Ruben Navarrette recounts a recent meeting that Arnold Schwarzenegger held with the San Diego Union Tribune editorial board (link), during which California's corrupt governor said this about those who, unlike him, oppose massive illegal immigration:
"And what we have to do is, we always have to fight that because it's in all of us - prejudice... So what we have to do, since we have a certain level of intelligence, is to look at this and ask, 'Where does this lead when we go and blame certain people?' ...I come from Germany... So I'm a little bit more sensitive about it because it's led to atrocities and all kinds of crimes that were committed just because there were people who fell for it, and they pointed at the Jews, that this is the problem with the economy going down and all those kinds of things. And there were people blamed who were hardworking like everyone else, Germans like everyone else, but they were blamed, and the next thing you know, they were all being executed."
Schwarzenegger is completely, absolutely corrupt and beyond disreputable; no further comment should be necessary, aside from the suggestion that, since he still has Austrian citizenship he should return there instead of continuing to make California even worse.
He also continued to promote illegal activity, talked down to his (nominal) employers, and continued to use a strawman argument:
"I understand the way people think," Schwarzenegger said. "And I don't blame them for the limited amount of information they have. But I think it's very important that we always correct (misinformation) and talk about how the reality works. Because when you get asked, 'Isn't it the illegal immigrants who caused this budget problem and this budget mess and why we have a $24 billion budget crisis?' you've got to go and tell people, 'That is not so.' "
Actually, Schwarzenegger is trying to fool people who have a limited amount of information. Those who are familiar with this topic realize just what sort of a corrupt hack he is. He's also engaging in a strawman argument, pretending that his opponents claim that all of California's woes are due to illegal immigration. In fact, most or all of his opponents correctly realize that illegal immigration has played a major role in those problems. Not only does it increase spending, but it gives more power to the far-left. The far-left - people such as Gil Cedillo or Fabian Nunez and many others - then used their additional power to push for more spending.
(Note also that Navarrette tries to sugarcoat Schwarznegger's playing of the Nazi card and even brings up the Holocaust Museum shooting in his own attempt to support massive illegal activity.)
Thu, 06/18/2009 - 10:24 · Importance: 4