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Saturday, July 01, 2006

The Royal We and Other Misleading B.S.

Source: AP/Yahoo!

Hispanics against immigration hearings
By EMILY FREDRIX, Associated Press Writer Fri Jun 30, 8:28 PM ET

MILWAUKEE - Hispanic leaders said Friday that Republican plans to hold national hearings on an immigration bill are a stall tactic aimed at delaying immigration reform and attracting more votes for the GOP this fall.

John Tresvina, president of the Mexican American Legal and Education Defense Fund (sic), said the hearings were "basically a stalling tactic."

"It's a way to appeal to their base," Tresvina said at the annual meeting of the League of United Latin American Citizens.
"Hispanic leaders." There's a nice, generic term for you. Reading this tripe, one would think that "Hispanic leaders" speak for all Hispanic people. Of course, I would never say that, because if I lumped all Hispanic people into one group and claimed they all thought alike, I would be called a racist or a nativist or a xenophobe or [INSERT INSULT DU JOUR HERE]. But I don't think that these "Hispanic leaders" speak for these folks, whether they're speaking on the street corner or at a LULAC meeting.

Latinos do not pose a threat to the government and should be valued for their economic contributions, said Dolores Huerta, who co-founded the United Farm Workers of America with labor leader Cesar Chavez.

"We have to let people know what the truth is. This is a distraction," Huerta said.
Ah, there's that royal We. Most presumptuous, don't you think?

And what's this "Latinos do not pose a threat to the government" crap? Who said anything about posing a threat to the government? Oh, wait -- YOU DID! Doesn't reassuring someone out of the blue that there's no threat seem like a threat in and of itself? Like if someone walked up to you on the street and said, "Don't worry, I'm not going to rob you!"

Speakers said Friday that the measure is far from perfect but still better than the one offered by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., which would have subjected those in the country illegally to felony prosecution.
And there's the other misleading B.S. Sensenbrenner tried to reduce being in the country illegally to a misdemeanor before the bill passed, but the attempt was the hypocritical Democrats who got their knickers in a twist over it being a felony in the first place!

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California said Republicans showed their true colors this week when two-thirds of them voted to eliminate ballots in more than one language.

"We believe any diminishing of language assistance and bilingual ballots is a diminishment of our American democracy," Pelosi said in remarks prepared for a speech Friday evening.
Tally another royal We. One assumes this "we" means fellow Dems, not the citizenry Pelosi and her fellow Congress critters are supposed to represent. Because, given that you're supposed to have a grasp of the English language before you become a citizen, I don't see a single problem with eliminating non-English ballots.

As a matter of fact, we think it's a jolly good idea. We being Jake and I, of course.

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