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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

BREWER CAUGHT IN LIE OVER HER "PERSECUTION" OVER SB1070

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If you're going to fudge the truth, you would think she would pick something tough to refute. From the Arizona Republic:

Gov. Jan Brewer said in a recent interview that her father died
fighting Nazi Germany. In fact, the death of Wilford Drinkwine came 10
years after World War II had ended. During the war, Drinkwine worked as
a civilian supervisor for a naval munitions depot in Hawthorne, Nev. He
died of lung disease in 1955 in California.

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  1. Jack's Avatar
    "you would think she would pick something tough to refute"

    Take off your anti-1070 glasses a moment and think about your own point--the ease to refute that her father was personally not "in Germany" indicates that she did not mean that possible meaning of the statement but was referring to the regime being in Germany. Anyone who attacks Brewer over something this weak just looks desperate to discredit her due to immigration policy bias.
  2. Grace's Avatar
    "Anyone who attacks Brewer over something this weak just looks desperate to discredit her due to immigration policy bias."

    I disagree - Brewer's getting a pass from the conservative media on this statement because she's a Republican. Had Napolitano said the same thing, Fox News would be baying for her blood over this kind of exaggeration.

    In the context Brewer said it, she clearly was implying that her father died in combat during WWII - that's patently untrue. Her father's war service may have ultimately led to his death, but he didn't die fighting the Nazis. Brewer was trying to use her father's death fighting the Nazis, to criticize those who called her a "Nazi" over SB 1070.

    And no, I don't think she's a Nazi - I think she's a desperate politician who has latched onto a popular issue in hopes of being reelected. Also a rather stupid one, based on statements like this and her support of a law that will likely be thrown out by the courts. She's costing the state of Arizona millions for this act of political pandering.
  3. Jack's Avatar
    "Had Napolitano said the same thing, Fox News would be baying for her blood over this kind of exaggeration."

    Probably--they are biased against Democrats.

    "In the context Brewer said it, she clearly was implying that her father died in combat during WWII"

    It's not clear at all she meant that. "Fighting the Nazi regime in Germany" could be referring to the home front as part of that military effort. The fact that she has publicly mentioned more than once that her father worked in naval munitions and the nature of how he died strongly suggests that she did not intend for people to think that he died in combat in Germany. To make her out to be Richard Blumenthal isn't being fair. All we know is that she made an ambiguous statement but, of course, that isn't much to smear a person with so people are making assumptions about her intent to suit their own purposes.
  4. Adi's Avatar
    "It's not clear at all she meant that. "Fighting the Nazi regime in Germany" could be referring to the home front as part of that military effort."

    So you are saying that fighting and facing bullets everyday is same as working in a factory back at home. There is no difference fighting with enemy and working in hazardous conditions? So in your dictionary sacrifice of soldiers in Iraq is same as sacrifice of workers who died in mine or on oil platform of BP last month?

    These speeches are very carefully written with every word given very careful attention. Every word that come out of their mouth is to earn political capital. It is very clear that her intention was to clearly mislead uneducated or unread folks of Arizona. Now that cat is out of bag, she has her defense ready. Infact if it wasn't for controversial law, nobody would have cared in national media about it. So silly she thought she will get away with it.
  5. George Chell in Singapore's Avatar
    I hope the GOP passes more Arizona laws. May be the Dems may be able to keep the House and Senate. May be the Hispanics will be energized. Reid is even with his opponents in Nevada. Carnahan is even with Blunt in MO, Stesak is ahead of Toomey in PA...May these laws be passed in other states...perhaps Immanuel is right...CIR may not help...hate laws by racist whites just might if the Hispanic and Asian population has any brains...and it seems like they have woken up.
  6. Jack's Avatar
    "So you are saying that fighting and facing bullets everyday is
    same as working in a factory back at home."

    No, the issue is not equivalency but whether working domestically during WWII in munitions can reasonably be characterized as "fighting". The U.S. government heavily promoted this very idea, e.g., Rosie the Riveter, and working in munitions domestically was considered an integral part of the war effort.

    "It is very clear that her intention was to clearly mislead"

    If her intent was to create the false impression that her father was in combat in Germany, it would make no sense to include "that I lost him when I was 11 because of that" in the very same sentence because that places his death well after the end of WWII. Apparently, the lack of a story is apparent enough that most of the MSM (which is largely anti-1070) isn't even bothering to report it. I am pro-immigration law but if some anti-immigration law politician said the exact same thing Brewer did I would not try to make an issue out of it.
  7. Another Voice's Avatar
    what is it with politicians trying to glorify their resumes with some sort of military tail..... specially in this day and age when we can easily check the truth!!!
  8. Adi's Avatar
    "what is it with politicians trying to glorify their resumes with some sort of military tail..... specially in this day and age when we can easily check the truth!!!"

    She was trying to justify that she is not Nazi (for passing this discriminatory law) by saying that her father worked in hazardous conditions and somehow equated that to soldiers who died fighting in WWII. Ya right!! thats a good excuse. Hitler's best friends were Jews and see what he did to their race.

    She now complains that its demeaning to her father by dissecting this issue. She should have been more careful before bringing family into political debates.
  9. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    My grandfather fought the Nazi in WWII, and thankfully did not die, just got a wounded in the lung. Her father did not fight the Nazis. Now, she thinks it's ok to harrass me because of my citizenship. Well, that's the kind of Nazi my grandfather would approve of fighting against.
  10. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    "She now complains that its demeaning to her father by dissecting this issue."

    It was demeaning to present his life story in such a shamelessly misleading and self serving way. I bet he would not have been happy.
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