As more and more governors announced that they would not accept Syrian refugees in the wake of Friday’s terrorist attack in Paris, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith cautioned them against taking measures that would fundamentally change our identity as Americans.
Smith began his commentary with a series of questions.
“In the face of terror, will we panic or be calm and deliberative in approach? Confronted with those who want to change our way of life, will we abandon our freedoms and the rights granted to us by the creator, or will we welcome huddled masses, yearning to breathe free? Will we take extreme measures to fundamentally alter who and what we are?” he asked.
“Our shining city on a hill is vulnerable,” he continued. “We’ve always known that. If we change it to accommodate the savages, have they won? And what then would be left to protect? We profess to stand as an example for all the world. Our unique experiment in freedom, tolerance, openness, and equality, is our gift to societies and peoples everywhere. Come, join us. Enjoy a chance at the American dream.”
Then he cautioned against changing what and who we are as Americans, because, by doing so, we would take on the identity of the terrorists.
“Today we mourn but we cannot allow ourselves to become like those who want to destroy us,” he implored. “We cannot resort to tactics of the barbarians. We must fight for what we believe in and who we are. Guard our freedoms faithfully for the generations to follow. And we must not let the rhetoric of potential and political extremists among us lead us to self-destruction. When there’s panic, we show resolve. When there’s calm for extremism, we resist. We are America. We must lead.”
Watch the clip, via Fox News.
Viewers weren’t necessarily on board.
— Marie Bickle (@NoLongerADem) November 17, 2015
@theblaze too naive
— levman (@levinemarty2) November 17, 2015
@theblaze The worst hour I have ever seen on FOX. Shep lost me here.
— stew berens (@ARSuper72) November 17, 2015
But Smith also enjoyed some limited support.
@theblaze best 90 seconds I’ve ever experienced on fnc
— Ignatius J. Reilly (@wemustbestupid) November 17, 2015
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