Arizona’s Immigration Law has accentuated the split in the Republican Party between the:
1. GOP establishment
: The corrupt "deficits don’t matter" spend like banshees wail, lobby saturated servants of the ultra rich who gutted regulation and threw the country off a cliff, most exemplified by the Bush dynasty, Karl Rove, Eric Cantor, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Dick Cheney....you know the gang. In Southern Arizona they are the likes of Jim Click and Don Diamond.
2. Main Tea crowd
: The Limbaugh flock of Fox lobotomized Bushophiles who scream about pills for grandma, socialism, birth certificates, and the need for the good white people of America to "take our country back" from the colored savages. Their key spokespeople are Michele Bachman, Marco Rubio, Sarah Palin, Tom Tancredo, Dick Armey, and of course media mouthpieces Beck, Hannity...
3. Paul Tea crowd
: Rooted in the ideas of Senator Ron Paul and for real Libertarianism, these folks were against both wars from the beginning and despise deficit spending even when Republicans do it. They don’t want the government in bedrooms, classrooms, or fighting holy wars in areas such as sexual preference, birth control, recreational substances, or scientific findings. Ron Paul and his son Rand Paul are the two key figures of this movement.
The "Papers Please" Law highlights the different philosophies of each.
1. The Establishment is uncomfortable with "Papers Please" as it may upset the profits associated with screwing the country’s most exploitable labor force. Jeb Bush ("may have unintended consequences"), Karl Rove ("I wish they hadn't passed it"), Michael Bloomberg, Connie Mack, Bob McDonnell, and Lindsey Graham are just a sampling of established Republicans that have made public statements voicing concerns. It's feasible that Rove is concerned that the GOP being seen as seeking to harass and imprison every Latino in the country might impact Latino support for GOP candidates.
2. Main Tea LOVES "Papers Please" and the racism for which it stands. Sarah Palin, Tea AZ CD-8 candidate Jesse Kelly, and pretend Tea candidate JD Hayworth (Hayworth actually doesn’t stand for anything except Hayworth) have endorsed the bill. The tea aligned AZ righty blogs are fine with "Papers please." I could say more, but frankly, this group has been amply covered here and elsewhere.
3. Paul Tea despises the bill as yet another expansion of government and law enforcement intrusion at great expense to the American taxpayer. Unlike Main Tea, Paul Tea actually knows how to read a budget and a balance sheet, understands logistics, and knows that "Papers Please" is a law enforcement nightmare.
Interesting cross overs have occurred. Tea pal Tom Tancredo, who called for a return to tests designed to block minorities from the polls, as well as Florida candidate Marco Rubio, have expressed discomfort with the bill. After all, it empowers minority police officers who have "reasonable suspicion" to mess with white people, even white women
, "If you don't have papers, lady, you're looking at six months. Perhaps you have something else?"
In another twist, Click/Diamond GOP establishment nominee for AZ CD-8, Jonathan Paton, voted for the bill and strongly supports it, even if it means some of his best friends might have to start paying minimum wage.
McCain remains confused.
Meanwhile, the FB group
vehemently opposing the bill has now sailed past 900,000 strong and should reach its target of 1 MILLION by the end of the week.
Labels: Immigration, Politics