Behind closed doors, Martha’s Vineyard liberals reveal their hypocrisy

“At some point they have to move somewhere else,” Lisa Belcastro, coordinator of the Martha’s Vineyard homeless shelter, told local media after two planes carrying illegal immigrants landed at her island’s only airport. destination sanctuary,” courtesy of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. “We don’t have housing for 50 more people,” Belcastro said implausibly for an island community of 17,000 permanent residents that houses up to 200,000 people every summer.

During the island’s offseason, 63% of its homes, with a median value of $1.35 million, are vacant. The property of former President Barack Obama alone would have 10 rooms. As of this writing, Airbnb has 355 vacancies. Nonetheless, none of the Vineyard residents, nearly 80% of whom voted for Joe Biden, officially offered an extra bedroom, guest house, pool house, basement, unclaimed rental, gazebo or a tent to accommodate the migrants, who slept in a parish hall. Instead, liberal locals praised their “compassion” for providing basic services for less than 24 hours before soliciting donations on the internet and demanding government solutions.

A GoFundMe campaign raised $43,000, enough to buy each migrant a new moped. If you haven’t heard of a “Mopeds for Migrants” program, don’t be surprised. Within 36 hours, the new arrivals were gone, deported by bus and ferry to the mainland, perhaps in front of a now ironic official sign proclaiming that the people of Martha’s Vineyard “stand with IMMIGRANTS, REFUGEES, PEOPLE INDIGENOUS”.

These native refugee immigrants, however, were quickly “dumped” to Joint Base Cape Cod, a military installation that now houses them in “dormitory-type accommodations.” They were “escorted” by 125 Massachusetts National Guardsmen, mobilized to deal with the “humanitarian crisis” posed by four dozen poor people of color. That’s 2.5 guards for every man, woman, and child, ensuring that even the most delicate petal in any Vineyard flowerbed won’t be disturbed during the ethnic cleansing of the affluent, predominantly white island. . A video of residents gathered to see the migrants leave shows them applauding the restoration of pale normality as the buses depart.

If these sobering facts suggest that Vineyard liberals are hypocrites who don’t want to be the very change they wish to see in the world, a dive into their internal chatter confirms it. No one connected to Vineyard has agreed to speak officially about this article; everyone in contact feared reprisals from neighbors who seemed far less tolerant than their “In this house we believe…” signs suggested. Vineyard informants and New England reporter Aidan Kearney, however, provided screenshots of “closed” online chat groups on the islandwhere residents revealed their true feelings.

The “not in my backyard” contingent was amply represented by Esther Caroline Deming, a matron of Martha’s Vineyard Ballroom Dance Society, who literally looked forward to the time when migrants “will no longer be in our backyard.” Generously conceding that “we should treat them like human beings”, she sent them extra supplies from her fridge.

Volunteers mingle outside St. Andrews Episcopal Church on September 15, 2022 in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Two migrant planes from Venezuela suddenly arrived on Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday evening. Migrants are cared for at the church for now.
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Fellow Progressive Islander Deb Dunn announced a fund for migrants “to transport family members to other states” away from anything dear to them.

Leslie Finnegan was “sure that once transportation can be arranged, they will be taken to Boston”, a hundred miles away from her. When someone asked “why not keep them” and invited Finnegan to “show the world what it’s like to open your house”, she replied “the wonderful MV community has welcomed them with open arms” – don’t if only a few fleeting hours before a military detachment took them away.

“Can we just come and give them some nice clothes? asked Debra Marlin, whose career appears to involve painting pictures of dogs. A migrant was then spotted wearing a Ruth Bader Ginsburg t-shirt, so Marlin may have contributed something if not the use of his beautifully appointed canine art studio, which appears spacious enough to house a migrant family. .

Pat Nagi – whose (now ‘protected’) tweets called for the deaths of gun rights advocate Kyle Rittenhouse, former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens and former President Donald Trump – asked without s engage in it: ‘What else do they need? A neighbor reminded Nagi that she owned two Vineyard rental properties that are now presumably vacant, but her militant leftism doesn’t seem to have welcomed a new initiative or even the courtesy of a response.

When Amy Lemieux, a woman with no discernible occupation who seems to spend a lot of time skiing, was challenged to welcome migrants into her Vineyard home, she replied that she had been “looking all day for how I could support the effort. Somehow, she just couldn’t understand before their expulsion from her idyllic island.

Carole W. Saucier, whose website gives advice on proper reptile care, made no public offer of assistance to human newcomers to her island, but said she couldn’t “believe that they delivered these poor people to one of the most expensive places to live”. “What a misstep!

A yoga and walking enthusiast, Maria Schneiderman Cheevers (she/her, in case you’re curious) also didn’t betray any humanitarian inclinations, but condemned DeSantis for allegedly wanting to “rob” the women of what she called their “body anatomy”. [sic]. She may have watched the MSNBC cover, which reported that the migrants “are not mad at Ron DeSantis” and are “in fact thanking him for bringing them to Martha’s Vineyard.” Maybe she was too busy learning to spell.

The final word goes to a Vineyard “author” and self-identified Democratic voter whose Facebook name is “Sy San.” “Now illegal immigrants are transported to us because our votes have agreed to support them,” Sy said in a singular appeal to reason, “I don’t understand how anyone can make a logical argument as to why we shouldn’t not receive these people.” At least one state governor agrees with Sy San and promises to send more. Let’s hope he does, and then pop some popcorn to see how Sy’s hypocritical neighbors react to embracing more diversity.

Paul du Quenoy is president of the Palm Beach Freedom Institute.

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author.

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