We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
What is the source of Bastiat’s genius? Arguably it is that he analyzes all things economic through the eyes of the individual. Economies aren’t living, breathing blobs; they’re just collections of individuals. And for an individual, “It is only too obvious that abundance would be advantageous to him.” As individuals, we’re all too aware of how few of life’s necessities or luxuries we could produce on our own. And if imports are wondrous for the individual (whether from across the street, or the other side of the world), which they are, they’re wondrous for an economy that is merely a collection of individuals.
The cure for cheap imports that we think damage ourselves or our neighbors is the similar to the cure for price-gouging. Re imports: Buy local at a higher price, and cheerfully shoulder the burden of the higher price yourself, because you want to help your neighbor more than you want either to help a distant stranger or your own pocketbook. Re price-gouging: acquire the goods yourself, and sell them locally at a lower price (by stashing them providentially ahead of time, or importing them after the disaster strikes), because you want to help your neighbor at your own expense. That also puts competitive price pressure on the so-called gouger.
As in most matters where economic theory intersects with a duty of charity, it's all a lot simpler if we own our own charitable impulses and resolutely satisfy them out of our own pockets.
A charity you want someone else to perform isn't charity. It's meddling.