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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Some Thoughts

Watching footage of the immigration rallies on monday was one of the most patriotic things I'd ever seen. These people want to join our country, they see us as a land of hope and opportunity and love it for the endless possibilities it provides.
There are some rather big misconceptions about this debate that the media has largely ignored and the Right doesn't want you to know. 1) This isn't just a Mexican issue. There were Morrocans, Iranians, Japanese, Cambodians, Kenyans, Nigerians, and Irish marching on Monday. Did you know there are over 15,000 undocumented Irish in America? Let alone thousands of Canadians, Africans, Asians, Islanders, and Europeans who are currently Illegal in America. The right wants to play off the racist stereotypes of Latinos to make us afraid of immigrants, but while they make up the large bulk of the immigrants there is a large group of other cultures who want in or are already here.
2) "Why don't they just come legally like my grandparents?" This is what pretty much every white person who wants to tie barbed wire across Texas is asking. The truth? The United States had open borders until the isolationism that preceeded WWI, and then established immigration quotas in the 1920's and 30's during the great depression, pretty much closed its boarders in WWII, and then tightened the quotas during the cold war to the present. These quotas make it easier for Europeans to get in, and nearly impossible for Arabs, and extremely difficult for Africans, and Latinos as these countries have lower quotas. So, unless your granparents immigrated in the 1970's, they didn't have to face anything near what current immigrants have to face.
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"Impeachment. During a war? We can't impeach our president during a time of war! It will give strength to our enemies, etc. etc. etc."
People who say this are ignorant of two facts. First, impeachment is a process, as we so painfully saw during the Clinton era. There is a period of investigation that is crucial to it. If you look at Watergate, when the impeachment proceedings were first started there was no smoking gun that would have brought down Nixon. However, during the precedings the Senate discovered that there was a recording device in the White House, and this discovery would lead to Nixon's resignation. There is so much secrecy in this White House that we don't know the information that we need to have, or if it exists. We don't know what they knew. We do know that there is illegal activity going on. And the investigation could even help Bush, but more likely would allow us to see how much illegal activity is going on.
Second, Andrew Johnson was impeached during one of the most difficult times in American History. The Civil War had just ended and the reconstruction efforts were having difficulty in the south. Nixon was investigated as Vietnam fell. With the exception of Clinton every president who has been censured or impeeched has been during a time of crisis, and our nation turned out fine, in fact for the better.

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