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GOP Microchip Hypocrisy

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Whether its all just a big misunderstanding or not, Pat Betroche's comments on illegal immigrants highlight how absolutely bizzare the Republicans have gotten when talking about them.

Pat Betroche is one of six other candidates looking to challenge Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa) in November. Betroche is a Des Moines physician who suggested at a Republican forum that illegal immigrants should be "microchipped." Saying "I can microchip my dog so I can find it. Why can't I microchip an illegal?"

Not suprisingly, Betroche was heavily criticized by immigrant rights and civil rights groups in Iowa, with the criticism continuing after Betroche said he was joking and that he really doesn't believe in that sort of thing.

Just two weeks before all this happened, Georgia's senate passed a bill that would ban microchip implantation into humans without their consent. Virginia did the same thing back in February because of worries about the devil, at least according to Mark Cole, the bill's lead sponsor, and what he told the Washington Post:

"My understanding -- I'm not a theologian -- but there's a prophecy in the Bible that says you'll have to receive a mark, or you can neither buy nor sell things in end times," Cole said. "Some people think these computer chips might be that mark."

Microchips being signs of the devil is a rumor circulated around on the prestigious internet. Some were worried that the Health Care bill that passed in March was going to require that people be implanted with microchips so their movements could be monitored.

They don't want microchips forcibly implanted. Unless they're illegal immigrants. Right.

This is the same sort of hypocrisy that leads people to wanting government off their backs - unless it goes after suspected illegal immigrants.
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Robert O'Connor is a journalist from St. Paul, Minnesota. His work has been published by the Chi-Town Daily News, Newcity Chicago, The New Indian Express, the Twin Cities Daily Planet and others. He's also worked in radio at Radio K (University of (more...)
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