Counterdemos at the June 16 racist fest: Multiply this by about 300, make it meaner than a junkyard dog, and it'd be just about right to battle assholes like...
For the moment, the retard rednecks have won. A vocal, vile, and sometimes violent minority of American citizens -- the worst that this country has to offer -- scuttled the immigration reform package in the Senate by means of sheer rage, hatred, and racism. The mighty trailer trash of Amerikkka has thwarted all attempts at reason and compromise, and now we are left with the same problem as before, with 12 to 20 million human beings forced to live and work in the shadows, despite the fact that they work far harder and for much less than the vast majority of Americans.
A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll showed that "52 percent of Americans said they would support a program giving illegal immigrants the right to stay and work in the United States if they pay a fine and meet other requirements." True, that's a slim margin, but the people who stopped this bill from becoming law, the snaggletoothed, lumpen whacktivists, are but a small fraction of the remainder. At the June 16 rally at the AZ State Capitol against the Senate package, they drew only 300 persons. It was a crowd riddled with skinheads, white supremacists, and Mexican-bashers. The wretched refuse of right-wing America. Extremists so far off the scale that ultra-conservative Sen. Jon Kyl isn't far right enough for them. Indeed, they regard him as a traitor and would've lynched him if they could've laid their grubby paws on him.
Emboldened by yesterday's victory, expect them to ratchet up their drive for ever-more draconian state laws dealing with the undocumented. Racists like state Rep. Russell Pearce will not be satisfied until we live in an environment where white pride rules the day and Mexicans -- both legal and illegal -- cower in fear of arrest and deportation. Pearce is a throwback to the likes of Alabama's Bull Connor, the asshole who turned the fire hoses and attack dogs on blacks in '60s Birmingham. The very fact that a man like Pearce -- who openly embraces white supremacists and forwards neo-Nazi e-mails to his supporters -- wields such power in the AZ state legislature, is an embarrassment for all Arizonans.
The situation demands a louder and larger reaction from those of us who value human rights and justice. For the recent demonstration at the Capitol, for instance, there should have been twice as many counterdemonstrators as demonstrators, encircling that nasty nub of nativism, and drowning it out with chants and cries. We must hold responsible mainstream politicians who buddy-up to white supremacists and rationalize their involvement with them. And though the peacefulness of past pro-immigration rallies is a testament to those who participated in them, we have to face facts: Perhaps they were too peaceful, despite their numbers. There needs to be more anger coupled with out-and-out civil disobedience. Otherwise, the white trash rabble will continue to triumph.
Not that I'm advocating violence, but it does kinda remind me of this exchange from Woody Allen's Manhattan:
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Isaac Davis (Woody Allen): Has anybody read that Nazis are gonna march in New Jersey? Y'know, I read this in the newspaper. We should go down there, get some guys together, y'know, get some bricks and baseball bats and really explain things to them.
Party Guest: There is this devastating satirical piece on that on the Op Ed page of the Times, it is devastating.
Isaac Davis: Well, a satirical piece in the Times is one thing, but bricks and baseball bats really gets right to the point.