Rep. Pete Stark – “Who are you going to Kill today”?

This video is such a microcosm of so many things that challenge us today…

Partisan politics on both sides crowding out constructive debate

The irrational fear of “them” – illegal immigrants

The rational bitterness of legal immigrants toward those who did not follow the legal path

The “epistemic closure” of people believing things like -the “Minute Men” shoot people coming over the border – they have not

And a representative who has utter contempt for both his constituents who don’t share his views and his own responsibilities.  Did you hear him say, “I’m not the government”?  Then exactly who are you Mr. Congressman?

Whatever side of these issues you are on – this is just sad and scary!

Guest Blogger Jeff

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5 responses to “Rep. Pete Stark – “Who are you going to Kill today”?

  1. Unbelievable that a sitting Congressman mocked a constituent like this.

  2. “I’m not the government.” I sincerely hope the voters rally around that cry when election day comes knocking.

  3. Despite current claims by the Obama Administration to the contrary, the border is NOT more secure and resourced than it has ever been. Most Americans know nothing of the Punitive Expedition or the Mexican Border Campaign which occurred 94 years ago and involved more than 100,000 National Guard and Regular Army troops. This was the opening act for American involvement in the Great War and acted as the catalyst to transform our military into a modern force.

    Here is a link to letters written by a National Guardsman on the Border exactly 94 years ago. Too bad our politicians are more interested in being politically correct than robustly defending the sovereignty of the United States.

    http://worldwar1letters.wordpress.com/2008/06/29/rio-grande-el-paso-southwestern-rr-tunnel-7281916/

  4. Great post from Soldiers Mail. History often teaches us that things have been much worse/better than we can imagine them today. I vaguely remembered Poncho Villa from the recesses of my 5th grade mind but could never have put it in this context. Also really interesting to see that George Patton had a role to play here pre-WWII.

    I’m interested to understand if part of the premise of your post is that our current immigration crisis is akin to the actual violation of US sovereignty that occurred during this time by Mexico? On one hand, I say that’s an extreme view, but you could certainly make an argument that our sovereignty is being violated. The challenge lies in the fact that we are currently willing participants.

    Thanks for sharing this.

  5. I would say that our current Border crisis is very much akin to what happened more than 90 years ago for the following reasons:

    1) The current crisis is tacitly supported by both hostility and deliberate inaction/inability to prevent it on the part of the official Mexican government.

    2) The current crisis involves criminal activities which include the smuggling of arms and illegal aliens (94 years ago it was the smuggling of Chinese).

    3) The current crisis is aided and abetted by Mexican expatriates living on the U.S. side of the border.

    4) The current crisis involves the actual intrusion on U.S. soil of armed Mexican groups that both raid and kill U.S. citizens on their own land and also engage lawful U.S. law enforcement organizations in armed confrontations. Some of these groups include corrupt Mexican military and law enforcement officials.

    5) The current crisis involves the increasing threat of sabotage on vital U.S. infrastructure which has been recognized by the Dept. of Homeland Security and today focuses on the identified presence of Middle Eastern and Muslim extremists who freely travel across the border with the assistance of Latin American gangs.

    I do not consider this to be an “extreme” view. Rather, it is one that acknowledges both the current facts and the historical ironies. The current crisis is more than about illegal immigration just as was the crisis more than 90 years ago.

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