Wednesday, April 12, 2006


How Do You Define "Illegal Immigrants"?

I like Greg Palast: he does his job with verve and seems to like what he does. Reading the anti-immigration writers is like being a kid and reading diatribes from your least-favorite relatives. The “illegal immigrants” flap has become a wonderful outlet for thousands of closet racists to vent their bile. Make that “puke” their bile; what’s been printed in hundreds of letters-to-the-editor columns and on the far-right blogs is sheer hatred. It’s like the old days of George Wallace and Lester Mattox, Bull Connor, Strom Thurmond, and—more recently—David Duke and that creep from Aryan Nations.

What I think is this, unless you have family who were here before 1492, you have no business bashing the so-called illegal immigrants.

Greg Palast: 'Loser nation'
Date: Wednesday, April 12 @ 09:42:25 EDT
Topic: Economic Policy

Greg Palast,

America is a nation of losers. It's the best thing about us. We're the dregs, what the rest of the world barfed up and threw on our shores.

John Kennedy said we are "a nation of immigrants." That's the sanitized phrase. We are, in fact, a nation of refugees who, despite the bastards in white sheets and the know-nothings in Congress, have held open the Golden Door to a dark planet.

Looking out at today's temptest-tossed masses of protesting immigrants, the wretched refuse just looking for a break, I finally figured out what's wrong with George Walker Bush. He's so far away from his refugee loser roots that he just doesn't get what it is to be American. So he steals the one thing that every American is handed off the boat: a chance. It's not just the immigrants denied a green card. When Bush threatens to take away your Social Security; when Bush's oil wars hike the price of crude and threaten your union job at the airline; when Bush tells you sleeper cells are sleeping under your staircase, you don't take chances anymore -- you lose your chance -- and the land of opportunity becomes a landscape of fear, an armed madhouse.

You want to say that George W. Bush is an evil sonovabitch? I'd go further: he's UN-AMERICAN.

And that's why he lost the election. Twice.

I'll stick with the losers. Take one, Anna, from Poland, who snuck across the US border near Windsor, Ontario. She was grabbed by La Migra -- 80 years later -- just short of her 100th birthday.

My father told Immigration, "OK, send her back." They didn't.

Grandma Anna taught me what two million marchers this week are trying to teach that slow learner, George W.: In America, it's not where you come from that counts, it's where you're going.

Greg Palast is the author of Armed Madhouse: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Class War, to be released in June, from which this commentary is adapted. To view Palast's investigative reports for BBC Television, go to


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