This land is my land, this land is my land…

This morning I read that the Senate has voted to make English the official language of the United States.  Apparently there’s suddenly such a crisis in Republican poll numbers immigration that we need an official language for the first time in our nation’s history.  James Inhofe, rock-stupid Senator from Oklahoma, was the sponsor, and the last two paragraphs of the article include this parade of assholery:

“As we debate how to assimilate [illegal immigrants], we need to make clear that it is the policy of our government to enhance our common language — English,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). “That is a good thing to say because when the demonstrators are in the streets and waving the Mexican flag, some of us have to respond to that.”

In other action on the bill, the Senate voted to require illegal immigrants who apply for citizenship to pay a $750 fee. The amendment’s sponsor, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), said the money would help reimburse state and local governments, hospitals and institutions that provide health, education and services to illegal immigrants.

This country’s got a fever, and the only prescription is a permanent underclass!  We know that people aren’t going to stop coming to this country for a better life, laws or no laws, because there will always be employers willing to pay their low, low wages.  So then what we want is ghettos full of immigrants of dubious legal status who don’t feel invested in the U.S. because they’re not allowed to participate in in it.  Why, look at France!  It’s just one fucking giant, hand-holding Coca-Cola commercial over there, and I’m sure it’ll work just as well for us.

And what kind of dick gets a crippling case of the vapors when they see someone wave the flag of another country?*  Don’t leave your house during the World Cup this summer, Senator Graham, or you might seize up on the spot.

*(Yeah, I know: a dick who needs the racist asshole vote to be reelected.)

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7 thoughts on “This land is my land, this land is my land…

  1. Ananth

    I can understand, if not agree with you point about making English the official language, I don’t see how making sure everyone speaking the same language ghettoizes people but whatever.

    However, are you saying that people here illegaly should be given amensty with no penalty? What about the people who have been waiting patiently to come legally? What kind of message does that send? This isn’t an abstract thing, My cousin has been waiting for a greencard for the last 6 years. She can’t even come visit now, because it’s hard to get A visa while on the list? Amnesty is unpalatable on principle for a lot people. I know we aren’t going deport everyone. Why is a path to legalization that includes a fine contributing to permanent underclass?

  2. Jennifer

    I really like this – “This country’s got a fever, and the only prescription is a permanent underclass! We know that people aren’t going to stop coming to this country for a better life, laws or no laws, because there will always be employers willing to pay their low, low wages. So then what we want is ghettos full of immigrants of dubious legal status who don’t feel invested in the U.S. because they’re not allowed to participate in in it. Why, look at France! It’s just one fucking giant, hand-holding Coca-Cola commercial over there, and I’m sure it’ll work just as well for us.”

    Guest workers – it doesn’t work. Just let people in.

    I’m okay with the fine. $750 for Amnesty and the possibility of applying for a Visa doesn’t seem like such a big deal – sure, a lot to save up for, etc., but I bet people would pay it and it would shut up the assholes for a while.

  3. Ananth

    Are we having a discussion about immigration now? I thought steve was just waxing on about how racist people are who want any kind of orderly process to immigration. I mean, that is such a horrible thing for a country to want to control the process and manner in which it allows residents in to their countries….

    The simple fact of the matter is that almost everyone would want to come to the United States and work if the could (ok not everyone but a lot of people). As a country, we decide how many we let in, not those who want to come in. We have to keep orderly, and we need to ensure that assimilate into the culture. The thing about America that keeps things like France from happening is the assmilation of those people.

    Just letting people in is the dumbest immigration policy I have ever heard. Yes most of these people are decent and hardworking, but as a country we should determine who brings the most to the table for our country. Instead of sending bright foreign students home after getting their education, we should be putting them in the front of the line. And the controlled migration of uneducated, unskilled labor directly effects the poorest, unskilled, and uneducated Americans. These factors have to be all considered before we have an open door policy.

    Also, 750 is a small price to pay for citizenship. It’s really is unfair for those who took the time to follow the rules.

  4. Herschel Numbers

    Are we having a discussion about immigration now?

    Not really. Mostly, I’m just being publicly disgusted with the latest Republican iteration of the Southern Strategy. They need to stroke the base, and in this case, the area of the base they’re concentrating on is the racists.

    I thought steve was just waxing on about how racist people are who want any kind of orderly process to immigration.

    Didn’t say that. I was waxing about how racist people are who jump on this “build a wall, send ’em back to Mexico” bandwagon. That’s the point, of course. That’s who this is for. It’s theatre, like the gay marriage amendment, or the flag-burning amendment.

  5. Ananth

    I disagree with you about this being just theater. This is actually an important issue that
    1) effects everyone in this nation
    2) something we can do something about
    3) something we should do about

    If it happens to stole the base, and helps the Republicans keep the house and Senate, well good for them. I’d rather have that than a democratic congress. (Don’t get me wrong, everyday I think the Republicans should be voted out, until I get a look at who would be voted in if that happens). Everyone plays to their base, the republicans just tend to win when the do, democrats tend to lose.

    Listen, I don’t think the world is going to end or anything but, this a problem that we could have totally avoided, and is a problem that needs to be addressed in a way that doesn’t lead to the same situation 20 years down the road.

  6. Tom

    20 years down the road, my life will be spared when the revolucíon comes. I might put in a good word for Graham, since he agreed with me. Steve is iffy. Ananth is certain to be subjugated.

    Really though, I don’t think this is as broad a movement as Steve says it is. I think the issue is one of many issues fragmenting the Republicans and they’re going to lose the majority because they keep doing things like this. They’ve got the pro-environment evangelicals, the (quietly) pro-business opponents of amnesty or worker programs, the anti-Rumsfeld pro-military, the anti-oil and pro-oil, the ‘true’ small government fiscal conservatives, they’re all over the place.

    Sort of like Democrats really.

  7. Steve

    Really though, I don’t think this is as broad a movement as Steve says it is.

    Me? I think this is a policy problem that could probably use some reform, ginned up into a “The Other Is Coming!” crisis by Republicans who have an election coming up. The only broad movement I see is the one that got millions of immigrants into the streets when Sensenbrenner, at the request of the White House, threatened to make illegal immigrants felons.

    I’d rather have that than a democratic congress. (Don’t get me wrong, everyday I think the Republicans should be voted out, until I get a look at who would be voted in if that happens). Everyone plays to their base, the republicans just tend to win when the do, democrats tend to lose.

    *Sigh.* Ananth, you and I have, shall we say, differing assessments of Democratic electoral strategy. Not to mention Republican governing acumen.

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