Flip Flopping Republicans Spread More Deception
One thing that bothers me is how the congress spins an issue into sound bites that sound good for the person making the sound bite, and slings mud at the other side of the aisle. This is a general statement, because I realize that both sides do this, but if we don’t examine these things we will never get to the truth and our leaders will continue to pass laws that benefit themselves personally instead of passing laws that benefit the “Common Good” of the American people.
Let’s look at the recent immigration legislation as an example of how our politicians spin the truth into looking like they did the opposite of what they really did.
In December of 2005 the House of Representatives passed an immigration bill that would make it a felony to be illegally in the United States. This was passed by the Republican lead House mainly by a party line vote. Therefore, most Republicans were on record as voting for the criminalization of 12 million illegal immigrants. The result of this law, if it were to be enforced, would be to arrest and deport 12 million illegal immigrants back to the country that they came from. Since many of these people actually have children who are legal US citizens we would need to send many parents of legal US citizens to another country leaving these children parentless, or forcing these children to go with their parents to a country that they have never even been to.
When protests to this law began to materialize across the country politicians began to sit up and take notice. Republican lawmakers who passed this law realized that the law would do quite a bit of harm to many families. It isn’t quite family values to break up millions of families, is it?
Well, during the debate in the House there was a vote on an amendment to change the law to make illegal status a misdemeanor instead of a felony. Democrats who were opposed to either a misdemeanor or felony status voted against the amendment. Now, the Republicans have attempted to use this vote against the Democrats by saying that voting against the amendment was the same as voting to make illegal status a felony. And, to the uninitiated person listening to The Republican National Committee’s radio ad on April 17 titled “Protect Border & Honor Immigrants.” will not understand that the Republicans voted to make illegal immigrants felons before they voted against it. The 60-second ad is in Spanish and will be broadcast throughout the week on Hispanic radio stations in Phoenix, Tucson, Reno and Las Vegas. This sounds like a classic “flip-flop” to me.
But, where are the Democrats? Why can’t they get out there and make this message clear? Republicans have the advantage that this action in the House is complicated and most people will be confused. For example, why would Republicans vote to make this a felony before they changed their minds and voted to make it a misdemeanor? This doesn’t seem to fit the conventional wisdom that Republicans don’t change their minds. People that already believe that Republicans don’t change their minds will start believing that the liberal media has manipulated this information in some way.
What we need now are Democrats who are willing to get out there and point out how this spin is just plain wrong. We need Democrats who will play it straight and tell the truth, or the average Joe and Jane will only be driven further from politics and into the world of Celebrity Chefs or some other nonsense.
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Politics, Borders, Immigration, Lies, Deception, Republicans