9/27/18, by James Mosher,
Progressives, like our very own Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine’s 1st Congressional District), love to tell us that they are compassionate and committed to fighting for us commoners.
But, how do we know for sure?
Well, most of us are aware of the idiom, “Put your money where your mouth is!” Jesus said it best, “You will know them by their fruits.”
If we are to make an honest deduction, we must take the time to investigate.
So, several weeks ago, I took my wife on a date to North Haven: Pingree’s progressive paradise.
Check out the above video for a glimpse into Pingree’s world.
I must say, it is a beautiful, quaint little piece of geography nestled on the Penobscot Bay. My reasons for the destination were two-fold: to share some isolated time with my wife and to discern for myself whether Pingree’s playground jives with the policies she espouses.
First, it is hard to miss the fact that Pingree’s North Haven is quite the gated community. Progressives like Pingree have wailed against Trump’s wall, and yet her home is protected by miles upon miles of ocean. There are but two ways to gain access to North Haven, by air, or by sea.
Second, we have been told by Maine progressives that our state is “too old and too white.” They have suggested that what Maine needs is a wholehearted peppering of immigrants in order to kick-start the state’s economy. In an effort to ascertain firsthand knowledge of the island’s demography, I made it a point to stop by North Haven’s Town Office during my visit.
The Town Administrator was off for the day, so I addressed my questions to the clerk. I learned effectively, that North Haven — in spite of the claims of diversity — is a quintessential, lily-white community of roughly 355 residents.
No offense to the productive residents of North Haven. I am sure that there are hardworking, benevolent people residing on the island. In fact, judging from the 2016 election results, I know that there are at least 67 of them; 189 residents voted for Clinton. But, if diversity is working so well for Portland and Lewiston, why hasn’t it been genuinely embraced by progressives of North Haven?
I asked Joette, North Haven’s Deputy Clerk, about the lack of immigrants and refugees on the island. She suggested that one reason perhaps was that the island is a tad bit off the beaten path.
In the whole scheme of things, isn’t Maine?
And yet, the state has been a beacon for immigrants since the turn of the century. According to a 2009 column from Newsweek, regarding the immigrant influx to Lewiston, “Maine is one of the whitest states in the country, second only to Vermont, and its old families have a reputation for distinct chilliness toward ‘outsiders’…But the Somalis kept coming, followed by Sudanese, Congolese and other Africans. By some estimates, 4,000 new immigrants have moved to Lewiston since 2001, and dozens are still arriving every month.”
Gee Wally! Is it possible that freebies incentivized the influx?
Imagine what would happen if we provided similar opportunities for immigrants to resettle on the isle of North Haven!
Third, open border Leftists like Pingree lecture us about celebrating diversity and accentuating the notion of global community because, with them, inclusivity is the new orthodoxy, except of course, for those who self-identify as Cisgender Christian conservatives.
One of the first things I encountered in North Haven after disembarking from the ferry was this sign on the door of Waterman’s Community Center:
This sign was posted a stone’s throw away, inside Calderwood Hall, the island’s bar/pizza shop/market:
I couldn’t help but think, “Isn’t it a little racist, or at least bigoted to display an itemized list expressing what is intended by the use of the word ALL?” The list clearly denotes distinctions regarding the nature of who is accepted.
Why be so discriminatory by making such a list? A simple welcome sign would be less pretentious.
Pretense is a basic staple of the progressive diet. This bumper sticker I discovered while walking down Main St. in North Haven sums up the progressive paradox rather nicely:
Inclusivity comes at a cost to those who dare to dissent.
Fourth, Pingree has railed against the separation of children and parents, a consequence of law enforcement at our nation’s border. In a June 2018 Press Release, she expressed concern about illegals who have crossed the border and have been detained. She has publicly emphasized her disapproval over Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy pertaining to the border and has complained about the families that have been ripped apart.
Last I checked, Pingree is a staunch advocate of aborting children. Arguably there is no clearer depiction of tearing families apart than the act of abortion. Interestingly enough, Pingree’s ex-husband, Donald Sussman, has been quite the supporter of Planned Parenthood; in a column this past August, the Washington Examiner reported that Sussman is a top contributor to the world’s biggest “abortion factory.”
The manufactured outrage of Pingree and her progressive peers over the roughly 2,000 children separated from their parents at the border is rather shameful in light of Maine’s DHHS statistics regarding the average annual rate of abortions performed in the state. Roughly two thousand babies are severed from their mother’s womb each year in Maine. Assuming the figures remain fairly consistent, that’s approximately 80,000 lives torn apart since the US Government began sanctioning the wholesale slaughter of the unborn in 1973.
Before I left North Haven, I dropped by the Nebo Lodge, one of Pingree’s island businesses, and inquired about the cost of dining/lodging. I asked if a military discount was honored, or if it was possible to eat and spend the night for free given Pingree’s penchant for those who cross the border illegally.
After all, if Pingree and her globalist progressive peers have no problem giving the country away to millions for free, room and board for two at Pingree’s inn should be easy-peasy, right?
According to Angie, the manager of the Nebo Lodge, there is a cost to doing business. The price tag for services is necessary to keep the lights on, employees paid, and profits rolling in.
Pingree understands what most of us know is true:
“There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch!” (Milton Friedman)
The only difference is that Pingree and her pals expect us to pay for what they continue to give away for free.
I say the compassionate thing to do for posterity’s sake is to send them all packing this November.
James Mosher is a husband, father, veteran and patriot who appreciates the cost of freedom. He sees the storm clouds on the horizon and writes so that others may be prepared.
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