Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Right Like a Broken Watch
I'm a little ashamed to admit that I have found myself occasionally agreeing with Pat Buchanan. For example, when he called for Bush's impeachment, I cheered--until I read the fine print and reason for this call. Or when he says that Bush should stop before he starts another war (against Iran), I did the happy dance. Frankly, when a man even the Right considers extreme thinks this administration is crazy, I think there is a little hope. However, I realize my agreeing with Pat is like saying a broken watch is right sometimes.
Why am I thinking about Pat tonight, instead of jogging? Because a friend of mine sent me this article, in which Pat logically ties the tragedy at Virginia Tech to the immigration problem. Apparently, the tragedy could have been prevented if fewer immigrants were allowed in this country. He seems to be under the impression that immigrants and their disenfranchised, misanthropic offspring are the downfall of this country. Fascinating.
Now, maybe it's because I'm the child of immigrants/first generation immigrant myself, but when I first read this, I was hopping mad. Literally hopping. Perhaps it was because anti-immigrant sentiments like this used to result in me getting the crap beat out of me on the playground. Perhaps because I always thought this country, in its current state, was created by immigrants. Or maybe it was because I don't like dumb-ass people linking the death of thirty two* innocent people to a political issue that has nothing to do with anything. I don't know, but it just pisses me off.
Then, I thought a little bit about the examples Pat had brought to prove his point and I realized I was being irrational. Immigrants (and their maladjusted offspring) are a huge problem and are responsible for the crimes that are destroying this society. I too, have proof for what I say.
If it weren't for the flood of undocumented and illegal immigrants from England (and the rest of Europe) in the late 17th-early 18th century, who were so liberally allowed to benefit from the generosity of the legal residents and citizens of this land, there would not have been a slaughter of the natives on this continent. Angry decedents of immigrants such as John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald and John Hinckley , Jr. killed (or tried to kill) US presidents. Other misanthropic decedents such as Dennis Rader (BTK seriel killer), Jeffery Dahlmer, Theodore Kaczynski (The Unabomber), Timothy McVeigh (Oklahoma City bomber), Charles Whitman (Watchtower shooter in Austin, TX), Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold (Columbine), John Wayne Gacy, Jr., Charles Manson and the David Berkowitz (aka the Son-of-Sam) have all contributed to an atmosphere of horror, forever changing the way we look at immigrants and their descendants in this country.
Thank goodness for intelligent people like Pat who aren't afraid to look society's problems in the eye and lay blame where it belongs.