February 07, 2007

The "kindred spirit" argument used to hinder debate on legitimate issue

OK, I said there'd be light blogging this week and there will -- just after today! I'm ahead of schedule on packing for my trip (I leave tomorrow morning) so I'm working off a bit of nervous energy by writing.

Anyhoo, check out how CNN attempted to scare those who have a beef with illegal immigration into essentially keeping mum: The KKK has seen an increase in membership "which some believe is the result of the heated debate on immigration, which at times uses hateful language."

Well, there you have it, folks. You don't want to be "associated" with that "fringest" of nutty wack-job organizations now, do you? Since an increase in their numbers may have something to do with the illegal immigration debate (oops, sorry -- "undocumented worker" debate), let's forego further discussion! I mean, you don't want the Klan to grow, do you? DO YOU??

Justin McCarthy wraps it up in a nutshell (my emphasis):

As previously reported on Newsbusters, the mainstream media overlooks fringe groups at anti-war rallies, pro-illegal immigrant rallies, or even extreme anti-American hatred at anti-Bush rallies overseas. However, when it comes to opposition against illegal immigration, the mainstream media tries to connect it to fringe hate groups where ever they can find it.

Y'think?

UPDATE: Talk about timing. Check out this interesting [unsolicited] e-mail I received recently:

Jail Politicians Not Border Patrol Agents!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 6, 2006

CONTACT: Americans for Legal Immigration PAC
WilliamG@alipac.us
Tel: (919) 787-6009 Toll Free: (866) 329-3999

Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) has called on activists from all fifty states, to call on Congress to pardon border agents Compean and Ramos and to launch Congressional investigations to determine why the Bush administration is acting more on behalf of human and drug smuggling cartels than the American public.

Border Patrol agent Ramos was severely assaulted in prison by illegal alien gang members on Saturday night, after America's Most Wanted aired a story about him. Agents Ramos and Compean were sent to prison for poor record keeping, after shooting a known illegal alien drug smuggler in the buttocks.

"We need these Border Patrol agents out of prison immediately," said William Gheen of ALIPAC. "Now is the time for America to start investigating which politicians and CEOs need to go to prison for subverting our existing immigration laws, depriving the public of government by the people, and facilitating the costly invasion of America."

According to statistics published by the office of Congressman Steve King (R-IA), between 12-25 Americans are killed per day by the criminal acts of illegal aliens in America. That estimate suggests that more than 4,000 Americans are killed each year due to the Executive Branch's failure to enforce the existing laws passed by Congress. In addition to those murders, thousands of Americans also suffer assaults, rapes, and thefts at the hands of illegal aliens, which have little or no fear of neither apprehension nor immigration enforcement.

"We do not need immigration reform," said William Gheen. "We need comprehensive immigration enforcement. There is massive loss of life, liberty, and property due to this invasion. The casualties at home are higher than in Iraq!"

ALIPAC Activists recently celebrated a raid on the Smithfield Foods Inc. plant in Tarheel, NC after months of activist pressure campaigns calling for the raid.

ALIPAC Activists attention will now focus on calling for Congressional investigations into the Bush administration for failure to enforce the existing laws of the United States of America, which were duly passed by the Representatives of the American citizenry. The failure to enforce existing laws has thus deprived American citizens of Representation and a functioning Republic for which the flag stands.

Many of the recent actions by the Executive Branch involving immigration issues benefit large corporations and drug and human importing, organized crime syndicates, while causing massive harm to American citizens.

It is time for official investigations from Congress! It is time to jail politicians, not Border Patrol agents!

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Paid for by
AMERICANS FOR LEGAL IMMIGRATION PAC
Post Office Box 30966, Raleigh, NC 27622-0966
Tel: (919) 787-6009 Toll Free: (866) 329-3999
FEC ID: C00405878

I wonder if CNN will seek out Mr. Gheen and ask him if he knows that he's "encouraging" the KKK with this sort of rhetoric!

Posted by Hube at February 7, 2007 05:37 PM | TrackBack

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While I agree with everything you say, Hube -- especially about the idiocy of caring how the KKK feels about illegals (my favorite in this vein is the fact that Hitler loved dogs, I love dogs, therefore I am like Hitler) -- I'm skeptical about the figure on how many Americans are killed by illegal immigrants. If the rest of the nation is anything like Philadelphia, most of the violence is against other immigrants, many of whom are also illegal. It's sort of like the mob -- most of their violence is against their own. I have only anecdotal evidence to go on there, but it feels right to me.

Posted by: Al Mascitti at February 7, 2007 08:58 PM

Hube:
couple points.

Does the KKK publish its "membership" census? If not, how the frig can CNN say its membership is increasing?

And Al, the term "Americans" includes illegal immigrants just like when they say there are 46 million Americans without health insurance, that number includes an estimated 15 million illegal or recent legal immigrants.

Posted by: AJ LYnch at February 8, 2007 08:48 AM

"I have only anecdotal evidence to go on there, but it feels right to me."

That's how we end up with stories that are "fake but accurate".

Additionally, most of the people on the most wanted lists in LA for homicide are illegals. MS-13 is a major major problem and rife with illegal aliens.

Posted by: Duffy at February 8, 2007 09:26 AM

No, Duffy, we end up with stories like that when the writer doesn't note that his observations based on anecdotal evidence are just that, anecdotal evidence. But of course, I forgot, conservatives already know everything, so they don't have to listen to anything else.

Posted by: Al Mascitti at February 8, 2007 09:54 PM