Though I had a dialogue with the founder of Voice of the People USA which made me feel the group was going to take a more, or at least minimally, compassionate route in their efforts toward immigration reform I am starting to feel I was wrong. The day after Christmas they held a rally in Freeland, PA to announce their coming efforts for 2008. Much of this wording is meant to demonize undocumented migrants and as with every nativist group they seek to make them subhuman. So much for that holiday spirit.
Here is part of the post from the Voice of the People USA website:
We also intend on announcing some events for 2008 that will be the biggest events that our country has seen to date against illegal immigration and the politicians that support amnesty for illegal alien criminals. When we drop our bombshells, well rest assure it will shake the very foundation of our movement and our country as well! I promise all of you that we are going to take the initiative and be twice as vicious as we were in 2007!
Here they use the term “illegal alien criminals” which is directed at all undocumented workers just after telling us they will be involved in “the biggest events” this country has seen. To me this is very scary and disturbing. As I stated above I really felt that Voice of the People USA was going to maneuver more towards fighting crime in their communities – all crime. Unfortunately, though it seems they are going to side with ALIPAC and seek to make a fireworks display for the natavist movement.
If you do a little research on ALIPAC you will see they are not a very good group. Though many of their members may have genuine concern for our country and may have joined out of fear here are some posts from ALIPAC message boards that are disturbing. (ALIPAC message boards.)
Here is some information about William Gheen from ADL’s website.
Here Daniel, of Voice of the People USA, tells us of his plans to join William Gheen in Iowa:
Also on the very same day, I am extremely happy to announce that I (Daniel Smeriglio) will be joining our good friend William Gheen of ALIPAC and Mr. Peter Gadiel of 9/11 Families for a secure America on the crusade against the illegal alien loving presidential candidate Mike Huckabee! If you are not aware Mr Huckabee is currently leading the polls in Iowa with an eight point margin and that is 100% unacceptable! So Mr Gheen is leading a group of anti illegal immigration leaders to the great state of Iowa so to spread the word to all of the great residents of the state as well as all the media outlets from Iowa about Mr Huckabees lies and deceit that he is now trying to use in order to win in the state!
Some of the gems from this paragraph are “on the crusade against the illegal alien loving presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.” Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like Huckabee either. He’s thinks that hell on Earth for animals isn’t enough and that we’ll be hunting animals in Heaven too. I actually think he was hunting just yesterday and I don’t need to get into how I feel about that.
I really think that Voice of the People USA is taking a turn for the worse here. I actually had hope that they would become more of a community based groups seeking to help their neighbors, of all walks of life, to secure a more peaceful fellowship by joining forces to remove criminals from their community. Unfortunately though they’ve taken out their “deport now” flags again and will be spending mass effort on convincing voters in Iowa that immigration is the biggest problem with this country.
So shortly after our press conference I will be taking off for Iowa representing Voice of the people USA and the great citizens of Hazleton PA as well! It is an honor and a privilege to be included in this action and god willing we can stop another politician who supports illegal’s to slip through the cracks and get into the white house.
I really don’t think that he’ll be representing all Hazleton citizens. Especially if his assertion that illegal immigrants are taking over his little town. I have to also think that there are compassionate people in Hazleton as well. Not everyone their is a member of Voice of the People USA.
It’s simply sad and sick to see this type of announcement one day after Christmas. That is what’s wrong with this country. Regardless of what religion you prescribe to many have lost their compassion for their fellow man. How else could someone write such hateful things about other human beings one day after Christmas trying to stir up hatred and anger in us all?