Gloria Romero's revolution
California state senator Gloria Romero will be marching in solidarity with foreign citizens today and joining their boycott and show of force, saying (cbs2 . com/topstories/local_story_119204222.html):
"The boycott is as American as apple pie... Many of us have decided to join in recognizing the call of immigrants for one day out of a year, one day out of American history, to simply say we matter."
Despite her best efforts to cloud the matter, they aren't "immigrants", they're illegal aliens and their supporters. But she goes even further:
Romero compared the economic boycott with the Boston Tea Party and the civil rights movement.
Obviously, there's a huge difference between the current situation and the civil rights movement, but let's recall what the Boston Tea Party was about (Boston_Tea_Party):
The Boston Tea Party was a protest by the American colonists against Great Britain in which they destroyed many crates of tea on ships in Boston Harbor. The incident, which took place on Thursday, December 16, 1773, has been seen as helping to spark the American Revolution... The Stamp Act of 1765 and the Townshend Acts of 1767 angered colonists regarding British decisions on taxing the colonies with no representation...
Is Gloria Romero proposing a similar revolution, with illegal aliens as the new patriots and American citizens as the British? By marching with foreign citizens who oppose our laws and demand that we capitulate to their demands and by comparing this to pre-Revolutionary War America, is she committing a crime? Will the Democratic Party censure her, or will they rush to her defense?
Note of course that she's also the primary author of a resolution in support of the boycott that the following Democratic state senators approved (info.sen . ca . gov/pub/bill/sen/sb_0101-0150/scr_113_vote_20060427_1021AM_sen_floor.html):
Alarcon Alquist Bowen Cedillo
Chesbro Ducheny Dunn Escutia
Figueroa Kehoe Kuehl Lowenthal
Machado Migden Murray Ortiz
Perata Romero Scott Simitian
Soto Speier Torlakson Vincent
Sen. Richard Alarcon also used the same revolutionary line when explaining his support for that resolution.
It would be too much to expect that the federal government is looking into its options in this matter, but it may have to come to that if California's elected officials go much further down this path.