Power and Politics - I am Not the Yellow Peril

The life and times of an Asian American activist who tells all the truth (and dishes news and analysis) but with a leftwards slant.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Bush, Immigration and the Loss of Free Journalism

I'm sorry for the sparse postings recently but what with vacation and a few new commitments, I might have to scale back the industrial strength thought pieces.

However, I did want to comment on Bush's godawful speech tonight.

Here are some choice quotes:
"Yet we must remember that the vast majority of illegal immigrants are decent people who work hard, support their families, practice their faith, and lead responsible lives. They are a part of American life, but they are beyond the reach and protection of American law."

Let's keep in mind that he stole this wording and framwork also directly out of the mouth of the immigrant rights movement. Good rhetoric, except for a few minor details . . . . . . such as the policies he's proposing:
-move 6,000 National Guard troops to the border to supplement the Border Patrol
-double the size of the Border Patrol
(after he'd previously supported drastically cutting the Border Patrol from 10,000 to 210.) Because as you know, it's more important to give rich people tax breaks.

Also, let's think about how ABC journalists' phones have been tapped by the NSA so that they could get the identities of secret sources, and other individuals. It's freaky enough to me that they are tapping ordinary citizens like you ro me who are law abiding, but when you consider who the NSA is tapping and how that violates all sorts of confidentiality agreements like:
-doctors and patients
-lawyers and clients
-priests and parishioners

What incentive is there for people to seek advice from the above professionals?

He's not the Commander in Chief. He's the Panderer-in-chief.


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