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.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Immigration is the key

The Republican Party seems to think that race-baiting and immigrant-bashing is the key to winning federal elections. Just look at Mike Huckabee, a preacher who once supported the Dream Act, spin and deny as recounted in Rolling Stone:

Even the Rev. Huckabee is chugging the GOP's nativist Kool-Aid: In December, the same man who two years ago called on America to "be a place that opens its arms, opens its heart, opens its spirit to people who come because they want the best for their families" unveiled his "Secure America Plan," which would target 12 million of these good folks for mass deportation 120 days into his first term.

In the process, the good preacher won a new convert - militant xenophobe Jim Gilchrist, founder of the Minuteman Project, which acts like a vigilante Border Patrol. (No, I'm not providing you the website for hate speech, go look it up yourself.) Well, Jim actually got deposed for embezzlement, but what's a few dollars amongst haters?

Of course, not all GOP candidates and strategists are public racists, they prefer to vilify in secret. For example, Ken Mehlman and Karl Rove were both great practioners of say one thing, do another. Mehlman would go to civil rights conventions and claim hope and unity while Karl was busy slicing and dicing Texas congressional districts and disenfranchising minority voters.

Kos makes an excellent point - why are Republicans so much better at framing the issue?!?

Grover Norquist, a top ally of Karl Rove, believes that the "vicious" rhetoric by GOP candidates could prompt Hispanics to flee "in droves" to the Democrats. "Talking about a strong border is one thing," Norquist says. "It's when you get into enforcing the law — which means deport — that you lose people's votes. Oddly enough, people resent the idea that you might throw their mother out of the country."

Mike Huckabee once defended his support for the Dream Act by saying: "I don't believe that in this country we punish children for the crimes of their parents."

Why can't any of our Democratic candidates say anything this simple? Why does Hillary have to do some verbal contortions over driver's licenses? Why not just say you're for it, and STICK TO IT?

And for those Democrats who think it's okay to throw immigrants under the bus, I have got another think coming for you - we're going to primary the hell out of Rahm Emmanuel and his lapdogs. It is no longer acceptable to scrapegoat someone because of the color of their skin. It is no longer acceptable to tell people to "go back to their home country if they don't like it" and it is no longer acceptable to write and pass such ass-backwards legislation that you try to detain, intern, or deny certain communities. (You can shove the Exclusion Acts up yours, mister.)

We're kicking ass and taking names on the GOP side, in between the Cuban vote helping Romney lose Florida, and forcing xenophobic Congressman Tom Davis to resign. Justice does not have a political affiliation.

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