠  C [‘sanctuary city’] (symbol  ≠  means “does not equal”).

Remember: The term ‘sanctuary city’ is one
“that was created to divide people and to
demonize diverse areas.”

Below is a quote by a reporter at SaintPetersBlog on that term, ‘sanctuary’, used to “demonize diverse areas”:

Regarding the issue of sanctuary cities and/or counties, Castor [U.S. Representative Kathy Castor (D), 14th District of Florida] told the crowd they should stop using that phrase, as it was intentionally divisive. . . . “There’s a lot of confusion and emotion around the term,” Castor said. “I think it’s a trap. I think it was a term that was created to divide people and to demonize diverse areas.”

To learn more about this topic of ‘sanctuary’
click on this link:

     Lake Worth City Manager Michael Bornstein was mystified to learn this month [July 2015] that his city has been labeled a sanctuary city.
     “It caught us all by surprise,” he said. “I asked if there was any ordinance or proclamation in the past, and there was nothing. I think we just got roped up with a bunch of other cities.”

Hope you better understand now this
red herring fallacy.

And please share this information with your friends and neighbors and especially others you know who live in communities with diverse populations here in Palm Beach County.

Just because that red herring seems to have disappeared this year, that doesn’t mean it won’t rear its head once again in a future election. Remain vigilant!