Parker, O'Reilly right on
The columns on the March 31 Perspective page by Kathleen Parker ("If illegal is right, what's wrong?") and Bill O'Reilly ("France is not the model for America") were excellent. They were to the point and factual.
At first, I felt insulted by the cartoon on the page. After a bit of thought, it occurred to me that it fit quite well.
Those who cannot win an argument will, at times, start the name-calling game and create "facts" to fit their viewpoint. Those who call illegal aliens by the correct term "illegal aliens" are called "anti-immigrant demagogues." The word "illegal" was left out because that would undermine the message in the balloon indicating that we are an uncaring nation.
As has been written and said hundreds of times in the past few weeks, we are a country of immigrants. We welcome them with open arms. We open our land to those who want to be Americans. My ancestors were German, but I am an American with a German origin. I am not German.
Those waving Mexican flags during the demonstrations clearly indicate their allegiance to another country. For all of the reasons that are well documented, illegal aliens from any country need to either go through the process to become legal or leave the country. Once they are citizens of the country, they then have the right to protest about whatever they want to protest about.
- Fred Faust
Liberal bashing looks to be on the upswing
Regarding Dick Yarbrough's recent column ("Liberals tough to understand," Perspective, April 1), I find it interesting that liberal bashing has started up again in recent months.
There was a short time a few years ago when it looked like President Bush might surprise us all and be a good president, that liberal bashing had all but died out.
Now, however, conservatives have realized that Bush was never a conservative, evangelicals have realized that they were duped and abortion-rights folks have found out that he didn't really care about them either.
Conservatives with their peculiar "me first, I'm always right" attitude could never admit this, but they have to do something because it's an election year. "Let's see, the economy is only good if you own a Fortune 500, the country is bankrupt, the war is a total foul-up, the country is worse off, less safe and more hated than ever, what can we talk about? Oh yeah, let's bash liberals and act like we are going to do something about immigration, that might work."
It's a joke and we all know it. But guess what, it might still work. In a country where less than half of the people vote, you only have to fool one-fourth of the people to win. They did it in 2004, and I say that the country got what it deserved.
By the way, for all his perceived shortcomings, we still like Jimmy Carter because he didn't send boys and girls off to get killed in a foreign country, He didn't kill innocent civilians in a foreign country and. unlike Ronald Reagan, he was awake most of the time. Most unlike W, he realized that he wasn't perfect.
- Don Lee
by GOP establishment
I am one of Rep. Cynthia McKinney's constituents, and I support her 100 percent.
The incident at the U.S. Capitol was unfortunate. Initially it seemed to be a case of miscommunication. But if the Capitol police, who are supposed to protect legislators, are willing to escalate this mistake by prosecuting a sitting congresswoman, then that makes me believe that someone has an ax to grind against her. It seems like a setup by the Republican-dominated Washington establishment.
McKinney is a rare legislator: She has a great deal of courage, integrity and is a Democrat with a backbone! She spoke the truth about President Bush and election reform when Republicans and Democrats were too afraid to do so. She always votes for the little guy. We are blessed to have her as our representative.
- Sheri Divers
Lack of border security a frightening prospect
The number of illegal immigrants in the United States really didn't register until hundreds of thousands of them were seen on TV pouring into the streets in protest of whatever penalties Congress is about mete out.
Imagine what it would have looked like if all 12 million to 20 million of them were seen flooding the landscape. Are we to believe that all or most of them came over the fences and across the border unseen by border patrols? That would seem about as credible as our reasons for invading Iraq.
Would it be too far-fetched to assume that a good percentage of them got here in trucks and buses provided by the big corporations lusting after cheap labor to fill the jobs Americans allegedly refuse to do? Did our government just look the other way?
Of course I don't know and will most likely never know. What I do know is that whatever side of the issue you're on it is fraught with dangerous implications.
So many people illegally entering this country is, in itself, a frightening and almost unbelievable revelation. What assurance do we have that our cheese-cloth borders will not be open sesame to "visitors" far less welcome than illegal immigrants seeking jobs?
Think of it: 12 million to 20 million people, unseen, undetected and undocumented.
- George Morin