Monday, August 2, 2010

Today's GOP: From the Party of Lincoln to Jefferson Davis

Back in 1984, when Ronald Reagan was running for re-election, then-Representative (and future Strom Thurmond exultant) Trent Lott riled up supporters of the Gipper during a speech before the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Biloxi, Mississippi, declaring, "The spirit of Jefferson Davis lives in the 1984 Republican platform."  He was wrong, of course.  The Republicans of 1984 were bleeding hearts compared to the race-consciousness of the GOP today.

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Kyl: Illegal Aliens' Kids Shouldn't Be Citizens
Wants Hearing on 14th Amendment Which Grants Citizenship to Children of Illegal Immigrants Born in America

by Jimmy So

Sen. John Kyl, R-Ariz., said today that Congress should hold hearings to look into denying citizenship to illegal aliens' children born in the United States, as the fight over immigration widens into the explosive "birthright" issue.

Kyl told
CBS' "Face the Nation" that he supports a call by fellow Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., to introduce a new amendment to repeal the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.

Support is growing for this
stunning reversal from Graham, who in 2007 drew the ire of Republicans when he lobbied for granting legal status to 12 million undocumented workers, and along with President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., led the failed immigration reform effort that would have given illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.

The 14th Amendment
was enacted in 1868 to ensure that states would not deny citizenship to former slaves. It reads, "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."

Arizona's Republican
State Sen. Russell Pearce - the architect of the controversial immigration law that was largely struck down by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton - also separately proposed the same measure.

"The 14th Amendment [has been] interpreted to provide that if you are born in the United States, you are a citizen no matter what," Kyl said. "So the question is, if both parents are here illegally, should there be a reward for their illegal behavior?"


Kyl said Congress should hold hearings and invite constitutional experts to look at the state of the 14th Amendment. The growing support for the issue suggests the Republicans are exploring different strategies to fight the Obama administration's victory over the Arizona immigration law, after Bolton issued a preliminary injunction on key provisions.


Kyl is a supporter of the law.


"I think the court's decision was wrong," he said today. "
The governor and legislative leaders have talked about possibly tweaking - to use their phrase - the law to see if they can obviate the concerns the judge expressed. I don't think they can because her decision was very sweeping.

"I think it more likely that Congress could act to actually fix the problem," Kyl said, "by reaffirming that it is Congress' intent that the law be enforced, rather than having the administration decide that they don't want to thoroughly enforce the law."


Kyl said his support of the law has to do with illegal aliens taking jobs that Americans want; immigrants posing a burden on the state in the form of education, medical care and welfare benefits; and crime.


"To me the most important thing is the crime associated with it - not necessarily committed by illegal immigrants but committed on illegal immigrants, as well as the roughly 15 percent of the people who cross the border each year illegally who are criminals."


But this week's
"Face the Nation" host Harry Smith pointed out that crime has had a negative correlation with the arrival of immigrants. "Crime in Phoenix, for instance, is down significantly over the last couple of years," Smith said.

"That's a gross generalization," Kyl said. "Property crimes are up. Certain violent crimes on certain parts of the citizenry are up. Phoenix is a very large source of kidnapping. It's called the kidnapping capital of the United States because the illegal immigrants who are brought to Phoenix for distribution throughout the country are held in drop houses. They are mistreated, horribly treated."


Kyl said the law is not discriminatory. "But if you live here in Arizona you'll appreciate the fact that we have a great tradition, particularly with our neighbor to the south, Mexico. It's not a matter of being anti-Hispanic. It's a matter of wanting to enforce the law."


But Thomas Saenz, president of the
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, disputed Kyl's claim.

"I think that whenever you enact something that requires police officers - as the law would have done - to engage in stereotyping, to engage in racial profiling, acting on what they understand to be the undocumented profile, that's going to result in discrimination against Latinos and others who may appear to be foreign, who may appear to be immigrants," Saenz said. "In that very practical sense, it is an anti-Latino law."


Saenz also lashed out against Kyl's support of the repeal of the 14th Amendment.


"I think it's deplorable," he said. "It's an attempt to turn our back on 150 years of constitutional history and tradition. I think it's contrary to the values of this country. I think it's an assault on the recognition that ours is a country of immigrants and always has been. The 14th Amendment is very clear: Anyone who is born here, unless you are the child of a diplomat, is a United States citizen. That has led to great success. It's part of what has made this nation the great nation that it is in 2010.


"I think determining to change that would be a grave mistake," he said.

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The evolution of the Republican Party is complete.  The party that gave us Abraham Lincoln and Robert LaFollette is now ridden with the same people whose ancestors gave us the Confederacy, the Klan, and racial segregation.  Sound harsh?  Consider their view on repealing the cornerstone of our Reconstruction amendments in the Constitution because Mexicans gain citizenship rights for daring to be born here--an amendment that symbolized and identified generations of people to the Republican Party, well into the 20th century.  One wonders since white settlers were declared illegal immigrants by the Mexican government before the Texas "revolution" that we should strip all whites in the state of Texas of their citizenship rights.  After all, their first act in what would eventually become our second largest state was a violation of the law, and we would not want to violate the law, now would we?  I mean, the teabaggers name their movement after the Boston Tea Party, which were a group of law-abiding guys who believed you should follow the rules of your society.  Certainly, Samuel Adams (the revolutionary, not the overrated beer) would doth protest.

It should come as no surprise that their objection to the rule of law, with regards to the Fourteenth Amendment, is based on denying rights to another group of non-white people.  It is the same mindset that gave us the John Birch Society's invectives against the coming "Soviet negro republic" in the '50s, National Review's support for the supremacy and separatism of whites in that same era, and the exact same objection that white conservatives had in the 19th century to the amendment, to the point of open rebellion, which would culminate in the expulsion of our military and the end of Reconstruction (and the beginning of Jim Crow) in the South.

And for those who think this has nothing to do with race but the law, maybe you could explain Arizona State Senator Pearce's coming proposal to deny issuing birth certificates to children born to illegal immigrants, an expressed violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.  At least Senator Kyl is just being more honest about it and wants to get rid of the parts of the Constitution he dislikes.

For another representation of this racialist paternalism, no better examplar exists than the guitarist extraordinaire Ted Nugent.

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NUGENT: Dear Mexico …
American dream is attainable for those who share our values

Bienvenido. Welcome. As the November elections draw nearer, political campaigns most assuredly will heat up and become more tense and filled with rancor. As with any election, you have to dig for the truth.

Immigration is one of the key issues at the forefront of the campaigns. Just as it has done to the law passed in Arizona, the Democratic machine will work overtime once again to demonize conservatives and the Republican Party as jingoists, racists, anti-civil-rights, anti-immigration, anti-minority and even anti-Mexican. I know, as I previously have been the target of its vicious personal lying attacks and smear campaigns straight out of the playbook of Richard Andrew Cloward, Frances Fox Piven and Saul Alinsky. Soulless.

Such attacks, of course, could not be further from the truth, but telling the truth has never been a plank in the political platform of the Democratic Party. If Democrats ever told Americans the truth about what they truly believe, the Democratic Party would cease to exist by tomorrow.

Rest assured, just as the Democrats lie to Americans, they also will lie to you. They will claim on one hand that they are your liberators. They will say anything, make any promise to get your support. Yet on the other hand, what they won't tell you is that once they have garnered your support, they ultimately will work to enslave you and ruin your families with Fedzilla programs and dollars that will destroy you and your families, much like the corrupt, abusive Mexican government you risked your lives to escape.

If you doubt this, look at what the Democrats have done to black America over the past 50 years. What once was a proud, strong people now lies in ruin because of Fedzilla programs designed specifically to enslave and destroy instead of liberate and build. Amazingly, black Americans still overwhelming vote for Democrats. Be wise and learn from their mistakes.

Conservatives greatly respect the work ethic, family values, diversity and independent spirit of the Mexican people. We harbor no ill will toward anyone because of race, creed, color, sex or ethnicity. We value hard work and judge people on their character.

Conservatives want to see people of Mexican descent reach their full potential in America. We are not satisfied with seeing anyone remain on the bottom rung of the ladder of success. We believe that through hard work, sacrifice and commitment, the American dream remains vibrant and within the grasp of anyone willing to work hard and reach for it. We also believe in less government, lower taxes and more freedom. As President Reagan once said, government isn't the solution, it's the problem.

We believe in immigration reform, although we do not believe in granting amnesty to those who have violated our immigration laws to get to America. We understand why people want to come to America but do not believe granting amnesty is a smart move.

Conservatives believe there should be an easier and simpler process for Mexicans to work in America legally and be part of the American experience. We do not believe anyone should have to live in the shadows.
Just as in Mexico, American conservatives believe one of government's most important roles is securing our nation. We must know who is coming into America and believe all individuals desiring to enter America should be subject, at a minimum, to a health and criminal background check.

American conservatives believe in protecting our borders and legal immigration. Mexico has immigration laws and rightfully protects its southern border with Guatemala, and America also has a right and responsibility to protect its borders.

A common language is vital to achieving the American dream, and thus conservatives believe learning the English language is a core component of achieving the American dream. Failing to learn the English language inhibits your ability to climb the ladder of success.

Though we believe you should be proud of your heritage, conservatives also believe if you want to immigrate to America, you should embrace our values, traditions and history just as our great-grandparents did when they arrived at Ellis Island 100 or more years ago. We believe everyone who wants to harvest all the bounties of America should also be willing to fully embrace American heritage and customs and assimilate into America.

Because of the Obama administration's continued endorsement of wrongheaded economic policies, America is going through tough economic times. Unemployment is high, economic growth is stagnant, at best, and government spending and debt are out of control. These are not favorable economic conditions for Americans or anyone else wanting to work in America.

You have a choice. Embrace the political party that believes in enslavement or embrace the political party with policies that promote greater individual liberty and freedom. That's not just your choice, but the choice of Americans.

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Ah, yes, who better to teach those Mexicans and black people about how to be good law-abiding citizens than a man who has sex with underage girls (and if you believe Courtney Love, she was 12 when hooking up with Mr. Catscratch Fever), or a "patriotic" draft dodger who waves a flag for a country he purposely avoided serving when called upon?  Or how about the man who calls Obama voters the "black Klan," threatens to kick people out of his concerts who do not speak English, and supporting racial apartheid in South Africa?  Or how about using racial ephitets to describe blacks and Mexicans?  Here is Mr. Nugent in a few of his more honest moments of racial clarity.  
On the Confederate Flag: Those politically correct motherfuckers can take the flag down but I am going to wear it forever.
I`m a fun guy, not a sexist or a racist. I use the word n****r a lot because I hang around with a lot of n****rs.
On South Africans: Apartheid isn't that cut and dry. All men are not created equal. The preponderance of South Africa is a different breed of man. I mean that with no disrespect. I say that with great respect. I love them because I`m one of them. They are still people of the earth, but they are different. They still put bones in their noses, they still walk around naked, they wipe their butts with their hands.  These are different people. You give `em toothpaste, they fucking eat it ... I hope they don`t become civilized.
 http://www.whosdatedwho.com/celebrity/quotes/ted-nugent.htm
Those are some real values there, Ted.  How dare those Mexicans and non-whites take any government assistance.  I am sure the nuge flew all by himself to play before those troops in Iraq in 2005 and '07 (a group of people he made sure never to be a member of when it was his time in the late '60s), without any assistance from the American taxpayer.  And am I not the only one who finds it odd that the descendant of foreigners and immigrants (Nugent is an Irish name [btw, Ted, you might want to read up on what the early Americans thought of your ancestors' immigrating to this country]), who would not be where he is without the government (either educating him in Detroit public schools or providing him with the roads for all of his fans to go to his concerts) only seem concerned about the state when those who do not look like them receive those same benefits?

And getting back to the Fourteenth Amendment, and in homage to our most favored rocker-gun enthusiast, the Fourteenth Amendment is also home of the due process clause, which became the legal rationale in the 20th and 21st centuries to incorporate most of the amendments in the Bill of Rights on state and local governments (the Bill of Rights was originally only meant to apply to the federal government). I am sure Senator Kyl and Ted Nugent will now want to see the repeal of Heller v. D.C.  and  add  McDonald v. Chicago.  After all, those decisions, giving us the newly-minted individual right to have a handgun under the Second Amendment would not have happened, but for the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment.  Oh, I think we know Senator Kyl or nuge will not soon be commenting on that one.  

For those of you who are immigrants in this country via Mexico, my apologies.  You truly deserve much better than what is being thrown at you today.

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