Friday, February 09, 2007

Back on the Table, or Finding Consensus with Right-Wing Freaks 

It's not that Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), hitherto best known for chillin', on camera, with the Taliban, is incapable of outrage; it's just that his outrage is, well, extremely selective. For example, the human cost of the elective clusterfuck in Iraq (3,000 dead; 50,000 wounded or injured) has not yet spurred the Congressman to utter a single word of reproach against our blithe, bonny President. On the other hand, the prospect that two American border agents, convicted of shooting a Mexican drug smuggler in the back, might face death (or worse!) in prison has him threatening impeachment:
Appeals to President Bush to pardon the two men, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, have increased since one was assaulted by fellow inmates in a federal prison last weekend . . . .

"Reps. Walter Jones, R-N.C., and Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., blasted President Bush for not intervening in the case, with Rohrabacher hinting that he would consider pressing for impeachment if either of the two agents was killed in prison," Dave Montgomery reports for
McClatchy Newspapers.

"Now, I tell you, Mr. President, if these men -- especially after this assault -- are murdered in prison, or if one of them lose their lives, there's going to be some kind of impeachment talk in Capitol Hill," Rohrabacher said.

Montgomery notes that this "case has become a cause celebre among conservative groups, which contend that Ramos and Compean were railroaded by overzealous federal prosecutors who gave the drug smuggler immunity to testify against the two agents."

"The president of the United States talks a lot about his Christian charity, and his religious beliefs," Rohrabacher said. "He now is showing a mean-spirited side to him, an arrogance, in which he will turn his back."
We hate to break the news to Rep. Rohrabacher, but in his gubernatorial days Mr. Bush, a/k/a "the Texecutioner," was not much noted for his charity toward the condemned, nor much inclined to fret about the possibility of their innocence.

SIDEBAR: Another item having to do with border issues, which we pass along despite its complete lack of relevance to Mr. Rohrabacher, and/or his constituency, and/or his grandstanding:
The Ku Klux Klan, which just a few years ago seemed static or even moribund compared to other white supremacist movements such as neo-Nazis, experienced "a surprising and troubling resurgence" during the past year due to the successful exploitation of hot-button issues including immigration, gay marriage and urban crime, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

The League, which monitors the activities of racist hate groups and reports its findings to law enforcement and policymakers, has documented a noticeable spike in activity by Klan chapters across the country. The KKK believes that the U.S. is "drowning" in a tide of non-white immigration, controlled and orchestrated by Jews, and is vigorously trying to bring this message to Americans concerned or fearful about immigration.

"If any one single issue or trend can be credited with re-energizing the Klan, it is the debate over immigration in America," said Deborah M. Lauter, ADL Civil Rights Director.
(Thanks to Zemblan patriot J.D. and our ubiquitous colleague Avedon Carol for the links.)

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