Good Old-Fashioned Racism (2)

Posted: July 27, 2013 in immigration, politics, racism, Republicans / GOP
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It appears as though I’m going to be using this title more than once. In this case, it’s to an article by former Congressman Tom Tancredo with the headline, “Dreams and Nightmares: Steve King Is Right Again.”

Immigration is obviously a big issue in the US right now. So is the latino vote, for latinos are rapidly outpacing African-Americans as the largest minority in the country. And, the Republicans have a “latino problem,” where something like only 27% voted for Mitt Romney in the last Presidential election (last year). Unsurprisingly, the Republican leaders are trying to keep racism in their party fairly quiet and try not to offend latino voters — statistically, Republicans are much more against any legal path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the country.

For those who didn’t hear, one of the most ardent advocates against any form of immigration reform is Congressman Steve King, a Republican from Iowa. Earlier this week, he stated:

“For everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another hundred out there who weigh a hundred and thirty pounds—and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling seventy-five pounds of marijuana across the desert. Those people would be legalized with the same act.”

Yeah. Nice job courting that latino vote. Republican leadership was quick to condemn him. Didn’t matter to Steve King: He took to the House floor a few days later and defended his remarks. He didn’t even pull the typical non-apology apology of, “If I offended anyone, I’m sorry for offending you.”

That’s what the latest WND article by Tom Tancredo is about. He does admit, “the exact words Rep. King used to challenge that premise are easy to criticize.” But he says that King is right, and “[i]t is disgusting to see Republican leaders joining this lynch mob.”

He also makes the point that there are many more drug smugglers than valedictorians. Um, duh. That’s like saying there are more lawyers than valedictorians. There can only be one (okay, sometimes two) valedictorians from each high school graduating class. Based on the US Department of Education, there are about 26,500 public high schools (so 26,500 valedictorians) but from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are about 730,00 lawyers in the US. It’s a non sequitur — one has nothing to do with the other, and clearly in something that is forced to be limited, there will be fewer opportunities available. There are more white drug dealers than white valedictorians, too. Ever think of that, Tancredo?

On the other hand, it’s nice to see a politician actually say what he thinks. If nothing else, US politics would be much more interesting if politicians couldn’t spin anything or lie but always had to tell the truth and whole truth.


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