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Bloggings: Who Will Win In November? The Cowards In The White House, Or The Bigots And Their Billionaire Backers? By Roger Algase

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The struggle between bigotry and tolerance toward immigrants in America is graphically illustrated in two recent news items in Huffington Post Latino Voices. In the first item, dated August 2, Republican Representative Steve King of Iowa was quoted as saying that "diversity has never been America's strong suit", and that "the argument that diversity is our strength has never really been backed up by logic".


King is sponsoring a bill to make English the only language for all federal government communications, including voter and ballot materials. Would this also apply to immigration Court hearings? King strongly denies that his bill is racist, calling such comments "offensive".


In contrast, another Huffington Post Latino Voices item, dated August 1, announces that a group of UCLA professors have launched National Dream University, an on line college for eligible unauthorized immigrants who can pay in-state tuition..This program is similar to Freedom University, which was set up by professors in Georgia.


Overseas, President Obama has mainly stood by while the Syrian tyrant, Bashar al-Assad, has ruthlessly massacred tens of thousands of his own people, with the help of Russian helicopters and diplomatic support from Russia, China and Iran.


The horror of the ongoing genocide in Syria has been underscored by America's reluctance to provide any form of military help to the Syrian rebels. Now, it has been announced that Obama may send some arms to the Syrian freedom fighters "secretly" to stop the slaughter Too little, too late?


In contrast to its passivity toward Syria, the Obama administration is actively undermining the hopes and dreams, not to mention the basic human rights, of 400,000 unauthorized immigrants per year, and their family members


President Obama is also engaging in war against his own promises. Where is "prosecutorial discretion" now ? When will Obama grant the first "deferred action" work authorization? The day after Mitt Romney is sworn in as the 45th president? The Obama administration's cowardice in failing to stand up against genocide abroad is matched only by its cowardice in caving into anti-immigrant hate at home.


And make no mistake about it. For all his gaffes (perhaps a legacy from his father, George Romney, whose long quest for the presidency came to a sudden end one day when Romney Sr. made a speech complaining that he had been "brainwashed" by his opponents), and for all Mitt Romney's disdain for ordinary people and slavish pandering to the rich, Romney has what may be an insurmountable advantage  - support from the billionaires and the bigots.


An August 5 article in the Huffington Post is entitled: Koch Brothers, GOP Mega Donors, Help Bankroll Religious Conservatives' 2012 efforts. The amount of money that a handful of billionaires are pouring into helping the supporters of religious intolerance, the anti-abortion zealots, homophobes and other "social issue" bigots win the White House and Congress is staggering.


This article does not deal specifically with immigration. But where prejudice against religious freedom, women's reproductive rights and same sex couples is out in front, can hatred against minority immigrants be far behind? 

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  1. Tarulata's Avatar
    In light of these comments I'm cuoiurs to hear your thoughts, Ryan. You seem like a reasonable person and there is mounting evidence to contradict your assertion that claims of racism are laughable, or that the simple truth is that Arizona went to great length to make sure racism did not play a role in its fight against . Your reading of the law clearly makes assumptions on motives and scenarios that simply do not agree with the facts on the ground. Believing SB1070 is racist is not caused by stereotypes and unfounded beliefs but by an honest, rational understanding of the situation in Arizona.Ryan reply on May 4th, 2011 11:17 pm:Howard's comments are anecdotal so I don't know how true they are. The law itself doesn't hold a racial bias. Whether or not certain police officers do is not certain, but it is unfair to assume they do. Also, they claim that natural citizens are going to be detained for weeks seems like a stretch. Assuming one doesn't have any identification on them, and there is reason to believe that they are illegal, and they are arrested. Would it really take 3-4 weeks for one of you family members or a friend to bring a birth certificate or driver's license? As a citizen of the United State there are very rare cases when I get stopped by law enforcement, and in every case I have a license on me. Stick it in your wallet, and problem solved, you have it everywhere you go.Also, on the Chandler Round-up. First it was described as the only major ethnic profiling incident actually related to immigration . So there we go, that happened over 14 years ago, and since not much else. Also, only 20 people were arrested despite being of legal status. It does not say any were deported, but rather all were released. So unless Howard can back up his claim with another source, it is completely unverified. Also, the Chandler Mayor faced repercussions so I don't think that anyone will be ordering anything similar again (and in 14 years they haven't).As for the birth certificates, the law states that ANY VALID UNITED STATES FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT ISSUED IDENTIFICATION qualifies, so I assume that birth certificate applies. It doesn't mention picture ID anywhere, but I can see where there might be some contention there. Ryan
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