Take a look at this and write to me about red herrings. Walling up the US-Mexican border
is about fighting terrorism? To quote a president who helped us down this slippery slope with a few gentle shoves, "Well, there you go again."
Now read this amazing article
(one of over seven billion columns in print and Web entitled "Insight") and write to me about the 10,000 ways of distortion and dishonesty used to make your point.
I think the basic issue has become how important it is for people to win. This is related to how our criminal justice system works: a dichotomy is set up by the nature of guilty/not guilty in the form of prosecution and defense. In this context, the closest we can get to truth is victory (and it's kind of sad that victory equals truth, but what can you do to defeat physics, with its life/death levels of human consciousness, etc.? (and yes, you betcher ayass human consciousness is a physical level. But let's save that for another set of too damn many parentheses (appearing in some other blog entry))).
In this country, we find ourselves stuck with another false dichotomy: (D) and (R), "conservative" and "liberal," with me or against me. This [sad state of affairs] + [nearly 300,000,000 people] = [you must lie to manipulate enough minds to create anything resembling consensus]. You must lie to create a truth enough people, mostly uneducated, mostly ignorant of important facts (whether by design, laziness, whatever combination of elements) can recognize
and respond to. You must lie to win. Just win, baby! Mission accomplished.
In this Jewish World Review article I assume you just read (making an "ass" of "u" and "me"), you were affected uncomfortably by statements like "Some were reportedly peaceful and even patriotic," which make it sound as though most - much more than merely "any" - of the recent protests by immigrants were violent. And who reports what is patriotic? Is there a ratio of US flags to protesters that must be reached to conform to some operational definition of "patriotic?" In the same article, just skimming through it now
- "sleeping giant:" a reference to Pearl Harbor. When I saw people protesting on the streets a few weeks ago waving Mexican and US flags, hoping to make life better for themselves and their families, I felt like a part of Hawaii was on fire, full of death.
- "the very system they circumvented...humility:" Who's circumventing? Corporations and proprietors of businesses of all sizes, circumventing payroll taxes (that are supposed to be reported and paid on a consistent basis for all their legal employees), circumventing insurance costs, circumventing workman's compensation...and passing all those costs on to other, honest corporations and the public as a whole. If only those corporations could do the right thing and just refuse to hire those evil, illegal immigrants. And humility? Shee-it, just imagine David Limbaugh (wonder if he was dumb enough to be related) bringing his family hundreds of miles, paying his life savings to strangers who may just leave him to bake to death inside a moving van, in hopes of a slightly better standard of living.
- "Bush's Achilles' heel in the War on Terror:" Not to mention the theft of another's body parts, what the Kryste does illegal immigration across this particular border have to do with the War on Terror? It's like saying you'd rather drown than choke: I don't think anyone involved in 9/11 snuck across the Mexico-US border. I'm pretty sure it's because it would be too dangerous, and one would risk too many trained, valuable combat resources. People need to be desparate to try and cross that border.
The quotes get less mind-boggling after the writer has already shaken the baby a few times, but there is some stuff about national pride, assimilation, and adoption of our language. Here I must admit things get a lot more complicated: personally, I would like to see borders disappear so there are no countries to attack, nowhere with cheaper labor or easier laws to exploit, and everyone speaking English so I don't ever have to get around to learning Spanish (I have books and software and plenty of people with whom to practice, but the words get in the way).
Nowadays I am a businessman, and it only makes sense to treat everyone fairly, to learn how to communicate with any sizeable group of people nearby who speak a different language. There is a lot of pressure on "monolinguals" (which I hope picks up a negative connotation ASAP) to learn a second language in order to compete in business, to fight for jobs in the face of automation and higher population. It seems a lot easier for me to convince myself to learn Spanish than to convince thousands of others to learn English. This solves the assimilation problem, too: Americans feel so welcome in Europe (until our leaders do crasy things) because so many people in Belgium, Germany, France (my God--FRANCE
?!) speak English
. Get the point?
But as usual, no one who disagrees with me on more than relative details, is ever going to read anything I ever type. Damn.