Wednesday, December 19, 2012

¡Hola! Fellow Republicans

By Bill Maher

Only when the borders are secure, only then can those who are in the US illegally, "come out of the shadows, get biometrically identified, start paying taxes, pay a fine for the law they broke. They can't stay unless they learn our language, and they have to get in the back of line before they become citizens. They can't cut in front of the line regarding people who are doing it right and it can take over a decade to get their green card."
                                                - Lindsay Graham, on "Face the Nation"

He didn't mean it, really. It sounds harsh, but what Lindsay Graham was saying (as predictably as heartburn after a burrito) is that we're going to be having a great big Latino-loving legislative fiesta before Cinco de Mayo.

The language has to be harsh. The Republicans have to strongly condemn the idea of amnesty and the idea of forgiveness, and make it clear that such things will not be tolerated. And they will strictly enforce the letter of their law by making illegal immigrants suffer the deep, painful, merciless punishment of...paperwork!

That's right -- go back to Mexico, because there's no way, Jose. At least not unless you sign here. And here. And here. And give us a DNA sample. Okay, and wait a couple of years, just like you've been waiting, feel free to keep cleaning those toilets while you do. And then...Hey, welcome to America, citizen! Have fun, and please consider voting Republican!

The language that Republicans are going to be spouting for the next few months will continue to sound harsh, as they struggle to convince their base that they are Solving the Problems caused by shiftless Mexicans. And talk is all that's needed, because several of the key problems are imaginary, which are the easiest sort of problems to resolve.

So we'll "close" the border by beefing up security...and then be able to brag about the fact that we've attained a net cross-border migration of zero. Which, of course, we've already got. And we'll force those Mexicans to learn English, which, obviously, most of them want to do. We won't let them steal the jobs we want, which they’re not doing. And we'll make them wait patiently for their papers, which isn't a huge hardship for people who've been waiting anyway.

Obviously, this will be a huge victory for Democrats and something the Republicans are doing only because they feel they have to if they want to remain politically relevant. But let's not fool ourselves -- it's a victory for Democratic ideas, but politically it could work out to be a way better thing for Republicans. If they can convince their base that they've "solved" the illegal immigrant problem and take the nasty Joe Arpaio-type talk off the table, there's not a lot of reason why they couldn't find themselves grabbing much, much larger percentages of the Latino vote right away, and we'll be saying a fond "¡Adios!" to the new "permanent" Democratic advantage.

Then again, you can never underestimate the Republicans' ability to come across as racist douchebags.


wayner said...

I say the more immigration the better; the filthy rich sure as hell aren't paying their fair share of taxes, and well off working couples are not having many kids these days to replace the population.

DisgustedDissident said...

Dear Mr. Maher:

I'm absolutely shocked that I am 2 of 2 to comment on this post. I wonder if I have missed the MSM, (Which I hold in total disregard), reaction to said comments by the not so distinguished Sen. Graham.

I feel like I'm in Mr. Orwell's world. Oh, I actually am. Silly me. George Carlin's "American Dream" talk is floating in my head right now.

Mr. Maher, I am convinced there is no concept or reality of redemption in this country when Nazi's like this are alive and well in our Govt.(Picturing this Sen. in jackboots right now on the stump.)Or more appropriately, this Senator with that jackboot on some "Brown Persons" throat.)

Bring us your rich bring us your poor so the inscription says. Only if your not brown should be inscribed in the fine print on said statue.
I am thoroughly disgusted with my country of birth right now, and have been for many decades. I would gladly sweep the streets of Switzerland for a living than have to live in this faux democratic country. Get me out of here, I'm done. The "American Dream" is a fucking nightmare. My Government truly scares me.

-R.W. Young,
Disenfranchised, Dissident American.

Scottie Sharpe said...

Bill. Just admit that this is bipartisan faux politics as usual. Abortion, gay marriage, gun control, blah, blah blah. Just another reason not to talk about foreign policy or monetary policy, two subjects the Democrats and Republicans NEVER disagree on...

Zarshustra said...

Bill, I didn't read this post or anything but I do want to thank you so much for the bit in "Religulous" with Father Reginald Foster. I watch it when I am feeling depressed about humanity. It really cheers me up. It's definitely a religulous experience!

Thanks, Ken Kashim

Hugh Caley said...

If we were serious about immigration and control, we'd punish the hell out of companies that hire illegal immigrants. But no ... slaps on the hands bidness people. Hypocrisy, anyone?

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