Sunday, April 02, 2006

The New Civil Rights Movement?

There are some in the media who are comparing the illegal immigration issue to the civil rights movement of the 1960's. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Arizona Rep. J.D. Hayworth in a recent interview with Westwood One radio host Monica Crowley, said that the new demonstrations are "totally different."

Back then, he said: "United States citizens were lawfully petitioning their government and assembling for the redress of grievances - specifically that lawful, legal citizens were denied their rights because of the color of their skin." "What you have at these new demonstrations are non-citizens asking for special rights".

Ole J.D. has hit the nail square on the head this time. It's ludicrous to compare the demonstrations of the past few weeks with those of the civil rights movement. I don't know about you, but I was incensed when I saw all those Mexican flags being carried during these demonstrations. In my opinion, that didn't help their case at all with most Americans.

Hayworth took note of it also, telling Crowley, "When you see the Mexican flags and other flags - rather than American flags - being hoisted at these demonstrations, you essentially are getting this message: 'Yes, we are here illegally. No, we do not believe this to be your country. We do not believe in your laws . . . and we don't believe you're going to do anything about it.'"

Well, it's time something is done about it. As much as I'd like to see all illegals rounded up and deported and forced to get in line like everyone else, that's not going to happen. The problem is simply too big and has been allowed to go virtually unchecked for decades. This will be the third time that we've tried to address the problem. Once in the 1960's, and again in the mid-80's under Reagan. Both were total abject failures.

Let's get it right this time. We can't afford to keep getting it wrong. The time has come for leadership and solutions to this problem.


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