Monday, January 29, 2007

my·o·pi·a (mī-ō'pē-ə) n.

1.Ophthalmology. a condition of the eye in which parallel rays are focused in front of the retina, objects being seen distinctly only when near to the eye; nearsightedness
2.lack of foresight or discernment; obtuseness.
3.narrow-mindedness; intolerance.

Let's see if you can figure out what sounds not particularly well thought out in this exchange.

"We have to get all these Mexicans out of our cities. More and more people are speaking Spanish."

"What cities?"

"Oh, San Antonio, Santa Fe, San Diego, Las Vegas...."

Illegal immigration is wrong because it's illegal. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy. And if we don't know who's coming across our border, then we don't know who's coming across our border. Another nugget o' knowledgeitude. And certainly anyone off the grid shouldn't be a drain on our tax rolls with benefits and whatnot.

But many on my side of the aisle claim to have a problem with illegal immigration, when if you ask why they eventually get around to some pretty xenophobic (read: racist) reasons, basically advocating the perceived superiority of pre-existing cultures...

However... Florida and El Paso and Los Angeles and Santa Cruz don't just coincidentally have them thar Spanish sounding names. The reason why you can get white bread in Laredo is because we did a mighty good job of eventually moving in there on a (reasonably) open market.

You wonder if they'd be as upset if there was a large influx of Canadians.

Of course, a party requires a certain percentage of extremists to a) vote for them and b) shut th ehell up. But that's a post for another night....


Bradley said...


Anonymous said...

Uh, I don't care call me racist if you want, but illegal immigration is wrong any way you slice it. Build a wall along the Mexican Boarder and get flood of people to stop. Illegal immigrants are a drain on our social services and take jobs from Americans. Every illegal should be deported, that's the law.

What pisses me off the most is how every politician of both parties all say how important it is to secure the border...but then none of them do any f'n thing to stop the flood of people just walking into our country.