For the past few years, Lou Dobbs has led anti-immigrant forces against amnesty, against illegal Mexicans, against Mexico, against his own government, and against the truth.
His rants have been less than truthful; once almost causing a panic in the United States when he brought forth on his show the issue of illegal Mexicans coming over the border infected with Leprosy, or Hansen’s disease, a chronic infectious disease which causes horrific disfiguration upon those who are infected.
Lou Dobbs lied to stir the American people to rise up against the Mexican people and he is doing it once again with the tomato issue.
The salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 200 people recently is being centered on Florida or Mexico as the likely sources of the contaminated vegetable. But if left up to Lou Dobbs to decide where those tainted tomatoes came from, the Crusader appears to be comfortable with blaming Mexico.
“Last year, Mexico dominated the U.S. tomato import market, shipping in more than two billion pounds of tomatoes, both field and hothouse, far outpacing Canada’s quarter of a billion pounds” said CNN correspondent, Louise Schiavone.
Schiavone went on to say “…just a little bit more than a dozen states that we know there’s a possibility that the source could be — that the tomatoes could be from and we don’t know about Mexico, whether or not Mexico is a source. Florida and Mexico the two big suppliers of tomatoes, for April to May, in this country, and we don’t know whether or not those tomatoes came from Mexico or Florida.”
Yet, when you listen to Dobbs, one gets the impression he’s already made up his mind where the tainted tomatoes came from, and clearly for Dobbs, they came from Mexico.
Dobbs is on this rampage against the Mexican immigrant and government.
Let me just make a suggestion. Why doesn’t President George Bush bring back the 10th Cavalry and name Dobbs as the commander so that we can watch him illegally trespass over the Mexican border in search of bad Mexicans like General Black Jack Pershing did.
In early 1914, General Pershing patrolled the Mexican Border while leading an expedition into Mexico to capture Poncho Villa. No war declared, just a simple American excursion into a sovereign nation looking for an illegal Mexican.
Black Jack Lou won’t have to bother looking for Poncho Villa, because he’ll have plenty of other Mexicans to go after. Namely, the government of Mexico which Black Jack Lou believes is doing nothing to secure the United States border from drugs and illegal Mexican immigration.
Indeed, you can just see and feel the disgust in Black Jack Lou when he speaks about Mexicans coming over the border or when he points out what the Mexican government is supposedly not doing to stem the tide of illegal immigration and illicit drug activity.
Black Jack Lou and his all-volunteer force of Minutemen want to cover the mountainous Mexican terrain seeking out hungry Mexican mothers walking with starving Mexican children seeking a way to make money so that they can feed their babies before the children die of starvation. What he would do with these mothers and babies, well, I’d let Black Jack Lou answer that.
Black Jack Lou can move in on the Mexican government itself and show it how to deal with drug cartels. Heck, no need to fool around with drug dealers, best thing for Black Jack Lou to do is to simply line them up against the border wall and shoot them all in the head. Boy! That would make for a strong message. No need to make things complicated, right Black Jack Lou?
So maybe this tomato issue will give Dobbs what he appears to be hedging for — a war with Mexico!
What else can explain this guy’s yellow journalism?
by Robert Miranda
Robert Miranda, a frequent contributing columnist to HispanicVista.com (http://www.hispanicvista.com/) is a national award winning columnist, Latino community activist and Publisher of the Milwaukee Spanish Journal.
This article first appeared in the Hispanic Vista and is reprinted with the author’s permission.