Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Conservative Bad Mouthing Gets Nutty: The Arizona Example

American conservatives—yes, conservatives—are running down America.

In their never-ending quest to blame liberals for everything, the right-wing blab-o-sphere has managed to go far too far, describing American life as unrelentingly unbearable in oh-so-many ways.

The Latin American immigrants and the Black Panthers and the white liberals are everywhere, they claim, and the nation has been—or soon will be—destroyed. 

It's all horse hockey, of course, but we heard it today from Oklahoma Republican Randy Brogdon, who was Mr. Negative in an interview on KWGS in Tulsa.

Brogdon's not the only such nay-sayer. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has done an outstanding job of running down her state, saying that the place is overrun by illegal drug-runners and criminals. So much for the Grand Canyon and other scenic wonders—it's a battleground! 

Memo to Brogdon, Brewer and company: America is still a pretty great place for most of its citizens most of the time. No, it's not perfect—but it's still pretty great.

Some conservatives don't seem to think so. Read the full Arizona story here.


Benito said...

I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. All of us ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated, but this is not the case.

I know the proponents of this law say that the majority approves of this law, but the majority is not always right. Would women or non-whites have the vote if we listen to the majority of the day, would the non-whites have equal rights (and equal access to churches, housing, restaurants, hotels, retail stores, schools, colleges and yes water fountains) if we listen to the majority of the day? We all know the answer, a resounding, NO!

As for the undocumented workers, as was attributed to Ronald Reagan “It’s the Economy, Stupid”. When the economy is good you say let’s all celebrate “Cinco de Mayo, my brothers” but when the economy is down “it’s all your fault, you damn immigrant”. This too will pass, the real problem is the narcos, arms and people smugglers and that’s what the focus should be on.

Today we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free. In a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics and do what is right, not what is just popular with the majority. Some men comprehend discrimination by never have experiencing it in their lives, but the majority will only understand after it happens to them.

Tulsan said...

Well said, Benito.

Bates should start a "Blog for Brogdon" movement. Brogdon could become the Sharron Angle of Oklahoma, pushing aside the Republican candidates who have a chance to win.

Brogo consistently polls poorly in projected races with Drew Edmondson. More media scrutiny would display his lunacy in high relief, which is also what I would sigh in, if we could get Edmondson.