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pampango Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 12:24 PM
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Muslims, and Mexicans, and Gays, Oh My! /

"Call me a spoil sport but Im afraid I have fallen hopelessly behind many other conservatives and Republicans in being sufficiently fearful of Muslims, gays, and Mexicans. For some reason, I just cant summon the proper amount of outrage at Mexicans who are overrunning the country, Muslims who are trying to convert us, and gays who want to hug us or something."

"Take Muslims, for instance. Its hard for me to get too worked up over Sharia creep and Muslim proselytizing when every single Muslim Ive ever met seemed as bored with their religion as most other Americans are bored with theirs. The Muslim cab drivers Ive come in contact with have been just as rude, just as clueless about getting me to my destination while running up the meter as any other Sikh, Greek, Russian, Kenyan, or Guatemalan hack out there. I have yet to experience a cab ride where a Muslim driver treated me like a dhimmi or demanded I worship Allah."

"But in statements made by some candidates during the mid term campaign, as well as ads run in some districts, it is clear that fear of gays and illegal immigrants largely Mexicans have also achieved a kind of nauseating legitimacy on the right that would be shameful if those who are deliberately ratcheting up the fear could feel any shame at all. The animus directed against illegal immigrants is so over the top that it suggests that many are less concerned with protecting our borders and more concerned with keeping America safe for white folk. There is indeed a racial element to the immigration debate. Just ask most Hispanic Americans."

"...some kind of path to citizenship for those who truly want to be Americans has to be found and an orderly means of facilitating legal immigration that doesnt involve waiting periods of years must be developed. No easy answers to be sure. But were not going to find any answers at all as long as many on the right view Mexicans as criminals, or worse, the cause of unemployment and a drain on government resources. Reasonable people can disagree about the nature of how to approach the illegal immigration problem. But it must be done without the baggage of mindless fear directed toward illegals."
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