I spend a lot of time commenting about how if right-wing nut jobs like Ann Coulter or Bill O’Reilly can write “best selling” books and get their own TV shows with the human feces they call “reporting”, then damn it I should be able to get paid for my endless ranting as well.. But I understand that saying things like that will make some people think I’m just some left-wing nut job myself. Well, that’s not true. I am critical of the crazies on both sides of the fence. Take Ruben Navarrette for example. Navarrette is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune who every few weeks seems to get a column with his views on illegal immigration displayed on CNN.com. Honestly, if you’ve ever read one of his columns you quickly realize the guy is an idiot. I peg him as a lift awing version of Bill O’Reilly because he’s always making unsubstantiated claims that are either 100% irrelevant or just flat out laughable. To be fair, I’m not sure if he’s really a left-wing nut or just a plain ole self absorbed idiot who for some unknown reason gets his retarded logic posted in print.
I know I rant and rave sometimes but I at least attempt to back up my statements with facts. And I don’t get paid (unfortunately) for my opinions like this idiot does. To be honest, I’m beginning to think idiots like Navarrette get publicity and radio shows because they are smug idiots, that overly simplify the issues and rile the masses up by using half truths and flat out falsehoods to embolden their useless opinions. Printing pieces of feces like this is a good way to distract the masses from real issues. Here are some of my favorite “Navarrette-isms”:
Local law enforcement should not enforce immigration laws
This is one incredibly stupid argument that I’m still trying to understand where he was coming from. So , because enforcing the immigration laws will make the community trust the police even less, the police shouldn’t enforce the laws. Wow. I wonder if Navarrette feels the same about predominately black neighborhoods that don’t trust the police due to enforcement of the ridiculous “War on Drugs” campaign. Should the police just stop enforcing it because locking up people for an ounce of weed makes people think twice about call the cops? I mean his logic is absolutely retarded. Cops shouldn’t enforce the laws because then people who break them won’t trust the cops. Wow…that’s deep. I think I’m going to use this argument next time I’m in court for a speeding ticket. I’ll report back with how fast I get laughed out of court.
It’s our fault
Navarrette has said some pretty idiot things. Now, to be honest, he’s usually not the originator but just the voice of a bunch of other morons who use the same arguments. Like those that say the reason we have illegal immigration in this country is because people in this country hire them and therefore it’s wrong to target illegals. Now, I don’t know how Navarrette thinks it works but it’s not like illegals put out ads in the newspaper with their phone number that says “Illegals For Hire.” I guess we could all assume that day laborers are illegal, but then people like Navarrette would call us racist for assuming all day laborers are illegal. Maybe we should be more vigilant and realize that if we are getting manual labor for cheap that the person doing the job is probably illegal. Then again, when I was in school, I used to build computers for real cheap and get paid under the table. Since people didn’t report that money they spent on me and I didn’t report that income, I guess that makes me an illegal. Growing up my dad hired some of his coworkers to build our deck. I guess the U.S. government is giving out security clearances to illegals now. I mean really, saying it’s “our fault” for hiring illegals is like saying it’s a 12 year olds fault when a pedophile molests them. Sure the 12 year old, like us, could be more vigilant but at the end of the day the blame lies with the person performing the illegal act. Plus, when I hire a company to do work with for me, I’m not going to go through their records to ensure all their employees are legal…I expect my government to take care of that for me. The truth of the matter is, because idiots are now suing the government whenever they try to enforce the current laws, companies are not having any pressure exerted on them. With no pressure forcing them to follow the laws, companies hire illegals because it’s cheaper and they can get away with it. So is it really my fault, or is it the fault of morons like Navarrette that have rendered our government helpless in enforcing the immigration laws?
The U.S. is just full of Xenophobes
If you didn’t know, the U.S. hates immigrants. I guess it was an anomaly when I went to school and a good portion of my classes were filled with Africans, Indians and Chinese students. All here legally I might add in order to get an education. I currently work on a team full of people that hold dual citizenship. Some actually aren’t even citizens of this country. But they are here legally. If we are such xenophobes why do we routinely hire people to work in Fortune 500 companies that are not citizens? Navarrette doesn’t bring this up because he doesn’t help his argument that the U.S. hates immigrants. No, we hate illegal immigrants because they are breaking the law. Now I’m sure there’s some backwaters redneck out there who hates anyone that isn’t U.S. born, with blue eyes and blond hair but I don’t think that train of thought is dominate. There might be a lot of racially or culturally insensitive people, but I don’t think that is limited to just the U.S. The U.S. brings in more legal immigrants as permenant residents than the rest of the world COMBINED. So if we are xenophobes…what does that make the rest of the world?
Immigrants != Illegal Immigrants
I must admit, as a black man I am a little perplexed by the blurring of the lines of illegal immigrants and immigrants. As a black man, I’ve worked hard to disassociate myself with the negative stereotypes that are used to label black males in this country. So, it’s quite a foreign concept for me to understand why people like Navarrette try to say that people that are for enforcement of current immigration laws are doing so because they are also against legal immigrants. This is the equivalent of me saying that since I hate the KKK, I do so because I subtly hate white people. Yup, makes a helluva lot of sense. Most people, like myself do not like illegal immigrants because they in essence slapping me, a citizen of this country, in the face. Every April 15th, my taxes are due. Illegal immigrants, don’t pay taxes. Every month, my car insurance is due. Illegal immigrants don’t have car insurance, so my premiums are high to cover for ‘uninsured drivers’. But I can live with that. What pisses me off about illegal immigration is the pompous attitudes of those that have the gall to enter this country illegally, never make an attempt to become legal and then act like they have a right to stay here.
Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was a victim
Navarrette isn’t limited to just posting insane opinions about illegal immigration. Navarrette wrote several articles on CNN.com about how everyone was being “too mean” to Alberto Gonzales. Come on. You want me to feel sorry for the Attorney General who wasn’t smart enough to at least condemn torture when talking to the media (we all know the U.S. tortures…you’re just not supposed to admit it idiot). The same head of the Justice Department that couldn’t remember important meetings? Dude made John Ashcroft seem like a nice guy and anyone that can do that is far from being a victim. The bottom line is Navarrette was too caught up on the fact that Gonzales was the first Hispanic Attorney General than the fact that he was incompetent at his job. That’s like me backing Clarence Thomas just because he is black.
In one of his more douchiest moments, Navarrette points out how advocates of English national language legislation are being unreasonable. First off he brings up how most Americans don’t bother to learn the language of the country they are visiting on vacation. Now while I admit that it is probably proper etiquette to do such a thing, I’m struggling to figure out how this idiot equated visiting a country for a week and not learning the language to illegally entering a country and living there for years without learning the language. When you are going to Tijuana for a week during Spring Break you only need to know how to say 3 things in Spanish:
"Where’s the bathroom"
"I didn’t know she was your daughter"
However, f you are going to live and work in a foreign country then you need to learn the language in order to become part of the society. If you don’t want to become part of the society then why are you coming into this country? In a sad attempt to back up his argument, Navarrette pointed to Vicente Fox’s father Joseph as someone who immigrated to Mexico from the U.S.A. and never bothered to learn the language. Hmm…good way to make your point. Use the father of someone who has already proven to be indignant to the laws of another country.
But Mexico is a Fledgling Democracy and Poor
Navarrette likes to point out that Mexico is a budding democracy and therefore to expect this poor nation to reach a level where it can sustain itself in such a short time is an unreasonable expectation. Okay, that’s understandable, but that doesn’t give them the right to ignore the immigration laws for entering this country. Mexico should be working with the U.S. to build partnerships with the U.S. to help boost their economy, not openly promoting people sneaking into this country. I’ll give you an example. I don’t mind giving to the poor. But if they were to just start sneaking into my house and setting up shop I’d be kinda pissed. Let’s be honest. People that sneak into this country as illegals end up living in poor neighborhoods, making very little money. In essence they are living one step up from the slums they were living in, in Mexico. Giving illegals driver licenses isn’t going to change that. Neither is giving them yet another “path to citizenship.” They are already poor, you expect them to come out of the shadows, pay a fine, start paying taxes (real taxes, not just sales tax) and start shelling out all the money associated with being a legal resident of this country? Yeah, that’s going to happen. A path to citizenship isn’t going to boost Mexico’s economy or stem the tide of illegals trying to enter this country.
All in all this whole immigration debate and idiots like Ruben Navarrette that continue to keep it in the media spotlight is hugely retarded. Maybe the bureaucracy and red tape need to be restructured and cut through in how immigrants can enter this country and obtain citizenship. But no matter how hard or difficult it is to get into this country legally, it doesn’t give people the right to circumvent the law. You don’t see me protesting the draconian drug laws in this country by rolling and smoking a fat one on the front steps of the Supreme Court do you? No matter how much pandering and excuse dropping Navarrette does, the bottom line is, illegals (and those that employ them) are breaking the law. This issue shouldn’t be taking up as much time on the Presidential Debate circuit as it is. If people like Navarrette don’t want a fence to be built then they should be pushing for more legislation to help build up Mexico’s economy and not just whining and crying about how “unfair” a fence is.