By Kimberly Bloom Jackson
Sometimes you just have to give other creatures in nature credit for having more common sense than we do. A striking example of this was on display when a little gray seal desperately climbed aboard a nearby whale watching boat off the coast of Vancouver Island. Everyone on the boat was a bit shocked at the sight of their new passenger—and it was all captured on video!
So why on earth would this cute little critter risk it all by hitching a ride on a boat full of people? Instinct for survival.
You see, the little seal had just narrowly escaped a pod of 12 very hungry killer whales, that were now spouting water from their blowholes as they circled the very boat harboring the seal.
Of course, seals don’t go through life in denial. They know exactly what they need to do every day to survive—avoid being consumed by killer whales. Unfortunately, on this day, this little guy found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, or maybe he was in the right place at the wrong time. After all, a boat was in reach and that gave him options—stay in the dangerous water or take a chance on something different by seeking refuge on a boat. Given the track record of killer whales, he probably figured he had nothing to lose.
As I watched the video it quickly became obvious that the whole ordeal the little seal was going through was perfectly analogous to our current election season.
Imagine for a moment that the seal represents We the People. Much like the seal, we face a critical choice and need to rely on our instincts for survival, too. We already know who the killer whales are and they’re salivating at the very thought of amassing more power and control for themselves, but this time by literally giving America away to foreigners who don’t care about the political and financial stability of our system, our American culture, or the security of our people.
For example, under President Obama we have reached 11.3 million illegal immigrants in the United States, costing taxpayers some $113 billion per year—that’s with a B! Illegal immigrants make up 5.1% of the workforce, jobs that should go to American citizens first. And to make matters worse, an estimated 820,000 illegal immigrants are convicted criminals. Meanwhile, 95 million Americans remain out of the workforce, 46 million Americans are on food stamps, and 50 million Americans are in poverty.
Wouldn’t common sense dictate that Hillary’s “open borders” policy would only accelerate America’s demise? After all, it was just one year ago when Obama proposed the importation of 10,000 Syrian refugees to the U.S., and has since met his goal ahead of schedule. Now, Hillary wants to top that with her recently proposed 550% increase of Syrians, a population about equal to all of Detroit. And that doesn’t even address the issue of the potential for more terrorism.
Given all of this, not to mention Hillary’s endless scandals, many Americans are willing to take a chance on someone completely different by supporting Donald Trump. He’s uber successful, but unlike so many politicians who have enriched themselves in Washington DC by giving America away, Trump did it the old fashion way—by actually holding down a real job. What people find most attractive about Trump is that for decades his entrepreneurial spirit has benefited thousands of Americans and people around the world in the form of jobs and hope. Of course, one of his most resonating messages as a presidential candidate is that Americans and their safety must come first. In this way, Trump is much like the boat. He is an uncertain option, to be sure. But when the alternative would likely mean a certain demise, what at first might seem to be an unsavory choice suddenly becomes the only viable option.
In a recent speech, Trump made an appeal to potential voters who were still, shall we say, in the water: “What do you have to lose?” Given the track record of Hillary and her killer whale cronies, I say use your instinct like the seal and go for the boat.
QUESTION: What do you have to lose?