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SACRAMENTO: SCREW YOU ARIZONA

Posted by Andrew Roman on June 17, 2010

It was done, they said, to take a much-needed stand against racism.

But they are the ones who will be doing harm to “people of color” working legally in Arizona.

It was done, they said, to protest racial profiling.

But they are the ones who view the immigration debate as a racial issue, not a legal one.

It was done, they said, because they are on the right side of history.

But they are the ones who spit in the face of this country’s long tradition of legal immigration from all corners of the globe.

They care about people – except citizens and legal aliens.

They care about families – except those that will be directly affected by any and all Arizona boycotts (including countless Hispanics).

And who exactly are “they”?

While one can certainly insert any number of open-border leftist groups into that slot, today’s the spotlight shines on the Sacramento, California City Council. Two nights ago, they made it their business to tackle an issue so pressing and so relevant to the citizens of California’s capitol city that Councilman Rob Fong, when asked why the group would deal with this matter as they did, said, “How can we not?”

Sacramento is placing economic sanctions on the State of Arizona.

From the Sacramento Bee:

The sanctions passed by a 6-1 council vote are on par with the broadest actions passed by other California cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland.

They include forbidding city workers from attending conferences in Arizona on the city’s dime, boycotting companies based in Arizona “where practicable and where there is no significant additional cost to the city” and potentially canceling current contracts with firms from Arizona.

Because there is nothing more responsible than officially endorsing unlawfulness – not to mention imposing sanctions on fellow, law-abiding Americans of a different state.

Opponents of the boycott said the City Council should not have weighed in on the actions of another state and urged the council to concentrate on other issues, including the city budget.

But supporters of the boycott far outnumbered opponents at the council meeting, with many describing the discussion as a civil rights issue.

“This is about Sacramento. This is about every state in our nation,” said Melinda Guzman, a local attorney. “This is not just about Arizona.”

Correct.

And an overwhelming majority of all Americans from every state in our nation support Arizona’s illegal immigration law.

It’s astonishing how leftists believe they can pick and choose the laws they wish to obey.

If, for instance, there are signed and sealed business contracts between parties in Arizona and Sacramento, then what? Is it suddenly okay to breach those commitments because a group of misguided, ill-informed, dim-witted, leftist crusaders want to throw their support behind unlawful behavior? Is it now acceptable to renege on contractual agreements in the name of solidarity with those who are violating American immigration laws?

And if these broken contracts wind up in litigation, who foots the expense?

Three syllables: taxpayer.

Unfortunately, as is the wont of the left, no one ever bothers to ask, “What happens next?” Thomas Sowell calls it a lack of Stage Two thinking.

And if people can choose which laws they will or will not honor – in this case, at the expense of sovereignty and security – where does it end?

Are we a nation of laws or not?.
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WHERE CAN I SIGN UP TO BE AN ILLEGAL?

Posted by Andrew Roman on June 12, 2010

If the concept of the “sanctuary city” isn’t enough to convince illegals that the United States isn’t particularly serious about enforcing its immigration laws, how about illegal alien detention centers offering art and cooking classes? Or dance instruction? Or bingo?

What says, “Hey, you’re breaking the law!” better than movie nights and fresh vegetable bars?

After all, if locking up illegal aliens cannot be pleasant, entertaining and convenient – complete with free e-mail and phone service – why bother doing it at all?

From the Houston Chronicle:

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are preparing to roll out a series of changes at several privately owned immigration detention centers, including relaxing some security measures for low-risk detainees and offering art classes, bingo and continental breakfast on the weekends.

The changes, detailed in an internal ICE e-mail obtained by the Houston Chronicle, were welcomed by immigrant advocates who have been waiting for the Obama administration to deliver on a promise made in August to overhaul the nation’s immigration detention system.

The 28 changes identified in the e-mail range from the superficial to the substantive. In addition to “softening the look of the facility” with hanging plants and offering fresh carrot sticks, ICE will allow for the “free movement” of low-risk detainees, expand visiting hours and provide unmonitored phone lines.

And, lucky us, it’s going to happen at taxpayer expense.

Tre Rebstock, president for Local 3332, the ICE union in Houston, likened the changes to creating “an all-inclusive resort” for immigration detainees.

Rebstock also questioned the cost to taxpayers for the changes.

“My grandparents would have loved to have bingo night and a dance class at the retirement home they were in when they passed away, but that was something we would have had to pay for,” he said. “And yet these guys are getting it on the taxpayers’ dime.”

Lory Rosenberg of Refugee and Migrants’ Rights for Amnesty International says the changes “will go some way to making this system less penal.”

How nice.

Because the last thing anyone wants is for illegal aliens in an illegal alien detention center to have to be subjected to anything penal.

How about unlimited internet access for the detainees? Or weekly group treks to Applebees for French onion soup? Or massage therapy? Or laptops?

Why not offer the male detainees thrice-weekly visits with a prostitute as well? After all, even illegal aliens have needs.
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WE ARE ALL ARIZONIANS … OR WE SHOULD BE

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 28, 2010

This may actually be the best thing to happen to Arizona since the passage of the illegal immigration law. This may be the thing that allures folks to come to the Grand Canyon State on vacation or convinces those still looking for a place to host their convention to go there.

Let’s hope so.

To fracturedly quote a well-known phrase: ‘Ich bin ein Arizonian.’

The muster of numbskulls, dimwits, half-wits and pampered millionaires who say they will be boycotting Arizona because of the state’s new illegal alien law is growing.

Not that any of these blockheads – who have profited beyond their wildest dreams in the land of liberty – know what is in the Arizona law.

Not that these knee-jerk twits actually comprehend what it is they’re supposedly taking a stand against.

Not that these sanctimonious savants of social-consciousness – lunkheads – even have a palpable clue what is in the Constitution of the United States (although they can quote, at will, the “Separation of Church and State” clause, and the government-granted “right” to “general welfare.”)

Now that a host of “artists” have decided to boycott Arizona – including rapper Kanye West and film maker Michael Moore – things are definitely looking up. In fact, Michael Moore’s promised truency from the state immediately ensures that there will be more food available for the metropolitan areas of Tulsa and Flagstaff.

Let the good times roll.

From AZCentral.com:

Zack de la Rocha has issued a statement on behalf of an organization called the Sound Strike urging music fans and fellow artists to boycott Arizona “to stop SB 1070,” which he labels an “odious” law.

Among those artists joining de la Rocha’s boycott are Conor Oberst, Kanye West, Rage Against the Machine, Rise Against, Cypress Hill, Serj Tankian, Joe Satriani, Sonic Youth, Tenacious D, Street Sweeper Social Club and Michael Moore.

In de la Rocha’s words, the new law “sanctions racial profiling, straight up,” forcing “cops to hunt down and target anyone they ‘reasonably suspect’ that may be undocumented. And if the people they harass don’t have proof that they were born in the U.S., they can be detained and arrested.”

This is an honest question, not meant to incite anyone, but for the purposes of clarification: Were all of these people born flaming idiots, or was it something that was cultivated over the course of time? Do leftists actually go out of their way to portray themselves as complete dunderheads or are they truly oblivious to the things they say?

What in the name of free enterprise is this dullard talking about?

There is nothing – absolutely nothing – in the law that statess, suggests, implies or hints that police are going to be forced to hunt down anyone.

Is he serious?

Make note of Mr. de la Rocha’s choice of words: “And if the people they harass don’t have proof that they were born in the U.S., they can be detained and arrested.”

“Harass?”

Nice.

There is such wisdom on the left, isn’t there?

To begin with, being “born in the U.S.” is not the only prerequisite to being in this country legally. There are such things as legal aliens.

Second, the law clearly – unambiguously – states that people who are stopped or questioned in lawful ways (e.g., a traffic stop) can also be asked about their legal status if there is a reasonable suspicion that they could be here illegally.

I’m still waiting for an intelligible answer to the question: How exactly is that racist?

The real beef these whack jobs have is that illegal immigration laws are finally being enforced.

How dare Arizona apply laws already on the books.

And if I may get a little personal for a moment: In the spirit of full disclosure, I’ve been told I look a little Hispanic (if I may “profile” myself), and if a law enforcement official – or any proper authority, for that matter – wishes to see my identification, so be it. What do I care? I have nothing to hide.

The fact is, society is filled with measures that are in place to protect citizens while still preserving individual rights. For instance, my bags are checked before I enter Citi Field to see the Mets play. I’ve also had my knapsack checked several times before going on the Staten Island ferry. My pockets are emptied each time I go through an airport secutity checkpoint. My drivers license is produced every time I go to the post office to retrieve a package.

And so on.

So what?

I’ve been asked to prove that I live in my neighborhood when the street has been blocked due to a traffic accident or police investigation. I’ve been pulled over for traffic violations and have, undoubtedly, been “checked out” by the police.

Big deal. 

He goes on to note that “Some of us grew up dealing with racial profiling, but this law (SB 1070) takes it to a whole new low. If other states follow the direction of the Arizona government, we could be headed towards a pre-civil rights era reality.

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Disgustingly wrong. Embarrassingly wrong. Profoundly wrong.

Since when is producing identification akin to Jim Crow?

Being asked for ID, or proper paperwork, is not an infringement of anyone’s civil rights. There isn’t a device in existence capable of measuring how asinine such an assertion is.

This is about illegal aliens – not citizens or legal aliens.

This is about following the rule of law in exercising this nation’s sovereign authority to properly and legally identify those who are not authorized to be here, regardless of their skin color or ethnicity.

This is about protecting American citizens and legal aliens, regardless of their skin color or ethnicity.

This unjust law was set into motion by the same Arizona government that refused to acknowledge Martin Luther King Jr. day as a national holiday. When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, they arrested her. As a result, people got together and said we are not going to ride the bus until they change the law. It was this courageous action that sparked the Montgomery bus boycott. What if we got together, signed a collective letter saying, ‘We’re not going to ride the bus?’ “

The Arizona law, by definition, is absolutely just. The only distinction it makes is between legal and illegal.

What is unjust, however, is that illegal aliens are coddled by this country and given places to go where they can’t be punished for breaking the law. What is unjust is that the welfare of illegal aliens – along with winning the favor of the Hispanic voting block – is more of a priority for Obamacrats than protecting America’s own citizens. What is unjust is that the rule of law followed by those who went through the process of being here legally means nothing to those who demand “comprehensive immigration reform” and call those of us who support the sovereignty of this nation racists.

There is no rational or intellectually sound comparison to made between the struggles of black American citizens who were denied basic rights due to Jim Crow and people who are in this country illegally.

The website includes a petition urging President Barack Obama to take action.

“Arizona’s new law is an assault on the US Constitution and an affront to the civil rights that were earned by generations who came before us,” the petition reads. “When states disregard the Constitution, when they sanction mistreatment of communities, it is the imperative of the Executive Branch to take the lead in defending the U.S. Constitution.”

Again, how is the Arizona law an assault on civil rights? What is being denied? Whose liberties are being trampled upon? The only ones extricating liberties from the citizenry are the Obamacrats in charge. (Let me count the ways).

What is imperative is that the President of the United States do what the Constitution charges him to do – preserve, protect and defend this nation.

The only assault on the Constitution is coming from the left.

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Update: May 29, 2010 – 9:40 AM

Proof, from the great Proof Positive blog, correctly points out that the proper way to express “We are Arizonians” in German would be:

Wir sind Arizonians.

Indeed, as Proof indicated, I had the choice of choosing the largely unfamiliar “Wir sind Arizonians” or a play on the iconic (and grammatically challenged) JFK line, “Ich bin ein Arizonian.”

I opted for the latter.

Thanks, Proof!

Now get to Arizona!

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THE NATIONAL GUARD IS GOING TO THE BORDER … TO PUSH PAPER AND THINGS

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 26, 2010

From the “Do The Math” file …

The President means business.

The border that separates the United States and Mexico – the one that doesn’t help define our nation, according to Barack Obama – is just about 2,000 miles long. Yesterday, it was announced that the President will send 1,200 National Guard troops to the nation’s southern border to help secure America. That’s comes to one additional soldier for every 1 2/3 miles.

Who needs a wall now?

(That sound you hear is a whole lot of Mexicans shaking in their shoes, wondering what on Earth they’re going to do now).

But open-border advocates, anti-sovereignty types and assorted leftists need not fear. They may, indeed, have frightening images of armed-to-the-teeth Guardsmen patrolling America’s border dancing through their minds, but that isn’t exactly what Bam has in mind. A closer look at what the President is doing reveals that this isn’t about true defense of the border.

According to the Associated Press:

The National Guard troops will work on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support, analysis and training, and support efforts blocking drug trafficking. The troops will temporarily supplement border patrol agents until Customs and Border Patrol can recruit and train additional officers and agents to serve on the border, the administration official said.

In other words, an absolute waste.

“But wait, Andy!” you cry.

“Aren’t you for sending the National Guard to the border?”

“Aren’t you just reflexively taking the anti-Obama position on this because you despise him and want him to fail and hate the fact that he is so handsome and articulate?”

“Aren’t you just a puppy-kicking, balloon-popping, joyless, intolerant racist?”

Let’s be clear … If this was really about defending the United States and securing the southern border, I’d be the first one to stand up an applaud the move.

But that’s not what this is about.

When you hear words like “supplement” and “analysis” and “support” being used in the context of an action meant to secure this nation, it cannot be taken seriously. Obama might as well order the Guard to leave chips, dip and Gatorade in the desert so the illegals have something to snack on as they make their way to one of our “sanctuary cities.”

Senator Jon Kyle of Arizona says these are “desk jobs.”

This is not a serious attempt to secure the US-Mexico border. This is why liberals (and other children) cannot be trusted with national security.

This is about the President being able to say he did something. This is about heading Republicans off at the pass who wanted to force a vote on deploying troops to the border. This is about trying to tenderize the opposition with a talking point while Obamacrats prepare to take the State of Arizona into the courtroom over their new illegal alien law … or if not that (because even they will have to realize can’t win), then it’s about paving the way for some sort of amnesty bill.

Blah, blah, blah …

My dear friends, this is Barack Obama.

That means it is never about the United States of America.

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BRACELET SOLIDARITY

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 23, 2010

In the event you were not aware of this, here’s a little Sunday morning tidbit to gnaw on: As if a standing ovation wasn’t enough … Our Vice President, along with the Speaker of the House, wore little rubber bracelets as a show of solidarity with Mexican President Felipe Calderon when he came to Washington to blast Arizona’s new illegal alien law last week.

Isn’t that delicious?

Two of the three most powerful people in the United States (at least on paper) darned anti-Arizona apparel that openly sided with a foreign head of state against citizens of their own country.

Yes, Vice President Bumble-Mouth and House Speaker Nitwit sent the message that they couldn’t care less about those who respect the rule of law in this country, but will wear symbolic bracelets (not unlike pre-pubescent girls) in honor of those who don’t.

With every poll continuing to show that the vast majority of Americans favor the Arizona law – and with high-profile critics of the law, including the Attorney General of the United States and the Secretary of Homeland Security, admitting they still haven’t read the thing – the dazzling arrogance of the likes of Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi is breathtaking. Not only do they throw steaming excrement on American citizens by having the audacity to wear these insulting rubber bracelets, they do so in the chambers of the House of Representatives.

Why didn’t they just blow their noses in an American flag or declare California and Arizona “occupied territory” from the House floor?

What exactly are standing up for here? With whom or what exactly are they supposedly showing solidarity?

Those who endorse breaking American laws?

Those who crap on American sovereignty?

Those who have had more harsh words about law-abiding conservative Americans than law-breaking illegal aliens?

A foreign President who stood on American soil and actually had the tamales to lambaste an American law while our President stood close by, doing his best impression of a lawn ornament?

Unbelievable.

On second thought … very believable.

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MEXICAN PREZ ISN’T HAPPY WITH ARIZONA – DEMS GIVE HIM A STANDING O

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 21, 2010

And so it was that Democrats stood up and vivaciously applauded the Mexican President, Felipe Calderon, for criticizing Arizona’s immigration law during his address to Congress yesterday. The donkeys showered him with love and appreciation for having the audacity (and courage, they would say) to attack the law of a sovereign state. There wasn’t a lefty in the house who wasn’t moved. There wasn’t a lib who didn’t secretly wish they could give Calderon a nice oil-based foot rub, or plant a big wet kiss right on his mug, after he spoke his piece. All of them – from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Vice President Joe Biden – were there, softly sighing and casting loving glances in Calderon’s direction as he went on about racial profiling and other falsehoods.

It was memorable – in that “I had a root canal but the anesthesia didn’t take” sort of way.

That a foreign head of state – a guest of this country – should step foot on our soil and harshly criticize our immigration policy in front of the nation’s legislative body is bad enough. That Democrats should give him a standing ovation after he dumped on the American people for upholding laws that pale in comparison to the stringent immigration laws of Mexico is disgraceful.

The name of the game is hypocrisy.

It’s a word that gets a real workout these days, because too many people – especially libs – confuse inconsistency with hypocrisy.

In this case, however, there can be no mistake that Calderon is dealing text-book, dye-in-the-wool hypocrisy.

In speaking with Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s Situation Room about the Arizona law, Calderon said:

In Arizona, there is some racial profiling criteria in order to enforce the law that is against any sense of human rights. And, of course, it’s provoking very disappointing opinion in Mexico and around the world, even here in America. To introduce these kinds of elements, especially racial profiling aspects that are attempting against what we consider human rights, it’s a principle of discrimination which is against the values of this great nation.

He is patently incorrect, of course. The law specifically prohibits racial profiling.

But when asked by Blitzer if Mexican police actually went around asking to see the papers of people they suspect of being in Mexico illegally, Calderon took a page from the “It’s Okay For Me, But Not For You” playbook (popularized by Al Gore), and said, “Of course.”

And when asked if those who enter Mexico by its southern borders – Nicaraguans and Guatemalans, for example – can get a job in Mexico once they’re in the country, Calderon responded, “No. If somebody do that without permission, we send back them.” (literal transcription, folks).

But the real questions here are: How exactly do Mexican authorities determine whose papers will be checked? What could lead a Mexican police officer to “suspect” someone of being in that country illegally?

Profiling, perhaps?

Considering that being Hispanic is an ethnicity, not a race, wouldn’t it be a literal case of “racial profiling” for Mexican police to, say, stop a white man who looks like he could be from America (or anywhere) since he does meet the “profile” of a native Mexican? After all, most Mexicans are not Caucasian. Thus, isn’t it reasonable for Mexican authorities – who have the right to enforce their own nation’s immigration policies – to use race (among other criteria) to weed out illegals in their country?

Here in America – where the citizenry is comprised of a veritable epidermal rainbow – the new Arizona immigration clearly states that there will be no racial profiling. 

There are no such provisions in the Mexican immigration statutes.

The reality is: the overwhelming vast majority of illegals in this country come from Mexico, our neighbor to the south.

That’s not a “racial” statement. That’s a statement of fact.

Calderon, however, is correct on one point: America does discriminate … between legal and illegal, that is.

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A MISSED OPPORTUNITY WITH MEXICO

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 20, 2010

What's a little border among friends?

What would have been a real stride toward solidifying the “bonds” with Mexico that help to define our nation – as President Barack Obama said yesterday – was if the United States, in honor of our neighbors to the south, publicly announced a brand-spanking-new immigration policy identical to that of Mexico.

Just think of how historic that would have been. 

With Mexican President Felipe Calderon standing by his side, imagine how thick the “bonds” that help define our nation – as President Barack Obama said yesterday – would have become if, as a true gesture of friendship and admiration, Barack Obama announced that the United States had decided to enact, word for word, the very immigration policy currently on the books in Mexico.

It would have been a moment for the ages.

Obama could have announced that simply to be an illegal alien in the United States would be a felony … just like it is in Mexico.

Obama could have announced that people would be admitted into the United States “according to their possibilities of contributing to national progress” … just like they are in Mexico.

Obama could have announced that immigrants will be “useful elements for the country” and that they must have the “necessary funds for their sustenance” and for their dependents … just like it is in Mexico.

Obama could have announced that foreigners can, and will, be removed if their presence disturbs “the equilibrium of the national demographics” … just like they are in Mexico.

Obama could have announced that those who are deported from the United States and re-enter the country illegally can be put in prison for up to ten years … just like in Mexico.

He could have done that.

He didn’t.

Talk about missing a golden opportunity …

Instead, the White House opted to throw an over-the-top, glitz-and-glam state dinner last evening for the leader of the nation who supplies America with the vast majority of its illegal aliens – a party rife with celebrities, fashionistas and leftocrat elites.  This is the same White House that has ridiculed corporations for paying CEOs outlandish sums of money, told us that we just can’t eat everything we want, and said that a recession was no time for profits.

Is there anyone who doesn’t believe that if crude oil were washing up on Louisiana’s shore while a Republican occupied the White House – and, say, a glamorous party honoring Israel were being thrown – a date would have been set already for the impeachment hearings?

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BAMMY’S NOT DOING WELL IN THE POLLS

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 20, 2010

Not that he will care, of course.

He will write it off as some right-wing connivance meant to derail his attempts to finally make America a more perfect union. He’ll dismiss it all as being the result of angry, manipulative AM radio talk show hosts who dispatch daily marching orders on how to react to the otherwise benevolent and admirable metrosexual from the Windy City. He’ll say he doesn’t care about the polls, that he is there to do the work of the American people, blah, blah, blah.

Still, the numbers aren’t good … and they haven’t been for a long time.

There was no boost when ObamaCare was passed, like they thought there would be.

There has been no boost as the administration continues to blast the new Arizona immigration law … and there won’t be.

The fact is: the Messiah ain’t doing too well.

According to Rasmussen, the Presidential Approval Index has dropped back to -19 – the lowest it’s been since March 20th. (Barack Obama hasn’t had a positive Presidential Approval rating since June 29, 2009).

From Rasmussen, via Weasel Zippers:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 25% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-four percent (44%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19.

Go figure.

In other poll news: Rasmussen finds that 55% of all Americans are in favor of an Arizona type immigration law being passed in their own states, while only 33% are opposed.

A whopping seven in ten Americans believe a police officer should be required to verify the legal status of anyone stopped for any sort of violation if that person is suspected of being in the United States illegally.

Required.

The 12% of Americans who remain unsure about whether or not they’d like to see an Arizona-type law enacted in their own states would almost certainly flip to the “yes” column – in this humble blogger’s opinion – if they were aware that the law is not about racial profiling.

Earlier reports suggested that the Arizona law would allow police to stop anyone they suspected of being an illegal immigrant. The law as it stands, however, applies only to situations where someone has been lawfully stopped for some other violation.

Of course, Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano, and probably a whole host of Obamacrats, haven’t read the law yet …

And China and Mexico hate the law …

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CITIZEN OF THE WORLD ALERT

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 19, 2010

I’m so delighted that the President of the United States, Barack Obama, has finally infused some badly-needed clarity into the immigration debate. I knew it was only a matter of time before the most consequential and sumptuous man ever to occupy the Oval Office wrapped his mighty hands around the tumor of confusion that is the immigration discussion and ripped it out of the body politic.

The healing may now officially begin.

And just like that, over two centuries of timeworn thinking – born of repression, exclusion, alienation and greed – has finally been cast onto the trash heap of time. The “fences” built by that overrated gang of dead, slave-owning white guys who obsessed over God, guns and liberty all those years ago are no longer a constraint in these newly transformed United States – except, of course, in the terrorist state of Arizona.

Taking a page from his “Citizen of The World” handbook, Barack Obama today said that the United States of America is not defined by its borders.

Speaking to Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Obama said:

Mr. President, your visit speaks to a truth of our time in North America and the world. In the 21st Century, we are defined, not by our borders, but by our bonds. So, I say to you and the Mexican people, “Let us stand together. Let us face the future together. Let us work together.”

I am regularly amazed – although I shouldn’t be – when liberals speak. So often when they open their mouths, they make sounds approximating coherent language but say absolutely nothing – and yet, their words are regularly heralded as sheer brilliance, particularly in the case of Barack Obama.

Take a moment and re-read what President Obama said.

There is not a proton’s worth of meaning or substance in a single word of it. It isn’t even banal enough to grab the attention of fortune cookie makers and bumper sticker companies.

He said nothing.

How exactly are we defined by our “bonds?” What on earth is that supposed to mean in the real world? How does what we may have in common with another nation define us?

Mr. President, the United States of America is defined by her values. We are defined, as talk show host Dennis Prager commonly says, by the American Trinity: “In God We Trust,” “E Pluribus Unum” and “Liberty.” It is what makes this country the greatest the world has ever known. It is what makes America a beacon to the entire world. It is what sets us apart from other free nations.

“Bonds” do not define this country … whatever that means.

That may, indeed, be the most birdbrained utterance ever to come out of Barack Obama’s mouth – and believe me, consdiering the body of his work, I don’t make such a statement lightly.

And what the hell does “let us face the future together” mean? (Did the White House hand out complimentary vomit sacks to those in attendance today?) Why not throw in an “All for one and one for all” while you’re there? Or a “We’ve got to pull together” for good measure?

Is this man paid by the cliche?

My God, is there a man alive who can spew more emptiness and meaninglessness that Barack Obama?

Incidentally, the crack staff here at Roman Around is trying to determine whether or not Obama bowed to Calderon.

Also, it cannot be confirmed whether or not Calderon presented Obama with the Cheech and Chong collectors DVD box set.

And just so you know … President Obama took two questions today – one from a reporter from Univision, and other from a Mexican newspaper.

That’s all, folks.

I’m surprised he didn’t mention anything about Arlen Specter getting his ass kicked last night.

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ARIZONA SENATORS: SAY YOU’RE SORRY

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 18, 2010

Michael Posner, Assistant Secretary of State

Is it possible to disagree with a liberal and not be branded a Nazi? Or a fascist? Or be compared to a murderous dictator? Or be called a racist? Or labeled a homophobe?

In a liberal’s world, how does a non-bigoted, non-hateful, non-totalitarian conservative dissenter sound or look? Is there even such a thing? How does one who believes in a strong national defense, limited government and the rule of law go about his or her job without being compared to an oppressive Communist regime by a high-ranking Obamacrat?

It is the last fortress for lefties who have no substance. It is the reflex of libs who cannot hold their own in the arena of ideas. It is the primal instinct of Obamacrats who can only respond to coherence and reason by launching personal attacks and making farcical comparisons to oppressive governments in the hope of tugging on people’s emotions.

It is how Dems play the game.

Assistant Secretary of State, Michael Posner is getting some much deserved heat from Arizona’s two Senators, John McCain and Jon Kyl. They are asking – nay, demanding – that Posner apologize for comparing Arizona’s new illegal alien law to the human rights record of Communist China.

From Yahoo News:

A top US diplomat who reportedly compared a tough new immigration law in Arizona to China’s rights record must retract his “offensive” remark and apologize, the state’s two US senators demanded Tuesday.

Republican Senators Jon Kyl and John McCain accused Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner of implying that the Arizona measure “is morally equivalent to China’s persistent pattern of abuse and repression of its people.”

The letter from McCain and Kyl, obtained by AFP, cited a media report that Posner had called Arizona’s controversial immigration measure part of “a troubling trend in our society” during recent US-China human rights talks.

“As assistant secretary of state in charge of the bureau of democracy and human rights, your remarks are particularly offensive. We demand you retract your statement and issue an apology,” the lawmakers wrote.

Kyl and McCain pointed to the US State Department’s annual human rights report, which sharply criticized what it described as China’s rampant rights abuses and warned Beijing’s record was worsening.

“To compare in any way the lawful and democratic act of the government of the state of Arizona with the arbitrary abuses of the unelected Chinese Communist Party is inappropriate and offensive,” they wrote.

“There is no place for moral equivalency and human rights policy. The United States is the world’s leader in defending the rights of all people. Someone in your position should be proud to proclaim that,” they said.

Perhaps Posner can call an emergency meeting with officials from Libya and Angola – two well-known human rights violating nations recently admitted to the new United Nations Human Rights Council – to discuss the shamefulness and contemptibility of the new Arizona immigration law, and ask for some much-needed advice.

In effect, Posner issued what amounted to an apology to Communist China because of Arizona’s decision to actually uphold the law of the land. And by his own admission, he brought up the new Arizona law “early and often” to demonstrate to the ChiComs (like a good, capitulating little invertibrate) that we, too, have our issues of discrimination to deal with, and that we must do better – because asking people to prove their legality in this country is exactly like harvesting organs, throwing dissenters in modern-day gulags and executing innocents at will. Yes, Posner sat face-to-face with the Red Chinese – one of the most forbidding and suppressive regimes on planet earth – and denounced the evil that is Arizona’s illegal alien law.

But that’s okay.

One man’s freedom is another man’s oppression, right?

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JANET HASN’T READ IT EITHER

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 18, 2010

It’s a trend among the very best lip-flappers in Obama Country.

But it isn’t surprising.

If the nation’s top law enforcement official – Attorney General Eric Holder – isn’t going to bother to take the time to read the contents of the new Arizona Illegal Alien law before opening his gob to publicly criticize it, why should we expect any different from the second-most “in-over-your-head” member of the Obama team (after Obama himself)?

On April 26th, Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, said that Arizona’s illegal immigration law was “misguided.” A day later, she said that the new law could “detract from and siphon resources that we need to focus on those in the country illegally who are committing serious crimes.” She said she had “deep concerns” about the law and thought it could wind up creating “undue” barriers between victims and police.

On May 2nd, Napolitano called the new law “a shame.” She went on to say that “this is the type of law I would veto when I was governor. It is bad for law enforcement. It takes law enforcement off the streets looking at the types of crimes they need to prioritize.” She added that the law “does and can invite racial profiling.”

But how would she know?

She hasn’t read the thing.

From Real Clear Politics:

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano admits she hasn’t read the Arizona immigration law, but passed judgment on it anyway. “That’s not the kind of law I would have signed,” she declared.

“I believe it’s a bad law enforcement law. I believe it mandates and requires local enforcement and puts them in a position many do not want to be placed in,” Napolitano said.

“When I was dealing with laws of that ilk, most of the law enforcement agencies in Arizona at that time were opposed to such legislation,” she claimed.

She was being questioned by Senator John McCain on Capitol Hill who asked, “Have you had a chance to review the new law that was passed by the State of Arizona?”

Napolitano replied, “I have not reviewed it in detail. I certainly know of it, Senator.”

How nice.

It’s the same answer she could have given had she been asked, “Are you at all familiar with the Constitution?”

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THE BRILLIANCE OF MAYOR VILLARAIGOSSA

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 15, 2010

What the hell is Los Angeles mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, talking about? Honestly, can someone with the facility to translate twaddle into English try and disentangle what the Mayor thinks he is trying to say? I’d love for someone to give it a shot.

It’s impossible to know what is behind the chasm that seems to have developed between the Mayor and his ability to think rationally, but it may be the inevitable result of a hyperactive leftist gene causing his moral bankruptcy to metastasize.

Either way, the device has yet to be built that can accurately measure the brilliance of his imitation of a half-wit.

On the heels of his city voting to Boycott Arizona because of that state’s tough new illegal alien enforcement law, Mayor Villaraigossa said that Los Angeles’ budget problem has nothing to do with illegal aliens. In fact, according to the Mayor, illegal immigration actually adds to the economic “might” of the entire State of California – and America.

Those are his words.

From CNSNews.com:

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told CNSNews.com Thursday that illegal immigration has not contributed to his city’s budget problems, but, on the contrary, that illegal immigration adds to the “economic might” of California.

“In California, I think there’s a real sense that these immigrants provide a great deal to the economic might of the state,” said Villaraigosa.

Which begs the question: If illegal aliens are adding to the Sunshine State’s economic might – and America’s, for that matter – why are there any restrictions against them at all? Why all the talk about “comprehensive reform” and a “path to citizenship” when California’s problems can apparently be curtailed by simply affording the state the ability to bolster its economic might with an even greater infusion of illegals?

Can you imagine how much more out-of-control that state’s $18 billion budget deficit would be if the border was actually sealed? $25 billion? $50 billion?

One shudders at the thought of California free of illegal alien infiltration.

“Look, all of the studies show–and there have been many studies on this issue–that there are a lot of benefits to immigration, more benefits than there are detriments if you will,” Villaraigosa said.

How many times must it be said? There are a lot of benefits to legal immigration, Mr. Villaraigossa. Legal immigration.

“The fact of the matter is we have a broken immigration system. The fact of the matter is we need to secure our borders, while also providing a pathway for citizenship for the 12 million people, most of whom are working and contributing to the economic might of the nation,” the mayor said.

Seriously, what on God’s green Earth is he talking about?

Why is it necessary to “secure the border,” if America’s economic “might” is fuelled by illegal immigration?

People are leaving California as never before. The state is bankrupt. And yet, somehow, illegal aliens are contributing to the state’s “might”?

I’ll have what he’s smoking.

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ATTORNEY GENERAL: I HAVEN’T READ IT YET … BUT, MAN, DO I HAVE CRITICISMS

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 14, 2010

Our Attorney General, Eric Holder

He’s questioned the wisdom and constitutionality of the law. He’s conceded that the law is not racist by motivation, but is concerned that it could lead to racial profiling. He’s worried that “people will be picked on because of how they look as opposed to what they have done.” He’s called Arizona’s new immigration law “unfortunate” and expressed alarm that it “could lead to potential abuse and create a wedge between law enforcement and the community.”

The Attorney General of the United States is clearly troubled by developments in the great Grand Canyon State.

Indeed, Eric Holder sounds like a man who knows the law inside and out – a man who has picked the controversial measure apart with a fine-tooth judicial comb. He sounds like someone who comes to the table well-prepared to back up his claims, armed to the teeth with key phrases and clauses taken directly from the language of the law that give his concerns credence and legitimacy.

After all, when the chief law enforcement officer of the United States opens his mouth on matters of law, isn’t it reasonable that we expect him to know what he’s talking about?

Perhaps we expect too much.

It turns out that the Attorney General of the United States – ever-quick to open his cake hole and proffer commentary on the new Arizona illegal alien law – hasn’t even read the thing.

From the Washington Times:

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who has been critical of Arizona’s new immigration law, said Thursday he hasn’t yet read the law and is going by what he’s read in newspapers or seen on television.

Mr. Holder is conducting a review of the law, at President Obama’s request, to see if the federal government should challenge it in court. He said he expects he will read the law by the time his staff briefs him on their conclusions.

“I’ve just expressed concerns on the basis of what I’ve heard about the law. But I’m not in a position to say at this point, not having read the law, not having had the chance to interact with people are doing the review, exactly what my position is,” Mr. Holder told the House Judiciary Committee.

This weekend Mr. Holder told NBC’s “Meet the Press” program that the Arizona law “has the possibility of leading to racial profiling.” He had earlier called the law’s passage “unfortunate,” and questioned whether the law was unconstitutional because it tried to assume powers that may be reserved for the federal government.

He heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend who heard it from another that the new Arizona law could be trouble. Thus, based on hearsay, America’s top law man felt he knew enough about it to publicly tender his opinion and concerns on the matter.

Nice job, Eric.

Note that the Attorney General said he was not in a position to say exactly what his position on the subject was, even though he did just that on several occasions.

Welcome to the golden days of the Messianic Age.

America can rest easy knowing that Eric Holder “expects” to plow through the voluminous ten pages that comprise the text of the Arizona law soon.

We are in good hands.

Take a “warm and fuzzy” out of petty cash.

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LOS ANGELES VOTES TO BOYCOTT ARIZONA

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 13, 2010

Los Angeles City Hall

And so it is that the “international” city of Los Angeles, a city of “immigrants” – and the second largest city in the United States – has decided that it is willing to “punish” the everyday, hard-working people of the State of Arizona by boycotting businesses in that state. 

After an emotion-drenched discussion filled with tales of immigrant ancestors, sob stories, and other irrelevant heart-string yankings, the City Council of the City of Angels voted almost unanimously (13-1) to say “no” to dealing with businesses based in the Grand Canyon State. 

Thus, if that fourteen-member group of elected catatonics achieves their desired result, people who legally work in the State of Arizona (including Latinos, blacks, Orientals, etc) – those who actually rely on interstate business – will be made to suffer. In the Utopian world of the LA City Council, the working class people of Arizona – citizens and legal aliens alike – who make their living in the hotels, resorts, restaurants and tourist spots of that state will have to pay the price for those who are here illegally because a group a morally confused imbeciles think they are standing up for what’s right. 

And yet, the open-borders crowd doesn’t give a damn about any of that. The “pathway to citizenship” jockeys couldn’t care less about the consequences of their actions. The very people who, time after time, claim to be for the working people – the “everyday regular folks” – don’t give a rat’s rear end who might suffer as a result of their numskulled, knee-jerk boycott of Arizona.

That these elected Los Angeles screaming meemies are tossing excrement on fellow citizens and legal immigrants means nothing to them. That they make up a painfully small minority of Americans who believe the Arizona law is wrong doesn’t daunt them. That their misguided and ill-conceived notions will only backfire on them doesn’t deter their march to the hallowed Gates of Idiocy. They have bought into the entire “international city” crap, rooted in the belief held by many that the land comprising much of the Southwestern United States is still “occupied” territory. 

And all because the State of Arizona is finally enforcing existing law

Isn’t it ironic that the very people who believe that Americans should be required by law to have health insurance – and be able to prove it or be punished – are the same ones who have conniptions at the mention of people being required to present paperwork to law enforcement officials to prove their legal status? 

Mark my words on this … the American Latino community will stand up and support the State of Arizona. When it becomes evident, as is starting to happen now, that the law is in place to protect all American citizens, as well as legal immigrants (including Latinos), they will stand up in favor of the new measure. When it becomes obvious that the new law has nothing to do with ethnicity or race, they will support what is right. 

Personally, I am convinced that this moronic boycott will have little, if any, effect on Arizona’s economy. If people want to go to Arizona and patronize their businesses – or conduct business online with companies based in Arizona – they will. Most people are not on board with the Los Angeles City Council.  Every poll under the sun confirms that.

Besides, many of us will make it our business to seek out companies based there to show our support. 

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AND YET EVEN MORE VALIDATION … AMERICA (STILL) GIVES THE ARIZONA ILLEGAL ALIEN LAW A THUMBS UP

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 13, 2010

I accept that this may sound a tad bizarre to some – perhaps outrageous – but I must confess: In the past, on several occasions, I have actually been required to produce appropriate identification at the bank to cash a check. Likewise, I’ve had to do the same thing when renewing my automobile registration. Believe it or not, I’ve even had to furnish an ID when picking up a package at the Post Office.

I’m not making any of this up.

And if I may so bold as to breech the limits of reason – brace yourselves – I have, more than once, had to show my drivers license to a police officer when asked to do so.

Honest.

I’m not on drugs.

Yes, I know it sounds as if I may have passed through the looking glass into some Stalinist nightmare, but it’s the reality of my life. In fact, I’m willing to wager that I’m not the only citizen of the United States of America who has had to present some sort of paperwork to someone in an authoritative capacity at some point in his life.

Maybe that’s why nearly three-quarters of all Americans – repeat, three-quarters of all Americans – have absolutely no problem requiring people to produce legal documents to verify their legal status in this country.

In fact, a little better than two-thirds of all Americans believe that it is perfectly okay for police to detain anyone who cannot verify their legal status.

And if I may further aggravate those on the left – along with nervous conservatives – by gently twisting the knife in their collective gut a little more, six in ten Americans think the police should have the right to question anyone they believe may be in the country illegally.

So much for conventional wisdom, eh?

As I’ve written on several occasions – and as I will continue to write about whenever there is further vindication on this matter – there is “broad approval” across the United States for Arizona’s new illegal alien law. A new poll by the Pew Research Center confirms this.

The public broadly supports a new Arizona law aimed at dealing with illegal immigration and the law’s provisions giving police increased powers to stop and detain people who are suspected of being in the country illegally.

Fully 73% say they approve of requiring people to produce documents verifying their legal status if police ask for them. Two-thirds (67%) approve of allowing police to detain anyone who cannot verify their legal status, while 62% approve of allowing police to question people they think may be in the country illegally.

After being asked about the law’s provisions, 59% say that, considering everything, they approve of Arizona’s new illegal immigration law while 32% disapprove.

Not surprisingly, approval of Arizona’s controversial new law goes up as the ages of those being asked about it increases.

If public opinion does shift on this law, it will do so in favor of it.

Meanwhile, the incalculable idiocy of the left continues to shine. Protests and boycotts are being staged against Arizona because that state decided to enforce existing law. Local governments across the map are threatening to stop doing business with Arizona-based companies because that state is doing what the feds won’t – enforce existing law. In Highland Park, Illinois, school administrators at Highland Park High School are lobbying for a spot in the Moonbat Hall Of Fame by canceling the girls basketball team trip to Arizona to participate in a tournament there. Why? Because Arizona is finally enforcing existing law.

District 113 assistant superintendent Suzan Hebson says the trip “would not be aligned with our beliefs and values.”

This was the team’s first conference title in 26 years, but because Arizona is enforcing exisiting law, the girls will miss out..

This is the kind of irrational lunacy that defines the left.

Incidentally, only one-fourth of all Americans approve of how Barack Obama is handling immigration.

One fourth!

I had no idea he had that many relatives in this country.

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PRIORITIZING NATIONAL SECURITY THREATS

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 8, 2010

Who have been the stone and brick throwers? Who have been the ones chaining themselves together in circles in the street blocking traffic? Who have been the ones vandalizing businesses? Who have been hurling bottles at police? Which protestors have been regularly resorting to violence?

Tea Partiers? Or illegal immigrants and their supporters?

Who have taken to shooting up military installations and opening fire at recruiting stations on American soil? Which group of people has attempted to blow up Times Square, Los Angeles Airport, the Brooklyn Bridge and several in-flight airplanes? Which people are hell-bent on murdering innocents?

Tea Partiers? Or Islamist terrorists?

Before you venture to answer that question, you probably ought to check with Democrat Congressman Andre Carson from Indiana. In discussing Tea Partiers who had gathered in Washington to protest Obamacare, the following exchange took place with a reporter on March 20th:

REPORTER: Do you think the people outside are dangerous?

CARSON: Oh, absolutely. I worked in Homeland Security. I come from Intelligence, and I’ll tell you, one of the largest threats to our internal security – I mean, terrorism has an Islamic face – it really comes from racial supremacist groups. This kind of animosity, it’s the kind of thing we keep a threat assessment on record.

REPORTER: From groups like this?

CARSON: Oh absolutely.

This is the same man who, when asked to enumerate America’s greatest threats, listed racism and terrorism … in that order.

Racism, in the world of Andre Carson, is at least as serious a threat to national security as are Islamist terrorists and illegal aliens.

And he means it.

According to Carson, the threat to this nation’s security posed by Tea Partiers cannot be overemphasized. He should know. After all, he was in Intelligence … so to speak.

This is example 12,917 of why liberals (and other children) cannot be trusted with national security.

And speaking of fear mongering … Let us not forget that President Barack Obama – the unifier, the great orator and soother – rewrote Chapters 2 through 5 in the Little Fear Mongerers Companion and Workbook when he said:

You can imagine if you are an Hispanic American in Arizona, your great grandparents may have been there before Arizona was even a state, but now suddenly if you don’t have your papers, and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you’re gonna be harassed. That’s something that could potentially happen. That’s not the right way to go.

And no one – no one – in the mainstream gerbil cage has the avocados to challenge him on such an absurd and irresponsible statement.

It’s a disgusting lie, Mr. President.

A disgusting lie, Mr. Race Baiter.

…with all due respect.

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H/T to the great Say Anything blog.

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MORE VALIDATION: AMERICA AGREES WITH ARIZONA; LIBS (AND NERVOUS PUBS) REMAIN OUT OF TOUCH

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 7, 2010

No geniuses, I think you're illegal if you're here ILLEGALLY.

And so it is that as the mainstream media continues to depict opposition to the Arizona illegal immigration law as pervasive and typical of American sentiment, reality paints an entirely different picture. As the clacking tongues, chattering skulls and rat-a-tatters of the left continue to throw cameras on every banner bouncing human rights advocate calling the new law Nazi-like – and as the media inexplicably continues to approach swindling race-baiting merchants like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson for their opinions – a different story unfolds. Despite the predictable (and pathetic) attempts by Obamacrats to construct an alternate reality, the fact of the matter is: Americans – the least racist and most accommodating people on planet Earth – agree with what Arizona did.

Of course, we’ve known this for days now. Every poll that has been taken on the matter confirms that Americans side with the actions taken by the Governor and law makers of Arizona. Even after the May day marches – rife with communists, totalitarians, enviro-freaks, entitlement-happy illegals and rapidly deteriorating hippies – Americans have not shifted on the matter.

Nor will they.

According to a new Fox News poll, by a margin of better than two to one, Americans believe that Arizona was absolutely correct in dealing with the matter on its own. 61% of voters say it was the right thing to do, while only 27% say it should have been left to Washington to take care of.

Unfortunately, the sad reality is that from one administration to the next, without fail, Washington has been as effective as a breast pump trying to extract oil from a well. Tossing around meaningless terms like “pathways to citizenship” and “comprehensive reform” have done nothing to affect substantive change. Illegals continue to drain American resources and service, take jobs away from Americans, and commit crimes – including murder.

These realities, apparently, are not sufficient enough for the White House to risk offending a minority voting block.

It would be interesting, if not instructive, to question some of the 27% who still believe it is best to let Washington handle it.

Indeed, Washington should be taking charge on this matter, but they haven’t … and they won’t. Voting block appeasement has a better payoff then protecting citizens.

Dana Blanton of Fox News breaks down the new poll:

Most American voters think Arizona was right to pass its own immigration law, and think the Obama administration should wait and see how the new law works rather than try to stop it, according to a Fox News poll released Friday.

Most Republicans (77 percent) and independents (72 percent) support Arizona taking action. Democrats are divided: 43 percent think the state was right, while 41 percent think Arizona should have let the federal government take the lead.

Republican Gov. Jan Brewer said Arizona had to act because Washington has failed to stop the stream of illegal immigrants from Mexico. Demonstrators and others opposed to the new law have called on President Obama to stop it from being implemented. The president has said the law is “misguided,” and called on the Justice Department to examine it.

Significantly more voters think the Obama administration should wait and see how the new law works (64 percent) than think the administration should try to stop it (15 percent).

To varying degrees, majorities of Democrats (52 percent), Republicans (77 percent) and independents (68 percent) think the White House should see how the law works.

The poll goes on to reveal that an overwhelming vast majority of Americans – eight in ten – not only believe that the National Guard should be employed to help border patrol agents, but that fines and criminal charges should be leveled against those who hire illegal aliens.

As I’ve said over and over again ever since the law in Arizona was passed – and as I will continue to assert until my keyboard is blue in the keys – this issue is not a loser for Republicans. Only Republicans themselves will be losers if they continue to evade conservatism for some phantom all-encompassing, everyone-will-love-us-if-we-stay-in-the-squishy-middle style of politics.

Just ask President McCain.

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BARACK O-FIBBER

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 6, 2010

Yesterday, as he celebrated Cinco De Mayo, President Barack Obama, in commenting on the new Arizona illegal-immigration law, took a page from the Race Baiters Illustrated Handbook and said the following:

The answer isn’t to undermine fundamental principles that define us as a nation. We can’t start singling out people because of who they look like, or how they talk, or how they dress. We can’t turn law-abiding American citizens and law-abiding immigrants into subjects of suspicion and abuse. We can’t divide the American people that way. That’s not the answer. That’s not who we are.

How ironic it is that those words should spring from the tongue (and teleprompter) of America’s foremost divider.

My question to Barack Obama would be: Mr. President, if the “immigrants,” as you call them, are here illegally – which is what we’re talking about here –  how can they be law abiding?

The President is either completely ignorant of the law – and considering his extensive history of speaking before knowing, it wouldn’t be that much of a stretch – or he is flat out lying.

Either way, I must also ask: Precisely what defining “fundamental principles” are being undermined here? The state of Arizona acted as they did because President Barack Obama will not do what it is his Constitutional charge to do: defend the borders. Arizona, like many other states, is being inundated with illegals. Something had to be done.

And it was.

The majority of Americans think it was the right thing to do.

Contrary to Obama’s sloganeering, this nation is not defined by its indisposition to crack down on illegal aliens. This country is not characterized by its propensity to capitulate to whiny special interests who feel they are entitled to break our laws. America is not a more accommodating nation because of our failure (and unwillingness) to enforce illegal immigration statutes.

Yet, in Barack Obama’s world –  a world where the word “illegal” and “immigrant” never appear in the same speech, let alone the same sentence – America’s core principles are somehow imperiled here.

Let’s be frank for a moment. No one – least of all illegal aliens (i.e., undocumented Democrats) – can possibly take our illegal immigration policies very seriously. How sincere can this nation really be about addressing this problem when we have sanctuary cities?

What is fundamental is the right of this nation to defend its sovereignty and protect all of its citizenry, regardless of creed, color, race, ethnicity and sex. (Yes libs, that includes Americans of Hispanic ancestry, too). It is simply inconceivable to me that the Commander-In-Chief President cannot – and will not – acknowledge this reality.

Then again, this is Barack Obama.

Also, what is the President talking about when he says that “we can’t start singling out people because of who they look like, or how they talk, or how they dress”?

Does he realize how tenth-grade-debating-society he sounds? Does he understand how foolishly naïve and ridiculously uninformed he comes across as? He is as obtuse as he is liberal. (Redundant, I know).

Where exactly is this “singling out” happening? Where in this country are people being “singled out” because of what they look like? The preposterousness of the assertion cannot be overstated. The language of the Arizona law is very specific on this. It does not permit Arizona law enforcement officials to simply “single out” people based on looks or accents, despite the President’s race-baiting predications. It is profoundly irresponsible to say so.

Seeing as it is Barack Obama’s responsibility to make sure America’s borders are secure – and seeing as he has done nothing to do so – it is almost burlesque to hear him berate the state of Arizona for finally taking action. Then again, this President is the master at launching attacks against those who have the audacity – the balls, if you will – to oppose him.

How dare we.

Let’s be clear … again … no one is being picked up, stopped, questioned or incarcerated because of the melanin levels in their skin, the accent on their tongue or their style of apparel (although I’m happy to make a case for those teenage boys who can’t seem to pull up their pants).

I’m not sure how many ways it can be expressed, or how many times it must be repeated, but I’ll give it another go: This is not about Hispanics!

This is about entitled liberals wanting the federal government to promote a policy of sympathy toward a specific minority group, despite the law.

This is about the cheap and pugnacious desperation of race-baiting.

This is about an administration effectively saying “to hell with you” to its citizens while mollycoddling genuine lawbreakers.

The only people being subject to “suspicion” and “abuse,” as Bam puts it, are those to have the temerity to stand up and speak out against him (e.g., tea-partiers, talk-radio listeners, conservatives, etc.)

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ARIZONA ILLEGAL ALIEN LAW A WINNER FOR THE GOP?

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 5, 2010

There have been a good number of conservative pundits and analysts who have made no bones about the fact that, from a political standpoint, they believe the new Arizona illegal alien law could be trouble for the Republican Party. Concerns range from forever losing the Hispanic vote to diverting attention away from the daily-disaster that is the Obama administration. Good folks on the right worry that a golden opportunity to cause serious political damage to the flailing Dems could be lost if the GOP comes across as too hard-nosed, unwelcoming and uncompassionate on this issue.

Nonsense.

This is not your Dad’s immigration debate.

The state of Arizona has changed the rules of the game in a profound – and what I believe will be a most effective – way. In my humblest of opinions, as I have written on several occasions, Arizona’s new focus on enforcing already existing immigration laws will demonstrate that this the best way to deter illegals from coming into the United States today. States that follow Arizona’s lead will see not only a decrease in incoming illegals, but will cause many illegals to emigrate elsewhere or self-deport.

This, of course, does not negate the necessity of a fence along the border. I am a huge proponent of “sealing” the border in whatever way is necessary to protect the United States.

However, deterrence is the key. There can be no doubt about it. The word is out that Arizona is unfriendly to illegals … as it should be.

Not Hispanics. Illegals.

For those on the right who are voicing concerns that the Arizona immigration law could backfire on them, they might find some political comfort in knowing that the issue is actually a winner with Americans – despite mainstream media reports to the contrary.

Jonathon Martin at Politico writes:

The new hard-line Arizona immigration law that has sparked talk of boycotts and caused leading Republicans to fret about the party’s frayed relationship with Hispanic voters may indeed pose a long-term threat to the GOP’s prospects.

But in the here and now — and in many of the most competitive races that will determine control of Congress — the law appears to be a poison-tipped arrow in the Republican quiver.

New polling indicates broad public support for the measure and illustrates the peril embattled Democrats could face this November over the issue.

In the South and Midwest, where some of the most competitive congressional races will be fought, popular sentiment is overwhelmingly in favor of the controversial new law.

According to a New York Times/CBS poll released Monday, 69 percent of respondents from the South said that the law is either “about right” or does not go “far enough” and 66 percent from the Midwest said the same. Opinion is more divided in the Northeast and West, but nationwide, 60 percent of respondents said the Arizona measure is about right or doesn’t go far enough.

Expectedly, Republicans tend to favor the Arizona law while Democrats generally oppose it.

Independents side with Republicans on this one.

In short, Republicans side with the law.

Democrats side with undocumented liberals who are pouring over the border.

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QUICK RECOLLECTIONS OF SATURDAY’S “MAY DAY IN THE BIG APPLE” CELEBRATIONS

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 4, 2010

Did you know that “weed prohibition was Talibanesque?”

It’s one of those truths of life you discover when observing communists, socialists, Marxists and assorted dope-smoking revolutionaries-in-training getting together to protest something – as happened in New York City this past weekend.

The connection between the illegality of marijuana and the murderous regime who gave safe haven to the terrorist organization responsible for the 9/11 attacks, admittedly, escapes me, but I have never claimed to be able to negotiate the narrow roadways of nuance like my friends who live on the left.

Still, it was an instructive Saturday in the Big Apple.

For instance, were you aware that Apartheid is a crime in both Arizona and Palestine?

That’s right … in the nation of Palestine.

I’m quite sure that the person who came up with that catchy little chestnut is already being scouted by the Obama Administration as a top level appointee to the DCSC (Department of Catchphrases, Slogans and Crapola). He or she is probably considered the Che Guevara – or Sean Penn – of his or her little group of dissatisfied-with-everything malcontents.

Indeed, Manhattan was the scene of May Day demonstrations on Saturday – as it is every year. This year, however, there was an added dimension – a nifty little twist – in the wake of the passage of Arizona’s new illegal alien law. The typical leftist “workers unite” ishkabibble was deliciously complemented by a host of immigration hyperbole and “citizenship now” embroidery. It was a gathering made complete with signage, tie-dye t-shirts, swastikas, hammers and sickles, buttons, sandals with unwashed toes sticking out of them, Mexican flags, Soviet flags, a ton of “save” something posters, and a slew of anti-capitalism banners.

To their credit, mostly everything was spelled correctly.

It felt a little like something was missing without the “Bush Lied, People Died” signs that had become such a staple during the golden age of post-Vietnam protests – the Bush years – when dissent was still awesome and patriotic, but it was still a day to barely remember. (I’m a sentimentalist, I suppose).

For those who could not attend – and for those who did not see any of the photos from the event – I am here to give you the happy recap, as the late great Bob Murphy used to say.

Had you been there, you’d have seen white kids in Rastafarian gear; young people looking like they just walked off the set of “Woodstock – The Mini Series”; unkempt Che Guevara love children; folks wrapped up in Mexican flags; aging hippies looking to validate the years they wasted being wasted; fist-pumping, peace symbol-wearing John Lennon spawns; American flags with Barack Obama’s likeness superimposed on them; barefooted tree huggers and assorted enviro-fascists in recycled paper shirts; and various people of color carrying signs that read, “I Might Be Illegal, but I’m Not A Criminal.”

In one particularly boisterous corner of the gathering was a huge “No Human Being Is Illegal” poster (several of them, in fact) flanked by a “Full Citizenship For All Immigrants” banner.

Such coherence. Such deep thinkers.

The entire scene was somewhat reminiscent of Christmas – save for the religion, good tidings, cordiality, selflessness and cheer. In terms of color, however, it was quite festive. Saturday, in fact, was all about the red and green.

Soviet flags and Nazi symbolism comprised much of the “red,” while “Save The Planet From (fill in the blank)” signs – along with Green Party USA posters – peppered the crowd with “green.” It was a civil union of retro-commies and modern day enviro-fascists.

It was one big giant watermelon of peace and awareness.

The only thing missing were the five-story banners of Lenin, Mark and Stalin hanging from the buildings. There were, however, a host of Barack Obama pictures flapping around to compensate for it, so all was not lost.

There were the predictable “Tax The Rich” proclamations, signs about uniting the workers of the world, and even one poster that read, “Defend China, Vietnam, North Korea and Cuba against imperialism and capitalist counter revolution.”

Leftists are cute when they try to be relevant.

The irony, of course, is that none of these folks would ever be able to carry such signs in countries like China and North Korea without the fear of being rounded up and hauled away.

And if you had never been afforded the opportunity to see a Star of David with a Soviet-style hammer and sickle in the middle of it, you really needed to be in Manhattan on Saturday. It would have been a real treat.

All in all, the whole thing was nauseatingly adorable, in a “Look, Great-Grandpa Al is using the toilet all by himself!” kind of way – and it didn’t change one person’s mind who supports the Arizona illegal immigration law.

(That’s about 70% of all Americans, incidentally).

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TEXAS GOVERNOR SAYS ARIZONA’S ILLEGAL ALIENS LAW ISN’T FOR HIS STATE

Posted by Andrew Roman on April 30, 2010

Et tu, Governor Perry?

The new Arizona illegal alien law that has twisted so many panties across the map will not be a good fit for the Lone Star State, says Texas Governor, Rick Perry. “I have concerns with portions of the law passed in Arizona and believe it would not be the right direction for Texas,” he said in a written statement.

Sometimes cold hard reality is a great clarifyer.

I have always been an admirer of Perry’s, but his “path to citizenship” posture – like George W. Bush’s – is wrong-minded and painfully aggravating. Most importantly, it won’t solve the problem.

Said the Governor:

“Texas has a rich history with Mexico, our largest trading partner, and we share more than 1,200 miles of border, more than any other state,” Perry said Thursday. “As the debate on immigration reform intensifies, the focus must remain on border security and the federal government’s failure to adequately protect our borders.

“Securing our border is a federal responsibility, but it is a Texas problem, and it must be addressed before comprehensive immigration reform is discussed.”

With all due respect to Mr. Perry – as I continue to rattle my head in bewilderment at the plethora of non sequiturs being proferred by opponents of the Arizona law – what on God’s green earth does America’s “rich history” with Mexico have to do with anything? What does our trading status with Mexico have to do with enforcing illegal immigration laws? What does any of that have to do with keeping illegals out of our country and deterring new ones from coming in?

I honestly don’t understand it.

Perry says the focus must remain on border security and the Fed’s inability to get the job done.

Okay, fine.

But how long is long enough? Washington has kicked the illegal-immigration can down the dusty road of voter-block appeasement time and time again. It was inevitable that the breaking point would be reached. Arizona lawmakers, along with Governor Jan Brewer, finally decided that if anything was actually going to get done, it had to happen at the state level.

And the vast majority of Arizonians – and, indeed, Americans – think it was the right thing to do.

God bless Arizona.

In the meantime, other states need to take notice.

Real deterrence to illegal immigration will only be accomplished by the type of law put into effect in Arizona in conjunction with enhanced border security.

Indeed, everyone agrees that securing the borders in an absolute must. But for many, the way to approach the illegal immigration problem is to secure the border first, then worry about the illegals that are alreday here at a later time.

It sounds nice on paper, but it isn’t much of a deterrent.

Deterrence is the key.

More potential illegal aliens will be dissauded if they believe that American law enforcement agencies are now making it their business to crack down inside the country. For illegals, it will be an obstacle they have not had to contend with in the past.

Historically, the main encumbrance for these law breakers was simply getting into the country. Once they found a way past whatever barriers there were – often times nothing more than a chain link fence – they were essentially home free. There existed no real effort to go after them. Whatever obstacles they had to face at the border was worth the trouble. Besides, how can a country’s immigration policy really be taken seriously when there exist “sanctuary cities?”

The fact is, no matter how much security is at the border – and believe me, more is obviously better –  it won’t stop people from finding ways to slither through.

It could ultimately prove far more successful to approach this from the inside out. Given that the Feds will spend their time polishing off slogans for bumper stickers instead of defending the border, individual states could – and should – begin passing their own illegal-immigration laws, à la Arizona,  that send the message that illegals are not welcome.

As for the illegal aliens that are already here, many will wind up deporting themselves … or going to a friendlier, more-accomodating state.

Watch the population of illegals go up dramatically in those states that do not pass an Arizona-style immigration law – including the great state of Texas.

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CAN MICHAEL STEELE SAY THE WORDS “ILLEGAL ALIEN?”

Posted by Andrew Roman on April 30, 2010

Okay, enough is enough.

I’ve long since exhausted my reserve of tolerance for the Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele. I’ve already gone into tolerance debt regarding the man and his weak-minded, poorly-articulated, do-nothing leadership of a party that should be running for an easy touchdown with a ball long ago fumbled by flailing Obamacrats.

I am no longer willing to dig into my “benefit of the doubt” bag.

I am tired of Michael Steele’s act.

It’s bad enough that in the past he has succumbed to breaking out the race card on behalf of his party. It’s embarrassing that he feels white Republicans are afraid of him. It’s sad that he could not stand up to D. L. Hughley’s assertion that the Republican National Convention was reminiscent of Nazi Germany.

(Is there anything liberals disagree with that does not resemble Nazi Germany?)

Apparently, Michael Steele cannot – or will not – make the very real distinction between immigrants and illegal aliens. It’s the same thinking that keeps the Left from being able to differentiate between health care and health insurance.

On CNN’s Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, the exchange, in part, went like this:

BLITZER: As you know, the former Florida governor, Jeb Bush – Marco Rubio is running for the US Senate from Florida, another Republican – they’re among an increasing chorus of Republicans thinking, “Well, maybe the Arizona law is a mistake.” What does Michael Steele, the former lieutenant governor of Maryland say about that?

STEELE: (laughs) Well, Michael Steele, the Chairman of the Republican National Committee, understands that the realities right now for the country, as reflected in Arizona and elsewhere, is that we, as a people, have to come to grips with this issue of immigration. We can no longer use it as a political football. We must keep in mind the families that are impacted by the lack of decision in this area. And the leadership has to confront what has always been the growing chorus of concern for the American people: this deal with border security and control. Let’s put that house in order and rest takes care of itself.

Someone really ought to inform the RNC Chair that this is not – repeat not – about immigration. 

Overwhelmingly, Americans welcome immigration. We are pro-immigration. The nation was built on immigration. We recognize that America is strongest when the best and brightest from all over the world come here to pursue the American dream … legally.

This is about illegal aliens.

The key word here is “illegal.”

It’s simple stuff, really.

BLITZER: But you know there are some Republican strategists – Karl Rove, among others – who are worried. This is going to alienate Hispanic voters. The Republican Party needs these people.

STEELE: I think Karl Rove is exactly right about that. And we need, as a party, to be mindful that our prior actions in this area – and certainly our rhetoric in this area – has not been the most welcoming and the most supportive of those who want to assimilate to the way of life of America …

First of all, why are Hispanics going to be automatically alienated? Are all Hispanics inherently in favor of “illegal immigration?” Are they so shallow of a group, with no sense of right and wrong – so incapable of thinking independently – that they will reflexively vote Democrat because a Republican governor is finally deciding to uphold and enforce already existing laws in Arizona? If Mexico were populated with fair-skinned Swedes, would they react differently?

Second, what “rhetoric” by Republicans is Michael Steel talking about? What “prior actions” is he referring to? At last look, Democrats – including the President himself – are the ones constantly infusing race, gender, class and ethnicity into every situation, not Republicans.

Let me be clear. The passage of the law in Arizona has nothing – absolutely nothing – to do with anything other than the legality of someone’s presence in the country, period.

To be “welcoming” does not mean one turns a blind eye to the law. To be “supportive” does not mean we appease those who should not be here at the expense of those who are.

The question is … why are Hispanics so overwhelmingly “in the bag” for Democrats and gutless Republicans on this particular issue? Isn’t that the real question here? Isn’t that more important than asking why there are so many whites at the Tea Parties?

Think about it.

If the Tea Party movement really was race-based, as libs contend, how can there are so many whites on the Left making no sense? If the country south of America was filled with blond-haired, blue-eyed Norwegians, and they were crossing into the country illegally, would white America look away? Are white drug overlords more tolerable than Hispanic ones? Would the murder of an Arizona rancher by a white man been more acceptable had the illegal alien been Caucasian?

Fair questions, no?

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GOVERNOR BREWER’S NUMBERS JUMP

Posted by Andrew Roman on April 29, 2010

If you are politician facing an upcoming election, and you’re trying to figure out how best to boost your poll numbers, one option might be (as outrageous as it might sound) to pay attention to what the people who make up your constituency are saying.

Shocking, I know … but a concept worth visiting on occasion.

The citizens of the great state of Arizona have been demanding for a long time that something be done about the influx of illegal aliens and drugs across the state’s southern border with Mexico. They’ve had to withstand more than their fair share of lip service from sham-hawking public officials and pecksniffering crap-merchants who pledge to do something about it, but never do.

In the end – as always – the people wind up getting the shaft and are left listening to endless debates about “comprehensive” this and “path to citizenship” that. They’ve seen crimes committed in their communities at the hands of these illegals – including murder – with little or no response (outside of tedious platitudes) from government.

Governor Jan Brewer decided to finally do something about it.

And just like that, her approval rating has shot up.

Imagine that.

From Rasmussen:

Last week, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed an immigration law that launched a national debate. It has also at least temporarily helped her own chances of remaining Arizona’s governor.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state shows that 56% now approve of the way Brewer is performing her role as governor. Two weeks ago, just 40% offered their approval.

The bounce in the polls is also evident in new numbers on the November election. If Brewer is the Republican nominee, she would get 48% of the vote while her likely Democratic opponent, State Attorney General Terry Goddard, would attract 40%. Two weeks ago, it was Brewer 44% and Goddard 40%. Goddard is an outspoken opponent of the new law.

As with all poll bounces, it remains to be seen whether this is a temporary spike in support for the governor or if it signifies a lasting change in the race.

With 70% of Arizonians supporting the new illegal immigration bill – including a little more than half of Democrats in that state – Brewer’s bolstered numbers won’t be diminishing any time soon.

The people are, indeed, pushing back.

The attempt by Democrats to deflect attention from themselves and their Marxist-like goals of bringing every facet of American life under the awning of the federal government is not going to have the desired effect. Trying to shift focus from the unsustainable expansions of government they are implementing, and their continued efforts to replace our liberty with their warm, nestling bosom is going to backfire.

Hypothetically, it would be a setback for conservatism (and this country) if the national focus was, indeed, diverted from the never-ending cavalcade of Democrat disasters – and the ever-growing momentum to defeat them in November – to the repulsive straw men created by them and their throngs of desperate race-baiting demons fuelling the immigration debate.

But I don’t see that happening.

Democrats, liberals, leftists and all of the other children who believe it is a political winner to show more concern for people who are here illegally than the citizens of their own country had better think again. Those who go rummaging through the fecal matter of their minds to compare the passage of the Arizona law to acts of terrorism – like Jesse Jackson did – or the obligatory parallels to Nazi Germany – already proferred by countless pundits, bloggers and moonbats – had best rethink their strategies.

They sound like ill-educated, emotionally-driven, uninformed asses.

Cheapening words will not win the day. Not this time.

I welcome the race-baiters, ethnicity-obsessed-victicrats, and bigots of all stripes across the land to stage whatever rallies and protests they want in however many cities they desire. It won’t change a damn thing and will accomplish nothing – unlike the Tea Party movement, which has Democrats shaking in their thongs.

It’s a foregone conclusion that they will get far more coverage in the mainstream media than the Tea Parties, so what’s the difference?

Let them have at it.

The questions to be asked are: How many swastikas will we see at these rallies? How many of these people will be depicted as “angry?” Will dissent suddenly be cool again?

Incidentally, since when is asking people who are reasonably suspected of being here illegally for their documentation akin to behaving like Nazis? Aren’t legal immigrants required to have paperwork, subject to inspection?

Is having my backpack randomly searched by New York City cops before going on the subway also reminiscent of Nazi Germany?

Is spending four hours taking off my shoes and belt at the airport screening station just like being herded onto the train bound for Treblinka?

Is being frisked at the gates of Citi Field before seeing a Mets game the American equivalent to being rounded up by Hitler’s henchmen?

I love when libs use the word “Nazi.”

How is it that race-based quotas for schools, the takeover of the American health care delivery system (as well as banks and car companies), the push to regulate salt, the seizure of the federal school loan program, the public ostracizing of dissenters, the request that people opposed to Obama be reported to the government, the utter and complete disregard of the will of the people, and the confiscation of even more private property through increased taxation is not seen as Nazi-like, but doing something about controlling illegal immigration – not legal immigration, mind you, but illegal immigration – somehow invokes images of Hitler’s Father Land?

The Arizona law is simply about actually – finally – enforcing laws that already exist.

How dare they.

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RACE-BAITING AL READY TO GO TO ARIZONA TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT

Posted by Andrew Roman on April 26, 2010

Jan Brewer, Arizona Governor

I promise you, as God is my witness, that if I had the ability to do so, I would extract liberals from deep within the cerebral prisons they currently dwell and facilitate a kind of out of body experience for them. I truly believe that if afforded the opportunity to see and hear themselves as the rest of us do, they could – I say, could – actually come to realize how absurd they sound on relevant matters.

Arizona is the busiest portal into this country for narcotics and illegals. Residents there have had it up to their nipples watching their state become overrun with unwanted intruders and drug-peddling vermin.

Yet, none of this seems to concern liberals very much – at least not enough to actually do something other than fashion some clever commentary chuck full of buzz words and phrases like “fairness” and “civil rights” and “comprehensive.”

Well, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer actually did something about it.

When she signed what has become this country’s latest raging controversy into law on Friday – namely an actual immigration enforcement bill – you’d have thought she issued an edict calling for the murder of the state’s first born … or appointed Meghan McCain as Lieutenant Governor.

Brewer essentially removed the shackles from her state’s law enforcement officials so that immigration laws that are already on the books can actually be enforced.

It’s a novel concept.

It’s an inevitable – and commendable – reaction to a situation that has been festering for a long time.

Like any law in any state, there will be time for adjustments and modifications. Parameters will have to be solidified, and any abuses that may arise – as there would be with any piece of legislation – will be tended to. There is no perfect law.

But make no mistake, this law needed to be passed – to protect all American citizens, regardless of their race, creed, ethnicity or color. (Yes, libs, that includes Americans of Hispanic ancestry … like me).

This is about stopping illegals. Nothing more.

True to form, the first thing out of President Obama’s waffle hole was that the law is “misguided.” Cries from across the land that the new law would open the door to civil rights abuses could be heard from coast to coast, echoed by whiny leftists, out-of-work infomercial watching liberals, government-teat feeders and John Lennon “Imagine-there’s-no-countries” leftists.

The words “racial profiling” once again have hit the front burners of America’s consciousness.

Said our heralded Commander-In-Chief:

Our failure to act responsibly at the federal level will only open the door to irresponsibility by others. That includes, for example, the recent efforts in Arizona which threaten to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and our communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe.

So, am I to understand, in attempting to decipher The One’s words, that the “basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans” translates into allowing illegal aliens – non-Americans – to break our laws? That it “undermines fairness” to enforce those laws meant to protect law-abiding, tax-paying citizens? How about Arizona rancher, Robert Krentz, recently shot to death on his own property by an illegal? What about his basic notion of fairness?

What on earth is Barack Obama talking about?

This is what I mean by sounding “absurd.” This is the brilliantly teleprompted, Harvard Constitutional scholar in action? This is the best he’s got?

If I may, allow me to briefly help Barack Obama understand what Americans really cherish.

Americans cherish a leader who will abide by the Constitutional charges of the office: to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Americans cherish a government actually doing what it is supposed to do. Americans cherish liberty.

Simple.

In that sense, Obama is right. Protecting America is the federal government’s job. The Constitution says so. But trusting Barack Obama with national security is like leaving the key to the meat locker to Michael Moore.

Governor Brewer of Arizona decided that if the feds weren’t going to do something about rampant illegal immigration, she had to.

It’s called leadership.

Seventy percent of Arizona’s citizens – including fifty-one percent of Arizona Democrats – support this law.

That’s right, support this law.

Yet, Bammy the Heavy Handed-One – the man who never met any kind of liberty he didn’t dislike – has “instructed” the administration to “examine the civil rights and other implications of the legislation.”

So, then what?

Does that mean those elected officials in Arizona who are trying to protect their citizens – precisely because the federal government won’t – could feel the hot breath of Eric Holder’s Justice Department on their necks while illegals gun down innocent Americans? Will liberty-loving patriots in Arizona be subject to the totalitarian boot of Washington Obamacrats because enforcing existing immigration laws may, indeed, “offend” certain segments of the population?

See what fifteen months can do?

But the best part of all this is the fact that the Overlord of All Race Baiters himself – the slick-haired, riot-inciting, arbiter of all that is decent and fair – Al Sharpton is set to travel to Arizona to protest.

Who didn’t see that coming?

From the Washington Post:

The Rev. Al Sharpton says he’s ready to travel to Arizona and march in the streets to protest the state’s new immigration law.

Sharpton joined Lillian Rodriguez Lopez from the Hispanic Federation in New York City on Sunday to speak out against the law. They say activists are prepared to commit civil disobedience to fight it.

Feel free to take a “yippee!” out of petty cash.

As one caller to the Laura Ingraham show pointed out this morning, the biggest difference between illegal aliens and Al Sharpton is that illegals do all they can to remain unseen. Al Sharpton, on the other hand, does all he can to make sure the world is looking right at him.

Let’s be clear here: This is not about the police pulling over people who look Latino, demanding to see proof of citizenship. That is not what this is about, and the Governor of Arizona has explicitly said so. This is about law enforcement officials being able to enforce immigration laws when there is reasonable suspicion that people are here illegally. Despite what up-in-arms activists and loud-mouth reactionaries say, simply pulling someone over for “looking Latino” won’t cut it. Something like that would get thrown out of court in about four nanoseconds.   

But, for argument’s sake, let’s say that there was some degree of racial profiling being employed in enforcing the new law (even though “Hispanic” is an ethnicity, not a race). Why is singling out and offering special preferences to certain races and ethnicities perfectly acceptable when it comes to things such as college admissions, but not for protecting citizens of all colors and creeds?

If using a person’s race is not an acceptable criterion on one hand, why does the other hand get a pass?

Incidentally, look for this legislation to be duplicated in other states.

Thank God.

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HOW NOW BROWN IMMIGRANT?

Posted by Andrew Roman on January 22, 2010

I can sum this up in short order. 

It’s simple.

Not that anything I say will make any difference to my leftist brethren, mind you. (I don’t expect it to).  I’m a conservative, so any policy position I support will confirm in the suspicious minds of the tolerant class that I am motivated by sinister motives.

Because true compassion is not possible from a conservative – only conniving manipulations devised to feed fat cat wallets at the expense of the everyday American – I am to be considered any one (if not all) of the following: homophone, xenophobe, sexist, racist, intolerant and bigoted. (Thank you Dennis Prager for the list).

What else could explain it?

Only embittered, child-eating, puppy punching, gun-wielding, Neanderthal beasts who enjoy putting butterflies in the microwave to watch them explode, or feed Alka Seltzer tablets to baby ducks, can really support conservative positions. It’s simply not possible to support such things as traditional marriage, gun ownership and less-intrusive government without being an intolerant, knuckle-dragging troglodyte.

Well, to the best of my ability, I’ll make this catastrophically simple so even a caveman can understand it … or a liberal.

I am tremendously confident that I speak for the overwhelming vast majority of conservatives when I say that those of us who are proponents of a strong immigration policy (i.e., a strong anti-illegal alien policy) couldn’t care less about the skin tones, ethnicities or ancestral origins of the infiltrators.

Not a damn thing.

Do you hear?

Nothing.

Naturally, I can hear the screeching Leftocrat class call me a liar, pointing their fingers, proclaiming that folks like me would rather see illegal alien babies rotting in the gutters of our American cities than fork out any more tax dollars to feed them, clothe them and give them, at the very least, some old newspapers to wrap up in to stay warm.

Lib perceptions of how Conservatives think can be summed up in what Howard Dean famously said in 2005: “Our moral values, in contradiction to the Republicans’, is we don’t think kids ought to go to bed hungry at night.”

Busted.

Dean must’ve had someone well-disguised sneak into one of our meetings, because I’m not sure how he found out. It’s only a matter of time before the Dems find out about our “My Little Swastika” line of stuffed animals and snack cakes.

I’ve said this before, and I will say it until I am Massachusetts-blue in the face: There is nothing less relevant to me than one’s race or ethnicity.

But that’s not what some of the big boys on the Left believe.

Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, the genius behind the Daily Kos, truly believes, for instance, that because we on the right are for securing our borders and cracking down on illegals, we obviously “hate brown people.”

From CNSNews.com:

Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, a Democratic strategist and founder of the left-wing blog “The Daily Kos,” told reporters Thursday that “comprehensive immigration reform” legislation sponsored by Rep. Luiz Gutierrez (D-Ill.) — which would provide a “pathway to citizenship” for illegal aliens — has a good shot at passage this year.

But Moulitsas said that “teabaggers” and Republicans who “hate brown people” would try to push back against it.

“I think the votes want to be there in the Senate — I think the House is fairly solid — I think the votes want to be there,” he said of an immigration bill’s chances, “but you have this growing ‘teabagger’ movement that is going to be pushing very hard from the other side.”

There’s that word again … “teabagger.”

Not that the word is meant in the pejorative sense or anything.

He and Roger Ebert ought to play mahjong.

The fact is, the people who come into America illegally from the country south of the Rio Grande could be pasty, white-skinned, blonde-haired, hazel-eyed English-speakers who look like they just came from summer camp in the North of Ireland, and conservatives like me would still feel the same exact way about them – that they have no business being here, and they need to go about the process of entering (and eventually staying) in the country legally. It has absolutely nothing to do with “hating brown people.”

It’s about national security, economic stability, controlling crime, and making America a better place for her citizens and those who wish to come here the right way.

My Lord, can liberals ever get off the race and ethnicity thing?

Ever?

Incidentally, there already exists a “pathway to citizenship” … the same one my ancestors followed: the law.

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