“A girl in Iowa” killed by politics

August 26, 2018

A couple of miles north of Interstate 80, sandwiched between the college towns of Des Moines to the west and Cedar Falls and Iowa city to the east sits Brooklyn, Iowa. Give or take a couple hundred people up or down and a famous young denizen, Brooklyn is pretty much any small rural town in America.

A mile, maybe two square in geography, town streets turn to rural roads in a matter of a few minute’s walk.

It was on one of those rural roads where around 7:30 pm on the evening of July 18th that a 20 year old college student set out for her evening run. She would never return.

By the next day her family had reported her missing and for the past month not a day did not go by without an update on the search to find her. A reward for information leading to her finding reached close to $400,000 and authorities received over 2,000 tips during the course of the search.

A search that ended this past Tuesday, when 24 year old illegal alien Christhian Bahena Rivera led police to the corn field where he had dumped her body after confessing that he had kidnapped and murdered her. A murder that a preliminary autopsy has shown was caused by “multiple sharp force injuries”.

Unforgettably for this young woman’s memory her body was discoverd the same day as former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was found guilty on 8 of 18 financial crimes and former Trump “fixer” and part time attorney Michael Cohen entered a pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court that along with tax fraud and false bank statements included a reference that he had coordinated with then candidate Donald Trump to keep certain information hidden from the public prior to the 2016 election.

CNN and MSNBC went into full impeachment mode and if you haven’t bothered to read or watch any other coverage you’re absolutely convinced by now that Trump’s trial starts Monday and conviction will be no later than Friday.

It’s no secret the hatred of President Trump harbored by a sizable chunk of the American media; Especially the cable news circuit. Enter one professor Christina Greer of Fordham University who on MSNBC’s “The Beat” Tuesday complained ““I’m sure we’ll hear what [Trump] has to say about this at his rally, but Fox News is talking about, you know, a girl in Iowa and not this, right?”

There’s no doubt that Manafort and Cohen weren’t news, but so was that “girl in Iowa”. The difference between Fox News and Greer’s MSNBC is that Fox carried all the news that day.

Not to be out done, ever left, always open border Senator Elizabeth Warren was on CNN’s “New Day” and responded to the Iowa murder with this: “My, I’m so sorry for the family here and I know this is hard…..But one of the things we have to remember is we need an immigration system that is effective, that focuses on where real problems are.”

Yes, that is a sitting United States Senator that just dismissed the murder of an American citizen for her political talking points.

Ms. Greer was right though about Trump bringing it up: “When we use phrases like ‘undocumented workers,’ we convey a message to the American people that their government is not serious about combating illegal immigration, which the American people overwhelmingly oppose,” and continued: “People who enter the United States without our permission are illegal aliens, and illegal aliens should not be treated the same as people who entered the United States legally.”

What’s that you say Mr. Fact Checker? Those aren’t Trump’s words? They’re actually Senator Chuck Schumer’s words from a speech when he took over the subcommittee on immigration in 2009?

In my best Gomer Pyle, well golllllllllllleeeeeeeeee Sargent, I think we’ve just found a hypocrite.

Which is the crux of this entire mess.

In less than a decade, the Democrat party has gone from law and order to “here’s the welcome mat come on in, legal or not who cares”.

And even though the term “illegal alien” is the actual legal term used in our own Federal Register, the Associated Press has dropped all references to “illegal” unless its a direct quote. What a way to “inform” a nation. Don’t like the legal term? Just don’t use it.

While it is true that the majority of illegal immigrants are not violent criminals, it is also true that if Christhian Rivera had been stopped from entering this country in the first place, that “girl in Iowa” would still be alive.

Oh, and to the Professor Greer’s and Senator Warren’s out there? “That girl”, has a name: Mollie Tibbetts. And she has been permanently separated from her parents.

If that isn’t a “real problem” than I don’t know what is.

Editor’s Note:  A version of this column first appeared in the August 26, 2018 print edition of the Joplin Globe.

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