lunes, mayo 01, 2006

Hateful Republicans

They are openly biased, they are known for their bigotry, they are known for their lack of humanity.

They go around bombing other countries, killing innocent people, but somehow they always end up "defending" concepts like liberty and democracy.

And they are the first ones to become a threat to those who marched today.

But who are they?

Easy answer, the Republicans.

Check this out, feel their anger, witness their rabid opposition to the demands of those they prey on:

Republican leader predicts immigration backlash

By Dan Whitcomb1 hour, 9 minutes ago

Massive nationwide boycotts and rallies by pro-immigration forces will turn Americans and conservative Republicans against their cause, the leader of congressional opposition to immigrant amnesty said on Monday.

Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo, leader of House Republicans opposed to a guest-worker program supported by President George W. Bush, said the May 1 walkout by hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants and supporters was destined to backfire.

"I couldn't be happier (with the protests) because every single time this kind of thing happens, the polls show that more and more Americans turn against the protesters and whatever it is they are trying to advance," Tancredo told Reuters in an interview.

"My guess is that Americans are going to say 'What are those people doing waving all those other flags and what's this about changing the national anthem into Spanish?" he said, a reference to a furor by the release of a Spanish-language version of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Tancredo said his fellow Republican lawmakers in the House have received calls all day from constituents registering their disapproval with the protests and urging a bill that would increase enforcement at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The House approved last December a Republican-sponsored bill that would tighten enforcement along the southern border and build a wall to stem the flow of migrants.

But Tancredo faces some opposition even from within his own party, where business-minded Republicans, including Bush, say the economy needs migrant labor to do jobs many Americans don't want.

Tancredo said that the U.S. Senate seemed likely to reach agreement on an opposing bill that would grant amnesty to many of those who were here illegally, which would then require approval in the House -- which he said would be a tough sell.

Tancredo said pro-immigrant activists may have oversold their national day of action after "announcing that they were going to bring America to its knees" and achieving a lesser impact.

"I think 50,000 people protested in Denver, Colorado (on Monday)," he said. "Remember, when the Broncos won the SuperBowl in 1998 there were 600,000 people in the streets."

And here you have what they have to say about the song that went along with the massive demonstrations today all over the United States of America:

Oh, say, we can't see the US anthem in Spanish: US senators

42 minutes ago

Six US senators backed a resolution saying the US national anthem should be sung in English, after release of a Spanish version during a congressional tussle over immigration reform.

"English is a part of who we are as Americans," said Senator Lamar Alexander, as he introduced his non-binding resolution.

"It's part of what unites us, just as we are united by our history and our shared values, like liberty, equal opportunity and the rule of law," the Tennessee Republican said.

Alexander's resolution was backed by Republican Majority Leader Bill Frist and Senators Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Ted Stevens of Alaska, Johnny Isakson of Georgia and Pat Roberts of Kansas.

Alexander spoke as hundreds of thousands of largely Latino immigrants launched a nationwide general strike and boycott Monday to pressure Congress for more liberal immigration laws.

As part of the movement, Latino artists released a version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" in Spanish, meant as a sign of respect, but which created a backlash, notably from US President George W. Bush.

"I think the national anthem ought to be sung in English and I think people who want to be a citizen of this country ought to learn English and they ought to learn to sing the national anthem in English," said Bush, the only US president to have given an address in Spanish.

However, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in a rare public break with her boss, saw no problem with "Nuestro Himno," as the Spanish version is known.

"People expressing themselves as wanting to be Americans is a good thing," she said told CBS television's "Face the Nation" program on Sunday.

"I've heard the national anthem done in rap versions, country versions, classical versions. The individualization of the American national anthem is quite underway," she said.

Alexander did not agree.

"Ours is a diverse nation. But diversity is not our greatest accomplishment. Jerusalem is diverse. The Balkans are diverse. Iraq is diverse. What makes America unique is that we have taken all that magnificent diversity and turned it into one nation," he said.

"That flag and that song are a part of our history and our national identity," he said. "That's why we should always sing it in our common language, English."


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