One of the things that I like least about political debate in this country is that it is not real. Take the immigration issue for example. You have some in the media and in think tanks who argue that anti-immigrant sentiment is only about Americans not wanting to be “overcrowded”. The new argument against immigration in the media is that it poses a threat to national security and in the Post 9-11 ear America has to be careful who it lets in the country after all Tijuana is just full of followers of UBL.
Of course everyone knows that all of these arguments are nonsense and has nothing to do with the real anti-immigrant sentiment in America. America is uneasy about immigration, but because of overcrowding or national security. The anti-immigrant feeling in America, which in most of the country is geared towards Latinos, is now and always has been about race. There is a sense in America that this nation is being overran by brown-skinned Spanish speaking people who will forever alter the way of life of Americans. People wonder if in one-hundred years the US will just be another part of Latin America. Those who fanatically oppose immigration do so because they seek to preserve a White majority in America. If you talk to the average white workin Joe as I do you will hear this time and time again.
On the other side of the debate you have those who support most immigration both legal and illegal. Some do this because they believe like I do that Latinos and other immigrants are just immigrants to this nation just like our forefathers and that they should be given the same opportunity that previous generations of immigrants were. The other pro-immigrant voice are those Latino organizations and politicians, and other immigrant groups, who feel that they will politically and financially benefit from further immigration.
But no one says these things because no one says what is real. Congressman Tom Tancredo doesn’t get on the floor of Congress and complain about there being too many Mexicans in his native Colorado. No, instead of saying what he believes, he says the law must be followed and the borders must be secure but he loves Mexican-Americans ( especially his gardener more than likely). The National Council of La Raza doesn’t get on TV and say that they cant wait to cash in from the future political power of Latinos; no it positions itself as being like the embodiment of Mother Teresa with no ulterior motives.
So we have fake political arguments in America. Welfare reform means Negro reform and the campaign against the Dubai Ports deal is not about not wanting foreign companies to control ports but is about not wanting Arab or Muslim companies to control our ports. Senators Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer and Congressman Peter King may have dressed it up to make it look nice; but the bottom line is we just witnessed a political stand that was based on baseless race and faith based fear. Across America at diners and gas stations people have been railing that the ports of America were going into the hands of “ragheads” and Clinton and the Democrats fed that fear while President Bush was the voice of reason for once.
Because we have debates that are not real in this country we have elections that are not real and most of us are forced to vote for the lesser of two evils. Most Democrats realize this; it is the Republicans that have this childish boy-scout belief in their fearless leaders that is almost idolatrous in nature. This week I am so angry at the Democratic Party and do not even want to think about being forced to have to vote for the conniving, spineless, and deceitful Hillary Clinton; but I am not one who can afford to be ideological with my vote and neither are the rest of Americas Muslims.