Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Oh Lord, Please Stop The Stupidity
You see those people? Michelle states with authority that "day laborers gather here, congregate here, out of the shadows, out in the open, without fear of arrest". Um, well, it's entirely possible that it's due to our lax immigration enforcement, or maybe its just because standing on a street corner in Virginia with brown skin has been legal for several decades, and is no longer a reason to fear for one's freedom.
Seriously, how can someone state with any conviction that any ol' Hispanic person who's standing around is automatically a wetback? I mean, that's just ridiculous. Don't get me wrong, I've occassionally had the same thought before when I see a group of Hispanic men standing outside of the local grocery store, but there's a huge gap between a prejudiced thought that's kept to one's self and making a claim on a psuedo newscast.
Oh, yeah, then there was Bill O'Reilly last night accusing the NY Times of "flawed thinking", and then following up that accusation with the "fact" that nearly 100,000 illegal aliens are currently in US prisons. Well, there are also 1.9M US citizens in jail, which is about 0.6% of the population. Assuming that the US illegal immigrant population is 11M, that puts the illegal alien incarceration rate at a whopping 0.9% - hardly a reason to panic, considering that the crime-income correlation is biased against them.
There are already plenty of reasons to worry about illegal immigrants without a lot of blustery talk, and a full 77% of Americans view illegal immigration as "a very serious problem". With that in mind, it'd be nice to see the pundits trying to kick around some solutions instead of trying to convince people of a viewpoint that they already hold, but then again that'd require some serious consideration of a problem rather than a lot of bluster and chest-thumping.
UPDATE: Sorry, I forgot the batshit-craziest comment that O'Reilly made last night:
According to the lefty zealots, the white Christians who hold power must be swept out by a new multicultural tide, a rainbow coalition, if you will. This can only happen if demographics change in America.
I don't know what he's on, but don't bother passing it over to me. But this is what I get for switching over one of the TVs in my gym's cardio room to Fox News.
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