Today: Mexico. Tomorow: Canada!
Commentary upon curious characters by a curious character
Here's a fun-loving group of right-wing Christian racists that I'm
sure you're going to love! Quite impressively, they call themselves
"The National Alliance of Christian Militia." Their claimed goal for
next Feburary? To send a quarter of a million wide-eyed drunken fools
to the United States / Mexico border to "stop drug traffic" -- can you
gimme ah amen?! -- even if they have to "shoot whoever it takes."
Today is 25/Sep/95, at 16:00. On KFI AM 640 Los Angeles, the "Ken and
Bob" radio show has "True Christian Patriot, All Around Hero, and Savior
of America!" Dean Compton on the air to talk about his little war with
Mexico. Using the still workable rhetoric of "stopping drugs," these
unsalted mixed nuts ironically end-up using the same public hysteria
about drugs that they accuse the U. S. government of using as an excuse
to violate the civil and Constitutional rights of its citizens.
Most of the rhetoric coming from supporters of these lunatics focus
upon economics rather than brown skin -- at least publically. Of major
stated concern is the amount of free medical care illegal aliens
recieve and the adverse impact it has on the medical care which citizens
recieve. Due to heavy lay-offs and threatened closures of clinics,
hospitals, and emergency room wards in Southern California, people are
coming more and more to the conclusion that to solve the nation's
financial woes only takes getting rid of all illegals.
The ruse of "drug interdiction" because "the government isn't doing
its job" is really an excuse for a few lunatics to wind-up a few pretend
G. I. Joes into showing up on the border with their guns while wondering
why no one else showed up. Linda Thompson did the same thing when she
issued a letter calling for an armed march on Washington -- only to
call it off at the last moment, probably with the hopes that the truely
clueless would go ahead with it. Though the financial concerns are at
least justified, running off to the border with a gun to "defend the
country" against the "illegal invasion" seems less honest than
admitting that what motivates these clowns is scapegoatism, xenophobia,
and the ever-popular "I just wanna shoot somebody."
Personally, I would _love_ to see 250,000 right-wing religious zealots
show up at the border with their guns. Let the National Guard solve
America's biggest problem.
Fredric L. Rice
The Skeptic Tank 1:102/890.0