Sunday, January 14, 2018

Elections, politics, and the red herring fallacy called a ‘sanctuary city’.

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

Find out below the source for the quote above.

We’re once again in Election Season — municipal elections in most cities, towns, and villages in Palm Beach County will be held on March 13th — we’re getting very close to the time when some in the press, editors, maybe the news media, and possibly some electeds and candidates as well will throw out one of the most divisive of all logical fallacies, the red herring called the ‘sanctuary city’ or ‘sanctuary cities’.

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 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.

Do you remember when the City of Lake Worth was labelled, falsely, a ‘sanctuary city’? And so was the Town of Jupiter. The editors at the Post could have helped settle all this nonsense many years ago — once and for all — by educating and 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.

So last December, 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:

“THE IMMIGRATION DIVIDE” 

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’?

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.

However, the divisive, demonizing term ‘sanctuary city’ is probably helping to sell a lot of
newspapers for the Post:

Because they need to begin selling a lot of newspapers. You might recall the news from Oct. 31st by business reporter Jeff Ostroski,

Cox Media Group said Tuesday it has put a for-sale sign on The Palm Beach Post.”

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
were
, 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.

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