More on Holder, Radical Islam, and Profiling

Yesterday, I wrote about Eric Holder’s amazing confession: he never even read the Arizona illegal immigration bill that he was so bitterly criticizing. After writing it, this very appropriate cartoon surfaced, so it’s worth sharing.

Even a fictional conversation can contain a lot of truth. Actually, I believe Holder has read the Constitution; he just has a different take on it—that it should be ignored.

Incidentally, it’s now a matter of record that Janet Napolitano, director of Homeland Security, former governor of Arizona, and another critic of the new law, hasn’t read it either. Is this our comic relief for the week?

I also noted in the posting yesterday that in an appearance at a congressional hearing, the Republican questioner couldn’t convince Holder that radical Islam should be clearly identified as a threat. Holder refused to acknowledge it without multiple conditions. Perhaps his attitude is captured in this:

Who’s the real coward?

Speaking of radical Islamic terrorism, remember how eager the media was to pin the Times Square bombing attempt on someone connected with the Tea Party? It was a severe disappointment when the perpetrator turned out to be . . . well, a radical Islamic terrorist. Yet when it comes to the mainstream media, it’s difficult to dissuade them.

Maybe profiling is the answer after all.

No, that’s not what I meant. But I wouldn’t be surprised if it became reality.

A National Disgrace

Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States, has pretty much made a mockery of that office. I don’t say that lightly.

He’s the one who keeps pushing for terrorists to have civil trials, who claims that America is a nation of cowards that is unwilling to engage in a meaningful dialogue on race [wait a minute, didn’t that nation of cowards elect a black man to the presidency?], and who can’t bring himself, while testifying to a congressional committee, to say that radical Islam is a threat to the country.

A few days ago, he made a curious admission: even though he had been criticizing the Arizona illegal immigration law, he acknowledged he had never actually read the law. Cartoonists are having a good time with this one:

Where have we heard this kind of thing recently? How about the healthcare bill? Congress voted for that ill-advised legislation without reading it. Must be an epidemic. Is it too much to ask that government officials read the legislation upon which they either vote or comment?

The position of attorney general is that of the chief law enforcement agent in the federal government. Holder is disgracing himself and his nation by both his words and his actions.

The Obama Worldview & Arizona

If you are a regular reader of my musings, you know I have a foundational disagreement with President Obama with respect to his worldview and the policies that emanate from it. His vision of the world, America’s place in it, and the legitimate uses of government are diametrically opposed to mine.

The Obama worldview sees America as no different than other nations (except perhaps a bit worse than most), he seems to think we should become more like other countries and less like what we have always been, and he is more than ready to use all the branches of government to re-create America in his image.

That’s why his sense of what’s important is skewed. The Iranian threat? Keep talking and let them know we might someday, if we ever get serious, possibly (but not definitively) do “something” about it. He sort of tiptoes around that issue. Then Arizona decides to enforce the law that the federal government doesn’t enforce and the gloves come off. I think Obama has said more about the illegal immigration law in Arizona than he has about Iran.

The distortions being spread about this law are brazen. Yet I think the agitators are simply following the age-old advice: if you repeat a lie often enough, people will start believing it’s the truth.

Take the issue of having to show some ID if you are doing something that looks suspicious. First of all, visitors to another country always need to have some ID ready to show. All countries expect this. All, of course, except ours, it appears. Even citizens have to show ID at times.

When I do the grocery shopping [which I enjoy, by the way], at the checkout counter, I have to hand my credit card to the cashier for her to check. Sometimes, in other stores, I also have to show a driver’s license to prove I am who I say I am.

Sounds like a real Nazi state, doesn’t it?

Obama’s sense of priorities is off. He needs to concentrate on the real threats.

Meanwhile, I plan to join the Arizona buycott.

The Hottest Stories

The two hottest stories everyone is following right now are the 90% approval ratings for Congress and the Chicago Cubs’ latest winning streak.

No, wait, I got that wrong. Sorry for the confusion. Let me try again.

The two hottest stories everyone is following right now are the Arizona illegal immigration bill and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

On that first topic, which I’ve already commented on twice before, I personally find it rather amusing that San Francisco has taken leadership of the presumed boycott of Arizona. Now there’s a real threat.

And while I don’t wish to add fuel to the fire for those who are up in arms about supposed civil rights violations, I do believe it’s time to get things into perspective.

I’m sorry, but I just can’t get exercised over law enforcement officers wanting to see some ID if there is a legitimate suspicion of illegal activity of any stripe. Comparisons to Nazi Germany are ludicrous. Arizonans support this bill because things are spinning out of control in their state. What about their civil rights?

Incidentally, the mass protests on May 1 were on the same day that historically has been celebrated as communism’s high unholy day. May Day is a communist observance. If you look closely, you will see some extremely leftist organizations taking charge of these protests. There is a lot of radical Left money behind this.

By the way, one of these protest marches turned violent. In Santa Cruz, California, the crowd started breaking windows in businesses and spray painting them. A coffee shop entrance was set on fire, which fortunately was extinguished by the fire department. Between $50,000 and $100,000 worth of damages was reported.

Now, tell me again how violent those Tea Parties are.

Meanwhile, the BP oil disaster in the Gulf may have some unintended consequences. Some effects can be seen in the threat to nature and to the fishing and shrimping industries, but there are zealots who would like to use this disaster for their “green” purposes. They will want Congress to act. The problem of course—and as usual—is what Congress may decide to do.

We have our own man-made disaster in Washington, DC, courtesy of the 53% who put these people in charge.

I wish those words weren’t so close to the truth.

Legitimate Concern vs. Tired Old Rhetoric

The new Arizona law regarding illegal immigrants has created some discussion in conservative circles: there are those—Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio among them—who have expressed concerns over possible misapplication of the law. Legitimate concerns should always be expressed, and the discussion over them should be civil. Rubio has done so. He also noted that the Arizona legislature moved to amend the bill to ensure that no one can use race as a basis for carrying out the law.

As Rubio correctly noted on Fox News Sunday, Arizona citizens are now suffering from the extension of a drug war in Mexico; it’s spilling over into their state. He understands that they acted out of genuine concern for safety.

There are others, however, who have little interest in a civil debate. They simply see racism in anything that attempts to curb the flood of illegal immigration or any civil protest against the encroachments of the federal government.

I’m getting rather numbed by that tired old rhetoric. I’m hopeful that its overuse will doom it to oblivion very soon.

The reality is this: there is a blatant political component behind the desire to look the other way as the illegal activities continue. Here are a couple of examples that explain the politics of it rather well.

The goal is actually rather transparent. He who pays is boss. To whom much is owed, much will be repaid—in future elections.

This Is Peaceful?

Let’s see, what do we have here? Why, that’s an image of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer dressed as a pinata. The sign says “Say no to Arizona Republican Party.” There’s a young boy ready to swing at her with a bat, while others in the background are enjoying the sight.

No violence here. No disrespect for authority. It’s all in your imagination.

Here we have a demonstrator against the new Arizona law that seeks to identify illegal aliens. He’s outraged. Why should anyone doing something illegal be prosecuted? Why, if a society started doing things like that the rule of law might prevail. What a horrid thought.

Notice his interesting shirt? It has the image of Che Guevara, Castro’s comrade in revolution who was just as much a mass murderer as his fearless leader. This is the face of those who oppose the new law? I wonder if this protester has the same ideology as Che—totalitarian Marxism?

When news came of the signing of the bill, the protests turned ugly with the crowds shouting and throwing things at the police. The political Left has gone ballistic. They are comparing the law to the Nazi holocaust of Jews. . . . Yes, you heard that right.

Let’s see: Hitler murdered 6 million Jews in his concentration camps; the Arizona law checks on suspicious individuals who might be in the country illegally. Yes, I guess those are about the same.

You always know when something is a little bit looney if Al Sharpton shows up.

Meanwhile, 70% of Arizona’s citizens [you know, the people who live there legally and can vote] approve of the new law. Their reasons have to do with certain salient facts about the dangers posed by illegals committing crimes in the state. Not too long ago, one rancher was killed as he tried to protect his property from illegals.

No one is saying that all illegals are criminals. In fact, the law does not send out the police to round people up. It merely enforces existing law in lieu of the federal government taking its responsibilites seriously.

Phoenix has the second-highest kidnapping rate in the world due to illegal immigration and human smuggling. The activity is spurred by Mexico’s drug cartels and has led to an increase in violent crime in the city.

Yet the protesters, as has become the norm, have made this into a racial issue.

Yes, I know, it should be “divisive” [I didn’t draw the cartoon].

How has the media handled the reaction to this new law? Why, those are peaceful protesters with legitimate grievances! They’re not like those hateful Tea Party people who are always threatening to kill and destroy!

What’s that? You say there hasn’t been any violence at a Tea Party rally? You say that people of all ethnic backgrounds are welcome and do participate?

Tell that to the mainstream media.