Is Les Miserable an Allegory for Illegal Immigration?

I think the play Les Miserable is an allegory for illegal immigration.

Think about it.  Valjean is the hero and portrayed as an honorable man who was incarcerated by a vindictive society for stealing a piece of bread.  The poor guy was hungry and looking for a better life.  The media will have us believe illegal immigrants are just people trying to do what is best for their families.

Javert, the antagonist in the play, is a police officer who is morally offended by Valjean’s indiscretions.  However, he is portrayed as a rigid, heartless man who is blinded by an unwavering dedication to absolutes.  Sound familiar so far?

The Liberal Media paints illegal immigrants as noble people trying to overcome oppressive governments or the raw hand they were dealt by Life’s unforgiving draw. I do not blame them for trying to find a better life for their families but there is a proper (and legal) way to accomplish that goal. Technically, crossing our borders illegally is a misdemeanor, and, if repeated after being deported, becomes punishable as a felony.

They are not undocumented immigrants, seeking political asylum, or any other excuse the media uses to portray them as victims.  They are criminals, flagrantly and knowingly breaking our laws and we, as a nation, are allowing it to happen.

I will grant that they are victims of politics. They are pawns in a chess match between two political parties bereft of truth. The Democrats are portrayed as the kind, altruistic heroes trying to give the illegal immigrants a better life. In reality, the Democrats want to stuff the ballot box.

The Republicans are the villains who are bent of punishing the noble victims and conventional wisdom says they want the cheap labor.  As if, the Democrats do not take advantage of the cheap labor and Republicans do not believe they can court their own voting bloc.  Really? 

 Both parties have their own agendas for not upholding the laws of the land.  The illegal immigrants may be pawns but they do get a better life.  The group that is screwed in this whole mess is the American society.  That is the real victim in this tragedy play.

When political leaders do not follow laws it opens the door for the populace to disregard the laws because what is good for the goose should be good for the gander.  Does it seem like I take life too seriously?  Try cutting in front of anyone on line and watch the reaction of those people you cut off.

People inherently follow the rules unless, of course, it’s to their benefit to break the rules.  This is a naïve sentiment but I want political leaders who work for the better good of the nation and not their parties.  They need to make decisions that benefit the nation not to court various groups.

 Javert kills himself towards the end of the play consumed by self-doubt and questioning his moral outrage.  Valjean dies at the end to redemption.  Both men did what they thought they had to do to survive a life of chance.  They each chose a different path to get a chance at life.  Both men accepted their fates based on their decisions. 

 Our leaders are making their choices.  Who you believe is right or wrong is up to you but do not judge the other side.  That is an entirely different topic with eternal ramifications.

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About Armando Diana

A freelance writer for more than 25 years I covered the political scene in New Jersey which can prepare anyone for national politics. I have no fancy political degrees and I'm definitely not a lawyer - I am a common person who is fed up with politics. I want leaders focused on doing what is right for the country, not for them.
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