The Dream Army set up camp for weeks in the Arizona sun outside the office of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) who promised to support immigration reform. After turning his back on the Dream Act, he refused to even meet with students.
The cold bodies of those who died in the Tucson attack were not even laid to rest in their graves before conservative Rush Limbaugh and the mega dittos crowd were on the attack. Talk show hosts know how to make millions of dollars riling up the masses. They are clueless when it comes to making peace.
It is sad to say, the racist rhetoric of the right is rising to a level of insanity. One must wonder what the heck is going on with GOP leadership. It is a well documented fact the Latino voting block will be the largest single voting block in the U.S. within 15 years. With each new racist proclamation, Latinos are souring on the Grand Old Party in favor of more progressive and friendly leadership.
GOP leaders know this. They also know the way to get their names in big print is to announce yet another anti-immigrant law. After passage of Arizona SB 1070, the most vicious anti-immigrant law in the history of the U.S., some Arizona senators have acquired a fierce reputation with conservative voters. They have also cost their state over $150 million in revenue due to boycotts over a four month period alone and millions of dollars in legal fees to defend laws they know have been declared unconstitutional. None of that matters. They are willing to sacrifice the best interests of the tax payers and the GOP itself in order to gain a little fame.
A racist slogan in Phoenix, Arizona, home to SB 1070
In the meantime, the GOP insisted on a tax cut that puts $139K in the pocket of every millionaire in the country. The party wishes to deny the poorest of the poor basic education and health care while funneling millions to the super-rich. They are not even doing it nicely. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-GA) mocked the Dream Activist after defeating a law that would allow immigrant youth to attend college and serve in the military.
In recent actions, Gov. Susana Martinez (R-NM) announced she would advocate for the revocation of drivers liceneses issued to undocumented workers. GOP leaders announced their plan to pass an Arizona SB 1070 style law in the Rocky Mountain State of Colorado. Arizona rolled out a series of proposed laws aimed at denying children of undocumented workers the chance at education as well as measures to raise money to pay for the huge legal bills the state is incurring defending SB 1070. Surprisingly, even Hollywood stars try to get in on the fame, including Steven Segal who allied himself with a hunt-for-Mexican party along with a GOP favorite, Maricopa County's Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
A child of an undocumented immigrant, brought to the US by his parents, seeks to serve in the Military. Current law prohibits it. The US wants to deport this youth who is willing to put his life on the line to defend freedom.
In the old days, the GOP was a pro business party. Today, with conservative law makers at the helm, businessmen are losing their shirts with anti-Hispanic rhetoric. While it works today, the strategy will lead to a dead end street for future GOP leaders. Those who the party openly offends will not soon forget who turned their backs when the need was greatest.