I’m not sure I want to keep blogging about politics, but sometimes I’m dumb that way. Here I go again.
U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann from Minnesota was recently speaking in Monticello and had this to say about immigration:
“We’re losing our country,” she said. “People are not assimilating themselves to America. They’re not speaking English, and you must speak it if you want to succeed here in this country.”
Losing our country? What? Assimilation and speaking English are not requirements of being an American (reminds me of an uproar over a Spanish version of the national anthem). Seems like our basic freedoms cover that one, and practicing our freedoms is about as American as you can get.
Then she goes on to talk about the U.S/Mexico border fence in response to a question about it:
“Exactly. The money is there. It’s our [Congress’] fault. We aren’t doing our job here,” Bachmann replied. “And the argument that fences don’t work doesn’t hold water. Look at Israel and Palestine Fences work. Maybe people have too much interest or benefit from open borders.”
The separation barrier Israel erected to deter Palestinian terrorists is her example? Wow. Whether or not that fence is effective is debatable. Some say it’s been very effective, others say reduced terrorism is due to other measures. Some point to rocket attacks as proof that if you build a fence, they’ll find a way around.
But that’s kind of besides the point. We’re talking about immigrants, not terrorists. Invading countries seems to be an effective anti-terrorism method. Should we try that next?
I realize she’s not intentionally comparing immigrants with terrorists, she’s trying to compare effective methods. It’s just unfortunate that her comparison quickly leads to equating immigrants with terrorists. Maybe I should cut her some slack. But not on her first point—we’re not losing our country to people who don’t speak English and refuse to watch baseball and eat apple pie.
Though this comment on MNSpeak really made me laugh:
I agree with Bachmann. The wall around Palestine is doing great job at keeping out the Mexicans.” –Kurtis Scaletta