Thursday, August 12, 2010

To The Camps: The Racial Ratcheting of The GOP

Apparently, there are members of the ex-party of Lincoln who want to capture and imprison Mexicans in concentration camps.  Ironically, I unwittingly suggested this as a possibility in a previous post.  I guess it was only a matter of time.

Florida Republican: Put immigrants in "camps"
State GOP candidate wants to "ship them out to the middle of the country and put up high walls"
by Justin Elliott

In an interview with Salon today, a Republican candidate for the Florida state Legislature stood by her controversial idea to arrest illegal immigrants and send them to "camps" where they can be held en masse.

"We can ship them out to the middle of the country and put up high walls and leave them there," said Marg Baker, the middle-aged real estate broker vying for the Republican nomination in the state's 48th district, north of Tampa.

Baker was filmed advocating the camps idea at a local meeting of the 9-12 Project, Glenn Beck's activist group, earlier this month (watch the clip below). She told Salon today that she was upset at the way some had misinterpreted her comments. "They're trying to think I want to erect some sort of prison camps like over in Germany" -- which she is not, Baker said.

Asked if what she had in mind was more like the Japanese internment camps of the World War II era, Baker said, "something like that. But unfortunately in the Japanese camps they detaineed American citiziens. The only ones I want to detain are the ones who are illegal."

She added, "You've gotta have places for them to eat and sleep and breathe fresh air. It can be a tent city ... You don't want to make them too comfortable or they'll want to come back."

The AP reports that other Republican candidates for the seat have rejected the idea.

Baker's website lists five "reasons" not to tolerate illegal immigrants, including "prostitution."

She stressed to Salon that she would want all illegal immigrants, not just Hispanics, put in the camps. Though she added, cryptically, "the people are walking among us, and who knows."


I do not know what is more depressing.  The incessant cheering for this racialist proposal, or that these same teabaggers think it an act of freedom to die by omission for not being able to afford health care, but who will in the same breadth want the federal government to bail them out to ensnare an entire group of people into concentration camps.  Small government for me but not for thee.

As with Robert Gibbs' whine-fest about the left (where is Mr. Gibbs outrage over this fascistic proposal?), I am not sure to what degree I take seriously any politician running for office who out of the blue starts talking about interning people in concentration camps.  Part of me views this as simply a politician appealing to the lowest common denominator of an unreconstructed racist electorate (who only take offense at the government when someone who does not look like them is in charge of it).  Still, it is the fact someone who aspires for higher office would even voice it at all that should sicken us at the thought of any citizen who would think so little of our fellow denizens.

What is even more ironic is that this was part of a Glenn Beck-inspired event, the same Beck who face-contorts his denunciatory comparison of progressives to Nazis and Maoists who want to destroy America and, yes, that's right, stick people in camps.

I am certain Mr. Beck will be on his show tonight to denounce Marg Baker for using a podium he enabled to advocate a similar totalitarian policy--that is, if by denounce you mean encourage and support.

I should not call this, but I would be willing to bet in the not too distant future (for anyone who wants to take me up on that bet and negotiate the terms) that there will be a candidate and/or teabagger who will advocate just murdering en masse "illegal immigrants" (i.e., non-whites and especially Mexicans).

BTW, if you would like to contact this wonderful soul, here are Marg Baker's particulars.  Go ahead and contact her and tell her what you think of her suggestion to collectively target people.  I am sure she is the kind of person who would welcome your input.

Marg Baker Campaign
(727) 938-6572
53 Freshwater Drive
Palm Harbor, FL 34684

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