Paul Campos's observations on Capitol Hill Blue put me in mind of a Cold-War era humor involving a trackmeet between the U.S. and the old U.S.S.R.
which the U.S. won.
Headlines the following day in Pravda read. "In international trackmeet, USSR
finishes second. USA finishes second-to-last"
Republicans apparently are sending out Spanish-language radio spots in which the truth is turned
upside down. In describing recent events involving proposed anti-immigration legislation that included the "F" word,
"Reid's Democrat allies voted to treat millions of hardworking immigrants as Felons,
while Republican leaders work for legislation that will protect our borders and honor our immigrants."
I speak as an embarrassed white man who cannot make apologies for stupid republican white men
in Washington D.C. as originally portrayed by one M. Moore in his book of the same name.
These stupid white Republicans apparently not only consider the recipients of Spanish-language
radio spots, but also the rest of us non-repubs as dumber than bleached flour.
The excerpt from Campos after the break:
... I note that the Republican National Committee is spearheading an advertising campaign
of such epic dishonesty that its chairman, Ken Mehlman, has for now secured the title "Chief Sinverguenza of the GOP" despite
the current ferocious competition for that honor.
The Spanish-language radio spots, which are slated to begin running in markets with large Hispanic
populations this week, criticize Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada for "playing politics" with immigration reform
(last week, a proposed Senate immigration bill died when Republican Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee refused to allow Reid to
bring forward various amendments to the measure).
This in itself wouldn't be newsworthy; but what pushes the ads from the world of ordinary political
mudslinging into the realm of Orwellian doublethink is their claim that "Reid's Democrat allies voted to treat millions of
hardworking immigrants as felons, while Republican leaders work for legislation that will protect our borders and honor our
This claim, it should be unnecessary to point out, is a precise inversion of the truth. At the
urging of President Bush's Department of Justice, the House Republican leadership introduced a bill that would transform undocumented
immigrants into felons. Currently, being in the United States without proper documentation isn't a crime. People who are here
illegally can, of course, be deported, but their undocumented status doesn't make them criminals.
The House bill aims to change that, and it passed on a largely party-line vote, with Republican
members voting "yes," and Democrats voting "no." So how did Mehlman and his RNC propaganda machine transform this history
into the claim that, unlike Republicans, "Democrats voted to treat millions of hardworking immigrants as felons?"
Here's how: There was a proposed amendment to the bill would have reduced the penalty for being
in the country illegally to a misdemeanor. Democrats voted against this, too. According to the RNC, this vote means the Democrats
were in favor of retaining the felony provisions.
That GOP argument fails what lawyers call "the red face test" _ in other words, it's an argument
a lawyer couldn't make without blushing (which, when you consider the sorts of arguments lawyers make every day, is saying
Now let us remember and not forget that when the McGavicks and Reicherts and Mcmorrises ...
et al make public speeches pretending to full civic honesty with Washington voters, they belong to a party that deliberately
and publicly turns truth on its head to curry votes from the rest of us - people they consider quite dumb.
They belong to and are funded by a party that ships in a Prez or VP to pretend that they've
looked in to a particular Republican candidate's heart and found him/her worthy and deserving of your cash donations and political
support - all at taxpayer expense and call it a good, honest and justifiable waste of taxpayer resources.
But I must share a secret with you. Pac County has a hispanic population that is of significant
size tho by no means on a level with agriculture counties in Eastern Washington or Skagit County.
These residents are part of what drives the local economy - paying taxes, buying homes and exercising
This busy population of working families continues to amaze me with how perceptive they are
about more than just economic realities. They continue to amaze me with their spontaneous comments proferred without solicitation
that "Bush is bad for the Mexicans."
I'm not so dumb as to assume that such an attitude constitutes an absolute unanimity of opinion.
I'm also not so dumb as to assume I can take a truth, restate that truth by moving subjects, predicates and direct objects
around and get away with it. Oh, and pretending that such an action presents to the nation a socially redeeming service.
From the national level to the state level the deception disease permeates Republican thinking.
What Mehlman and company are pulling on Hispanic voters nationwide, the state Republicans are pulling in the same manner,
to wit fake sex offender notices and poorly executed swift-bloat attacks on the governor, Senator Cantwell and other Democratic
That's why this current political crop is essentially useless and not to be trusted. It's infected
and corrupted thru and thru. We'll have to wait for a whole new generation of publicly honest republicans to sprout.
© Arthur Ruger 2006