Just last week, Bill Clinton was telling ABC’s Jake Tapper: “We shouldn’t demonize the government or its public employees or its elected officials…I just think we all have to be careful. We ought to remember after Oklahoma City. We learned something about the difference in disagreement and demonization.”
So true, as videos from from a recent AZ pro-illegal immigration demonstration/riot in Phoenix reveal; demonstrations can lead to violence, especially when influential leaders fan the flames…
Oh…you thought I was talking about tea partiers, did you? Those former couch potatoes who have been goaded into the street by the Obama administration’s incessant power grabs and wanton spending? No, those people even pick up their trash after they demonstrate. They wouldn’t dream of throwing bottles at police officers:
Hat tip: Flopping Aces who has a second video of the violent protest.
New York activists, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, compared Arizona’s new immigration law to apartheid, Nazi Germany and the Jim Crow South – and vowed to shut it down with mass protests.
“We will bring Freedom Walkers to Arizona just like Freedom Riders went to the deep south 50 years ago,” Sharpton said yesterday.
Standing with local clergy, elected officials and a leader of the Hispanic Federation, Sharpton said he would mobilize people from across the country to march in Arizona – and get arrested, if necessary – to stop the controversial new law.
“We cannot sit by and allow people to be arbitrarily and unilaterally picked off as suspects because of the color of their skin,” Sharpton said.
No overcharged rhetoric, there. And no basis in truth, either.
As Mark Krikorian at the Corner points out:
Arizona governor Jan Brewer dealt with the immigration bill very neatly — she signed the bill, supporting it unapologetically, but at the same time issued an executive order directing the development of a training program on how to implement the law without racial profiling.
The lefties outraged by the bill aren’t going to be placated by the executive order (which is kind of redundant, since cops everywhere a awash in sensitivity training), but it will be helpful for lots of Arizonans who support the bill but don’t want to feel guilty about it.
70% of Arizona voters agree with new immigration legislation.
The American Spectator: The Great Arizona Shootout
The position of the majority of the Latino community in Arizona, and perhaps throughout the United States, is that no laws should be passed or enforced that restrict illegal immigrants once they have successfully crossed the border escaping capture. In brief, the belief of the Latino community is that while undocumented border crossing may be against the law, the results of doing so are not to be challenged.
While such a concept is convenient for those people who have entered the U.S. without going through the correct legal procedures, the underlying logic is that immigration by people of Latin heritage (primarily from Mexico and Central America) who enter the U.S. through its border with Mexico deserve treatment different from that accorded other immigrants.
The various Latino organizations along with their left-liberal supporters argue vehemently against this interpretation. They point to support from other immigrant groups including, but not limited to, Korean and Chinese associations. The next step in their argument is to note that “this country was built by immigrants” — as if any immigrant-related action precludes illegality.
Longtime readers will remember that in 2006 and 2007, I provided extensive coverage of the open-borders radicals who didn’t just push for amnesty, but revealed their anti-American, anti-sovereignty, anti-police, pro-Che colors in all their fury. Some of those posts went viral and this one of the American flag desecration at Montebello High School still shows up in my e-mail box.
Over the weekend, the open-borders extremists returned to the streets. But you won’t see CNN and MSNBC hunting them down Susan Roesgen-style and decrying these fringe wackos.
Since they are back, I am back — doing the job the amnesty-sympathizers won’t do for fear of being labeled RAAAAAAACIST.
Love this: Newsbusters has Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s appearance on the today’s show:
LAUER: Let, let me give you the results of a recent poll. 70 percent of those people asked said they are in favor of the tough new immigration bill but, get this, 53 percent of those same people said they worry that it could lead to civil rights violations. Are they worrying for nothing?
ARPAIO: Yeah. You know, 60 days into the Obama administration, he sent his Justice Department down to the Phoenix area to investigate me for alleged racial profiling. It’s been a year-and-a-half and nothing has happened. So, we know how to enforce the illegal immigration laws without racial profiling.
LAUER: Well you know, but this law does demand, in some cases, that law enforcement officials do everything within their power to determine if someone is in this country illegally. Why won’t that result in, in law enforcement officials walking up to people on the street, questioning them simply because of their appearance, because they appear to be Hispanic?
ARPAIO: Well, first of all, that’s not going to happen. I know they, pursuant to their duties. They’re not gonna go on a street corner and grab people because they look like they’re from another country. We haven’t been doing that for the past three years, and I know law enforcement officers will not do that. That’s hype. Those are the critics. Some politicians use that as an excuse because they don’t like law enforcement enforcing illegal immigration laws.
Just wow. Another thing tea partiers would never do.
So the Dems think an immigration debate is a good idea in an election year?