“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Geraldo Opines on Radical Extremist Republicans

Last night on Fox News, Geraldo Rivera At Large, Mr Rivera revealed why the GOP is suffering at the polls.

Apparently the immigration extremists are leading the party to ruin and causing a surge in anti-Americanism throughout Hispanic America.
Until the last election cycle, Republicans had a reasonable chance of becoming the permanent majority party in this country. But in the lead up to the November 2006 elections, the GOP was hijacked by extremists on the immigration issue.

Led by candidates like Arizona's J.D. Hayworth, the party essentially adopted the position of the Minutemen and similar radical groups, which promulgated a wildly exaggerated portrayal of a tidal wave of brown people overwhelming our southern border, running loose to rape, steal and murder on the streets of our cities. It is no accident that various hate groups have declared common cause with the Minutemen. Similarly, it is no accident that these various activist anti-immigration groups scarcely mention our long, undefended border with Canada.

I didn't realize that I was a radical extremist. Nor did I realize that the Minutemen were "radical." I thought it was the DC politicians who were "out of touch" with mainstream America.
By adopting a position at odds with the President and Republican Senate moderates like Arlen Spector, the GOP insulted Hispanic Americans, fueled the rise of radicals like Venezuea's Hugo Chavez, and led the way to their resounding November defeat.

Oh, I didn't know that. So, by wanting controlled borders and regulated immigration, traditional law abiding Americans have fueled the rise of two-bit blowhards like Chavez. I suppose next Geraldo will be telling us that our policies and presence in the world have fueled the rise of radical Islam. Not only that, I didn't realise that soverign borders were so callous and un-caring. I forgot about "the children."
All most of the undocumented want is a fair shake and a chance to work hard and realize what we proudly call the 'American Dream'. Give them the chance to regularize and legitimatize their status and watch, as they become another beautiful component of the national mosaic. Maybe even Republicans.

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  1. Yep, the down fall of all that's worthy, caused by wanting to secure the US borders from foreign infiltrators.

    It's all my fault

    mea culpa, mea culpa!

    permiso, amigos, permiso!

  2. Illegal aliens coming into America have been a problem for centuries. Ask the Cherokee and the Lakota.

  3. Ain't it funny that modern America has always been richer and more attractive than Mexico and yet, even without modern technology, somehow managed to stop unwanted people from coming in.

    Wow. It is almost like we're not even trying anymore, rather than that we can't do it.

    I'm baffled.

  4. Geraldo's also taking up for the 5 imams who are scamming the airline industry.

    I wonder if the troops will be as enthusiastic the next time he junkets to Afghanistan.

  5. Yes, Rufus, I was being facetious.

    Our 'debate' over illegal immigration is like Alice and Wonderland.

  6. Geraldo is a feather in a storm, he knows which way the winds blow.

    It may be that FOX is using Geraldo to "move left" as part of being "Fair & Balanced". That he's making these debating points as part of the TV Game.

    Or he could believe it is were the majority of his audience is, or is moving to, and is getting out in front of it.

    He reports, you decide

  7. There is no military solution to illegal border crossings.
    Reconciliation, that's what we are going to need, post haste.

  8. Talks with Chavez and Castro are what's needed!

  9. Get them to help us with our problem.

  10. The real extremists were Rove and GWB with their hair-brained idea that you could kiss enough Mexican ass to make a permanent majority.
    Similar sucess-wise to kissing Teddy's ass, or Hillary's, and expecting not to get stomped on in return.

  11. Get them to feel our pain?

    For some reason talking is not going to get that done, me thinks.

  12. The brain trust at work:
    "Hispanics vote 65% Democrat, let's let in a bunch of illegal Hispanics, and expect them to form a permanent GOP Majority"
    Makes sense to me.

  13. It's gonna work with Iran and Syria, 'Rat, Condi says so.
    So why not our Spanish Amigos?

  14. Doug: The brain trust at work

    The same neocon geniuses who predicted we'd be greeted by hosannas in Iraq and swore that a massive prescription drug giveaway would carve out GOP voters from the left.

  15. Future sight -

    In May of 1997, it was pointed out in The Global Security Environment
    - the first section of the Four Year Defense Investigation Report published by the Department of Defense of the United States, that the security of the United States will be facing a series of challenges in the decades ahead -

    First will be the threats coming from Iraq, Iran, the Middle East, and the Korean Peninsula

    Second is the spread of sensory technology such as nuclear, biological and chemical weapons as well as projection technology, information warfare technology, stealth technology, etc.

    Third is terrorist activity, illegal drug trade, crimes by international organizations, and ...Out-of-Control Immigration

    Fourth is the threat of large-scale antipersonnel weapons (IEDs).

    Concerning out of control immigration - it is a direct impetus for the increase in national debt. It’s no secret that the U.S. government – and much of its citizenry – is living beyond its means. But America’s spendthrift attitude places it in serious danger. When creditors like China hold large amounts of American debt, then the U.S. can be forced to comply with lending terms it doesn’t like. And as that debt increases, so, too, does the amount of interest that U.S. taxpayers must pay to service that debt.

    As illegal immigration increases, the burden of federal obligations such as education, infrastructure and health care (see the closing hospitals in CA) increases.

    In 2004, one of the few truly brave men in Washington, comptroller general David Walker, who heads the Government Accountability Office, declared that “the greatest threat to our future is our fiscal irresponsibility.” Illegal immigartion feeds this fiscal irresponsibility.

  16. Concerning IEDs

    They are the very essence of asymmetric warfare (and a strategy to attack the U.S. economy as well). For the cost of a disposable cell phone, a detonator, and some (probably free) ordnance, an insurgent can destroy vehicles worth millions of dollars. And in the process, at no extra cost, he gets the chance to kill, maim or injure American soldiers whose training cost hundreds of thousands of dollars apiece.

    One sentence from Liang and Xiangsui’s Unrestricted Warfare points to the change in military capability brought about by new, cheap, information technology. “We find ourselves in a stage where a revolutionary leap forward is taking place in weapons, going from weapons systems symbolized by gunpowder to those symbolized by information.”

    While insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan are employing ever-cheaper and ever-more-common information technologies to activate their IEDs, the U.S. military is spending billions to counteract the IEDs. In typical fashion, the military has created a huge bureaucracy to deal with the IEDs. What used to be called the Joint IED Defeat Task Force is called the Joint IED Defeat Organization, which now has a budget of more than $3.5 billion and hundreds of employees. That cost does not include the money spent adding armor to thousands of trucks and Humvees in order to protect them from the IEDs.

    To use John Boyd’s language, the IEDs are allowing the insurgents to camp out inside America’s OODA loop. They have disrupted the military’s game plan and are forcing the U.S. into a reactive posture that is incredibly expensive and cumbersome.

  17. "*They* have disrupted the military’s game plan and are forcing the U.S. into a reactive posture that is incredibly expensive and cumbersome."
    "They" to include stupid ROI's that let terrorists free to become more experienced/talented terrorists, don't fire until fired upon, brilliant strategies like refusing to take out IED factories/terrorist training grounds in Iran, seeing 72 Taliban Members all in a group, and responding w/"whatever," Al-Sadr lives, on and on...

    Doesn't take 3.5 Billion to figure that out.

  18. bobalharb: Tanks on the Border

    Michael Savage is just Habu with a microphone. You want Hugh Hewitt for beltway politics, Lars Larson for immigration and gun control stuff, and Bill Bennett on the war.

  19. Your frustration is understood.

    At the same time, as demonstrated by Colonel Happersett, the U.S. military is blessed with brave and brilliant men who are fully capable of thinking "outside the box," fully versed in 4GW tactics and armed with emerging technologies.

    Is asymmetric warfare simply LIC repackaged?
    ... members of native forces will suddenly become innocent peasant workers when it suits their fancy and convenience. - USMC Small Wars Manual, 1940

    As Colonel Thomas X. Hammes writes...The solution is to study our enemies as they have studied us and build a networked, flexible, and, here's the kicker...
    less hierarchical military structure that employs humans to fight the humans fighting us.

    This horizontal vs. vertical hieracrchy is also touched on in Kaplan's latest book.

  20. March 18, 2007
    Iran to hit back at US ‘kidnaps’

    IRAN is threatening to retaliate in Europe for what it claims is a daring undercover operation by western intelligence services to kidnap senior officers in its Revolutionary Guard.

    According to Iranian sources, several officers have been abducted in the past three months and the United States has drawn up a list of other targets to be seized with the aim of
    ....destabilising Tehran’s military command.

    ...This is no longer a coincidence, but rather an orchestrated operation to shake the higher echelons of the Revolutionary Guard,” said an Israeli source.

    Previously at EB -
    "Good News from a Bad World"
    Sat Jan 06, 03:31:00 PM EST
    Sat Jan 06, 04:47:00 PM EST


  21. That heraldo segment was followed by a segment on crime. He noted the big usurge of crime in the USA in the last two years. Then he had on some white kid who had committed 100+ crimes by way of illustrating the point. However, there was a problem. Its not the white kids who are the big repeat offenders. Its the illegals.

    Pictures of most wanted in Washington DC
    Pictures of top 10 most wanted in LA Up until a LA Times report several weeks ago on the upsurge of crime the perp bios in the LA list included their nationality. They were all foreign nationals and mostly Mexican. After the LA Times piece the info on their nationality dissapeared.