I stayed up most of the night last night to write a "brief" comment. The comment was about Alabama's Congress-man? and his rubberband stretch to the reactionary right in support of legislation, which would, in fact, make every Alabamian a de facto immigration officer. His rubberband apparently broke because he made threats to shoot illegal aliens, to go that far, if the legislation were to be knocked down by the courts. This is our "leader of men" in Alabama.
I ended up with a 1000-word blog/rant. Not what I wanted.
Like the giant in The Princess Bride, let me summarize:
a)"Mo" Brooks doesn't strike me as hu-man.
b)"Mo" Brooks denies that his ancestors were illegal immigrants, who arrived, "undocumented," in a land where they depended on the indigenous population's hospitality, and, then, most un-southern-like ('Mo"'s grandparents might say), committed genocide against all the indigenous populations of this land.
c)I am in conflict with myself, since I am part Cherokee and part illegal immigrant from Ireland, Scotalnd, France, England, Germany, and so forth. Am I both the indigenous population, AND the overwhelming forces of incoming illegal immigrants that killed my people who were already here? This conflict may explain at least a few of my life "issues."
d)Given most everyone's status in this country as "illegal immigrants" at one time, "Mo" had just as well shoot most of this country. Because of my Cherokee ancestry, however, I believe I am excused from the slaughter. Maybe he could just hit me with a stick instead of shooting me outright dead.
e)A hu-man? like this Congress-man? brings forth the absolute absurdities of life, our inability to own up to our hypocrisy and foolishness, and lay down those silly guns, and laugh at ourselves and perhaps, by a miracle, be reasonable. However, if one like "Mo" does not have the capacity to perceive an absurdity, he is apt to grow more serious and dangerous, and instead of representing the people of Alabama, threatens to shoot them.
f)I have heard it said that we took this land for survival. Mexicans who pour across the borders have not taken the land with violence. Most have come in order to survive.
"Mo," and, by the way, I address people who have threatened to shoot up people in my state by their first names, with your compassionate ilk as our Congress-man?, I would not immigrate to Alabama unless it were a matter of absolute necessity--like someone holding a gun to every part of my body and dragging me by my hair.
g)Even though Mexicans, Asians, and Latinos--those targeted at the moment with your threats (Are those threats legal, "Mo"?)-- do not have great documents declaring them "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," I do not believe that "documented" Americans have a corner on those rights.
h)"Mo,"--this is hard--but you are no more special than anyone else. In fact, "Mo," in some ways, you are clinging, quite tenuously, to a few bottom rungs, which I think the discerning reader has already figured out and I need not humiliate you further by naming them, one by one--by one--by one, by one . . .
i)To practice your kind of "expediency" over what is "right" and "just" has serious consequences. One is to be dead inside a long, long time before physical death. Coleridge refers to the consequence as "Death-in-Life"; James Joyce speaks of the "living dead." Are you a man at peace, "Mo'? What do you feel other than hatred and anger? What softens your heart to life? I think only someone who has stopped thinking, growing, and, most importantly, possessing the ability to see people as individuals, not as one cardboard face on which you have projected your hatred, or self-hatred, is "mostly dead" (The Princess Bride). To quote my late father: "Not all people are 'human beings.' Until they learn compassion, they are just walking hunks of protoplasm."
j)Perhaps that was stated a bit too strongly by my father, and I am obviously his daughter; however, "Mo," in your demeaning, frightening, hysterical and divisive threats toward immigrants in this state, I think my father was right on the mark.
k)You can't imprison or shoot all of us, "Mo." What are you going to do?
Causes Bonnie Roberts Supports
The Southern Poverty Law Center, The National Resource Defense Council, The ACLU, Doctors without Borders, Save Darfur