Monday, May 01, 2006

A Big Up ...

to all my brothers and sisters that participated in the nationwide demonstrations today.

I am fortunate to work in a big city and got to witness one of the large marches. American flags were everywhere. Loud chants of "USA, USA" would erupt from the peaceful and joyous protesters.

Hopefully this will be the death knell for the Republicans' punitive attempts at immigration reform.


  • Macswain:

    you are fortunate to work in a big city. how about all the rest of us workin' stiffs who are being displaced by this influx of people willing to work for far less than we need to support a family in a decent lifestyle?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:52 PM  

  • Wouldn't want to do anything "punitive" like actually control who enters the country, would we? Well, at least they were carrying *American* flags this time.

    Another interesting point is that Portland has had a May Day parade every year for a long time. Typically, it is all of the local unions, plus the usual suspects who protest every Friday on the theory that tying up traffic and shouting vacuous rhymes will convert others to their particular religion. This year, from the media coverage the same parade is supposed to be all about immigration.

    Lest you think I'm a hopeless reactionary racist capitalist bourgious running pig-dog, I *do* hope the "boycott" and "general strike" have great success. In fact, they shouldn't give up. If every "undocumented worker" refused to go to work or school or to buy anything in the US until us unreconstructed gringos recognized their right to make American law, that would really show us. Employers forced to hire high school kids to bus tables and wash dishes, paperboys in middle school. Class sizes down, drivers who could read the road signs - I'm not sure we could stand the pain.

    Can you tell us, Macswain, of any country, ever, that has not attempted to control immigration, at least in theory? The proposed "punitive" provisions making illegal presence in the US a felony (which provisions were dropped months ago) actually provided for a smaller penalty than is presently on the books under Mexican law.

    Of course, I have sympathy for Mexicans who have a hard time making a living in Mexico, or Salvadorans, or Chineese, or anyone else trapped in a poor country. But, they need to change their own governments - which are causing the problem - rather than come here and try to change ours, which is working pretty darn well.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:00 PM  

  • speaking of "punitive attempts," macswain, what did you think of the "punitive attempt" by the state of Calif to convict OJ Simpson for butchering two human beings?

    Isn't enforcing the law, by definition, a "punitive attempt?"

    By Anonymous get it right, at 4:44 PM  

  • Don't forget the uninsured drivers who get drunk and run over legitimate US citizen, or continue to commit crimes and fill our jails and prisons. Or the fact that Mexico will not let anyone into its country, talk about hypocritical!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:24 PM  

  • Macstupid, you truly are a dope. Bush and Dean are on the same page, you ignoramus. You, Macstupid, by catering to lost causes, are the reason that the Republicans are in power.

    I don't know if you have children or not, but you, partner, better start worrying about the heating of this old globe and the Chinese purchasing of the U.S., and a bunch of other signicicant, long term issues. Joust away at the windmills you fool and while your tootsies are freezing, you will be bouncing along to the laughter of a bunch of Chinese, not Hispanics.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:55 PM  

  • Rolly:

    You write:
    "Macstupid," "dope" "ignoramus"

    Sounds like you've been called some of these yourself.

    Welcome back from rehab.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:43 PM  

  • Round up the illegals, kick them out or induct them into the military and make them do two tours of duty in Iraq to prove they are worthy. We could call it the "Beaner Brigade".

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:38 PM  

  • I generally don't delete comments other than spam. I think I deleted one racist comment in the past.

    I've decided not to delete the comment above because I think it exemplifies how racism is a motivating factor for many who are pushing for stricter immigration enforcement and reform. This is not to say all on that side of the issue are racists (e.g. Publius).

    By Blogger Macswain, at 9:58 AM  

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