Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Immigration - The New Demagogue

Well, I guess people are done talking about Iraq. Or at least, most people have come to the conclusion that for the time being, absent any significant changes on the ground, the whole lot of us will have to agree to disagree on the whole matter. Well, never you mind, we have an entirely new issue to demagogue. Meet the shiny new issue for the 24 hour a day cable talk shows - Immigration.

What is most ironic about this matter is not what it says about the 12 million "undocumented" (i.e., illegal) workers in the United States, but what it says about the 300 million "documented" ones. Or, really, what it says about those chosen to legislate on their behalf. Our elected government (hereinafter "playa haters").

One might expect more from Senator Clinton, the current Democratic frontrunner for the Presidential nomination (although we can all admit that means nothing at this point). Quite a smart woman, we're told. Well then, I'll assume that she knew what she was doing when she told a crowd of people that the efforts to curb illegal immigration would turn "probably even Jesus himself" into a criminal.

Well of course it's wrong then. What kind of sick perverted monster would want to place the son of God (for a large majority of the American population) in prison? I know the Democrats are searching for a way to get back to the "values" voters, but is this the best way to start?

I mean, if we're going to attack laws because of how they may have impacted Jesus, why stop there? I mean, you know how the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (formerly the ATF) taxes alcohol production. Well, what about when Jesus turned water into wine. Are you saying you would have taxed Jesus for this?

It doesn't stop there. The debate is getting dumber and dumber. Some on the "right" claim that anyone for granting amnesty toward these undocumented immigrants is allowing the country to be overun by millions who will take our jobs (see Lou Dobbs). Meanwhile, some on the "left" claim that anyone in favor of stricter immigration controls is xenophobic or racist. And the middle ... uh ... the ... well, there does not appear to be a middle.

Note to aforementioned claimants - you bore me and tire me.


At 11:23 AM, Blogger codemorse said...

Annnnnd we're off!

Way to come out of the corner swingin' my friend. Seems to me that the name of the game on both sides right now is lowest-common-denominator baseball.

The dems have been selling cold intellectualism for naught, and they, like network television, have decided to simply copy the success of the republican emotion-machine. Why engage the People's intellect when harping on their base fears and their personal values is so much more effective, and so much less demanding.

At 1:22 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

"Why engage the People's intellect"

Is there anything to engage?

Well written newby!

At 1:54 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Morse, check your emailing device.

At 4:49 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...


At 1:37 AM, Blogger RC said...

it's certainly not my new demegogue but there's talk of it at the small school i teach at...

and no one's walked out...just one girl got arrested!! yikes!!

--RC of strangeculture.blogspot.com


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