When she makes an ignorant comment, I don’t believe it’s based on a deliberate mental anything—it’s just an ignorant person showcasing their ignorance.
Now granted, racists are ignorant people—but Sarah Palin is a different type of ignorant. She’s simply clueless. And while I don’t like to use the word “stupid,” sometimes you just have to call a spade a spade.
Palin decided to address the ongoing debate in Congress about immigration reform. This time to attack Republicans who she claims have “abandoned blue-collar Reagan Democrats.”
Blue-collar Reagan Democrats. In other words, the last remaining remnants of Southern Democrats. You remember “Southern Democrats,” right? Those people who supported segregation, racism and were the primary targets of Republicans and their “Southern Strategy” once the Democratic Party began to embrace civil rights and equality.
Basically, what Palin said is that the Republican Party is abandoning the old, Southern white racist Democrats of decades past.
Now is she purposely trying to be racist with this comment? Honestly, I’m not sure. What I really think is that she’s just so absolutely clueless, that she has no idea that saying this equates to a call for embracing racism.
And lets not forget, Reagan supported an amnesty bill of his own while president—but I’m sure she’s willfully clueless about that as well.
Then there’s her implication that “legal Hispanics” don’t embrace this immigration reform.
Yeah, about that.
Not only do 90% of Hispanics/Latinos favor immigration reform, 61% of Republicans — and 71% of Americans overall — favor immigration reform which gives a path to citizenship for those who are already here if they meet certain requirements.
What Hispanics, and many Americans in general, seem to oppose is the Republican insistence that we build a wall between the United States and Mexico.
She uses the argument that essentially says, these “amnestied” immigrants will take jobs, for less money, from “hard-working Americans.”
Am I the only one who finds it ironic that someone like Palin, who advocates fewer regulations on big business to “create more jobs with better pay,” seems to feel that big business will hire the cheapest labor possible—screwing over the “hard-working American worker?”
It seems as if she’s implying that big business would favor cheap labor from unskilled, newly legal immigrants.
And I’m pretty sure she’s against the minimum wage. Oh, you could cut the irony with a knife.
A person that advocates for fewer regulations, and against the minimum wage, opposing an immigration bill because she feels big business (the same big business she says will act ethically with fewer regulations and no minimum wage) would choose the cheapest labor possible, costing “hard-working Americans” thousands of jobs.
Nothing like attempting to attack an immigration bill, while blowing a giant hole in your party’s entire economic policy at the same time.
But then again, contradicting oneself is seemingly a requirement to be a member of the Republican Party. You know, the “pro-life” party which brags about the frequency at which their states execute felons.
This is just another example of Sarah Palin proving to the whole country why we’re all glad she’ll never be President of the United States.
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