There is a great scene in the film Last of the Mohicans, the Daniel Day Lewis version, in which his character challenges the British General and says when the rule of law is ignored and replaced by absolutism then revolution becomes inevitable. Well, more or less that is the message.
In the last several months our own King George has become a real absolutist. He makes it clear that his rule of law is the only rule of law — as in the recent testimony of the Attorney General that the wiretapping of US citizens could occur in country without a warrant under some theory of a wars act.
Since 9/11 President Bush has made it clear that he is king here in the good ole USA. He has attacked anyone who opposes him as unpatriotic and as assisting the “terrorists.” He has created a boogeyman for America to grasp hold of and make its own.
He has attacked all countries including Mexico that are in opposition to the war in Iraq by saying you are either for us or against us. Our King George cannot suffer criticism. But far worse is that Bush tends to ignore known facts.
It is a known fact that there is an economic war and drug war going on in Mexico and Central America. This war has been fed by the military industrial complex that Eisenhower warned us about. To escape this war on drugs, which kills thousands of people of the “tanner persuasion” (thanks Art Apodaca for that phrase), they come north. They risk their lives, virginity, money, and their very existence to get here. All this they do despite the fact that once here they live in daily fear of being arrested and sent back.
This country was founded by a lot of illegal aliens who came here and took what they wanted like vermin overrunning the grain bin. Unlike the ones who came across last night to escape the drug war the original illegals came to escape religious persecution and famine. Once here, in very short order they begin to suffer from “immiphobia.” That is the fear of immigrants. Not too long ago, the religious freedom we all had was lost in the war against communism. Now it seems we are a nation under one unforgiving, mean-spirited Christian god.
The problem facing America today is not about drugs, war or poverty it is about the people of the tanner persuasion who come here to escape all of those ills imposed upon them by us. What an irony! Why is it our fault? Here is the litany. We buy the drugs; we impose importation restrictions of tomatoes, avocados, and oranges, and so forth. We prevent the building of a transnational roadway and railway from Mexico to Tierra Del Fuego that would allow the movement of goods to the United States.
Ask yourself this question – why would a farmer leave his farm to travel thousands of miles to a country where he and his family would be criminals, if he could sell his goods at his front door and make a good life where he lives?
Monday, April 10th, began the second phase of marches against the insult of the Republican Party calling illegal immigrants to the US from any part of the world and those who put water in the desert — or those who provide any service (teachers, doctors, nurses, and priests) to these persons – felons.
This is what broke the camels back. Mexicans and Mexican Americans in California have known for years that Republicans = Proposition 187. The mark of Wilson upon the Republican Party simply will not go away. While millions of Americans will look at their televisions in horror at the demonstrations of persons carrying Mexican flags in the streets, those with political acumen will see millions of voters who are ashamed of what King George and the Republicans have allowed to occur.
Here is the question of the day: where the hell is the Democratic leadership and my colleagues who are members of the DNC Hispanic Caucus and why are they not marching with us? Except for Antonio Villaraigosa and Gil Cedillo, I have not seen many elected officials on the streets. Even the Catholic Church is not staying silent.
The irony is that if they are to make felons of all those who support and help the “refugees” from Mexico and Central America and all parts of the world (who come here seeking freedom from oppression which is imposed by America), then once the jails are overflowing with “true” Americans it will be the end of King George and his absolutists.
Steven J. Ybarra JD is a retired civil rights attorney who operates a consultant company in California. He is a member of the Democratic National Committee and a long time political activist. Contact Steven at: [email protected], This article is copyright by Steven J. Ybarra JD, originally published in www.Hispanicvista.com but permission is granted for reprint in print, email, blog, or web media if this entire credit paragraph is attached.