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Author: rackjite

New York Times Editorial on Lou Dobbs and Immigration

October 22, 2007
Ain’t That America

Think of America’s greatest historical shames. Most have involved the singling out of groups of people for abuse. Name a distinguishing feature — skin color, religion, nationality, language — and it’s likely that people here have suffered unjustly for it, either through the freelance hatred of citizens or as a matter of official government policy.

We are heading down this road again. The country needs to have a working immigration policy, one that corresponds to economic realities and is based on good sense and fairness. But it doesn’t. It has federal inertia and a rising immigrant tide, and a national mood of frustration and anxiety that is slipping, as it has so many times before, into hatred and fear. Hostility for illegal immigrants falls disproportionately on an entire population of people, documented or not, who speak Spanish and are working-class or poor. By blinding the country to solutions, it has harmed us all.

The evidence can be seen in any state or town that has passed constitutionally dubious laws to deny undocumented immigrants the basics of living, like housing or the right to gather or to seek work. It’s in hot lines for citizens to turn in neighbors. It’s on talk radio and blogs. It’s on the campaign trail, where candidates are pressed to disown moderate positions. And it can be heard nearly every night on CNN, in the nativist drumming of Lou Dobbs, for whom immigration is an obsessive cause.

Republicans Just Can’t Get a Hit

It’s baseball season so let’s talk about the gang who couldn’t shoot straight. The GOP are on a roll again, and all downhill. These guys and gals are a laugh a minute and don’t even realize how funny they are. Why just the other day congressman David Hobson announced his retirement stating he was taking his ball and going home to play catch with his kids. Mr. Hobson is 71 years old, and is the 12th republican to so announce with over a year before the next election. At this rate of repubs going home with their ball, the democrats could gain super majorities in both houses by default.

But let’s not get a head of ourselves, this could be a Larry (wide-stance) Craig type resignation, you know, the republican who struggles to keep his feet off his neighbors’ in airport bathroom stalls. Mr. Craig resigned from the senate before he decided not to resign and is now appealing his written confession. I can’t even write this from my computer chair without strapping myself in with seatbelts because I’m laughing so hard.

Which brings us to Giuliani, who in response to a question
claimed his administration would be prepared to repel an attack from
Mars. (You can’t make this crap up). I have no idea what the Rude-man
is smoking, but if he’s a sharing type of guy, he just may get my vote.
Okay, scratch that. I just remembered the thrice married ex-mayor
Giuliani is the same dude who put the New York command center in the
World Trade Center against all expert advice after the 1993 al-Qaeda
attack. He’s the same guy who wouldn’t spring for working
walkie-talkies for firefighters, ones that worked for the police, ones
that didn’t work for the firemen. The police escaped the collapse of
the World Trade Center on 9/11 because of communication. The firemen
didn’t for the same reason. But Giuliani can save us from Martians.
This guy definitely qualifies for the alien threat, just not a human
terrorist threat. (start Twilight Zone theme music).