Not to pick on Gheen, but I have to post on this article written about ALIPAC today.
Since I know Gheen likes U2 I think he should listen to the song “One” and take in its message. If he’d stop the insanity against migrants and help the rest of us find a compassionate solution to immigration he’d certainly be welcome. The U.S. needs to do a better job helping those nations withing our hemisphere. It’s ridiculous and quite idiotic really to not understand why people are coming here and why the law means nothing when you’re hungry. On the subway this evening a woman begged and pleaded for help even though it’s against the law to panhandle on the trains. I suppose this makes this woman a derelict criminal right? What it shows me is that a law will not cure the social ill that creates a society where people must beg for money. Every one of us starts out as a baby begging to be cared for and taught. Sadly people like Gheen would rather preach about the law than to actually reach out a hand and provide the very thing that will keep the law from needing to be broken for survival – compassion. While “we’re not the same” as Bono tells us, we are “one.”
Mooneyham: Saber-rattling on immigration – Rocky Mount TelegramBy Scott MooneyhamCapitol Press AssociationWednesday, July 30, 2008A group called Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee is checking its list and checking it twice.If you haven’t heard of the group, you’re not alone. Earlier this summer, it held a rally outside the Legislative Building. About two dozen people showed up. The speechifying seemed to draw more gawking reporters than people cheering.
Gheen isn’t the only anti-migrant that will attempt to stereotype those they oppose by using one example to exemplify the whole.
At one time, Gheen worked as a legislative assistant for former N.C. Sen. Hugh Webster of Alamance County. But he’s been at this illegal immigration stuff for a while. During a campaign rally outside state Republican Party headquarters in 2002, Gheen passed out fliers blaming Gov. Mike Easley and the state’s driver’s license policies for a gang rape in a southern Piedmont county.
I don’t know if Gheen actually said he’s come down on candidates that print information in Spanish or if they print in any language other than English, but this article claimes:
Among other things, it will penalize candidates whose campaigns advertise in Spanish. No doubt, all those state legislators who voted a few years ago to print election ballots in Spanish will get a zero.
While I’m not into figuring out where ALIPAC’s money goes this article claims:
Instead of giving to candidates, Gheen has mainly used PAC donations to pay for the group’s Website, mount public relations campaigns, conduct more fundraising and travel to Iowa and Washington.It might be a good formula for self-promotion. It’s not one that will do much to influence elections this fall.
What the heck. Here’s U2 performing “One” – the Berlin version since we’re soon to complete our own Berlin Wall under Gheen’s advice.
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