Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Grenade: Pull Pin & Toss...

The immigration debate has been an interesting volcano to watch erupt. Jackson over at Savage Distortion has teed it up if you want to get in on the shark frenzy, but what I'm talking about is the way it all played up in the press and the political machine. It makes me ill thinking about it. We're all such lemmings aren't we? This has been an issue that has been brewing here in Georgia for quite sometime and relative to what tone the debate has taken on lately the discussion has been fairly meaningful. Georgia, while not topping the list of states with the largest population of illegal immigrants, has one of the fastest growing populations of them. Here in the Atlanta metro area, houses continue to be built as quickly as counties can print building permits, and illegal immigrant population continues to grow like tribbles on the Starship Enterprise.

What I've seen in the past few weeks, perhaps more clearly than ever, is how we allow ourselves to be polarized so easily. We ALLOW the press to create this situation. It's like dropping a dead cow into a tank of piranha’s. I think the reason it's become so apparent with this particular debate is that when this topic broke big last week, our crappy two party system did not really have clear policy lines drawn. It's certainly spiltting the GOP right now, but I'm sure they'll shore that up soon at the expense of rationale. A couple of days have gone by and it now seems that, as with all issues these days unfortunately, this one will have missed an opportunity for a bipartisan solution. Nope, it's xenophobic GOP vs. the let'em all in Dem's. Nice.

John Cole make's a good side observation here.

If you'll excuse me, I have to get into my wetsuit and jump into the tank with the other piranha’s. The water's a little cold today...

UPDATE: Chrispy pointed to Tom Watson's post this morning that I hadn't gotten to yet. Tom's take doesn't suprise me, but he did say this that sort of supports one of the points I made above:

"So what to do? Clearly, the massive rally of half a million people in Los Angeles in response to the hated criminalization bill was a wake-up call to politicians on all sides and it shows us that immigration issues in the U.S. do not clearly have Republican and Democratic positions."

Of course, he's already sliced it up and pushed everybody into corners, but that's his meme. Back to the tank...


At 1:53 PM, March 28, 2006, Blogger Jackson said...

Pirana #1: 'Can't talk...eating..."

You are spot on with the polarization via media, and the caught off guard politicians.

Again, the issue is very complicated.

....and I just wanna Rock, Rock.

At 2:52 PM, March 28, 2006, Blogger Chrispy said...

Damn, the media sure is evil!

Why do we always blame the media? Why can't anyone talk about politics without complaining about the media?

You'd think the media is some Godzilla like creature lumbering over the landscape, shooting its polarizing death rays into our homes and brains.

The fact is that most people already have their minds made up about issues like immigration, and see what they want to see in media coverage. Liberals are going to be more likely to be liberal about immigration policy, and conservatives more conservative.

Human nature always puts us in an "us vs. them" mentality. It ain't the media's fault.

I blame God.

At 4:08 PM, March 28, 2006, Blogger Tony Alva said...

To be honest, I don't know if evil is the correct word, but misguided and unreliable are more fitting certainly. It is obvious that journalistic integrity is being sacrificed for sensationalism.

We had less than a hundred Latino protestors down at the state capital build yesterday as legislators overwhelmingly passed GA immigration reform bills. If you watched the local news it was by all accounts no less sensational than the 1/2 million that showed up in LA. As a matter of fact, the careful editing employed made it seem that the two protests were one in the same.

I think the blatant pandering and agitating that goes for journalism comes close to being evil at worst, counterproductive at best. Wouldn't you agree?

They don't HAVE to be a polarizing factor do they? Could we have a better opportunity for rational discourse without the sensational agitation?

"With a purposeful grimace and a terrible sound he pulls the spinning high tension wires down"

At 2:05 PM, March 29, 2006, Blogger Jackson said...

'Renji vu goseki va
Renji vu Godzilla go seka vaiey'

(phonetic spelling)

Godzilla vs. the Piranas?


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