Geraldo Rivera: Recycling Canards, Patent Nonsense, Brain Damage?
Noted fellator of illegals, Geraldo Rivera, brings us this mildly retarded screed about the wonders of illegal immigrants, why they might even be Republicans!
The recycled canards portion of the program...
Until the last election cycle, Republicans had a reasonable chance of becoming the permanent majority party in this country. But in the lead up to the November 2006 elections, the GOP was hijacked by extremists on the immigration issue.Oh my, is there any evil in the world not attributable to the evilllll GOP denying criminals the fruits of their ill gotten gains? Is it also responsible for tooth decay one wonders? How about underwear related skid marks?
Led by candidates like Arizona's J.D. Hayworth, the party essentially adopted the position of the Minutemen and similar radical groups, which promulgated a wildly exaggerated portrayal of a tidal wave of brown people overwhelming our southern border, running loose to rape, steal and murder on the streets of our cities. It is no accident that various hate groups have declared common cause with the Minutemen. Similarly, it is no accident that these various activist anti-immigration groups scarcely mention our long, undefended border with Canada.
By adopting a position at odds with the President and Republican Senate moderates like Arlen Spector, the GOP insulted Hispanic Americans, fueled the rise of radicals like Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, and led the way to their resounding November defeat.
I cannot improve on it so I will simply direct your attention to John Hawkins excellent piece "The Great Illegal Immigration Myth of 2006." GOP candidates like JD Hayworth had plenty of problems, "too tough" on illegal immigration wasn't even on the radar.
The President's trip to Latin America should have been an eye-opener to those advocating the construction of a mighty wall to keep Latin America out. We build a wall or even just talk about it and we fuel the radical movement led by Hugo Chavez and his left-wing comrades who say, 'see the gringos hate us'.And if we chose to "shoot them" Geraldo you do understand that we would be perfectly within our rights, yes? No one has the "right" to cross an international border without permission, no one, not even your beloved Mexicans. This is where this conversation always gets wiggy for me, follow the logic here, Mexicans are not Americans, Mexicans have their very own country rich in resources and everything a country needs to make a go of things, Mexico cannot get its act together. Which of those elements entitle these residents of what is by any definition a foreign country unfettered access to America?
Wall building exacerbates, rather than regulates the flow of illegals. Is there a person reading this who really believes that a man with a hungry family who has marched across the length and breath of Mexico and miles of parched Arizona desert because his family back home is hungry will be seriously impeded by a wall? What are we going to do if they climb over or tunnel under it, shoot them?
At some point the Mexican people need to have a revolution, put some skin in the game, until then I am sympathetic, but while America is many things, a jobs program for ingrate South Americans it ain't!
And of course the entire United States will fall into a sinkhole and then be blasted into the freezing depths of outer space without illegal invaders to, well, do something...
And with a U.S. unemployment rate of fewer than 4.5%, where would we find the workers to replace the eleven or twelve million undocumented workers who are here? The current jingoistic anti-immigrant hysteria is bad politics, bad business, smacks of racism and blissfully ignores recent history.Because of course, I'm sure we can all agree, Mexico has a claim on all of America's immigration slots because of proximity, no? How about because we won a war? No? How about because they are minty fresh?
I'm sure most people reading this blog are old enough to remember things pre-invasion. Odd isn't it how jobs were filled and products and services provided without millions of illegal aliens to do the scut work? Yet now, not twenty years later the United States simply cannot function without our cheerful invaders, why?
And now onto the reconquista portion of the program...
Until the mid-19th Century most of the American Southwest was Mexico. Since the conquest of Texas in 1836, and the treaty that forced Mexico in 1848 to cede the Southwest and then added insult to injury by imposing the Gadsden, Arizona purchase of 1853, generations of Mexican citizens have been allowed back into their former territory whenever we needed their sweat and toil. We have spent a Century and a half winking and nodding at undocumented seasonal workers who risk everything to cross illegally just to get a job to feed their families.All of this adds up to a big fat "so what?" These 'visitors' as Geraldo calls them are one thing and one thing only, citizens of a foreign land, entitled to no special anything. As I've said many times, if they feel the war was unjust we can always refight it, except oops, we already are, and in the end they will lose again for the exact same cultural reasons that keep them from turning Mexico into something other than a third world cess pool.
Isn't it reasonable to think that residents of Mexico might hold some affection and nostalgia for their lost North America Empire, especially if part of their family still resides on this side of the modern line? Haven't Native Americans in recent decades experienced some small amount of belated justice? Where are the casinos and oil leases for the Mexicans forcibly excluded from their historic lands along with the Apache, Navajo, Sioux and Seminole?
Jews didn't forget Jerusalem after a forced exclusion of 2,000 years. Is it so breath-taking that the collective Mexican consciousness remembers back just 154 years to the time when towns from Santa Fe to Los Angeles to San Francisco were theirs?
However it happened, all agree that modern boundaries are now firmly and forever established. Every reasonable commentator understands that. But history is relevant when it comes to how we treat these 'visitors'.
I truly wish they would do the things they need to do to make Mexico a decent place for their people to live, but the problem is much deeper than Mexico's economy. An economy is an expression of a nation's culture, when a nation has problems economically it is much more instructive to inspect the culture before anything else, as it will show you why the economy doesn't work.
I wonder if one might find a Mexican to make my point for me, ah, here he is...
After trade with the United States boomed in the mid-to-late 1990s, many entrepreneurs spent their profits by adopting luxury lifestyles rather than investing in technology, said Pedro Lopez de Alba, director of the Guanajuato state Science and Technology Council. […]Yeah, kind of like that. I often think average Americans do not realize how unique it is in the world to have a culture that can handle democracy and capitalism, astonishingly few can. And the simple fact is whenever Mexicans reach a majority in any locale in this country they import the exact same systems that keep thier homeland mired in misery. How nice for us.
What’s missing is a “real entrepreneurial culture,” said Lopez de Alba. “The Mexican entrepreneur waits for the government and puts his hand out. There needs to be a cultural change in companies. If we don’t change that mentality of business owners, we never will become a developed country.”
And finally the Gran Finale!
All most of the undocumented want is a fair shake and a chance to work hard and realize what we proudly call the 'American Dream'. Give them the chance to regularize and legitimatize their status and watch, as they become another beautiful component of the national mosaic. Maybe even Republicans.Please allow me to rewrite this tripe and allow it to express what he's actually saying...
All most of the thieves want is to keep their ill gotten gains without meaningful punishment or inconvenience, they would also prefer to keep their allegiance to their homeland (Mexico and points beyond) and piss on this country as much as humanly possible. Who knows, one day we might even turn away from becoming a socialist country, could happen!