Greg Palast: Behind the Arizona Immigration Law: GOP Game to Swipe the November Election

Behind the Arizona Immigration Law: GOP Game to Swipe the November Election

Our investigation in Arizona discovered the real intent of the show-me-your-papers law.

by Greg Palast for

[Phoenix, AZ.] Don’t be fooled. The way the media plays the story, it was a wave of racist, anti-immigrant hysteria that moved Arizona Republicans to pass a sick little law, signed last week, requiring every person in the state to carry papers proving they are US citizens.

I don’t buy it. Anti-Hispanic hysteria has always been as much a part of Arizona as the Saguaro cactus and excessive air-conditioning.

What’s new here is not the politicians’ fear of a xenophobic “Teabag” uprising. (click link above to read full article)


Immigration Rallies on Saturday April 10

Immigration reform still moves on as rallies are staged around the country. Last Saturday a large rally was held in Seattle (Rally calls for immigration reform)

“Let’s put 100,000 people in the streets and demand that President Obama and Congress make their commitment to make immigration reform happen this year!” shouted one speaker to raucous cheers.

Immigration reform supporters say they want the government to create a pathway to citizenship, in which undocumented immigrants would first get legal status, and then go through the immigration process.

The ability to move across borders is nothing new to this world. It’s makes little sense to restrict movement from place to place. If goods and services are allowed to freely move about the world then why can’t people?

We take great advantage of workers in other countries providing us cheap goods, but we get protests when they want to come and live here. I can’t say that I’ve ever seen a protest outside a Wal-Mart with anyone protesting the cheap price of t-shirts or dish towels. It’s quite sad we live in such a bigoted country when, by its own ideals, the United States should be the best most welcoming country.

From the article we hear the oft sided argument:

“That’s ridiculous,” he said. “Everybody who broke into this country illegally knows they broke into this country illegally, and they’ve been siphoning off our system.”

Schnitt says he does support immigration – to an extent.

“I’m all for immigration. We’re a country of immigrants that came to this country legally,” he says.

So we came to this country legally? Because no European law had been established prior to our coming here I guess that makes everything ok. Why do so many live in a myopic cloud without even a smidgen of humility? Truly if we were to treat people better and actually care the world would be much better.

In another New York based account of Saturday’s rallies representative Luis Gutiérrez states the time has come for reform – we’ve been waiting too long already. Immigration reform can’t wait till next year.

With the Tea Party brewing its venom this will be a tough battle, but we’ll have to keep pressing on.

Check out the many rally stories around the country.

LaRouche Advocating Assasination of Obama?

If you’re not familiar with LaRouche you may at least know of the posters showing Obama with a Hitler mustache. Those poster are generated by his group, LaRouch PAC, and show his complete disdain for the man. Though LaRouche usually hates anyone in office (believing he should be) his disgust for Obama goes levels above his feelings of other past presidents.

In a recent post LaRouche essentially states that Obama should leave office or he will be assasinated. In an altruistic tone LaRouche states this in an effort to “help” Obama. It seems to me that LaRouche is asking for Obama to either leave office lest he be assassinated. Currently LaRouche is forging a campaign to impeach Obama, but I guess he’ll take Obama’s loss of presidency in any form.

We’re in an environment like that before JFK’s assassination, and President Obama should cut his bravado out now. His ego is his biggest vulnerability, and if he wants to survive, he should restrict his activity, and keep himself safe. LaRouche Reiterates Danger of Assassination Attempt on Obama

Not my usual type of post, but it needs to be addressed. LaRouche is a hard nut to crack and though he seems to have a few good ideas the majority are a wackadoodle mass of anger and intolerance – from asking for “ghetto” [sic] youth to be sent to working camps to using the likeness of our world’s most heinous killer to show his hated of Obama.

It’s a Sensitive Trigger: Palin says “Reload”

Palin with GunIt’s no wonder Palin’s gun imagery is moving her supporters to action. There nothing like conjuring up the idea of blowing someone to smithereens to get the base going. Sadly, a good portion of this country attributes guns to freedom and ability to take it back when you feel it’s been slowly chipped away. Nothing shows the results of growing disenfranchisement and anger than the movie Falling Down were Michael Douglas essentially loses his mind because of a traffic jam and the fact that he can’t order breakfast after 11:30am. This movie is a classic case of taking out one’s anger of the oft elusive “they” out on the most immediately know representatives – low level workers and average people. So in Falling Down Douglas lashes out at the fast food workers rather than take it out against the corporation. Prior to his meltdown he continued to support a business he so adamantly disagreed with. The gun gives him the power to demand attention. Hopefully, the patrons represent the majority while Foster (Douglas’s character) represents a fringe. Unfortunately, though the gun gives one crazy person the ability to demand attention.

Guns are violence just as glue is a binding agent. When we buy glue we intend to adhere to items together or possibly to at least prepare ourselves just in case we need to in the future. When you buy a gun you either intend to kill (the seven day rule proves this happens) or you are preparing yourself to be able to kill at some point.

Guns essentially make gods of men. There is no greater power than that which gives us the ability to take another human being’s life. To use images of targets and claim supporters should “reload” is highly irresponsible. There are a growing number of people willing to kill others in a fit of confused rage against “they.” Immigrants are being targeted, liberals are being targeted, and we’re not to far from a McCarthy style red scare. The terms communist and socialism are being thrown around with little effort to understand them.

Today’s crisis, create by businesses out of control, has given those in power (businessmen) the perfect platform to pay people like Palin and Glenn Beck to point towards the government as being evil. But isn’t government controlled by powerful businessmen? Isn’t strange that Palin, once offered some money, stepped down as Governor and is now taking every avenue to gobble up as much cash as possible? I thought she cared about the common women and men. No, it seems she just wants money like every other greed addict and inciting violence through violent imagery is a way to keep her name valuable.

Film Shows Kennedy Battle for Immigration Reform

Many fighting for immigration reform most likely know of John F Kennedy’s book A Nation of Immigrants. Now HBO is airing a documentary on Robert Kennedy’s continued struggle for immigration reform.

The film, “The Senators’ Bargain,” follows the late Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts and other key players in the failed effort to pass landmark immigration reform in 2007. It takes on the complicated task of showing how compromises are made to a bill even before it is debated by lawmakers. (link)

From the New York Times:

“The Senators’ Bargain,” a documentary on HBO2 on Wednesday that chronicles how liberals lost the 2007 battle to fix the immigration system, is a study in “No, we can’t.”

Immigration rally scheduled in Washington March 21, 2010

Obama claimed immigration reform would be a part of his first year plans; yet, nothing has been done other than hiring Napolitano as head of Homeland Security. Today a large march is scheduled to show Washington that a strong effort needs to be made to show the United States cares about human rights.

Immigration rally scheduled in Washington – CNN

Washington (CNN) — Thousands of people are expected to pour into Washington for a Sunday rally demanding immigration reform, launching the first public battle over the issue since the announcement of a new bipartisan plan endorsed by President Obama.

Local Activists Prepare For D.C. Immigration Reform Rally at NY1