Karl Rove at racial power gathering
Yesterday Karl Rove spoke before the far-left, Ford Foundation-sponsored, pro-illegal immigration racial power group National Council of La Raza ("The Race"). Even the AP admits that they're "left-leaning". Here's one thing he had to say:
"Too many simplify the problem into one word, 'amnesty,'... In an issue this vital, we cannot allow words to be misused."
What Bush and the Senate propose equates to amnesty and it will be perceived around the world as amnesty. It's amnesty. And, the Bush administration and their supporters frequently cloud the issue by intentionally lying and making misleading statements in order to sneak through what they really want. Rove is the last person to suggest using correct definitions of terms.
His comments are a case in point:
"Everything that this country is, everything that we have achieved, everything that we hold, everything that we promise, is because we are a nation of diversity, brought together by immigration, and sharing a common dream... [the immigration "debate" has] clouded the views of some people in America and led them to fail to understand that Hispanics, and all immigrants, are real Americans... It is vital that our county not fall into this trap..."
It's vital that we not fall into the trap of conflating legal and illegal immigration as well as committing logical fallacies such as appeal to tradition. And, "immigrants" are not real Americans. Only native-born or naturalized citizens are Americans. Obviously, Rove has problems with using the right names for things.
His speech only received "polite" applause, and Howard Dean issued a race-baiting statement accusing Rove of crafting an "anti-immigrant platform". No matter how the GOP panders, they will always be out-pandered by the Dems. Obviously, the GOP needs new leaders who realize that looking for voters at a far-left racial power gathering is both useless and contrary to conservative values. If Rove wants to reach out to "Hispanics", perhaps he should consider reaching out to those who support our sovereignty and laws and those who are not members of a far-left organization that has links to extremists.
UPDATE: Here's more on The Race as well as a list of some of the Chicano-centric and possibly separatist schools they fund. And, here's a list of some of those who fund NCLR. And, while KoolAid Central so far has nothing to say about Rove's visit, the site run by Aaron Margolis (brother of B4B's Matt) has so far not deleted this entry from Steve Bowers, their Senior Editor:
Imagine if you will that the White House political strategist met with a White group called "The Race" that was affliated with the Ku Klux Klan and that they, of course, championed white supremacy. Imagine that he met with these folks for the purpose of explaining the Bush Administration's policy regarding this racist group's assimilation into society. Now swap the "White" in the above scenario with Latino, and you have the exact idea of how Karl Rove spent his lunch yesterday... it is shameful that we would have a representative of a Republican administration pandering to these Latino racists... Remember the first term when Bush was a conservative? I'm beginning to think that was a gimmick as well...
As pointed out before, the background graphic of Pardon My English - nowadays the Golden Gate Bridge - used to be a huge picture of Our Leader. When Bush loses the Pardon My English crowd, I'd say he might as well as retire early.
UPDATE 2: The Derb says: The seems to be a lot of heckling and booing. Rove just talks right through it (making it hard to follow some of the address). He got a big cheer at the end when he mentioned Bill Richardson, though. Why? Because Richardson is half-Mexican. It's race, race, race. That's why they call themselves "The Race." ...It is shameful, shameful and disgraceful, that a senior adviser to our Republican President should be truckling and pandering to these Hispano-racists.
As pointed out here, Rove got some boos when he mentioned border security. Richardson said much the same thing and didn't get booed. A commenter: Could this be, er, tribalism at work? Could it even be... raZism?