With all the Arizonans gathering at the Mexico border, you'd think a new Wal-Mart was opening in Nogales. But in reality, a group called the Minuteman Project has mobilized itself to protect the foundations of American culture -- like our right to cut our own lawns and wash our own dishes.
Valuable jobs paying minimum wage or less are at stake here and the only thing standing between us and the hordes of Latin looters that threaten to take away the below-poverty line jobs are 1,000 "Hee Haw" fans calling themselves the Minuteman Project.
The Minutemen claim they lock and load southward-pointed assault weapons out of love for the stars and stripes. But upon closer examination, an ulterior, more sinister motive could be interpreted.
When Sonia Melendez of the San Angelo Standard-Times decried such vigilante action, Minuteman Project pundit Kenny Graves wrote in an online forum that he is "...not surprised that someone named Melendez would come out with an article such as the one I just read..."
Kenny goes on to ask his readers, "Why don't you shove most of the blame on the Mexican government, or lack thereof, for not taking care of its citizens[?]" Shades of a conspiracy theory darken the horizon as he enlightens us that "Mexico admits to its plan to repopulate the southwestern U.S..."
Perhaps Graves is a blatant racist, but maybe Mexico has lurked too long as our disadvantaged southern neighbor that looks upon its norteno big brother with the utmost adoration.
Perhaps we are living right next door to the TJ Maxx of the labor pool and are unwilling to admit to our frugal shopping habits. Even nationally, La raza is taking a lot of heat from our vaunted Department of Homeland Security for letting known terrorists across their border. It could be that this explains the sudden patriotism in trailer courts Arizona-wide.
Sure, the Minutemen say they just want to protect our tanking economy, but it's hard to believe that Americans with a few years of high school under their garishly-buckled belts are thinking along those lines.
In reality, it has become a philosophical issue.
In the case of the Minuteman Project, good ol' boys from southeastern Arizona are unlikely to flip their satellites from the tractor pull to al-Jazeera long enough to develop the kind of serious enmity towards al-Qaida that would warrant putting down a perfectly good can of Natural Ice to protect America's borders.
I suspect that sharing has gone out of style as an American tradition. Maybe patrolling the border to protect the crappiest jobs in America from crafty thieves parched from thirst, having paid their last peso to a swindler just to arrive here could be construed as going too far.
Even our own president came across as skeptical in a summit with Mexican President Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, saying: "I'm against vigilantes in the United States of America. I'm for enforcing the law in a rational way."
So maybe the Minuteman Project really is just a bunch of rednecks trying to justify riding around on ATVs with shotguns strapped across their backs and are pretty much incapable of comprehending the existence of more than one type of brown people.
We as a nation are becoming the fat kid who cries on his birthday -- amidst a mountain of presents -- when he realizes that he has to share his cake with the neighbors' kids who came over on the spur of the moment. That cake, metaphorically speaking, is the glamorous jobs that illegals get in the U.S.: landscapers, domestics. You know -- the power brokers.
That mountain of presents is the benefits we enjoy from being the richest and most powerful nation in the world. Let us not forget that a few of those presents are from our southern neighbors, as we have our lawns mowed and our babies burped for a pittance.
Sen. Victor Soltero, D-Tucson said it best when he denounced illegal border crossings, but ironically noted the benefit of illegal immigrants, saying: "It really concerns me that people will enjoy the good things -- the good services that immigrants provide -- and, on the other hand, saying that immigrants are only a drain on our country."
He's obviously al-Qaida. To Guantanamo with him.
Arthur Martori is a journalism junior. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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2005-04-06 14:49:04 EST
Contrary to popmythology, it has nothing at all to do with the jobs. I don't care if some group is willing to take jobs for 10 cents an hour. If the buyer and seller agree on a price, it's no one else's business. The problem is that the mexican government has been openly enouraging and assisting the invasion of the US for the purpose of getting US dollars across the border and eventual taking back the SW US which they consider stolen from them. The invaders aren't coming here to become americans, they are comming her to take from America. Criminal invaders sending money to Mexico is 2nd only to oil as the major source of income for Mexico. The invaders don't want assimilation, they brink heir culture with them and expect us to learn their language and cater to them.
There are millions of good decent people waiting years to get into the US and become americans. To have those people wait becasue criminals with no respect for us or our laws or our culture break the law and jump in ahead of them for the benefot of another country is outragous.
The Mexican government has been printing panphlets and distributing them showing the criminals the best places to cross, how to do it, how to hide, and how to travel etc. When the Minutemen setup their operations the government of Mexico put mexican troops on the border and threatened to take action if any of their criminals were harmed, and are now steering the criminals to other invasion points.
The US government should use land mines and snipers and take them out at the border as soon as they cross. Perhaps piles of bodies would act as a deterrent. The actions of the mexican government should be considered acts of war. Perhaps we should take their oil fields to pay the costs of dealing with their criminals.
But Bush, being a sleazy liar and anti-american fraud and leftist pawn wont take any action other than to assist in the invasion and destruction of the US in absolute opposition to the oath he took to protect and defend the US Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. He actually called the Minutemen "vigilantes" for doing nothing more than what neighborhood watch groups do. And I have yet to hear any sleaze bag from either socialist party discuss Mexico's threatened military invasion.
William R. James
Steven L. Robinson
2005-04-07 22:53:24 EST
So Mr. James, what are you afraid of? Are you afraid that an undocumented worker might take your job as greeter for wal mart?
2005-04-08 02:30:49 EST
Yeah, when they yell out "racist" they're pretty much admitting to rhetorical defeat, which isn't surprising considering they're criminals the second they step onto US soil uninvited. The Minutemen have certainly embarrassed the Border Patrol, the President, MALDEF, the ACLU, and Vicente Fox all in one fell swoop so they're certainly doing something right. Watching illegal activists crying like little bitches is icing on the cake.
Steven L. Robinson
2005-04-08 22:25:02 EST
In the 1850s, the Immigrant bashers were called "Know Nothings." The label fits well today as is shown by the statement below.
<*email@example.com> wrote in message news:firstname.lastname@example.org... > Yeah, when they yell out "racist" they're pretty much admitting to > rhetorical defeat, which isn't surprising considering they're criminals > the second they step onto US soil uninvited. The Minutemen have > certainly embarrassed the Border Patrol, the President, MALDEF, the > ACLU, and Vicente Fox all in one fell swoop so they're certainly doing > something right. Watching illegal activists crying like little bitches > is icing on the cake. >
2005-04-09 10:02:34 EST
On 2005-04-09, Steven L. Robinson <email@example.com> wrote: > In the 1850s, the Immigrant bashers were called "Know Nothings." The label > fits well today as is shown by the statement below.
Difference: The 'Know-nothings' were against LEGAL immigrants. The Minutemen are watching and reporting on CRIMINAL INVADERS.
Steven L. Robinson
2005-04-09 22:18:15 EST
Criminal? Since when is it criminal to want to work? Much of the US economy would collapse were it not for undocumented workers. Thanks to NAFTA there are virtually no opportunities in Mexico now. You want to stop immigration? Then repeal NAFTA and reform the maquilladora system so that industry in Mexico pays decent wages, but of course "our leaders" in Washington D.C. would never do that, as it would limit the profits of their patrons. The real criminals are in DC and in the corporate suites (such as Enron, Halliburton etc)
> Difference: The 'Know-nothings' were against LEGAL > immigrants. The Minutemen are watching and reporting on > CRIMINAL INVADERS. > > HTH
2005-04-09 23:30:13 EST
On Thu, 7 Apr 2005 22:53:24 -0400, "Steven L. Robinson" <*firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>So Mr. James, what are you afraid of? Are you afraid that an undocumented >worker might take your job as greeter for wal mart? >
Try a better strawman. If you can't figure out the dangers involved in allowing criminals to floodacross the border of a free nation then you are incapable of understanding anything. No wonder you failed to address anything I said and even had to snip it to make just a silly suggestion.
You gave it your best. One has to wonder why you bothered replying to demonstrate your ignorance.
William R. James
2005-04-09 23:47:15 EST
On Fri, 8 Apr 2005 22:25:02 -0400, "Steven L. Robinson" <*email@example.com> wrote:
>In the 1850s, the Immigrant bashers were called "Know Nothings."
We aren't discussing immigrants. Immigrants are people who immigrate, people who come here to be americans. We are discussing criminal invaders, scum who come here to take from amerians and who'd fist act on IS soil is to prove they have no respest for us, out culture, or our laws.
Land minds and snipers is a start.
William R. James
2005-04-10 16:40:46 EST
On 2005-04-10, Steven L. Robinson <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > Criminal? Since when is it criminal to want to work?
As soon as you illegally cross a border to do it.
Much of the US economy > would collapse were it not for undocumented workers.
If it were not for criminal invaders, employers would have to buy labor at market prices. Or get out of the way and let someone else do it.
Thanks to NAFTA there > are virtually no opportunities in Mexico now. You want to stop immigration? > Then repeal NAFTA and reform the maquilladora system so that industry in > Mexico pays decent wages,
Mexico is a sovereign country. We can't reform their systems. Well, we COULD invade...
but of course "our leaders" in Washington D.C. > would never do that, as it would limit the profits of their patrons. The > real criminals are in DC and in the corporate suites (such as Enron, > Halliburton etc)
Yatta, yatta. The song of the socialist parrot....