Saturday, July 31, 2010

Razing Arizona

First of all, Im neither Republican or Democrat. But it amazes me that you say the GOP got everything they wanted as far as the immigration law. You say Arizona is going to get whiter??? You're an idiot. If you and others fully understood that our country has a damn problem from immigrants coming here illegally. It dont matter what country they come from, they're a drain on our economy and finances. They also bring diseases to our people! We can't afford to take care of them and their taking of jobs that Americans could have!!! I wish all states followed Arizona's lead and told the Feds to fuck off!!! - actual email sent to my inbox on OpEd.

It's like a penis parade with electric vuvuzelas amplified by 100 watt Marshall amps. And, once again, JP has brought them out of the woodwork without even trying.

My last article, crossposted on Op-Ed News, the hard-hitting liberal, progressive news and opinion site that's become my summer home this month, has been promoted to headline status. If you go to their index page, you'll note that "The (Republican) Terrorists Have Already Won" is the story that's second from the top, well above the "fold."

The reason for this is the number of hits it must have gotten (although I have no way of tracking that) plus the comments it's generated (47 57 to date). As well as pieces by citizen journalists and bloggers like me, it features original pieces and crossposts by luminaries such as OpEd founder Rob Kall, Danny Schechter and Robert Parry. You'll note that articles far better than mine go, half the time, without generating a single comment. The other half of OpEd's articles get single digit comments.

My 391 word article, which started off as a rambling series of off-the-cuff comments said to Mrs. JP at a coffee shop, eventually crystallized into a brief blog post that I decided to cross-post on Rob Kall's site. It was grabbed more rapidly than anything else they ever accepted (within a half hour) and got linked on Buzzflash almost as quickly. The comments started pouring in immediately, especially when Rob Kall decided to immediately front-page it.

It got to the point where I was spending all my preciously limited internet time reading and responding to the comments. This morning, I found dozens more. I still haven't read them all. But I will make some observations:

If one is adventurous enough to regard this response as a bellwether of what issues will be hot during the midterms, then one will conclude that immigration suddenly just got very, very sexy. But what else can account for this massive (and surprisingly negative and critical) response to my post on SB 1070? Am I the first person to have written about immigration or SB 1070 on OpEd News? Uh, hardly.

Then again, it may have something to do with the provocative title, "The (Republican) Terrorists Have Already Won." Ah, there's the rub and the rub goes the wrong way. Now I know how Janet Napolitano felt when Homeland Security released their report on the rise of right wing terrorism and she was assailed by every Republican bed sheet-wearer in the land.

Now, my comments are being flagged for being partisan (on a liberal, progressive site) and abusive. I've been called a racist (someone with two biracial sons) and I even have a concern troll who presumes to tell me, me of all people, how to write and respond to others. Rob Kall responded by not only front-paging my crappy little article but elevated it to the top of the index page. It's bringing traffic to his site. I've done my job.

But it's not only notable that it took a post about immigration to elicit such a response but one that, justifiably, charges the Republican Party and its apologists with racism. It's brought out all the crazies that troll OpEd News more regularly than I suspect even Rob Kall knew.

And all because I spoke the truth. Not an opinion, but the God's unflyblown, ineluctable, incontrovertible truth: SB 1070 is rooted in racism, something every Latino schoolchild can see with one eye closed. If it wasn't about racism and fear of people darker than us, then how come the immigration debate is completely about the southern border and not the northern border near Canada, through which far more national security threats have been intercepted than Mexico?

The response that my post has gotten, with some people actually sympathetic to the Iowa Republican Party's laughable attempt to strip President Obama of his citizenship just for accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, is a microcosm of what Glenn Beck said about Obama being a racist who doesn't like white people.

Well, neither do I. My people have been a locust swarm, a pox, pestilence and plague on the planet earth. I loathe stupid white men with a burning hatred and resentment for turning our world into the fetid cellpool of oily, polluted opportunism that it's become. I am living in, literally, a different nation than the one in which I grew up in the late 70's/early 80's. Manifest Destiny, obviously, isn't aimed at just dark-skinned people, anymore.

And the racist scumbags who wrote, ratified and signed SB 1070 into law, are also largely stupid white men who pontificate about Mexicans taking jobs that white people don't want to do. But taking harvesting jobs away from respectable white folks like us isn't what SB 1070 is about. It's not about driving away the illegal immigrants who nonetheless pour billions each year into the Arizona state economy and still pay taxes without getting what they're paying for.

It's about driving out the legal ones who vote Democratic, as Greg Palast reminded us last April. And, as I stated yesterday, SB 1070 had worked beyond their wildest dreams: Tens of thousands of Mexicans, even ones here legally, have been forced to leave a land that had once belonged to their ancestors until we stole it from them in the early 19th century. And they're taking their votes with them.

SB 1070, among other things, requires everybody (meaning those with dark skin) to carry papers on them proving citizenship. Even if one is a legal immigrant, not having those papers on them is in itself a crime.

How is this in any way, shape and form not reminiscent of the Jewish ghettos of Nazi eastern Europe? How comes we're not so concerned about Swedish immigrants in Minnesota or the Dakotas or the Polish immigrants of Michigan? Or Italian immigrants in the North End of Boston or Rhode Island?

It's aimed at Hispanics and, audaciously, Native Americans who were here before everyone else. And we're supposed to believe this is a debate about economics? If that was true, they would've thought twice about passing a law that was guaranteed to crater a state economy by depriving it of much of the $29 billion poured into it by Latinos and other immigrants (about 8% of its economy).

If it was about what was legally viable or not, they wouldn't have passed a racist law that requires dark-skinned people to carry citizenship papers with them 24/7 (do you?), one guaranteed to be challenged and struck down in federal courts. If they wanted to remain true to the spirit of the law, they could've continued with 287g, that allows the federal government to deputize state and city law enforcement agencies to round up illegal immigrants.

Oh wait. That was taken away from Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the racist scumbag whose tent city in Maricopa County had become a national disgrace, a place in which the almost exclusively Mexican Americans die and suffer from lack of medical care.

Yet to hear the scumbags who are commenting on my article, whatever horrors we can visit on these people or allow to happen to them they brought on themselves. Because they broke the law.

Well, so did Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Karl Rove, Alberto Gonzales and thousands of other crooks, liars and war criminals and you don't see those douchebags getting deported to the Netherlands to stand war crimes trials. No, they're richer than ever and are getting signed to one book and TV deal after another.

So spare me your fucking pieties about what's legal and who deserves what.


At July 31, 2010 at 1:34 PM, Blogger Bartender Cabbie said...

Yep. Still at #2 as if 1230 pm central.

At July 31, 2010 at 3:31 PM, Anonymous In agreement wichU said...

Congrats! You got some of that "in-your-face" mojo that the Rude Pundit does so well.

At July 31, 2010 at 7:30 PM, Blogger Bartender Cabbie said...

wow now it is number one at 625 pm central.

At August 1, 2010 at 12:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know, but I've been told.. that the Arizona Department of Corrections is basically a private enterprise? Did you know that Governor What's-Her-Name, and some of her savvy backers, are heavily invested in this business?
It's obvious they want tons of new prisoners. Feed the beast.


At August 1, 2010 at 3:26 AM, Blogger nunya said...

Look, my mother moved to Phoenix in '87 and the city grew at breakneck speed for at least 15 years. Around 3 years ago the economy started to crap out. Arpaio has been deporting illegals like crazy since '08, and that's probably only the ones who got popped for doing stupid, illegal, ignorant shit. She's so happy that she finally got out of there 6 mos ago, and believe me, she is no Sheriff Joe fan.

You live in Boston. I have lived my entire life in a Mexican border city. We are going to have different perspectives. Have you ever been to Mexico? The last time I went was '03 and it was getting really bad, and where we were was supposed to attract tourists? Gah.

Go ahead, call me racist rethug troll, get just as nasty and assy as I know you can be. I'm still going to be pissed off that my immediate immigrant neighbors had to learn English and Spanish speaking immigrants don't. And that's just a start, BUDdy.

This kid started this documentary in '07. I'm looking forward to seeing it.

You can't simplify it, it's not simple.

At August 1, 2010 at 8:39 AM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

So what are you saying, Heidi, that you're actually in favor of SB 1070? If so, I'd be extremely disappointed in you.

At August 1, 2010 at 10:02 AM, Anonymous Comrade Rutherford said...

"You can't simplify it, it's not simple."

Yes, it is. Racism. That's all this is, pure racism.

At August 1, 2010 at 10:07 AM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Not, not pure racism. Like I said, it's also about money, power and rigging elections.

At August 1, 2010 at 1:21 PM, Blogger nunya said...

I think the law was de-fanged and de-clawed by Judge Bolton, but that wasn't enough for own personal experiences. Andnot all of them are good. I'm saying that I'm sick of watching these people get exploited. I'm saying I am torn up about my friend's latest painting which depicts the eagles of Mexico and the US in battle. I'm saying....

Do you know what "mordida" is? I can probably dig up a report I did for a business class in '99 in which I interviewed my friend's dad who ran a cross border business.

I'm saying it is intellectually lazy, and somewhat cowardly to categorize the anger as only racist, and only coming from the right. Immigration reform that makes sense is needed. Along with throwing Nafta, Cafta and a few other stupid international policies in the trash.

At August 1, 2010 at 11:55 PM, Blogger BadTux said...

Money quote: "their taking of jobs that Americans could have!!!" Reminds me of my days in the American South during the late 70's, right after affirmative action forced the oil companies to start hiring black people. I remember a bunch of old fart rednecks muttering over a pot of duck gumbo (made with ducks they'd shot themselves, nachurally), "uppity niggers don't know their place anymore, now they're taking our jobs." It's a sense of unwarranted entitlement that runs rife through America, and most often emerges as outright racism expressed as, "uppity fill in the blanks are taking *our* jobs"....

- Badtux the Seen-it-before Penguin

At August 2, 2010 at 10:18 AM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Heidi, I'm not categorizing it as merely racist. The upcoming elections and keeping these people from voting is really at the heart of it.

At August 2, 2010 at 7:13 PM, Blogger nunya said...

See, you're trying to simplify it again. You think the Arizona law is about intimidating Hispanic voters? I never even made that connection. I'm not angry about citizens who vote. I'm thrilled to see people vote, I wish more people who were born here and didn't have to work their butts off for citizenship in order to vote would get as excited about voting as new citizens do.

Crap, my links are all fucked up in the last comment.

Anyway, did you know that 25% of the illegal immigrants in the US are in California?

There are close to a million in LA County alone.

According to the census bureau that's a pretty large chunk of the population.

Encouraged by their government to go north.:

Criticizing the United States for its treatment of illegal Mexican immigrants has become routine for most Mexican politicians, including Mr. Calderón. Because the immigrants send home about $20 billion a year and because the yearly migration of more than 400,000 people relieves Mexico of masses of the poor, the government here has little incentive either to stem the migration northward or to support stricter measures making it harder for Mexicans to cross the border.

62 percent of illegal immigrants in U.S. from Mexico

Mexicans represented 62 percent of the nation's undocumented immigrant population in 2009, according to a new report by the Department of Homeland Security.

The report shows that the percentage of undocumented immigrants who are Mexican also grew from 55 percent in 2000 to 62 percent in 2009.

Well, maybe that and my own negative experiencesin AZ and also here here don't qualify me to bitch about illegal immigration, but I've read the AZ law and THAT'S what the law is about.

So if your equating the "Gestapo Law" in Arizona with asinine GOP behavior makes your articles more popular woo hoo, good for you.

Yes, sometimes I wish they would pass a law like that here. My husband can't even take a certain fwy exit going home because he drives a truck and the stupid illegals literally push each other into the street in front of the truck. They see a truck and think that means work.

At August 3, 2010 at 11:34 PM, Anonymous vortexgods said...

Well, yes, of course it's a racist law. It's useful that way. The new office straw boss (our real manager lives far away in another state, someone has to ride herd on us without getting management wages) was waxing eloquent on it. Oh, he loves it.

So, I found out he was a racist, it's useful to know being married to a black woman as I am.


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