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The (Republican) Terrorists Have Already Won

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If one looks at SB 1070, Arizona's Gestapo-esque immigration law that went into effect yesterday despite a federal judge striking down key components of it, with clear eyes and takes note of all the fallout that's resulted, one realizes that the Arizona GOP actually got everything they ever asked for and probably a good deal more.

True, this explosion of hatred toward Latinos legal or otherwise, has had some less than salutary effects on the state's economy. But those repercussions will not be felt by the state GOP lawmakers but the average small business owner and landlord.

The benefits that the GOP is already seeing is the mass exodus of Latinos both legal and illegal, who have been leaving Arizona by the thousands. Who will actually suffer from this? Democrats who have come to rely on this same Latino voting bloc's reliably Democratic votes.

They also succeeded in making Arizona a lot whiter in a big hurry and without placing much of a burden on the state's limping economy and the state's penal system.

When SB 1070 was ratified in the Arizona legislature, 11 other states followed suit and either ratified or introduced legislation that would enforce similar measures against immigrants. The Arizona Republican Party is metastasizing.

Hell, even Judge Susan Bolton's highly critical ruling of SB 1070 has been hailed as a "huge victory" by the same whackjobs who'd co-authored it because Bolton couldn't or wouldn't completely eviscerate it.


And if you want to know how insanely xenophobic white Republicans have gotten, Iowa Republicans, I sh*t you not, want to strip President Barack Obama of his citizenship, hence get him thrown out of the White House, just for winning and accepting the Nobel Prize. They're basing this on a proposed amendment (the original 13th amendment, not the one that banned slavery) that failed in Congress exactly 200 years ago.

This is their platform, people, and we're letting it pay dividends. There's really no downside to the GOP's starkly batshit insane and irrational fear of brown people. Like the Bush administration was fond of saying, if we give in to fear, then the terrorists have already won.

Then they scared the crap out of us and it paid billions in dividends to war contractors. We let them steal our constitutional protections, our civil liberties eight years ago and we still haven't gotten them back.

Well, the terrorists have won again and they triumphantly rode in on a snow-white elephant.

 

An unapologetic liberal blogger since January 2005, JP is a published poet, aspiring but frustrated novelist and a perennial victim of George Failey's and Vice President Potter's vision for this once-great country. His blog is called Welcome Back to (more...)
 
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where in the arizona law which is a federal law sa... by steve brandt on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 12:17:34 PM
...that they're not the real targets of this just ... by Robert Crawford on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 12:33:27 PM
This is about who is here illegally. Does not matt... by Paul Kruger on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 12:40:37 PM
LEGALLY. Because only legal citizens can vote. And... by Robert Crawford on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 12:45:49 PM
"No, it's about who is here." [followed by claim t... by Phil Weingart on Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 7:38:27 AM
I love it when people that don't live in Az spout ... by Mary Blatt on Tuesday, Aug 3, 2010 at 8:24:43 PM
well if you strip him of one he'll still have one ... by steve brandt on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 12:19:34 PM
Steve,It appears you were flagged by someone, prob... by Recce1 on Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 2:08:51 AM
...of wanting to buy Latino votes including those ... by Robert Crawford on Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 9:37:25 AM
wow, some new facts. thanks for that.. funny how a... by Michael Olympia on Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 12:25:00 PM
Actually people who talk about Latinos as a bloc a... by Miriam Callaghan on Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 4:10:38 PM
Oh, please. A real liberal would've engaged their ... by Robert Crawford on Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 4:40:08 PM
your "counterpunching" is an excessive over-respon... by Rob Kall on Sunday, Aug 1, 2010 at 10:29:28 AM
your "counterpunching" is an excessive over-respon... by Rob Kall on Sunday, Aug 1, 2010 at 10:29:49 AM
...like it or not, Curly, that's exactly what this... by Robert Crawford on Tuesday, Aug 3, 2010 at 10:35:00 AM
So if we do not fall 100% in line with Crawford we... by Michael Olympia on Tuesday, Aug 3, 2010 at 1:23:21 PM
He really does drip with anger doesn't he. Doesn't... by Mary Blatt on Tuesday, Aug 3, 2010 at 8:41:38 PM
If only you'd take this public Robert with the cou... by Recce1 on Wednesday, Aug 4, 2010 at 6:23:50 PM
on his blog. In fact completely flamed this site ... by Laura Roberts on Wednesday, Aug 4, 2010 at 10:22:32 PM
Robert Crawford, you adduce that you state facts y... by Recce1 on Monday, Aug 2, 2010 at 2:47:31 AM
you just gained a fanKatherine Magdangal...is on F... by katherine magdangal on Sunday, Aug 1, 2010 at 1:27:35 PM
and we are letting them. Yes, Arizona is whiter an... by revgerry on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 12:27:32 PM
The"popular narrative" is encouraged by the power-... by Tony Bartoletti on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 9:01:16 PM
Tony, you asked a couple of very fair and pertinen... by Recce1 on Monday, Aug 2, 2010 at 1:21:13 AM
I appreciate the response Recce1, and I think we a... by Tony Bartoletti on Tuesday, Aug 3, 2010 at 4:53:07 AM
I pretty much agree. I don't advocate chasing down... by Recce1 on Tuesday, Aug 3, 2010 at 6:53:35 AM
Totally with you on voting. I may be a bit soft on... by Tony Bartoletti on Tuesday, Aug 3, 2010 at 4:59:57 AM
It is nice to see some honest communication. I am ... by Michael Olympia on Tuesday, Aug 3, 2010 at 1:30:35 PM
Let's be clear that Bolton did not specifically bl... by Paul Kruger on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 12:37:00 PM
That's why I was careful to say it still went into... by Robert Crawford on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 12:39:28 PM
in spite of any large exodus going on, only legal ... by Michael Shaw on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 12:47:47 PM
Field of Dreams, "If you build it they will come" ... by Paul Kruger on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 12:48:19 PM
Until people from both of the destructive parties ... by Michael Olympia on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 1:18:13 PM
Stop pretending that we are not all immigrantsWe a... by Michael Olympia on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 1:25:52 PM
Not all are immigrants to this country, there are ... by Laura Roberts on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 4:19:44 PM
that is correct to a large degree, but even native... by Michael Olympia on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 4:59:28 PM
It would help if people stopped using the phrase "... by Recce1 on Sunday, Aug 1, 2010 at 11:20:26 PM
Unbelievable...... can anyone get practical here?... by Mary Blatt on Tuesday, Aug 3, 2010 at 9:07:18 PM
Several people, including myself, have pointed the... by Michael Olympia on Wednesday, Aug 4, 2010 at 11:42:39 AM
Michael, I'm not ready to send you back to Europe.... by Recce1 on Wednesday, Aug 4, 2010 at 9:26:19 PM
Good Job. You cover the legitimate issues on both ... by Tony Bartoletti on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 9:29:52 PM
That is not exactly what I am saying... you might ... by Michael Olympia on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 9:44:50 PM
I take the illegal immigrants to be "ordinary peop... by Tony Bartoletti on Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 3:02:02 AM
Tony, I like your suggestion. I covers the major a... by Recce1 on Monday, Aug 2, 2010 at 12:54:42 AM
is exactly what it is but then most (99%) of the i... by John Shriver on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 1:34:03 PM
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Used to be where students could work the summer jo... by Dennis Kaiser on Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 10:49:44 AM
I doubt that you could really pay for your educati... by Michael Olympia on Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 12:30:24 PM
That is the reality in my case. And the "community... by Dennis Kaiser on Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 1:10:22 PM
You are saying you paid for your entire education ... by Michael Olympia on Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 3:34:02 PM
Fruit and veggies were not in the mix, but I suppo... by Dennis Kaiser on Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 5:02:20 PM
I really don't know what new twists you are talkin... by Michael Olympia on Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 5:44:42 PM
Oh, my GOD, I'm SO glad you pointed this out to us... by Barb Beck on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 2:55:32 PM
This is a perfect example of what I am talking abo... by Michael Olympia on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 3:49:29 PM
ignorance of a law just to fit your agenda dont cu... by steve brandt on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 4:17:08 PM
Because my Grampa was an illegal from Poland, alon... by Michael Olympia on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 5:03:16 PM
The companies who knowingly hire illegals, pay the... by Tony Bartoletti on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 9:19:40 PM
Just so that I am not misunderstood - when I say "... by Tony Bartoletti on Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 3:23:18 AM
Yes, that makes sense to me. I don't even care if ... by Michael Olympia on Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 12:33:54 PM
I've seen the flagged comments above and have to w... by Laura Roberts on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 4:34:09 PM
...or patience with partisan, right wing pinheads ... by Robert Crawford on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 4:46:41 PM
While using the race card to defend crime, I wonde... by Michael Olympia on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 5:12:15 PM
...especially since I have two kids who are biraci... by Robert Crawford on Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 9:49:43 AM
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I wonder how many of his trucks have been stolen o... by Mary Blatt on Tuesday, Aug 3, 2010 at 9:47:49 PM
(Continued from above)There are some positive thin... by Michael Olympia on Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 1:05:47 PM
There are some positive things happening too, but ... by Michael Olympia on Sunday, Aug 1, 2010 at 10:18:44 AM
The reason for the double posts is because at one ... by Michael Olympia on Monday, Aug 2, 2010 at 11:27:54 AM
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obamas citizenship This comment has been flaggedR... by Laura Roberts on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 4:47:57 PM
is profanity? No, it's not. It's digital laziness.... by Robert Crawford on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 4:53:35 PM
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Can I have a cookie, now?Look, sweetcheeks, I know... by Robert Crawford on Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 9:33:34 AM
sexist and condescending much?published where? you... by Michael Olympia on Sunday, Aug 1, 2010 at 5:09:10 PM
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A very well written opinion on the state of affair... by Laura Roberts on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 6:46:57 PM
You make great points Jim. Based in facts and reas... by Michael Olympia on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 6:32:47 PM
I am not sure the Arizona Republicans got the memo... by ssg13565 on Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 9:05:48 PM
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With the intense racism, anti-Muslim and xenophobi... by Ed Encho on Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 8:32:22 AM
This is very true, but the Democrats are not reall... by Michael Olympia on Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 1:23:37 PM
The Palinazis and the Republican party co-opted Te... by Ed Encho on Monday, Aug 2, 2010 at 5:24:08 PM
I don't see anyone discaliming that a significant ... by Michael Olympia on Monday, Aug 2, 2010 at 9:27:51 PM
EE, it may be a surprise to you but Beck has often... by Recce1 on Friday, Aug 6, 2010 at 2:08:31 AM
Sure Beck has not encouraged violence, like encour... by Ed Encho on Saturday, Aug 7, 2010 at 7:58:15 AM
Beck never encouraged anyone, let alone the man yo... by Recce1 on Saturday, Aug 7, 2010 at 8:36:59 PM
Have you looked into your own parties history late... by Mary Blatt on Wednesday, Aug 4, 2010 at 11:42:30 PM
... by Michael Olympia on Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 8:19:32 PM
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I'm as progressive of aliberal as one can get. B... by kevns007 on Sunday, Aug 1, 2010 at 3:38:06 AM
Racism Destroys.. and it DOES NOT matter which cre... by Michael Olympia on Sunday, Aug 1, 2010 at 8:42:48 AM
Which brand of hatred and bigotry really fires you... by Michael Olympia on Sunday, Aug 1, 2010 at 10:28:49 AM
Yes, 'stupid' was a bad choice of words and I apol... by kevns007 on Sunday, Aug 1, 2010 at 10:31:54 AM
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Laws like this are just the beginning. In our time... by Marika on Sunday, Aug 1, 2010 at 12:14:36 PM
peeled away the free enterprise system by chanting... by Michael Olympia on Sunday, Aug 1, 2010 at 1:25:21 PM
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Not about Rob Kall, who has the difficulty and cha... by Michael Olympia on Monday, Aug 2, 2010 at 11:44:52 AM