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Bloggings: Republican extremism targets Americans, not only immigrants. By Roger Algase

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It is hard to avoid seeing comparisons between the Republican war on immigrants and the Republican war on American women. In both instances, the GOP's cancer of hate has spread from the federal level to the state level. Moreover, the Republicans' willingness to make exceptions to punitive and draconian laws inflicting their extreme, narrow ideology upon society as a whole has virtually disappeared. 


Only a few years ago, the Republicans were opposed to "amnesty", but were willing to leave it up to the federal government to decide whom to deport and when. Now, with their vindictive state immigration laws, which we can expect to see upheld in every aspect by a radical right Supreme Court majority, the Republicans have moved beyond merely denying relief from deportation to any group of people, to forcing unwanted immigrants to leave by making their lives (and those of any American citizen who tries to help them) into a living hell.


Like all ideological zealots in every age, the Republicans make no exceptions to their policy of hate. Just as the Inquisition did not want to leave a single unrecanting heretic unburned, today's Republicans recognize no exception to their opposition to "amnesty". Certainly, young people who would have been covered by the DREAM Act should be high on the list of any rational or humane person for relief from deportation, but, reason and humanity carry little weight when politicians are trying to use hate to gain votes.


In the same way, the political use of hate against women seeking abortions has spread beyond the Republicans' original goal of overturning Roe vs. Wade in the Supreme Court, to nullifying that decision through draconian anti-abortion laws at the state level. Only a few years ago, abortion opponents were willing to recognize exceptions for victims of rape and incest, but no more. Now the Republicans' attempts to restrict, or virtually eliminate, access to abortion in many states make no exception, even in these extreme cases.


However, the most, extreme, fanatic and vindictive example of the Republicans' use of hate is in their attempts to block renewal of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). This law not only protects American women (and in some cases men) against domestic violence, but it protects immigrants against this as well. By gutting this law, the Republicans would be committing an act of political violence against two of their main targets of hatred, immigrants and American women, at the same time. What America needs is not a war of attrition against unpopular groups of people, such as immigrants and women seeking abortions, but a war against hatred itself.


 

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  1. Matthew Kolken's Avatar
    "reason and humanity carry little weight when politicians are trying to use hate to gain votes."

    The same can be said of fear Roger.

    Here are the facts:

    "From January to June 2011, Immigration and Customs Enforcement removed 46,486 undocumented parents who claimed to have at least one child who is an American citizen.

    In contrast, in the entire decade between 1998 and 2007, about 100,000 such parents were removed. The extraordinary acceleration in the dismantling of these families, part of the government's efforts to meet an annual quota of about 400,000 deportations, has had devastating results."

    ~HIROKAZU YOSHIKAWA and CAROLA SU?REZ-OROZCO NY Times: "Deporting Parents Hurts Kids" http://nyti.ms/IjNX5F

    The facts reveal that there is no humanity in the Obama administration. No humanity AT ALL.

    Hate, however, is in no short supply. How else could you take 46,486 parents away from their children, unless you hate them. Hate them because they are a political inconvenience. Hate them because as an undocumented parent they can't vote in a swing State. And hate them because they aren't part of a labor union who has donated generously to your campaign.

    No, the statistics and the wake of destroyed families tell the real story. You have to ignore the blatant lies that are being spewed by this President and his administration for the single purpose of garnering the Hispanic electorate come November.

    So in reality, if you want to witness the actual manifestation of the "politics of hate" look no further than the enacted policies of the current administration. Because Obama's enforcement of the immigration law is more vindictive than anything even the most vitriolic Republican has proposed.

    Vote for real "Change" in 2012.

    Vote Third Party.

    http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/
  2. Roger Algase's Avatar
    Matt, if you look at the last paragraph, and especially the last sentence, of my latest blogging posted on April 25 about the Supreme Court's upcoming argument on the Arizona law, and which will probably be in today's ID issue, I don't think you will find very much to disagree with.
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