Battle of the BordersProfound thoughts and long-term implications coming from Glenn Reynolds. Time will tell what the goal and end-result will be from these mass rallies. I tend to agree with Glenn--whichever way you look at this, the left always has "more control" as the end goal.
...the obvious tendency of this weekend's marches to provoke a backlash makes me wonder why they're happening. One possibility is that the organizers are dumb, and don't think there will be a backlash. The other possibility is that the organizers aren't dumb, and figure that they'll benefit from a backlash if it occurs. Either they win (which means they win) or they lose, and get a prop. 187 type response, leaving both illegal and legal Latino immigrants polarized and looking to them for leadership (which means they win). Given the GOP's inroads into the Latino vote, this may be, in part, an effort to sabotage any Latino realignment toward the GOP.Meanwhile, the issue is becoming more and more volatile, as protestors and counterprotesters clash.
The problem was that there were two factions present at Bank Calumet in Munster, Indiana. IFIRE, along with CMP, their friends in the anti-ILLEGAL-immigration battle, regularly protests this bank for offering mortgages to ILLEGAL aliens.Michelle Malkin highlights the radical ethnic separatist aspects of these rallies, and mentions the LA Times airbrushing of their story.
Today we had counter-protesters, and the cops at first did nothing to keep us apart. When Jake and I showed up, we had to push our way through screaming socialists (more on that in a moment) to join our protest. Anywhere else we've ever protested with people holding an opposing point of view, the cops have instructed each group to take a certain spot to avoid this sort of thing.
The IFIRE/CMP folks stood together on the sidewalk, and the counter-protesters formed a line, surrounding us, and walked in a circle, jeering, chanting, and shouting slurs like "racist" and "Nazi" in our faces as they jostled by us.
Then the altercation went down. The cops were around the corner, and took a couple of minutes to get through the crowd...
As Mickey Kaus points out, the reporters at the Los Angeles Times (and all other major media, for that matter) have downplayed the radical ethnic separatism that characterized the pro-illegal immigration rallies over the weekend. While the Times misleadingly asserted that the Los Angeles rally "featured more American flags than those from any other country," its reporters conveniently ignored marchers with extremist signs and banners advocating America-undermining concepts of reconquista and Aztlan:Lonewacko points out that the Georgia illegal aliens protest was organized by former Mexican consul. What is Mexico's role in this whole fiasco? I would like to see official statements from all of the Latin American embassies encouraging their citizens to calm down!
Tim Molloy of the AP offers a roundup of the recent protest by illegal aliens who are demanding rights to which they aren't entitled in the falsely-titled "Immigration Rallies Draw Thousands Nationwide". It contains the following:This is not helping anyone! They are making the situation worse for themselves, and harder for legal immigrants. What do THEY expect? They don't vote, so they don't have any sway with our elected officials. All they are doing is attracting negative attention!Teodoro Maus, an organizer of the Georgia protest, estimated as many as 80,000 Hispanics did not show up for work.Molloy or his editors are apparently too shy to tell us that Maus isn't just a member of the "Coordinating Committee of Community Leaders". He's also a former Mexican consul. As with other professions, whether anyone is truly ever a "former" consul is unclear.
Here's an earlier AP article that doesn't disclose his former job. And, here's more on some recent statements he made here.
tags: Immigration, Politics, border, Terrorism, Homeland Security, MEXICO.