Thursday, March 31, 2005

If You Don’t Make Mistakes, There is Nothing to Learn From

… The learned are mere literary drudges.
William Hazlitt (1778–1830), English essayist. “On the Ignorance of the Learned”

A Tucson, Arizona ad hoc civilian patrol was about to begin roving patrols to spot illegal border-crossers coming from Mexico, because the Bush administration wanted to look the other way in order to help business use cheap labor.

This “minuteman” group appears to have been a successful threat since the administration announced it would deploy more than 500 additional Border Patrol agents to Arizona to deter illegal immigrants from crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Last year approximately 1.1 million illegal immigrants were apprehended entering the United States.

However, the president is not pleased. How dare they want something contrary to what the president would like? He has called the Minuteman Project a bunch of vigilantes.

With this administration, the protection of business comes before the protection of citizens. You would have thought the conclusions of the 9/11 Commission would allow the Bush administration to see the error of its ways – of course that is impossible for a president who does not make mistakes.


B2 said...

Just so we're straight here -- do you support vigilantism?

The Misanthrope said...

No, I support making the borders more secure. I would also like Homeland security funds to go to the right places. Let's face it, Bush has been trying to provide our Mexican neighbors with a free pass to come in, which is all well and good, but I don't think they should be allowed to be a source of cheap labor, when locals should have work first. If a business cannot afford staff then they have no business having a business.

Jack Steiner said...

I agree with the Misanthrope.

Chandira said...

I wasn't with you until the 2 last sentances.. Good points.

I hate to see exploitation. And even if they need the work, in the long run, the resentment created doesn't do them any good.

I'm all for an open border policy, but for reasons of laws of physics. Osmosis. And, if you create a difficulty, people will work harder to overcome it, and it won't be the people you want.