Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Arizona: Take Action Now

For those of you who might have missed the Rachel Maddow Show last night on MSNBC, Rachel did a very good job exploring the financial and authorship connections of Arizona's new anti-immigrant bill to white supremacist groups and ideologues. The anti-immigrant group FAIR is taking partial credit for the authorship of SB 1070 and Rachel shows how this group in its inception was funded significantly by the Pioneer Fund which believes in the genetic superiority of Caucasians. She also offers considerable exposure to the racist views of FAIR's founder, Dr. John Tanton. And she exposes the bill's main sponsor Senator Russell Pearce's anti-Semitism. It's not pretty and you can read the transcript here.

And if all this leaves you thoroughly disgusted, here are two things you can do right now:

1. We desperately need comprehensive federal immigration reform legislation and Rachel is saying that our Congressional representatives don't want to touch it. We voted them in and we have to keep the pressure on. This Saturday, May 1st, there will be rallies and marches for immigration reform throughout the country. Click here to find a rally near you. In the metropolitan Washington area, we will be gathering at 2 p.m. at Lafayette Park across from the White House (Metro: Farragut West or McPherson Square). Let's show the racist politicians in Arizona that there are more of us than there are of them. Let's tell our Congressional representatives to make immigration reform a priority or we will boot them out in November.

2. Go to Presente.org and sign the pledge to boycott Arizona until such time as this racist law is repealed. The text of the pledge which will be e-mailed on your behalf to the governor, and state and local tourism and commerce officials, says simply: "As long as racial profiling is legal in Arizona, I will do what I can to not visit the state and to avoid spending dollars there."

1 comment:

  1. Arizona can pass race base laws, pass Birthers laws, pass no permit conceal weapons laws and the state boycotted Martin Luther King Day, well the rest of the Country can boycott the state of Arizona and spank them where it hurts them the most their pocket book. Their phony patriotism is sickening, they are just racists going by another name. We all know you are just itching to put a sheet on their head? Let’s face it the Republicans had eight years to deal with health care, immigration, climate change and financial oversight and governance and they failed. It appears that the Republican Party is only good at starting wars (two in eight years, with fat contracts to friends of Cheney/Bush) but not at winning wars as seen by the continuing line of body bags that keep coming home. The Republicans party will continue turned inward to their old fashion obstructionist party (and their Confederacy appreciation roots) because they continue to allow a small portions (but very loud portion) of their party of “birthers, baggers and blowhards” to rule their party. I will admit that this fringe is very good at playing “Follow the Leader” by listening to their dullard leaders, Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O’Reilly, Rush, Savage, Sarah Bailin, Orly Taitz, Victoria Jackson, Michele Bachmann and the rest of the Blowhards and acting as ill programmed robots (they have already acted against doctors that perform abortions). The Birthers and the Tea party crowd think they can scare, intimidate and force others to go along with them by comments like “This time we came unarmed”, let me tell you something not all ex-military join the fringe militia crazies who don’t pay taxes and run around with face paint in the parks playing commando, the majority are mature and understand that the world is more complicated and grey than the black and white that these simpleton make it out to be and that my friend is the point. The world is complicated and people like Hamilton, Lincoln, and Roosevelt believed that we should use government a little to increase social mobility, now it’s about dancing around the claim of government is the problem. The sainted Reagan passed the biggest tax increase in American history and as a result federal employment increased, but facts are lost when mired in mysticism and superstition. For a party that gave us Abraham Lincoln, it is tragic that the ranks are filled with too many empty suits and the crazy Birthers who have not learned that the way our courts work is that you get a competent lawyer, verifiable facts and present them to a judge, if the facts are real and not half baked internet lies, then, and only then, do you proceed to trial. The Birthers seem to be having a problem with their so called “facts”. Let’s face it no one will take the Birthers seriously until they win a case, but until then, you will continue to appear dumb, crazy or racist, or maybe all three. I heard that Orly Taitz now wants to investigate the “Republican 2009 Summer of Love” list: Assemblyman, Michael D. Duvall (CA), Senator John Ensign (NV), Senator Paul Stanley (TN), Governor Mark Stanford (SC), Board of Ed Chair, and Kristin Maguire AKA Bridget Keeney (SC), she wants to re-establish a family values party, that’s like saying that the Catholic Church cares about the welling being of children in their care, too late for that.

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